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Thomas BROWN (1779-1848)

HOUSE, 12th and 14th General Assemblies, 1817-19, 1821-23; representing Roane County in 12th, Roane and Morgan counties in 14th. Born in Green County, N.C., Sept. 15, 1779; son of John and Mary Little (TARVER) BROWN. Extent of schooling not stated. Married, date and place not indicated, to Jane Adams McELWEE, daughter of James and Nancy (JOHNSTON) McELWEE, children--William Franklin, John Smith T., and Mary Caroline. Described as a pioneer and early settler of Roane County with home at Kingston; member board of directors of Rittenhouse Academy, Roane County, 1809. Named county tax collector at organization of county, 1801; clerk and master of chancery court, 1834-48; unsuccessful candidate for Congress. Served as quartermaster for garrison of fort at Southwest Point, present Kingston; commissioned lt. in Capt. Richard OLIVER'S Co., Knox County Rgt., Tenn. Militia, June 16, 1801; in War of 1812; commissioned 2nd maj., May 28, 1812, East Tennessee Volunteer Cav. Member Presbyterian Church. Died in Roane County Oct. 15, 1848; buried in Presbyterian Cemetery or Kingston Burial Grounds. Brother of William BROWN, brother-in-law of Thomas Brown McELWEE, sometime members Tenn. General Assembly.

Sources: Wells, History of Roane County, 55, 108, 146-49; Goodspeed, History of Roane County, 55, 108, 146-49; Goodspeed, History of Roane County, 822-23, 825; Burns and McCown, "Soldiers of the War of 1812 Buried in Tennessee." 13; Moore, Records of Commissions of Officers in Tenn. Militia, 21.

From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County, Tennessee State Library and Archives.