William L Brown

1814–1880 (Age 66)
Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States

The Life of William L

When William L Brown was born on 21 March 1814, in Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States, his father, Richard Brown, was 23 and his mother, Nancy Palmer, was 23. He married Alcy Coffman on 30 October 1833, in Hopkins, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Webster, Kentucky, United States in 1860. He died on 22 March 1880, in Hopkins, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hanson, Hopkins, Kentucky, United States.

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William L Brown
Alcy Coffman
Marriage: 30 October 1833
Richard H Brown
Sarah Frances Brown
Narcissa J Brown
Aaron L Brown
Nola Brown
Mrs. Louisa C Brown
Harriet Catherine Brown
Rufus L Brown
John H. Brown

Spouse & Children

30 October 1833
Hopkins, Kentucky, United States


  • Richard H Brown


  • Sarah Frances Brown


  • Narcissa J Brown


  • Mrs. Louisa C Brown


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World Events (8)

1818 · Jackson Purchase

Age 4

The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 5

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 18

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

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.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • William L Brown, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William L Brown, "United States Census, 1850"
  • W.l. Brown in entry for Sarah Frances Ashby, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965"

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