William Vassie Brown

Brief Life History of William Vassie

When William Vassie Brown was born on 11 May 1843, in Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, John Brown III, was 38 and his mother, Marion Vassie, was 35. He married Martha Kirkwood Watt on 17 November 1875, in Barrie Township, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada. He lived in Oro Township, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada in 1871. He died on 20 January 1928, in Barrie, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 84, and was buried in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.

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William Vassie Brown
1843–1928
Martha Kirkwood Watt
1851–1934
Marriage: 17 November 1875

Sources (4)

  • William Brown in household of John Brown, "Canada Census, 1871"
  • William Brown, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
  • William Vassie Brown, "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"

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World Events (8)

1847 · The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland is established.

The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland was formed in 1847. For most of its existence the United Presbyterian Church was the third largest Presbyterian Church in Scotland and flourished in Scotland for 53 years. After being reunited with the Church of Scotland in 1929, it continues to bring relief to the local communities.

1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.

1867 · Ontario Founded

On July 1, 1867, the province of Ontario was founded. It is the second largest province in Canada. A third of the population of Canada live here. Before it was Ontario it was called Upper Canada and had a Governor.

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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