Joseph Gurnsey Brown

Brief Life History of Joseph Gurnsey

When Joseph Gurnsey Brown was born on 8 November 1824, in Dryden, Tompkins, New York, United States, his father, Ebenezer Brown, was 21 and his mother, Ann Weaver, was 18. He married Harriet Maria Young on 31 December 1851, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Iron City, Iron, Utah, United States in 1850 and Nevada, United States in 1870. He died on 7 January 1907, in Kanab, Kane, Utah, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Kanab City Cemetery, Kanab, Kane, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Gurnsey Brown
Harriet Maria Young
Marriage: 31 December 1851
Homer Achilles Brown
Persis Ann Brown
Joseph Gurnsey Brown Jr.
Lucy Elizabeth Brown
Angeline Brown
Lorenzo Young Brown
Ebenezer Brown
Juliette Little Brown
Feramorz Little Brown
Jennie Brown
Willmia Brown

Sources (106)

  • Guernsey Brown, "United States Census, 1850"
  • 1824 New York Birth of Joseph Gurnsey Brown
  • Blank, "Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941"

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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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Told to Seymour Young McAllister by his Grandmother, Harriet Maria Young Brown, several years before her death.. When the Mormon Battalion left Mount Pisgah on the 20tth of July 1846, to march to …

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