Daughter of Fortune: The Bettie Brown Story (Women of the by Sherrie S. McLeroy

By Sherrie S. McLeroy

Her identify was once Rebecca Aston Brown, however the global knew her as omit Bettie. Artist, global visitor, and for the days so much surprising of all, a spinster to the top of her days, Bettie's lifestyles has been the topic of conjecture and rumor.

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I wish I could have answered all the questions I had about her, but those answers will have to wait. I've researched every place I could think of in an effort to tell her real story, but the elusive letters and diaries that would have filled in the remaining few holes either don't exist or haven't come to light yet. I couldn't have written Daughter of Fortune without a lot of help from several people. Beth Weidler, GHF's curator for both Ashton Villa and the Williams Home, took pictures, dragged out boxes of records, answered questions, read the draft of this book for mistakes (those that remain are my own), and eagerly discussed all my findings and revelations.

Seward to accept the pardon issued to him in August. Building a New Fortune Contemporary sources declare that Brown lost his fortune because so much of it was tied up in slaves who were now free. However, that is incorrect on two counts: Brown owned only a few slaves, and he did not lose everything. Galveston County tax records for 1863 list him with $11,000 cash in hand, not a small amount of money, particularly in the midst of a war. His taxable wealth did indeed decline from $31,600 to $21,600 by 1864, but this "was primarily in 'money on hand and at interest,'" as Ashton Villa continued to retain much of its prewar value of $18,000.

Thomas was elected to Congress in 1783 and was a member of the Constitutional Convention that drafted the federal constitution. His home, Fort Hill, was just above the falls of the Schuylkill. John Singleton Copley's portrait of Thomas and his wife is considered one of the best executed in this country during the colonial period. Thomas' brother George Mifflin was paymaster of the 5th Pennsylvania Battalion during the war. 5 William and Sarah's other child was Samuel Powel (1739-1814) who married (1) Elizabeth Moulder and (2) Elizabeth Coffin(g).

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