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This page has been divided into Brown and Pass pages. Go here for the Pass Family page

Born in 1832, Miles Jefferson Patrick, my great great grandfather,
was a shoemaker and postmaster in Jackson County, Georgia, before the Civil War.

He died at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1862.

The Patrick family moved from North Carolina to Georgia about 1783.

Miles's widow was Mary Jane Merk (1834-1916). This is her mourning dress as it was displayed in a museum. Both their mothers were named Elizabeth Langley.

I recommend Blood Traitors by Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle, the story of the Merk family's migration from Germany to the US and Canada. ISBN 0-00-255424-0. There is an active organization for the Merk/Merck/Mark/Marks families. The name was Mark when the family came from Germany. My ancestors changed it in the 1820's to Merk. The Nova Scotia branch of the family became Marks.

Not much is known about the Browns. They moved from Clarke County, Georgia, to Jackson County between 1813 and 1820. Lemuel Brown married Betsey Chowning in 1813; the Chowning family is extensively researched. Their son Samuel left Georgia to fight in the Texas Revolution. This is his account of his experiences in the Texas Revolution, courtesy of Betty Miller. Sam was given land for his service in the revolution. Some of it now belongs to Betty, and though she is not related to the Browns, she has done a tremendous amount of research on the family. This is Hugh Brown, my great grandfather (1848-1913).

Miles and Mary Jane Patrick were the parents of William Brantley (Bud) Patrick (1857-1942), who settled in Monroe, Georgia. He married Julia Garrison (1854-1934) from Jackson County. The Garrisons moved down from New York in the 1700's. The earliest one I know of was Gerrit Segers or Segertsen. His son was Lambert Gerritson, which evolved into Garrison. The family in New York is well researched and almost all the lines can be traced back to Europe. They were Dutch, though some families had emigrated from France to the Netherlands because of religious persecution.

Garrison family My eighth great grandfather Jaques Cortelyou is part of the Garrison family. He ran a ferry between Staten Island and Brooklyn and was called "New York's first commuter." (His daughter married the grandson of John Sales, "Massachusetts's First Felon." Always nice to be the first.) Running ferries must have been in the blood, as Cornelius Vanderbilt was one of his descendants. There are several streets named for him on Staten Island and Long Island. The Latinised signature I think means "Jaques Cortelyou of Utrecht" and was written while he was at the university there. Like many people in the past, he changed the spelling of his name. Signatures courtesy of Chuck Todd.

People on both sides of the Vanderbilt family can be found on Darwina's home page.

Bud Patrick and Julia Garrison and family.

Left: about 1895,
probably Jackson County, Georgia.

Right: 1925 to 1932, probably Monroe, Georgia.
My grandmother Flora Patrick is in the centre rear of each picture.

Flora Patrick (1886-1960), about 1900.

Flora married Sam Brown (1878-1932) in 1905.

At present I am trying to find each family's immigrants, and also insights into their lives, as shown in wills and letters, for example.

Also I am interested in pictures of my ancestors. There must be some extant from the nineteenth century at least.

John Pass, Australia, 1942,
and Virginia Brown, 1944


I have removed the link to information I posted using Family Origins as there were mistakes in it and I don't know how to delete the site. E-mail me if you like.

I have also removed links to some formerly free genealogy tools. Personally, I resent having information I have gathered SOLD by sites like