Mary Brown

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Brown was born on 11 May 1811, in Tranent, Haddingtonshire, Scotland, her father, Adam Brown, was 30 and her mother, Catharine Smith, was 24. She married William Duncan on 27 February 1835, in Tranent, Haddingtonshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Gladsmuir, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1861 and Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1880. She died on 4 March 1897, in Woodland, Summit, Utah, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Woodland, Summit, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Duncan
Mary Brown
Marriage: 27 February 1835
Henry Duncan
Adam Duncan
Peter Duncan
Henry Duncan
Catherine Duncan
James John William Duncan

Sources (30)

  • Mary Duncan in household of William Duncan, "Scotland Census, 1841"
  • Mary Brown, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Marriage entry

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World Events (8)


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

1836 · Remember the Alamo

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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Mary Brown Duncan

MARY BROWN DUNCAN On 11 May 1811, a brown-eyed baby girl was born in Clotus, Tranent, Hadington, Scotland to Catherine Smith and Adam Brown. This baby was the third daughter and child in a famil …

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