Eleazer Brown

31 December 1736–7 May 1812 (Age 75)
Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America

The Life of Eleazer

When Eleazer Brown was born on 31 December 1736, in Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, his father, William Brown, was 31 and his mother, Patience Arnold, was 26. He married Sarah Scott on 14 December 1758, in Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 7 May 1812, in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 75.

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Family Time Line

Eleazer Brown
Sarah Scott
Marriage: 14 December 1758
David Brown
Nathaniel Brown
Patience Brown
Lydia Brown
Amy Brown
Isaac Brown
William Brown
Elizabeth Browne
John Brown
Sarah "Sally" Brown

Spouse and Children

14 December 1758
Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America


    David Brown



    Patience Brown


    William Brown


    Lydia Brown


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Parents and Siblings



+10 More Children

World Events (6)

1763 · First Synagogue in America

Age 27

The first Jewish Synagogue in America was built in Newport, Rhode Island in 1763. It still stands today, making it the oldest synagogue in the United States.
1772 · The Gaspee Affair

Age 36

On June 9, 1772, colonists that are angry with the trade restrictions that Britain put them under, board the HMS Gaspee and set it ablaze. This was the first act of violence against the British on the North American continent.

Age 40

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

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)

  • Eleasar in entry for Isaac Brown, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"
  • Eleaser Brown in entry for Isaac Brown, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Eleazer Brown, "Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945"

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