William Sloan Brown

1 January 1854–7 April 1931 (Age 77)
Kendall Township, Kendall, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Sloan

When William Sloan Brown was born on 1 January 1854, in Kendall Township, Kendall, Illinois, United States, his father, Stephen W Brown, was 50 and his mother, Adeline Sloan, was 42. He married Adeline Dunbar on 13 March 1880, in Keokuk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Washington Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States for about 20 years. He died on 7 April 1931, in What Cheer, Keokuk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Indianapolis Cemetery, Indianapolis, Mahaska, Iowa, United States.

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William Sloan Brown
Adeline Dunbar
Marriage: 13 March 1880
Jesse Brown
Bessie Julia Brown

Spouse and Children

13 March 1880
Keokuk, Iowa, United States


    Jesse Brown


    Bessie Julia Brown


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 2

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 9

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 21

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

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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Story Highlight

William Sloan Brown

He was quaker heritage

Sources (3)

  • Slone Brown in household of S W Brown, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sloan W Brown, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Sloan Brown, "United States Census, 1910"

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