When I first started my LJ, I called it "A Reluctant Genealogist." Then I started exploring the L.A. River, I changed the name to "Upstream, Downstream," a name which also fit my travels up and down one of the city's major streets. I'm back to genealogy, but I'm not going to change the name again. I'll call this document the Headwaters. This was one of the first things I found among the family history papers, and I set out to find out how much of it is true. Here's the transcription--
The following is a copy dictated by Jesse Lester Brown Jany 1903:
"My knowledge and recollection of the history of the Brown family as far back as I can remember. Reverend Z Brown was a chaplain in General Wolfe's army (war of 1776) and was at the taking of Quebec. He was a minister of the Church of England. He served in the Army 7 years 6 months and 9 days. After the war he left the army and settled in Massachusetts, where he died shortly after sending to England for his family. Said family consisted of a wife and four sons: Jude, Zach, Josiah and William. During he American Revolution the two oldest boys-Jude and Zack, who were educated for the army in England, held command in the British army and fought on that side. The two younger boys, Josiah and William, espoused the cause of the Colony and held command in the Colonial army.
After the end of the war the two oldest sons resigned from the British army and settled in Canada (Nova Scotia) where they held grants of land."
1776? No! It was in 1759 Major General James P. Wolfe (2 January 1727 – 13 September 1759) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Wolf
I never found a chaplain Zachariah Brown as a Chaplain in the British Army, but I did find a Zachariah Brown who was born in Massachusetts and had sons with those names--Zachariah, William, Josiah and Jude.