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.

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