Elisha Brown - Grandfather of Marion Brown

Eastern New York 'Roots'

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Counties of:  Warren - Washington - Charlotte - Saratoga - Dutchess

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Please read my "Understanding Quaker Dates" if you are not already familiar with this topic.

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  1. "History of Warren County", 1885, H. P. Smith
  2. Quaker Marriage Record for Jonathan Brown and Anna Baker, 1809
  3. Quaker Record Discussing Anna Brown's Disowning, 1830
  4. Death Record for Reuben Baker (Anna Baker's father)
  5. Quaker Marriage Record for Amos Baker and Mahala Brown, 1809
  6. List of Names in Jonathan Brown's families, written by his granddaughter.
  7. Birth Record for Mary Brown, 10th child of Jonathan Brown and Anna Baker
  8. Reinstatement of Howgil (Howgel) Brown, 1798
  9. 1816 Tax & Assessment Roll showing Jonathan Brown 
  10. 1824 Sheriff's sale of land owned by Jonathan Brown, Moses Brown and Amos Baker
  11. School Trustees' Report for Dist. No. 5, Town of Luzerne, 1825.
  12. Abstracts of Wills of Warren County - Howgill Brown Reference
  13. Howgill Brown's Will - 1832
  14. Jonathan Brown's law suit against Howgill Brown's Executor
  15. Jonathan Brown Debt Owned per Justice Court
  16. Land Purchase in Luzerne by Jonathan Brown, 1828 - 1831
  17. 1854 & 1866 Queensbury Tax Rolls showing Jonathan Brown
  18. Road District Assignments for Luzerne, showing Jonathan Brown, 1813 & 1818

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The History of Warren County, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers, Edited by H.P. Smith, published by D. Mason & Co., 1885, at Syracuse, N.Y.   This book provides a narrative of the early history of the area that is today's Warren County.  This is a partial transcript of portions of the book related to the Elisha Brown's ancestors. This transcription is in PDF format.  An attempt has been made to transcribe the book exactly.  When errors were noted in the source material, they are retained in this transcription.  For help with the geography of some of the locations mentioned in this book, see the 1755 map of NY on the maps page.
History of Warren County Edited by H.P. Smith
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The marriage of Anna Baker and Jonathan Brown (Elisha Brown's father) is recorded in the Quaker Marriage records for the Easton NY Monthly Meeting at the Society of Friends Archives in New York City. Anna was the daughter of Ruben Baker and Martha Palmer.  The marriage took place on 21d 12m 1809 at Easton, Washington County, New York. It seems that this date is written in the "Old Style" format, since later records, written by Jonathan and Anna's granddaughter, Marion Alice Brown, list their marriage as "21 2 1809", which seems to be written in the "New Style" format. In other words, the marriage occurred in February. This record is also recorded on LDS Family History Library Microfilm. The LDS item is: Society of Friends. Easton Monthly Meeting (New York) Marriages 1789-1936 FHL US/CAN Film [17409 Item 1].  You may also want to read this transcript in PDF format.
Quaker Marriage Record for Anna Baker and Jonathan Brown
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Ann Brown's disowning was discussed in the Quaker records of the Queensbury Women's Monthly Meeting "held 28th of 4th mo 1830".  Anna Brown was the wife of Jonathan Brown (as indicated above).  Anna died the following year, 17th of 2nd mo 1831.  Her disowning occurred at the time of the Hicksite separation and the records of the Queensbury Women's Meetings are filled with disownings during this period. A transcript of this record is also available in PDF format.

