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John A Brownlee

Birthplace: Abbeville, South Carolina, United States
Death: June 06, 1863 (56)
Antreville, South Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Antreville, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William William Brownlee and Mary Brownlee
Husband of Rosa Anna Brownlee
Father of Rosa Pettigrew Swearingen; John Ewing Brownlee; James A Brownlee; Amanda Brownlee; William Brownlee and 6 others
Brother of Andrew Brownlee; Elizabeth Black; Hannah Brownlee; Sarah Brownlee; Melanie Davis and 6 others

Managed by: Catherine Gee
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About John A Brownlee

2. John A. Brownlee, born September 17, 1806 in Abbeville Co., SC; died June 06, 1863 in Williamston Springs, Abbeville Co., SC. He was the son of 4. William Brownlee and 5. Mary Cowan. He married 3. Rosa Anna Pettigrew December 11, 1827.

3. Rosa Anna Pettigrew, born September 10, 1810 in SC. She was the daughter of 6. George Pettigrew and 7. Mary Harkness.

Notes for John A. Brownlee:

Identified as John A. Brownlee. He is listed as a farmer in the 1860 Census. His home was called the Temple of Health and located at Brownlee Crossroads near the present town of Lowndesville. John also designed the slave balcony at Shiloh Methodist Church near Antreville, SC in 1858 and was a founding member of that congregation. The house burned in 1925. John was also one of the six vice presidents on the first secession committee that met on Secession Hill in Abbeville, SC on 16 November 1860. This meeting preceded later meetings in Columbia and Charleston.

John lived and died in the old Brownlee home near Lowndesville, SC which was established by William Brownlee. He was one of the builders of the Shiloh Methodist Churdh near Abbeville, SC when it was organized in 1858, according to the new item in the "Independent Press" of Abbeville. At the meeting in Abbeville in 1860 when secession from the Union was first proclaimed, John Brownlee was one of the five Vice-Presidents who assisted in the meeting.

    He was a progressive and successful farmer, as evidenced by a bond of $125,000 required for administrators of
    his estate. This bond was signed by Rosa Brownlee, his wife, Henry Harper, George Clinkscales, James W.
    Black, and J. J. Cunning ham. Among assets mentioned were personal notes in the amount of $9,000, 9000
    bundles of fodder, 1,800 bushels of corn, 240 bushels of wheat, 5000 pounds of cotton in seed @ $15.00 per
    hundred pounds, 400 bushels of cotton seed. 60 bushels of oats, 45 slaves valued from $800 to $2,500. Some
    prices listed were:
    girl age 12 $1,800.00
    girl age 18 $2,100.00
    man age 23 $2,500.00
    woman age 40 500.00
    man age 54 $1,000.00
    man age 60 $800.00

The Heritage of Abbeville County, South Carolina, 1995, p. 90

John A. Brownlee was architecturally inclined. His son John Ewing Brownlee was an accomplished fiddler, having taught himself to play the violin.

Epitaph on his grave: He was a pattern of righteousness and mercy - A bright and shining light in the church and community.

From "The Abbeville Press", Abbeville, South Carolina

NEWSPAPER Issue of Friday, JULY 10, 1863


John Brownlee was born in Abbeville district, S.C. on the 17th of Sept. 1806 and died very suddenly at Williamston Springs of some disease of the heart on the 6th of June 1863. Having been in bad health for some time he had gone hither to try the medicinal properties of the water. He was expected home the next week but on Saturday night he was attacked suddenly and severely and was found sitting in his chair, dead, the next morning. To say all that might be said of this patriotic citizen and truly christian gentleman would exceed the limits of this notice.

Suffice it to say that he grew up a moral young man. His parents and relations being Presbyterians, he was baptized in infancy at Little Mountain church by the Rev. Dr. Barr. But having married into a Methodist family, he attended the camp meeting at Smyrna in July 1830 and there he was awakened. And in September following, he attended another camp meeting at Shiloh where he was converted and joined the M.E. church. His conversation having been clear and powerful, he never doubted it.

Shortly after his conversion, he was appointed C.L. by the Rev. Joel Towsend, then P.C. on the circuit, which relation he sustained to the church up to the time of his death. He had also been Circuit and District Steward, having been an official member of the M.E. church for more than thirty years. There was no decline in his religious experience, but a continual growth in grace.

As a citizen he was high tone, pure minded, generous hearted and patriotic; and in his death, the poor and soldiers' families have lost a true and tried friend..

As was aptly expressed by one who knew him well from infancy, "Brother Brownlee's loss is as severely felt in the church and community as Stonewall Jackson's is in the Army." In his death, his wife has lost an affectionate husband, his children a kind and tender parent, a large circle of friends and relatives a true friend, his servants, a kind master; the poor one of their most liberal benefactors, and the church at Shiloh, one of her main pillars. Let us all follow his example, that we may meet in heaven, where:

" No parted friends,

O'er mournful recollections have to weep,

No bed of death enduring love attends,

to watch the coming of an endless sleep". H.A.T.

