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Thomas Brown

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Thomas Brown
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Died in Chantilly, Fairfax, Virginiamap
Profile last modified 7 Sep 2019 | Created 18 Dec 2014
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!Thomas Brown, b. ca. 1704-5, married Elizabeth, daughter of Coleman Read of Westmoreland Co. (see section on the Read family in the Asbury article). Thomas and Elizabeth (Read) Brown moved to Loudoun Co., Va., where he died in 1793, a very old man. Thomas Brown's will, dated Oct. 16, 1791 and probated in Loudoun Co. at the Sept. Court, 1793, mentions sons Coleman and Joseph Brown, and daughters, Betty wife of William Lewis and Rebecca wife of Joseph Awbrey (King "Abstracts of Wills of Loudoun Co.," p. 62).

!30 Apr 1707: BROWN, THOMAS, 14 March 1706; 30 April 1707. Wife Elizabeth; dau. Frances Brown; sons George and Thomas; my bros. George and William Brown exs. My estate between my wife and children. Loudoun Co., VA

!18 may 1724: Mentioned in uncle George Brown's will as Thomas son of my brother Thomas.

!30 Mar 1762: Elizabeth (Thornton) Brown Nash died in Westmoreland Co. in 1762. Her will, not dated but probated Mar. 30, 1762, apparently mentions all her surviving Brown and Nash children, namely, Ann Nash, John Nash, Thomas Brown, Nathaniel Nash, Elizabeth Bragg, William Nash, and Jeremiah Nash (Fothergill, p. 151).[1]

The Brown Period[edit]

In 1739, Willoughby Newtown purchased a series of property surrounding the Centreville area totaling to 2,500 acres. Newton never settled in western Fairfax County, but instead leased the property to tenants.[1] Thomas Brown received a “three-lives lease” from Willoughby Newton in 1742 for 150 acres. This meant his lease would be valid through his life, as well as that of his wife, Elizabeth, and first son, Joseph. Through the lease, Brown was required to have a 200-tree apple orchard and pay an annual rent of 530 pounds of dried and cured tobacco.[2]

On the land, Thomas Brown farmed tobacco as well as crops and vegetables to help support his family. As Brown worked the land, he began build up his wealth and purchase acres outside of his lease. By 1776, Thomas Brown and his youngest son Coleman had acquired 850 acres, sold the “three-lives lease” and built the stone house that would become Walney Visitor Center. As tobacco depleted the soil, Thomas and Coleman switched to from tobacco monoculture mixed crops including wheat, corn, and rye.[3]

At Thomas Brown’s death in 1793, the property was given to his son Coleman who operated the farm until his death when the property went to his wife Elizabeth. In the early 19th century, Elizabeth turned the management of the farm to her son-in-law, Coleman Lewis. However, the farm suffered under Lewis’ management, leading Lewis to try and convince his cousin, Lewis H. Machen to purchase the property



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