|Birth: ||Nov. 16, 1726|
|Death: ||Feb., 1800|
North Carolina, USA
William was born in Bucks County, PA, where his family belonged to the Buckingham Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers). In 1741, he moved with his family to a new Quaker settlement in Frederick County, VA, now Berkeley Co, WV. Hannah Moon's family undertook a similar migration from Pennsylvania to Frederick, VA. She and Wm Brown married on there on Feb 4, 1748. William's brother Thomas married Hannah's sister Margaret four months later. Sometime around 1750 they moved to Orange County, NC, near what is now Snow Camp, Alamance County. They were founding members of Cane Creek Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends, which formed in 1751. At that location they were blessed with thirteen children, all of whom grew up and married. William died in February, 1800. His grave was no doubt marked with a simple field stone, as was often the custom then among Quakers.
William Brown's will:
I, William Brown of Orange Co., of State of North Carolina, being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, and knowing the mortality of my body, that it is appointed for all men once to die, do therefore this 19th day of 11th month in the year 1797 make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following.
And as touching such worldly estate as is hath pleased the Lord to bless me with, I bequeath, and give and devise and dispose of in the following manner.
First I ordain and constitute my son Joel Brown and my friend Jacob Marshall my whole and sole Executors of the whole in trust. I allow my funeral expenses and just debts to be first paid out of my estate.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Brown a horse and saddle, a feather bed and furniture, a cow and a calf, and peacable possessions on the plantation that I now live on and sufficiently maintained there on with the privileges of the house during her widowhood.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Deborah a feather bed and furniture, a sorrel filly that is called …, a cow and calf, and her side saddle.
Then I allow at my wife's consent for my possessions of lands to be sold and the money equally divided amongst my sons who are living at that time, except my son William to whom I allow ten pounds (10) less then the others, and at my wife's consent for all my valuable estate to be sold that in or may be found upon the premises and the money to be equally divided amongst my daughters who are living at that time. I give Two-tenths to each of my children … two shillings.
In witness and testimony where of I, William Brown set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year above written.
William Brown (Seal)
Signed and sealed in the presence of
According to the "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume 1" by William Wade Hinshaw, the following children were born to William and Hannah in Orange County, NC:
Thomas, born 10-28-1749
Samuel, born 5-30-1751
William, born 1-26-1753
Rachel, born 10-2-1754
Hannah, born 6-5-1756
Richard, born 1-6-1758
Sarah, born 1-28-1760
Mary, born 9-18-1762
Ebunazar, born 5-3-1763
Anne, born 12-17-1765
Joseph, born 9-23-1767
Joel, born 1-29-1769
Deborah, born 4-8-1774
Thomas Brown (1691 - 1750)
Ruth Large Brown (1703 - 1763)
Hannah Moon Brown (1729 - 1799)
Thomas Brown (1749 - 1827)*
Hannah Brown Stout (1756 - 1833)*
Mary Brown Noblitt (1762 - 1850)*
Joel Brown (1769 - 1853)*
William Brown (1726 - 1800)
Thomas Brown (1728 - 1796)*
Note: There is no identifiable headstone. Quaker markers at this time were often just field stones with no inscription or just an initial, like those in the cemetery photo.
Cane Creek Monthly Meeting Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Darrell Brown
Record added: Nov 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100483046