Am stuck doing my Brown Family Genealogy. My father told me (family hand-me-down legend/lore) that his decendant John Brown/e was a Loyalist and had to flee the Mount Desert Island area to Nova Scotia for several years. After the war, as he had land holdings including land on Somes Sound,MDI,he snuck back to MDI hiding undera load of codfish.
Census/Town records of MDI have no John Brown listed for 1790 or 1800. Two of John's son's John b.1784, and James b.1787 show-up on MDI around 1800. Old John is not listed until 1810.
However the 117 acre plot John Brown had on Somes Sound was retained in the Bernard Petition to the Mass Gen Court 1785..He was one of four families on Somes Sound apparently before the Revolution when the original Bernard Grants were given out. Somes Sound was Abraham Somes little feudal kingdom. I find that his uncle married John Brown's daughter hence family connection established. Abraham Somes son Daniel was also a Loyalist and disappeared prior to the Revolution never to return. He had previously lived on Somes Sound with his father Abraham Somes.
I'm stuck..from the time John Brown married Sussana Masury in Salem/Danvers 1728..I have a big black void until the brother's John and James show up around 1800. I have one old note that says John deeded his land to brother James in 1773 and fled to Nova Scotia. I know my family were early inhabitrants of MDI, but they are excluded from MDI history. Mount Norumbega in NE Harbor was named after John Brown hence Brown's Mountain..but the no-it-all local genealogist and blue-bloods give us/him no recognition.
If anyone can fill this black void for me and give me any info on where John Brown was during the revolution please let me know. thanks Austin