We have long had a brick wall concerning our Benjamin Brown, born in Greene Co TN 1807. We have tantalizing connections with several contemporary German families in Tennessee, who also migrated with our Benjamin Brown and his family, but we've never found connections that we can document as being parents or siblings.
Two of Ben's descendants have submitted samples for Y-DNA analysis, and have shown to be a good match (24/25), Group #27 in the Brown DNA Project. Their haplotype (E3b) is fairly rare, and among all of the people who have submitted samples, only a handful even match at the 12-point level. Now, a third person, unconnected with our line, has appeared with a 12/12 match and the Brown surname, which is significant, particularly with a less-populated haplotype. These results indicate that he and our donors are probably both from the same line of Browns or Brauns, although perhaps their mutual connection existed several hundreds of years ago. His sample was submitted through a source other than a genealogical one, and he's not particularly interested or knowledgeable about his personal genealogy. He has said, however, that his Brown family was said to be German-Irish and had lived in the Canton, Ohio region for most of the 1800s. He mentioned that his Grandmother's uncle was blinded in the Civil War, and that's all he knows about his Browns. A cursory look at the Browns who have lived in the Canton area for a long time in the 1800s seems to indicate that most of them were German-connected, and that they had mostly migrated from Pennsylvania.
Our Brown line is connected with German families which also lived in PA, particularly around York and Lancaster Counties, with names Trobaugh, Drorbach, Hull/Hohl, and Lingenfelter, as well as a Shields family from Ireland.
We have suspected that perhaps our Brown line is connected to the line of Brauns that came from Germany to Pennsylvania in the 1730s. Descendants of this family spread out quite a bit, spending a lot of time in Rowan County NC and Washington Co TN. Does anyone on this list know if perhaps the Stark County Browns might be tied to this Braun family?
This is the same line that produced Jacob Brown, "The Wagonmaker" and Abraham Brown "The Miller", famous early settlers in NC and TN.
Has anyone from the Stark County Browns submitted DNA for analysis? If so, please let me know the name, so I can make comparisons. I strongly encourage any of your descendants to contact the Brown DNA Project at http://brownsociety.org/browndna/overview.htm.
The database is just now getting to the point that clear inferences can be drawn among various groups of people. It will only get better with more submissions.
Below, please find one of the immigrant lines from the above family.
Johann (Hans) Jacob Braun
Johann (Hans) Jacob Braun 1675-1725 b: Abt. 1675 Hintersasse, GER
d: Abt. 1725 in Hintersasse, Germany
+Verena Agnes 1681-1710 b: Abt. 1681 Niedermohr, Rheinlandpfalz, Germany
d: Abt. 1710 Hintersasse, Germany
......... 2 Stephen Christian Barun 1703/04-1763
b: Feb 02,1703/04 Niedermohr, Rheinlandpfalz, Germany
d: January 14, 1763 in Rowan County, North Carolina
............+Maria Eva Hamen 1710-1750 b: April 28, 1710 Ruschberg, Rien-Pfalz,
Germany d: 1750 in Rowan County, North Carolina
................3 Johann Jakob Braun 1730/31-1808 b: February 27, 1730/31 in
Ruschberg, Eien-Pfalz, Germany
d: April 01, 1808 in Telford, Washington County, Tennessee
....................+Elizabeth Goettgen 1730 - 1814 b: 1730 in Germany
d: 1814 in Telford, Washington County, Tennessee
...............3 Johann Michael Braun 1732 - 1807 b: October 19, 1732 in Hesse, Hessen
d: November 25, 1807
....................+Margareta Caterina Shamback 1734 - 1771 b: 1734 in Hesse, Hessen
d: July 20, 1771 in Rowan County, North Carolina
...............3 Christina Elizabeth Braun 1734 - b: September 18, 1734 in Ruschberg,
..............3 Maria Catherina Braun 1736 - b: October 18, 1736 in Ruschberg,
..............3 Anna Christina Braun 1739 - b: December 22, 1739 in East Cocalico
TWP,Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
............. 3 Abraham Braun 1742/43 - 1798 b: March 08, 1742/43 in East Cocalico TWP,
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
d: January 10, 1798 in Rowan County, North Carolina
.................. +Mary Hardemon - 1804 d: May 27, 1804 in Rowan County, North Carolina
............. 3 Andreas Braun 1746 - 1804 b: September 18, 1746 in East Cocalico
TWP,Lancaster County, Pennsylvania d: May 14, 1804 in Rowan County,
............ 3 Susanna Braun 1748 - b: September 14, 1748 in East Cocalico TWP,
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
............3 Maria Margaretha Braun 1750/51 - b: January 14, 1750/51 in East Cocalico
TWP, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
..... 2 Abraham Braun 1705 - b: 1705 in Niedemohr, Rien-Pfalz, Germany
..... 2 Maria Catherina Barun 1707 - b: 1707 in Niedemohr, Rien-Pfalz, Germany
There's a lot of information about these people on the Internet, but nobody has assembled all of it in one place. We are happy to share any of our accumulated information with interested researchers -- Regards, Jim Patrick email@example.com
Researching 4 distinct lines:
1. Hall & House (MD>PA>KY>IN), Presley (MD?,PA?, KY?), Banta (NJ>KY>IN>IL?), Britton (Eng>OH>IN), Brighton (Jay, Grant Co IN), Wetzel (Ger>OH>IN), Danner (GER>PA>VA>OH>IN), Pherigo (KY>IN), Fallis, and Demarest (FR>Eng>NJ>KY)
2. Patrick (PA>NC>IN), Abel/Abell/Able (MD?>KY>IN), Beatty (VA>OH>IN), Shumway (NY>IN), Downs (OH>IN), Brown (MA>VT?>NY>OH>IN), Rockwell, (NS>CT>NY), Barney (MA>NY), Shidler, Holman, Jacobs (PA>NC>IN>OH), Dowden, Cheyney, Gaither
3. Groutage (Eng>CO>IL), Fletcher (Eng>IL), Raybould (Eng), Salisbury, Baker, Bucy, Freeman (NY>IL), Mendenhall, Clark, Plate, Gustine (NY>OH>IL)
4. Brown (VA>TN>IN>IL), Spears (KY?>NC?>TN), Tackett (NC?>KY?>TN), Casteel (Native American? PA?>NC>TN), Sherrill (NC>TN>IL), Payne, Trobaugh (VA>TN>IN>IL), Hull (PA>VA>TN), Shields, Lingenfelter (PA), Isom, Byrum.
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