Colonel Thomas Brown and Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Douglas

Colonel Thomas Brown, a Loyalist refugee from South Carolina who became the leader of the East Florida Rangers, the provincial militia force, and Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Douglas of the British 104th Regiment, also had settlements in this area. Brown's property was 1,000 of swamp land on the west of the river opposite Rollestown. Brown also acquired a 200-acre farm east of the St. Johns River near Fort Picolata, and 200 acres near St. Augustine. At one of his settlements slaves worked a field of 116 acres planted in peas and potatoes, and built a dwelling for an overseer, and slave houses. Brown owned sixty slaves valued at £50 Sterling each. Some of his slaves worked at Miller Hunt's plantation near Fort Picolata. The Douglas tract was probably the same 10,000 acres previously granted to Joseph Gray. Douglas served as plantation agent for a prominent refugee, John Graham, a Savannah merchant and lieutenant governor of Georgia.

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Colonel Thomas Brown and Lieutenant Colonel Steward Douglas were both granted land in the vicinity of today's Palatka, shown here is on the right of the bridge (west shore) across the St. Johns River.

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T77/2/21-Brown; T77/4/9- Douglas.