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BROWN *Johan Jakob, ,Sr.

Male 1731 - 1808

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  • Name  BROWN *Johan Jakob, ,Sr. 
    Suffix  ,Sr. 
    Born  27 Feb 1730/1731  Ruschburg, Kusel, Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    _UID  62AE030B7465D5119887444553546170FD99 
    Died  1 Apr 1808  Telford, Washington Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Jacob Brown Farm Family Cemetary, Greene, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I249  Ancestors of Catherine Yvonne King | The Ancestors and Descendants of Johan Jakob Brown/Braun the "Waggonmaker".
    Last Modified  22 Nov 2005 

    Father  BROWN Johan Stephan Christian, BRAUN,   b. 2 Feb 1703, Neidermohr, Rein-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1763, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  HAMEN Maria Eva,   b. 28 Apr 1710, Ruschberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1750 
    Married  13 Mar 1729/1730  Ruschburg, Kusel, Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F109  Group Sheet

    Family  GOETTGEN Elizabeth,   b. 1735/1737/1740, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1814, Washington County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1751  Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    >1. BROWN Jacob, II,   b. 1752, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1831, Washington County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. BROWN George,   b. 1755, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1846, Alexander County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. BROWN Abraham,   b. 1756, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1842, Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. BROWN Margaret,   b. 1758, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1796, Washington Co., NC now Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. BROWN *David,   b. 1759, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1833, Greene County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. BROWN Phillip,   b. 1760, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1848, Neave Township, Darke Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. CONROD Conrad, BROWN,   b. 1768, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840, Washington Co., NC now Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. BROWN Mary ( Polly ),   b. 1774, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1850/1860
    >9. BROWN Catherine,   b. 28 Feb 1775, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1834, Monroe County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    >10. BROWN John G.,   b. 15 Oct 1778, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1830, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    >11. BROWN Solomon,   b. 4 Dec 1779, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1860, Greene County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F102  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • HUSBAND:
      In 1760-61 Jacob purchased two tracts of land in Crane Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina from the
      Earl of Granville. A portion of the land joined the land of his brother Michael Brown. Jacob had 11
      children. In 1796 Jacob moved from Rowan County, North Carolina to Washington County, Tennessee.
      Three of his sons George, Jacob Jr., and Abraham had settled in Washington County, Tennessee
      several years earlier. Jacob purchased 235 acres of land on a branch of the Little Limestone
      Creek from John Rimela on the 17th July 1796. Later that year, he sold portions of this farm to his sons Jacob, Jr. and David. As the years passed the small stream that flows from east to west through the farm became known as the Brown Branch. This farm remained in the Brown Family for nearly 150 years with the last Brown owner selling out in the 1940's.
      It is presently owned by John W. Howze of Telford. An old log cabin that was located on this farm
      was believed to have been Jacob's home. In January 1987, the cabin was dismantled by two of his
      descendents James C. and James T. Dykes and stored for future restoration. See page 225
      of " The History of Washington County, Tennessee " for the balance of the article. See page #
      252 of the " Brown-Bayless-Good for more information. After moving to Washington County, TN, Jacob
      began to be referred to as " wagonmaker" in deeds and other legal documents in order to distinquish
      him from another, unrelated Jacob Brown who lived near the Nolichucky River. Several of Jacob
      Browns children attended the Cherokee Babtist Church, a short distance south of the Brown farm;
      however, it is not known whether Jacob attended services there. Many of Jacob's children, grandchildren and other descendants were blacksmiths, wagonmakers and wheelwrights.

      Jacob died in November of 1807, Washington County, TN and was buried in the family cemetery on his
      farm. As was the custom at that time, his grave was marked with a hand lettered piece of limestone
      with the inscription: 'JACOB BROWN N 1807'. As time passed, the cemetery fell into disuse and the gravestones were broken and scattered. Jacob Brown's gravestone was " rediscovered " in 1986 by James T. Dykes, Nell Fox, and Bill Fox and was removed from the farm, with the owners permission,
      for safekeeping. " submitted by James T. Dykes, 1306 W. Lynwood Circle, Johnson City, TN 37604

      Submitted to the " History " by james T. Dykes, 1306 Lynwood Circle, Johnson City, Tennessee.
      Reference: " Ancestors and Descendents of Abraham Braun/Brown " by John b. Fisher, Dorothy
      Brown Koller and Margaret Brown Anderson, Washington County, Tennessee. Rowan County
      North Carolina Records and Family Records. Page # 252 of the " History " states that Solomon
      Brown was a stonemason and farmer. He was a veteran of the War of 1812.

      SOURCE NOTE: A History of Rowan County, North Carolina. Containing the sketches of Prominent
      Families and Distinguished Men by Rev. Jethro Rumple, Published by J.J. Bruner, Salisbury, NC 1881

      It is perhaps necessary to remark in closing this notice that the German word " Braun " signifies dark
      or brown, and that it was pronounced in German exactly as our English word " brown". Old Michael's
      and Jacobs descendants therefore discharged the German spelling and signed themselves " Brown".

