Welcome to my Joseph Brown Lineage Page. This line is a newer line for me. It wasn't until recently that I found deeds of Joseph in the Buncombe Co., Land Deeds that I was able to connect the dots with a little more proof. I believe the information below is correct, but if you find any discrepancies please email me. I hope you find the information helpful to you. I would like to Susan Reynoldson for peaking my curiosity and looking for more information on the family

Please remember each bit of information found here, or elsewhere, must be researched and proved or disproved by weight of evidence by you, the researcher.


Descendants of Joseph Brown

*****************1st Generation*****************

     Joseph Brown, born ca 1740 at Bucks Co., Pennsylvania (his parents belonged to the Buckingham Monthly Meeting in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania at the time), the son of Thomas Brown and Ruth Large. Joseph married Ann Jones on 27 Oct 1763 at the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting House. Ann was previously married to Henry Morgan, and had a daughter named Catherine. Catherine was born on 09 Jan 1758. She married Joseph Wilson. Ann was born in 1742 in New Garden, Guilford Co., North Carolina, the daughter of John Jones and Mary Phillips.

More information on their marriage

    From the U.S. Quaker Meetings, 27 Oct 1763, Vol 1, pg. 31 - Cane Creek Monthly Meeting House Minutes, Alamance Co., North Carolina: Now These Are to Certify all Whom it may Concern that for the full accomplishing therein S;d Intentions This 27th day of the 10th month in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty three they the S;d Joseph Brown and Ann Morgan appear;d in a Publick Assembly of S;d people and others Met together at the Meeting House of Cane Creek afores;d for the publick Worship of God And therein the S;d assembly the S;d Joseph Brown Taking Her the S;d Ann Morgan by the Hand Did in a Solem Manner openly Declare he took Her the S;d Ann Morgan to Be his Wife promising thru Devine assistance to Be unto Her a loving and faithful Husband until Death Shall Separate them & then & there the S;d Ann Morgan Did in Like Manner Openly Declare She took him the S;d Joseph Brown to Be Her Husband promising thru Devine assistance to Be Unto Him a Loving and faithful Wife untill Death Should Separate Them or Words to the Effect - Moreover the the S;d Joseph Brown and Ann Morgan She According to the Custom of Marriage assuming the Name of her Husband as a further Confirmation there of Did then and there to these presents Set their Hands ----- Joseph Brown, Ann Brown. Witnessed by: Anthony Chammess, Thomas Brown, Phillipenia Stanfish, Margaret Brown, Mary Brooks, Sarah Chammes, William Brown, Thomas Brown, Samuel Brown, Richard Jones, Thomas Thornbrough, Jeel Brooks, Margaret Hout.

     Joseph and Ann must have been granted a certificate to New Garden Monthly Meeting, Guilford Co., North Carolina as their family was listed in their records. Their children were:

1. Mary Polly Brown, (See 2nd Generation), born 20 Dec 1764 , North Carolina (New Garden Monthly Meeting Minutes, Guilford Co., North Carolina, pg. 109).

2. Ruth Brown, born 04 Apr 1767, North Carolina (New Garden Monthly Meeting Minutes, Guilford Co., North Carolina, pg. 109). She married John Mendenhall on 15 Jun 1785 at the Bush River Monthly Meeting, Guilford Co., North Carolina (U.S. Quaker records, Bush River Monthly Meeting Minutes). John was born on 06 Mar 1756 in Guilford Co., North Carolina the son of Richard Mendenhall. Their family was listed in the 1790 Guilford Co., North Carolina Census with 2 males under 16, 1 male 16 + and 1 female, the 1800 Sailsbury, Guilford Co., North Carolina Census with 3 males under 10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 26-44, 2 females under 10, 1 female 16-25, and 1 female 26-44, the 1810 Greensboro, Guilford Co., North Carolina Census with 1 male under 10, 1 male 45+, 2 females under 10, am 1 female under 45, the 1820 Xenia, Greene Co., Ohio Census with 1 male 10-15, 1 male 16-18, 2 males 16-25, 1 male 45+, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 16-25, and 2 females 45+, and lastly the 1830 Xenia, Greene Co., Ohio Census records with 1 male 20-29, 1 male 70-79, 1 female 10-14, 1 female 30-39, and 1 female 60-69. Ruth died on 13 Jan 1832 and John died on 03 Jun 1839. They both are buried in the Caesar Creek Friends Cemetery, Waynesville, Warren Co., Ohio (findagrave.com). Their children were (many of Ruth and John's children's births came from the U.S. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Springfield Monthly Meeting, pg. 861):

