Peter Elder of Virginia

Brown Notes ─ Generation 1 ─ Nathaniel and Catharine Brown

Nathaniel and Catharine Brown's daughter Ann Brown married Henry7 Elder (notes).


Summary

Nathaniel Brown was born in 1811 in Virginia. He moved to Davidson County, Tennessee, and married Catherine Bowen there in 1832. Based on Census records, they had at least 9 children. Nathaniel Brown died in 1882 in Davidson County, Tennessee.


Records

These are the principal records for Nathaniel and Catherine Brown:

  1. Nathaniel Brown and Catherine Bowen married in Davidson County, Tennessee; license dated 25 Oct 1832; solemnized by J.B. McFerrin M.G. the same day [Tennessee, Davidson County Marriage Record, Volume X, page 425] [record]
     
  2. Nathaniel Brown was among guardians appointed to four minor Brown orphans at December Term 1837:

    Wm Portlock appointed guardian to Catherine Brown, security Benjamin F. Brown and Samuel B. Hope (Note: William Portlock married Jane Brown in 1823)

    Samuel B. Hope appointed guardian to Jane Brown, security Benj. F. Brown and Wm Portlock

    Benjamin F. Brown appointed guardian to William Brown, security Nathaniel Brown and Wm Portlock

    Nathaniel Brown appointed guardian to Jesse Brown, security Wm Portlock and B. F. Brown

    [Davidson County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, Book B, 1835-1841, page 287]

  3. Jno A. and R. Aldrich sold 100 acres to Nathaniel Brown, in Davidson County, Tennessee, adjoining Mill Creek, Thomas S. King and Ezell, dated 12 Feb 1840, recorded 15 Feb 1840 [Davidson County, Tennessee, Deeds, Book 2, page 367] [record | abstract]
     
  4. Thomas S. King sold 20 acres to Nathaniel Brown, in District 5 of Davidson County, Tennessee, adjoining Mill Creek, said Brown and SW corner of 105 acre tract purchased by King from Sam'l Forsythe, dated 23 Mar 1849, recorded 26 Mar 1849 [Davidson County, Tennessee, Deeds, Book 12, page 127] [record | abstract]
     
  5. Nathaniel Brown appeared as head of family in each U.S. Census of Population for Davidson County, Tennessee, from 1840 to 1880 [records]:

    1840 Population Census [1840 Census of United States, Davidson County, Tennessee, Microfilm series M704, Roll 520, page 317]

    1840 Census Under 5 5 - 9 10 - 14 15 - 19 20 - 29 30 - 39 40 - 49 50 - 59 60 - 69
    Males 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
    Females 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

    1850 Population Census [1850 Census of United States, Davidson County, Tennessee, Microfilm series M432, Roll 875, page 192]

    Name Age Sex Occupation Value -
    Real Estate
    Birthplace
    Nathl Brown 40 M Bellows Maker 4500 VA
    Cathe Brown 34 F KY
    Anne E. Brown 17 F TN
    Andr Brown 9 M TN
    Nathl Brown 7 M TN
    Charlotte Brown 5 F TN
    Henry C. Brown 3 M TN
    Chas Brown 6/12 M TN
    Jas Bowen 24 M Apprentice KY
    Elbert Green 18 M Labourer TN

    1860 Population Census [1860 Census of United States, Davidson County, Tennessee, Microfilm series M653, Roll 1246, page 132]

    Name Age Sex Occupation Value -
    Real Estate
    Value -
    Personal Property
    Birthplace
    Nat Brown 49 M Bellows Maker 10000 4000 VA
    Catharine Brown 45 F IN
    Ann A. Brown 25 F IN
    Andrew H. Brown 19 M IN
    Nathaniel Brown 16 M IN
    Charlotte F. Brown 14 F IN
    Henry C. Brown 12 M IN
    Charles Brown 10 M IN
    Tayler Brown 8 M TN
    Milliard F. Brown 6 M TN
    Edward L. Brown 3 M TN

    1870 Population Census [1870 Census of United States, Rutherford County, Tennessee, Microfilm series M593, Roll 1521, page 257]

