William Brown

12 May 1727–18 February 1792 (Age 64)
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, British Colonial America

The Life of William

When William Brown was born on 12 May 1727, in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, his father, John Brown Sr., was 22 and his mother, Sarah M. White, was 18. He married Elizabeth Thomas in 1745. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 18 February 1792, in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 64.

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Family Time Line

William Brown
1727–1792
Elizabeth Thomas
1730–1781
Marriage: 1745
Thomas Brown
1746–
William Brown
1750–
William Brown
1748–1749
Sylvanus Brown
1749–1803
Elizabeth Brown
1750–
William Henry Thomas Brown
1755–1829
Mary Brown
1756–
George Brown
1757–1843
John Brown
1761–1840

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
1745
children

(9)

    Thomas Brown

    Male1746–Male

    William Brown

    Male1748–1749Male

    Male1749–1803Male

    Male1750–Male

    Elizabeth Brown

    Female1750–Female

+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(9)

+4 More Children

World Events (4)

1763 · First Synagogue in America

Age 36

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.
1776

Age 49

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1780 · French Occupy Newport

Age 53

During 1780 to 1781, over 12,000 French troops occupy Newport, Rhode Island.

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)

  • William Brown in entry for William Brown, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • William Brown in entry for William Brown, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • William Brown in entry for Sylvanus Brown, "Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953"

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