The following information is based on two letters in the Neil Brown collection at the Perkins Library at Duke University. The letters are (1) Neill Brown, Melford (now Kilmedford), Scotland to Neill Brown, Robeson County, North Carolina dated 16 August 1820 (2) Alexander Brown to, Tirvagan, Islay, Scotland to Neill Brown, presumably Robeson County, NC, dated 4 August 1792. These letters, along with other documents, allow contruction of the Brown family tree.
Unknown first name, Brown (wife unknown)
1. John Brown, a merchant, died before 1820, location unknown
2. Hugh Brown, emigrated to Cumberland County, NC about 1745/6 from Clachan Seil, Isle of Seil, Scotland and later lived in Robeson County. Died October, 1794- Married twice, apparently 2nd to Mary Buie of Jura, Scotland. Children by both wives.
3. Duncan Brown, emigrated with brother Hugh, died about 1761 Cumberland County, NC, wifes name Ann. Apparently no children.
The above John Brown had the following children (not in known birth order)
1. Neill Brown, born 1740, living in (Kil)melford, Scotland 1820 and probably was a resident of Islay in 1792. Neill had only one son John who drowned before 1820 and three married daughters in 1820.
2. Alexander Brown, living in Islay in 1792 and 1820, children. 1792 letter mentions another Neill Brown in Scotland who is very old. Also, Alexander brother-in-law living in North Carolina in 1792.
3. Three female Browns married and living in low country in 1792
4. Two female Browns married and living in the Highlands in 1792
The above presents a great opportunity for further research into this family.
Tirvagin was located in the parish of Kilmeny on Islay and many Browns, including a Hugh Brown, is buried there. Scottish OPRs and civil registrations could be consulted to fill in the gaps.
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