John Jackson Brown of Carroll County, MS
my book:“Brown & Sullivan Footprints Across America”
by: Norman Brown
I always thought my
Browns' had been in Mississippi long before the civil war
but after years of research I discovered that my Great
Grandfather, John Jackson Brown settled in Carroll Co., MS in
the 1880';s and was actually born in Dale county, Alabama.
The ironic part of the story
is the fact that I was born only a few miles from where he was
born. But first, I should cover the family tree somewhat as
John Brown was born before
1774 in Duplin County, NC and married Lidea. They had a son
named John J. Brown b. 1795 in NC who married Elizabeth Day,
b. 1812 in SC. They appear in 1840 & 1850 Census in
Barbour Co., Al, & 1860 in Dale Co.
Their oldest son was Jesse D. Brown & he married Leah A.?
Jesse was born about 1840 in Barbour County, AL. Their oldest son was John Jackson, b. 1858. Jesse joined the CSA and was killed at Chickamauga, TN in 1863. (for battle
details refer to my book)
Jesse';s wife remarried John Jacobs and he was a cruel man;
especially toward the children. John J. was probably about 14
or 15 when he got into an argument with Jacobs. He had been
abused enough so he struck Jacobs on the head with a club,
knocking him unconscious.
John thought he had killed him so he grabbed a horse (Stolen?)
and fled to Texas. Later on, when telling this story to a
grandson he was asked“why did you go to Texas?” He
replied“That';s what you did back then when you got into
trouble; you went to Texas”.
It is unknown exactly where he went in Texas but I believe he
was not far from the railroad lines. He told his family that
he“made a crop” but I doubt this. It is likely he worked
as a farm laborer or worked on cattle drives. Whatever the
case; he returned by train to Little Rock, Arkansas. It was
there that two thugs mugged him and took all of his money. The
police department took up a collection for him so he would
have enough money to return home to Alabama.
He did return as reported based upon the 1880 census of
Barbour County, Alabama. It was here that John J. appears at
age 22 and married to Susannah Brown. I know her maiden name
was Brown as her brother James F. was in the household. They
had a daughter born in 1883 named Georgia. Susannah probably died during childbirth or results thereof. Being alone John could not care for his infant
daughter so he left Georgia with his brother William Andrew in
Dale (later Geneva) County, Alabama and went to Texas the
I am not sure how long he was in Texas but he probably went
there about 1884 or 1885. I believe he stayed in Texas for
about two years and decided to return to Alabama. He made it
as far as Carroll County, Mississippi.
When he arrived he was broke, tired, and hungry. He spent his
first night in Carroll County sleeping in a cornfield. The
next day he started looking for a job and was hired by a local
resident; William H. Carithers. Mr. Carithers operated a
sawmill in the local area.
William Carithers married Clementine Carroll; daughter of
Phillip Carroll and Pricilla Slaughter of Winona. Clementine
was one half Cherokee or Choctaw Indian. They had a daughter;
Rose Ann; nickname“Roxie”. John married Roxie at Duck
Hill, MS, May 27, 1889. I consider it an odd occurrence that
my wedding date was also on May 27.
John never told his family that he had been married before or
that he had a daughter by that first wife. It was learned by
the author when checking the census of 1900 where Georgia was
found in the household of his brother William. Georgia was
listed as a“niece”. Relatives remember her visiting her
father so it is possible that some family members knew about
her. In William';s household she was addressed as“Aunt
Georgia” and that side of the family was not aware of her
John and Roxie remained in Carroll County where they owned and
operated a farm north of Carrollton and her parents lived
nearby. They had a large family and the oldest child was
Andrew Jackson Brown, my Grandfather. He moved to Alabama and
married my grandmother Ethel Sullivan. Andrew died of Typhoid
fever when he was in his 20';s in Dothan, AL; leaving a wife
and 4 children. This created a void for me as little family
history was passed down.
John J. Brown prospered as a farmer in Carroll County and he
purchased a Maxwell Automobile in 1915; one of the first
automobiles in the County. His purpose was to use the car to
visit his brother William Andrew in Geneva County, Alabama.
His son Jasper learned to drive the car and took John J. on
the visit to Alabama in 1915. Jasper reported that it took a
couple of weeks or more to reach their destination and about
the same amount of time to return to Carrollton.
I never had the opportunity to meet John & Roxie as they
died when I was young. It was 1977 when I visited their son
Jasper Brown at the farm in Carroll County. This visit gave
birth to my genealogy research. My interest was sparked after
viewing the Brown family bible and seeing a photo hanging on
the wall of my Great-Great Grandfather Jesse D. Brown in his
Confederate uniform. Fortunately, I copied all the names and
dates from the bible. No one claims possession of that bible
today but I did obtain the photo. There was another photo of
William H. Carithers in his uniform also but that photo can no
longer be located.
John J. Brown died May 10, 1948 and Roxie died May 15, 1954.
Both are buried in the North Carrolton cemetery. Two of their
children and Roxie';s parents are buried at“Hickory
Grove” cemetery; north of Carrollton.
Author';s note: The final chapter on John Jackson Brown came
to a close in November, 2004 with the receipt of a photograph
of John and Roxie. For anyone interested in the book on this
line please send an email to the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will place you on the wait list. We anticipate
publication by early 2005.