Ransom Brown

1818–1904 (Age 86)
New Jersey, United States

The Life of Ransom

When Ransom Brown was born in 1818, in New Jersey, United States, his father, John Ransom Brown, was 19 and his mother, Mary Apgar, was 14. He married Eliza Ann Stephens on 4 December 1841, in Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Steuben Township, Marshall, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died in 1904, in East Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in East Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ransom Brown
Eliza Ann Stephens
Marriage: 4 December 1841
Elizabeth Brown
Marilda Ann Brown
Theodore Brown
John Brown
Adaline Brown
Elizabeth Brown
Emily Brown
Hutton Beam Brown

Spouse and Children

4 December 1841
Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States


    Elizabeth Brown


    Marilda Ann Brown



    John Brown



+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Calvin Brown


    Alfred Brown


    Robert R Brown


    Peter Brown


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 1

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. 

Age 2

On January 28, 1820, the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the City of Jersey from parts of the Bergen Township. The city would be reincorporated two more times (January 23, 1829 and February 22, 1838) before receiving its official name. Jersey City became part of the new Hudson County in February of 1840.

Age 26

The 1844 revision of the New Jersey State Constitution made some significant changes. Suffrage rights were revoked from women and non-whites, meaning that only white men could vote. A separation of powers was established between executive, legislative, and judicial branches. A new bill of rights was provided, and the state now had the right to elect the 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 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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Sources (3)

  • Ranson Brown, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ransom Brown, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Ranson Brown, "United States Census, 1850"

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