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Johnston Brown (1760 - 1869)

Johnston "Johnson" Brown
Born in Mifflin, Juniata, Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 28 Apr 1789 in Nelson, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 18 Aug 1824 in Ripley, Indiana, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 19 Aug 1824 in Ripley, Indiana, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 109 in Jefferson, Indiana, United Statesmap
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Johnston Brown was a Virginia colonist.
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Johnston Brown served with New Jersey Militia during the American Revolution.
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Johnston Brown is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: 122773
Rank: Soldier
Johnston Brown was an early pioneer in Indiana.
Johnston was a Justice of the Peace.
Johnston Brown was a centenarian, living to age 104.

Johnson Brown came to this part of the state about the time William Cotton came, but returned to Kentucky. He came back again in a few years, married one of William Cotton's sisters; took the fever and ague; recovering he returned to Kentucky again -- returned again in 1814, lived for some time in the house owned by the Pleasant heirs, at the corner of Walnut and Pike Streets which then belonged to David McCormick--he moved to Long Run and lived for many years on a part of the School Section near Siebenthals mill, where he manufactured powder--for many years the only powder used by the hunters of his neighborhood for many miles around. At his house, the hunters, when on a squirrel hunt would meet to get the powder to be used and to count the scalps. He was a Justice of the Peace in Craig Township for many years. For some years previous to his death he resided in Jefferson County west of Moorefield. At the age of 103 or 104 he could with his rifle shoot a squirrel in the tallest tree; in that respect he was a remarkable man. He died some four or five years since in the 106th or 108th year of his age. He was the father of Samuel Brown of Jefferson County, Joseph and Ralph Brown in this county, and several daughters.[1]

Revolutionary War soldier buried in Indiana:

BROWN, Johnston Born: 2 Oct 1760 Mifflin County, Pennsylvania on the Juniata River Died: Oct 12, 1869, aged 109 Years 10 Days. Buried on farm in Milton Twp (Brown Cemetery) Children: Nathaniel; Samuel; Minerva Jane and six others (in addition on findagrave: Isabella; Rebecca) Service: New Jersey. Statement in Madison Courier 14 March 1867. Collected by John Paul Chapter, DAR.

His first name is often given as Johnson.

Property: of Switzerland County, Land Patent from the United States, was purchased 16 Apr 1833. Patent Issued: 8 OCT 1834. Jefferson, Indiana.

Johnson Brown was born on 2 October 1760 in Pennsylvania.[2]

He married Annie Zane on 26 January 1792 in Nelson, Kentucky.[3][2]

He married Molly Cotton on 6 January 1795 in Nelson, Kentucky.[4][2]

He married Keziah (Kirk) McClelland on 19 August 1824 in Ripley, Indiana.[5][2]

Johnson died on 12 October 1869 probably at Jefferson County, Indiana and was buried at Brown Cemetery, Jefferson County, Indiana. His memorial has links to those of family members.[2]


In the 1820 census Johnson was in Craig, Switzerland, Indiana, United States.[6]

In the 1830 census Jonston was in Switzerland, Indiana.[7]

In the 1840 census Johnson was in Madison, Jefferson, Indiana.[8]

In the 1850 census Johnson (age 84), Farmer, was in Madison, Jefferson, Indiana, United States.[9]

Name Sex Age Occupation Birth Place
Johnson Brown M 84 Farmer Pennsylvania
Kesiah Brown F 58 Pennsylvania

In the 1860 census Jenson (age 98) was in Milton, Jefferson, Indiana.[10]

Name Sex Age Occupation Birth Place
Nathaniel Brown M 33 Far Indiana
Perrida Brown F 34 Kentucky
Luther Brown M 16 Indiana
George W Brown M 13 Indiana
Layfaette Brown M 6 Indiana
Symantha Brown F Indiana
Perry Brown M 2 Indiana
Jenson Brown M 98 Pennsylvania
Kesiah Brown F 73 Pennsylvania

He was buried in the Brown Cemetery in Jefferson County, Indiana.[11],[1]


  1. History of Switzerland County, Indiana: From Their Earliest Settlement, Containing a History of the Cities, Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, And Churches; Reminiscences, Extracts, Etc.; Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers And Prominent Men; Biographies. Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1993.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Find A Grave: Memorial #26462699 Johnson Brown
  3. Johnson Brown Kentucky, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850
  4. Johnston Brown Kentucky, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1783-1965
  5. Kizeah McCleland Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941
  6. 1820 Census: "1820 United States Federal Census"
    Fourth Census of the United States, 1820; Census Place: Craig, Switzerland, Indiana; Page: 166; NARA Roll: M33_14; Image: 254
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 7734 #1367018 (accessed 29 October 2023)
    Johnson Brown in Craig, Switzerland, Indiana, USA.
  7. 1830 Census: "1830 United States Federal Census"
    Year: 1830; Census Place: Switzerland, Indiana; Series: M19; Roll: 32; Page: 32; Family History Library Film: 0007721
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 8058 #1028019 (accessed 31 October 2023)
    Jonston Brown in Switzerland, Indiana.
  8. 1840 Census: "1840 United States Federal Census"
    Year: 1840; Census Place: Madison, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: 83; Page: 164; Family History Library Film: 0007726
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 8057 #2021208 (accessed 31 October 2023)
    Johnson Brown in Madison, Jefferson, Indiana.
  9. 1850 Census: "1850 United States Federal Census"
    The National Archives in Washington D.C.; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census; Record Group Number: 29; Series Number: M432; Residence Date: 1850; Home in 1850: Madison, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: 154; Page: 7b; Line Number: 23
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 8054 #1956857 (accessed 31 October 2023)
    Johnson Brown (84), Farmer, in Madison, Jefferson, Indiana, USA. Born in Pennsylvania.
  10. 1860 Census: "1860 United States Federal Census"
    The National Archives in Washington D.C.; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census; Record Group Number: 29; Series Number: M653; Residence Date: 1860; Home in 1860: Milton, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: M653_270; Page: 386; Family History Library Film: 803270
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 7667 #8647555 (accessed 29 October 2023)
    Jenson Brown (98) in Milton, Jefferson, Indiana. Born in Pennsylvania.
  11. Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 18 October 2020), memorial page for Johnson Brown (2 Oct 1760–12 Oct 1869), Find A Grave: Memorial #26462699, citing Brown Cemetery, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Lyn Richey (contributor 46878868)

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