Trying to find more information on my ggg grandfather, Israel Brown and his children.
Israel Brown was born in Essex Co., NJ in 1783/4 and died there in 1841. Orphaned at age 7/8 and needing to share lands with his siblings, he left NJ about 1804/5 and settled in Washington, PA. There he met his wife, Maria REYNOLDS (1789-1818), born either in Maryland or PA. Her likely mother's last name was Wilson. In PA they had children, Nathaniel (1807), Unknown male (1808), Nancy W, (1809. Elizabeth (1811), and Sarah (1813). There were probably others, and I am still looking for the lost children of Israel.
Maria Reynolds died in St. Clairsville, September 11, 1818. Her coffin was removed and reburied in NJ, shortly after the Civil War.
On March 12, 1820 Israel married Pleasant Hague, a Quaker woman widow of Jonah Hough, with two sons James M. and Israel, both still boys. There may have been a child by Israel and Pleasant.
Israel was not a farmer, but a tradesman of some kind, possibly a shoemaker, the occupation of his son. He was literate -- later a Justice of the Peace in NJ -- and a devout Methodist, having helped establish the Methodist church in Washington, PA.
In 1823, Israel left St. Clairsville and returned to NJ. (2 of his daughters who died in NJ after death registrations were required, were listed as having lived in the state for so many years, which both worked out to 1823.) He was active in the school system there, was made Justice of the Peace, and died in 1841.
It is unclear if Pleasant accompanied him. I was informed that she died in Ohio.
Israel was a descendant of John Brown, d. 1690, one of the founders Of Newark, NJ.
Towards the end of August I will be in the Washington Co, PA and Belmon County area, and am looking for some guidance as to where I might find out more information on his St. Clairsville period.
Wilson Brown, Denver
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