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Introduction

This page is devoted to the BROWN ancestors of my mother - the origins of the name, who they were and where and when they lived.

The genealogical data in these pages is accurate to the best of my current (at the time of writing) knowledge. This means it is of very variable reliability, since sources at one extreme are 100% certain (e.g. I know who I married, where and when, and the identity of my parents) to the mere rumour level, such as LDS data extracted from the IGI and Ancestral File, and reminiscences of elderly relatives, some now deceased. Anyone wishing to make any use whatever of this information is therefore strongly advised to contact me for source details.

Origins of the name

The surname Brown most commonly originated as a nickname, referring to the colour of hair, complexion or clothing, either in Old English or in one of a number of other languages (Jewish and various Germanic and Romance languages are all possibilities).

Variants of the name

Broun, Broune and Browne are all known variants, the latter being common.

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Mary Anne BROWN

My great great great grandmother Mary Anne Brown married William John MORGAN, a pipe maker, at St. Edmunds parish church, Salisbury, on 26th May 1817. They had a son, also William John, born probably in 1823, and she died some time between then and her husband's second marriage on 11th April 1840. At present that is all I know of her.

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