Russell Gideon Brownell

Brief Life History of Russell Gideon

When Russell Gideon Brownell was born on 17 July 1818, in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States, his father, Gideon Brownell, was 29 and his mother, Elizabeth Wheeler, was 28. He married Mary Singleton on 3 October 1843, in Marshall, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in California, United States in 1870 and San Joaquin, California, United States in 1880. He registered for military service in 1846. He died on 6 April 1895, in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Russell Gideon Brownell
1818–1895
Melissa Cynthia Call
1830–1888
Marriage: 8 June 1846
Mary Jane Brownell
1848–1925
Duane Russell Brownell
1849–1932
DeWitt Clinton Brownell
1851–1932
Don Carlos Brownell Sr
1853–1915
Willard Richard Brownell
1855–1855
Lucina Melissa Brownell
1856–1930
Lester Gideon Brownell
1858–1934
Chester C Brownell
1860–1860
Ima Brownell
1860–
Gyretha Samantha Brownell
1864–1935
Fannie Luima Brownell
1866–1939
Luella Sarah Brownell
1869–1909
DeLos Gatos Brownell
1872–1930

Sources (74)

  • R C Brownell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Russel G Brownell, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • Russell Gideon Brownell, "United States Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923"

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

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. 

1819 · State Capital moves to Vandalia

Vandalia was founded in 1819 as a new capital because Kaskaskia was under the threat of floods. The history of the name Vandalia is uncertain. Under the law which Vandalia was founded states that the title of capital would not be moved from there for twenty years. Even though it was the capital it was never the most populous area in Illinois.

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived ‘(by the) brown hill or corner of land’, from Middle English brun(e), broun(e) + hil ‘hill’ or hale ‘nook, corner’ (Old English brūn + hyll or halh), or a habitational name from any of various places so named, for example in Yorkshire, Cheshire, and Staffordshire.

History: Thomas Brownell came from England to Little Compton, RI, c. 1650.

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

Story Highlight

Mormon Battalion: James Myler and Russell Gideon Bronell

The Mormon Battalion Experience This is an excerpt from Frederick C. Warnky and Mary Jane Brownell by Charles L. Warnky. He is a descendant of Russell Gideon Brownell, brother of Julia Ann, and brot …

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