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Burren BROWN

Male 1833 - 1919  (85 years)


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  • Name Burren BROWN 
    Born 23 August 1833  Shadoxhurst,Kent Co.,England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1841  Shadoxhurst,Kent Co.,England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Immigration 1847  Rochester,Monroe Co.,NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1850  Gun Plain Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1860  Gun Plain Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1870  Gun Plain Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census 1880  Cooper,Kalamazoo Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census 1894  Gun Plain Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census 1900  Gun Plain Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1910  Old Stage Road,Gun Plains Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census May 1910  Gun Plain Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 20 May 1919  Martin,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10, 11
    Cause: Mitral Regurgitation 
    Buried 26 May 1919  Hillside Cemetery,Gun Plain Twp.,Plainwell,Allegan Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11, 12
    Notes 
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      LDS Microfilm Index 1017881 - Allegan Co., MI Land Records:
      Dec 1886
      Grantor (Seller) - Brown, M.A.
      (Note: This may be Mary Ann Brown, wife of Burren.) Grantee (Buyer/Payee) - Brown, Jas
      Liber 104
      Page 81
      Section 5
      Town 1
      Range 11
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      Dec 1886
      Grantor (Seller) - Brown, Jas
      Grantee (Buyer/Payee) - Brown, Burren
      Liber 104
      Page 382
      Section 5
      Town 1
      Range 11
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      August 6,2004
      To: Marcia Shears

      Dear Marcia:
      Yes, we are definitely related. My grandfather was the son of Burren---whom you referred to. Burren came with his family to Allegan in about 1847-50 from Shadoxhurst(in the shadow of the woods) England via Rochester NY area. I was in Shadoxhurst some time ago when I toured the parishes of that area, and looked at (and took photos) of some of the Shadoxhurst parish records there. You reached me in Traverse City, MI. My wife Katie and I are semi-retired from professional careers. May I inquire how you happened to learn about this connection, and where you hail from? Would be interested in futher discussion!
      Best Regards,
      Sincerely
      Jim Brown
      1502 North Orchard Drive
      Traverse City, MI 49686
      (231) 922-9389

      "jim and katie brown"

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      16 Jul 2004

      You are much more organized when it comes to genealogy. What I have is primarily color slides from the Shadoxhurst parish church. When I was there in the mid seventies, all parish records were behind the sacristy and I was allowed to photograph what I chose. It is a small church of stone. It was built in the early 1300's and appears as a window into the past. The Shadoxhurst parish was combined with I think Kingsnorth parish some time ago do to attrition in population density; so the Vicar supervises both parishes now. Paraphernalia from an earlier age hang from the ceiling...steel gauntlets, mail gloves etc. The Browns were tenant farmers. There is some indication that the farm was known as the "Jenke" farm although many of the names on the land in the area still bear the 'french' norman surnames. Jenke however, seems clearly of Saxon origin.

      I lost the early trail of these Browns sometime in the late 1600s---early 1700s. In an attempt to find the earlier trail; I searched a number of parishes nearby to Shadoxhurst parish in an attempt to see if the family had moved into Shadoxhurst from the general area. From this failure I am surmising that they may have been products of the London plague and fire of 1665 and 1666; which were catastrophes of the largest order. The 1666 bubonic plague killed nearly half of London's population and was followed the next year by the great fire. It was only after this fire that London was rebuilt...of marble and granite. Christopher Wrenn was involved in this stage. As a centrifugal factor the plague and fire sent huge numbers to the countryside to find better life. There are a number of books on the subject. Daniel Defoe who was able to talk with those who lived thru the plague has written a very moving picture of that tragedy.

      My fathers 'aunt Mary' Brown was Burren Brown's daughter. Before she died she gave some potentially interesting insights into the Brown family of England. In addition to mentioning Shadoxhurst and the Jenke farm; she said that one of the earlier Browns was Captain of the Kings horse. She didn't know which king or when. In my readings I came upon an Anthony Brown who was Henry the Eighth's Captain of Horse.[As you may know Captain of the Horse is the King's Guard]. Aunt Mary was a kind person, and all the family loved her. She was almost the opposite from one who toots her own horn. So her recollection is one that is interesting.