     a. Richard Mendenhall, born: 25 Mar 1786, Guilford Co., North Carolina, died 21 Feb 1874, Dallas Co., Iowa. He married Elizabeth Barnett. Elizabeth was born on 18 Apr 1788 in Virginia, died 30 Jun 1885, also in Dallas Co., Iowa. Their family was listed in the 1810 Greensboro, Guilford Co., North Carolina Census, the 1820 Jamestown, Guilford Co., North Carolina Census, the 1830, 1850, and 1860 Decatur, Marion Co., Illinois Census, and the 1870 Union, Decatur Co., Iowa Census records. They both are buried in the Bear Creek Cemetery, Dexter, Dallas Co., Iowa (findagrave.com). Children: William, Isaac, Mary, Amelia, Margaret, Richard, Ruth, and Nathan Mendenhall.

     c. Joseph Mendenhall, born: 02 Oct 1787, Guilford Co., North Carolina (Springfield Monthly Meeting Notes), died 31 Jul 1872, Hendircks, Marion Co., Indiana. He married Nancy Ann "Ann" Barnett. Nancy was born 15 Mar 1790, Virginia, died 06 Jan 1877. Their family was listed in the 1830 Decatur, Marion Co., Ohio Census, the 1840 Grant, Marion Co., Ohio Census, and the 1850, 1860, and 1870 Decatur, Marion Co., Ohio Census records. They both are buried in the Easton Friends Cemetery, West Newton, Marion Co., Indiana (findagrave.com). Children (Hinshaw Index): John, Ruth, Jane, Atha B., Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Joseph, Eli, and Lydia Mendenall.

     d. Jonathan Mendenhall, born: 11 Oct 1789, Guilford Co., North Carolina (Springfield Monthly Meeting Notes).

     e. Margaret Mendenhall, born: 10 Jun 1791, Guilford Co., North Carolina (Springfield Monthly Meeting Notes), died 03 Jun 1875. She married Athanasius "Atha" Barnett. Atha was born 24 My 1786 in Virginia, the son of Athanasius Barnett and Jane Hutchens (Ackworth Monthly Meeting Notes), died 10 Apr 1866. Their family was listed in the 1830 Decatur, Marion Co., Ohio Census, the 1840 Grant, Washington, Warren Co., Indiana Census, and the 1860 Washington, Warren Co., Indiana Census. Margaret was listed in the 1870 living with her son Levi and his family. They both are buried in the Ackworth Cemetery, Warren Co., Iowa (findagrave.com). Children : John, Ruth, Jesse, Katherine, Joseph, William, Jane (Fairfield Monthly Meeting Notes) and Levi Barnett (Ackworth Monthly Meeting Notes)

     f. Aaron Mendenhall, born: 04 May 1793, Guilford Co., North Carolina (Springfield Monthly Meeting Notes), died 14 Oct 1861, Indiana. He married Lavinia Westfall on 05 Aug 1816 in Greene Co., Ohio. Lavinia was born 13 Mar 1794, Greene Co., Ohio, died 03 Apr 1832. Aaron was listed in the 1840 Morgan Co., Indiana Census, the 1850 and 1860 Madison Co., Indiana Census records. They both are buried in the Easton Friends Cemetery, West Newton, Marion Co., Indiana (findagrave.com). John, Ann, Albert, Joseph, Catherine, and Cynthia Mendenhall.