    Name Age Sex Occupation Value -
    Real Estate
    Value -
    Personal Property
    Birthplace
    Brown, Nathaniel 60 M Bellies Manufacturer 12000 11000 VA
    Brown, Catharine 53 F Keeping House IN
    Brown, Fanny 20 F At home TN
    Brown, Fillmore 17 M Works in farm TN
    Brown, Edward 14 M Attending school TN
    Ritley, Richel 60 M Domestic servant TN
    Ezell, Richard 18 F Domestic servant AL

    1880 Population Census [1880 Census of United States, Davidson County, Tennessee, Civil District 5, enumeration date 11 & 12 Jun 1880, Microfilm series T9, Roll 1251, page 59]

    Name Age Sex Relationship
    to head
    Occupation Birthplace -
    Self
    Birthplace -
    Father
    Birthplace -
    Mother
    Brown, Nathanl 69 M Farmer VA
    Brown, Catharine 63 F wife Keeping House IN Germany KY
    Brown, Charlotte F. 34 F dau Music teacher TN VA IN
    Brown, Edward L. 23 M son Works on farm TN VA IN
    Smithin, Amanda 25 F servant Cook TX NC NC
    Brown, James 19 M servant Works on farm TN  

  6. Nathaniel Brown's tombstone says: "Sacred to the Memory of Nathaniel Brown, born July 22, 1810, died July 11, 1882, ..."; in King Cemetery, just east of intersection of Pineway and McGavock Pike [Rutherford County, Tennessee Cemeteries, Volume I, Northwest Third of County, Stones River Chapter S.A.R. and Rutherford County Historical Society, page 66; also http://www.davidsoncocemeterysurvey.com/Cemeteries/H-L/king_weaver_kingsley_cemetery.htm]
     
  7. Catherine Brown appeared in the 1900 Population Census [1900 Census of the United States, Davidson County, Tennessee, Nashville Ward 17, enumeration date 13 June 1900, Microfilm series T623, Roll 1565, Page 14A] [record]:
     
    Name Age Birth
    Month
    Birth
    Year
    Sex Relationship
    to head
    Occupation Birthplace-
    Self
    Birthplace-
    Father
    Birthplace-
    Mother
    Brown, Catherine B. 82 Aug 1817 F Head SC SC SC
    ", Fannie C. 52 Sep 1847 F daughter TN VA SC
    ", Edward T. 43 Mar 1857 M son Salesman shoes TN VA SC

    Mother of 11, 5 living.

  8. Catherine Booen Brown (born 15 Sep 1816 in Indiana, widowed, father William Booen, mother Catherin Gilmar) died 24 Aug 1904 in Nashville and was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery [Tennessee, Deaths and Burials Index, 1874-1955, FamilySearch.org] [record]

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Discussion of Records

What can one learn from these records?

Birth

Nathaniel Brown was born 22 July 1810 in Virginia based on his tombstone (record 6) and on Census records (record 5).

Family

I haven't identified Nathaniel Brown's parents.

Marriage

Nathaniel Brown and Catharine Bowen married in Davidson County, Tennessee, on 25 Oct 1832 (record 1).

Wife's Family

Catharine Brown's parents were William Booen and Catherin Gilmar (record 8). She was born 15 Sep 1816 in Indiana (record 8 and Censuses 1860-1880); her father was born in Germany and her mother in Kentucky (1880 Census).

Children

Census records indicate these children:

Anne E. Brown
Andrew H. Brown
Nathaniel Brown
Charlotte F. Brown
Henry C. Brown
Charles Brown
Tayler Brown
Milliard F. Brown
Edward L. Brown

There's a several-year gap in age between Ann and Andrew.

Residences

Nathaniel Brown was born in Virginia. He lived in Davidson County, Tennessee, most of his life (Censuses, record 1).

Death

Nathaniel Brown died 11 July 1882 in Davidson County, Tennessee (record 6).

Wife’s death

Catherine Brown died 24 Aug 1904 in Nashville [record 8].

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Land

See record 3 and record 4.

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Associates

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Other Browns and Bowens

Benjamin F. Brown (record 2) probably was Nathaniel Brown's brother.

There were two other Bowen marriages about the time that Nathaniel and Catharine were married (record 1):

[Davidson County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, Book I, 1789-1837, pages 395 and 403]. These may help to trace the Bowen family.

Benjamin F. Brown later married Ann James (nee Bowen?), license 5 Aug 1834 [Book I, page 459].

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Contemporary Events

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References

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