Thornsbury Bailey Brown

13 May 1829–22 May 1861 (Age 32)
Preston, Virginia, United States

The Life of Thornsbury Bailey

When Thornsbury Bailey Brown was born on 13 May 1829, in Preston, Virginia, United States, his father, George Brown, was 39 and his mother, Sarah F Bartlett, was 38. He married Nancy Anna Miller on 31 December 1850, in Calhoun, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 22 May 1861, in Taylor Magisterial District, Orange, Virginia, United States, at the age of 32, and was buried in Nat, Mason, West Virginia, United States.

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Thornsbury Bailey Brown
Nancy Anna Miller
Marriage: 31 December 1850
Mary Ellen Brown
Margaret Virginia Brown
George French Brown
Robert K. Brown
J Harvey Brown
Benjamin Basil Brown

Spouse and Children

31 December 1850
Calhoun, Virginia, United States


    Mary Ellen Brown




    Robert K. Brown


    J Harvey Brown


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    George Brown





+5 More Children

World Events (6)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 1

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.
1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 1

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 15

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • T B Brown, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Thornberry D Brown in household of George Brown, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Bail Brown in entry for Bail F Brown, "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953"

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