     g. Ruth Mendenhall, born: 11 Apr 1795, Guilford Co., North Carolina (Springfield Monthly Meeting Notes), died 01 Feb 1882. She married John Stanfield on 30 Aug 1818, Greene Co., Ohio. John was born 24 Feb 1795 in Guilford Co., North Carolina the son of William Stanfield and Charity Mendenhall, died 10 Jan 1842. Their family was listed in the 1830 and 1840 Xenia, Greene Co., Ohio Census records. Ruth was listed in the 1850 Xenia, Greene Co., Ohio Census, the 1870 and 1880 Spring Valley, Greene Co., Ohio Census records. Ruth is buried in the Caesar Creek Friends Cemetery, Waynesville, Warren Co., Ohio (findagrave.com). Children: Charity, Matilda, Minerva, Margaret, Mary Jane, Narcissa, and William Stanfield.

     h. William Mendenhall, born: 25 Oct 1799, Guilford Co., North Carolina (Springfield Monthly Meeting Notes), died 17 Apr 1853. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Walton on 02 Nov 1825 in Miami, Ohio. Elizabeth was born 15 Oct 1805 in Frederick Co., Virginia the daughter of Edward and Deborah Walton (Caesar's Creek Monthly Meeting Notes), died 01 Mar 1869. Their family was listed in the 1830 Ceasars Creek, Greene Co., Ohio Census, the 1840 Silver Creek, Greene Co., Ohio Census, and the 1850 Sugar Creek, Greene Co., Ohio Census records. Elizabeth was listed in the 1860 Spring Valley, Greene Co., Ohio Census records. They both are buried in the Caesar Creek Friends Cemetery, Waynesville, Warren Co., Ohio (findagrave.com). William left a WIll dated 18 Aug 1853 in Greene Co., Ohio, proved on 19 Aug 1853. Children (Caesar's Creek Monthly Meeting Notes): Deborah, John, Ann, Hannah, Edward, Samuel, Ruth, Catherine, Margaret, and William A. Mendenhall.

     i. Catherine Mendenhall, born: 19 Dec 1801, Guilford Co., North Carolina (Springfield Monthly Meeting Notes), died 16 Apr 1864 in Green Co., Ohio. She married Samuel Walton. Samuel was born 26 Mar 1804, the son of Edward and Deborah Walton, died 09 Mar 1894 in Greene Co., Ohio. Their family was listed in the 1840 and 1850 Sugar Creek, Greene Co., Ohio Census, and the 1860 Spring Valley Greene Co., Ohio Census records. They both are buried in the Caesar Creek Friends Cemetery, Waynesville, Warren Co., Ohio (findagrave.com). Children (Ceasars Creek Monthly Meeting Notes): Ruth, Milo, Edward, John, Moses and William Walton.

     j. Benjamin Mendenhall, born: 26 Apr 1804, Guilford Co., North Carolina (Caesar's Creek Monthly Meeting Notes), died 10 Feb 1891. He married twice. He married first to Ann Simpson on 11 Nov 1832 in Greene Co., Ohio. Ann was born in 1804 in Ohio. Their family was listed in the 1840 and 1850 Sugar Creek, Green Co., Ohio Census,and the 1860 Spring Valley, Greene Co., Ohio Census records. Their children were: William, John, Rebecca, Smith and Margaret Mendenhall. Benjamin married second to Elizabeth A. Thornburg on 14 Nov 1865 in Greene Co., Ohio. Elizabeth was born in 1814 in Kentucky. They were listed in the 1870 and 1880 Spring Valley, Greene Co., Ohio Census records. Benjamin is buried in the Spring Valley Cemetery, Spring Valley, Greene Co., Ohio (findagrave.com).

