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Brown Surname

The surname Brown is found in most languages and means the color brown, or in its proper context "russet-complected". It is found as "Bron" in old Norse and "Brun" in old German. In Scotland it has been found as "Bruun" and "Broum" and is said to have originally been "MackBroom" in Scotland.

Our Browns are Scottish and the earliest Browns we can trace are from North Carolina and they were probably related to a family that settled in South Carolina. Our Browns were probably Scotch-Irish. This meant that they were originally Scottish people invited by the government to settle on confiscated Irish Catholic lands in Ireland. They were hated by the Irish people and conditions were not improved in Ireland so thousands of them migrated to America in the early 1700's.

Our specific Brown family probably came to Virginia in the early 1700's, and have been found in North Carolina and South Carolina before moving out west to Tennessee.


1st Generation:

John Brown was born at an unknown date, probably in North Carolina. He died sometime between March and May of 1816 in Christian Co., Kentucky.

We know very little about the life of John Brown. He was a farmer and may have lived in Anson County, North Carolina before moving to Christian Co., Kentucky sometime between 1800 and 1810. He lived there until his death in 1816. John and his family most likely lived in the part of Christian County that became Trigg County in 1820.

John wrote his will on March 1, 1816. The will was then proven in court in the May term of 1816. In his will, he named his wife and his nine children. He described owning two hundred acres of land in Christian County, which he left to his son-in-law James Blassingame, his son William Brown and his granddaughter Milly Brown [Clarke?]. His son-in-law James Blassingame was appointed executor and was given the task of providing a home for his widow Betsy after his death.

We do not know the birthdates of most of John's children, nor the order of their birth. The order shown below is the order that they were listed in his will.

John married Betsy probably in North Carolina. She died after 1816.

In John's will of 1816, her name is spelled as both Betsy and Betsey. She may have been the Elizabeth Brown who was listed as purchasing a few items from John's estate in August 1816. We have no clues to her origins nor do we have any proof that she was the mother of the children listed below. All we know is that she was John's wife at the time of his death.

Many online family trees list her as Betsy Sharpe. This is an error and a reference to a Betsy Sharpe who married a John Brown in 1802.

They had the following children:
1 Margaret "Peggy" Brown died after 1816. She was married to a Mr. Farmer.
She was listed as "Peggy Farmer" in her father's 1816 will. We have so far been unable to locate the identify of her husband. Coincidentaly though, Margaret had a niece named Margaret Brown (daughter of her brother Jeremiah) who was married to John Samuel Farmer. Some have suggested that the will might have been an error and Peggy Farmer might have instead been a granddaughter. In reality, granddaughter Margaret Brown was not yet married at the time of the will. It is safe to assume though that this Margaret's husband might have been related to John Samuel Farmer who married her niece.
2 Jeremiah Brown
3 Mary "Polly" Brown died after 1816.
She married to a Mr. Mathias.
4 Rachel Brown died after 1816.
She was married to a Mr. Herring.
We have not been able to determine the identity of Rachel's husband or any information on her other than the 1816 will.
5 William Brown died after 1816.
In his father's will of 1816, William was left 100 acres of land in Christian Co., Kentucky to be divided between him and his niece Milly. The inference then is that William must have been living there at the time. No further information.
6 John Brown died after 1816.
In 1810, he was probably the John Brown who was enumerated in Christian Co., Kentucky, near the household of his parents. Some researchers list him with a middle initial "B".
7 Betsy Brown died after 1816.
She was married to Richard Clarke on January 7, 1813 in Christian Co., Kentucky 14
They had at least one child:
Milly Clarke (c. 1815-???)
She was listed as "Betsey Clarke" in her father's will. Yet in another section of the will, John left land to "Milly Brown the daughter of my daughter Betsey Brown". It is assumed that is an error and the will should have read Clarke instead of Brown. It is possible though that Milly may have been an illegitemate daughter of Betsey born prior to her marriage in 1813.
8 Leonard Brown died after 1816.
9 Milly Brown was born circa 1790 in North Carolina 3. She died after 1870 in DeSoto Co., Mississippi.
She married James Blassingame on February 12, 1811 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky 13. (He was born circa 1787 in South Carolina 3 and died between 1850-1860 in DeSoto Co., Mississippi.)
They had at least the following children:
Washington Blassingame (c. 1818-???)
md. Laura Ann Boren
Thomas C. Blassingame (c. 1824-???)
James M. Blassingame (c. 1825-???)
md. Columbia Ann Cobb
Sarah E. Blassingame (c. 1831-1877)
md. 1st. Charles N. Matlock
md. 2nd. A. G. Smith
Leonora Blassingame (c. 1835-???)
md. John M. Lane

