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Mary Brown (abt. 1860 - aft. 1940)

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Mary Brown
Born about in Simcoe, Ontario, Canadamap [uncertain]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died after [location unknown]
Profile last modified 14 Sep 2019 | Created 21 Nov 2018 | Last significant change: 14 Sep 2019
16:08: Don Lafferty edited the Biography for Mary Brown (abt.1860-aft.1940). (Eliminated ref names.) [Thank Don for this]
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Mary Brown, her parents and siblings, are identified in the obituaries of her mother Martha Ann Cook, her father [Brown-82608|William Brown]], and her sister Elizabeth Brown.

According to the 1881 Census of Canada,[1] Mary Jane Brown was born in 1860 and in 1881 was living with her family in Thorah, Ontario.

Name – Mary Jane Brown
Gender – Female
Age – 21
Birth Year – 1860
Birthplace – Ontario
Nationality – Irish
Occupation – Servant
District Number – 133
District – Ontario North
Sub-District Number – F
Sub-district – Thorah
Division – 2
Household Member (Age) – William Brown (69)
Household Member (Age) – Martha Brown (50)
Household Member (Age) – Mary Jane Brown (21)
Household Member (Age) – William Jas. Brown (20)
Household Member (Age) – Richard Brown (18)
Household Member (Age) – Elizabeth Brown (10)
Household Member (Age) – Martha Brown (7)

In 1892, three of the Brown sisters appear to be living together in Buffalo and working as dress makers.[2]

In her hospital admission record,[3] Elizabeth Brown reports that she was trained as a dress maker. It is therefore likely that these Browns are Elizabeth and her sisters. However, liberties appear to have been taken with age and place of birth.

Name – Mary Brown
Age – 25 [1867]
In What Country Born – United States
Citizen or Alien – Citizen
Occupation – Dressmaker
Name – Charlotte Brown
Age – 23 [1869]
In What Country Born – United States
Citizen or Alien – Citizen
Occupation – Dressmaker
Name – Elizabeth Brown
Age – 21 [1870 or 71]
In What Country Born – United States
Citizen or Alien – Citizen
Occupation – Dressmaker

Because the 1940 obituary of Elizabeth Brown lists Miss Mary Brown as still alive, she is presumed to have passed away after 1940.

Research Notes

See the Research Notes for William Brown for additional comments.


  1. Year:1881; Census Place: Thorah, Ontario North, Ontario; Roll: C_13245; Page 23; Family No: 105
  2. New York, State Census, 1892, Election District: E.D. 01; City: Buffalo Ward 21; County: Erie
  3. Private Record

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