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Henry Brown (1804 - 1875)

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Rev Henry Brown
Born in Bloomsbury St George, Middlesex, England, United Kingdommap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Kensington, London, Englandmap
[children unknown]
Died in Woolwich, Kent, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Mar 2013 | Last significant change: 19 Dec 2018
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Henry Brown was born 23 Nov 1804 in St George's, Bloomsbury, London, England to George Brown and Margaret (Balfour) Brown.

Henry Brown, third son of George, of St. George's, Bloomsbury, London matriculated at Balliol College, Oxford on 12 Feb 1822, aged 17 years. He obtained a B.A. in 1826 and an M.A. in 1830. He was vicar of Boreham, Essex from 1845 to 1851, and became rector of Woolwich in 1851.[1]

Henry Brown married Maria Blomfield in 1843. The marriage was registered in Kensington, London in the last quarter of the year.[2] Maria's father was Charles James Blomfield, the bishop of London.

Henry and Maria had nine children: Alice Margaret Brown (1845-), Maria Georgina (Brown) Haig (1846-1878), Constance Isabella (Brown) Gray (1848-1916), Helen Mary (Brown) Wood (1849-1922), Henry Blomfield Brown (1851-1923), Ada Dorothy (Brown) Overbury (1852-1908), Ethel Louisa (Brown) Haslam (1854-1932), Frederick Balfour Brown (1856-1857), and Charles James Brown (1859-).

In 1851 Henry Brown (age 46, Rector of Woolwich) lived at Rectory Place in Woolwich, Kent with his wife Maria (37) and five children: Alice Margaret (6), Maria G (5), Constance J (3), Helen Mary (1), and Henry Blomfield (0), as well as five servants: Charlotte Smee (21, Nurse), Susan Shech (18, Nurserymaid), Daniel W Saunders (19, Footman), Priscilla Pullen (24, Cook), and Mary Owers (20, House Maid).[3]

[Unable to locate Henry on the 1861 Census.]

In 1871 Henry Brown (age 66, Rector) lived in St Mary, London with his wife Maria (57) and seven children: Alice M (26), Constance J (23), Helen M (21), Henry B (20, Bank Clerk), Ada Dor T (18), Ethel Louisa (16), and Charles J (12, Scholar), as well as four servants: Jane Lomas (25, Lady's Maid), Elizabeth Jenkyns (30, Cook), Eliza Lloyd (23, Housemaid), and Mary Ann Alwin (17, Kitchen Maid).[4]

Henry Brown passed away on 2 May 1875, aged 70 years. His death was registered in Woolwich in the second quarter of the year.[5] "The Will of the Reverend Henry Brown late of the Rectory Woolwich in the County of Kent Clerk who died 2 May 1875 at Woolwich was proved at the Principal Registry by George Brown of 32 Gloucester-square Hyde Park in the County of Middlesex Esquire the Brother the surviving Executor. Effects under £10,000."[6]

An obituary was published 8 May 1875 (syndicated extracts from various newspapers): "The Rev. Henry Brown, M.A., canon of Rochester, rector of Woolwich, and rural dean, died suddenly on Sunday morning at Woolwich Old Church, during Divine service. The rev. gentleman entered upon the service to all appearance in his usual health, but it was observed that he suddenly retired to the vestry, the Rev. F. Harrison, his curate, continuing the prayers. Ten minutes later Mr. Harrison was informed that the rector had expired in the vestry, and was so much overcome by the intelligence as to be unable to proceed further, and the congregation, hearing of the mournful cause, dispersed. ... The Church bells were tolling solemnly during the whole of the afternoon, and the sad event has caused the most profound regret in the locality. ... The deceased clergyman was son-in-law of the late Bishop Blomfield / The deceased clergyman had been married to a daughter of the late Bishop Bloomfield 31 years. (sic) .... For twenty-five years he had held his living at Woolwich with the universal esteem of his parishioners. He was previously incumbent of Boreham, Essex, having taken his degree at Balliol College, Oxford. He was 71 years of age."[7]


  1. "Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886: Their Parentage, Birthplace, and Year of Birth, With a Record of Their Degrees." Being the Matriculation Register of the University, Alphabetically Arranged, Revised, and Annotated by Joseph Foster, Hon. M.A., Oxon. Volume I-Later Series. Oxford, 1891. Entry for Henry Brown, Page 173 (
  2. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), Henry Brown, 1843; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1843, quarter 4, vol. 3, p. 208, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 November 2017), Henry Brown, Woolwich, Kent, England; citing Woolwich, Kent, England, p. 12, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey. [rest of household:]
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1871", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2017), Henry Brown, 1871.
  5. "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : 31 December 2014), Henry Brown, 1875; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death, Woolwich, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  6. "UK Wills & Probate, 1858-1996" ( Brown, 1875.

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