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William Brown

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Westmoreland, VA, USA
Death: January 16, 1807 (83)
Prince William, VA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Brown, Sr., and Anne Ann Hale
Husband of Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Seale
Father of Thomas B. Brown; John Brown; Lydia Elizabeth Byrne and Mary Ann Tebbs

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About William Brown

Born abt. 1724. Lived 6 miles south of Manassa, Va. on the Dumfries Rd. 12 miles south of the Battle Field of Manassa. Married Elizabeth Buckner. Had four children, John, Thomas, Lydia, and Mary Ann. THE: ANCESTRY OF LUCINDA (BYRNE) SINGLETON

  Lucinda "Lucy" Byrne was the daughter of Uriah Byrne who lived his life in Fauquier County, VA. He was born at Warrenton, Prince William County, VA and was the son of James Byrne who was the son of Thomas Byrne who came from Ireland about 1728. 
   Lucy 's mother, Lydia Brown (wife of Uriah Byrne) was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Byrn) Brown. William's father was also named William Thrown. Elizabeth's parents were George and Lydia Byrne. 
   George Byrn was born in County Kildare, Ireland. The date of his arrival in America is uncertain but he bought 196 acres of land on a branch of Powell's Run in Prince William County, VA on 5 Apr 1740.It was surveyed in September and November of 1739. On 20 June 1740 this land was transferred to one Dowel 1, and the deed was acknowledged by George Byrn, planter, and also by his wife, Lydia, whose maiden name is unknown at this time. This land adjoined that which belonged to the orphans of William Brown. 
   In May of 1740 George bought 210 acres on the south side of the Occoquon on French Branch. Shortly afterward he bought additional acreage of 116 and 547 acres. In 1741 he received a deed from 

William Fairfax, an agent of Lord Fairfax, for 84 acres on a branch of Quantico, and in 1743 he bought 210 acres on the branches of the Little River of Goose Creek.

   In 1744, George and Lydia Byrn became the guardians of the three orphaned sons of William Brown. The eldest, William, later became the second husband of their daughter, Elizabeth. 
   George Byrn was a surveyor and in June of 1746 he reported to the County Court of Prince William County that he had run the dividing line between Hamilton and Dettingen Parishes. on 12 Sept 1747 he laid off the first section of the town of Dumfries, VA. 
   In 1753, as George was returning home from surveying near the town of Winchester, VA, he was bitten on the leg by a rabid dog and died soon after reaching hare. On 24 Sept 1754 an inventory of his estate was ordered to be recorded by the court. 

George and Lydia Byrn were the parents of three children!

1. ELIZABETH BYRN, m. (1) a Mr. BUCKNER and (2) WILLIAM BROWN 2. MARY "MOLLIE" BYRN, m. GEORGE ASH 3. SAMUEL, BYRN, m. CLARY BUCKNER (his niece, d/o his sister, Elizabeth). They had 7 children: PEYTON, CHARLES, THOMAS, JOHN, SARAH, MOLLIE and BETSY. PEYTON BYRNE m. BARBARA LINN and settled at the mouth of Salt Lick Creek on the Little Kanawha River. This is where the present town of Burnsville, WV is located and it takes it's name from him.

   Lucy Singleton's other great grandfather, William Brown, Sr. was a resident of Stafford County, VA. This part of Stafford became Prince William County in 1731. William Brown, Sr. purchased 212 3/4 

acres of land on Powell's Run in Stafford County, VA on 13 Apr 1726 from Leonard Barker. on 30 Jan 1727 or 28 he was granted 480 acres on the drains of the Occoquon River on Champs Mill Branch. In his will dated 29 Dec 1732, he left this land to his son Brown. His wife's name did not appear in the will but apparently she lived for sane years after his death, for on 24 July 1744. Their three orphan sons were placed under the guardianship of George Byrn and Cuthbert Harrison (Will Book C., p. 511, Prince William Co., VA). These sons were William, John and George Brown.

   William Brown, Sr. and his wife were both buried in the family burying ground which comprised one acre of the above mentioned land. It is located near Independant Hill, a few miles south of Manassas, Virginia this is about 15 miles west of Mt. Vernon. William Brown, eldest son of William Brown, Sr., was born between 1724 and 1729 - After his parents died William and his two brothers became wards of George and Lydia Byrn. on 25 May 1757, in Prince William County, VA, William married Elizabeth (Byrn)  Buckner, who was the daughter of his guardians, George and Lydia Byrn. Elizabeth had first married a Mr. Buckner and had three children: 

1. ANTHONY BUCKNER. He was one of the founders of the city of Parkersburq, WV where he resided and died in 1824. 2. ANN BUCKNER 3. CLAIRISSA “CLARY” BUCKNER, married her uncle Samuel Byrn George and Lydia Byrn). Samuel was a surveyor and they moved to Monongalia Glades about 1791 or 92. He died soon afterward and Clary was married on 4 Jan 1797 to David Scott, a former sheriff of Monongalia County.