      From Ancestors and Descendants of Abraham ( Braun) Brown, the Miller and Jacob (Braun)Brown,the

      Jacob was a wagonmaker, and performed patriotic service during the American Revolution by making
      and repairing wagons.
      Goodspeed's History of Washington County, Tennessee: Paragraph Three.
      The first permanent settlement in Tennessee was made in 1769 on Boone Creek by Captain Willliam Bean, ,who came
      in that year from Pittsylvania County, VA. His son, Russell Bean, is said to have been the first white child born in the State. Soon after Bean made his settlement, in 1770 and 1771, James Robertson, Landon Carter and others, laid the
      foundation of the Watauga settlements, which at first were mainly in what is now Carter County. The steady stream
      of emigrants from the older States, however, soon forced these to overflow into the territory now embraced in Washington and Greene counties. In 1772, Jacob Brown with one or two families from North Carolina, located upon the north bank of the Nolachucky River, which up to this time had remained undisturbed by the white man. Mr. Brown
      had been a small merchant and brought with him a packhorse loaded with goods with which he soon purchased from the Indians a lease of a large body of land lying on both sides of the Nolachucky. In 1775 he obtained one deed signed by the chief men of the Cherokee Nation, embracing the greater part of the present Washington County west of the Big Limestone, and another deed forthe land lying between the Big Limestone and a line drawn from a point on the Nolachucky Mountains north 32 degrees west to the mouth of Camp Creek, thence across the river; then northwest tothe dividing ridge between Lick Creek and Watauga or Holston; thence up the dividing ridge tothe rest of the said Brown's
      land. This land Mr. Brown sold to settlers at a small price. The government of North Carolina, however, refused to recognize the validity of this deed, and continued to make grants in the territory covered by that instrument.
      Westward Movement
      From RowanRoots by Dan Patterson ( www.rowanroots.com )

      In Old Rowan County, there are still many descendants of Jacob, Michael, Abraham and Andrew Braun. As you know, these four men came into the county in the mid 1700's and obtained much land in the eastern and middle part of what is now present day Rowan County. Michael built his home in what is now Granite Quarry and Dunn's Mountain area.
      Abraham ( my ancestor ) had property in the Persimmon Branch ( Dan Nicholas Park area ) and operated a Grist Mill.
      Jacob had land in this general area. Michael and Abraham died in Rowan County. Jacob moved to Telford ( Washington County, Tennessee ) and died there. For the most part, Michael and Abraham families stayed in Rowan County; the move westward was originally by Jacob's family, although, members from all four families did move toward Washington County, TN and Kentucky. The man that owns part of the farm that Jacob & Enoch owned is Mr. John Howze. This Jacob, was known as the Wagonmaker. His farm and front door of this home is within yards of the Old Wagon Road. The book written and compiled by John Fischer, Dorothy Brown Koller & Margaret Brown Anderson
      " Ancestors and Descendants of Abraham Braun ( The Miller ) and Jacob Braun ( the Wagonmaker ) has pictures of many parts of this farm in Telford. This book traces these families from Rowan County to Tennessee to Illinois and most parts westward. As these families moved westward, they settled in the Washington County, TN area and this movement
      was also southward toward Cabarrus & Stanley County, North Carolina and toward the northeast into Orange Co., NC where there was another large German settlement. Later the movement was into the Union Co., Vermillion Co., ( southern Illinois area ). This is where many of you come into the picture. I have heard that many cemeteries in that area are filled with tombstones that show ( born in Rowan County ). If your name is not Brown, never mind. As these pioneers moved westward, they gathered wives and brothers-in-law, with a thousand other names. Adams, Alexander,
      Abendschon, Agner, Arey,Archer, Artmire, Atwood, Barbee, Barger, Barnes, Barnhardt, Baker, Ballard, Barrier, Barringer, Beaver, Beck, Beringer, Bell, Benson, Bost, Boger, Blair, Bohnsack, Braun, Brownlee, Brun, Bunn, Campbell, Cluttz, Kluttz, Everhart, Earnhardt, Fischer, Hamen, Hagstrom, Holshouser, Hunsaker, Million, Pigg, Rendleman, Vandergraph, Zwalen, just to mention a few.
      From: A History of Rowan County, North Carolina, Containing Sketches of Prominent Families and Distinquished Men,
      with an Appendix by the Reverend Jethro Rumple. Published by J.J. Bruner, Salisbury, NC 1881:
      Page #27
      The first arrival of Germans in Western North Carolina, in the bounds of old Rowan is believed to have taken place about
      1745, though it was five years later that the great body of them came. The stream thus started continued to flow on for years, many of them arriving after the revolutionary war. They traveled with their household goods and the women and children in wagons, the men and boys walking and driving their cattle and hogs before them. They came side by side with their Scotch-Irish neighbors, sometimes settling in the same community with them, and at other times occupying alterante belts or sections of country. Thus we can trace a German stream through Guilford, Davidson, Rowan and Cabarrus counties, and just by its side a stream of Scotch-Irish. But as the years passed away, these streams, l ike the currents of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, have mingled into one, resulting in a mixed race of German-Scotch-Irish, perpetuating the virtues and perhaps also the weaknessess of all the races. Dr Bernheim, in his interesting work on German settlements in North and South Carolina, has given a list of names, found in common use in Pennsylvania and in North Carolina, such as Propst (28)Bostian, Kline, ( Cline ) Trexler, Schlongh, Seitz (Sides ), Rheinhardt , Biber ( Beaver ), Kohlman ( Coleman ), Derr (Dry ), Berger ( Barrier ), Behringer ( Barringer ),. To this list may be added other names familiar in Rowan County such as Bernhardt, Keilig, Meisenheimer, Beard, Mull, Rintelman(Rendleman ), Layrie ( Lyerly), Kuhn ( Coon ), Friese, Eisenhauer, Yost, Overcash, Boger, Suther, Winecoff, Cress, Walcher, Harkey, Savitz, Henkel, Moser, Braun ( Brown ) and many others familiar to all our people
      From the booklet compiled by Scott R. Brown and Dale E. Heber based on material from
      The Ancestors and Descendants of Abraham ( Braun) Brown the Miller
      The Ancestors and Descendants of Jacob ( Braun ) Brown the Wagonmaker
      by John Burgess Fisher, Dorothy Brown Koller and Margaret Brown Anderson.

