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Re: Dabney Pettus m. Ann Overton
Posted by: Bill Davidson (ID *****1886) Date: March 01, 2011 at 04:03:16
In Reply to: Re: Dabney Pettus m. Ann Overton by William Pettus of 938

Thanks. The Francis Brown and the two Daniel Browns on that 1704/1705 list were members of DNA "Group 10." If we can ever find a male Brown DNA donor out of the family of Thomas Brown and Mary Pettus, we could see if there is a "DNA match." The Francis Brown on that Essex list left his Will in Essex in 1708/1709, and the Thomas Brown who was also on that list was his witness.

The younger Daniel Brown on that Essex list married Elizabeth Coleman, a daughter of Richard Coleman and Ann Spilsby. The Thomas Brown family in Lunenburg/Mecklenburg was closely association with a man who was named Cluverious Coleman, and he was a member of that same overall Coleman family. Finally, the Jeffries family into which Thomas Brown's family and Cluverius Coleman's family both married were out of Essex Co., VA.

Anything is possible, of course, but the odds seem pretty good that the John Pettus "of King and Queen" was at least related to Mary Pettus. A member of the "Group 10" Browns in Essex named Henry Brown "III" moved to King and Queen around 1769, and several Browns from that family appeared on tax lists in K & Q in the 1780s and 1790s. Also, the father of that Henry Brown "III" named Henry Brown "II" had already moved to Lunenburg/Mecklenburg Co., VA around 1762. Maybe he moved there because the Thomas Brown who married Mary Pettus was his relative.

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