James was born in 1904. His parents were Harvey Brown and Louisa Robnett. In 1910, the family was living in Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon. James had two sisters, Margaret and Jane.
James married Norma Pauline Barrett on 27 Sept 1924 in Alameda, California.
In 1930, he and Norma were living in Berkeley, Alameda County, California. James was an apprentice for an auto mechanic, and Norma was a waitress at a restaurant.
By 1935, he and Norma had divorced and he had married Winnie Wiese in Utah. In 1940, he and Winnie were living in Berkeley, Alameda County, California. James was now a machinist for a field radio company, and Winnie was a housekeeper for a private family.
James passed away in 1965 in California. His mother's maiden name of Robnett was on the death record.
There is a James Weldon who died in 1950 and is buried in Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon. All the family tree entries in Ancestry for James state these as facts, but James' granddaughter remembers him visiting his daughter, Wanda, in Florida about 1958 or later. She is certain because the family had moved to Lantana at that time. James' death certificate mentioned above bears out this recollection.
↑ "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLYX-6ZS : accessed 12 April 2015), James W Brown in household of Harvey Brown, Corvallis Ward 1, Benton, Oregon, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 4, sheet 2B, family 117, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,291.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9Q9-L2K : accessed 27 September 2016), James W Brown, Tract 3A, Berkeley, Oakland Judicial Township, Alameda, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1-98, sheet 16B, family 423, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 187.