     k. Nathan Mendenhall, born: 17 Apr 1806, Guilford Co., North Carolina (Caesar's Creek Monthly Meeting Notes), died 03 Mar 1885, Greene Co., Ohio. He married Rhoda Anderson. Rhoda was born 1812 in Ohio, died 1870 Greene Co., Ohio (findagrave.com). Their family was listed in the 1830, 1840 and 1850 Xenia, Greene Co., Ohio Census, and the 1860 and 1870 Spring Valley Greene Co., Ohio Census records. Benjamin was listed in the 1880 Spring Valley, Greene Co., Ohio Census, They both are buried in the Woodland Cemetery, Xenia, Greene Co., Ohio. Children: Ellis, Priscilla, Polly, Ruth, James, Amarilla, Perkins, Julia, Peter B., and Mary J. Mendenhall.

     l. Ann Mendenhall, born: 18 Oct 1808, Guilford Co., North Carolina (Caesar's Creek Monthly Meeting Notes).

3. Elizabeth Brown, born 29 Sep 1769, North Carolina (New Garden Monthly Meeting Minutes, Guilford Co., North Carolina, pg. 109). She married Stephen Handlin. Stephen was born ca 1751 (per pension record) in Pennsylvania, the son of Valentine Handlin and Sarah Russell. He was a Private in the Pennsylvania Continental Line. Their family was listed in the 1800 Morgan Co., North Carolina Census with 2 males under 10, 1 male 45+, 3 females under 10, and 1 female 26-44. Stephen owned 300 acres of land on the Little Crabtree on waters of the Toe River, Burke Co., North Carolina. Their family was next listed in the 1820 Montgomery Co., Tennessee Census with 1 male under 10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 45+, 1 female 10-16, 1 female 16-25, and 1 female 45+. Stephen died in 1829 in Montgomery Co.,Tennessee, and Elizabeth died in 1845. Their children were:

     a. William Handlin, born: (1790-1800) 1792, North Carolina, died: Aug 1849, Macoupin Co., Illinois (U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules). He married Polly Shelton. Polly was born in 1793 in Virginia. Their family was listed in the 1820 Williamsport, Maury Co., Tennessee Census, and the 1840 Macoupin Co., Illinois Census records. Polly was listed in the 1850 Macoupin Co., Illinois Census records with her children. Polly left a will dated 08 Apr 1852, naming Joel B. Handlin as her administrator. Children: Joel B., Claiborne, Elisha, Alfred M., and Maria M. Handlin.

     b. Son Handlin, born: (1790-1800), North Carolina .

     c. Daughter Handlin, born:(1790-1800) , North Carolina .

     d. Daughter Handlin, born: (1795-1804), North Carolina .

     e. Daughter Handlin, born: (1795-1804), North Carolina.

     f. Daughter Handlin, born: (1804-1810), North Carolina.

     g. Stephen Handlin, born: 1810 (1810-1820), North Carolina. He married Sarah "Sallie" ____. Their family was listed in the 1850 Montgomery Co., Tennessee Census, the 1860 Middle Division, Dickson Co., Tennessee, and the Dist. 11, Dickson Co., Tennessee Census, and the 1880 Dist. 1 Humphreys Co., Tennessee Census records. Children: Thomas J., Jane, and John N. Handlin.

4. Phillipenia Brown, born 05 Jun 1772, North Carolina (New Garden Monthly Meeting Minutes, Guilford Co., North Carolina, pg. 109). She married _____ Dickerson.

5. Sarah Brown, born , North Carolina. She married _____ Mitchell.

6. Ann Brown, born (1776 - 1794 per 1820 Census), North Carolina. She married _____ Potter. There was a Thomas Potter who's inventory was taken in 1819 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. Could this be Ann's husband? Ann was listed as head of household in the 1820 Montgomery Co., Tennessee Census records with 1 male under 10, 3 males 10-15, 3 females under 10, 1 female 16-25 and 1 female 26-44 living next door to Zadock Potter (possibly her son - Zadock had a son named Milton Brown Potter, Zadock was born in 1794), and the 1830 Montgomery Co., Tennessee Census records with 1 male 5-9, 1 male 15-19, 1 male 20-29, 1 female 10-14, 2 female 15-19, 1 female 20-29 and 1 female 40-50.

     a. Daughter Potter, born: (1795-1804).

     b. Son Potter, born: (1805-1810).

     c. Son Potter, born: (1805-1810).

     d. Son Potter, born: (1805-1810).

     e. Son Potter, born: (1810-1820).

     f. Daughter Potter, born: (1810-1820).

     g. Daughter Potter, born: (1810-1820).

     h. Daughter Potter, born: (1810-1820).

