I do not know when this photo of James A. H. Brownlow was taken, but considering his youthful appearance, I would guess around the time of the Civil War. He was born in 1824. (Source of the photo is Jason Edwards).

The Brownlow family

Our Brownlow family tree can be traced back to William Brownlow, who was born in1726 in Ballywilly, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and died in 1770 in Craven County, (now Kershaw County), South Carolina. Beyond that, it is in doubt.

One researcher believes that in the family tree is John Brownlow, son of Richard Brownlow and Helen Roper. Richard was mayor of Nottingham numerous times in the late 1500s. John was born 1559 in Basford, Lincolnshire, England, and died in 1616 in Armagh, Northern Ireland. He married Douglas Roper on 1589 in St Mary's, Nottingham.

When the English displaced the native Irish in the “Plantation of Ireland” in the early 1600s, John Brownlow offered himself as an “undertaker” or tenant holder of land in Barony of ONeilland, County Armagh. He was granted the 'middle proportion' of Doughcoron by patent from King James I on 29 May 1610. Doughcoron contained 1,500 acres. On 13 June 1610 John Brownlow's son, William, was granted 1,000 acres, the proportion of Ballynemony.

The Brownlows established Lurgan, a city of approximately 38,000 people today, about 20 miles southwest of Belfast. William was knighted, and his descendant Charles was named a baron in 1839. These Brownlows include a long list of High Sheriffs of County Armagh and members of parliament.

But, while the connection is undoubtedly true, it has yet to be proven. What is known of the Brownlow family prior to William is that it is of Saxon origin and referred to the ruling family of Derbyshire prior to the Norman invasion in 1066. The first recorded instance of the name Brownlow came in the 13th century when they were listed as landholders in Derbyshire, and a William de Brounley accompanied King Edward II on an expedition in Flanders in 1325.

The Brownlows migrated from Derbyshire to Nottingham over time, and many lines of Brownlows have existed there, although they have historically considered themselves to be of the same family.

Harriet Octavia "Tavey" Brownlow

The Smith family connects with the Brownlow family through Harriet Octavia Brownlow. She was the wife of William Thomas Smith and they were Thiddo Smith’s grandparents (see The Smith-Hall Nexus for information on Thiddo Smith and Gladys Hall). She was born in 1859 in GMD 1073 (Van Wert) in Polk County, Georgia, and died in 1935 in Bartow County. They were married September 19, 1886, in Cherokee County.

Her parents were James A. H. Brownlow and Jane Ann Austin. James A. H.'s exact name is in question. I believe it is James Alexander Henley Brownlow. 
He is said to have been named after his paternal grandmother Susan Alexander and his maternal grandmother Elizabeth Henley. But he is also said to be named Archibald and Hill, but the idea he was named after his grandmothers seems the most plausible. In any case, he was born 22 April 1824 in Pendleton, South Carolina, and died 8 June 1900, in Linwood, a small community now gone just north of Halls Station on the Adaisville-Kingston Road, Bartow County. Jane Ann Austen was born 10 June 1827 in Hall County and died 21 June 1909 in Floyd County. One website says she died at the home of her youngest daughter, Julia Emma. For more information on her, see The William Thomas Smith line.

James A. H. Brownlow and Jane Ann Austin were married 27 January 1846 in Forsyth County, and are buried in the Connesena Baptist Church Cemetery. The church is near Halls Station, a very small community about five miles south of Adairsville on the Kingston Highway. It was also known as Halls, Halls Mill, and, as noted, Linwood.

According to a summary of various sources, including the Brownlow website at http://www.thebrownlows.com/home.html, and my own research, their children were:

1. Sarah Elizabeth "Sis" Brownlow (one site says Susannah), born 16 November 1846 in Forsyth County, Georgia, and died 10 January 1929 in Shannon, Floyd County (the Watters District) of influenza. She married “Johny Wit” (John P. Witt) on 27 May 1872 in Bartow County. She is buried in the Salmon Cemetery in Floyd County.

2. John Wimpy Brownlow was born 31 May 1849 in Forsyth County and died 9 August 1939 in Talladega, Alabama. John W. Brownlow has the distinction of marrying into both the Collins and Smith families. His first wife was Sarah Elizabeth Collins, born 3 February 1851 and died 7 July 1884. They married on 10 November 1870 in Bartow County. She is buried at the Connesena Baptist Church Cemetery near Halls Station in Bartow County. According to Jason Edwards, his grandchildren called him "Little Grandpa."