Children of Elizabeth and William Brown were:

1. JOHN BROWN, b. abt 1758; d. 1824; m. _______ was Sheriff of Prince William County, VA 1800-1804. 2. THOMAS BROWN, b. 7 Sept 1760; d. Aug 1844; m. 20 Oct 1785 to ANNA ASH. 3. LYDIA BROWN, b. 8 May 1762; m. URIAH BYRNE 4. MARY ANN BROWN, m. MOSES TEBBS. They moved to the area of Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

   As mentioned earlier, William inherited land from his father. William had this land resurveyed and a new deed dated 13 Oct 1769 showed this tract to be 313 3/4 acres instead of the 212 3/4 as previously thought. All, except the one acre family burial ground, was sold to Alexander Lithgow on 23 Nov 1784, for which William Brown received 187 pounds 4 shillings, English money. (Book W, p. 34, Prince William Co. VA) 
   The will of Elizabeth (Byrn) (Buckner) Brown was recorded on 6 Dec 1784 and consisted of giving a Negro slave to each of her three children from her previous marriage. Her will was recorded on the same date as the deed for the sale of their land. 
   In 1790 William Brown purchased one thousand acres of land on cabin Creek in Mason County, Kentucky, from Samuel Byrn, his brother-in- law. For it, William paid 250 pounds. The deed recorded in Prince William county, VA is from the deceased Samuel's son, Peyton Byrne. 
   William Brown's will is dated 8 Jan 1807 in will Book 1, page 319, Prince William Co., VA. It was presented for probate on 2 Feb 1807 by William's son-in-law, Uriah Byrne, who was one of the Executors. 
   The account shows that William's coffin was purchased on Jan 16. His inventory, which included 14 slaves, livestock, farming utensils, household goods, etc. came to 10,715 pounds English money. His son, John Brown, received 480 acres of land in Terrapin Forest, Prince William County, son Thomas Brown received the home place of 196 acres in Prince William county and daughter Mary Ann had already received her portion. Everything else, including the 1000 acres in Kentucky, was to be equally divided between John, Thomas, and Lydia, wife of Uriah Byrne. on 14 Nov 1817 it was recorded that each of the three of them had received their share of 559 pounds from their father's estate. 
   Lydia Brown, daughter of William & Elizabeth (Byrn) Brown was born 8 May 1762 in Prince William County, VA. In 1781, at Warrenton, VA she married Uriah Byrne who was born about 1761. They had seven children: 

1. DARBY B. BYRNE, b. 14 Dec 1782; deceased at the time of his father's will. 2. JAMES BYRNE 5. WILLIAM BYRNE, m. 30 Jan 1809 ANNA TURNER of Warrenton, VA. They lived their lives in

   Fauquier Co., VA. In 1871 Anna signed a statement saying that she had attended the wedding of 
      Lucinda and John F. Singleton. This statement is in the National Archives with Lucy’s pension 

6. LUCINDA BYRNE, m. JOHN F. SINGLETON 5. THOMAS BYRNE, Never Married 6. CHARLES BYRNE, m. TEMPERANCE GIBSON in Braxton Co., WV. They moved to Illinois with a group of Braxton County residents when that state was being settled. 7. JULIET BYRNE, m. JOHN MITCHELL of Fauquier Co., VA.

   Uriah Byrne owned many acres of land both in Fauquier County, VA as well as 520 acres in the Salt Lick area of what is now Braxton County, WV. This land was originally granted to David Scott, second 

husband of Clary Buckner Byrne, and later conveyed to Uriah Byrne. He sold 120 acres of that tract to Asa Squires on 16 Sept 1820. (Lewis Co. Deed Book B, p.56).

   In his will, written 24 Aug 1827 and probated 23 May 1836, Uriah Byrne named 31 slaves by name and divided them among his children, giving each child land and money as well. Lucinda and Charles both 

lived in Lewis County (the part that became Braxton County in 1836) and the land there was equally divided between them with Lucy receiving the part that included "the buildings and improvements where she lives". She also received four slaves; Solomon, Kitty and Eliza and her son Ralph, plus $300.00. Braxton county, WV Deed Book 6, pages 21 & 22 show that Charles Byrne sold his tract of land to Charles B;. Singleton (son of John F. & Lucinda) on 19 Jan 1855, and Lucinda sold hers to Joseph Hutchison on 13 Jan 1655.

Sources: GBNEALOGY OF THE BROWN FAMILY OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA by James Edgar Brown, 1930 Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys 1710-1780 by Peggy Shomo Joyner Fauquier & Prince William Co., VA Records Harrison, Lewis & Braxton Co., WV Records

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William Brown's Timeline

Westmoreland, VA, USA
February 15, 1758
Age 34
Prince William, VA, USA
September 7, 1760
Age 36
Prince William, Virginia
May 8, 1762
Age 38
Manassas, VA, USA
October 25, 1764
Age 40
Prince William, VA, USA
January 16, 1807
Age 83
Prince William, VA, USA
Age 83