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March 20, 1745 (Wednesday)
Peter Brown receives Land Warrant 98, for 100 acres in Maxatawny Township, Philadelphia County.
-Berks County Land Warrants 1730-1868, Frederick G. Paul, Jeffery Howell, 1985
During 1763
Frederick Brown .1.9 tax on 7.
-Berks County Tax List, Longswamp Township, 1763
and . . .
Frederick Brown, .4.6 tax on 3.
-Berks County Tax List, Longswamp Township, 1763
(Note: This is the "7th 18d tax", which is to say 18 pence per pound or 15 shillings per head. -rjm)
During 1764
Frederick Brown, .2.0 tax on 8.
-Berks County Tax List, Longswamp Township, 1764
and . . .
Frederick Braun vs. Jacob Heim, Capias Case.
-Berks County Civil Court Docket, May Term, 1764
(Note: May or may not be our Frederick Brown. Original Documents have not been searched (yet). -rjm)
During 1765
Frederick Brown, .6.0 tax on 4.
-Berks County Tax List, Longswamp Township, 1765
(Note: This is the eighth 18d tax. -rjm)
During 1766
Fed'k Braun, .1.3 tax on 5
-Berks County Tax List, Longswamp Township, 1766
(Note: 3 pence per pound and 9 shillings per head. -rjm)
During 1767

Acres
Horses
Cattle
Sheep
Tax
Frederick Brown
100
2
2
-
5
-Berks County Proprietary and State Tax List, Longswamp Township, 1767, Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Volume 18
August 29, 1767 (Sat)
Frederick Brown receives Land Warrant 2812 for 60 acres in Longswamp Township, Berks County.
-Berks County Land Warrants 1730-1868, Frederick G. Paul, Jeffery Howell, 1985
During 1768

Acres
Horses
Cattle
Sheep
Tax
Frederick Brown
100
3
3
2
3
-Berks County Proprietary and State Tax List, Longswamp Township, 1767, Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Volume 18, p.139
(Note: More land needs more livestock. -rjm)
During 1769
 Frederick Braun, .1.9 tax on 7
-Berks County Tax List, Longswamp Township, 1769

March 29, 1802 
 Frederick Braun  draws his last will and testament:

In the name God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost amen. I Frederick Brown am sick in body, but healthy in understanding, so I fix this as and for my last will & testament. First my wife Lowisa shall two hundred and fifty pounds lawful gold or silver money as it at present rates, this money she shall have in her use during her life time. 2d she shall have for her use 10 bushels good wheat, and 20 bushels rye for her use this grain my two sons Frederick and Benjamin shall take to mill for her and bring it to her dwelling where she dwells during her lifetime. 3d These two sons shall haul as much fire wood for their mother to her dwelling as she may want, and make it small that she can make use of it during her lifetime and 4ly she shall have a fattened hog of 100 pound, and the puddings that the hog gives they must make and give to her, further ten penny pot lard for her use during her life time,  further  she shall have the choice of the above mentioned sons Frederick and Benjamin to take one cow yearly of which she pleases, during her lifetime, further these two sons shall give unto their mother one pair of new shoes and stockings, and mending shoes what she may want, during her lifetime, further these two sons shall give their mother ten yards new flaxen linen, 5 yards toe leimin [sic, tow linen] during her lifetime, if the mother of these two sons becomes needy they shall give her yearly a short gown and petticoat during her lifetime, according to these articles these two sons Frederick and Benjamin shall build a house for their mother, where she will have it, convenient to live, with a bake oven thereto for her use during her lifetime. First my son Peter Brown shall have 5 shillings for his hereditary portion of his Father, and my son John Brown shall have 5 shillings, of his Father for his hereditary portion, my daughter Elizabeth shall have 100 pounds hundred pounds for her hereditary portion of her father, but what she already has shall be deducted out of these 100 pounds and my daughter Catharine shall also have one hundred pound hereditary portion of her father, but what she already has shall be deducted  out of these hundred pounds, my daughter Sussanna  [sic] shall also have one hundred pound hereditary portion of her father but what she has already rec'd she be deducted out of that hundred pound and my son Michael shall have one hundred pound in full of his Father hereditary portion, my sons Frederick & Benjamin shall be executors  over my who
le property, and take care that each of them receive their portion the residue [?] of the bonds which John has yet to give shall be given to Frederick, my whole property shall belong to these two sons, to wit, Frederick & Benjamin, when they have given to the aforenamed brothers & sisters, what is written my two sons and their mother shall move with waggons [sic] and personal estate to their place for to keep house as is usual, that they may [pay?] the same from year to year when it begins October 1st 1803. Herewith I make null and void all my wills and testaments, made by me heretofore and acknowledge none but this as my last will and testament this day the 29 March 1802 in Maxatawny Township Berks County. I acknowledge with my own hand and seal with witness.
Frederick [his X mark] Brown
Jacob Siegfried  and David Hottenstein, Jr., witnesses    
-Berks County Wills, indexed in Book A, pp. 50 and 464, and file with translation. 
(Note: Daughter Susannah (wife of Peter Mertz, Jr.) had moved to Chillisquaque Township, Northhumberland County, Pennsylvania by 1790.  According to one source not yet verified,  in 1800 sons John, Frederick, Peter, Benjamin and daughter Catherine (Mrs. Adam Foust) moved to Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Frederick and Peter settled in Vernon Township, John and Benjamin 1 mile west of Harmonsburg, and  Catharine to Summit Township. -rjm)

April 6, 1802

Registers Office Reading in Berks County Apr. 6th 1802
Then appeared Jacob Siegfried and David Hottenstein, Junr. the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will who being duly sworn and affirmed did say that they were present together, and did see and hear Frederick Braun the testator sign /by making his mark/ seal publish pronounce and declare the within writing as and for his last will and testament, and that at the time of the doing thereof he the testator was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge as they verily believe, and further that the names Jacob Siegfried and David Hottenstein are of the own hand writing of the deponents and affirmants thereto subscribed as witnesses in the presence of each other and in the presence and at the request of the testator.
Brailey, Register 
-Berks County Wills, file folder for Frederick Brown estate, indexed to Administration Book, 3, p.32

Frederick Braun, estate. Letters of Administration were granted to Frederick Brown. Benjamin, the other executor being a minor, no trust would be committed to him, Frederick having been first sworn thereto.  
-Berks County Wills, file folder for Frederick Brown estate




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