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  • Name James BROWNE 
    Gender Male 
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    Name James BROWN 
    • (1) O'Dell, Cecil, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 52-53:


      James Browne, weaver, of the town of Chester in the Province of Maryland and Simon Wilmer of Kent County, Maryland sold a "Lott" and house in the town of Chester to John Stevenson, weaver, on 6 January 1731/32 with James' wife Abigail releasing her right of Dower. On 21 December 1734, he had Robert Brooke survey a tract of land containing 121 acres adjacent to John Williams on the Potomac River for which he received a patent from the Colony on 12 November 1735. James and his wife Abigail sold this 121-acre patent land to William Teague for 45 pounds on 21 June 1738 and on 4 January 1738/39, Abigail "relinquished her right of dower at the dwelling house of Abigail Brown in Orange County, Virginia, who is so sickley and impotent she cannot travel to the Court." . . .

      A Thomas Brown Sr. probably lived on Middle Creek, west of present-day Interstate Highway 81, about a mile west of Tablers Station, Berkeley County, West Virginia where three of his sons (Samuel, Thomas and Joseph) received a Lord Fairfax grant for 1,056 acres of land on 18 November 1752. His son Joseph of Rowan County, North Carolina sold 428 acres of the 1,056-acre grant land to Thomas Ellis on 12 September 1766.

      (2) Frederick County, Virginia, Hopewell Friends History [database online], Orem, UT:, 1997:

      In the State Land Office at Richmond are to be found recorded in Book 16, pages 315-415, inclusive, the patents issued to the settlers who came to the Shenandoah Valley under authority of the Orders in Council made to Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan. All bear date of November 12, 1735, and recite that the grantee is one of the seventy families brought in by them, and excepting location and acreage, are alike in wording and conditions, and are signed by William Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony at that time. . . .

      These patents were issued under the seal of the colony and were grants from the Crown, free of any obligation of feudal services to the Fairfax family, who claimed the land as lords proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia. The sixth Lord Fairfax, who later established his home at Greenway Court near Winchester, instituted many suits against early settlers in the Shenandoah Valley, but it does not appear that any Friend who claimed under Ross and Bryan was ever ejected from his land.

      Although it is specifically stated that seventy families have been "by them brought in to our said Colony and settled upon the Lands in the said Order mentioned," only thirty-six patents issued to thirty-four grantees have been found. The names of these grantees are here given, together with sundry information gathered from the minutes of various Friends' meetings, from the records of the counties of Orange and Frederick in Virginia, and Chester County, Pennsylvania. . . .

      James Brown, 121 acres. The metes and bounds of this patent show it to have been on the Potomac River, and that it adjoined the lands of one Williams. The will of James Brown, probated September 2, 1767, mentions his brother Hugh, his sister Eleanor, and her daughter Agnes. He leaves to the four sons (not named) of his brother Samuel a certain bond due him from William Neivill; makes a bequest to Agnes, daughter of his brother Samuel; makes bequest to his sister Agnes and her three children (not named). Hugh Brown and David Vance Jr. were to be executors. They entered into bond with John Allen and Robert Beckett as sureties.
    Person ID I9690  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 9 May 2021