Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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a study “Boon’s Ferry”

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I may be a bit early, but I am pretty much convinced this is accurate…

I would further hazard a guess that it is likely that “Boon’s Road” was an Indian Trail before any White folks set foot in the area… but yeah… good luck proving that. smiling

There is also a deed in Northampton that refers to the “mouth” of Rushins Branch… (in conjunction to the Meherrin River).

And now we get to why I am interested in Rushins Branch…

All of which leads me one more step closer to finding that damnable ‘missing’ patent of William Browne of 1706. (all thanks to some clues by commenter William Brown, thank you, sir). whew

Written by anderson1951

May 14, 2023 at 4:59 am

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  1. I agree that Boon’s left bou….err I mean Bridge road is spot on and believe that eventually will be pleased as a mappist.

    You might find some of this interesting:

    IOW: (p.580) 18 Jun 1723… John Mason of Surry County to Edward Meacham of the same…. 100 acres on the south side of Meherrin River and bounded by the Great Swamp.
    Wit.: Richard Rieves and John (X) Ellison John Mason
    Rec: 28 Oct 1723

    There is some curiosity with the above deed but want to start following John Mason a bit. I find two patents.

    Land grant 22 June 1722. Mason, John. grantee. 
    Location: Isle of Wight County.
    Description: 400 acres on the south side of Maherin River. Beg.g &c. betwixt the Cane Branch and the great swamp

    Land grant 22 June 1722. Mason, John. grantee. 
    Location: Isle of Wight County.
    Description: 250 acres on the south side of Maherin River. Beg.g &c. by the side of said river a corner tree of Elizabeth Urvin’s land.

    The 400 acre patent by John Mason is quickly sold off.

    IOW:(p. 572) 8 Jun 1723…. John Mason of Surry County to Thomas Rieves of Isle of Wight…. 200 acres (being ½ of a tract of 400 acres on the south side of Meherrin River)
    Wit: James Parran and James Thweat John Mason
    Rec: 28 Oct 1723

    Iow:(p. 587) 22 Jun 1723…. John Mason and wife, Elizabeth Mason, of Surry County to Samuel Clarke of the same… 200 acres (being the upper half of 400 acres on the south side of Meherrin River which was granted to said Mason on 22 Jun 1722.)
    Wit.: Joshua Clarke, John (X) Maine and Thomas Cryes (?) John Mason

    Somewhere I recall reading about the name James Thweat and Carolus Anderson.

    The second patent of 250 acres appears to be located in present day Greensville VA. For the adjoining neighbor Elizabeth Urvin, I find.

    IOW: (p.135) 1 Oct 1731… Thomas Powel of Bruswick County to Edward Meccarty of Isle of Wight Count…. 50 acres on the south side of Meherrin River adjoining Elizabeth Urvin.
    Wit.: Batt Peterson, Burrell Brown and Joseph (X) Wright. Thomas (X) Powel
    Rec: 22 Nov 1731

    Dang! Another Brown. Got to follow him some. To make a long story short, he was Burrel Brown, Gent whose will was proved 27 Mar 1756 in Brunswick Co., VA. He was also devised land and other items in John Peterson’s will that was recorded Jan, 27 1732 IOW. Burrell is quite entangled with the Peterson, Thweat and Batt story for which you probably know more about. I am just thinking in my head of where Burrel could have possibly lived before he came on scene and who might his daddy be?

    Think Carolus Anderson might of known Edward Meacham?

    D 320 [Bell] Joseph Boon to Carowlus Anderson, Aug 10, 1736. 5 pds. for 50 A. On Mehron River at the Great Gutt. Being part of a patent formerly granted to William Boon for 423 A. dated Dec. 3, 1720. …



    May 15, 2023 at 11:55 am

    • Addendum:

      Regarding Burrell Brown, some researchers indicate that Burrell’s father was a John Brown that married a Mary/Martha Batt who was widow of John Peterson Jr. This may be true as I have only recently looked at him. There may or may not be a connection to the missing William Brown patent and just don’t know. One thing that I do find interesting is that Burrell appears to have been a surveyor in Brunswick 1737. I believe the William Brown of our interest was noted as having surveyed his own land.

      note to readers: My fascination with the Browns is similar to Marc’s John Brown the Indian trader. My ancestors had associated with several Browns and appear to me that they will trace their roots to John Brown, Indian Trader. A weak caveat that I can make is that one of my ancestor’s might have married a Brown girl, but no matter how much I learn about the Browns, it will still be a caveat. Even with all of the great work that Marc has done with the Brown’s, there are still many questions.



