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Posted by: Angela Andrews Pifer Date: September 15, 2000 at 18:53:06
In Reply to: Re: BROWN/YANCEY/CRAVEY/CAMPBELL by wmharrell of 291

Yes, I have found out quite a bit since I first posted the original message. John K. Brown did marry Caroline Campbell (daughter of Daniel Campbell and Margaret Morrison) on
November 07, 1855 in Telfair Co., GA. They had these children: Mary, Margaret (b. 1859), Columbia -female-(b. abt 1864)and Edward M. (b 1866. It appears Carolina may have died giving birth Edward in 1866. John K. Brown then married Martha Yancey (daughter of John Yancey and Elizabeth Cravey) on December 12, 1866 in Telfair Co., GA. They had 6 children together, one being my great grandmother Ora C. Brown born in 1878 in Texas. John K. Brown killed Joseph T. Rawlins on July 22, 1869.

A proclamation was issued by the Governor of Georgia on Tues, Aug 24, 1869, for the apprehension and return of the body of John K. Brown for he had fled justice.

It was believed at that time that John K. Brown made it to the Florida coast and escaped on a boat to Mexico. According to "They Don't Make People Like They Used To" by Addie Garrison Briggs published in 1985. (123 pages.

Well John K. Brown was my 2nd great grandfather, and was in Texas before 1872. Most likely by December of 1871 for he and Martha had a child born in September of 1872.

It is not known if John fled with his family, but I doubt it, that would have made for a hard getaway with children and a newborn. Martha Yancey's father John Yancey, his second wife Ellen and some of her siblings left Georgia at the same time and were in Smith Co., Texas by the 1870 Census. I am assuming he took Martha, her children with John K. and step children with them and might be the reason they left Georgia too. They must have had a location chosen to meet up with John K. Brown in Texas. After all Texas was the state for Fugitives to go.

Martha and John K. Brown settled in North Marion Co., Texas and were on the 1880 census.

If you have more on the murder or other knowledge I would appreciate hearing about it.

By the way one illegitimate daughter, Eliza Parker of Joseph T. Rawlins married the nephew William "Henry" Cravey of John K. Brown in 1876. Talk about a twisted story. Henry was actually there at the time of the murder in 1869.


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