John A Brown

17 April 1837–30 September 1897 (Age 60)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of John A

When John A Brown was born on 17 April 1837, in Tennessee, United States, his father, Alfred M. Brown, was 29 and his mother, Cinthia Tidwell, was 25. He married Eliza Lucinda Meisenheimer on 22 January 1856, in Union, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Dickson, Dickson, Tennessee, United States in 1850. He died on 30 September 1897, in Jonesboro, Union, Illinois, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Union, Illinois, United States.

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John A Brown
Eliza Lucinda Meisenheimer
Marriage: 22 January 1856
Laura A. Brown
Josephine Meisenheimer Brown
Willis A. Brown
Emely N. Brown
Ida M. Brown
Alice I. Brown
Isabelle Brown
Alfred Monroe Brown
Cora Lee Brown
Frank J Brown
Florence Brown
Flora B. Brown

Spouse and Children


    Eliza Lucinda Meisenheimer


22 January 1856
Union, Illinois, United States



    Josephine Meisenheimer Brown


    Willis A. Brown




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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 19

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.

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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Name: John A Brown Gender: Male Birth Date: 17 Apr 1837 Birth Place: United States of America Death Date: 30 Sep 1897 Death Place: Illinois, United States of America Cemetery: Frick-McClure-Tinsley Ce …

Sources (3)

  • John Brown in household of Cintha Brown, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John A Brown, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John A Brown in entry for Dallas Misenheines and Phenie Brown, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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