Brown Family Network

Richard Brown initiated a gradual emancipation of one of his enslaved families by specifying in his will that Molly and all of her children would be free when they reach the age of 31 years. This condition of term slavery was passed down to Molly's descendents, but in several instances, required intervention from a court of law to be carried out.


The Brown lineage revealed in the court records has been cross-referenced with the genealogical research at "Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties," and information filled in where necessary: i.e. the names of Frances Brown's and Frances Alexander's husbands, the forename of Mrs. Chapman and her husband. See Richard Rev. Browne.

The ancestry of Rev. Richard Brown and the connection to the Key family has been taken from the prayer book of Gustavus Brown, published by Horace Edwin Hayden and his subsequent notes. See Horace Edwin Hayden, Virginia Genealogies (Wilkes-Barre, PA: E.B. Yordy, 1885), 147-154; 164-165; 167-169; 182. See also Frederick Horner, The History of the Blair, Banister, and Braxton Families Before and After the Revolution (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1898), pp. 220-222.

For biographical sketches on the many physicians in the Brown family see "Necrology," The Journal of American Medical Association 20 (1883), pp. 600-602.