Abbeville Press, Issue of Friday, JULY 31, 1863


Court of Ordinary

Whereas, Rosa Brownlee and H.H. Harper have applied for Letters of Administration on the good, chattels, rights and credits of John Brownlee, of the district aforesaid, deceased; this is therefore to cite all kindred and creditors of said deceased to appear at the next Ordinary's Court, to be held at Abbeville courthouse on the 9th day of August next, to show cause, if any, why said administration should not be granted. This 23rd day of July, 1863. William Hill, O.A.D.

Issue of Thursday, OCTOBER 5, 1865


Estate of John Brownlee, dec'd

By permission of the Ordinary of Abbeville district, we will sell, by public outcry on Wednesday the 8th of November next, at the late residence of John Brownlee, dec'd, his entire personal estate consisting of Horses, Mules, Cattle, Hogs, Sheep, Corn, Fodder, Oats, Wheat, Farming Tools, Household and Kitchen Furniture.

Rosa Brownlee, Adm'x

Oct 1, 1865

Abbeville Press, Issue of Friday, SEPTEMBER 25, 1868


Court of Equity

Pursuant to an order, I will sell, at public outcry, at Abbeville court

house on Sale Day in October next, the Real Estate of John BROWNLEE, dec'd;

1200 acres more or less, bounded by lands of B.W. WILLIAMS, J.W. POWER and

others, in two or more tracts. Platts will be made and exhibited on day of

sale. Wm. H. Parker, C.E.A.D., Commissioner's Office, Sept. 10, 1868

More About John A. Brownlee:

Census: 1860, Temple of Health, Abbeville Co., SC

Occupation: farmer

Notes for Rosa Anna Pettigrew:

Living with son, John Ewing Brownlee, in the 1870 Census of Abbeville

Co., SC.

More About Rosa Anna Pettigrew:

Census: 1870, Diamond Hill, Abbeville Co., SC

Children of John Brownlee and Rosa Pettigrew are:

i. William Brownlee, born October 04, 1828; died October 29, 1849.

Notes for William Brownlee:

An honor graduate of Erskine College.

More About William Brownlee:

Burial: Brownlee Cemetery, Abbeville Co., SC

Cause of Death: diptheria

ii. Amanda Brownlee, born Abt. 1830; married James Gideon Johnson 1850 in Latimer, Abbeville Dist., SC; born Abt. 1824; died 1859.

Notes for James Gideon Johnson:

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Robert JOHNSON was born Abt. 1770, and died Abt. Aug 1852. Married Nancy

Cowden, daughter of George W. Cowden and Harriet UNKNOWN.

Children of Robert JOHNSON are:  
   2   i. Elizabeth J JOHNSON died 1855. 
  3   ii. William JOHNSON died 1855. 
  4   iii. Samuel JOHNSON died 1855. 

+ 5 iv. Polly JOHNSON.

  6   v. Christiannah JOHNSON died 1855. She married James NORTH.  
  7   vi. Richmond JOHNSON was born 1808, and died 1855. He married Julia 

UNKNOWN. She was born 1808.

  8   vii. Henry JOHNSON was born 1812, and died 1855. 

+ 9 viii. James JOHNSON was born 1814, and died Aft. 1860.

 10   ix. Robert JOHNSON was born 1815, and died 1866. 
 11   x. Eliza JOHNSON was born 1818, in SC and died 1886. She married Osiah 

WOODS. He was born 1811, and died 1889.

 12   xi. Guilderoy JOHNSON was born 1824, and died 1855. He married Amanda 

BROWNLEE. She was born 1831.

More About James Gideon Johnson:

Burial: Brownlee Cemetery, Abbeville Co., SC

iii. Elvira Brownlee, born September 05, 1833 in Lowndesville, Abbeville Co., SC; died August 30, 1891; married Col. Henry Holcombe Harper March 04, 1851 in by Rev. James Dannelly, Lowndesville, Abbeville Co., SC.

Marriage Notes for Elvira Brownlee and Henry Harper:

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices 1843-1863, 1979 p. 46 The Erskine Miscellany - 7 March 1851

Married on the 4th inst., by Rev. James Dannelly, Mr. Henry H. Harper to Miss Elvira, daughter of John Brownlee, Esq., all of this District.

iv. Mary Azaline Brownlee, born September 21, 1834; died October 12, 1844.

v. Jane Brownlee, born April 07, 1837; died April 22, 1838.

