Willis Burton Brown

27 June 1831–26 September 1898 (Age 67)
Cooper, Missouri, United States

The Life of Willis Burton

When Willis Burton Brown was born on 27 June 1831, in Cooper, Missouri, United States, his father, Willis Burton Brown, was 39 and his mother, Mary Jane Kelsay, was 33. He married Hannah Clay Tyree on 25 November 1858, in Benton, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Moreau Township, Morgan, Missouri, United States for about 30 years. He died on 26 September 1898, in Morgan, Missouri, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Hopewell Union Church Cemetery, Moreau Township, Morgan, Missouri, United States.

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Willis Burton Brown
Hannah Clay Tyree
Marriage: 25 November 1858
Elizabeth Brown
Mary Anna Brown
Jane Kelsay Brown
Hannah F. Brown
Jane Euel ( Betsy) Brown
John Tyree Brown
William Burton Brown
Hugh Kelsay Brown
Lucinda F Lucy Brown

Spouse and Children

25 November 1858
Benton, Missouri, United States


    Elizabeth Brown


    Mary Anna Brown


    Jane Kelsay Brown


    John Tyree Brown


    Hannah F. Brown


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1834 · Zion's Camp

Age 3

Joseph Smith, Jr. and a group of 200 volunteers departed Kirkland, Ohio, to aid scattered Latter-day Saints. The group known as Zion's Camp arrived to the Fishing River on June 19. A mob had gathered to attack and disjoin the group. A storm swept through the area and the river rose over 30 feet, which caused the mob to scatter.

Age 29

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

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)

  • Willis Brown in household of Willis Brown, "United States Census, 1850"
  • W B Brown, "United States Census, 1860"
  • W B Brown, "United States Census, 1870"

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