The collection consists of an eight page manuscript entitled "The Story of the Robert Brown Family of Jackson County, North Carolina" by Grace Hall Brown of Cullowhee, NC.
The study begins with Robert Brown's arrival from England at the port of Charleston, SC, in 1740. Brown first moved to Cleveland County, NC, where he married the daughter of a former North Carolina governor, Clyde R. Hoey (after whom Hoey Auditorium on the Western Carolina University (WCU) campus is named). He later moved to the Caney Fork area of Jackson County, North Carolina.
One of Brown's descendants was Robert Hamilton Brown, a member of the original board of trustees of Western Carolina University. Frank Brown, Sr., and Frank Brown, Jr., both of whom were on the faculty of WCU, were descendants of Robert Brown.
Felix Alley, a North Carolina judge, was a descendent of Albert Brown. Alley attended the Cullowhee school; see also the Alley manuscript collection.
The Brown manuscript briefly traces six generations of the Brown family and, in the author's words, "is not intended to be a complete genealogical report of the Brown family."
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