Mary Ann Pennette Frizzell was born about 1833 in the state of Missouri to Nancy D (Hill) Frizzell and Allison Mills Frizzell. In the 1850 census the family was living in District 90 Saline County, Missouri. By 1860 the family had moved to Oak Township, Mills County, Iowa. January 30, 1861 Mary Ann was married to Thomas H. Brown. The couple had three sons, Thomas Allison born in 1861 and Samuel Pike born in 1863 and Carlisle "Lyle" born about 1865. Mrs. Brown died the 16th of September 1865. She was survived by her husband, Thomas H. Brown and their three sons, as well as by her father Allison Mills Frizzell. Her mother Nancy preceded her in death.