The minute of Anna's disowning was prepared and introduced at a subsequent meeting.  A transcript of the page from the meeting referring to the minute of Anna's disowning is also available.
Quaker meeting record discussing the disowning of Ann Brown
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The death of Reuben Baker is recorded in the records of the Easton (NY) Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends.  Reuben Baker was married to Martha Palmer and their daughter, Anna Baker, was the first wife of Jonathan Brown.
Quaker record recording the death of Reuben Baker
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The marriage of Amos Baker and Mahala Brown is recorded in the Quaker marriage records for the Queensbury Monthly Meeting.  The marriage took place 9d 2m 1809 at Queensbury, Washington County, New York.  Among many others, the list of witnesses includes the names of Howgill Brown, Lydia Brown, Jonathan Brown and Anna Baker.  Jonathan was the son of Howgill and Lydia Brown and the brother of Mahala Brown. Mahala Baker (nee Brown) was disowned during the same Women's Monthly Meeting as her sister-in-law, Anna Brown (nee Baker) - see "Anna Brown's disowning" listed above. Jonathan later married Anna Baker in the 12th month of 1809 (see marriage record above).  A 
Quaker record of the marriage of Amos Baker and Mahala Brown
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Jonathan Brown had two families by two wives. His first wife was Anna Baker, by whom he had ten children. Elisha Brown was a child of this union.  His second wife was Elizabeth Harrington; known as "Betsey". They also had ten children. It appears that the first child by his second wife was named after his first wife, that is, Anna. Except for the note at the bottom of the right-hand sheet, the handwriting is that of Jonathan Brown's granddaughter, Marion Alice Brown.  This paper was kept by Nina Morehead (birth name: Anirah Anges Hayward), daughter of Marion Alice Brown and A. Jay Hayward and the copy shown here was given to Marsha Smith (nee Erbland) by Nina's granddaughter, Jeanette Morehead.  The marriage date for Jonathan and Anna is shown as month "2" in the "New Style" format, which matches the Easton MM marriage record of 21d 12m 1809 (shown above), which used the "Old Style" format.
A list of names for the two familes of Jonathan Brown
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Mary Brown was born the 10th and last child of Jonathan Brown and Anna Baker.  She was born 22d 9m 1828 at Luzerne, Warren County, NY.  This is the Quaker record of birth as recorded in the "Births and Deaths" for the Queensbury MM.  The second entry on this image is "Joseph Estes Brown" born of parents Howgill and Amy Brown.  This Howgill is not Jonathan's father but rather it is Howgill Jr., Jonathan's brother.  Howgill Brown Jr. married Amy Estes 14-FEB-1827 as recorded in the Saratoga QM.
Quaker birth record for Mary Brown who was the 10th and last child of Jonathan Brown and Anna Baker.
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Howgil Brown's reinstatement was discussed in the records of the Easton MM. (Incidentlly, there are several other spellings to be found for Howgil's name, including: Howgill, Howgel.)  It reads as follows: 

"From our Monthly Meeting of Friends held at Ninepartners
The 14 of 11 Mo. 1798  To the Mo. meeting of Friends held
at Easton  Dear Friends  we hereby Inform you that we have
accepted the acknowledgement of Howgel Brown who Resides with-
in the Verge of your Meeting whereby he is reinstated a member of
our Society.  This being the present Needful we remain
your Friends  Signed on behalf of the Meeting By Philip Hoag Clerk -

Quaker record of the reinstatement of Howgil  - or Howgel - Brown
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1816 Tax & Assessment Roll, page 1 Town of Luzerne, Warren County, NY. “Brown Jonathan & Co.” is thought to include Jonathan Brown, his brother Moses Brown and their brother-in-law, Amos Baker.
1816 Tax & Assessment Roll, page 1 Town of Lake Luzerne, Warren County, NY.
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A Sheriff's sale of land owned by Jonathan Brown, Moses Brown and Amos Baker occurred in 1824. Moses Brown was Jonathan's brother. Their parents were Howgil Brown and Lydia Mosher. Amos Baker was Jonathan Brown's brother-in-law, having married Jonathan's sister, Mahala Brown, in 1809, as shown in one of the preceding entries. Amos Baker was also a witness at the marriage of Jonathan Brown and Anna Baker as shown in one of the preceding entries.  The sale is recorded on this Sheriff's Certificate of Sale dated the 1st day of January, 1824. The original of this document is available from the Warren County Records Storage and Information Center in Lake George, NY.  A transcription of this document is also available in PDF format.  The land in question consisted of two parcels, totaling approximately 400 acres, in the Town of Luzerne, within Lot 4 of the Kayaderosseras Patent, lying along the east bank of the Hudson River.  The purchaser of this land was Douw Fonda.  The Sheriff performing the sale was Dudley Farlin, Esq.
1824 Sheriffs Certificate regarding the sale of land owned by Jonathan Brown in Luzern
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This School Trustees’ Report for District No. 5, the Town of Luzerne is dated 10th Day of 1st Month of 1825 and mentions Jonathan Brown and Moses Brown, among others.  It says that as of Jan 1st, 1825, Jonathan Brown had 5 children between the ages of 5 and 15 years and that Moses Brown (Jonathan's brother) had 3 children in this age range.  A transcription is available in Acrobat PDF format.
School Trustees' Report for District 5, Town of Luzerne, 1825.
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Howgill Brown's Will Abstract.  This is a partial transcription of a self-published document entitled "ABSTRACTS OF WILLS OF WARREN COUNTY, NEW YORK." by Gertrude A. Barber, July, 1937. It covers Wills of Warren County from 1813-1850. It is available in the Special Collections room of the Central Branch of the Buffalo and Erie County (NY) public library under Call No. "F127.W28W28". The Abstract of Howgill Brown's Will appears on Page "17." Howgill's abstract also mentions "Jonathan" as Howgill's son.
Howgill Brown - Will Abstract
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Howgill Brown's Last Will and Testament. The images below were scanned from a photocopy of the source document that is at page 175 of the Warren County "Book of Wills" at the Warren County (NY) Records Storage and Information Center at 1340 State Route 9, Lake George, New York 12845. The first page of this document consists of statements from a proceeding to verify or 'prove' Howgill Brown's Will before the County Surrogate. This is dated 09-DEC-1833.  Howgill died 02-SEP-1833.  The second page of the document is Howgill's Will, which is dated 16-FEB-1832. In both cases, the source documents for these images are transcriptions made by a government clerk of Howgill's day.  Such transcriptions were made in the same way that a County Records office would today file a photocopy of a Will and give the original back to the filer. This means that the 'signatures' on these documents are not the actual signatures of the people involved but merely transcriptions made by the government clerk.  Note that both the spelling "Howgill" and "Howgal" appear in the document. This is consistent with the source material.  The first page of this document refers to the Town of Caldwell.  Caldwell was the original name for what is now Lake George, NY.  The town was founded by General James Caldwell and originally named after him.  This transcription of the Will in PDF format may be easier to read.
Howgill Brown's Will - Page 1 of 2 Howgill Brown's Will - Page 2 of 2
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This is the Warren County (NY) Court of Common Pleas decision regarding a suit that Jonathan Brown filed against the Executor (Joseph H. Gurney) of his father's (Howgill Brown's) Will.  This is a scan of a photocopy of the source document that is filed at the Warren County (NY) Records Storage and Information Center, 1340 State Route 9, Lake George, New York 12845. It is filed with the "Minutes of Common Pleas", for 5/1/1813 - 9/14/1852, Location 41B7, Box #537. This is page 349.  This transcription of the Court Record in PDF format may be easier to read.
Probate Decision regarding Jonathan Brown's Suit against his father's Executor

