Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871


1. John Brown, the oldest son of Rev. John Brown, was born at Staunton, (probably at Spring Farm, where his maternal grandmother lived), September 12, 1757. He was sent to Princeton College, and when the American army retreated through the Jerseys, joined the troops, crossed the Delaware with them, and remained some time as a volunteer. He afterwards was a member of a Rockbridge company, and with it served under LaFayette. His education was completed at William and Mary College. The sketch of him in Collins’s History of Kentucky (Volume II, page 252), says he “assisted the celebrated Dr. Waddell for two years as a teacher in his school, read law in the office of Mr. Jefferson, and moved to Kentucky in 1782.” After Kentucky became a State he was three times consecutively elected a United States Senator. He was also a member of the House of Representatives one or more terms. In 1805 he retired to private life, and after that declined all overtures to take office. He died August 28, 1837, at Frankfort. His wife was a daughter of the Rev. John Mason, of New York, and sister of the distinguished Rev. John M. Mason.

The late Judge Mason Brown, of Frankfort, was a son of the Hon. John Brown. One of Judge Brown’s sons was the late Benjamin Gratz Brown, of Missouri, the candidate for the Vice-Presidency of the United States on the “Greeley Ticket,” in 1872. Another of his sons is Colonel John Mason Brown, of Louisville.

2. James Brown, the second son of Rev. John Brown, was distinguished as a lawyer in Kentucky. His wife was a sister of Mrs. Henry Clay. Upon the acquisition of Louisiana, he removed to New Orleans, was associated with Livingston in compiling the civil code of that State, was several times elected to the United States Senate, and was subsequently Minister to France. He died in Philadelphia in 1836, without issue.

3. Dr. Samuel Brown, the third son, studied in Edinburgh, and for many years was a professor in Transylvania University.

4. Dr. Preston W. Brown became pastor of New Providence in 1753, and continued such till 1796, when he followed his sons to Kentucky. He died at Frankfort in 1803, in the seventy-fifth year of his age, his wife having died in 1802 in her seventy-third year.

Mr. Brown had two daughter,—Elizabeth, wife of the Rev. Thomas B. Craighead, of Tennessee, son of the Rev. Alexander Craighead, and Mary, wife of Dr. Alexander Humphreys.

John Humphreys, whose wife was Margaret Carlisle, lived in the county of Armagh, Ireland, His oldest son, David Carlisle Humphreys, came to America in 1763, when he was about twenty-two years old, and lived for eight years in Pennsylvania. There he married Margaret Finley, who is the Mrs. Margaret Humphreys mentioned on a future page. In 1771 he removed to Augusta county, and purchased a farm near Greenville, where he died in 1826, aged eighty-five years. His children were three sons, John, Samuel and Aaron Finley, and five daughters who were the wives respectively of Samuel McCutchen, Samuel Blackwood, David Gilkeson, James S. Willson and Archibald Rhea.

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