Effie Melodia Brown

6 November 1880–19 July 1944 (Age 63)
Colfax, Jasper, Iowa, United States

The Life of Effie Melodia

When Effie Melodia Brown was born on 6 November 1880, in Colfax, Jasper, Iowa, United States, her father, James Franklin Brown, was 45 and her mother, Cynthia Jane Gettis, was 38. She married Arthur Walter Barringer in 1892, in Germantown, Columbia, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Stuart, Guthrie, Iowa, United States in 1900. She died on 19 July 1944, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 63.

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Thomas Jefferson Frederick
Effie Melodia Brown
Marriage: 1 October 1902
Alice Ledante Fredericks

Spouse and Children

    Thomas Jefferson Frederick



1 October 1902
Guthrie, Iowa, United States


    Alice Ledante Fredericks


Parents and Siblings

    James Franklin Brown


    Cynthia Jane Gettis




    Fred E. Brown


    Estella Florence Brown



    Charles Raymond Brown


    Nellie C Brown


World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 1

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1885 · The World's First Skyscraper

Age 5

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.
1897 · The Union Loop Elevated

Age 17

The Loop was born in political scandal that combined the three elevated railways around Chicago and combined them into one. The scandal was to raise the fares for commuters so state legislators could receive more money while in office. 

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)

  • Effie Barringer in household of James F Brown, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Effie Brown in entry for Ambrose Barringer and Freida Mckenzie, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Effie Mellody Brown in entry for Alice Ledante Fredericks, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"

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