William Brown

about 1763–30 November 1811 (Age 48)
Manasquan, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States

The Life of William

When William Brown was born about 1763, in Manasquan, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States, his father, Joseph Brown, was 30 and his mother, Sarah Coleman, was 27. He married Sarah Maxson Ashley in 1787, in Manasquan, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. He died on 30 November 1811, in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 48.

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William Brown
Sarah Maxson Ashley
Marriage: 1787
Betsey "Elizabeth" Brown
Dorothy ( Dolly) Brown
Prudence Brown
Mary Brown
Sarah Brown
William I Brown
Jacob Ashley Brown
Joseph Brown
Phoebe Ann Brown
John Maxom Brown
Phoebe A Brown

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Manasquan, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States


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World Events (7)


Age 12

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 13

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 13

New Jersey is the 3rd state.

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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Story Highlight

William Brown born 19 May 1766 and his descendants

William Brown was a builder of schooners. In his inventory was a schooner named Prudence. He built this boat on the Manasquan River, Squan, today Brielle, New Jersey. This information was found …

Sources (3)

  • William in entry for Joseph Brown, "Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976"
  • William in entry for Joseph Brown, "Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976"
  • William in entry for Joseph Brown, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

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