Permelia Brown

Brief Life History of Permelia

When Permelia Brown was born on 30 August 1868, in Bedford, Livingston, Missouri, United States, her father, John Brown, was 44 and her mother, Eliza Sterns, was 30. She married John Wallace Maxwell on 20 February 1888, in Linn, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Locust Creek Township, Linn, Missouri, United States in 1900 and Linneus, Linn, Missouri, United States in 1910. She died on 21 January 1921, in Brookfield, Linn, Missouri, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Brookfield Township, Linn, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Wallace Maxwell
Permelia Brown
Marriage: 20 February 1888
Lelia Blanche Maxwell
Charlie Fontaine Maxwell
John Thomas Maxwell Sr
Ruth E. Maxwell
Reuben Brown Maxwell

Sources (14)

  • Permelia Maxwell in household of John W Maxwell, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Permelia Brown Maxwell, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Permilia Brown in entry for John W Maxwell, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

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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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