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Brown, Madison

Brown, Madison

Male 1825 - 1900  (74 years)

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  • Name Brown, Madison  [1, 2
    Born 15 Mar 1825  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 16220 
    Died 2 Mar 1900  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Browns Arbor Primitive Baptist Church, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I15901  Caswell County
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 

    Father Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F3332  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F7532  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Williamson, Martha,   d. Abt 1850 
    Married Abt 1843  [1
    Reference Number 150886 
    Children 
     1. Brown, Madison Jr.,   b. 1843, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1927  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F7531  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Pickard, Elizabeth Rachel,   d. Between 1858 and 1860 
    Married Abt 1852  [1
    Reference Number 150919 
    Children 
    +1. Brown, Julius Estor,   b. 7 Mar 1855, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1926  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
    +2. Brown, Chestina Elizabeth,   b. 12 Feb 1856, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1944, Stoney Creek Township, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
    +3. Brown, Emma,   b. 1858, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1940  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F7533  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Boswell, Ellen,   b. 1 Jan 1848, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1926  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1861  Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Reference Number 150831 
    Notes 
    • Apparently were married twice, the first being 1861 in Virginia; the second being 5 December 1866 in Caswell County, North Carolina. Source: The Saga of Madison Brown: A Choice of Color, Julius Faucette (2005) at 17 and 37.
    Children 
    +1. Brown, Walter Warren,   b. 7 Sep 1862, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1947  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
    +2. Brown, Isaac Lawson,   b. 1870,   d. 1959, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
    +3. Brown, James Madison,   b. 1871,   d. 1940  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
    +4. Brown, Irving Scales,   b. 1874,   d. 1954  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
     5. Brown, Nannie,   b. 1877,   d. 1878  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
    +6. Brown, Camilla Magnolia,   b. 14 Oct 1879, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1940, Mebane, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
    +7. Brown, Josephine Hortense,   b. 1882,   d. 1942  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
     8. Brown, William,   b. 19 Dec 1886, Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1934, Madison, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)  [natural]
    +9. Brown, Maurice,   b. 1887,   d. 1945  (Age 58 years)  [natural]
    +10. Brown, Adelaide Agnes Lawson,   b. 2 Sep 1891, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1961  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F7534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Mar 1825 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1861 - Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Mar 1900 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Browns Arbor Primitive Baptist Church, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Madison Brown (1825-1900)

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      The Saga of Madison Brown Book CoverBrown Madison (4)

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      The following is from The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 134-135 (Article #92 "Madison Brown, Sr." by Julius J. Faucette):

      Madison Brown, Sr. was born in Caswell County, North Carolina in 1825 and died in 1900. He is buried beside his last wife, Ellen (Ella) Boswell Brown at Brown Arbor Primitive Church in Caswell County. He was the son of a white Colonel William Brown, also known as "Hell Billy Brown." Madison's paternal grandfather, Robert Brown was a Virginia native; his mother was the last surviving Indian from a local tribe whose family died during a plague in the latter part of the 1700s.

      Madison was a large landowner and a stagecoach driver from the Reidsville-Danville area to Richmond, Virginia. It is interesting to note that although his descendants are considered to be black, they are not of black origin.

      He married three times and fathered fourteen children. From his first marriage to Martha Williamson was born Madison Brown, Jr. (1843-1927)

      Around 1850 Madison Brown, Sr. married his second wife, Elizabeth Rachel Pichard. She was a native of Rockingham County and the daughter of Billy Pichard of New Ephesus Community. From this union three children survived. They were Julius E. Brown (1855-1926), Chestina Elizabeth Brown Pinnix (1856-1944) and Emma Brown Poe (b. 1858). These three children were born in Caswell County.

      On January 19, 1882 Julius E. Brown married Ella Rachel Simpson (1862-1943). She was the daughter of Ellis B. Simpson and Mary Bolden (Bowland) Simpson Brown. Both Julius and his wife, Ella, were buried at the family burial ground at Brown's Arbor Primitive Baptist Church in the Stoney Creek Community. He also was a farmer and a large landowner. In 1912 he donated land to establish Brown's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Nine children were born to him and his wife.

      Chestina Elizabeth Brown married Champ Pinnix Hudson (1848-1927) in 1875 in Caswell County. He was the son of Thomas Hudson and Rachel Elizabeth Hudson Pinnix (1818-1921). The Hudson family fled from Canada during the French and Indian War which began around 1812. Later Champ's mother married Essie Pinnix who later adopted her oldest son Champ. From 1876-1899 thirteen children were born to the union of Chestina and Champ Pinnix Hudson. Both were buried at Brown's Arbor Primitive Baptist Church.

      Emma Brown Poe married James W. Poe. he was a local school teacher in Caswell County. In 1883 James was elected to the North Carolina General Assembly to the House of Representatives. During the Prohibition Period around 1900 he and his wife, Emma, moved to Washington, D.C. They had six children one of whom was an evangelist preacher.