      May 15, 2023 at 2:10 pm

      • Having read some research of others, looking at records and musing over the idea that the supposed John Brown, father of Burrell, was the same man as John Brown son of William Brown of our interest; Have come to the conclusion that he probably was. My curiosity of the matter would have probably stopped there, but unfortunately(?) my primary research on Jenkins has now been entangled with this new revelation. A Francis Jenkins of Brunswick Co., who I have and still differentiate from a Francis Jenkins of Edgecombe Co, appears to have followed the foot steps of this John Brown. This is getting kind of complicated for me and won’t try to explain everything, but will note this:

        From research of others and their viewpoint, this was John Brown’s first patents:

        Land grant 22 February 1724. Brown, John. grantee. 
        Location: Surry County.
        Description: 280 acres on the North side of the Three creeks. Beginning and extending a corner tree of Henry Baite’s land.

        Land grant 22 February 1724. Brown, John. grantee. 
        Location: Surry County.
        Description: 200 acres on the South side of Nottaway river; Beginning and extending on the West side of Freemans branch, a corner tree of John Bradfords land.

        Perhaps John Brown was looking to resettle, acquire more land or who knows what. However back in NC, we find this:

        Minutes of the General Court of North Carolina
        North Carolina. General Court
        July 28, 1727 – August 02, 1727
        CSR Volume 02, Pages 703-712
        A presentment against John Brown for having left his Wife the daughter of Barnaby Mackennie and cohabits with another which he acknowledges to be his lawfull Wife both of the Sayd Women within this Government….
        The presentment of the grand Jury against John Brown was read in these words Vizt
        Wee of the Grand Jury do present John Brown of Bertie precinct alias Bath Severall amongst us Say that they know him to have left his Wife the daughter of Barnaby Mackinne & cohabits with another which he acknowledges to be his lawfull Wife both of the Sayd Women Within this Government.

        Perhaps he found more than land during his scouting expedition and maybe things got to hot in the Kitchen as they say. In NC, he was identified with wife Mary. I don’t know which wife it was, but by 1727 he would have wife Jane. John Brown would later reside in Prince George Co.

        October 25, 1723. 10 lbs. for 80 A. SS Morrattacky River adj. William
        Brown dec’d. Part of patent to William Brown for 640 A. and resurveyed
        by John Brown. Wit: Bar. Mackinne, Nathaniel Holley. November 23, 1723.
        C. Gale C/C.

        I post this record to note it states “ and resurveyed by John Brown.” Was he a surveyor also and we have three generations of surveyors? There are more connections found, but will not post unless someone is interested.

        A final thought to ponder: As stated above, John Brown removed to Prince George Co. Was there any kind of familial connection there? John Brown the Indian Trader stated that he came from Henrico. According to Douglas researchers, Burrell Brown was quaintly associated with a William Douglas. William’s grandmother was Welzeburtus Brown who married James Douglas (b. 9/13/1620, d. 11/1/1669) and resided in Westminster, London. Their son John Douglas immigrated to the colonies c. 1660 whose transportation was provided by a Thomas Calloway. Researchers believe that John Douglas may have been employed by sd. Calloway and also may have been employed by Col. Henry Brown at Four Mile Tree plantation. The researchers state that Welzeburtus Brown was related to Col. Henry Brown and along with John Douglas, all were born in Westminster, London. Per internet; Col. Henry Brown’s daughter Mary m. Col. William Brown and they were likely cousins. Perhaps John Brown the Indian Trader might have hailed from Westminster, London and the soup of Browns were all distantly related? The Douglas family was also entangled with the Thweats and Battes and members of all families appear in the babtismal/marriage record book from St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London, England.

        As for the missing patent, I am getting the feeling that it may have stayed within the family for quite a while. Maybe they still own it.



        May 17, 2023 at 4:48 pm

  2. The John Brown you refer to as deserting the daughter of Baraby McKinney is (in my opinion) the son of William Browne d 1718 near Occoneehee Neck and the Roanoke River.
    I “think” he went to SC…
    I have no inclination to think he ventured north into Virginia.



