Browns from Nelson Co., KY to Mercer Co., IL 1835?

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In my search to prove the ancestry of my 2nd great grandfather, Richard Gibson Brown [Brown-18935], I began looking more closely at records for his purportedly first son, Loammi Byron Brown. Currently I have Richard's parents as Jeremiah and Abigail Lincoln Brown, but this would mean he was already married when he married Rebecca Moore. Could be ... but looking for proof. I'm not sure that Loammi's parents were indeed Richard and Rebecca Brown, although some materials claim that. Richard and Rebecca did not get married until 1844 Rock Island, IL.

Loammi (b. 1840, IA; m. Amanda Melton 1865 Rock Island, IL; d. 1912 Aledo, Mercer, IL) According to the Aledo Cemetery book, a Peter Brown is listed as being interred in #1 of the Brown plot, but he is not listed on the record card. Rather Loammi and most of his family are.

From this I began searching for Peter Brown who died in Mercer County, IL. I discovered Harison and Benjamin F. Brown who arrived in Mercer County, IL in 1834. They were originally from Nelson County, KY. Harison was born 1808 to Samuel and Henrietta Brown. Harison with wife Martha nee' Greenwood had children: Mary A., Samuel, Thomas, Floyd, Sally, Benjamin, Peter, and Isabel. Seems likely that this Peter was the one originally interred in #1 of the Brown plot in the Aledo Cemetery.

Interestingly, my great grandfather, brother of Loammi, was named Benjamin Franklin Brown (b. 1844 IL - d. 1888 NE, buried IA). Coincidence or family naming pattern? Another possible connection: Thomas son of Harison married Louisa Coleman. My 2nd great grandmother is Catherine Coleman wife of Stephen Brayton. They lived Rock Island County, IL (adjacent to Mercer). Their daughters, Lucinda Ann and Mary Jane married my great grandfather Benjamin Franklin Brown.

I cannot find a wiki profile for members of this Brown family from Nelson County, KY or Mercer County, IL, but hoping someone has information.

Thanks so much!


in Genealogy Help by Beth Golden G2G6 (7.4k points)
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