The book, Early Settlers of Sangamon County by J.C. Power, suggests that James Brown and wife Jane Berry came from South Carolina to Union County, Kentucky, then, later to Sangamon County, Illinois.
Census and Allen County records on the internet suggest another possibility, that James Brown, with Thomas Brown and Samuel Brown, came from South Carolina to Warren County [Allen County], Kentucky. Later, James Brown and Thomas Brown went to Sangamon County. Most of the children could still be born in Union County, as Jane's mother lived there, as were other relatives.
Future searches should resolve this.
Kentuckians at Battle of New Orleans: Private James Brown in Captain Thomas Griffin's Company. Mitchusson's Regiment of Kentucky.
August 10,1816: I, James Brown of Allen County, KY, appoint Anak Dawson, attorney, paymaster or proper officer of the 14th Regiment under the command of Major General John Thomas in a detachment of Kentucky militia in the service of the U.S. Year 1814 signed James Brown.
September 27, 1824, James Brown and Jane his wife of the County of Allen, Kentucky and Drewry Barton[actually Drury Burton], 75 acres....James Brown, Jane [her X mark] Brown, recorded September 24, 1824...Barys Fork [Bays Fork].
Interesting Porter links: George Heeter, connected to James and Thomas Brown, married in Maryland, Charlotte Porter. The David Porter at Allen County is probably her brother. A Thomas Thaxton, North Carolina, was hired to fulfill one of the Revolutionary War enlistments of William Porter Reed, who married Violet Brown, daughter of Joseph Brown and Mary Porter. Violet Brown's brother James Brown married Nancy Burdine. In the 1790 census for South Carolina, Samuel Burdine is listed next to Benjamin Berry in Newberry County. In the 1810 census, Bird Lay of North Carolina, is thought to have married a Brown. He is listed next to Samuel, James, and Thomas Brown in Warren County.
1. Early Settlers of Sangamon County, page 149, 150, by J. C. Power.
2. 1790 Census, South Carolina, Thomas Thaxton and Benjamin Berry. Samuel Brown near Thomas Thackston in Pendleton County is of interest.
3. 1810 Census, Warren County, Kentucky: Page 265, James Brown, Thos Brown and Samuel Brown. Also there is a John Brown listed on the same page as Benjamin Berry. George Heeter is listed near John Brown in the 1810 census and near Thomas Brown in the 1820 census. Thomas Brown is listed on a document with a John Brown.
4. 1820 Census, Allen County, Kentucky, page 110, Thomas Brown and page 130 , James Brown. The ages are a perfect fit for the family of James Brown in the 1820 Census.
5. 1830 Census, Sangamon County, Illinois, page 181, James Brown and Thomas Brown.
6. 1840 Census, Sangamon County, Illinois. James Brown and Thomas Brown. There is also a Wm. Berry, nearby, possibly a brother to Jane Berry Brown.
7. 1850 Census, Sangamon County, Illinois, James Brown and Thomas Brown, near the Dunlaps. The Census give Jane Brown's birth year as around 1789 and birth place as South Carolina. The 1790 Census lists a Benjamin Berry at Newberry County, South Carolina [1-2-2]
8. The Descendants of John and Catherine (Tipton) Dunlap. James Dwinell, 1992.
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