James Brown

James Weldon Brown (1904 - 1965)

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James Weldon Brown
Born in Wren, Benton, Oregon, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 27 Sep 1924 (to before Dec 1935) in Alameda County, California, USAmap
Husband of — married 26 Dec 1935 in Salt Lake County, Utah, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Alameda County, California, USAmap
Profile last modified 7 Sep 2019 | Created 12 Apr 2015 | Last significant change: 1 Sep 2019
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James was born in 1904. His parents were Harvey Brown and Louisa Robnett. In 1910, the family was living in Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon.[1] 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.[2]

By 1935, he and Norma had divorced and he had married Winnie Wiese in Utah.[3] 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.[4]

James passed away in 1965 in California. His mother's maiden name of Robnett was on the death record.[5]

NOTE: 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.[6] James' death certificate mentioned above bears out this recollection.


  1. "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.
  2. "United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCXJ-123 : 8 December 2015), James Brown, 1930.
  3. "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MB-QXPJ : 31 July 2017), James Weldon Brown and Winnie C Wiese, 1935.
  4. "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.
  5. "California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPL9-RZR : 26 November 2014), James W Brown, 20 May 1965; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
  6. Email from Colleen Allcorn, granddaughter, to Carolyn Martin on 4-17-2017.

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