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Re: Pettus Book Status
Posted by: Bill Davidson (ID *****1886) Date: June 03, 2009 at 15:14:46
In Reply to: Pettus Book Status by William Pettus of 941

I don't know if this will be of any interest to you or not, but I thought that I should "pass it on." While we have no proof, there are some clues that suggest that the Thomas Brown of Lunenburg/Mecklenburg Co., VA who married Mary Pettus MAY have been part of the same overall Brown family as the Francis Brown who died in Essex Co., VA in 1691/1692. These clues include the intermarriage in Mecklenburg between this Thomas Brown family and a descendant of Cluverious Coleman (and Cluverious Coleman was also the executor or witness on the Mecklenburg Co., VA will of Thomas Brown). Cluverious Coleman was a later member of the same overall Coleman family that had intermarried with the Francis Brown "I" family back in the early-1700s in Essex Co., VA. In addition, these Brown/Pettus/Coleman families in Mecklenburg were closely associated with the Jeffries family there, and it seems apparent that this was a branch of the same Jeffries that was back in Essex Co., VA (where a Barrett or Barnett Brown married a Martha Jeffries in the early-1830s).

Another clue is that when a son of Francis Brown "I" named Francis Brown "II" wrote his will in Essex Co., VA in 1708/1709, a "mystery" Thomas Brown was the only witness. I suspect that this "mystery" Thomas Brown was a cousin or nephew of Francis Brown "I".....but we have never been able to prove just who he was. There was also a "mystery" Francis Brown in Essex Co., VA (born about 1700) who had a son named "Thomas." As such, I SUSPECT (albeit, no proof) that this "mystery" Francis Brown was a son of "mystery" Thomas Brown (partially by the "process of elimination"). We have a male Brown DNA donor in the Brown Society DNA testing project who is a descendant of this "mystery" Francis Brown, and the DNA from this donor matches the several other donors who believe that they "trace back" to the "known" Francis Brown "I." MAYBE the Thomas Brown in Lunenburg/Mecklenburg was a descendant (great-grandson, perhaps?)of the referenced "mystery" Thomas Brown in Essex in 1708.

Finally, around 1762, a great-grandson of Francis Brown "I," who we call Henry Brown "II," left Essex and moved to Lunenburg/Mecklenburg Co., VA. MAYBE Henry Brown "II" moved there because the Thomas Brown who was already in Lunenburg/Mecklenburg was Henry's relative (but again, no proof).

Maybe someday can find a living male Brown descendant of Thomas Brown and Mary Pettus who will agree to join the Brown Society DNA testing project. Comments/questions? Bill D.

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