Sarah Collins was the daughter of Nancy Collins and sister of Perry Collins, James Brownlow’s neighbor in Kingston in 1880. Perry’s sister Ursula Collins married Albert Smith, father of William Thomas Smith who married John Wimpy’s sister Harriet Octavia, below.

John and Sallie Collins had at least five children:

– Perry Lee Brownlow, born 1871. Perry Lee Brownlow married Doris or Dora Hice on 22 December 1895 in Bartow County. His death date is unknown, but he is buried at the Hepzibah Cemetery in Talladega, Alabama.

Children of Perry Lee Brownlow and Dora Hice are:

• Charles Edgar Brownlow, born 1 March 1901 in Rome, Georgia and died 31 January 1981 in Talladega, Alabama.
• Homer Jackson Brownlow, born 2 July 1898 in Georgia and died March 1972 in Alpine, Talladega County, Alabama.
• John Brownlow, born 26 October 1892 in Georgia and died April 1969 in Rome, Georgia.
•Lillie Brownlow, born April 1875.  Lilly Brownlow married William Neville on 21 April 1907 in Bartow County.
• Lemuel Brownlow, born 1877. At Connesena, there is a grave for J. L. Brownlow, 13 July 1877-19 November 1901.
• Elbert and Albert Brownlow, twins, were born in April 1880 according to the 1880 census, 21 March 1880 according to a website. Albert Brownlow married Nettie Smith on 2 April 1905 in Bartow County. He died 20 March 1917 in Alpine, Alabama. Elbert Brownlow died in 1882 and is buried in the Connesena Baptist Church Cemetery in an unmarked grave.

Albert married Cassies Victoria Folsom on 1909 in Guntersville, Marshall County Alabama. They had four children:

▪ Jennia Victoria Brownlow, born 14 June 1911 in Alpine, Talladega County, Alabama, and died 8 March 1958 in Birmingham, Alabama.
▪ Robert Howard Brownlow, born 5 January 1913 in Alpine and died 2 June 1992 in Colbert county, Alabama.
▪ William Clyde Brownlow, born 21 August 1914 in Alpine and died 22 February 1978.
▪ Dora Belle Brownlow, born 3 July 1917 and died 17 March 1922 in Alpine.
• Sanford Brownlow, born 30 June 1884. Since his mother died eight days later, apparently she died as the result of complications from childbirth. Sanford may have died as well. He is not with the family in 1900 in Kingston.

John W. Brownlow’s second wife was Sarah “Sallie” A. Smith, whom he married on 17 December 1885. Sallie was the daughter of Jesse and Polly Smith, and was William Thomas Smith’s sister. She was born in 1846 in South Carolina and died before 1920 in Talladega County, Alabama.

John W. Brownlow and Sarah A. Smith are in the 1900 Kingston census living next door to William Thomas Smith and John’s sister Harriet Octavia.

John W. and Sallie A. Smith Brownlow had one known child:

Walter E. Brownlow, born March 1889. I know nothing else about him.

3. Jennie Delusky "Lus" Brownlow was born 14 October 1855 in Forsyth County, and died 2 January 1929 in Adairsville, Bartow County. She married Elisha Marion Dyer on 26 June 1892 in Bartow County. He died 29 June 1899 and is buried in East View Cemetery in Adairsville. Jennie D. Dyar, a widow, and her children are living with Jane, also a widow, in the Kingston District in 1900.

Jennie Brownlow and Elisha Dyar had three children:

– Lula M. Dyar, born April 1893.
– Thomas S. Dyar, born July 1895.
– Cora A. Dyar, born April 1898.

4. James Madison "Bud" Brownlow was born 1 June 1856, in either Forsyth County or Polk County, Georgia, and died 1 or 3 January 1931 at Longstation, Polk County. He married Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Phillips, daughter of James Phillips and Rhoda Martha Collins. James and Rhoda were the uncle and aunt of Perry and Ursula Collins.

The Bartow County cemetery list says that Rhoda Martha Collins Phillips, wife of J. J. Phillips, born in 1833 and died in 1906, is buried in the Connesena Baptist Church Cemetery, but I have not yet located her grave.

