Name: Samuel BROWN
Birth: 25 APR 1817
Death: 5 SEP 1899 in Buried Brown Family Cem, Griffin Ch Comm, Pickens C0, SC
Reference Number: 383
The Brown Cemetary is located on what use to be the Brown homeplace. It is about 5 miles north of the Pickens County Courthouse, on Hwy 8, 20 ft off the right side of the road just prior to the intersection of Hwy 8 and Ossie Hayes Rd. Cause of death: Car-buncle on back of neck. Member of Porter's Chapel Methodist Church, Pickens Co, SC. Records show he was a member of Glassy Mountain Methodist Church in the late 1800's; also member of the Pickens Methodist Church at about the same time. Taken from "The Peoples Journal", Vol 9, No 33, Thursday, 7 Sep 1899 : Samuel Brown, one of Pickens highly respected citizens, and who resided near Field Post Office, died Monday about 3 O'Clock of a complication of diseases. He ate a very hardy supper Sunday night, but had been in feeble health for some time and his death was not unexpected. He was 72 years of age and leaves an aged wife, seven children and many relatives and friends to cherish his memory. He was a useful and consistent member of the Methodist Church and the remains were intered the following day in the family Cemetary. He was truly an honest, straight forward and christian man.
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF SAMUEL BROWN. IN THE NAME OF GOD. AMEN. I, Samuel Brown of the County of Pickens, in the State of South Carolina, a farmer, being weak of body, and of sound mind, memory and understanding; but considering the uncertainty of this transatory life, and the certainty of death, do make and publish this, my last will and testament, in manner and form following, to wit:
I. It is my will, and I do order, that all my just debts and funeral expenses be duly paid and satisfied, as soon as conveniently can be, after my decease.
II. Second, I give and bequeth to my dear wife, Mary Ann Brown, all the personal property I may be in possession of at the time of my death, in fee simple, to do as she pleases with, and I do also will and order, that she shall have full control of all my real estate, so as to receive all rents and profits for her maintenance until her death, and if the proceeds of my real estate is not sufficient for her support, that she shall have the full authority to sell any part thereoff for that purpose.
III. Third, I give and bequeth to my beloved daughter Sarah Ann Chapman, all that piece or parcel of land lying on the west side of a line beginning at Thomas Anthoneys line on the road leading from Griffins Church to Pumpkintown, said road being the line until you strike the spring branch coming from Potato Hill Mountain, then following the spring branch until it empties into Town Creek, thence in a Northernly direction to Cherry Tree on west side of Town Creek, about half way to line of Larkin Hendricks line, thence up said Town Creek to Larkin Hendricks line following a ditch made to turn said Town Creek, for use and support of the said Sarah Ann Chapman and her bodily heirs, by her present husband George Chapman, to take effect at my death and the death of my wife Mary Ann Brown.
IV. Fourth, I give and bequeth, to my son Robert B Brown, all that piece or parcel of land on the east side of the line above described, for the use and support of the said Robert B. Brown and his bodily heirs by his present wife Leona Brown, to take effect at my death and the death of my wife Mary Ann Brown.
And lastly, I nominate, constitute and appoint Lucian Hendricks to be the Executor of this my will, and I do hereby declare this, and no other, to be my last will and testament., in witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Second day oy May, in the year of our lord eighteen hundred and ninety five.
Signed: Samuel Brown Seal LS or TS
Signed, published, and declared by the above named Samuel Brown as and as for his last will and testament, in presence of us, Who, at his request and in the presence of each other have signed as witness to the same.
Signed: Olin L. DuRant
The Methodist Bible that belonged to Samuel and Mary Ann has some information written in it. The spelling for Mary Ann Breazaele contains the last letter "e". It is in the Posession of Darrell Anthony, a descendent of Samuels son Sheriff Hanes Brown.
There is a story as told by a descendent Robert Rankin Brown, however at this point no information has been found to support any of the story. During the Civil War, many farms and homesteads had been raised and used by the Union and Confederate Armies. After the War, Carpet baggers from the North had come into the area and cheated or claimed ownership of certain lands. There was trouble and a hanging, with no one ever being charged. It is told that about this time a lot of the Brown boys left home in the night. Scottie Brown, a descendent, remembers his grandfather, Lewis Elbert Brown, telling a story that his father had told, about someone stealing a horse, and there was punishment taken. He does not remember the whole story. This kinda supports the story as given from the descendents of Rankin Brown, of the problem, that possibly occured.
Another folk story, as remembered by descendent Lewis Brown, is that Samuel used to run a grist mill, located in the area where Fox Squirrel Ridge and Griffin Church Road cross. Samuel and a Mr Harbin, father of Leona Harbin, wife of Robert Bowen Brown, were arch enemies and Mr Harbin always took his corn to other mills which were farther away. But one cold and icy day Mr Harbins horses could not make it up the hill so he was forced to use the Brown corn mill. From that time on the two were the very best of buddies.
Father: Lewis BROWN b: ABT. 1760
Mother: Julia TATUM b: ABT. 1778 in Believed to be North Carolina
Mary Ann BREAZEALE b: 24 JUL 1821
- John Tatum BROWN b: 30 MAR 1840 in Griffin Comm, Pickens Co, SC
- William Silas BROWN b: 30 MAY 1842
- Henry Jacob BROWN b: 17 FEB 1845 in Pickens Co, SC
- Sheriff Hanes BROWN b: 11 OCT 1847 in Above Pickens, SC.
- Lewis Acker BROWN b: 20 MAR 1850 in Above Pickens, SC.
- Mary Jane BROWN b: 20 JUL 1852
- James Ambler BROWN b: 23 MAY 1855 in Above Pickens, SC.
- Samuel W BROWN b: 10 AUG 1858 in Above Pickens, SC.
- Sarah Ann "Sallie" BROWN b: 30 AUG 1861 in Above Pickens, SC.
- Robert Bowen BROWN b: 26 SEP 1865