William I. Brown

October 1850–7 July 1926 (Age 75)
Cass, Indiana, United States

The Life of William I.

When William I. Brown was born in October 1850, in Cass, Indiana, United States, his father, William Lyons Brown, was 32 and his mother, Elizabeth Purviance, was 22. He married Margaret Jane Shinn on 4 August 1897, in Cass, Indiana, United States. He died on 7 July 1926, in Logansport, Cass, Indiana, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Logansport, Cass, Indiana, United States.

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William I. Brown
Margaret Jane Shinn
Marriage: 4 August 1897

Spouse and Children

4 August 1897
Cass, Indiana, United States

Parents and Siblings

    William Lyons Brown


    Elizabeth Purviance




World Events (8)

1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 1

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

Age 13

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 20

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

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)

  • William Brown, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William I Brown, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William I Brown, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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