Saturday, May 16, 2020

About these Brown Family Histories... (Book 1)

Books assembled and put together with much care and love by my grandmother Pearl Louise Sessions Porter.
Kept safe by my Uncle Todd Milton Hurst and transferred to a blog version by myself Tycie Alane Hurst Doyle, Granddaughter of Pearl Louise Sessions Porter.

I present three books covering the history of four generations of Brown's.

  • BOOK ONE covers the life of Reverend William Washington and Jane Caldwell McBride-Brown of 1814, to his son John Dennis and Lillie Elsarlee Pride-Brown of 1853.
  • BOOK TWO covers the life of his son, Charles McBride and Stella May McEuen-Brown of 1883.
  • BOOK THREE covers the life of Ora Pearl Brown-Sessions-Sorenson 1908 (my  mother) the end of the surname "Brown".
     The full histories and genealogies of the children and their descendants of Ora Pearl Brown-Sessions-Sorenson is in the process of being written (1994).
     Look for it's assigned GS# in the Salt Lake City, Family History Center, Library Catalog under "Author-Title Section" Porter, Louise Sessions - Brown Family History."
     Each book presents certificates, letters, genealogy and histories of that person and their descendants.
     I have several other Allied Family Histories to these Brown's in the Salt Lake City, Family History Center that covers the same format as these Brown Histories.
McEuen Family History - GS# 1,421,955. 1 Book - over 900 pages.
Mentelle Family History - GS# 1,597,552. 1 Book - over 300 pages.
Orton Family History - GS# 1,597,957. 2 Books - over 600 pages.
     I (Louise Sessions Porter) held a recording of session with my mother (Ora Pearl Brown-Sessions-Sorenson) November 1985 and taped everything she remembered about her Brown ancestors, parents to her children.
     I quite enjoyed this taping session with mom, she has a unique personality and a quick wit, a Brown trait, she made this effort most enjoyable. My mother died this past September I now cherish hearing her voice on these tapes.
     My folks taught me, as I'm sure they were taught that children were to be "seen and not heard" ...As a child I was always asking questions, wanting to know about this and that and was chastised many times for asking so many questions. I think it did not annoy my mother as much as my father. Since I have grown up I have learned that it was a very desirable asset and it has been the biggest contribution towards these autobiographies.
     Coupled with this trait was my desire to impart to my children what I have learned of their ancestors. These two traits are in a great measure responsible for this history. Genealogical work is to me both attractive and fascinating. Yet I have found that it involves hour of hard work and concentration.

    It's disappointments are only surmounted by the feeling of pleasure in seeing this work progress. By profession, I am a Nurse and not all that skilled in writing, so please bear with this amateur and enjoy this study of our Brown Families.

Here's our Brown Story, page by page
Happy youth, old and middle age;
Smile and tear drop, weal and woe,
Such as all who live must know.
Here it is all written down,
Not for glory or renown.
But the hope when I am gone;
Those who bravely follow on
Meeting care, pain and grief,
Will not falter in belief.
(author, in part, unknown)

To the right is a picture of my mother and myself
taken in Salem, Utah
February 11, 1990.

Louise Sessions Porter
584 North Windsor Road
Price, Utah 84501
(801) 637-5327

Castle-Browne (Page 1-Book 1)

     Castle-Browne, the quondam seat of the family of Browne-Brown, is found about a mile from Clane, County Kildare, Leinster, England.
     The Brownes obtained the estate by intermarriage with the family of Wogan. The mansion was, a number of years ago, altered, enlarged, and converted into the Jesuits' College of CLONGOWES.

Crest - On a wreath argent and gules standing on a mount vert of a roebuck salient or.

Table of Contents (Page 4-Book 1)


1          Brown Castle & Crest & Coat of Arms
2          About these three "Brown History Books"
4          Table of Contents
6          Our first Brown ancestors
8          Reverend William Washington Brown
10        Jane Caldwell McBride
12        Dade County Missouri
14        The Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Pearl
20        Caseyville, Union, Kentucky
30        Portrait of Rev. W.W. Brown & Wife J.C. [McBride] Brown
36        Cumberland Presbyterian Theological Seminary
45        Sermon notes of Rev. William Washington Brown, DD
84        I walked and listened to Grandpa Brown
86        FGR of W. W. & Margaret Brown
88        Histories & Family Group Records of the children of Rev. W.W. Brown
89        Harriet E. [Brown] Garrison
91        FGR of Margaret M. [Brown] Fike
101      FGR of Nancy Ann [Brown] Price
103      FGR of Robert W. Brown
105      FGR of Mollie E. [Brown] Gill
117      History of William J. Brown
123      FGR of William Jefferson Brown
125      History of James Logan Brown & Martha Brown
126      History of Charles Caldwell Brown
130      FGR of Charles Caldwell Brown
133      Life Graph of Rev. William Washington Brown [chronology]
136      History of John Dennis Brown
145      Mine disaster at Clay, Webster, Ky...William, Edward & Dewey Brown
151      History of William, Edward & Dewey Brown
153      John Dennis Brown, deceased
155      Letters (1944) from Lillie [Pride] Brown to great grand daughter Louise
173      Lillie Elsarlee [Pride] Brown, deceased
177      Bible Record of Lillie E. Brown
180      FGR of John Dennis Brown
181      FGR of Charles McBride Brown
183      Histories & Family Group Records: Children of John D. & Lillie Brown
185      Grace Truman [Brown] White
188      FGR of Grace T. [Brown] Baker - White
189      History of Lenna Elsarlee [Brown] Wingfield
191      FGR of Lenna E. [Brown] Wingfield
192      History of Jesse Pride Brown
193      History of Lillie Margaret [Brown] Culley
199      FGR of Lillie M. [Brown] Culley
201      Letter to Louise from Gussie [Culley] Ezelle
209      Letter to Louise from Ned Culley
211      Pedigree Chart from Louise thru the last known Brown ancestor


BROWN (Page 5-Book 1)

     Who was the first man "BROWN", the very first He did create.
Who bore that name upon the earth, and where's the place that gave him birth?

