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Johan Jacob "Wagonmaker" (Braun) Brown, Sr
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Birth: 1731
Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death: Nov., 1807
Washington County
Tennessee, USA

Johan Jacob "Wagonmaker" (Braun) Brown, born 1731 in Ruschberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, was the oldest son of Johan Stephen Christian Braun (1702-1762) and Maria Eva Hamen. His paternal grandparents were Johan Hans Jacob, blacksmith and farrier, and his wife Verena Agnes Braun; his maternal grandparents, Michael Hamen, court bailiff and his wife Anna Catherina Schneider Hamen.

Jacob, along with his parents and younger siblings, arrived 9 September 1738 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the ship, GLASGOW. The family settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and resided there until the 1750's, when they moved southward to Rowan County, North Carolina. After arriving in Rowan County, the family began spelling their name "BROWN". In 1760 and 1761, Jacob purchased two tracts of land on Crane Creek, Rowan County, from the Earl of Granville. A portion of this land adjoined that of Jacob's brother, Michael Brown (1732-1807).

Jacob was a wagonmaker, and performed patriotic service during the American Revolution by making and repairing wagons.

1751, Jacob married Elizabeth Goettgen in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Johannes Goettgen and Christina Hamen. They were the parents of eleven children:

In 1796, Jacob moved from Rowan County, North Carolina to Washington County, Tennessee. Three of his sons, George, Jacob, Jr., and Abraham, had settled in Washington County several years earlier. Jacob purchased 235 acres of land on a branch of Little Limestone Creek from John Rimeal 17 July 1796. Later that year, he sold portions of this farm to his sons, Jacob, Jr. and David. As years passed the small stream that flows from east to west through the farm became known as the Brown Branch. This farm remained in the Brown family for nearly 150 years, with the last Brown owner selling out in the 1940's; it is presently owned by John W. Howze of Telford. Mr. John W. Hawze, passed away in 2009, I do not know who owns the property now. An old log cabin that was located on this farm was believed to have been Jacob's home; in January 1987, the cabin was dismantled by two descendants, James C. and James T.Dykes, and stored for future restoration.

After moving to Washington County, Jacob began to be referred to as "wagonmaker" in deeds and other legal documents in order to distinguish him from another, unrelated Jacob Brown, who lived near the Nolichucky River. Several of Jacob Brown's children attended Cherokee Baptist Church, a short distance south of the Brown farm; however, it is not known whether Jacob attended services there. Many of Jacob's children, grandchildren and other descendants were blacksmiths, wagonmakers, and wheelwrights.

Jacob died between November 1807, Washington County, Tennessee and was buried in the family cemetery on his farm. As was the custom at that time, his grave was marked with a hand-lettered piece of limestone with the inscription: "Jacob Brown N 1807." As time passed, the cemetery fell into disuse and the gravestones were broken and scattered. Jacob Brown's gravestone was "rediscovered" in 1987 by James T. Dykes, Nell Fox, and Bill Fox and was removed from the farm, with the owner's permission, for safekeeping.

Family links: 
  Johan Stephen Christian Braun (1703 - 1763)
  Maria Eva Hamen Braun (1710 - 1750)
  Elizabeth Goettgen Braun (1730 - 1814)*
  Jacob Brown (1752 - 1841)*
  George Brown (1755 - 1846)*
  Abraham Brown (1756 - 1842)*
  Margaret Brown Starnes (1757 - 1796)*
  Philip Brown (1758 - 1848)*
  David Brown (1759 - 1833)*
  John Brown (1761 - 1830)*
  Conrad Brown (1768 - 1840)*
  Mary Brown Salts (1774 - 1855)*
  Catherine Brown Sliger (1775 - 1834)*
  Solomon Brown (1779 - 1860)*
  Michael Braun (1721 - 1807)*
  Johan Jacob (Braun) Brown (1731 - 1807)
  Ann Christiana Brown (1739 - ____)*
  Abraham Brown (1743 - 1798)*
  Andreas Brown (1746 - ____)*
  Susanna Brown (1748 - ____)*
  Maria Margeretha Braun (1749 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Brown Family Farm
Washington County
Tennessee, USA
Maintained by: Lorraine Lambert
Originally Created by: Sharon Allison
Record added: Jun 08, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14542239

In loving memory of my 4th g-grandfather
- Lorraine Lambert
 Added: Mar. 10, 2014
In honor of my 7th g.grandfather.
- Vicky Brown Wood
 Added: Feb. 8, 2014
in memory of my 6th grandfather rest in peace
- Gloria whaley
 Added: Oct. 31, 2013
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