Martha Jane ( Jennie) Brown

Scottsville, Allen, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Martha Jane ( Jennie)

When Martha Jane ( Jennie) Brown was born on 13 August 1829, in Scottsville, Allen, Kentucky, United States, her father, Willis Burton Brown, was 37 and her mother, Mary Jane Kelsay, was 31. She married John William ( Billy) Ferguson about 1850, in Morgan, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Moreau Township, Morgan, Missouri, United States in 1850.

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Martha Jane ( Jennie) Brown
John William ( Billy) Ferguson
Marriage: about 1850
Mollie J. Ferguson
Christopher C. Ferguson
Mary Jane Ferguson
Christopher C. Ferguson
Grieangle Ferguson
John Ferguson
Russell M. Ferguson

Spouse & Children

about 1850
Morgan, Missouri, United States


  • Mollie J. Ferguson


  • Christopher C. Ferguson


  • Mary Jane Ferguson


  • Christopher C. Ferguson


  • Grieangle Ferguson


+2 More Children

Parents & Siblings



+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 1

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · Louisville and Portland Canal Opens

Age 1

The Louisville and Portland canal opened in 1830. It was a 2 mile canal. It helped with the barrier caused by the Falls of the Ohio River at Louisville by making a route around them.

Age 31

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

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.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (1)

  • Martha Brown in household of Willis Brown, "United States Census, 1850"

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