Elisha Brown

11 May 1744–9 January 1823 (Age 78)
Gloucester, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of Elisha

When Elisha Brown was born on 11 May 1744, in Gloucester, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, his father, Andrew Brown, was 37 and his mother, Mary Knowlton, was 30. He married Huldah Arnold about 1767. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 9 January 1823, in Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Brown Lot, Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elisha Brown
Huldah Arnold
Marriage: about 1767
Mary Brown
Rhoda Brown
Phebe Brown
Andrew Brown
Sally Brown
Thomas Brown
Sarah Brown

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1767
  • Children


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    +4 More Children

    World Events (7)

    1763 · First Synagogue in America
    Age 19
    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 28
    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 32
    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 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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    Sources (12)

    • Elisha Brown in entry for Mary Steere, "Rhode Island Town Deaths Index, 1639-1932"
    • Elisha Brown, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
    • 1790 United States Federal Census

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