     Was he a warrior, bold and brave, was he a freeman or a slave?
And did he go where others led, or blaze the way himself instead.

     And give and take the sturdy blows, that gained him friends, or made him
     T'is much we'd give these facts to know, who was the man "BROWN" come he so?

     It may have been in days of old, some robber chieftain, fierce and bold.
Entrenched himself in some strong place, and levied tribute on his race!

     And when his earthly work was done, his heir was called "BROWN'S"
Or else, perchance, some Robin good, like England's famous Robin Hood.

     Who spoiled the baron's herds and flocks, and gave unto the common
     Who loved him for the good he'd won, and wrought this title for his son!
But whether these be facts or not, upon this earthly garden spot.
     Once dwelt a man to fame unknown, the first to call this name his own.

But vain we've sought in modern lore, and musty legends long before.
     In eastern homes, in Western lands, In frozen North and Southern strands.

To try and search the fellow out; Remove the last and lingering doubt.
Of who we are, from whence we sprung, what language was our mother tongue?
     But whether he was Dennis or Charles, or Ken or Bob we do not know.
But we are looking for the chap---and want to get him on the map.
     And line him up and have it known, We've come at last into our own.
But to date he shies us still--mayhap 'twill be he ever will.
     But we are following back his trail, and feel assured we will not fail.
To land somewhere be it near or far, and hitch him to the family car.
     And trot him out and give him place, as ANCESTOR--of all BROWN'S!

Our First Brown Ancestors (Page 6-Book 1)

"The Brown Family......a large group of them sailed from Northern Ireland to Pennsylvania and made their way through Virginia into western North Carolina."
     This was told to the granddaughter of William and Jane Brown and passed to Billie Jean Brown-Hem, a 2nd great granddaughter.

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     "Along with the information that I (Charles Price Brown) copied from Grandpa William W. Brown's Bible is a set of notes that my father (Charles Caldwell Brown) gave me from memory when he was approximately 75 years old. Part of this may be correct. According to his memory, Jane Caldwell McBride, his mother, was born in Couth Carolina and his grandfather McBride was red-headed Scotchman..........Also according to dad's memory, his father William Washington Brown, was born in North Carolina, and his grandfather Brown was a Dutchman and his grandmother Brown was of Irish descent."
     This information was taken from a letter written by W.W. Brown's grandson, Charles Price Brown to Louise Sessions Porter, 4 November 1964.
     Katherine Carney, granddaughter of W.W. and Jane said that Jane was born in Scotland and came to the States with her parents when she was two years old and they settled in the opposite Carolina where the Brown family settled.
     Eleanor Booth another granddaughter said, "I cannot find where I found my McBride information.....gave away a lot of things, and now no one to ask! This is all I seem to remember." Eleanor contributed a lot of the foregoing history from the old Brown Bible she possessed at one time.........................

Reverend J.R. Brown (Page 7-Book 1)

      Reverend J.R. Brown, D.D, of Nashville, Tennessee was in several other states with our William Washington Brown, who was also a Reverend with a degree of Doctor of Deity. They worked together as editors of the "Ladies Pearl" in Missouri, a religious publication.
     Could this be William's father or brother? If so, then we might begin our research in Nashville as the possible residence of William!!!! The following information was taken from: Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1796-1887. By B.W. McDonald, Nashville, TN. Board of publication of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1888. 687 pp. Indexed.
     Page 460 - The consolidated organ was located at Nashville and the Rev. J.R. Brown D.D., was appointed editor. Among his accomplishments:
Author of "Lights On The Way" page 460
Editor of Cumberland Presbyterian, page 594
Editor of Saint Louis Observer, page 603
Editor of "The Ladies Pearl" page 603
Lights to Guide the Way was issued in 1879 by Dr. J.R. Brown.
     There is more history given concerning their editorship further into this history and other reason's to consider this relationship.

Robert & Jane (Dennis) Brown

     Robert & Jane (Dennis) Brown

     The Spring of 1999, I (Louise Sessions Porter) received a call from James (Jim) Joseph Brown (1952) , informing me that he had seen my Brown genealogy at the Salt Lake City, Family History Center.
     James is the son of Michael Charles Brown (1920) , grandson of Charles William Brown (1873) , great-grandson of John Brown (1832)  and 2nd great-grandson of Robert & Jane (Dennis) Brown (1791) .  
     Jim's great grandfather (John 1832) and my 2nd great-grandfather, William Washington Ritchey Brown (1814) are brothers.
     Until this date (1999) and researching for 40 some odd years I had found nothing on the parents or siblings of my William Brown (1814). Brown is a difficult name to search and discouragement sent me into other surnames, one that didn't have a million of the same names. My first cousin Billie Jean (Brown) Hem has taken up where I left off and has shared her finding with me. Needless to say we were most thankful when Jim contacted us.
     Included with the genealogical date are photo and headstone pictures, which I have added to my Brown Family History, [SLFHL #1598328].

Here are the headstones of Robert & Jane (Dennis) Brown
Robert Brown, Born 23 March 1791 & Died 16 March 1861
Jane Brown, Born 5 August 1790 & Died 3 October 1866
Resting in the Weir Cemetery (near Greenfield) Dade Co., Mo.