      I'd look forward to meeting you'

      Jim Brown III

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      16 Jul 2004

      Burren Brown married Mary Ann Hoyt(I believe I have the correct spelling). Burren and Mary Ann had two children: My 'Aunt Mary'=Mary Eliza Brown, and her brother James Burren Brown I. No I don't, although I believe Burren may have died around 1919, James Burren Brown I died around 1929, and Mary Eliza Brown around 1964/5.

      Jim Brown III

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      5 Nov 2004 - From James Burren Brown III

      I don't know where Burren and Mary were married, but I'm assuming locally in Michigan/Allegan county.

      Its probably so, they weren't in KS long. The tales of yore are often strung out and up I'm sure. But the few I heard made for a rather different life. Probably not the stuff new marriages are made of though. All I know is that they were in the Wichita Territory. [It may not yet have been organized into counties.] but there would have been a Congressional Homesteading Act approved by Congress before Burren and Mary left. Seems to me this was just after the civil war and the US was attempting rapidly inhabit the West---to open up the area to settlers---even before the Indians left...or were moved out. My aunt Mary told me there were no nearby neighbors...about the Indians they would see walking single file near their sod house at dusk. Didn't make a sound. But on a couple of occasions came by to ask for food.

      BURIAL: He is buried in section GG10.
    Person ID I3492  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 11 June 2006 

    Father James BROWN,   b. 3 March 1794, Shadoxhurst,Kent Co.,England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 February 1873, Gun Plain Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Celia BOURNE,   b. 15 September 1788, Woodchurch,Kent Co.,England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 October 1866, Gun Plain Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 3 March 1822  Shadoxhurst,Kent Co.,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F506  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Mary Ann HOYT,   b. May 1844, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1938, Prob Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 93 years)  [1, 4
    Married 1870 
    Children 
     1. Mary Eliza BROWN,   b. 29 March 1871, Wichita Territory,KS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. August 1964, Prob MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +2. James Burren BROWN, I,   b. 25 March 1874, Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1929, Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Family ID F149  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S954] 1900 US Federal Census - BROWN Burren Family, (Gun Plain Twp, Allegan Co., MI; ED#10; Image 15 of 19).

    2. [S1818] BROWN Burren Death Record 1919, (Allegan Co., MI Deaths 1913-1924; Vol 4, Page 140, Page 27, No 8636), M/F 2110083, Item 3.

    3. [S1161] 1841 England Federal Census - BROWN Charles and James Family , (Shadoxhurst, Kent Co., England, Page 5 (A) ), M/F 0306870.

    4. [S986] 1910 US Federal Census - BROWN Burren F. Family, (Gun Plains Twp., Allegan Co., MI, ED 12, Lines 73-74, Lines 73-74, Image 16 of 21).

    5. [S802] 1850 US Federal Census - BROWN James & Celia Family, Gunplain Twp., Allegan Co., MI; Lines 19-25; 13 of 14.

    6. [S780] 1860 US Federal Census - BROWN James & Eliza Family, (Gunplain, Allegan Co., MI, Page 24 of 27, Lines 18-22).

    7. [S803] 1870 US Federal Census - BROWN James & Eliza Family and Father, Gunplain Twp., Allegan Co., MI, Lines 39-40 & 1-5, Image 28 & 29 of 31.

    8. [S995] 1880 US Federal Census - BROWN Burren Family, (Cooper, Kalamazoo Co., MI, Image 22 of 25 ).

    9. [S1205] 1894 Michigan State Agriculture Census - BROWN Brown, (Gun Plain Twp., Allegan Co., MI, Page 5, Line 7 ).

    10. [S1174] BROWN Burren Obituary 1919, (Plainwell Enterprise, Plainwell, Allegan Co., MI; Publ: Thursday, May 29, 1919, Page 1, Col 5 ).

    11. [S1187] BROWN Burren and Mary Ann Cemetery Marker.

    12. [S796] Hillside Cemetery, Allegan Co. Location.


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