More About Jane Brownlee:

Burial: Brownlee Cemetery, Abbeville Co., SC

vi. James A. Brownlee, born June 09, 1839 in SC; died December 23, 1911 in TX?; married Mary Jane Harkness September 01, 1863 in SC; born August 27, 1839 in SC; died July 27, 1927 in Arlington, Tarrant Co., TX.

Notes for James A. Brownlee:

John A. Brownlee enlisted June 1861 and he served in Company G, 2nd Regiment, SC Cavalry. He was discharged from service in April 1865 in North Carolina. They may have moved to Iva, SC in 1909.

An Abbeville County History gives death location as Corpus Christi, TX.

More About James A. Brownlee:

Burial: Starr Baptist Cemetery, Anderson Co., SC

Census: 1900, Denton Co., TX

More About Mary Jane Harkness:

Residence: 1919, Iva, Anderson Co., SC

Marriage Notes for James Brownlee and Mary Harkness:

Marriage and Death Notices from Baptist Newspapers of South Carolina 1835-1865, 1981

P, 112 Confederate Baptist, Columbia SC

25 November 1863

By the same (Rev. A. Rice), on Sept. 1st, Mr. James A. Brownlee, of Abbeville dist., S.C., to Miss Mary J. Harkness, of Anderson dist.

vii. Henrietta Tripheny Brownlee, born December 19, 1841; died August 14, 1843.

More About Henrietta Tripheny Brownlee:

Burial: Brownlee Cemetery, Abbeville Co., SC

viii. John Ewing Brownlee, born May 09, 1845 in Brownlee plantation, near Lowndesville, Abbeville Co., SC; died June 29, 1912 in Lowndesville, Abbeville Co., SC; married Cora Celestia Holland December 27, 1870 in by Rev. Nicholson, Anderson Co., SC; born Abt. November 02, 1850 in SC; died March 02, 1925 in Abbeville Co., SC.

Notes for John Ewing Brownlee:

John Ewing Brownlee enlisted 23 August 1861 and served in Co. I, 14th Regiment of SC Volunteer Infantry, "McCalla's Rifles," organized in Abbeville County. He was wounded at Frasiers Farm and Chancellorsville. He was discharged 9 April 1865 at Appomattox, VA. John Ewing received a Confederate pension from South Carolina.

Name: John Ewing Brownlee


Cemetery: Generostee Creek Arp Church Cem

Cemetery Address: Iver Brooks, GA 30205

The Heritage of Abbeville County, South Carolina, 1995, p. 90

John A. Brownlee was architecturally inclined. His son John Ewing Brownlee was an accomplished fiddler, having taught himself to play the violin.

"THE ABBEVILLE PRESS", Abbeville, South Carolina

NEWSPAPER Issue of Friday, MAY 15, 1863


List of Casualties of Company "I", 14th Regiment, S.C. V.


Lieut. W.J. Robertson, wounded by bomb, severe

Serg't T.A. Carter; shell wound

Corp. J.E. Brownlee; head wound, severe, minnie ball

More About John Ewing Brownlee:

Burial: Generostee Creek ARP Church Cemetery, Iver Brooks, GA

Census: 1870, Diamond Hill, Abbeville Co., SC

Occupation: Farmer

Notes for Cora Celestia Holland:

At marriage she is identified as Miss Cora C. Holland of Anderson Co., SC. In 1920 she is living with her daughter, Lena Dickson, in Abbeville Co.

Source, Death date/place: South Carolina Death Index, 1915-1949.

More About Cora Celestia Holland:

Residence: 1919, Brownlee, Abbeville Co., SC

ix. George Preston Brownlee, born August 09, 1847 in Abbeville Co., SC; died January 18, 1929 in Montgomery, Montgomery Co., AL; married Anna E. Clinkscales; born September 07, 1848 in SC; died June 30, 1905.

Notes for George Preston Brownlee:

First went to Texas on government granted land, then raised sugar cane in Georgia, raised cotton in Oklahoma and Texas.

More About George Preston Brownlee:

Burial: Whigham Family Cemetery, Grady Co., GA

Census: 1870, Diamond Hill, Abbeville Co., SC

More About Anna E. Clinkscales:

Burial: Whigham Family Cemetery, Grady Co., GA

1 x. Rosa Pettigrew Brownlee, born 1849 in SC; died May 20, 1921; married John Edward Swearingen January 25, 1869 in Abbeville, Abbeville Co., SC.


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John A Brownlee's Timeline

September 17, 1806
Abbeville, South Carolina, United States
October 4, 1828
September 5, 1833
Lowndesville, Abbeville, South Carolina, United States
September 21, 1834
April 7, 1837
June 9, 1839
December 19, 1841
May 9, 1845
Lowndesville, Abbeville, South Carolina, United States