Sylvester Brown

17 March 1821–7 May 1893 (Age 72)
Caledonia, Livingston, New York, United States

The Life of Sylvester

When Sylvester Brown was born on 17 March 1821, in Caledonia, Livingston, New York, United States, his father, Hiram Brown, was 25 and his mother, Julia E Marsh, was 25. He married Julia Ann Whitmore on 16 November 1845, in Lucas, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Oregon, Lucas, Ohio, United States for about 20 years. He died on 7 May 1893, in Toledo, Lucas, Ohio, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Oregon, Lucas, Ohio, United States.

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Sylvester Brown
Adeline Brown
Hiram W Brown
L. A. Brown
May A. Brown
George B. Brown

Spouse and Children


    Adeline Brown




    Hiram W Brown


    L. A. Brown


    May A. Brown


    George B. Brown


Parents and Siblings

    Hiram Brown


    Julia E Marsh




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World Events (7)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 6

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 25

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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.

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sylvester Brown, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sylvester Brown, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Sylvester Brown, "United States Census, 1850"

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