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James BROWN

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  • Name James BROWN 
    Born 27 Mar 1656  Boarsworth, Wellingsboro, Northhampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 1724 
    Died 2 Jun 1716  Nottingham, Chester, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The Browns were out of Northamptonshire,

      James Brown at the age of 21 immigrated on ship "Kent" in August, 1677 to America to settle on that portion of territory purchased of Lord Berkeley by the Society of Friends and laid out the town of Burlington, NJ. In 1679 James married Honour clayton in the primitive meeting house, made of a sail taken from the Kent, being the first marriage recorded in the state of NJ. James was a weaver by trade. Those signing the certificate of marriage for James Brown and Honour Clayton were as follows: William Clayton, Elder, William Clayton Jr, Thomas Harding, Joseph Clayton, Thomas Olline, Daniel Wills, William Peachre. Bernard Devenish, John Dewsbury, John Cripps, Thomas Budd, John Wills, John Beers, Thomas Palmer, Liddia Wade, William Wilkerson, Mary Clayton, Margaret Couper, Anne Peachie, Hannah Cooper, Judith Noble, Mary Colly, Martha Wagstafe

      Patented land Dec 20 1683, 115 acres on Chichester Creek named Puddington. James settled in Marcus Hook (later known as Chichester), Delaware Co PA. In 1688 he conveyed to Friends two acres of land for the use of the Society where the Old Chichester Meeting House was built. This building was destroyed by fire in 1768. In 1689 James had 200 acres in Chester Co PA. (Cope "History of Chester Co PA) He conveyed this land to his son William June 21, 1705.

      Benjamin Ingraham and Jane Hendrix were presented at meeting for being unlawfully married at the house of James Browne on Jan 1 1698. Grand Jury presented James Browne and servant maid and others for being witness to this marriage.

      Sep 15 1699, James Browne and Honor his wife of Chichester, Yeoman, sell to Peter Boss for 100 pounds one lot and 21 acres. Acknowledged in open court Dec 12, 1699.

      James Brown, with his brother William, pioneer settlers of Nottingham, Cecil Co, MD., started out from New Castle in the summer of 1701 on horses, going into the wilderness to make themselves a home. They found fertile soil along with the great size of the forest trees. They stopped by a large spring and started clearing the land and felling trees to build dwellings for their families. They later returned with other families to complete the settlement of Nottingham.

      James was a decided Friend. He was one of the founders of Chichester Meeting, near Chester, PA. During the early troubles of the Society with George Keith; James was rather inclined to favor Keith, but is said through the earnest, eloquent pleading of his brother William, was convinced he was in error. Hence renounced Keith and his doctrines and ever afterward adhered strictly to the great principles of the Society of
      Friends. (from notes of Bicentennial of Brick Meeting House, 1902).

      1722- James taxed in West Nottingham at 4 s.
      Reported damage inflicted by the British army reported to the authorities from Weston Township. James Brown 23 16 10.

      Chester Co PA Will Book I, page 30
      WILL OF JAMES BROWN
      I, JAMES BROWN, of the Township of Nottingham in the province of pensilvania, yeoman being sick and weak in body but of sound disposing mind and memory Do make this last will and Testament in manner of following: first my will is that there be an Invty taken of my estate both real and p'sonall and a true appraismt thereof made and that all my just Debts be pay'd and funeral charges be discharged by my Executors hereafter mentioned as soon as may be after my decease.
      Also I give and bequeath unto my sons WILLIAM BROWN, JEREMIAH BROWN, and MARJORY PIGOT to each and several of them Twenty Shillings to be paid a year after my decease.

      Also I Give and bequeath unto my Grandchildren JAMES BROWN, the son of WILLIAM BROWN; and PATIENCE and JEREMIAH BROWN, ye son and daughter of my son JEREMIAH BROWN; and to MARJORY PIGOT, ye daughter of MARJORY and JOHN
      PIGOT, to each and several of them five pounds, the said legacies to be pay'd unto them when they arrive to the age of Twenty years which shall be hereafter mentioned.

