William BROWN (?-?)
SENATE, 7th General Assembly, 2nd Sess. and 8th General Assembly, Apr. 3, 1809 -- Sept. 15, 1811; representing counties of Roane, Anderson, Bledsoe, part of Campbell and Rhea; elected to 7th Assembly to fill vacancy created by death of George PRESTON. Date and place of birth not indicated but his brother, Thomas BROWN was born in Greene County, N.C., Sept. 15, 1779; their parents were John and Martha Little (TARVER) BROWN. Extent of subject's schooling not stated but he studied law and was admitted to practice in Knox County, 1806. Married in Roane County Mar. 20, 1807, to Sarah (KIMBROUGH) WELLS; no children indicated. Came to Roane County with twin brothers, Thomas and John, at organization of that county in 1801; later removed to Knox County. Served as justice of the peace; clerk of circuit court, 1811-33. Commissioned ensign in Capt. Richard OLIVER'S company, Knox County regt., Tenn. Militia, Oct. 10, 1796; in War of 1812, serving as pvt. in Capt. William CHRISTIAN'S Co., 2nd Regt., Oct. 13, 1813--Jan. 13, 1814. Died in Roane County, date not determined; buried in Post Oak Christian Church Cemetery, Rockwood, Roane County. Brother of Thomas BROWN, sometime member Tenn. General Assembly.
Sources: Wells, History of Roane County, 59, 60, 75, 108, 118, 146-47; Goodspeed, History of Roane County, 822, 825; do., History of Knox County, 819; Burns and McCown, "Soldiers of the War of 1812 Buried in Tennessee," 14; Roane County Marriage Records, 1801-38, p. 14; Roane County Court Minutes, 1807-09, 286; do., 1813-15, p. 80; microcopy Index of Tennesseans in War of 1812, box 1.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796, 1969, Roane County, Tennessee State Library and Archives.