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Thomas Brown was born 1691 in England, and died 1750 in Fredrick, VA. He married Ruth Large on September 05, 1723 in Buckingham, Bucks Co., PA.

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Thomas Brown, age 15, of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England was indentured to Mr. Georg Battersly, 12 April 1706 for 7 years. On the 6th of June 1723, Thomas attended the Buckingham Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers) requesting to join himself to that meeting. Then on the 3rd of July 1723, "Thomas Browns proposal of joyning [sic] himself to this Meeting having been taken into consideration & he haveing [sic]produced a recomendation in writing from under his master & mistress hands of his faithful servitude & frequenting friends Meeting whilst with them & also a paper of Recomendation from some persons belonging to Abington Meeting to the like purpose therefore this Meeting accepts as far as his life and conversation corresponds with the Truth he desires to join unto.." On the 8th of August 1723. "At this Meeting Thomas Brown and Ruth Large declared their Intentions of marriage with each other it being the first time..." (a committee was appointed to make sure that neither one was involved with anyone else. This committee reported at the Monthly Meeting held ye 5th of ye 9th Mo 1723. On ye 3rd of ye 10th mo 1723 the committee appointed to attend the marriage reported that it had taken place, but the exact date was not mentioned.) On 2 Jan 1741 Thomas Brown requested certificates for himself, wife and children, except his eldest daughter to go the monthly meeting at Hopewell in Orange Co., Virginia in order to remove there. On Feb 6th a favorable report was read and on March 4th a certificate was produced. On 20 October 1742, Thomas had 802 acres on the west side of Sherando River. In 1743 600 acres that lay upon the "drains of Middle Creek, and in the possession of Thomas Brown was surveyed for George Hobson Jr. On December 30, 1749 Thomas Brown wrote a will. His will was probated the 8th May 1750 in Frederick County, Virginia. Thomas and Ruth had 9 children: Sarah, William, Thomas, Samuel, Deborah, Frances, Ruth, Elizabeth and Joseph. In about 1753, Ruth and most of her children went to Guilford County, North Carolina. They are found in the Cane Creek and New Garden Monthly Meetings of the Quakers. Ruth died the 22 of May 1763 and is buried in the New Garden Graveyard in North Carolina. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Imo Brown's account --- Thomas Brown, the ancestor from whom the Brown family name is derived, first settled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is apparently the only member of his family who came to America, as no definite data about his parents and his early life in England or in America are known. John A. Brown, a descendant of Thomas Brown, states in his records that Thomas Brown's father was also named Thomas Brown, who remained in England. Undoubtedly Thomas Brown came to America as an indentured servant, a person obligated for a period of years to another person who paid for his or her passageway to America. This fact is suggested in the Minutes of Buckingham Monthly Meeting, Bucks County, Pennsylvania at the time that Thomas was requesting membership in the Buckingham Monthly Meeting. On the third day of the seventh month in 1723, at the time of his request for membership, Thomas submitted a "Recommendation from under his master and mistress hands of his faithful servitude and frequently Friends Meeting wilst with them." . Although there apparently is no previous record that Thomas had affiliated with any other Quaker Monthly Meeting; he did submit "a paper of recommendation from some person belonging to the Abington Meeting." Thus with this recommendation the "Meeting accepted him as far as his Life and Conversation corresponds with the Truth he desires to Joyn [sic] into." Whether Thomas felt the need to become a member of the Quaker faith for his own sake or whether he was following someone else's request is not known. He was, however, at this time contemplating marriage with Ruth Large, the daughter of Joseph, Jr, and Deborah (Dungan) Large, who was a member of the Buckingham Monthly Meeting. As stated in the Minutes on the eighth day of the eighth month of 1723 "Thomas Brown and Ruth Large declared their intentions of marriage with each other it being the first time." There is neither an explanation about nor an approval of their intentions in the Minutes; thus the marriage vows were not spoken. On the fifth day of the ninth month of 1723 the following statement is recorded, "Thomas Brown and Ruth Large declared their intentions of marriage it being the second time." After this request they were given permission to proceed with their wedding vows. The marriage ceremony of Thomas Brown and Ruth Large was typical of most wedding ceremonies of Quaker couples during the early years in America. Common procedures were that the couple would arrive at the regular Monthly Meeting, stand before the assembly, announce their intentions to marry, receive the approval of the church and then without the assistance of a clergy state their vows. Following the ceremony, each person present would sign the wedding contract, and the clerk would include an account of the wedding in the monthly meeting minutes. Often, there were times when members of the assembly felt that a young couple needed more counseling before they were permitted to state their vows. Undoubtedly the members of the Buckingham Monthly Meeting felt that Thomas Brown and Ruth Large were not ready to state their vows when they first requested their intentions. After Thomas Brown and Ruth Large were married, they continued to live in Bucks County in the vicinity of the other Large families. Their first child, whom they named Thomas Brown, Jr, was born in 1728. Other children were Samuel, Joseph, Deborah, Frances, Ruth, Elizabeth and William. The family remained in Bucks County until cir. 1740, when they, along with other Quakers, migrated to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. In 1741 Thomas Brown, Sr. his wife Ruth (Large) Brown and their family from Buckingham Monthly Meeting in Bucks county, Pennsylvania were accepted into the Hopewell Meeting. Thomas Brown, Sr. died in Frederick County Virginia 8 May 1750. His will was signed with his initials on the "thirtieth day of December in the year of our Lord 1749.


More About Thomas Brown and Ruth Large:
Marriage: September 05, 1723, Buckingham, Bucks Co., PA.

Children of Thomas Brown and Ruth Large are:
  1. +Joseph Brown, b. 1740, Bucks, PA, d. 1814, Cain Creek, Orange Co., NC.
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