William Brown

about 1779–
Georgia, United States

The Life Summary of William

When William Brown was born about 1779, in Georgia, United States, his father, Charles Brown, was 22 and his mother, Margaret Thomson, was 22. He married Sarah “Sallie” Duggan about 1809, in Greens Station, Jefferson, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters.

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Family Time Line

William Brown
1779–
Sarah “Sallie” Duggan
1783–1861
Marriage: about 1809
Mary “Mollie” Brown
1807–
John Duggan Brown
1813–1877
Dardemia T. Brown
1818–
Cloana G. Brown
1824–
Turner T. Brown
1810–1880
William G. Brown
1814–1898
Phariby Brown
1814–1894
Elizabeth Jane Brown
1814–1896
Samuel “Sam” Brown
1816–
William Henry Brown Sr
1825–1864
Dedidama Jane Brown
1830–1907

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1809Greens Station, Jefferson, Alabama, United States
  • Children

    (11)

    +6 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (1)

    World Events (8)

    1781 · The First Constitution
    Age 2
    Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.
    1795 · Yazoo Land Fraud
    Age 16
    As Georgia had been weakened during the Revolutionary War, it was unable to defend its Yazoo lands, or land west of the Yazoo River. Thirty-five million acres were sold to four companies for $500,000 as Governor George Mathews signed the Yazoo Act on January 7, 1795. Angry Georgians protested in the streets as they felt bribery and corruption were involved and the sale was far below market value. The legislation tried to rescind the Yazoo Act, but much of the land had been sold to third parties. The issue made its way to the United States Supreme Court and it was determined that rescinding the law was an unconstitutional infringement on a legal contract. The government took full possession of the territory by 1814 and awarded its claimants over $4,000,000.
    1811 · The Savannah Riots
    Age 32
    A barroom brawl in Savannah on Tuesday, November 12, 1811, had international impact. An American seaman boasted of having joined the crew of a French vessel, likely named La Vengeance. Others became upset at the idea of the American joining a foreign nation and a brawl erupted. The county coroner asked for peace but was beaten with clubs. A second clash occurred the following day when French sailors attacked five American seaman. A day after the second attack, twenty French sailors attacked six Americans. Four of them escaped but two were beaten and stabbed. Jacob Taylor died on the scene and a rigger named Collins died the following day. By Friday, a full scale riot erupted when the French crewmen arrested on murder charges were released. Many were arrested and French ships La Vengeance and La Franchise were burned. In the end, the incident caused disruptions in French-American relations and affected shipping and trade.

    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.

    Possible Related Names

    Dunn
    Brunson
    Browning
    Browne
    Burnett
    Erjavec
    Borron
    Broun

    Sources (4)

    • William Brown, "United States Census, 1830"
    • Wm. Brown in entry for Elizabeth E. Brown, "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950"
    • Legacy NFS Source: William Brown - Published information: birth-name: William Brown

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