     The next we hear of Joseph was on 29 Apr 1769.

    From the U.S. Quaker Meetings, 29 Apr 1769, pg. 179 - New Garden Monthly Meeting House Men's Minutes, Guilford Co., North Carolina: New Garden Meeting informs this, that Joseph Brown requests a Certificate for himself, Wife, and children to the Monthly Meeting of Fredericksburg, held at Bush River. Richard Williams and Zachariah Dicks is appointed to inquire into his life and conversation, and affairs, and if they find nothing to hinder, prepare one and produce it to next meeting ~

    From the U.S. Quaker Meetings, 02 May 1778, pg. 72 - Cane Creek Monthly Meeting House Minutes, Alamance Co., North Carolina: At a Monthly Meeting held 6th of 6th mo. 1778 Joseph Brown complained of in the 5th month last for accompanying a member in his outgoing in marriage also for accomplishing his marriage out of unity for which this meeting disowns him after usual labor intended ~

    From the U.S. Quaker Meetings, 28 Dec 1782, pg. 55 - Bush River Monthly Meeting House Men's Meeting Minutes, Guilford Co., North Carolina: Joseph Brown produced a Certificate from New Garden Monthly Meeting, dated the 28th of the 12th month 1782, for himself wife and four children Named Ruth, Elizabeth, Phillipenia, and Ann which was accepted ~

     In searching the Buncombe Co., North Carolina Deed records, I accidentally found deeds for Joseph looking for Francis Worley deeds. Joseph Brown of Buncombe Co., North Carolina purchased 200 acres of land located on both sides Bull Creek from John Lyttle on 18 Mar 1795. In Sep 1796 Joseph Brown of Buncombe Co., North Carolina then sold 150 acres of his land on Bull Creek to Thomas Rogers of Buncombe Co., North Carolina, witnessed by Robert Rogers and J. Williams. On 17 Oct 1796 Joseph purchased 50 acres of land located on Bull Creek from the State of North Carolina. On 17 Mar 1797 Joseph Brown sold that 50 acres of land located on Bull Creek to Thomas Rogers. Witnesses were Fr (Francis) Worley and Samuel Parker. Lastly, Joseph Brown of Montgomery Co., Tennessee sold 50 acres of land to located on Bull Creek to Thomas Alexander on 29 May 1801. Again, F. (Francis) Worley was a witness as well as John Alexander.

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     I believe the Joseph Brown listed in the 1790 Burke Co., North Carolina with 4 males 16 and over and 5 females was our Joseph. Joseph was listed in the 1799 and 1801 Early Tax List records of Montgomery Co., Tennessee, so this shows that Joseph migrated to Montgomery Co., Tennessee before 23 May 1801. Dickson Co., Tennessee was formed on 25 Oct 1803 from parts of Montgomery and Robertson Co., Tennessee. The 1810 Census records of Tennessee were resumed lost or destroyed with the except of a few counties, so we have no information on them during that time period. Joseph was still in Dickson Co., Tennessee when he made his Last Will and Testament on 19 Jun 1812. The Will was proven during the July Session of 1814 in Williamson Co., Tennessee. Lastly, Joseph purchased 20 acres of land on Twinbull Creek on 03 Mar 1813. Therefore, Joseph died after that date and before Jul 1814. In looking at the 1830 Hickman Co., Tennessee Census records, it shows a woman the age of 90-99 years of age living with Francis and his wife Mary Polly Brown Worley. I do believe that woman probably was Ann Jones Brown.

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*****************2nd Generation*****************

     Mary Polly Brown married Francis S. Worley

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