Elizabeth Strain BROWN wife of Major Temple Hall (1781-1857) YorkCo. SC
There was a STRAIN connection, but it does not seem
that all that has been written about the Strains indi-cating their kinships is accurate. I have tried to prove Elizabeth's maiden name one way and another without complete success.
Although some researchers list M T Hall's wife as Elizabeth Strain, others list her as Elizabeth
Strain Brown. I believe that BROWN is her maiden
name. She named a son Samuel B. Hall and it
appears that he was probably named for his maternal grandfather.
Mrs. Hall's parents were Samuel BROWN and his first
wife. Mrs. Brown was a daughter of Catherine (White) Strain McFarlan(d).
So far, I have not found a record of Mrs. Brown's
first name nor confirmation of her maiden name. She
could have been Catherine's daughter by Strain or
by her second husband John McFarlan/McFarlin/McFarland.
Court records do state that Samuel Brown's wife was a
sister of Alexander Faries' wife and that her mother
also lived with the Faries family.
I have a good deal of data on Samuel Brown from extracts of court cases and deed records. Samuel Brown married
twice. His first wife died after the birth of two daughters: Kathrine McFarline Brown and Elizabeth Strain
Brown. Samuel Brown, his first wife and two daughters,
lived at one time with his wife's sister and brother-in
-law (Elizabeth Strain Faries and Alexander Faries) in York Co., SC. The first Mrs. Brown died and Samuel
married again (Elizabeth maiden name unknown) and
fathered a son Alexander Brown (possibly named for
Sam's father or possibly for his brother-in-law Faries).
At some point, Brown went to Tennessee for some reason (scouting prospects for a more prosperous life possibly) and was killed by Indians on his way home. His estate consisted solely of two slaves. Brown had made a deed of gift of the slaves to his two daughters at one time. At another time he sold the slaves to his brother-in-law Alexander Faries.
Samuel Brown, dec'd.; Elizabeth Brown et al., adm'ors.; Case 53, File 2345, York Co., SC, estate adm'on. (1793)
Lawsuits started soon after Brown's death between
the claimants. The estate administrators made claim
on behalf of the minor daughters, the widow made
claim on behalf of her son, and creditors made their
claims. On the final appeal a court in Chester, SC,
awarded the slaves to the daughters.
At one point Catherine McFarlan and John McFarlan
were making competing claims in court over the granddaughters and John McFarlan was living outside
Brown's widow Elizabeth married second to David Neely
and had seven more children. The Neely couple and at
least some of their children are buried at Ebenezer
Churchyard in York Co., SC near where the Halls are
buried. The gravesites of Samuel Brown and his first
wife are unknown. Nothing further is known about Brown's
other daughter Kathrine at this time. Catherine McFarlan
was also buried at Ebenezer.
A summary of Brown's legal troubles was written by
Louise Pettus, editor of The Quarterly (York County
Genealogical & Historical Society). Some additional
info is found in the Hutchison family papers (David
Hutchison was one of Brown's administrators) at The
Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina,
Columbia, SC, and at Winthrop University Archives,
Rock Hill, SC. Also, Brown's estate papers on micro-
film (York Co., SC, Probate Judge's Office, York, SC.)
It seems that Samuel Brown was son of an Alexander
Brown, Sr., Chester Co., SC. Sam was a witness to
a deed whereby his future sister-in-law Elizabeth
Strain deeded a slave to her natural daughter Agnes
Brown in Chester Co., SC, deeds. There are a number
of Chester Co., SC, deeds relating to Alexander Brown,
Samuel Brown, and others of the name, but no certainty
of kinship except in a couple of deeds. As to Alex and
Sam as father and son, there are two deeds: in one,
Alexander Brown deeds land to his son Samuel Brown;
and in another deed, the two of them sell that same
land to someone else.