Thanks for your email, it was greatly appreciated. Today I found my great grandfather's death certificate. His name was MAURY BRIGHT BROWN (Senior) and it lists his father as JOHN T. BROWN. In addition I have from SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS Census records which state that both MAURY BRIGHT BROWN'S parents where from TN. So I am pretty sure that this JOHN T. BROWN is JOHN TILLISTON or TILLISON BROWN. If this is true than the AKERS connection is highly likely. Do you have any information on whom JAMES BROWN'S parents are?