Martha West Brown

Brief Life History of Martha West

When Martha West Brown was born in 1842, in Indiana, United States, her father, George W Brown II, was 31 and her mother, Elizabeth Trees, was 31. She married Enoch Philby in 1862, in Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in O'Brien, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Baker Township, O'Brien, Iowa, United States in 1900. She died in 1905, at the age of 63, and was buried in Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa, United States.

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Enoch Philby
Martha West Brown
Marriage: 1862
Nevada Ann Philby
Enos Walker Philby
Matta Philby
William Philby
Albert Philby

Sources (19)

  • Martha Brown in household of Austin Brown, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Martha Philby, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"
  • Martha in entry for Enoch Philby, "Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998"

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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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