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Sarah Jennings Brown (Dabney)

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Bearcastle, King William County, Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Albemarle County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Dabney; Robert Thompson, II; Jane Thompson and Sarah Dabney / Winston
Wife of Benjamin Brown Sr.
Mother of Agnes Brown; Lucretia Harris; Bernard M. Brown; Bezaeel Brown; William Brown and 5 others
Sister of Susannah Strother
Half sister of Robert Thompson, III and Sarah Gregory

Managed by: William Harris Clark
Last Updated:

About Sarah Jennings Brown

Re: the Hescott/Thompson/Dabney mystery

We know of two marriages for Benjamin Brown, first to “Unknown” Hescott (about 1734) and second to Sarah Thompson (about 1745). Miss Hescott was born about 1710 and died in 1744, at the age of only 32. Sarah was just 21 years of age when she married the then 50 year old Benjamin Brown. Benjamin Brown died at his home, Trinidad, in Brown’s Cove, Albemarle County, Virginia, on November 9, 1762, at the age of 67. His last child, Brightberry Brown, was only 9 months of age when the elder Benjamin Brown passed away. Sarah Thompson lived on until 1794 and passed away at the age of 70.

Sarah Thompson was the daughter of Robert Thompson and Jane Hescott, who lived in Louisa County, Virginia, at the time of Sarah’s marriage to Benjamin Brown. Therefore, it is conceivable that our Miss Hescott and Sarah Thompson could have been first cousins – the daughters of a brother and sister – or, since Sarah Thompson was 14 years younger than our Miss Hescott, Sarah’s mother could have been the older sister of our Miss Hescott. Whichever is the case, we now know that all eleven of Benjamin Brown, Sr.’s children are also descendants of the Hescott family of Kent and Louisa Counties in Virginia at the turn of the 18th century.

But what about Sarah Dabney and Dr. Charles Brown's claim to the Dabney fortune in England? Well - that mystery is also now solved. Many of the “B” Brown children and grandchildren married back into the Dabney, Thompson, Jarman, and Hescott families. One of the grandchildren, Dr. Charles Brown, maintained that he was entitled to a portion of the vast English Dabney estate – and he also made several references to his grandmother having been Sarah Dabney. Somehow, many of the “B” Brown descendants came to believe that Dr. Brown’s grandfather, Benjamin Brown, was married to Sarah Dabney instead of Sarah Thompson. However, very few folks take the time to realize that Dr. Brown’s parents were Bernard Brown and Elizabeth Dabney. Sarah Dabney was Dr. Brown’s MATERNAL grandmother – and it was through his mother, Elizabeth Dabney Brown, that Dr. Charles Brown was basing his claim to the Dabney fortune.

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Sarah Jennings Brown's Timeline

November 16, 1724
Bearcastle, King William County, Province of Virginia
Age 5
Brown's Cove, Albemarle, VA
January 1, 1744
Age 19
Brown's Cove, VA
Age 21
Louisa County, Province of Virginia
Age 23
Brown's Cove, VA
January 28, 1750
Age 25
Province of Virginia
August 15, 1752
Age 27
July 29, 1754
Age 29
Brown's Cove, Albemarle, VA, USA
Age 37
Albemarle, VA, USA