Mary Virginia Brown

27 May 1855–6 December 1889 (Age 34)
Wayne, Illinois, United States

The Life of Mary Virginia

When Mary Virginia Brown was born on 27 May 1855, in Wayne, Illinois, United States, her father, Isaac E. Brown, was 31 and her mother, Lucinda McMullen, was 26. She had at least 3 sons and 2 daughters with Frank Hypolite Stirmel. She lived in Morrisburgh, Guthrie, Iowa, United States in 1860 and Iowa, United States in 1870. She died on 6 December 1889, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 34, and was buried in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.

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Frank Hypolite Stirmel
Mary Virginia Brown
Frank Augustus Stirmel
Thomas Roy Stirmel
George Adolf Stirmel
Katherina Stirmel
Lucille Stirmel

Spouse and Children

    Frank Hypolite Stirmel





    Frank Augustus Stirmel


    Thomas Roy Stirmel



    Katherina Stirmel


    Lucille Stirmel


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 1

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 8

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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)

  • M V Brown in household of Harvey Hunter, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary A Brown in household of Lucinda Brown, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Stirmel in entry for Katharina Stirmel, "Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907"

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