      Also I give and bequeath unto my son DANIEL BROWN, ye lot of land lying between Dorsons and Robert Williams containing five hundred acres and my son JAMES BROWN shall help him to get up his fences and build a house.

      Also my will is that my son DANIEL shall help my son JAMES to plough and sow the land whereon I now dwell and be assistant to him and his mother while such time as they shall see meet by consent to part and at their parting my son DANIEL BROWN shall have a pair of oxen and a cow with two breeding sows from the plantation stock with a bed and bedding and a pot out of the house.

      Item. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter MARY BROWN twenty pounds to be pay'd unto her at the age of twenty years. Also I give and bequeath unto her, my Negro girl Hannah after her mothers decease but if her mother dyes before my daughter Mary arrives to the age of twenty, ye surviving time until ye twenty years be expired, to be served unto my son
      JAMES BROWN.

      Also I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife HONON BROWN and unto my son JAMES BROWN, all and singular my goods, chattles and estate whatsoever and wheresoever, to hold to them their heirs and assigns for ever provided that my Executors aforesaid shall well and truly pay the legacies aforesaid either in solver money or in the country produce at money price.

      Also my will is that my loving wife shall have half ye produce of the plantation during her life or in case she be minded to live elsewhere that then my son JAMES BROWN shall allow her ten pounds a year during life, and lastly I constitute and ordain my said wife and son sole Executors of this my last will and testamt allowing nothing to be done or acted or disposed of without the consent of MERCER BROWN and my son JEREMIAH BROWN in confirmation whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.

      Dated in Nottingham this fifteenth of ye 11th month called January one thousand seven hundred and fifteen. Signed in his hand….James Browne.
      Witness: James Wright, William Howell, John Bruss, Mercer Brown.
      Recorded Chester Co. January 15, 1715.

      Information on children from Sussex, England records; manuscripts of Chalmers Hadley in Newberry Library, Chicago, IL; Genealogy of Beal Family by M.M.Beall, pg 250..
    Person ID I000173  CharleboisTree
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2009 

    Father Richard BROWN,   b. Abt 1630, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1662, Wellingbourough, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Mother Mary MASTERS,   b. Abt 1634, Cirencester, Gloucester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1658, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years) 
    Family ID F13363  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Honour CLAYTON,   b. 16 Mar 1661/62, Rumboldswyke, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1697, Nottingham, Chester, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 8 Aug 1679  Darlington MM, Burlington, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 76621 
    Notes 
    • James Brown of Markers Hook and Honnor Clayton of Burling were married at Burlington Meeting 8th of 6th mont 1679.
      Witnesses:
      William Clayton, Elder John Beers
      William Clayton Junr Thomas Palmer
      Joseph Clayton William Wilkinson
      Thomas Ollive Mary Clayton
      William Peachee Margerett Couper
      Barnard Devenish Liddea Wade
      John Cripps Ann Peachee
      Thomas Budd Hannah Couper
      Thomas Harding Judeth Noble
      Daniel Wills Mary Colly
      John Dewsburg Martha Wagstafe
      John Wills
    Children 
     1. James Brown,   b. 17 Jan 1680/81, Marcus Hook, Chester, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Brown,   b. 13 Jan 1681/82, Marcus Hook, DE, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 13 Aug 1716, Principio, Cecil, MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 34 years)
     3. Clayton Brown,   b. 5 Jan 1684/85, Marcus Hook, Chester, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1685, Chester, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Jeremiah BROWN,   b. Abt 1687, Chester, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1767, Chester, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
     5. Ann Browne,   b. Abt 1687, Marcus Hook, Chester, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1724, Cecil, MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
    +6. Margery BROWN,   b. Abt 1691, New Castle, DE, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1737, Concord, Chester, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     7. Daniel Brown,   b. Abt 1693, Chichester, Chester, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1771  (Age ~ 78 years)
     8. Mary Brown,   b. Abt 1695,   d. Frederick, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F13594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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