Viola Elzora Brown

Female1 June 1887–10 January 1944

Brief Life History of Viola Elzora

When Viola Elzora Brown was born on 1 June 1887, in Pinckneyville, Perry, Illinois, United States, her father, Philander O. Brown, was 37 and her mother, Margaret Jane Marlow, was 34. She married Joseph Swanwick Boyd on 6 June 1907, in Pinckneyville, Perry, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Du Quoin Election Precinct, Perry, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Swanwick, Perry, Illinois, United States in 1910. She died on 10 January 1944, in Pinckneyville, Perry, Illinois, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Mueller Hill Cemetery, Pinckneyville Number 5 Election Precinct, Perry, Illinois, United States.

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Joseph Swanwick Boyd
Viola Elzora Brown
Marriage: 6 June 1907
Riley James Boyd
Russell Robert Boyd
Leona Isabelle Boyd
John Charles Boyd

Sources (10)

  • Viola Boyd in household of Swanwick Boyd, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Viola Elzora Boyd, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Viola Brown, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 June 1907Pinckneyville, Perry, Illinois, United States
  • Children (4)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)

    1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

    Age 3

    This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

    1892 · The Chicago Canal

    Age 5

    The Chicago River Canal was built as a sewage treatment scheme to help the city's drinking water not to get contaminated. While the Canal was being constructed the Chicago River's flow was reversed so it could be treated before draining back out into Lake Michigan.

    1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

    Age 16

    A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.

    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 French, Middle English and Old Norse as a personal name or byname (Middle English personal name Brun, Broun, ancient Germanic Bruno, Old English Brūn, or possibly Old Norse Brúnn or Brúni). Brun- was also an ancient 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 (see below). Brown (including in the senses below) is the fourth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below).

    Irish and Scottish: adopted for Ó Duinn (see Dunn ) or for any of the many Irish and Scottish Gaelic names containing the element donn ‘brown-haired’ (also meaning ‘chieftain’), for example Donahue .

    Irish: phonetic Anglicization of Mac an Bhreitheamhnaigh; see Breheny .

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

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