Sarah Elizabeth Phillips was born Nov. 13, 1861. She died 15 April 1951 at the age of 89 in Polk County of viral pneumonia.

James and Sarah were married on 1 May 1879 and are buried in the Prospect Church cemetery in Van Wert.

After moving around quite a bit, from Adairsville to Van Wert to Taylorsville, Bartow County, to Aragon, Polk County, James and Sarah Elizabeth settled in Van Wert, according to one website, about 1910.

According to the Brownlow website, and http://files.usgwarchives.org/ga/bartow/bios/brown2.txt:

“The story is told that she [Sarah Elizabeth] was born while her father was off fighting for the Confederacy [ . . . ] One day while her and her mother were in town when a man came walking up the tracks. Her mother looked up and said ‘Well Lord, yonder comes Jim Phillips’.

“Soon after that her father died of a sickness he had contracted in the army. She only got to spend a few days with her father. After his death Sarah, along with her mother and sister, had to survive on their own. They did but it was not with out struggle. The story is told that during reconstruction they would take pine boughs and attach them to the side of their house for shade in the summer. They also worked keeping other peoples houses.

“James and Sarah started out married life with a one-eye stove, a table, and crates for chairs. They would tie sacks in the corners of their one-room house for beds.

“Every year for Sarah’s birthday her children would throw her a big party which would be attended by sometimes over two hundred people. It was not uncommon for Governor [Ernest] Talmadge to stop by as well. They would take the furniture out of the house and line the walls with tables of every kind of food imaginable. They would hire local women to do some of the cooking. The main food was a huge pot of stew that was cooked over a fire. There was always plenty at the Brownlow house.”

James and Sarah were the parents of: George Lester Brownlow, Annie Lee Brownlow Carter, Willie Estelle Brownlow Carter, Rhoda Judson Brownlow, Virgil Ephrim Brownlow, Oliver Johnson Brownlow.

In 1880, James and Sarah are in Kingston, Georgia, living next door to Nancy Collins.

I could not determine which unit James Phillips fought in during the Civil War. The Civil War database at lists 11 James Phillips in various units, plus one James J. Phillips, who is not from Northwest Georgia. He may be the James Phillips who was in the 3rd Battalion, Georgia Sharpshooters, which was recruited as an elite unit by Col. Wofford in April or May, 1863.

Bud and Lizzie raised a child that came to be known as "Aunt Mattie," who is the source of several family stories passed down through Jason Edwards. They are mentioned on the William Thomas Smith and Harriet Octavia Brownlow page.

5. Harriet Octavia "Octney" or "Tavey" Brownlow, married William Thomas Smith, son of Ursula Collins Smith and Albert Smith. Sallie Smith who married John W. Brownlow is Albert’s sister. For more on her, see the page on Willia, Thomas Smith and Harriet Octavia Brownlow.

6. Henry Jackson "Jack" Brownlow was born in June 1864 in Van Wert, Polk County and died there in the summer of 1918 or in 1919. He married Emily Doster Phillips on 1 May 1884. Emily was Sarah Elizabeth Phillips’ sister. Her grave at Connesena says “Emily Phillips - wife of H. J. Brownlow 1864-1898.”

Henry Jackson Brownlow also married Missouri Owens on 12 May 1901 in Bartow County.

Children of Henry Jackson Brownlow and Emily Doster Phillips are:

– Thomas Nevilles Brownlow.
– Lula Brownlow.
– Rhoda Alberta Brownlow.
– James Patterson Brownlow.

Children of Henry Jackson Brownlow and Missouri Owens are:

– Nina Brownlow.
– Odell Brownlow.
– Emma Brownlow.
– Beatrice Brownlow.
– Randall Brownlow.
– Kanszady Brownlow.
– Lois Brownlow.

7. Julia Emma "Emmer" Brownlow was born 12 October 1869 and died 12 December 1930 in Gordon County. She was married to James General Conway, born 21 or 24 September 1865 in Alabama and died there 10 April 1934. They were married on 23 December 1888 in Bartow County.

James General Conaway and Julia Emma Brownlow had one known child:

– Nellie Jophelia Conaway, born 29 March 1904 in Floyd County and died in Plainville, Georgia, date unknown.

