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Browns of Crawford County
Posted by: James Patrick (ID *****4716) Date: August 29, 2006 at 10:11:16
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Several years ago, shortly after the new public library in English Indiana was opened, we visited the facility and were impressed with the kindness of the staff and their eagerness to help us, despite the fact that they weren’t settled into place, yet. We were allowed to look through boxes of miscellaneous items, and, at the bottom of a cardboard box was a manila envelope contain several handwritten sheets of legal-sized paper (as I recall). The information purported to note the relationship of the Browns of Crawford County Indiana. Since most of our concerns are with the Browns of Harrison County, so we transcribed the document, put it back into place, and went about our business. To the best of our knowledge, it might still be in a manila envelope in a vertical file. We now realize that not a lot of information exists about some of the Browns in Crawford County; if the information is correct, it could provide leads to assembling one of the several Brown families which have existed in Harrison and Crawford counties since the earliest days of the territory. The paper did not identify either the narrator or the writer. Further, it was not dated, although a couple of clues in the text might provide a date. I note a full copy below, and I don’t know anything more about it. – Jim Patrick

Transcribed by James W. Patrick


       The Browns came from Tennessee. Jehu Brown was the first of the Browns to settle in what is to-day Crawford County. He had several children among whom were Jackson (Jackie) Brown, Ellick Brown, Jimmie Brown, Bennie Brown. Old Jehu Brown settled in Crawford County in Eighteen and Twenty, close to Brownstown, named after him. Jackson Brown was the Father of Uncle Bert Brown, Ellick Brown was the father of Calla, George, Zouve, and Jim Ellick Brown. Bennie Brown was the father of John Brown, Frank Brown, and Jimmie Brown was the father of Harris Brown, Shelva Brown, Rhoda [?] Mathers, and Mag Brown.

Ellick Brown married a Highfield who was the mother of George, Calla, Millie [crossed out] May, & Jim Ellick Brown, Jackie Brown married a Snowden, who was the mother of Bert Brown and she was also a sister to Harris Brown, Shelva Brown, and Rhode Mathers mother also was a Snowden, who married Jimmie Brown brother of Jackie, making Bert Brown and Harris Brown and Rhode Mathers double cousins. Bennie Brown who was killed several years ago at English was the son of old Bennie Brown who was Jehu's son. Frank Brown, son of old Bennie Brown had one son, Arrie Brown, who is a preacher.

       Mint Brown, brother to Bert Brown, married a Highfield the first time, and some of his children were; John Will Brown, Ide Brown, and Moll Brown. Mint Browns first wife died, and his last wife was a Pierson. She had Lee Brown, Oral Brown, Ebbie Brown, Rosie [Resie?] Brown. Mint Brown was Jackie Browns son, brother to John and Frank Brown. Mint Brown died in nineteen and eighteen

John will Brown married Uncle Benton Cummins daughter who is a sister to (Big Bill) William Cummins. Ide Brown married Claud Roberts, and Moll Brown married (Big Bill) Cummins. And the last set who are half brothers and sisters to the first set were Lee Brown married a Engle Dotly. Oral Brown married Cleo Downey. Ebbie Brown married Bud Allens daughter, and Resie Brown married Lee Starriet.

Frank & John Browns sons of Bennie Brown.
John Brown married Yoe Neck Daddy Bennet’s daughter (Duck) and they had three sons, Omar (Muck) Brown, Berley Brown, and Clyde Brown who was killed a few years ago. John Brown and his wife parted and she married Bog Bill Cummins who had parted from his first wife, Moll Brown.

Omar Brown married Pearl Stroud and they had two children Nellie (Shug) Brown, and Bus Brown. They separated and Pearl married Luther Turner and they live at Indianapolis. Jim Bert Brown & Andy Brown were also sons of Mint Brown by his first wife.

Clyde Brown was married and lived at Louisville before he was killed while working as a steel hand. And Berley Brown married Al Bennett’s step-daughter and lives in Illinois at Long Point, I believe. Al Bennet was the son of Daddy Bennett.

       Jimmie Browns children, Harris Brown married Em Thornbury daughter of William Thornbury and sister to Jess Thornbury and Lou Thornbury. Harris brown had two children, Earnest Brown and Lois Brown. Earnest Brown married Hazel Gaither of Alton, and they have two children, Jimmie is the oldest. This writer does not know the other child’s name.

