Abigail BROWN was born about 1800 in Tennessee.1 She was married about 1817 to Daniel LEWIS.2
While her ancestry is not known, a number of records would indicate she is likely a
sister to Rachel BROWN who had a marriage license with Mathias KEEN on 4 Sep. 1813 in
Washington County, Tennessee.3
Records showing association of Mathias Keen and the Lewis family include:
1. In the 1830 Franklin Co., MO, census, Daniel LEWIS and Mathias KEEN were adjacent households.4
2. Daniel LEWIS and Mathias KEEN had tracts one quarter mile apart, in Sections 4 and 5, Twp. 41N,
Range 2E in Franklin County, MO, separated by land of Daniel's son James B. LEWIS and
son-in-law Squire W. SHORT.
3. On 18 February 1846, after the death of her husband Daniel LEWIS, Mathias KEEN and wife
Rachel mortgaged the east half of the southwest of Section 4, Township 41N, Range 2 East, to
Abigail LEWIS. Mathias would patent that tract two years later.5 [See number 2 above]
It was stated that Abigail had loaned $50 unto Mathias KEEN, and that if he repaid the loan
with interest, then the sale was void. On the side of the record it was stated on 10 May 1849
by Abigail LEWIS that she had received full satisfaction of the mortgage.
4. Mathias KEEN wrote his will in 1855 and the witnesses were James B. Lewis and Robert Lewis.6
Mathias KEEN lived in Sullivan County, Tennessee, with his land bordering Washington County. His
brother Jonah lived in Washington County with his land on the border with Sullivan County. Mathias
obtained the marriage bond with Rachel BROWN in Washington Co. probably because she was a resident
of there. One Brown family appeared in the same tax district as Jonah Keen, that being John
BROWN, who was later joined by a John W. BROWN. John BROWN was also associated with some of the
same individuals as Jonah Keen, and both lived on Kendricks Creek. From online trees [not verified]
John BROWN would appear to be John "Redhead" Brown, alleged to be the son of a James BROWN.
John W. Brown had a marriage license with Margaret Kincheloe on 7 Jan. 1817 in Washington Co.23
Any relation of Abigail and Rachel to either John Brown is unknown at this time.
Selected records showing common neighbors of John BROWN and Mathias KEEN:
1. 15 Oct. 1802 Nicholas Houser of Hawkins Co. sold to Jonas Keen of Sullivan Co., 300 acres in
Sullivan County on the waters of Kendricks Creek on Housers Spring Branch adjacent John Warren,
James Frashure, Nicholas Houser, Thomas Ruby, John Jones, Charles Gentry and near the
Double Spring. Witness: Charles Jones, William Jones.7
2. 16 Nov. 1804 John Jones to William Jones both of Sullivan Co., 97 acres in Sullivan Co. to
included the Double Springs and Cap. Clark's Muster Ground adjacent Charles Aronton, Stewart.
Witness: Jonas Keen, Matthias Keen.8
3. 29 Aug. 1805 Charles Jones to Jonas Keen both of Sullivan Co., 40 acres in Sullivan Co. on
the waters of Kendricks Creek adjacnet Jentrey. Witness: Elijah Matheney, John Jones.9
4. 12 Aug. 1808 Henry Tiffin to John Brown, both of Washington Co., 85 acres on Kendricks Creek
in Washington Co.. Witness: John Whillock, Jeremiah (X his mark) Brown, John Tiffin.10
5. 6 Feb. 1809 Henry Tiffin to Jacob Keebler, both of Washington Co., 116 acres on Kendricks
Creek adjacent John Wheelock, John Brown. Witness: Hewes Cade, John Keebler, James Keebler.11
6. 11 Aug. 1809 William Grimsley sold to Jonah Keen, both of Washington Co., 50 acres on
the north fork of Kendricks Creek, on the dividing line of Washington and Sullivan Counties,
adjacent to Richard Daniels and John Fulkerson. No witness.12
7. 31 Oct. 1811 Tennessee Grant #2093 to William Grimsley of 50 acres on Kendricks Creek in
Washington Co. next to his other land that was adjacent to John Fulkerson, Andrew Reid,
and Matthias Keen.13
8. 3 Feb. 1812 William Grimsley sold the above 50 acre grant on Kendricks Creek to Jonah
Keen, it again being listed as adjacent to John Fulkerson, Andrew Reed, and Mathias Keen.