The Brownlow-Smith-Collins-Philips connections

1. John Wimpy Brownlow’s first wife was Sarah E. Collins, sister of Ursula Collins and Rhoda Martha Collins.

2. John Wimpy Brownlow’s second wife was Sarah “Sallie” A. Smith, the daughter of Albert Smith and Julia Atkins, his second wife.

3. Ursula Collins was Albert Smith’s first wife.

4. Albert Smith’s son, William Thomas Smith, married Harriet Octavia Brownlow, John Wimpy Brownlow’s sister.

5. James Madison Brownlow, brother of John and Harriet Octavia, married Sarah Elizabeth Phillips, daughter of James Philips and Rhoda Martha Collins.

6. James Madison, John, and Harriet Brownlow’s brother, Henry Jackson Brownlow, married Emily Doster Philips. Emily was Sarah Elizabeth’s Philips' sister.

James Alexander Henley Brownlow   

James Alexander Henley Brownlow was a shoemaker and leathersmith before the Civil War, but afterwards is listed in the census records as a farmer. After the war, James and Jane moved to the Linwood Community (Halls Station) in Bartow County, perhaps because he was pardoned near there in 1865 and liked the area.

They were members of the Connesena Baptist Church and are buried in the church cemetery. His tombstone reads "United with the Baptist Church 1846". Several other Browlows are buried in this section.
He was a veteran of the Civil War. His CSA marker says “J. A. H. Brownlow / Corp Co K Georgia Regt Johnson’s Cavalry / Confederate States Army / April 22 1824 June 8 1900.”  He was mustered out at Kingston, Georgia in 1865. For more details on his military service, see “Our family in wartime."

James A. H. Brownlow was elected constable for the 885th Georgia Militia District in Forsyth County in 1852, and was a landholder, according to county records. GMD 885 is due east of Cumming, Georgia.

The records vary, but the Brownlow family moved to Franklin County, Georgia from South Carolina 1824-28, then Forsyth County, Georgia, 1835-42. They were members of Beaver Ruin Baptist and are mentioned on several church rosters.

James A. H. Brownlow moved to Van Wert, Polk County, between 1852-1858, probably closer to 1858 because he was elected constable in the 855th Georgia Militia District in Forsyth County in 1852 (see Documents).

He moved to Linwood about 1870 and it is there he met Jane and settled.

He received a state pension in 1894 based on age and infirmity, and after he died, Jane continued to receive a pension until her death in 1909.

There are numerous records associated with James A. H. Brownlow in the Documents section of this website, plus many more Brownlow documents on-line at  http://www.thebrownlows.com/home.html.

Further up the Brownlow family tree
In Harriet Octavia Brownlow’s family tree are several ancestors who came to America from England and Ireland.
James A. H. Brownlow’s father was John A. Brownlow and his mother was Susan Wimpey or Wimpy.
Susan Wimpey was born in 1799 in the Old Pendleton District, Anderson, South Carolina, and died about 1880 in White County, Georgia. She is said to be buried at the Beaver Ruin Baptist Church Cemetery in Forsyth County, Georgia, but I don't know if her grave is marked.

John A. Brownlow was born in 1797 in Chatham County, North Carolina, and died in 1869 in White County. John and Susan were married 30 June 1821 in Pendleton, and had the following children:   

– Issac Allison Brownlow, born 20 April 182? in South Carolina.
– James A. H. Brownlow, 22 Apr 1824 in Pendleton.

– Larkin Sanford Brownlow, born 5 April 1831 in Franklin County, Georgia, and died 25 April 1891 in White County, Georgia. He married Susan Payne.

– Obediah J. Brownlow, born 1836 in Franklin County. He married Lucinda Guthrie. Obediah died 12 February 1865 of wounds he received in fighting at Pulaski, Tennessee.For more on his Civil War service, see "Our family in wartime."

– Susanna N. Brownlow, born 1838 in Franklin.

– Issac Allison Brownlow, born 20 April 1827 in South Carolina, and died 7 May 1901 in White County, Georgia.

–  John A. Brownlow, born in 1822 in the Pendleton District, South Carolina, and died 10 June 1862 near Richmond, Virginia. John apparently did not die as the result of action in the Civil War. He is not listed on any military rosters and the Seven Days Battles, in which the Union army tried unsuccessfully to capture Richmond, did not begin until 25 June 1862.

