I'm looking for the parents of James Lawrence Brown. He was born 14 Jun 1836 in North Carolina and died 19 Jan 1921 in Kentucky (probably Casey County, as the family lived there and he is buried there). I would think there would be a death certificate, since he died in 1921, but I have been unable to find it.
Someone on Familysearch had his parents as John Brown b. between 1803-1807 and Mary Ann Whitaker b. 1810 d. 1849, however I believe these are incorrect because there were two sons named James Brown listed, with different middle initials, born two years apart and dying decades apart (but both reaching adulthood), and this family was in Wisconsin, whereas the one I'm looking for would be in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, or possibly surrounding areas.
I would really like to be able to get back one more generation, because we are having a Brown family reunion Sept 1 and I would really like to not leave so many generations blank on the Brown side, since I am bringing a family tree.
James married Susannah Minerva Vanhoy or Minerva Susannah Vanhoy in the year prior to the 1860 census. On that census, they are living in Cumberland County with his in-laws, David and Rutha Vanhoy, and their children. They may have been married in North Carolina or Rhea County, or most likely, in Cumberland County. (Cumberland County had a courthouse fire; part of it was formed from Rhea County in 1855, so it's possible the Vanhoy family lived in the same place in 1850 and 1860, in which case most records may have survived; if they married in Rhea County, the record may still exist, but if it does, I haven't found it online and haven't been there in person to search.) I think the idea that they married in NC is probably false, inferred from birthplace rather than census data.
I do think it's likely that his father's name was John Brown, but only because I've seen it (with no sources cited) in multiple places, though they could all be originating from one bad source.
I would appreciate any help in tracking down any information about one or both of James' parents. I'm making a big family tree poster and I'm stalling as long as I can before finishing it, so I can hopefully fill in a few more blanks. There are just so many Browns!
Thanks so much for any help!