9. 1812 Capt. Barns Company, Washington Co. tax
#11 Jonah Kean 1 100
#87 John Brown 1 154
10. 1814 Capt. Barns Company, Washington Co. tax
Jonah Kean 1 100
John Brown 1 154
11. 1815 Capt. Grimsley Company, Washington Co. tax
John Brown 1 159
Jonah Kean 1 100
12. 20 May 1816 Samuel Ramsey to Harculas [Hercules] Lewis, both of Sullivan Co., 156 acres
on the waters of Kendricks Creek on south side of Holston River adjacent Huffman,
Collier, Ausburn. Witness: Benjamin Shipley, Lott O. Gott.15
13. 9 Sep. 1816 Nathan Shipley to John Brown, both of Washington Co., 50 acres on the
headwaters of Kendricks Creek in Washington Co. adjacent to Kibler, Hulse. Witness:
James P. Hulse, Matthew Aiken.16
14. 27 Aug. 1816 Nathan Shipley to John Fulkerson, both of Washington Co, 40 acres
in Washington Co. on a branch of Kendricks Creek adjacent to tract granted to James Blyeth,
Jacob Roberson. Witness: Thomas Fulkerson, John Brown.17
15. 16 Jan. 1817 John Konkin/Konkion to Chase Hale, both of Washington Co, 100 acres in
Washington Co. on a branch of Kendricks Creek adjacent Nathan Jobes formerly Samuel Joebes,
Higgins Cuppenger formerly William Cornelius, Amon Hale. Witness: George Kinchalow, John W.
Brown, Amon Hale.18
16. 13 Sep. 1817 State of TN Grant 5302 to Matthias Keen from an entry 21 Apr. 1815 issued by
Nathan Shipley to Andrew Willoughby for 278 acres dated 27 Dec. 1814 of which 49 acres were
assigned to Matthias Keen, in Sullivan Co. on waters of Horse Creek including John Crow's
17. 1818 Capt. Grimsley Company, Washington Co. tax
John Brown 1 124
John Brown 1
Jona Keen 1 100
Elijah Keen 1
18. 24 May 1819 Matthias Keen to William Moulton, both of Sullivan Co., 49 acres in Sullivan Co.
on the waters of Horse Creek. Witness: William Jones, Charles Jones, John Conkin.20
19. 1819 Capt. Grimsley Company, Washington Co. tax
John Brown 1 142
John W. Brown 1 124
Jonah Keen 1 100
20. 1821 Capt. Martin Company, Washington Co. tax
Joney Keen 1 100
John W. Brown 1 124
21. 7 Oct. 1822 Herculies Lewis to David Jones both of Sullivan Co., 156 acres on waters of
Kendricks Creek on south side of Holston River adjacent Ozburn and Embree. Witness: John
Cox Sr., James Pickins, George Crudginton.21
22. 1 Oct. 1827 Enoch Keen to Isaac Fulkerson both of Sullivan Co. 149 1/2 acres in Sullivan
and Washington Counties on the head waters of Clear Fork of Horse Creek adjacent 100 acres
granted said Keen, Elijah Wood, Andrew Reed, Jonah Keen. Witness: Mark Chester, Abraham
Fulkerson, Thomas Dillone.22
1. Joshua W. Lewis household, 1850 Franklin Co., MO, census, p. 62A.
Listed as age 40, but she would had to have been older, and probably about 50.
2. Information in 1962 of Edith May (Pierce) Webb, (1888- ?), granddaughter
of James Brown Lewis and great-granddaughter of Daniel Lewis and Abigail
Brown. Photocopy in my possession.
3. Washington Co., TN Marriage Volume 0, p. 145.
Matthias Keen ad Rachel Brown. Bondsman: Elijah Keen [brother to Mathias]
4. 1830 Franklin Co., MO, census, p. 146.
5. Franklin County, Missouri, Deed Record E, pp. 589-590.
6. Mathias Keen will, Franklin Co., MO Will Record B, pp. 216-218.
7. Sullivan Co., TN Deed Book 6, pp. 234-235.
8. Sullivan Co., TN Deed Book 6, p. 391.
9. Sullivan Co., TN Deed Book 6, p. 243.
10. Washington Co., TN Deed Book 12, pp. 159-160.
11. Washington Co., TN Deed Book 12, pp. 59-60.
12. Washington Co., TN Deed Book 12, pp. 128-130.
13. Washington Co., TN Deed Book 13, pp. 73-75.
14. Washington Co., TN Deed Book 14, pp.232-233.
15. Sullivan Co., TN Deed Book 7, p. 173-174.
16. Washington Co., TN Deed Book 15, pp.235-237.
17. Washington Co., TN Deed Book 15, pp.239-240.
18. Washington Co., TN Deed Book 15, pp.207-209..
19. Sullivan Co., TN Deed Book 10, p. 43.
20. Sullivan Co., TN Deed Book 8, p. 152-153.
21. Sullivan Co., TN Deed Book 9, p. 303.
22. Sullivan Co., TN Deed Book 10, p. 405-406.
23. Washington Co., TN Marriage Volume 0,, p. 158.
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