Susan Wimpey or Wimpy’s parents were Archibald Wimpey and Elizabeth Henley. Elizabeth was born in 1775 and died in 1827 in Franklin County. Nothing else is known of her. Archibald was born 1762 in Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, Georgia, and died in 1838 in Hall County. They were married about 1795 in Pendleton.

Their children were Elizabeth, born about 1798, Susan, Aaron 1801, William 1811, Archibald G. 17 April 1814, Isaac 1815, and Thomas Henley 1816.
Thomas Henley Wimpy died in Van Zant, Palo Pinto County, Texas, in 1879, and had a son, Archibald Lumpkin Wimpey, born 7 August 1837 in Van Zant, and died 23 July 1900 in Lumpkin County, Georgia. Archibald Lumpkin married Elizabeth J. Shepherd, of whom nothing else is known. It is intriguing, however, that there are two Shepherd families in the family three, this one and that of Anne Shepherd, in Anna Rosinda Gipson’s ancestry.

The elder Archibald Wimpey’s father was David D Wimpey, who was born 1746 in Lunenburg, Virginia, and died in 1811 in Pendleton. His mother was Jerusha ?, born 1745 in Lunenburg. They were married in 1765 in Johnston County, North Carolina. They had seven children but I do not know all their names.

David D. Wimpey’s parents were English. His father was John Newton Wimpy, born 1710 in England, and died 1762 in Lunenburg. His wife’s name was Mary, last name unknown, born 1710 in England and died 1761 in Lunenburg. They had three children but I do not know all their names.

The Brownlow Fortune

There is a legend in the Brownlow family of a large inheritance, but it has never been substantiated. Jason Edwards related the following informaiton:

 " I grew up hearing about how all of J. A. H.’s children were supposed to have inherited some sort of fortune or property in Oklahoma. I do have an undated article out of the Atlanta Constitution from the late 1920’s that tells about how “The City of Oklahoma City Seeks Heirs to Vast Estate”. In the article it lists the children of J. A. H., including Aunt Tavey, as the heirs of Archibald Wimpy Brownlow. I have never been able to figure out who this person was. Naomi thought that he was really a Wimpy cousin and not a Brownlow. Her mother remembered when he stopped by on the train in Kingston to see the family on his way 'out west.' She told how Aunt Emily [Emily Doster Phillips Brownlow]  and Mama Brownlow [Sarah Elizabeth Philips Brownlow] cried when he left and he told them not to cry, that he was going “to make them a fortune”. This would’ve been in the late 1880’s or very early 1890’s. Aunt Mattie remembered that when the article came out in the Atlanta paper the family gathered at Daddy Bud’s [James Madison Brownlow] house and some men 'in a black car, wearing black suits' came from Chattanooga to talk to the family. She wasn’t in the room when this was going on, she was about 14, but she seemed to think they were lawyers. At that time, and again in the 1950s, family members traveled to Oklahoma to see what they could dig up but were unsuccessful at finding out anything about “Archibald Wimpy Brownlow” or the “Brownlow Fortune”. I don’t profess to know if it ever existed or not but most branches of the family have a version of the legend."

It is worth noting that Susan Wimpey's father was Archibald Wimpey, and he had a grandson named Archibald Lumpkin Wimpy or Wimpey, born 7 August 1837 in Van Zant, and died 23 July 1900 in Lumpkin County, Georgia, as mentioned below. He could possibly be the Archibald of legend. Since "Aunt Emily" and "Mama Brownlow" would probably not have been close to any members of the Brownlow family prior to their marrying into it in 1884 and 1879, respectively, the first event described above could have happened as Jason says. Where Archibald Wimpey lived between 1837 and 1900 is unknown.

John Brownlow

James A. H. Brownlow's grandfather, John Brownlow, fought in the American Revolution. On 29 May 1781, at about 19 years of age, he enlisted in Col. Joseph Mabane's 3rd North Carolina Regiment and fought in the Battle of Lindley's Mill. The battle was an unsuccessful attempt by Patriot troops under Gen. John Butler to free North Carolina Governor Thomas Burke, who had been captured by Tories. John is said to have been wounded 13 times. For more information on his service, see "Our family in wartime."

