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Jonathan Brown
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Birth: Jul. 31, 1818
Lincolnshire, England
Death: Jul. 5, 1860
Murray
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Jonathan Brown was born to Francis Mary Green and Jonathan Brown.

Jonathan married Sarah Cousins on October 31, 1838. Jonathan and Sarah lived in Newbury, Berkshire, England where Jonathan was a baker.

The following children were born to them in England: Henry William Brown, born October 10, 1839; Edwin Brown, born June 24, 1841; Elizabeth Brown, born January 28, 1843; Charles Brown, born January 14, 1845; Sarah Ann Brown, born September 1, 1846; Emma Brown, born January 12, 1850; and Ellen, born August 11, 1851.

In 1852 Jonathan and Sarah joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where they were very active in the Reading Branch. Jonathan was Branch treasurer. On January 17, 1853, they set sail for America on the ship 'Ellen Maria.' 332 Saints were on board and sailed from Liverpool. "The voyage proved to be a pretty rough and stormy one, especially during the first eight days after leaving port, and considerable sickness prevailed. On the 6th of March 1853 the 'Ellen Maria' arrived in New Orleans, making the passage in 47 days.

From New Orleans the emigrants continued the journey to St. Louis, Missouri, where they arrived March 18, 1853, and later proceeded up the river to Meokuk in Iowa, from which place the journey across the plains was commenced." (Millennial Star, Vol. XV, Pg. 90, 253, 282.)

This journey was hard on Jonathan and Sarah. Sarah was expecting her eighth child, Maria Ellen, at the time. She must have been miserable because of being pregnant and riding on the stormy sea. Little Maria Ellen was born March 23, 1853 in St. Louis, Missouri, just five days after her family arrived there. While they were still in Missouri their seventh child, Ellen passed away on April 30, 1853.

About this time they joined the Claudius V. Spencer Company and started West. They landed in Salt Lake City. Little Maria Ellen passed away on October 5, 1853 in the Salt Lake Valley, probably due to the hardships of crossing the plains.

Jonathan and Sarah settled in South Cottonwood, now Murray, near Little Cottonwood Creek, where they found abundant water for irrigation, and pastures for livestock.

In the natural meadows near their home were several large springs, one was called Bottomless Spring, because no one ever found the bottom of it so far as the Browns knew. the turbulent waters were never quiet, but seemed to be constantly boiling. The children were warned to stay away from this treacherous body of water after several horses and cows had to be pulled from its depths by horsepower, and they realized how dangerous it was.

The creek was bordered by cottonwood trees, willows, service-berry and hawthorne bushes. The soil of the farm was richa nd fertile. Their first home was a log building with real glass windows, which were rare luxuries in the poorer homes. The granary and other farm buildings were made of adobe, and the granary had a thatched straw roof. They always called it the 'Oat granary.'

Sarah was the proud owner of a large iron kettle with a heavy fitted lid in which she baked her sourdough salaratus or salt-rising bread. The kettle containing the dough was placed in hot ashes of the fireplace, and hot coals were heaped about it and on top of it.

The light, if they needed one, was a small tin lamp with a wick that burned some kind of woolen rag in it, or a homemade Mutton-tallow candle made in a special candle mold brought from England.

Sarah , like her neighbor women, carded, spun and wove wool into cloth for the family clothing, which she carefully sewed into garments with a needle and thread. Calico was 50 cents a yard at the time and was only used for the very best dresses.

The Browns must have been very happy when another little daughter, whom they named Mary Frances Brown, was born on April 9, 1857 in South Cottonwood, now Murray, Utah. Their last child, Albert George Cousins Brown, was born December 13, 1859."

As was the custom in the early days of the church, polygamy was practiced. Jonathan was sealed to Ann Langford on November 22, 1956 in the Endowment House. He was sealed by proxy on February 8, 1894 to Eliza Robinson and Elizabeth Neil in the Salt Lake Temple."

(from Frances Mary Brown Henry, a daughter. by Crystal Lewis.)

Children not listed below: Edwin Brown, Albert George Cousins Brown, Maria Ellen Brown and Ellen B. Brown.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Jonathan Brown (1794 - 1864)
  Frances Mary Green Brown (1796 - 1878)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Cousins Brown (1819 - 1898)
 
 Children:
  Henry William Brown (1839 - 1914)*
  Elizabeth Brown Webb (1843 - 1870)*
  Charles Brown (1845 - 1866)*
  Sarah Ann Brown Peterson (1846 - 1893)*
  Emma Brown Reading (1850 - 1932)*
  Ellen Brown (1851 - 1853)*
  Miria Ellen Brown (1853 - 1853)*
  Mary Frances Brown Henry (1857 - 1944)*
  Albert George Brown (1859 - 1951)*
 
 Sibling:
  Jonathan Brown (1818 - 1860)
  Elizabeth Brown Holder (1821 - 1902)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Rhonda
Record added: Jun 03, 2007
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Jonathan Brown
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He is my 3rd great-grandfather
- Rhonda
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