When John Brown died in 1816, Milly and her husband inherited 100 acres of John's land in Christian Co., Kentucky. They were still living in Kentucky as late as 1824. Sometime during the 1820s, they moved to Tennessee. By 1830, they had moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where they remained for several years. Then sometime between 1842 and 1850, they moved to DeSoto County, Mississippi, where they remained.


2nd Generation:

Jeremiah Brown was born on February 18, 1771 in North Carolina. He died on October 8, 1838 near Charleston, in Tywappity Twp., Scott (now Mississippi) Co., Missouri.

Father: John Brown
Mother: Betsy

Jeremiah was a farmer and a tavern keeper. After marriage, he lived with his family in Montgomery County, North Carolina. Sometime between 1804 and 1808, they moved to Montgomery County, Tennessee. Sometime between 1820 and 1830, Jeremiah moved by himself from Tennessee to Scott County, Missouri, where he apparently married Eleanor Stuart. (Jeremiah was still married to his first wife Mary - he was a bigamist.) He died on October 8, 1838 near Charleston, Missouri and his family in Tennessee executed his estate.
Jeremiah was married first to Mary Ann Ballard circa 1791 in North Carolina. She was born circa 1773 in North Carolina. She died before January 3, 1848 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She is buried in the James Brown Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, yet there is no surviving stone marking her burial place.

They had the following children:

1 James Brown was born on August 27, 1793 in North Carolina 8. He died on July 22, 1848 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 8. He is buried in the James Brown Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
He married Susanna Staley circa 1815. (She was born circa 1790 in North Carolina and died on July 14, 1868 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She is buried in the James Brown Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
They had the following children:
Mary Brown (1817-1898)
md. Wylie F. Crotzer
Mahala Brown (1819-1895)
md. Jesse L. Crozter
William G. Brown (1820-1895)
Jacob Brown (1823-1901)
md. Nancy Funk
Riley Mathew Brown (1825-1910)
md. Nancy
Andrew J. Brown (1828-1860)
2 Sarah Brown was born circa 1794 in North Carolina 8. She died after 1860 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 8.
She married Philip Short circa 1815. (He was born circa 1780's and died sometime between 1841-1860.)
They had no children.
3 Mary Brown was born circa 1795 in North Carolina 8.
She married to Robert L. Brown.
They had the following children:
William R. Brown (c. 1825-???)
David N. Brown (c. 1830-???)
Nancy C. Brown (c. 1832-???)
Joel K. Brown (c. 1833-???)
Green Sheldon Brown (c. 1839-???)
4 Margaret Brown was born circa 1796 in North Carolina 8. She died on October 30, 1878 in White Co., Illinois 8.
She married John Samuel Farmer circa 1821. (He was born circa 1802 in Stokes Co., North Carolina and died sometime between 1850-1860.)
They had the following children:
William Farmer (1822-???)
Elizabeth Farmer (c. 1823-???)
md. 1st. Alsey Caston Pace
md. 2nd. George Graves
Henrietta Farmer (c. 1824-)
md. Christopher Shaffer
Margaret Farmer (c. 1825-???)
md. David Nelson Brown
John Samuel Farmer (1828-???)
md. Caroline Brown
Rebecca Farmer (c. 1833-1871)
md. 1st. Abraham Hastend
md. 2nd. Nelson Graves
Mary Farmer (c. 1834-???)
Thomas Farmer (c. 1839-???)
David Farmer (c. 1841-???)
Arminda Farmer (c. 1845-???)
5 Archibald Brown was born on March 9, 1797 in Montgomery Co., North Carolina 8. He died on March 8, 1872 in White Co., Illinois 8.
He was married first Rachel Starkey in 1817 in White Co., Illinois 8.
They had the following children:
Elijah Brown (c. 1818-???)
Sarah Brown (1822-1876)
Greenberry Brown (c. 1823-???)
Nelson Brown (1827-1890)
He married second to Elizabeth Staley Whitsett in about 1835. (She was born circa 1803 in Tennessee 8 and died in 1888 in White Co., Illinois 8.)
They had the following children:
Henry Craw Brown (c. 1837-???)
Mary Ann Brown (1839-???)
md. James Green Stokes
6 David Brown was born on December 27, 1803 in Anson or Montgomery Co., North Carolina. He died on October 15, 1887 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He is buried in the David Brown Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
He married Anna Moody circa 1824 in Tennessee. (She was born on April 16, 1803 in North Carolina and died on August 15, 1882 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She is buried in the David Brown Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children:
Caroline G. Brown (1825-aft. 1880)
md. Washington George Smith
Minerva Brown (c. 1828-???)
Mary Jane Brown (c. 1830-???)
Elizabeth Jane Brown (c. 1833-???)
md. Edward D. Smith
Louisa Brown (c. 1836-???)
George W. Brown (1841-1881)
Jeremiah Brown (1842-1900)
Benjamin Franklin Brown (1843-1912)
md. Mary C. Trotter
Angeline Brown (1846-1921)
7 Nelson Brown
8 Elijah Brown was born on October 22, 1810 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He died on September 10, 1877 in White Co., Illinois. He is buried in the Bryant Cemetery, White Co., Illinois.
He married Elender Stack circa 1833 in Tennessee. (She was born circa 1805 in South Carolina and died in 1870 in Illinois.)
They had the following children:
James R. Brown (c. 1834-???)
Carolina Brown (c. 1836-???)
Mary A. Brown (c. 1838-???)
William Brown (c. 1840-???)
9 Nancy Brown was born circa 1812 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 8. She died circa 1886 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She is buried in the Welker Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
She married John "Jack" C. Burney on December 29, 1847 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 8. (He was born in 1807 and died in 1886 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He is buried in the Welker Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children:
Jeremiah Burney (1848-1859)
J. K. Burney (c. 1852-???)
Luvenia D. Burney (1852-1932)
md. James William Smith
John Nedon Burney (c. 1856-c. 1893)
md. 1st. Nancy W. Edlin
md. 2nd. Josephine Minerva Craig
Betty Ann Missouri Burney (1857-1859)
Neither John or Nancy have surviving tombstones in the Welker Cemetery.
Jeremiah married second to Eleanor Stuart before 1830.


3rd Generation:

Nelson Brown was born on August 13, 1808 in Montgomery County, Tennessee 6. He died on January 14, 1885 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6,7. He is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

Father: Jeremiah Brown
Mother: Mary Ann Ballard

Nelson was born in Montgomery County, Tennessee shortly after his family moved there from North Carolina. He spent his whole life on farms east of Clarksville. In 1838, Nelson purchased several items from his deceased father's estate. Then in 1840, Nelson and his brother David travelled to Missouri to help settle their father's estate. Nelson was a farmer (and produce broker per the 1870 census) in Montgomery County and owned a few slaves over the years. He was also a faithful Mason. In 1848, the location of Nelson's home is listed as being at the Excell community, which is southeast of Clarksville. When he and his wife died, they were listed as being residents of the "Rudolph neighborhood", which was apparently a few miles northeast of Excell.
Nelson was married to Mary Foust circa 1828 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

