Mary or Polly Brown

Brief Life History of Mary or Polly

When Mary or Polly Brown was born on 7 August 1789, in Yadkin, Rowan, North Carolina, United States, her father, James Brown Sr, was 32 and her mother, Mary or Polly Williams, was 28. She married James Stephens Brown on 31 August 1855, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She died on 25 December 1876, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Amos Johnston Waller
1791–1856
Mary or Polly Brown
1789–1876
Amos Brown Waller
1817–1850

Sources (19)

  • Polly Brown in household of James Brown, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Salt Lake City, Utah. Marriage information for Polly BROWN and James Stephens BROWN.(1855).
  • Polly Brown, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

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World Events (8)

1791

Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.

1792 · Capital City Moved

New Bern had been the capital of North Carolina in its early days. In 1792, the capital was moved to Raleigh because it was more the center of the state.

1812

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

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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