      Why Stephen?

      To search and to establish our Brown ancestral line was the goal of this research and the hope was always to be able to identify the immigrant-that particular link in the ancestral chain which would signify the beginnings in this country and the severing of the ties to the Old Country. The search led to Jacob Brown ( Braun ) the Waggonmaker, who died in Washington County, Tennessee in 1808. From the Revolutionary War Pension record of his son Jacob, Jr. the trail led to Rowan County, North Carolina.

      Contact with the North Carolina State Library, History and Archives Division in Raleigh, produced several genealogical clues. Important among them were copies of pages from the book, " Michael Braun ( Brown) of the Old Stone House", pages in which Jacob Brown's name appeared. The possible brotherhood of Jacob, Michael and of a younger Abraham, was mentioned. Included also were the excerpts from " Rowan County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts", by jo White Linn. They revealed that in July of 1760, Jacob Brown bought 392 acres of land from the Earl of Granville, and that a year later he sold 196 acres of this same property to a Stephen Brown. The name of Stephen had already come to our attention in Washington County records--a Stephen Brown who married Betsy Tucker in 1811 with Abraham Brown as bondsman.

      We felt sure that Jacob was of German descent because five German books were listed among the inventory of his estate. He had to have immigrated from Germany before 1752 as his oldest son, Jacob, Jr. was born in Rowan County then, according to the records of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This would establish a possible birth date for Jacob at about 1730.

      An answer to two questions were needed. The first involved the name of Jacob's father. This became of prime importance after an intensive research in two volumes of " Pennsylvania German Pioneers" by Strassburger revealed that none of the Jacob Browns on the immigrant list was Jacob, the Wagonmaker. Of the four Jacob Browns(Brauns ) ; on the immigrant listings, three of them arrived to late, disembarking at the Port of Philadelphia in 1752,1753, and 1754. The one Jacob who arrived in 1749 was eliminated because he signed his name with an "X" whereas the Wagonmaker wrote his name on official documents. Therefore, Jacob must have immigrated as a child with his father. In this case, probably only his father would have been listed by the ship's Captains as they compiled with the regulations of the Colony of Pennsylvania. So it was that the name of Jacob's father became very important. The first question brought attention to the second question-what was the relationship between Jacob and Stephen?

      Jo White Linn's " Abstract of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Rowan County, North Carolina"
      states that on 14 January 1763, a Mr. Dunn ordered that Eve and Jacob Brown have letters of Administration on the Estate of Stephen Brown. The order of placement of the names-Eve's before Jacob's ( according to Judge Garland D. Anderson, husband of Margaret Brown Anderson) indicated that Eve had precedence over Jacob and was likely to be Stephen's widow. Jacob was probably the next-in-line of kinship, very likely Stephen's oldest son although there was a possibility that Jacob could have been the younger brother of Stephen, had Stephen had no surviving children.

