The Family Group of William Brown.
by Justin Sanders.
The earliest known ancestors of our Brown line were William and Ann Brown of Bristol Parish, Henrico County, Virginia. Although records pertaining to this couple are few in number and span only a sixteen-year period, those that have been located suffice to offer a basic understanding of their family group.
The earliest record found thus far shows William and Ann were residing in Henrico County by 1721, the year in which their youngest known son, John, was born. A single-line entry in the birth registry of the Bristol Parish Vestry Book, states: “John, s/o William & Anne Brown, b. Aug. 30, 1721.” 1
Henrico County was the second settlement of the Virginia Colony, established in 1611 a short distance upriver from Jamestown. In 1721 the county and Bristol Parish encompassed a vast area that was later subdivided into several jurisdictions. Unless an earlier deed is found, it is impossible to say for certain where William’s family was then located. Within a few years of that date, however, a pair of land records hone William’s whereabouts into a small pocket in present-day Chesterfield County.
1 Births from Bristol Parish of Henrico, Prince George and Dinwiddie, in Bristol Parish Vestry Book, p. 5.