William Abe Brown & Nancy C. Jordan

William Abe Brown was called “Abram.” Interestingly, Abram was the last of the sons named Abraham or called Abram in our particular branch of the Brown family. However, all of the Abraham’s who were ancestors of ours were called “Abram” as a shortened version of Abraham.

Abram was born in 1844 in Elbert County Georgia and died in 1896, also in Elbert County. Abram married Mary O Jordan on November 1, I866.

The record of the marriage of William Abe Brown and Mary O. Jordan



William Abe (Abram) Brown and Mary O. Jordan had the following children:

  1. John J. Brown November 22, 1867 – April 6, 1944
  2. Emma Brown 1866 – Death date Unknown
  3. Ophelia Brown 1870 –

Mary O. Jordan died sometime before August 1876. William Abe and Nancy J. Jordan (who was Mary O. Jordan’s older sister) married on August 22, 1876.

Registration of Marriage License for William A Brown and Nancy C Jordan.

Abram and Nancy had the following children:

  • Levi Brown 1876-
  • Elizabeth Endora Brown June 29, 1877 – August 3, 1969
  • Martha Mindora Brown June 29, 1877 – June 29, 1977
  • Leonard Brown 1882
  • Effie Brown 1879
  • Jasper Brown June 15, 1880 – August 28, 1964
  • Dillard Goss Brown November 17, 1884 – April 24, 1969

The area where the Brown’s resided in Elbert County was called “Goshen.” Whomever named the are was obviously naming it after the area of land along the Nile River in Egypt where the children of Jacob (Israel) resided during their time in Egypt. That area of Elbert County is today the area around Bowman, Georgia and more specifically the area around Rehoboth Baptist Church. Many in the family are buried at Rehoboth, including William Abram Brown & Nancy C. Brown (my great grandfather and grandmother) and John and Martha Brown (my great great grandfather and grandmother.)

Elizabeth Eldorah Brown married Lenard Hardman on December 22, 1895

  • Elizabeth and Leonard had the following children:
  • William Bethel Hardman August 10, 1898 – July 7, 1984
  • Chess Hardman September 29, 1900 – December 22, 1921
  • Jewel B. Hardman September 7, 1906 – October 17, 1997
  • Oscar Hardman 1909
  • J C Hardman September 18, 1911- September 17, 1980
  • Suelene Josie Hardman June 18, 1914 – April 16, 2007
  • Nellie Hardman August 3, 1921

Dillard Goss Brown married Ellar Little. Dillard and Ellar had the following children:

Boyd Brown February 22, 1916 – October 6, 1980

Elsie Brown June 17, 1921 – June 1, 1969 Eddie A Florence July 5, 1919 – January 21, 1985

Katie Ruth Brown Fleeman November 27, 1925 – June 30, 2017, Charles James Fleeman May 11, 1923 – September 9, 1986

Tommie Brown

Cleo j Brown Feb 24, 1912 – February 24, 1885 Clara B Hendrix November 3, 1916-September 24, 1995

Effie Lee Brown Freeman married Early O Fleeman. Effie and Early had the following children:

Icie Veal Fleeman May 2, 1901 – August 7, 1917

M.N.J. Fleeman July 8, 1905 – November 7, 1914

Early Buford Fleeman August 28, 1907 – March 29, 1982