Jacob Brown Sr.
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Jacob Brown Sr. (1736 - 1785)

Colonel Jacob Brown Sr.
Born in Brown's Creek, Union County, South Carolinamap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half], [half] and
Husband of — married 14 Aug 1760 in South Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee, USAmap
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Jacob was the son of Gabriel Brown and Mary Keene.


11 December 1736.
South Carolina, USA. [1] [2]


28 June 1785.
Washington County, Tennessee, USA. [1] [2]


Washington County, Tennessee, USA. [1]


He married Ruth Gordon on August 14, 1760 in South Carolina.
They were the parents of:
Jacob Brown Jr
Thomas Brown
Benjamin Brown
John Gordon Brown

Jacob and Ruth were apparently estranged by 1771, when Jacob came to the Nolichucky where he established a trading post and served as gunsmith and blacksmith, skills which the Indians appreciated. There is no indication Ruth or any of the children were with him.

At first Jacob leased the land from the Cherokees, later purchasing it. Tradition has long held that the agreement took place under the present day "Brown Tree" on the Nolichucky; however, court records show that it took place at John McDowell's house, Pleasant Garden, near the present day Morgantown, NC. Jacob's girl friend, Anne "Nancy" Henderson, who accompanied him to Nolichucky was present at the signing and described it. Jacob tried to provide for her by giving her a life tenancy in his land, which was then to go to his youngest son, John, but whe was not destined to keep it.

He was active in the affairs of the area from the beginning. When the Watauga Association was formed in 1772, there was a court of five magistrates who functioned as the legislative body. The records have been lost, but such eminent Tennessee historians as Samuel C. Williams and Robert Corlew have stated that Jacob Brown was probably one of the five. As Williams stated, "Brown's forcefulness and capacity entitled him that recognition..." He and John Carter were the two Colonels under Major Jacob Wommack to insure the safety of the area. In 1776 he was one of the Committee of thirteen, the legislative body, and, in that capacity signed the petitiion sent to NC in 1776 which reulted in the formation of Washingtion District in 1777. He was selected for the Grand Jury in 1778, many of the cases being accusations for treason against Tories in the area. He was a Captain in the Washington District/County Militia but was not called to active dury until 1780 when he served at the Battle of King's Muntain, commanding his company under John Sevier. His son, Jacob II who was fighting in his cousin Gabriel's SC company, saw his father and joined him. He and Jacob II also were with Sevier at the Battle of Boyd's Creek, where he was referred to as Colonel. He was a Second Major in the Franklin Government.

After Jacob died in a hunting accident 28 June 1785, Ruth and her four sons came from SC and claimed his estate, including the land deed to Nancy Henderson. In 1802, Ruth won all of it through the court. She died 9 Oct 1810.

Jacob is the founder of Brown's Settlement.

He was a Captain at Kings Mountain in the Revolutionary War.

There is a plaque in his honor on the Washington County Court House in Jonesborough, Tennessee

Daughters of the American Revolution Record

Brown, Jacob Sr
Service: North Carolina
Rank: Colonel
Birth: 12-4-1736 North Carolina
Death: 6-28-1785 Washington Co North Carolina
Service Source: Draper, King's Mtn & Its Heroes, P 424; Pension S*W333 For Jacob Brown Jr.; Clark, State Records of NC, Vol 22, P 702; Ramsey, Annals of TN, P 264
Service Description: Also Capt, Col Sevier, At King's Mountain; Maj
Residence: Washington, North Carolina
Spouse: Ruth Gordon

U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970

Name: Colonel Jacob Brown
Birth Date: 11 Dec 1736
Birth Place: South Carolina
Death Date: 28 Jun 1785
Death Place: Jonesboro, Tennessee
SAR Membership: 90948
Role: Ancestor
Application Date: 5 May 1964
Spouse: Ruth Gordon
Children: Ensign Jacob Brown[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Find A Grave
    database and images, memorial page for Maj Jacob Brown, Sr (11 Dec 1736–28 Jun 1785), Find A Grave: Memorial #15112375, citing Jacob Brown Cemetery, Washington County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by SMG (contributor 46828829).
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 - Volume: 195
    Repository: #R-994032931 Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.
  3. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970[1]
    [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls.
  • America's First Western Frontier: East Tennessee, by Brenda C. Calloway
  • Histories of families of Monroe County TN, by Richard Harrison Doughty
  • From the "History of Washington County Tennessee 1988" (Walsworth Press, 1988, Second printing 1990), p. 23:
  • From an article published in the Johnson City Press published 26 Jun 2006
  • Repository: R-994032931 Ancestry.com

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Brown-44688 and Brown-20295 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same person.
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