They had the following children:
1 Henry Brown was born on August 1, 1829 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. He died on July 29, 1909 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. He is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
He married first to Emeline at an unknown date.
They had no children.
He married second to Hattie Grant Bettes on November 27, 1867 in Davidson Co., Tennessee 6. (She was born on May 30, 1846 6 and died on July 30, 1928 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. She is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had no children, but adopted one daughter, Anna Dowdy, who was born in 1875.
Henry was a farmer.
2 Green S(helton?) Brown was born on May 23, 1831 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. He died on August 5, 1891 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. He is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
He was married to Mary Gabriella King, widow of John T. Albright, on October 18, 1867 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 18. (She was born in 1838 6 and died on October 28, 1896 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. She is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children:
Finis M. Brown (1868-1938)
md. Margaret B.
George Obediah Brown (1871-1933)
md. Melvina C. Stack
Joseph Hezekiah Brown (1871-1951)
md. Hattie Susan
Robert Nelson Brown (1874-1935)
md. Lou Litchie Adkins
Green was a farmer. He also helped to raise two stepchildren, William and Dixie Albright.
3 William Riley Brown
4
Sarah Elizabeth Brown was born on June 26, 1836 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She died on December 21, 1881 in Marshall Co., Kentucky.
She married Wilson Chumbler on January 20, 1855 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 10. (He was born on August 11, 1827 in Tennessee and died on February 28, 1876 in Marshall Co., Kentucky.)
They had the following children:
William Jack Chumbler (1855-1932)
md. Dora Bell Covington
Mandy Elizabeth Chumbler (1857-1857)
Charles Thomas Chumbler (1858-1924)
md. Nannie Tennie Bagwell
John Houston Chumbler (1860-1862)
Andrew Loring Chumbler (1861-1906)
md. 1st. Dora Etta Dycus
md. 2nd. Nora Moore
James Ruphus Chumbler (1863-1881)
Finis Ewing Chumbler (1866-1936)
md. 1st. Annie Ambrose Fields
md. 2nd. Fannie Almira Spight
Mary Ada Chumbler (1868-1920's)
md. Carl L. Coleman
George Marshall Chumbler (1870-1951)
md. Julia Dordenay Covington
Ainey Ann Chumbler (1872-1957)
md. William M. Butler
David Nelson Chumbler (1874-1904)
md. Minerva A. Boatwright
Bert Chumbler at bandcchumbler@sbcglobal.net
is a researcher/descendant of this line.

Sarah and her family apparently moved from Montgomery Co., Tennessee to Marshall Co., Kentucky sometime in the year 1870.

5 Eliza A. Brown was born circa 1840 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. She died on January 4, 1875 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
She was probably buried in the Sango Cemetery, yet no record exists.
6 Mary A. Brown was born on November 11, 1843 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. She died on July 15, 1911 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. She is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
7 Finis Ewing Brown was born on November 30, 1848 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6,16. He died on March 16, 1935 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 16. He is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
He was married first to Alice T. Farmer on January 12, 1872 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (She was born January 12, 1849 6 and died on March 29, 1924 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. She is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had no children.
He married second to Hattie Grant Bettes, widow of his brother Henry, in September 1924 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (See above)
They had no children.
He married third to Eddie Farmer on January 11, 1929 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (She was born circa 1887 in Tennessee and died after 1935.)
They had no children.
8 Indiana Brown was born on June 23, 1854 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. She died on September 22, 1887 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 6. She is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
She married to James David Wall(s) on December 18, 1884 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 17. (He was born on June 1, 1854 in Tennessee and died on September 27, 1927 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He is buried in the Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children:
Clayton W. Wall(s) (1885-1962)
md. 1st Marie Croslin (probably divorced)
md. 2nd. Marnie St. John (probably divorced)
infant male Wall (1887-1888)

