My 5th gr.grandfather Ashbel Brunson (Bronson, Brounson, Brownson) lived in Elizabethtown, Essex County, NY (1800 Census).
History of Essex County, Edited by H.P. Smith, pub 1885, page 469 states:"Ashbel Bronson, with his sons Selah, Roman, Ashbel, and Samuel, was an old settler on the old "Bronson farm," on the Simonds Hill road."
I also have found an Ashbel Brownson in the index of Revolutionary War pension Applications (Connecticut).
I am trying to find Ashbel's wife and parents.If you can help, please contact me.