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Marie Philomena Moras Morris Brown
Birth: Jul. 29, 1839
Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets
Centre-du-Quebec Region
Quebec, Canada
Death: Nov. 14, 1872
Colusa
Colusa County
California, USA

MARIA BROWN

DIED
At Colusa, November 14th, Mrs. Mary M. Brown, wife of Justin Brown.

SOURCE: Weekly Colusa Sun, Saturday November 16,1872.
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NOT IN OBITUARY: FAMILY NOTES
Maria Philomena Morris married Narcisse (Nelson) Cote in Manchester, NH 12/12/1859 per her divorce papers. According to St. Ann's Church she married Narcisse Cotte on 11/27/1859 (this may be the date of the license). They left New Hampshire for Grass Valley in 1859 arriving sometime in 1860 (per statement by sister in law Lucinda Cota wife of Mithell during the divorce).
We next find them operating a soloon near the Eureka Mine in Nevada County in 1867 (per Bean's History). Maria divorced Nelson in 1868 in Grass Valley, CA. She was french canadian and spoke french fluently.
Her daughter Josephine Cote/Cota Van Marter wrote a "JOURNAL" about her life with her mother, sisters, brother and uncles.

Maria/Mary P. Morris and Nelson/Narcisse had three children, Josephine Cota (Van Marter), Napoleon Nelson Cota & Lucinda Cota (Gallagher).

Four years after she divorced Nelson she married a very wealthy man and Saloonkeeper Justin Brown who owned allot of land and businesses in Colusa, CA. They moved to Colusa, where she died shortly thereafter.

She was survived by her brothers Moses Morris, Francis Morris; sisters Amelia (Charles) Richards and Eliza (Leon) Durbin. Maria's brother Francis Morris took control of the care of her children (Napoleon, Lucinda and Josephine) after her death and placed them in the Catholic Boarding/Orphanage School.
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TRANSLATION OF ACTUAL BAPTISMAL RECORD BY ACGS 4/19/2016

Baptismal record of Philomena Moras, Born and Baptized 29 of July 1838. Taken from the Parish records of St-Pierre-les Becquets Nicolet, Quebec, Canada.

The twenty-ninth July, one thousand eight hundred thirty-eight, we undersigned priests have baptized Philomene, born the same day, of the legitimate marriage of Eustache Moras, farmer, and of Élisabeth Mailhot of this parish. Godfather was [two words crossed out or smudged] Moras, and the godmother was [Léodie] Mailhot, who along with the father could not sign. J. S. Déziel, Priest

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NAME
NAME DESCREPANCIES--Marie Philomena" last name is spelled as: MORAS-PER AMERICAN CANADIAN GENEEALOGICAL SOCIETY RESEARCH

MORIS on the COTEE/MORISS marriage records;
MAURACE on the BROWN/MORRIS marriage certificate;
MORRISSC on HER CEMETERY marker;
MORRIS on all other documents (divorce, etc. )
MORRIS NAME IS LIKELY THE AMERICANIZED VERSION OF MORAS
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COTE/COTA MARRIAGE RECORD (NO CERTIFIED DOC. LOCATED YET)

COTA MORRIS--MARRIAGE RECORD SOURCES'
#1:DIVORCE PAPERS
COTA, Narcisse married Marie Philomena Moris 12/12/1859 based on their DIVORCE documents in 1868.

#2 ST. ANN'S CHURCH-MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
COTTEE, NARCIS 11/26/1859 MORIS, FILOMEN
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BROWN MARRIAGE RECORD
Justin Brown, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
name: Justin Brown
event type: Marriage
event date: 13 Jul 1872
event place: Colusa, California, United States
spouse's name: Mary Ph. Maurace (Marie Philomena Morris)

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CENSUS RECORDS
1870 United States Federal Census
Name: Mary P Cota
Birth Year: abt 1842
Age in 1870: 28
Birthplace: Canada
Home in 1870: Grass Valley, Nevada, California
Race: White
Gender: Female
Household Members: Name Age
Mary P Cota 28
Napoleon Cota 9
Lucinda Cota 8
Josephine Cota 6


 
 
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 Parents:
  Eustis Moras Morriss (1814 - 1866)
  Elizabeth Moras Mailhot Morris (1813 - 1856)
 
 Spouses:
  Narcisse Nelson Cote (1833 - ____)*
  Justin Braun Brown (1826 - 1879)*
 
 Children:
  Napoleon Nelson Cota (1860 - 1952)*
  Lucinda Marie Cota-Cote Gallagher (1863 - 1897)*
  Josephine M Cota Van Marter (1864 - 1949)*
 
 Siblings:
  Marie Philomena Moras Morris Brown (1839 - 1872)
  Eliza Eloise Moras Morris Durbin (1842 - ____)*
  Joseph Placide Moras (1843 - ____)*
  Francis Zael Moras Morris (1845 - 1924)*
  Amelia Emilie Moras Morris Richards (1847 - ____)*
  Moses Moras Morris (1851 - 1916)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Marie Philomena
MORRISSC Wife of
Justin Brown
Died
Nov 14, 1872
Aged 33 years
Native of Canada
Not Forgotten
 
Note: According to the JOURNAL the headstone was very very large. It must have fallen and broke over the years, because it is about 5 feet tall now
 
Burial:
Colusa Community Cemetery
Colusa
Colusa County
California, USA
Plot: Section F, Lot 46, Grave 1
 
Created by: Barbara A. in CA
Record added: Mar 15, 2009
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