John Brownlow's family was English and he may have been known as “Plain” John Brownlow. He was born in 1762 in Armagh, Ulster Province, Ireland and died 12 April 1832 in Pendleton, South Carolina. John's family was part of the "Plantation of Ulster," in which the English forcibly removed Irish landowners in Northern Ireland in the early 1600s and replaced them with British, Scotch, and Welsh owners.

The Brownlow family website on him contains contradictory information, but he is thought to have married Susan Alexander.

Children of John Brownlow and Susan Alexander are:

–  John A. Brownlow, born 1797 in Chatham County, North Carolina, and died in 1869 in Forsyth County, Georgia.

–  Joseph Brownlow, born 1790 - 1795.

–  James Brownlow, born 1787 in North Carolina and died 16 February 1867 in Floyd County, Georgia.

–  Mary Brownlow, born 1790 - 1795.

In the 1820 South Carolina census there is a “Plain” John Brownlow, over 45, in Pendleton County. There are two females, 26-45 and 45-over, and 1 foreigner not naturalized in his household.

John Brownlow’s father was William Brownlow, born 1727 in Armagh, Ulster Province, Ireland and died 1770 in Pendleton, Craven County, South Carolina. He married a woman named Jane in 1757 in Ulster. William and Jane Brownlow came to South Carolina on the ship the Chichester in 1767.

On 20 January 1768, our William Brownlow was granted 500 acres in Craven County, South Carolina. The last time he is mentioned in public records was on 15 October 1768, when he purchased 300 acres. He died sometime before January 6, 1773, when his wife is mentioned in a deed as Mrs. Brownlow. She soon after moved to Chatham County, North Carolina, where she married Andrew McBride. He died in 1779 and some point before 12 February1800, Jane moved to Orange County, North Carolina. Her death date is unknown.

Their children were Mary Brownlow Petty (no dates), Jane born 1761, our John 1762-1832, Sarah 1765-1830, and James 1765, all in Ireland.

Little is known for certain of Plain John’s brother James, born in 1765, but there is a James Brownlow the 1790 Halifax County, North Carolina census, and in the 1800 Hillsborough, Chatham County, North Carolina census. In 1790, the James Brownlow household includes 17 free white persons and 21 slaves, indicating that he owned a plantation, but the James Brownlow in the 1800 census apparently owns no slaves.

In the 1850 slave census for District 14, Giles, Tennessee, a James Brownlow owns 14 slaves ages from under-1 to 50. I don’t know, of course, if this is our James. He would be 85 at this time.

I have included the above information – names and dates stuff – because it came from other websites, but if you want to get more of this type information on the Brownlows, I refer you to http://www.thebrownlows.com/home.html.

The Brownlow Y Chromosome Project

A Y chromosome study of the Brownlows was initiated in February 2004. It involves the following Project Surnames:
Bromley    Brownlee    Brownley    Brownlo
Brownloe    Brownlough    Brownlow    Brownlowe
Brumbelow    Brumlo    Brumloe

According to a website, “it is dedicated to Joyce Brownlow of Liverpool who passed away November 1999. She did an amazing amount of Brownlow family research. She hypothesized that all Brownlow's came from the Rivington, Lancashire area of England. She noted how over the centuries in which records about Brownlow's were found, various branches moved out from Rivington to other parts of the kingdom, and then, on to the colonies.”

Elizabeth Jones Austin, about 1870.

Jane Austin and her ancestors
Jane Ann Austin’s father was “Capt.” John Gideon Austin, born 1801 in South Carolina and died date unknown. It is not known why he is called “Captain,” which usually indicates military service. An Internet search for him provided no further information. Her mother was Sarah Elizabeth Jones, born 7 August 1802 in Laurens County, South Carolina, and died in 1885 at the home of her youngest daughter, Sarah Malinda Austin, I believe in Bartow County. She is buried in the Connesena Baptist Church Cemetery in Bartow County, Georgia.

Captain Austin and Elizabeth Jones were married about 1822, and their children were Jane Ann, Wells Grady born 1831, John H. 1840, Cassie Catherine 1843, and Sarah Melinda 1847, according to one site, but the 1850 Forsyth County census suggests other siblings. Sarah Malinda Austin married a Coker.

John Gideon Austin’s father was Silas Austin, born 1775 in Ireland. Nothing else is known of him or his spouse despite repeated searches.

