Martha A. Brown

4 April 1831–1856 (Age 24)
Belmont, Fairfield Township, Butler, Ohio, United States

The Life of Martha A.

When Martha A. Brown was born on 4 April 1831, in Belmont, Fairfield Township, Butler, Ohio, United States, her father, William Robinson Brown, was 49 and her mother, Isabella Cornthwaite, was 41. She married George Overpeck on 2 March 1854, in Adams Township, Parke, Indiana, United States. She lived in Parke, Indiana, United States in 1850. She died in 1856, at the age of 25.

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George Overpeck
Martha A. Brown
Marriage: 2 March 1854

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    George Overpeck



2 March 1854
Adams Township, Parke, Indiana, United States

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World Events (6)

1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 5

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1836 · Kirtland Temple Dedicated

Age 5

On March 27, 1836, the Kirtland Temple was dedicated.
1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

Age 10

The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.

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 (2)

  • Martha Brown in household of William Brown, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha Brown, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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