Brown Name Study

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This project is to sort the many, MANY Browns out there, using both research and DNA. Add your focus/family line, tasks, and progress below.


Y-DNA Brown Surname Project

Here are some links to the Brown surname project at FamilyTreeDNA:


The project has 1,905 members as of July 26, 2019. Test results can be viewed by relationship group or by geographic origin, although not all the detailed schedules are up to date (and they depend on information reported by testees, in some cases incomplete or nonexistent). Several of the identified ancestors can be traced to WikiTree profiles.

There also appear to be over 1,500 Brown profiles on WikiTree with Y-DNA results attached. See G2G discussion of searching WikiTree for Y-DNA test results. These profiles are linked to 52 different testees as of late July 2019; about 14 are not (visibly) attached to relatives, others have many, including one individual linked to over 500 relatives. Most, but not all, of the testees have the surname Brown.

Yorkshire, England Browns

This study is to try to break through a brick wall in tracing the ancestry of the Benjamin George Brown family, who emigrated to Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia from Yorkshire, England. Thus far, I cannot differentiate or find anything substantial pointing to which family in Yorkshire is my Browns.

Leads/Research Progress

  • I found an article several years ago from a Canadian newspaper online that I can no longer find. That article was written about or by Anna Marie Stevens Brown. It referenced John's father, who was referred to as George, and said his full name was Benjamin George Brown, Jr, and his parents, Benjamin G. and Mary Brown. From there I was able to find a marriage record for George and Anna in Yorkshire, England. It lists Anna's father as William Stevens, a Scotsman and maritime pilot. That's where I've stopped.
  • Abby Glann has had autosomal tests done that may help.


  • Have Y-Dna test done by Allen Brown as well as any other direct male descendents I can reach; possibly Abby's cousin Ben? His dad, Terry? Brother Bob if he's ever in town? Bus's son? I know there should be plenty from John's son's lines.
  • Start tracking and profiling all Browns in the St. Mary Parish, Lambeth, Surrey, England from that time period to see if we can sort out who is who and start working backwards as well as start finding grandmothers' surnames. This is where George and Ann were married.
  • Start tracking and profiling Browns born in Yorkshire around 1822 to sort out families.

Nottingham, Pennsylvania Browns

This group is a subset of what might be called the Poddington Browns of England. Two brothers, Quakers James and William Brown, settled in Pennsylvania around 1680 and moved to Nottingham around 1700. For more information, including links and research resources, see: Nottingham Browns


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Edward Browne abt. 1586 ?

posted by William Warman I
Hello, I have been searching for an Eliza Brown born abt 1823 in Virginia. She married a William Floyd born abt 1826 in Kentucky. They were married on 13 October 1848 in Decatur, Illinois. They had a child William Orlando Floyd born 1849. They are my 2nd and 3rd great grandparents. Any assistance with information on who and where they come from would be greatly appreciated.
posted by Kelly (Bergmann) Keen
My grandfather (Leslie Brown) just passed away and had no sons so he won’t have any Brown male descendants. I’ve traced his line back to Alexander Brown born 1679.
posted by Rebecca Tripolitis
I added this person to Brown Name Study also his son and Grandson. I not connected to Browns other then by marriage. But the first Jonah Brown (1781 - 1865) needs bunch work. My connection through Mathewson family they my step fathers People. I added categories to grandchildren of Jonah and put them in Brown Bane study. Hope this helps out.




Looking for parents of Amanda F (Brown) Young (1815 - 1866) who was born in Virginia. She married Evan Price Young on 5 Aug 1832 in Guernsey County, Ohio. She lived in Bearville, Ohio in 1850. She died in Chariton, Iowa in 1866 at age 51.

Wikitree profile Brown-122613

posted by B. Best

I am looking for any information on the parents of John Marshall* Brown (Brown-125341) b.1809 in Rockingham County, NC d.1862 in Patrick County, VA married to Mary Frances Martin on 9 Jan 1833.

  • Marshall is believed to be the middle name due to a son being John Marshall Brown, Jr.
posted by Win Webster
Chauncey Brown, my Great-Great Grandfather.

1) According to the 1900 Federal Census(Pennsylvania-McKean-Keating-District 0115) He was born in PA in 1826, his father was from CT, his mother from NY.

