William Witbeck Brown

21 February 1890–18 May 1964 (Age 74)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

The Life of William Witbeck

When William Witbeck Brown was born on 21 February 1890, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, his father, David Cook Brown, was 37 and his mother, Altina Witbeck, was 25. He married Blanche Isabell Bates on 9 September 1914, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Salt Lake City Ward 1, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1920 and Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 18 May 1964, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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William Witbeck Brown
Blanche Isabell Bates
Marriage: 9 September 1914
Herbert William Brown
George Shirley Brown

Spouse and Children

9 September 1914
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1896 · Utah becomes a state

Age 6

After three prior attempts to become a state, the United States Congress accepted Utah into the Union on one condition, that all forms of polygamy were to be banned. The territory agreed, and Utah became a state on January 4, 1896.
1910 · The BSA is Made

Age 20

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

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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William W. Brown Story - Clarke Newsletter

WILLIAM WITBECK BROWN was born February 21, 1890, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of David Cook Brown and Altina Witbeck. After the family moved to Manti, Utah, William graduated from Manti High School …

Sources (3)

  • William W Brown in household of Herbert W Brown, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William W Brower in household of Jeenie Brower, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William W Brown, "United States Census, 1920"

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