4th Generation:

William Riley Brown was born on May 5, 1834 in Montgomery County, Tennessee 5. He died on December 1, 1904 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 5. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

Father: Nelson Brown
Mother: Mary Foust

William was raised in rural Montgomery County, Tennessee, where his family was moderately wealthy. There is a possibility that his marriage to Amanda Stephens may have been out of necessity and perhaps something of a "shotgun wedding." Their first son was born only seven months after they were married. Also, in 1860, William and his wife and child were still living with his parents, a sign that he may not have been financially prepared when he married Amanda in 1859.

Sometime during the early 1860s, William acquired his own home and farm, which apparently was farther south than his parents, somewhere near the McAdoo community. At this location, William appears to have spent the remainder of his life. He was a farmer and produce broker and in his older age went into business with his sons selling tobacco. In an 1895 directory, William is listed as owning 134 acres. He and his wife and family were also members of the McAdoo Cumberland Presbyterian Church not far from their home.

He was married to Amanda Ann Stephens on December 15, 1859 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 10.

They had the following children:

1 Jesse Bailey Brown was born on July 26, 1860 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 16. He died on January 18, 1933 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee 16. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
Jesse married Lillie Sarah Brown on October 26, 1902. (She was born circa 1883 in Kentucky 3.)
They had the following children:
William D. Brown (c. 1905-???)
Charles R. Brown (c. 1910-???)
Sarah Brown (c. 1912-???)
Jesse was a farmer (tobacconist).
2 Christopher Columbus Brown
3 Elizabeth Brown was born in July 1863 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 3. She died on August 27, 1942 in Hawthorne Twp., White Co., Illinois 4.
She married Alonzo Brown on October 23, 1894. (He was born in June 1858 in Illinois 3. He died between 1910 and 1920 in Hawthorne Twp., White Co., Illinois.)
They had the following children:
Etna Brown (1896-1972)
md. Alford
John Brown (1897-1956)
4 Sue Ella Brown was born on December 16, 1864 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She died on March 11, 1928 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
She married William J. Crotzer on January 7, 1909 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (He was born in 1859 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 5 and died in 1929 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee 5. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had no children, but Sue Ella helped raise a stepson Eddie Crotzer.
5 Robert Samuel Brown was born on December 18, 1866 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He died on May 29, 1943 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
He married Ruth Elizabeth Ussery on October 29, 1919 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (She was born circa 1899 in Tennessee 3 and died after 1930.)
They had one child:
Mary Helen Brown (1927-2010)
md. Laurence M. McMillan
6 Mary Virginia Brown was born on September 15, 1870 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She died on April 21, 1902 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
7 Frances Elizabeth Brown was born on December 26, 1871 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 16. She died on August 15, 1931 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee 16.
She married first Hervey M. Collier on November 8, 1901. (He was born c. 1852 in Tennessee and died on October 20, 1911 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 15.)
They had the following children:
Mary Frances Collier (1902-1988)
md. James Luckett Powell
Geneva Collier (c. 1903-???)
md. ??? Brandon
Hugh M. Collier (1905-1984)
md. Florence L. Johnson
Amanda Collier (1907-1998)
md. ??? Baxter
William Collier (1909-1979)
James H. Collier (1911-1997)
md. Dorothy
She married second Victor S. Wallace in 1915. (He was born c. 1868 in Tennessee and died between 1920-1925 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had no children.
She married third Steward D. Tinsley on September 2, 1925. (He was born on January 5, 1851 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee and died on June 2, 1936 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He is buried in the Southside Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had no children.
8 Arthur Thomas Brown was born on August 24, 1876 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He died on July 5, 1901 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
9 Gus Brown was born circa 1880 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He died on August 4, 1882 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

5th Generation:

Christopher Columbus Brown was born on February 8, 1862 in Montgomery County, Tennessee 2. He died on October 10, 1938 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee 2. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

Father: William Riley Brown
Mother: Amanda Ann Stephens

Christopher was born on his parents' farm near the community once known as McAdoo (rural area southeast of Clarksville) where his family were successful tobacco farmers. Christopher was obviously named after the famous explorer, yet rarely went by that name. He was usually called "Lum" or "C.C." As a youth with his family, he joined the nearby McAdoo Presbyterian Church and remained a member for many years. As a young man he and his brothers and father decided to go into business together where they operated a successful tobacco business called Brown Bros. Sometime after this, he and James Adams created the firm Adams and Brown and operated a factory in Clarksville for many years.

C.C. was financially successful and a pillar of his community. He was co-founder and later vice president of the First Trust and Savings Bank of Clarksville. In 1894, 32-year old C.C. married a young woman named Georgia Current, who lived in Clarksville. It is not entirely clear where the Browns lived for the first 6 or 7 years of marriage, but probably on family land southeast of Clarksville. In 1901, C.C. and his wife and children moved to Duarte, California, for the benefit of his health (not known what was wrong at the time). For whatever the reason, they did not like it in California and returned to Clarksville the following year. In 1902, C.C. purchased a spacious home on Madison Extension east of Clarksville (now within the city's limits) for $5500 from the McKeage family.

Sadly, his beloved wife Georgia died in 1910 from a battle with pneumonia. Four years later, C.C. married for a second time to Dayse Dalton. They had one daughter together. In that same year (1914) he transferred his membership from the Presbyterian church in McAdoo to Clarksville. C.C. spent the rest of his life at his home near Clarksville. In 1927, tragedy struck when the beautiful Brown home burned to the ground. It was rebuilt the following year. C.C. was known as having been a jovial and a charitable man, well loved by all who knew him.

Christopher was married first to Georgia Current on December 20, 1894 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 9.



They had the following children:
1 Pauline Rebecca Brown was born on December 17, 1895 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee 1. She died on January 16, 1975 in Oakland, Alameda Co., California.
She married Ephraim Porter Russell circa 1916-1917. (He was born circa 1886 in Kentucky 3 and died January 1, 1927 in DeKalb Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children:
Joseph Porter Russell (1917-1918)
George Lee Russell (1919-1984)
md. Arthula Jones
David Porter Russell (1922-1987)
md. Joan Russell
James Ephriam Russell (c. 1925-c. 1980)
Harold Brown Russell (1927-2003)
md. Rozella
2 Irl Christopher Brown was born on March 6, 1897 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He died on June 28, 1951 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
He married Ruby Ethel Winn on March 16, 1920 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (She was born on January 10, 1902 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee and died on April 18, 1968 in Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children:
Living
Living
Living
Anne Elizabeth Brown (1924-2011)
md. Jerry Leigh Barker
Living
3 Newell Boone Brown
Christopher married second to Dayse Dorothy Dalton on January 7, 1914 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky. She was born on November 13, 1877 in Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky. She died on February 18, 1963 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.

They had one child:

1 Dorothy Lillian Brown was born on August 1, 1916 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee. She died on February 22, 2011 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
She married Asbury Jefferson Head on June 14, 1941 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (He was born on February 20, 1914 in Sadlersville, Robertson Co., Tennessee and died on June 11, 2004 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children:
Living
Living
Living

6th Generation:

Newell Boone Brown was born on October 31, 1898 in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee 1,11. He died on June 4, 1963 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana 12. He is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana.
Father: Christopher Columbus Brown
Mother: Georgia Current

It is not known where the name Newell comes from, but according to Newell's daughter, Boone is said to have been the last name of the doctor who delivered him. (Boone was also the last name of the minister who married his parents in 1894, and that is probably where the name comes from). Newell spent the first few years of his life in an unknown house in the vicinity of rural southeast Clarksville. In 1901, he moved with his family to Duarte, California, and moved with them back to Clarksville in 1902. In that year, they purchased a home off of Madison Extension east of Clarksville that is now within the city's limits. He grew up in this house. He probably graduated from Clarksville High School in about 1916. Afterwards, in 1918, he entered in the army during World War I, but never served overseas. He was married to Louetha Jones on March 14, 1922 in Louisville, Kentucky. They had one child together. They lived in a number of places in their early marriage including Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Michigan, Illinois and finally settled in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1937.