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A debt owed by Moses Brown and Jonathan Brown to Edman Watrous was dealt with before Justice of the Peace, M. Paddock, at the Justice Court of Warren County in 1819.  The paper shown in the bottom portion of this image is actually sealed to the back of the top document with sealing wax in the source material.  The dark spot on the lower-left of the top image is the wax showing through the paper.  Because the wax on the source documents is holding these two sheets together, Jonathan Brown's name is partially obscured on the bottom image.  Jonathan's full name could not be revealed without damaging the wax and separating the papers. These source documents are also at the Warren County (NY) Records Storage and Information Center.
Justice Court Order Regarding Debt Owed by Jonthan and and Moses Brown
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Jonathan Brown purchased land in Luzerne in 1828 and registered it in 1831.  These transactions are recorded on pages 522 thru 524 of the Warren County (NY) Book of Deeds, Book "E", 1831, available from the Warren county office building at 1340 State Rte 9, Lake George, NY 12845.  The land was within Allotment No. 23 of the Patent of Kayaderosseras. One parcel was 55½ acres within Great Lot No. 4 and the other parcel was  20¼ acres within Great Lot No. 5.  A transcription of these three pages is available in PDF format.
Page 522 of Warren County (NY) Book of Deeds, Book "E", 1831 Page 523 of Warren County (NY) Book of Deeds, Book "E", 1831
Page 524 of Warren County (NY) Book of Deeds, Book "E", 1831
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These pages from the 1854 & 1866 Queensbury, NY Tax Rolls show Jonathan Brown's tax assessment.  He is listed in the middle of the 1854 page and as the last entry at the bottom of the 1866 page.  Note the 50 cent "Dog Tax", showing that he owned a dog in 1866.  These records came from the Warren County, Records Storage and Information Center.
Page from the 1854 Queensbury Tax Roll showing Jonathan Brown Page from the 1866 Queensbury Tax Roll showing Jonathan Brown
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These pages, taken from the listing of Luzerne road assignments for 1813 & 1818, show Jonathan Brown's road assignments and a list of his neighbors names.  In 1813 Jonathan was required to work 4 days on the roads in Road District No. 15. By 1818, this District had become Road District No. 17 and he was required to work 6 days.  Jonathan's brother-in-law, Amos Baker, and Jonathan's brother, Moses Brown, co-owned land with him at this time and are also shown on the list of road workers. Others shown include Thadeus Sillick, who later sold land to Jonathan and Elijah Perkins, who is mentioned in the 1828 land Deed from Thadeus to Jonathan. The source material for these Road Records are microfilm images available at the Warren County, Records Storage and Information Center, 1340 State Rte 9, Lake George, NY 12845, catalogued as Highway Records, Access No. 2304, Luzerne Role #H1.  The images for 1813 are microfilm frame Sequence Nos. 267 & 270, while the images for 1818 are from frame Sequence Nos. 334 & 336..
Jonathan Brown was in Luzerne Road District #15 in 1813 Jonathan Brown was in Luzerne Road District #17 in 1818
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