      On December 2, 1866 Madison Brown married his third wife, Ellen (Ella) Boswell, a white woman of Caswell County (1843-1926). Ellen was the granddaughter of a wealthy farmer and businessman, Thomas Boswell.

      Ten children were born to Madison and his young wife, known as Ella. They follow in order of their birth.

      Walter Warren Brown (1862-1947) who was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, married first Millie Brown (1861-1910), his paternal half-first cousin. They had eleven children born from 1886-1907. In 1912 Walter married the former Annie C. Faucette of Alamance County, a school teacher. From this union eight children were born from 1912-1923. Their daughter, Ada Marie Brown Neal, was the first person buried at Brown's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in 1950. Walter later served as executor of his father's estate in 1897.

      Isaac Lawson Brown (1870-1959) was the first in the immediate family to fight in a major war since the War Between the States. In 1898 he enlisted in the Spanish American War. Then in 1902 he married a very interesting lady named Martha Frances Jones from Orange County. She was educated at the Presbyterian Academy in Mebane and taught school in the surrounding counties. In 1905 Martha was one of the charter members of Brown's Arbor Primitive Baptist Church.

      James Brown (1871-1940) was the first to move out of the state of North Carolina to New Jersey. As a result he was not mentioned in his father's will. However he was given a fair share of the estate. James married the former Betty Watlington (1874-1914) of Rockingham County.

      Irving Brown (1874-1954) was a very handsome man. he married twice, first to Nannie Duggins of Durham County. They moved to New Jersey and began dairy farming. Irving and his three children outlived Nannie. Then he married Pearl Haith (1887-1967) of Alamance County who outlived Irving by 13 years. Pearl is buried in Chester County, N.J. They had two children.

      Nannie Brown (1877-1878) died in infancy.

      Camilla Brown Jones (1879-1941) married a school teacher, William Henry Jones (1867-1923). She outlived William and later married Newton White. On October 1, 1941, Camilla was thrown from a car and died from a broken neck at age 61. She was active in the county civic and educational programs. Camilla and William Jones are buried at White Level Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

      Josephine Hortense Brown Mark (1882-1942) married Willard Mark, Sr. (1888-1918) of Guilford County. When World War I began Josephine did not want her husband to enlist. However he did not have to because unfortunately on November 23, 1918 Willard died of the Asian flu.

      William Brown (1886-1934) married Nannie Fillmore (1888-1934) of Durham County. William and Nannie did not have any children. he was the caretaker of his brother's dairy farm in Chester County, New Jersey where he died.

      Morris Brown (1887-1945) married Minnie Pichard of Rockingham County. Their daughter, Dorothy Brown (1914-1916) died here in North Carolina. Morris's only daughter to survive him was Laura Brown McGee (1911-1977). His was the smallest family of all Madison Brown's children.

      Madison's youngest child was Adelaide (Addie) Agnes Lawson Brown (1891-1961). She married Arrey R. Faucett (1888-1952) in 1909. Addie's husband was the first black to work in the Alamance County Cotton Mill. They also farmed and owned a small store. in 1906 with the help of his mother and father, the Griffith and Wagstaff families, Arrey Faucette founded the Glen Raven First Baptist Church. Their union yielded eleven children, a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. So the saga of Madison Brown's family continues.
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      For more on this family see: The Saga of Madison Brown: A Choice of Color, Julius Faucette (2005), which is described by the publisher as follows:

      In an effort to track his family history the author has skillfully layered the foundation of his roots. Julius Faucette searches for a workable meaning to his life through his ancestor's choices of color. Faucette takes the reader back to the 1700's through research and intimate conversations with one of the oldest members in the family. Eugene Pinnix, who lived to be 104, speaks to the readers through Julius Faucette. Fluidly, calmly, insightfully, Faucette guides his readers straight to the intersection of the most serious questions of identity, class and race. The Saga of Madison Brown "A Choice of Color" is a story of race, inheritance and color choices. Not often does one hear of someone of German ancestry passing for black. Through his research, Faucette reveals how individuals in the Madison Brown family were able to make color choices, which ultimately resulted in life changes.

      Faucette cleverly shifts between information obtained through general research and his on-going interviews with Eugene Pinnix. By combining both, he is able to educate and entertain his readers. The author deciphers a historic unknown by matching it with known facts obtained through his cousin Eugene. And the contrast between those born in slavery and those born to freedmen is powerful. This historical pictorial will draw readers in. As the Madison Brown history unfolds, each generation passes down to the next that thirst to make color choices. The struggles of each play out in this candid historical review. In this irresistible story, Faucette resists the urge to paint with a broad brush that will stereotype the races. He utilizes the information obtained from not only his dear cousin, but also documents from local courthouses, state records, etc., to present a complete family picture. This first edition will take the reader back several generations and the result is that most will yearn to know their family origins.
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  • Sources 
    1. Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 134-135 (Article #92 "Madison Brown, Sr." by Julius J. Faucette).

    2. Details: The Saga of Madison Brown: A Choice of Color, Julius Faucette (2005).