Sarah (Morris) Brown
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Sarah (Morris) Brown (1810 - 1911)

Sarah Brown formerly Morris
Born in Pasquotank, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 2 Jan 1833 in White Water Meeting House, Wayne, Indianamap
Mother of
Died in Lawrence, Lawrence, Kansas, United Statesmap
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'Grandma' Brown, a Little Quakeress, Dies at 100 Years

"Just a little over seven months past the century mark, Mrs. Sarah Brown died at her home, Grand Avenue and Quincy, yesterday morning after a serious illness of only six days. “Grandma” Brown celebrated her 100th birthday last Thanksgiving Day.

At that time, a reunion of her two living children and nearly all of the other children of five generations of which she was the head, came to Leavenworth to celebrate the event. Besides the two living children, there are ten grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Her sons, the only survivors of a family of eight children of which she was the mother, are Rev. Robert D. Brown, of Cottonwood Falls, Kan., aged 78 years, and J. B. Brown of this city, aged 66 years.

To Richmond By Wagon

Mrs. Brown was born in Paskatank County, N. C., November 24, 1810. Her maiden name was Sarah Morris. When she was only 3 months old, the family moved from Paskatank to Richmond, Ind. The hardships endured on this trip, by wagon, Mrs. Brown often heard her parents speak of. It was just before the War of 1812 and trouble was already brewing, making traffic dangerous.

Mrs. Brown came from a long-lived family, her father dying at the age of 86 years and her mother at the age of 76 years. Her husband, Frederick Brown, was 65 years old at his death, thirty-seven years ago. They were married January 2, 1832, in Indiana.

February 18, 1869, the Brown family moved from Indiana to a farm near Tonganoxie. Seven years ago, they came to Leavenworth and Mrs. Brown has since made her home with her son who is a machine worker in the Great Western Manufacturing Company’s shops. Just two months after coming to this city, a daughter, Sarah Jane, died.

Always Wore a Quaker Bonnet.

Mrs. Brown was born and reared a Quaker and every day, until the day of her death, she has worn the little white hood and the ’kerchief, the custom of that sect through all ages. Her son, the Rev. R. D. Brown, was the one of her children who adhered very strictly to the teachings of his mother and is now a minister in the Friends’ Church at Cottonwood Falls.

On her last birthday, 'Mrs. Brown told the details of her life as she remembered them to a Times reporter. Her hearing has been defective for some time. She told the story of how her two sons were drafted into the Confederate Army and of how she worked with them to save the necessary $300 each to buy their freedom.

Mrs. Brown has been a member of the Friends’s Church at Tonganoxie and was also an active worker in the Friends’ Missionary Society there. The body will be taken to Tonganoxie for burial in the Friends’ Cemetery there tomorrow.

Mrs. Brown's oldest grandchild is Mrs. L. C. Hobson of Jefferson, Kan., aged 41 years."

From The Leavenworth Times, Wednesday Morning, August 9, 1911. [1]

Sarah Morris was born in 1810 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina to Jesse Morris (1881-1834) and Mary Moore (1772-1884).[2]

January 2, 1833, Sarah Morris married Frederick Brown according to the customs of the Society of Friends at White Water Meeting House, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana. [3]

They had the following children:

Morris Brown (1834-Deceased)[4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Robert B. Brown (1836-1925) [4] [5] [6] [7]
John W. Brown (1839-Deceased) ) [4] [5] [6] [7]
Joshua M. Brown (1843-Deceased) ) [4] [5] [6] [7]
Josiah B Brown (1845-Deceased) [4] [5] [6] [7]
Mary Ann Brown (1848-Deceased) [4] [5] [6] [7]
Sarah J. Brown (1850-Deceased) [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Frederick S. Brown (1853-1859) [4] [5] [6] [7]

"On July 17, 1869, Frederick Brown and his wife, Sarah, and family requested a certificate to Tonganoxie MM Kansas.

"On August 21, 1869 Frederick Brown and his wife, Sarah, and minor children Morris J., John, Josiah, Mary A., and Sarah J. received a certificate for Tonganoxie MM Kansas." [9]

The 1880 Census listed her son Morris (age 44) as the head of the household, Sarah (age 70), a widow, and her daughter Sarah, age (27), living together at Tonganoxie, Kansas. [8]

"Mrs. Sarah Brown, aged 101 years, died at the home of her son, J. B. Brown in this city today. She is survived by two sons, both past 80 years of age. She was born in 1810 in North Carolina. [10]


  1. The Leavenworth Times, Wednesday Morning, August 9, 1911
  2. Hinshaw, William Wade, “THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF QUAKER GENEALOGY”, Volume 7, pt. 1 pg. 44 for birthdate and parents, pg. 145 for marriage date and parents.
  3. Heiss, Willard C. editor, "Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana, Published by Indiana Historical Society", 1962, Vol. 1, Whitewater, page 81.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 1850 Federal Census Blue River Township, Hancock County, Indiana, United States; citing family 105, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 1860 Federal Census Blue River Township, Hancock County, Indiana, United States; ( : accessed 6 April 2016), Sarah Brown in entry for Frederick Brown, 1860.)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 31 May 2016), Frederick Brown, Kansas, United States; citing p. 27, family 191, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,936.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 31 May 2016), Sarah Brown in household of Morris Brown, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district ED 148, sheet 134D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0385; FHL microfilm 1,254,385.
  9. Dorrel, Ruth and Thomas D. Hamm, editors, Walnut Ridge Monthly Meeting Minutes and Marriages (Rush County),
  10. Utah Digital Newspapers, "Leavenworth Evening Standard", August 9, 1911.

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