Newell was an employee of the National Life and Accident Insurance Company. He was a manager for them, and was transferred to many different locations during his early employment. He retired from that company in 1962. Newell was called "Boo" by his daughter and grandchildren, he liked fishing. He died just 11 days after his wife Louetha.

Newell was married to Louetha Jones on March 14, 1922 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky.

They had one child:
1 Bettye Boone Brown

7th Generation:

Bettye Boone Brown [identifying information on living individual is withheld]
Father: Newell Boone Brown
Mother: Louetha Jones

Bettye was an only child. Because of her father's job, she and her parents moved frequently during her childhood. Prior to 1932, they lived in Helena, Arkansas; Enid, Oklahoma; Chattanooga, Tennesse; and Nashville, Tennessee. They then lived in Detroit, Michigan from 1932 to 1935 and in Chicago, Illinois from 1935 to 1937. In December 1937, Bettye and her family moved permanently to Indianapolis, Indiana. As a child, Bettye acquired the nickname "Moe" which she has carried into adulthood as her preferred name. In 1938, Bettye went on a trip with her mother to Europe, and they sailed on the famous Queen Mary II.

In Indianapolis, Moe attended Grade School #60 and then Shortridge High School, where she graduated in 1943. After this, she attended the Whitworth College in Brookhaven, Mississippi (all-female college) and graduated in about 1946 with an Associates degree. Meanwhile, Moe was engaged to Paul Wadleigh who was away in service in the Navy. They were married and began to raise a family. Because of his military service and different colleges and teaching positions, the family moved around quite a bit. In Indiana, they lived in Indianapolis, Washington and Bloomington. They also lived briefly in Long Beach, California and spent a summer in South Carolina. During the early years of their marriage, Moe also worked as a secretary to help support the family. In 1961, the family moved to Bellingham, Washington and then to Pullman, Washington in 1965. In 1971, Moe and Paul were divorced. She remarried to John Staley. John and Moe were involved in a real estate business after this. Their slogan was "get Moe for your money with John." Moe (Bettye) and John have since lived in Washington, California, Idaho, and Arizona.

She married first Paul Custer Wadleigh on December 22, 1946 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana. They divorced in February 1971.
For information on their children, see his page.
She married second John Staley.
They had no children.


Sources:

1. Social Security Death Index
2. Obituary of C.C. Brown, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, October 11, 1938
3. Assorted US Federal Census records
4. Illinois Death Index
5. Tombstone inscriptions, Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Tennessee
6. Tombstone inscriptions, Sango Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Tennessee
7. Obituary of Nelson Brown, Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf, January 16, 1885
8. Brown genealogy, compiled by Avery Brown, 1974
9. Marriage records, Montgomery Co., Tennessee
10. Tennessee Marriages, 1851-1900. (Ancestry.com)
11. World War I Draft Registration Card
12. Death certificate of Newell Brown, 1963, Marion Co., IN
13. Research of Carolyn Smithfield, Feb. 23, 1997
14. Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850. (Ancestry.com)
15. Tennessee Death Index, 1908-1912.
16. Tennesee Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955. http://www.familysearch.org.
17. Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950. http://www.familysearch.org
18. Marriag erecord of Green Brown and Mary Albright, Montgomery Co., TN, 1867, #3117.

For research on this page, thank you:

Carolyn Smithfield
Bert and Margaret Chumbler