Pollard Brown, Patriot

Pollard Brown GravePollard Brown is one of my fifth great grandfathers on my father’s side. He was born in 1763 in Culpepper, Virginia when the state was still a British colony. Pollard was the sixth of eleven children born to Abraham and Jane Brown. Jane was a Pollard before she married and gave her maiden name to her fifth-born son as his first name.

In 1781 when he was eighteen, Pollard joined the Virginia militia. He’s listed serving as a private in the “Virginia Line.” The Virginia Line was a formation of the Continental Army eventually consisting of the 1st through 15th Virginia regiments. Pollard’s older brother, Robert Fisher Brown, was a sergeant in the Virginia 10th regiment so it makes sense Pollard served in that regiment too, though I’ve found nothing so far to confirm it. The Virginia 10th saw action at a number of Revolutionary War battles including Monmouth and the Siege of Charlestown. It was at Charlestown that most of the regiment was captured by the British. They disbanded on November 15, 1783 two months after the end of the war.

By the census of 1800, Pollard Brown lived in Abbeville, South Carolina with his wife Margaret and one child. The next year a daughter, Jane, was born who would become my fourth great grandmother. Brown lived in Abbeville until around 1847 when he moved to Decatur, Georgia. In 1852, he returned with his family to Abbeville and lived the remainder of his life there. At the age of eighty-six he’s listed as a Revolutionary War pensioner receiving $20 per year. His application for pension stated:

The applicant Pollard Brown says he has no record of his age, that his father’s Bible in which his age was recorded was misplaced at his fathers death & does not know where that Bible is, that his recollection of his age, is derived from his service in the Revolutionary war, being as he supposes seventeen or eighteen years old when he first entered the service of his country.

He died on February 7, 1858 at the age of ninety-five.

Pollard Brown is buried in the cemetery of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Abbeville, South Carolina.

3 thoughts on “Pollard Brown, Patriot

  1. I am a member of Lebanon Church and we have been looking for descendants of Pollard Brown. Please share your line with me starting with the name of his child you descend from. Thanks, Susie ( I know nothing about twitter and would prefer you e-mail me)


  2. When Pollard Brown left Abbeville in 1847 he gave his land to his daughter Anna Brown Martin. I have the original deed of this transfer. When my parents died I found this deed among their papers. My father’s was William Luther Dansby His father was James Charles Dansby, son of Susan Frances Martin and David Franklin Dansby. Three Martin sisters married 3 Dansby brothers about the same time. The Martin sisters parents were James Pollard Martin(born 1827) and Mary Jane Brown. She came from a Brown/McGaw marriage. I have no info on who James Pollard Martin descended from nor how Pollard is connected to my father. Can you be of any help?


  3. So glad to see you are connected to Pollard Brown. When we dedicated his new headstone, we looked for direct decendants and could not locate any. I think my granddaughters are connected on their grandmother Dansby’s side. There are Brown’s in that line and a Pollard Dansby. Also, a family member has a deed for Pollard Brown’s land. Could you give me your line of his daughter Jane and who she married. This would be very helpful. I’m assuming that you have seen the write up in the Abbeville paper at the time of his death. Thank you for your help. Susie


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