Names and dates
Elizabeth Jones’s parents were Thomas Jones. born 13 June 1761 in Virginia and died 1 May 1826 in Laurens County, South Carolina, and Milly Turner, born 26 August 1759 in Caswell County, North Carolina, and died about 1852 in Forsyth County. They had 10 children, Elizabeth the youngest.

Millie Turner’s parents were Henry Turner, born 25 September 1721 in Caswell County, and died 9 December 1809 there, and Nancy Kimbrough, born 1739 in Culpepper County, Virginia, and died 22 January 1843, probably in Caswell County. They were married in 1767, and had 12 children. Milly was their third.

Henry Turner’s parents were Samuel Turner and Sarah Beavins, and the Turner line ends with Edward Turner, his grandfather I believe, born 1663 in Accomack County, Virginia and died in 1729 in Northhampton, Virginia.

Sarah Beavins’ or Beavens’ family line ends with Rowland Beavens, born 1624 in Bay County, Massachusetts, and died 1709 in Naswatus, Someset, Maryland. His wife was Margaret Price, 1650-1672 in Someset.

Thomas Jones’s father was William Jones, born 31 October 1735 in Alderbury Parish, Shropshire, England, and died 1 September 1823 in Simpsonville (county?) South Carolina. He was married to Mary Whtlock, born 15 April 1741 in Hanover County, Virginia and died in 1825 in Simpsonville. They were married in 1765 in Virginia and had nine children, Thomas was second oldest.
William Jones’s parents are uncertain.

Mary Whitlock’s parents were James Whitlock, born 1715 in St. Martins Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, and died 28 November 1749 in Louisa County, Virginia. He was marred to Agnes Christmas, born 1715 in Hanover County, and died 9 December 1768 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. They had six children, of which Mary was the third.
James Whitlock’s parents were Frances Jones, born 1685 and died 1736 in Hanover, and James Whitlock, 1680-1736 in Hanover. They were married in 1705, and they had seven children. James was the middle child.

The elder James Whitlock’s parents were James and either Margaret or Dorothy, surnames unknown. Margaret was born 1667 in St. Peters, King and Queen, Virginia, and Dorothy 1655 in Hanover. James was born about 1667, place unknown, and died 29 March 1716 in St. Peters, King and Queen County, Virginia. Nothing is known of his father except that his name was Thomas.

Agnes Christmas’s father and mother were Thomas Christmas, born 1 October 1689 in Pohick Creek, Stafford County, Virginia, and died 7 September 1770 in St. Martins, and Annie Duke, born 1699 in Brunswick County, Virginia, and died 1768 in Warren County, North Carolina. They had seven children. Agnes was the oldest.

Thomas Christmas’s father is uncertain (there are five alternates), but I think it is Charles Goodman Christmas, born 1674 and died 1705 in Stafford County, Virginia. His mother was Mary Cross, born 1655 in Prince Georges County, Maryland, but nothing else is known of her.
They had two known children, Charles born 1680, and Thomas.

Annie Duke’s parents were William Duke, born 4 September 1712 in Hays Farm, Jefferson County, West Virginia, and died 21 January 1793 in Warren County, North Carolina, and Mary or Sarah Green, born 1720 in Brunswick County, Virginia, and died 7 January 1794 in Warren. They were married in 1742 in Brunswick. They had 11 children, with Annie (Nanny?) the third child.

William Duke’s parents were William Duke and possibly Tharmar Taylor, but the record gets squirrely here because Thamar Taylor and William Duke’s parents are said to be the same: James Duke and Mary Byrd. Thamar lived 1703-1737 in Brunswick County, and William was born 1701 in Brunswick and died in 1775 in Bute, North Carolina. The records list her married to two William Dukes, both with the same birth and death dates, but with different children. The children of the first marriage are among the children of the second, and the two marriages are just a year off, 1719, and 1720, so I think all this is in error. In all they had 15 children, including William and a Thamar, born 1728 in Brunswick County.

The latter William Duke’s parents were James Duke and Mary Byrd, as said. James was born 1677 in James City, Virginia, and died in Charles City, Virginia in 1751. Mary was born 26 February in Jamestown, and died 1763 in King Queen County. They were married about 1700 in Charles City, and had eight children, with William the second oldest.