      Returning to the arrival time of the early Brown's into the port of Philadelphia from Germany, it was noted that a Stephen Braun arrived on the ship " Glasglow" on the 9 September 1738. He was 37 years old. This Stephen was born about 1701, a realistic date to be the father of Jacob. From another source, " Pennsylvania German Immigrants" by Don Yoder, it was noted that a Stephen Braun from Ruschberg, Germany left for Carolina in 1738.

      This made a link of Stephen-Jacob-Carolina-Germany which prompted us to consult the necessary Gazetters so that a microfilm of Ruschberg's vital records could be obtained from the Genealogical Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. Two microfilms were available listing marriages, births and deaths in Ruschberg-one of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and one of the Reformed Lutheran Church. Pure instinct decided the ordering of the Evangelical Church listing first.

      When it arrived, the names of not only Stephen ( written Steffe Brun ) but also a Johan Jakob in 1731 and a Johan Michel in 1732 were evident even though we could not read the entire Old German Script. Prints were made of these two Baptism records. They were later sent to a translator, Hildegard Geltmeyer, who specializes in genealogical and " old script " German records.

      Her translation confirmed the birth of Johan Jacob and Johan Michel to their father. Stephen Braun and established to our satisfaction not only the fatherhood of Stephen but also the brotherhood of Michael and Jacob.

      Because the results of this research involved Michael Brown as well as Jacob, the data was sent to Mr. John Fischer who was involved with research for the parentage of not only Michael and Jacob but also of his brother Abraham Brown. He contributed the records of the Muddy Creek Evangelical Lutheran/
      Reformed Church in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, showing the birth of Abraham, to a Stephen Brown, said to be the Stephen who had arrived on the ship Glasgow in 1738.

      This has been the advent of joint research by the descendants of Jacob, Michael and Abraham. For more evidence about Stephen Brown after he arrived in this country, Mr. Paul Brown Fry pursued the research of records in Lancaster County, PA. Mr. John Fischer, in November of 1981, wrote a letter to the Mayor of Ruschberg, West Germany, asking for information on the family of Stephen Braun.

      After six long months Mr. Fischer recieved an answer from Ruschberg which was well worth waiting for. It confirmed our known data and added more. A full fext of this letter is included elsewhere.

      The hope then, to discover the immigrant ancestor has more than been fulfilled by finding not only Stephen Christian Braun, but additional lineage of both him and his wife, Maria Eva Hamen, in Ruschberg, and the development of a bond of friendship between the multitude of American descendants.

      Mrs. Margaret Brown Anderson and Mrs. Dorothy Brown Koller.

      Recieved this Xerox copy from Scott Brown as given to him by the daughter of Margaret Brown
      Anderson. 9/10/05.

      Marked 11/601

      This indenture made the 23rd day of September in the year of our Lord 1788 between Jacob Brown and Elizabeth his wife of the County of Rowan and State of N Carolina Waggon Maker of the one part and David Brown son to the said Jacob and Elizabeth of the County & Stae af's planter of the other part.
      Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the Sum of 100 Pounds Currency of the Afts State to said Jacob Brown and Elizabeth his Wife in hand paid by the Said David Brown at and before the Sealing and Delivery, of these presents ( the Receipt and Payment wherof is hereby acknowledged ) hath Granted, bargained, sold, Aliened, Eafeoffed, Conveyed & Confirm unto said David Brown his heirs and assigns for ever all that piece or parcell of Land Situate Lying and being in the County of Rowan in the Said State on the South Side of the middle fork of- Crane Creek. Begining at a Stake Runs West 5 Chains and a half to a hicory thence North 2 Chains and 87 links to a Small pine thence East. 13 Chains to, a black Oak thence South 5 Chains 25 links to a hickory thence East 15 Chains and 50 Links to a Small White Oak thence North 5 chains and 25 links to a hicory thence East 17 Chains and 25 Links to a black Oak thence South 24 Chains and 25 links to a sasafrach thence West 41 chains 25 links to a post Oak thence North to the Begining Containing by Estimation 100 Acres be the Same More or Less or Less being part of a tract Containing 479 Acres was Granted by John Earl Granville to the Said Jacob Brown by a Deed of Sale Bearing the date the 4th day of April in the year of our Lord 1761 of Record &C with the appurtinances Situate Lying & being as afs d &C as in Deed Page 312. from Francis Ross to John Finks to these Words in Witness whereof the Said Jacob Brown & Elizabeth his Wife have hereunto Set their Hands & Seals the day & year first Above Written,,,

      Signed Sealed & Delivered Hugh Carson Jacob Brown ( Seal )
      in the Presence of his Elizabeth Brown ( Seal )
      Phillip X Brown
      State of N. Carolina SS: Novem, Sess 1788 It is hereby Certified that the
      Rowan County within Deed was duely proved in
      Open Court by Hugh Carson Re-
      corded & ordered to be Register-
      Ad: Osborn CC
      Copy located in Johan Jakob Brown File.