2) His Daughters Death Certificate (Addie Elizabeth Crozier d. Feb 17, 1933 Warren PA) lists Chauncy Brown as her father, Diana Fox as her mother.

I have traced the Fox line back to Massachusetts but Chauncey Brown is a dead end. There are other Chauncey Browns, one in New York that I mistook for my ancestor, even one born the same year in VT, but no more information on my ancestor that I can find that I can find.

posted by Charles Peterson
edited by Charles Peterson
My GG Grandfather was James Norfleet Brown. He was born in Adams County Miss August 22 1806. He died Sept 28 1859 in Ascension Parish Louisiana. I have been unable to find any information on who his parents were. He married Esther Debose McCrea. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by Jim Brown
Looking for death of Peter brown 1790 Gullane east lothian distiller
posted by [Living Simpson]
My maiden name was Brown and they were in Kent and South-East London back to early 19th century, having come form Cornwall, where they go back beyond 1650. I have a Henry Brown born in Grampound Cornwall in 1794 who emigrated before 1824 but we don't know where he went.
posted by Christine (Brown) Searle
edited by Christine (Brown) Searle
My search is for Charles BROWN, arrived in Australia 1844?? Not able to find out where from, but possibly America.

He married in 1849 and lived in the Portland, Warrnambool area of Victoria. Death 18 November 1884.

posted by Ann Faulkner
The Golconda, Capt. Montgomery, left the Downs on 7th and Land's End on 10 January, ENGLAND. Made the North Cape on 2 May and had to beat up along the coast; arrived on the afternoon on 5 May, NEW ZEALAND.

On board was Samuel, Frederick and my Great great Grandfather Henry Brown, trying to find ancestors going back further. I have his parents, William Brown and Ann Park and Wills parents as Henry Brown and Mary Baguley. Trying to find more information on them and their parents.

posted by Stuart Brown
Anyone looking for Brown(e)s from Rhode Island. Rebecca Brown b 1657 married John Scott. Mother of Sylvanus Scott b. 1672. John Scott passed, she married next John Whipple.

Looking for her ancestry. Thanks!

posted by D Theberge
Looking for info on Joseph Brown. He is buried in Union Cemetery. Outside of Sparta, Illinois.
posted by Ted Batteau
Looking for connects to Marcus Brown, b. 12 Jun 1823, in Cattaraugus County New York, d. 2 Oct, 1906 Antelope County NE.

I've found him in 1850's-1880 in Fond du Lac Wisconsin, and then in Nebraska from 1880-1906. Looking for his parents.

posted by Jean Daly
My Brown family starts with William Brown Esq. who died in Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada in 1793.

His descendants spread to many areas in Bonavista Bay Newfoundland and to other areas in Canada and the United States.

posted by Keith Brown
I'm posting this as random bit of "Brown" info in hopes it helps someone. About 1962, and unrelated-to-me, an elderly "David Brown" rented an apartment with his daughter on Morris St in Albany NY USA. He apparently came from Canada or the UK as he often talked about the "Prince" and royal family there. He use to work as a steward about ships. His (then unmarried) daughter worked for the Albany NY City Police Department. Hope this helps someone.
posted by Daniel Brown
I am attempting to write a book for my Dad who is a Brown we lost contact with the family who came from Canada and moved to Austin mecosta michigan. Im currently working on Moses Brown his wife Nancy Burns father Thomas Burns (irish). She died in her 40's during childbirth. Dose anyone have any information?
I can't help much on this, My Brown line is actually an assumed name. My Great Grandfather ran away from home and began going by Brown. His real name was Clapp.
posted by Tabi Brown
My interest in Browns came with learning I had an American Revolution Patriot with, of course, the most common of names, John Brown. The nearest Brown to me is my ggg grandfather William Henry Brown (20 Jan 1820 - 22 July 1864) who died in Civil War. I appreciate all the work already done here on Wiki and hope to add more once I've recuperated from back surgery and can sit for periods of time. Thank you all for the contributions.
posted by S A Gray
My grandmothers maden name was Brown. Her mothers name I think was beatris Brown. My grandma Nancy was born in Treorchy Wales 1923. She was a Wren for sometime before she met my grandfather a lieutenant in the USNavy and eventually moved to California via Norfolk Virginia. Married name became BLANCHARD. My mother went on to marry a Brown. My last names Brown
posted by [Living Brown]