Note: , 1988: Jacob Brown was born 11 Dec 1736, place unknown. In 1760, he married Ruth Gordon, whose parents had received a land grant in 1751, which was very near the Brown's. They had four sons, all born in the 1760's: Jacob II, Thomas, Benjamin and John Gordon Brown. They were apparently estranged by 1771, when Jacob came to the Nolichucky where he established a trading post and served as gunsmith and blacksmith, skills which the Indians appreciated. There is no indication Ruth or any of the children were with him. At first Jacob leased the land from the Cherokees, later purchasing it. Tradition has long held that the agreement took place under the present day "Brown Tree" on the Nolichucky; however, court records show that it took place at John McDowell's house, Pleasant Garden, near the present day Morgantown, NC. Jacob's girl friend, Anne "Nancy" Henderson, who accompan9ied him to the Nolichucky was present at the signing and described it. Jacob tried to provide for her by giving her a life tenancy in his land, which was then to go to his youngest son, John, but whe was not destined to keep it. He was active in the affairs of the area from the beginning. When the Watauga Association was formed in 1772, there was a court of five magistrates who functioned as the legislative body. The records have been lost, but such eminent Tennessee historians as Samuel C. Williams and Robert Corlew have stated that Jacob Brown was probably one of the five. As Williams stated, "Brown's forcefulness and capacity entitled him that recognition..." He and John Carter were the two Colonels under Major Jacob Wommack to insure the safety of the area. In 1776 he was one of the Committee of thirteen, the legislative body, and, in that capacity signed the petitiion sent to NC in 1776 which reulted in the formation of Washingtion District in 1777. He was selected for the Grand Jury in 1778, many of the cases being accusations for treason against Tories in the area. He was a Captain in the Washington District/County Militia but was not called to active dury until 1780 when he served at the Battle of King's Muntain, commanding his company under John Sevier. His son, Jacob II who was fighting in his cousin Gabriel's SC company, saw his father and joined him. He and Jacob II also were with Sevier at the Battle of Boyd's Creek, where he was referred to as Colonel. He was a Second Major in the Franklin Government. After Jacob died in a hunting accident 28 June 1785, Ruth and her four sons came from SC and claimed his estate, including the land deed to Nancy Henderson. In 1802, Ruth won all of it through the court. She died 9 Oct 1810.
Descendants of John Brown--also from Richard Kyker--Col. Jacob Brown was born December 11, 1736 in Dry Creek, Washington County, North Carolina and died June 28, 1785 in Washington County, Tennessee.
A book on the histories of families of Monroe County TN in the library of Madisonville, TN contains the following information: As early as 1772, Jacob Brown, with one or two other families from North Carolina, pitched tents upon the northern bank of the Nolachuckey River. Jacob was a small merchant, and for the goods that were carried to his new settlement upon a single packhorse, secured a lease of large tracts of this fertile country from the Cherokees. This lease transferred into a purchase in 1775 when full authority was granted to Brown for the lands he had held since 1772. This deed covered lands on both sides of the Nolachuckey asn as far west as Big Limestone Creek, and "embraced much of the best land in Washington and Greene Counties." Taken in part of "Greenville by Richard Harrison Doughty.
Kyker info--The Brown Cemetery is located near the mouth of Cherokee Creek. June 28, 1785 is the oldest inscription date, but the graveyard is probably older. This graveyard is fenced in and very well taken care of. Last grave marker has the date of 1911 on it. This is the oldest marked cemetery in Tennessee. A monument stands to Jacob Brown, 1736-1785, founder of Brown's Settlement. Ruth Gordon Brown's gave is marked only with a field stone. Also Jacob Brown was a second major in the Franklin Government (the short lived newstate of Franklin). He would, undobtedly, have served further if premature death had not stopped him. Jacob was buried in the May Day community, where the DAR dedicated a monument honoring him It is said to be one of the oldest marked gravest west of the Alleheny Mountains. A monument in King's Mountain National Military Park lists Captain Jacob Brown. A list of pensioners for the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 was found in the vault in the Washington County, TN court house. It lists Jacob Brown, residing in Washington County, service from SC and NC. Also listed was George Brown, resident of Washington County, TN, service from NC.
Note: Modified Register for John Gordon Brown-from Richard Kyker--History of washington County, TN
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