My sixth great-grandfather John Brown apparently
resided in Cabarrus Co., NC, in 1810. In that
year he sold land on Fishing Creek in York Co.,
SC, to his daughters and their husbands.
John Brown of Cabarus Co., NC, 11 Aug 1810.
sold land for $400 to Josinah Garrison of York
Dist., SC, son-in-law,...all that tract granted
to Samuel Neeley in York Dist., SC, & conveyed
by Samuel Neeley to my son Alexander Brown which
has descended to me by heirship (300 acres) ...
60 acres by treaty (1763) to Catawba Indians
leaving 240 acres (on Fishing Creek).
Wit: John Reeves, (North Carolina); James
Garrison, Sgr., (South Carolina)
York Co., SC, Deed Book G, page 402 (1810)
In 1812 John Brown's daughters & sons-in-law
sold the same land to William Gilmore.
There is a listing for a John Brown in the
1810 federal census for Cabarrus Co., NC, but
I do not know whether this is the same man.
From the first deed above, it appears that
John Reeves, witness, was in North Carolina,
while James Garison, Senior, witness, was
certainly known to be in York Co., SC.
I know very little about this John Brown.
John Brown was a common name in this area.
It appears that Brown's wife may have been
named Mary. Whether she was a Watson or a
Neeley or belonged to some other family is
unknown. The son Alexander died young. Two
of John Brown's daughters married direct
ancestors of mine, but only one Sarah Brown,
wife of Josina Garison, was my direct ancestor.
This land on Fishing Creek bordered on the
Indian lands in this area and part of it was
incorporated into the Indian boundary. I do
not know why John Brown moved into North
Carolina or whether he remained there. Two
of his grandchildren were named John Brown
Faires and Mary Brown Faires.
Spelling of associated families' names vary:
Faires, Faris, Neeley, Neely, Garison, Garrison.
John Brown may have been related to other
Brown families of Fishing Creek in York &
Chester Counties, SC. Or not.