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  • ID: I398
  • Name: Benjamin Brown
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 FEB 1763 in Orange County, Virginia, USA
  • Death: 27 FEB 1846 in Ruckersville, Elbert County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial: 1846 Benjamin Brown Cemetery, Elbert County, Georgia, USA
  • Occupation: Revolutionary War Soldier, North Carolina Militia
  • ALIA: "Bemka"
  • Note: Benjamin Brown, a soldier in the war of the American Revolution, was born February 17, 1763 in Orange County, Virginia. Early in life he moved with his parents to Wilkes County, North Carolina, and settled near the Yadkin River.
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  • Note: At the age of 17, in 1780, he enlisted in Captain William Lenoir's company in Colonel Cleveland's regiment. He participated in the Battle of Fishing Creek, and the Battle of King's Mountain.
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  • Note: Not long after the Revolution, he and his wife, Nancy moved to Georgia and settled in Wilkes County (now Elbert County). In Georgia they bought 800 acres of land near the Savannah River, and established on the place a ferry for crossing the
  • Note: Savannah, known for many years as Brown's Ferry (later Sander's Ferry).
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  • Note: Benjamin and Nancy had 10 children, three boys and seven girls: Rosanna, Dozier, Elizabeth, Gincy, Lucy, Asa, Elbert, Sara, Nancy, and Matilda. The children called Benjamin "Bemka" and Nancy "Mamcu".
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  • Note: It is not know how long the family resided on the Savannah River. Perhaps after 15 or 20 years, they moved to Elbert County and settled near the old village of Ruckersville. There, some of the younger children were born. When Benjamin and Nancy
  • Note: died, they were buried in the family graveyard on the farm. The farm, near the Beaverdam Creek between Elberton, Georgia, and the Savannah River, was still owned by some of the descendants. The house they built on the farm, probably before 1821,
  • Note: is still standing, occupied by their descendants.
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  • Note: Benjamin's first wife, Nancy, died in 1821. Sometime later, Benjamin married Joanna (of whom all is known), a widow from South Carolina of independent means . . .
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  • Note: Benjamin died on February 17, 1846, at the age of 83. The place of his burial, the family burial ground, is still kept as such. There, the Daughters of the Revolution placed a marker on his final resting-place, as a reminder of the merit of the
  • Note: old patriot and for the inspiration of future generations.
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  • Note: SOURCE: Letter from Rita Ray Hand, "Written in the 1930's by Dallas Herndon, Descendant."
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  • Note: "Benjamin Brown, Revolutionary War soldier, came to Elbert County (now Hart) from Randolph County, Virginia."
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  • Note: SOURCE: The Hart of Georgia: A History of Hart County Georgia, p. 381.
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  • Note: In 1820, Benjamin Brown is living adjacent to Edward Herndon in the Smith District of Elbert County.
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  • Note: SOURCE: 1820 Census of Elbert County, Georgia, Microfilm No. 33, Roll No. 8.
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  • Note: Benjamin Brown is listed in The Pension Roll of 1835, MPL, as follows:
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  • Note: State: GA
  • Note: County: Elbert
  • Note: Rank: Pvt
  • Note: Ann: 66.66
  • Note: Sums Rvd: -
  • Note: Desc of Svc: NC Militia
  • Note: Placed: 10/16/1833
  • Note: Comm Of: 3/4/1831
  • Note: Age: 71
  • Note: BY: 1762
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  • Note: Allow on Roll Pens
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  • Note: Benjamin Brown is listed in the 1830 Census of Elbert County, Georgia, Microfilm No. M19, Roll No. 17, page 122.
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  • Note: Benjamin Brown is listed in The 1840 Federal Pension List for Georgia as residing in Elbert County, age 77.
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  • Note: SOURCE: A Researcher's Library of Georgia History, Genealogy, and Record Sources by Robert Scott Davis, Jr., Southern Historical Press, 1987, page 133.
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  • Note: From records copied from a family Bible: "Our grandfather was named Benjamin Brown and he came from Randolf County, Virginia."
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  • Note: A Private, Morgan's Company, Hartgrove's North Carolina Militia. Buried in the Benjamin Brown Cemetery (#151) located between Elberton and Ruckersville.
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  • Note: SOURCE: Early Cemeteries & Gravestones of Elbert County, Georgia 1798-1919. (975.81) published in 1986 by the Elbert County Historical Society.
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  • Note: 16. * Benjamin Brown b. 2/17/1763 d. 2/27/1846
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  • Note: Enlisted in Wilkes County, North Carolina In 1780 in Captain William Lenoir's Company, Colonel Cleveland's Regiment of the North Carolina Troops. He participated in the Battles of Fishing Creek and King's Mountain.
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  • Note: Buried: Brown Family Cemetery, near Ruckersville.
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  • Note: See:
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  • Note: (1) Abstracts of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots. Reported to D.A.R. in 1934.
  • Note: (2) Early Cemeteries and Gravestones, Elbert County, Georgia, p. 44.
  • Note: (3) History of Franklin County, Georgia, p. 407.
  • Note: (4) Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia, p. 227.
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  • Note: SOURCE: GEORGIA REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS' GRAVES, compiled by H. Ross Arnold, Jr. & H. Clifton Burnham, Volume One (Appling-Lanier Counties), Copyright 1993, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution, ISBN 0-935931-83-X, Page 206.
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  • Note: b. 17 February 1763, Orange County, Virginia d. 27 February 1846
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  • Note: While a resident of Wilkes County, North Carolina, Benjamin Brown reenlisted during 1780 under Capt. William Lenoir and Col. Cleveland. Also during 1780, he served under Capt. Paul Patrick and Cols. Armstrong and Isaac and was in the battle of
  • Note: Fishing Creek. Later in 1780, he was under Capt. David Vias(?), Maj. Lewis, and Col. Cleveland and was in the battle of Kings Mountain. During 1781 he served under Capt. John Cleveland and Col. Benjamin Herndon. He also served during 1781 under
  • Note: Capt. John Morgan and Maj. Hargrove. Brown was allowed pension on his application executed 7 January 1832 while residing in Elbert County, Georgia. FPA S16327.
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  • Note: SOURCE: The Patriots at Kings Mountain, by B. G. Moss, Copyright 1990, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 90-060759. ISBN 0-9626172-0-2, Page 29.
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    Father: Cornelius Brown b: 1731
    Mother: Margaret O'Neal

    Marriage 1 Nancy Dozier b: 6 OCT 1763 in Virginia, USA
    • Married: 1785 in Virginia, USA
    1. Has No Children Rosanna Brown b: 24 SEP 1787
    2. Has Children Dozier Thornton Brown b: 13 APR 1789 in Wilkes County, Georgia, USA
    3. Has No Children Elizabeth Brown b: 5 JUL 1792
    4. Has No Children Janey Brown b: 4 JUL 1794
    5. Has No Children Lucy H. Brown b: 5 JUL 1796
    6. Has No Children Asa A. Brown b: 4 APR 1798
    7. Has Children Elbert Brown b: 13 MAR 1800 in Elbert County, Georgia, USA
    8. Has No Children Sarah Brown b: 21 JUN 1802
    9. Has No Children Nancy B. Brown b: 13 FEB 1804
    10. Has No Children Matilda H. Brown b: 15 SEP 1806 in Elbert County, Georgia, USA

    Marriage 2 Joanna
    • Married: 28 JUL 1829 in Elbert County, Georgia, USA

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