    May 18, 2023 at 8:05 am

    • We both may be partially right in our thinking and just present this for thought.

      From the 1731 will of John Peterson, Isle of Wight:

      To Burrell Brown 400 acres being plantation whereon I now live and two
      other tracts adjoining;and four slaves and in default of issue then said
      land to my son Batt Peterson.

      To Jeremiah Brown of Sumter SC 200 acres being plantation whereon Joseph Perry formerly lived, and in default ofissue to said Brown, said plantation to my son John Peterson.

      I believe Jeremiah is the brother of Burrell and does appears that some of the family did removed to SC. A Burrell Brown is also found down there c. 1846, but appears to me to be a different Burrell.

      One associate of the Browns appears to be James Parham of Northampton.

      1736 Sep. 1-2 James Parham of Berte Presink, NC to Jeremiah Brown of Brunswick Co. 100 acreson NS of Fountain’s

      Jul 1 1740 Indenture between James Parham to Bertie Province NC and John Tooke (Tucker?) of Surry Co for 5 shillings a tract of 440 acres on the N. side of Fountaine Creek; Brunswick Co., except 100 acres to Jeremiah Brown granted by patent Feb 2 1724 to said James Parham-witnesses Batt Peterson, John Peterson, Burwell Brown, Edward Green,John Bishop, James Judkins

      Thomas Harrington to James Parham for 10 shillings two tracts of 260A on NS Roanoke Riv. First tract purchased by Harrington of John Colson of 160A adj Ralph Mason. Second tract purchased by Harrington of John Turberville adj John Colson and Ralph Mason. Wit: Alexander Southerland, William Short. Bertie Co NC DB E Pg 27 24 Jun 1736.

      I don’t know if the adjacent neighbor Ralph Mason is any kin to John Mason of the Isle of Wight deeds that I have commented on, but Ralph is associated with the Browns in Halifax:

      August 12, 1723. 10 lbs. for 160 A. on SS Morrattacky River. Wit: Ralph
      Mason, Sen.,Thomas Browne. August Court 1723. John Sutton D. C/C.

      A patent that is attributed to John Brown supposed father of Burrell is with a Richard Brown.

      Land grant 13 October 1727. Brown, John. grantee. 
      Location: Brunswick County.
      Grantee(s): Brown, John and Brown, Richard.
      Description: 230 acres on the south side of Roanoak river.

      Brunswick Co., VA, DB/WB 1, p. 236, 4 Nov 1735: “John Brown & his wife Jane, Richard Brown (the son of sd John Brown) & his wife Frances, to John Davis of same. £12. 230 acres on the south side of Roanoak River, joining Charles Kymball. Wit: John Duke, Baxter Davis, John Scogin. Proved 6 Nov 1735.” [3]

      In NC, I find this:

      Haliax; 1446-(425) Richd. Brown Sr. of Brunswick Co. Virginia Co. to Beaverly Brown of same. 1 Apr 1769. 5 shillings of Virginia. 313 acres on north side of Rockey Swamp, joining Thomas Williams, Robert Coleman. Richard Brown. Wit.: Lewis Brown, Gronow Owen, Toaney Ownen. Aug Ct 1769. CC: Jos. Montfort

      John Brown f/o Burrell appears to have started in Brunswick, later removed to Prince George and then back to Brunswick with his final destination in Lunenburg Co. If this is son of WIlliam Brown d.1719, I don’t know, but find some connections interesting.
      Here is the will for John Brown:

      Will of John Brown of Lunnenburgh (sic) County and the parrish of Cumberland. Lunenburg Co., VA, WB 1, pp. 113-115, written 22 Aug 1753, proven 5 Feb 1754.

      my son John Brown – “all the tract of land that I hold in Brunswick County lying on Jacks branch joyning Col. Harrisons line”
      my son Richard Brown
      my son Menoah Brown
      my son Jessee Brown
      my daughter Mary Winham
      my gran (sic) son John Caulwell Brown the son of Vallentine
      my wife Joan (Jean?) Brown
      my son Vallentine Brown
      Exr: son Vallentine Brown
      Wit: Tyree Glen, William Willey



      May 18, 2023 at 12:51 pm

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