William Harrison Brown

Male Abt 1819 - Bef 1860  (~ 40 years)


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  • Name William Harrison Brown  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1819  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1860  [1
    Person ID I9172  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 22 Dec 2016 

    Family Elizabeth Stowell,   b. Abt 1825, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married 23 Oct 1841  Lamar Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Margaret A Brown,   b. Abt 1843, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Ellen Permelia Brown,   b. Nov 1844, Paris, Lamar Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1915, Bakersfield, Kern Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     3. Electa Brown,   b. Abt 1847, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 22 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F6549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • [mtDNA has proven that Elizabeth Stowell Brown is not our Mary Ann Brown’s mother. So Wm. Harrison Brown & Elizabeth are not her parents. So the conjecture that follows is not correct.]

      The family was living in Lamar Co., Texas in 1850 and left on a wagon train of 100 wagons bound for California in April, 1853, arriving in El Monte in November of the same year. Other families in the wagon train included the Glass, Stark, and Balaam families who all ended up later in Tulare Co., CA. It would seem that Elizabeth’s mother, Margaret Stowell, was also on the train because she was married in El Monte in 1856 and may have raised young Mary Brown.

      We have found no record of William’s death, but it appears he and Elizabeth may have been dead prior to the 1860 census because Mary’s grandmother is raising her by then. On the other hand, a William Harrison Brown appears in the Great Register of Voters for Kern County, California in 1866 and a W H Brown is listed as a miner in Mariposa County (Hornitos), California. His age is about right (45) and birthplace is North Carolina. Could Elizabeth have died and William H Brown struck out to find his fortune in the goldfields, leaving his children in Los Angeles with their maternal grandmother?

      Autosomal DNA matches indicate that William’s family originally came from Blount Co., Alabama to Texas in the late 1830s. They were living in Wilkes Co., North Carolina in the late 1700s and early 1800s and in Pittsylvania, Virginia before that. However most of this is suggestive based on multiple triangulated DNA segment matches and could be incorrect.

      We believe Mary Ann Brown was the daughter of William Harrison and Elizabeth Stowell Brown because:

      1. There is a DNA match to a descendant of another Brown family also living in Lamar Co., Texas in 1850.
      2. Mary’s first husband, George Balaam Sr., was on the 1853 wagon train that Wm. and Elizabeth took to California and his family was living near Mary and her grandmother in El Monte in the 1860 census.
      3. Members of the family wound up in Tulare Co. by 1869 when Mary married George Balaam Sr. there.
      4. A descendant of Mary (Carley Bisher Worth) has many autosomal matches to persons with the Stowell ancestry.

      However, alternate scenarios are possible. At this point we guess that William and Elizabeth Stowell are 75% probable to be Mary’s parents.

  • Sources 
    1. [S426] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).

    2. [S1585] Morgan, Wallace M.

    3. [S759] Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002.