Harmon Gilson Brown

10 February 1830–20 August 1894 (Age 64)
Mexico, Mexico, Oswego, New York, United States

The Life of Harmon Gilson

When Harmon Gilson Brown was born on 10 February 1830, in Mexico, Mexico, Oswego, New York, United States, his father, Charles Brown, was 56 and his mother, Ann Christian, was 47. He married Harriet Louise Van Blaricum in 1852. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Jackson Township, Steuben, Indiana, United States in 1880. He died on 20 August 1894, in Doland, Spink, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Doland Cemetery, Doland, Spink, South Dakota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Harmon Gilson Brown
Kerenhappuch Carrie M. Wallin
Marriage: 4 May 1879
Jennie E. Brown
Orla Almond Brown
Calvin Brown
Melza Clinton Brown
Orla Almond Brown
Guy Harmon Brown
Carrie May Brown

Spouse and Children


    Kerenhappuch Carrie M. Wallin


4 May 1879
Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States


    Jennie E. Brown



    Calvin Brown



    Orla Almond Brown


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Charles Brown


    Ann Christian




    Sally Brown


    Charles Brown Jr


    Phebe A Brown


    Lydia Brown


    Robert Brown


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

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.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 6

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.
1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 21

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

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)

  • Gilson Brown, "United States Census, 1880"
  • H. G. Brown, "Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925"
  • Gilson Brown in entry for Guy Brown and Cora Reed, "Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925"

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