Henry Brown's birth date is uncertain. Henry Brown is bequeathed personal property in the will of Moses Taylor on July 21, 1682 in Salem County, New Jersey. There is a connection to the Taylor family of New Jersey as shown below in court records of Augusta County, Virginia in 1753 where Isaac Taylor entered into bail as security for Henry Brown, Sr. Another piece of evidence for a relationship between these families is found on page 193 of Volume XXI of the New Jersey State Archives:
|Salem Oak in Salem County, New Jersey.|
The latter may have been the first wife of Henry Brown, Sr.; and, after her death he may have married her cousin Esther Brown. All this seems likely.
His son Samuel Brown, in his will, gave a colt to his brother, Henry Brown, and a milk cow to each of his two "youngest brothers, Daniel and David." It is presumed that these were his full brothers, because he makes no bequeath to his half brothers, Thomas and Robert, nor to his half sister, Esther.
Henry's children by his first wife:
Henry and Esther had children:
On July 6, 1734, Henry Brown is named in the probate records of Alexander Grant of Salem County, New Jersey. Ann Grant, Executrix filed an account of debtors to her husband's estate which included the name "Henry Brown" who was designated as a runaway.
The "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia" by Lyman Chalkley we find a record for March 1756:
From this it seems quite clear the Henry Brown was living at Mannington, New Jersey in 1729 and in Augusta County, Virginia in 1756.
James Patton granted to Henry Brown, Sr., 50 acres by patent 3d November, 1750. Lick Run of Roanoke; corner James Burk. (Chalkley Vol. 3 pg. 309)
|Augusta County, Virginia.|
James Patton was one of the most important frontier leaders in Virginia between 1741, when he took up permanent residence in the colony, and his death at the start of the French and Indian War. He played a pivotal role in the exploration, settlement, governance, and military leadership of western Virginia during that period. After settling in what was then Orange County (now Augusta County) near present-day Waynesboro, Patton became a colonel in the county militia, a justice of the peace, and a member of a company of men who had received a grant from the Virginia Council of 100,000 acres on the James and Roanoke rivers. In 1743, Col. Patton organized his own land company and was granted 100,000 acres in 1745 on the New, Holston, and Clinch rivers—the Western Waters. Through his land speculation ventures he helped open the frontier to settlement and further exploration, while at the same time serving in prominent magisterial positions in the Augusta County government, achieving the rank of county lieutenant by the year of his death.
Henry and Samuel Brown are on the Muster List of 1742, Capt. George Robinson's List. (Chalkley Vol 2. pg. 509) On December 13, 1744 Henry was listed as a purchaser from the estate of Daniel Monahan. (Vol. 3 pg. 9) He was named on the list for the road to be built from "Ridge dividing waters of New River from waters of So. Br. Roanoak to end in a road that leads over the Blue Ridge". (Vol 1 pg. 131) In August 16, 1751 Henry and his son Henry were listed as appraisers for the estate of Methesalem Griffith. (Vol. 1 pg. 433)
On November 23, 1753 he was listed as a worker on the road from "from Wm. Carravan's plantation to Wm. Bryans on Roan Oak". (Vol 1 pg. 76)
"In 1755, the Shawnees were estimated to number 300 warriors, or about 1,300 souls. They harassed the frontiers, as allies of the French, from the beginning of the French and Indian War, in 1755, until the treaty of Greenville in 1795. The majority of the expeditions sent across the Ohio river during the Revolutionary period, were directed against the Shawnees and most of the destruction on the Southwestern Virginia frontier was the work of the same tribe." 
|French and Indian War 1755.|
The Indian raid in which Henry Brown Sr. was killed did not occur in 1755 as stated in a manuscript titled "Sketch of the Brown Family, dating from 1755, Augusta, Rockbridge and Bedford" supposedly written by John Thompson Brown, a great grandson of Henry Brown Sr. which was published in the January 1903 issue of the West Virginia Historical Magazine.
"Mr W. S. Laidley, editor of the West Virginia Historical Magazine, in an article entitled Pioneer Settlements of West Virginia, Vol. 3, page 294, said: "In 1757, the Roanoke settlement was destroyed by the Indians." This is probably correct; and Henry Brown Sr. was likely killed in the fall of 1757, for Esther Brown, his daughter, qualified as his administratrix on 16 Nov. 1757, as shown by the following order copied from Augusta County Order Book No. 6, page 39."
1. Birth record for Henry Brown is needed. I have searched Ancestry.com, AmericanAncestors.org, gengophers.com, familysearch.org and the internet and have not been able to locate a primary record for Henry's birth.
Biography created by Caryl Ruckert 9/21/18.
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