Oliver Wolcott Brown

20 June 1820–24 April 1904 (Age 83)
Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Oliver Wolcott

When Oliver Wolcott Brown was born on 20 June 1820, in Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, United States, his father, Selah A. Brown, was 35 and his mother, Betsey Dunham, was 34. He married Elizabeth Maria Kent on 6 September 1846. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Henry, Illinois, United States in 1850. He died on 24 April 1904, in Wethersfield Township, Henry, Illinois, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Oliver Wolcott Brown
Elizabeth Maria Kent
Marriage: 6 September 1846
Emily M. Brown
Laura P. Brown
Charles H. Brown
Clark K Brown
George Oliver Brown
Frank G. Brown
Eben S. Brown
Milton H. Brown
Cyrus Austin Brown
Mary Olive Brown

Spouse and Children

6 September 1846


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Mary Kingsbury Brown


    Selah Ashley Brown



    Mary Brown


    Lewis Dunham Brown


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 12

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

Age 26

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: generally a nickname referring to the color of the hair or complexion, Middle English br(o)un, from Old English brūn or Old French brun. This word is occasionally found in Old English and Old Norse as a personal name or byname. Brun- was also a Germanic name-forming element. Some instances of Old English Brūn as a personal name may therefore be short forms of compound names such as Brūngar, Brūnwine, etc. As a Scottish and Irish name, it sometimes represents a translation of Gaelic Donn. As an American family name, it has absorbed numerous surnames from other languages with the same meaning.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Oliver Brown, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Oliver N Brown, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Oliver W Brown, "United States Census, 1900"

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