Merrill Richard Brown

8 December 1896–1 August 1985 (Age 88)
Bluff Point, Jerusalem, Yates, New York, United States

The Life of Merrill Richard

When Merrill Richard Brown was born on 8 December 1896, in Bluff Point, Jerusalem, Yates, New York, United States, his father, Henry R. Brown, was 34 and his mother, Fanny E Cole, was 35. He lived in Yates, New York, United States in 1905 and Jerusalem, Yates, New York, United States in 1910. He died on 1 August 1985, in Penn Yan, Yates, New York, United States, at the age of 88.

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Henry R. Brown
Fanny E Cole
Merrill Richard Brown

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    Fanny E Cole




World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1917 · Women Given the Right to Vote in New York

Age 21

Voters in New York approve a bill giving women the right to vote. This is passed three years prior to the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution which allowed women to vote nationwide.

Age 24

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

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)

  • Merrill R Brown in household of Harry B Brown, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Merrill Brown in household of Henry R Brown, "New York State Census, 1905"
  • Merrill Brown in household of Henry R Brown, "United States Census, 1900"

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