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Recollections of events of my life

Recollections of events of my life, 1863 Feb. 23
Recollections of events of my life
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  • Autobiography, 23 February 1863, of Thomas Brown (1785-1867) of Westmoreland and Fauquier Counties, Virginia, and Tallahassee, Florida. The autobiography mainly covers events while Brown was living in Virginia, until 1828. Topics covered include lineage of the Brown, Simpson, and Templeman families, childhood reminiscenses, his upbringing, religious teaching, descriptions of the slaves his family owned, social life, his schooling in Charles Town and Alexandria, national politics, including the election of Thomas Jefferson as President and public reaction, the outbreak of yellow fever in Alexandria, his employment in the family mercantile business, his winning the Potomac and Shenandoah Navigation Lottery, his work in the Westmoreland County clerk's office, a description of the county court system in Virginia, his courtship and marriage to Elizabeth Simpson, his employment as a clerk in the post office in Richmond, the burning of the Richmond Theatre on 26 December 1811, descriptions of his family's life at Mount Ephraim in Fauquier County, his service as an aide to Gen. John P. Hungerford during the War of 1812, descriptions of battles and troop movements around Alexandria and Washington, D.C., the burning of Washington, D.C., his election to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1817, his involvement in the settlement of the estate of Rev. John Simpson, rector of Rooss, East Riding, Yorkshire, England, his wife's great uncle, including a description of his voyage to England during the settlement, his nomination for U.S. Congress, the selling of Mount Ephraim, and the family's move to Lake Jackson, Florida. The autobiography ends with a discussion of his current financial affairs
  • Also included is a typescript copy of the autobiography (155 leaves). The transcriber is unknown
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Thomas Brown was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia on 24 October 1785. He was the son of William and Margaret (Templeman) Brown. He married Elizabeth Simpson on 27 December 1809. He attended schools in Charles Town (West) Virginia, and Alexandria. During the War of 1812, he was an aide to Gen. John P. Hungerford. He entered the family's mercantile business in Alexandria, and later was Chief Clerk in the Post Office in Richmond. Brown served in the Virginia House of Delegates (1818-1820). He and his family moved to Florida in 1828. He served in the Florida Legislature (1845), and as Governor of Florida (1849-1853). He died in Tallahassee on 24 August 1867.
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Recollections of events of my life
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Cooper, Sally
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