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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William Brown
Elizabeth Thomas
Marriage: 1745
Thomas Brown
William Brown
William Brown
Sylvanus Brown
Elizabeth Brown
William Henry Thomas Brown
Mary Brown
George Brown
John Brown

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    Thomas Brown


    William Brown




    Elizabeth Brown


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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.

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.

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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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