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Brown Family Collection

Identifier: SM 80-18

Scope and Contents

Ezekial Brown was the son of Walter Brown, a native Englishman who settled with his family in Hall County, GA. Ezekial came to Haywood County, NC, in 1822. Ezekial's son John settled in nearby Jackson County. Most of the materials in this collection are records of Ezekial and John Brown's land transactions in the latter two counties, especially in the Scotts Creek area. There are nine such items in the collection ranging in date from 1817-1859. The pre-1822 arrival item is a document concerning the sale of land to Henry Plott, who eventually became John Brown's father-in-law. Other legal documents include a summons and statement of bonded debt.

The correspondence in the collection consists of two letters. One is incomplete and was from Isaac Brown, who settled in Colorado, to his brother John. The other letter, written from Lanson, AR, by Lanson P. Brown (the town was named for him) to "Brother and Family," probably Jesse Franklin Brown. The dates of these letters are 1886-1901.

Other items in the collection include:

(1) A handwritten obituary of Eunice Plott Brown, wife of John, probably written in 1876, the year of her death

(2) A Brown family Bible, an 1846 edition, which contains genealogical data

(3) 1881 pamphlet "Public School Law of North Carolina"

(4) An incomplete genealogical chart of the Brown and William G. Jamison families.


  • 1817 - 1901

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18 Files (two folders)

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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States