Mary “Polly” Brown

6 July 1790–20 December 1880 (Age 90)
Leyden, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Mary “Polly”

When Mary “Polly” Brown was born on 6 July 1790, in Leyden, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Amos Brown, was 28 and her mother, Esther Babcock, was 21. She married Elisha Brown Alexander on 26 June 1814, in Leyden, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 20 December 1880, in Leyden, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Leyden, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States.

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Elisha Brown Alexander
Mary “Polly” Brown
Marriage: 26 June 1814
Mary Almira Alexander
Elisha Draper Alexander
Jerusha A. Alexander
Esther E. Alexander
Electa Alexander
Nancy M. Alexander
Henry Solomon Alexander
William Brown Alexander

Spouse and Children

26 June 1814
Leyden, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States


    Mary Almira Alexander


    Elisha Draper Alexander


    Jerusha A. Alexander


    Esther E. Alexander


    Electa Alexander


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World Events (7)


Age 1

Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.
1791 · The Bill of Rights

Age 1

After the Constitution was made, some objections were raised by Anti-Federalists. So, in response ten amendments were discussed and voted on to become The Bill of Rights. These rights were made to clarify and guarantee certain freedoms of residents of the country.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 29

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. 

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)

  • Mary Alexander in household of Elisha B Alexander, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Alexander in household of Elisha B Alexander, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Dolly Brown, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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