Dorothy Brown

Brief Life History of Dorothy

When Dorothy Brown was born on 20 February 1723, in Preston, New London, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Thomas Brown III, was 32 and her mother, Deborah Holdridge, was 24. She married Gershom Palmer on 5 November 1747, in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 9 daughters. She died on 1 March 1808, in Preston, New London, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 85.

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Gershom Palmer
Dorothy Brown
Marriage: 5 November 1747
Prudence Palmer
Dorothy Palmer
Lucretia Palmer
Esther Laughton Palmer
Surviah or Zerviah Palmer
Naomi Palmer
Rev. Reuben Palmer Sr
Lois Brown Palmer
Amey Palmer
Keturah Palmer

Sources (8)

  • Dorothy Brown, "Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Dorothy Brown, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Dorothy Brown, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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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 French, Middle English and Old Norse as a personal name or byname (Middle English personal name Brun, Broun, ancient Germanic Bruno, Old English Brūn, or possibly Old Norse Brúnn or Brúni). Brun- was also an ancient 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 (see below). Brown (including in the senses below) is the fourth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below).

Irish and Scottish: adopted for Ó Duinn (see Dunn ) or for any of the many Irish and Scottish Gaelic names containing the element donn ‘brown-haired’ (also meaning ‘chieftain’), for example Donahue .

Irish: phonetic Anglicization of Mac an Bhreitheamhnaigh; see Breheny .

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

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