       Shelva Brown married a sister to Tom Ashby’s wife, and she was a daughter of Woodson Cummins. Shelva Brown had several children, Hummer Brown, Charles (Pekey) Brown, Oddie Coleman, and Carrie Conn. Hummer Brown married Aunt Linda Dooley’s daughter, Mary Dooley and they had three children, Hazel, Russell… Russell married a girl from Milltown, and they live in Charleston South Carolina. Hazel’s first man, who was in the army, died with the flu during the war. And she married again. The other girl married Ed Swank, who was formerly operator at Tasewell [Lasewell?], They have two girls and also live in South Carolina.

       Charles (Pekey) Brown is practicing law at English, Indiana. He first married Lone Sloan, mother of Sherrill Sloan. They separated and he married a Taylor woman from Marengo. They have two children, and boy and a girl, and they live in English.

       Oddie Coleman, who was a sister to Pekey, Hummer, and Carrie Conn lives at English. Her man was killed by the train several years ago, and she drew several thousand dollars damages from the railroad. She has three children –Audie Coleman, Benson Coleman, who are brothers, and one girl who is in South Carolina.

       Carrie Brown married Prodge Conn of Leavenworth [Indiana] – and they had two sons, Carl & Hokey Conn. Carl Conn was shot to death last summer. He married the grand daughter of Volley Stars mother and they have one daughter. Naomi. Harold (Hokey) Conn is single. He was across during the last war.

       Ellick Browns children; George Brown married a Gillett, who is a sister to Charlie Hammond’s wife, who lives at Brownstown. They had two children, Claud and Lois Brown. Lois died with the typhoid fever during the war and Claud married William Jones girl of Riddle and they have two small children; Claud Brown was stationed in Texas during the war.

       Calla Brown lives with his sister Mag at English, both are single. Zouve Brown died two years ago. He was married, Jim Elliott Brown Junior – married a sister to Henry Mock of English. He died several years ago and left two daughters. Effa Brown who taught music in the English School one term, she is single, and Audrey Brown who is married and lives at Bedford.

Old Jehu Brown was Omar (Muck) Brown’s great-grandfather. His Father, John Brown, was Bennie Brown’s son, and Bennie Brown was Omar Brown’s grandfather. Jehu Brown was Bennie Brown’s father, making old Jehu Muck’s Great Grand Father.

       What relation were Harris Brown and (Muck) Omar Brown?
       Answer: Harris Brown’s father was Jimmie Brown. Jimmie Brown was a brother to Bennie Brown, Muck’s Grand Dad. So – Jimmie Brown was John Brown’s Uncle, making Harris Brown and John Brown cousins, because there [sic] fathers were brothers and Muck Brown and Harris Brown are second cousins. Earnest Brown and Muck Brown and third Cousins,

       What relation were Carl Conn and Muck Brown?
       Carl Conn’s grandfather, Shelva Brown, was a cousin to John Brown, because Shelva’s father Jimmie Brown was a brother to Bennie Brown, father of Muck’s Dad John Brown. That makes Carrie Conn a second cousin to Muck Brown and Carl Conn is a third cousin to Muck Brown.

       What relation is Lee Brown and Charles (Pekey) Brown?
       Answer: Lee Brown’s father was Mint Brown, and Mint Brown’s father was –Jackie Brown. Pekey’s grandfather was Jimmie Brown who was a brother to Jackie Brown. That would make Shelva Brown, Pekey’s father, a first-cousin to Mint Brown, and Pekey and Lee Brown are third cousins, Shelva Brown being a second cousin to Lee Brown.

       What relation are Moll Brown who first married Bill Cummings and Pekey Brown?
       Same as Lee Brown, third cousins. Moll Brown was the mother of Carl Cummins – Mint Brown is Carl Cummins’ grandfather. Jackie Brown is Carl’s great grandfather, and Jehu Brown, father of Jackie, is Carl’s great-great-grandfather.

       Bert Brown’s Father, Jackie Brown, was the son of Jehu Brown, and Jehu Brown is Uncle Bert Brown’s grand dad. Jim Mint Brown, road contractor, is Uncle Bert Brown’s son, and Jim Mint was Jehu Brown’s great-grandson because Bert Brown was Jackie Brown’s boy and Jackie was Jehu’s boy.


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