James Brown and Elizabeth Baldwin of VA (the Middlesex Co., VA area and then the Culpeper Co., VA area) had a son named James Brown, and most researchers show that this son married Elizabeth Poole. Some researchers, however, show instead that their son named James Brown was the one who married Catherine Wood/Woods. Still others show that the James Brown who married Catherine Wood/Woods was a son of a Henry (born circa-1680s in Middlesex Co., VA) and Elizabeth (Unknown) Brown. I SUSPECT that this last record is correct, and I SUSPECT that the James Brown who married Elizabeth Poole was, in fact, a son of James Brown and Elizabeth Baldwin.
In addition, however, I note that some researchers show that the daughter of James Brown and Elizabeth Baldwin who was named Elizabeth Brown married a Mr. Wood/Woods....so maybe that led to some confusion about which James Brown actually married Catherine Wood/Woods. The above makes me wonder if the Henry Brown who married Elizabeth Unknown was perhaps a relative of the James Brown who married Elizabeth Baldwin....since Henry and Elizabeth's son James Brown married Catherine Wood/Woods, and a daughter of James Brown and Elizabeth Baldwin named Elizabeth Brown married a Mr. Wood/Woods.
Some files on the internet show that the above Catherine Wood/Woods was a daughter of the above Mr. Wood/Woods and the Elizabeth Brown who was a daughter of James Brown and Elizabeth Baldwin. Hence, maybe Catherine Wood/Woods was related to her husband James Brown, IF that James Brown....and his father Henry Brown....were related to the older James Brown who had married Elizabeth Baldwin (as I am speculating herein).
Note: Some have claimed that the wife of Henry Brown was named Elizabeth Coleman, but I have not found anything that would document her maiden name.
Henry and Elizabeth (Unknown) Brown had sons who were named James Brown (married Catherine Wood/Woods), William Brown (married Alice Eaton; this William Brown died in Essex Co., VA), Gaffield Brown (apparently not to be confused with the "Garfield" Brown who was in Culpeper Co., VA in the late-1700s) and Henry Brown, Junior. I do not know what became of Gaffield Brown or his brother Henry Brown, Junior.
If anyone has any additional information on the above, I would appreciate it if you would post it here. Also, if anyone knows of a living male Brown who descends from any of the above, he should be encouraged to take the DNA test through the Brown Genealogy Society DNA testing project (which uses Family Tree DNA as the testing company).
Note: We currently have many male Browns in the referenced DNA testing project who "trace back" to the Culpeper Co., VA area, and those tests show that there were at least FIVE unrelated Brown families in the Culpeper Co., VA area in the 1700s. These are DNA "Groups" 10, 33, 47 (Garfield Brown of Culpeper was a member of "Group 47"), 55 and 107. The Browns discussed above COULD have been members of yet a sixth unrelated Brown family in that area....but it will almost certainly take a DNA test on a living male Brown from that family to determine that. Comments/questions? Thanks!
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