James Duke’s parents were Henry Duke, who lived 1640-1714 in James City, and Lydia Hansford or Elizabeth Sloan. Lydia was born in 1680 in New York City, and died in 1719 in Virginia. They were married in 1707 in James City, and had seven children, Ethelred (no dates), John born 1668, Thomas 1672, Elizabeth 1673, Edmund 1676, James 1677, and Marston 1680, all in James City. But other records say Elizabeth was born in 1650 and died 19 Febuary 1679 in James City, married Henry in 1667 in James City, and they had Henry born 1668 in Martins Brandon, Charles City, John 1668, Thomas 1672, Elizabeth 1673, Edmund 1676, James 1677, and Marston 1680, all in James City. Of course, all this is screwed up. Lydia has children who were born before she was, so she can’t be the mother of the children, although she may have been a second wife.

Henry Duke’s father was Thomas Duke and his mother was Mary Barham. They were English. Thomas Duke was born in 1615 in Aylesford, Kent, Suffolk, England and died in 1655 in James City, Virginia.  Mary was born about 1620 in Kent and died 7 June 1671 in James City. They married in 1641 in Kent.

Their children were John, born 1639, Marston 1640, Henry 1641, Thomas 1642, Edmond 1642, and William 1644. Note that the places the children were born is in conflict with the location where the couple married. All the children are said to have been born in America, the first four in James City, and the last two in Charles City, Virginia, yet the couple was married in Kent after the first three were born.
Mary Barham’s mother was Marie King, who lived 28 years in Kent, born 1572 Maidstone, Kent, and died 4 September 1600 in Canterbury, Kent. She was married to Thomas Barham, born 1572 in Buttes, Wadhurst, East Sussex, England, and died 6 June 1609 in Maidstone, Kent. They were married 30 October 1593, and had four children: Anthony born 1595 in Kent, Christopher 1599, Sussana 1600 in Barham, Kent, and Mary 1620 in Kent.

Mary’s mother was Ann Barham, born in Kent, and nothing else is known of her, but the Barham line goes back several more generations to include Fitz Urse De Berham (1175-1210) in Kent, and ends with his father, Richard Fitz Urse, 1130-1175 in Kent.

Other terminal people in the Barham family tree are Thomas De Ocholte, 1175-?, England, Richard Coles 1330-? in Lincolnshire, and John Busse 1670-? in Goodnestone Parish, Kent. John was married to Agnes Brown, born about 1400 in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The line goes back further, but the ancestry of John Busse is uncertain.

There is also Thomas Francklyn, 1524 Broughton, Kent-1573 East Sutton, Kent. Nothing is known of his parents.

Mary Green’s father was Edward Greene and her mother was probably Henrietta Powell. Edward was born in 1700 in Brunswick County, Virginia and died in Granville, North Carolina in 1783. Henrietta lived from 1700 to 1740, all in Virginia, and they married in 1720 there. They had nine children, which may account for her early death:
Edmund and Joseph (both listed as female), another Edmund (male), Francis (female), all born date unknown, then Joseph 1715 in Bute? County, North Carolina, Mary 1720, Thomas 1724, Peter 1728, and William 26 November 1739. The One World Tree record notes that Brunswick County formed Prince George, Isle of Wight, and Surry Counties.
Note: there are 12 alternate spouses of Edward Green all told.
Edward Green’s father was Edward Greene, born about 1670, and died 1728 in Surry County, Virginia. His spouse is unknown. They had two children, Edward, and William, born about 1710, probably in Brunswick.

Edward Green’s father was Thomas Green, born 1640 in Charles City, Virginia. Nothing else is known of him, but he could have come over from England.


Jason Lee Edwards, a Brownlow family researcher. I especially thank him for some of the family stories, and clearing up some of the details.

“The Brownlows”
This webpage is a one-stop shop for all things Brownlow. It contains a vast amount of information on the family.


Photo of J. A. H. Brownlow
http://www.ancientfaces.com/research/photo/372566. The original source for this photo was Jason Edwards.

Photo of Elizabeth Jones Austin

If you want to find out more about the possible Brownlow ancestors who were nobles, check the Brownlow site above, and:

Bartow County genealogy
This is the best county genealogy website I have seen and it continues to grow.

Last updated 22 October 2012


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