Sophia Brown

Brief Life History of Sophia

When Sophia Brown was born on 22 March 1806, in Orleans, Vermont, United States, her father, John Thomas Brown, was 27 and her mother, Polly Bartlett, was 26. She married Francis Blake on 15 August 1825, in Drummondville, Drummond, Quebec, Canada. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 7 daughters. She died on 8 January 1881, in Brownington, Orleans, Vermont, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Pleasant View Cemetery, Barton, Orleans, Vermont, United States.

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Francis Blake
Sophia Brown
Marriage: 15 August 1825
Lucinda Blake
Edwin Washington Blake
Moses Blake
Nancy Sophia Blake
Melvina Blake
Daniel Jones Blake
Emily Blake
Issac Blake
Mary Jane Blake
Adelina Julie Blake
Oscar Francis Blake
Ashley Blake
Ashley Blake

Sources (17)

  • Sophia Blake in household of Herbert M Horn, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Sophia Blake, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Sophia Brason in entry for Mary Jane Blake Leffitt, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"

World Events (8)


Atlantic slave trade abolished.


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

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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