William Brown

Male3 January 1816–28 October 1892

Brief Life History of William

When William Brown was born on 3 January 1816, in Seneca, Ontario, New York, United States, his father, William Brown, was 34 and his mother, Jane Straughan, was 28. He married Phebe Narcissia Odell on 20 January 1838, in Hartland, Niagara, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1847 and Davis, Utah, United States in 1850. He died on 28 October 1892, in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Brown
Ellen Burnett
Marriage: 13 July 1867
Edwin Henry Brown
Joseph Brown
Albert William Brown
Frank Lynn Brown
Alice Brown
Levi Brown
John Brown
Ellen Brown

Sources (91)

  • Wm Brown, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Brown in entry for Parley William Brown, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
  • William Brown, "United States Census, 1850"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 July 1867Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children (8)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    Illinois is the 21st state.

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 3

    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. 

    1836 · Remember the Alamo

    Age 20

    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

    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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    William Brown and his Four Wives

    History of William Brown and His Four Wives Joy and happiness seemed to be a permanent expression on the face of Grandmother, Elizabeth Brown, as she greeted friends and loved ones, but the corner …

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