Capt James Brown II

Capt James Brown II

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Death 27 Apr 1739 (aged 42)
Burial Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Plot Section 9, SE of Grove and Summitt
Memorial ID 21279945 · View Source
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Son of Elder James Brown I and Mary Harris, James Brown was a sea captain who began the Brown family's involvement in trade. On 21 Dec 1722 he married Hope Power [1701-1792], and they produced one daughter and five sons. James died at sea when his children were young, and they were raised by his brother, Obadiah Brown [1712-1762]. His eldest son, James III would also die at sea at a young age, but the four others, Nicholas, Joseph, John, and Moses became known collectively as the "Four Brown Brothers". They vastly strengthened the family's place in the ranks of rich, powerful New Englanders, via their dedication to the mercantile empire founded by their father and uncles. They all made names for themselves in business, philanthropy, and patriotism, all of them connected to the notorius Gaspee Affair. His grandson, Nicholas Brown II, used the wealth that his family accumulated and that he himself acquired to endow the university which now bears their name.


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  • Maintained by: Scout
  • Originally Created by: Superkentman
  • Added: 31 Aug 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 21279945
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt James Brown II (2 Mar 1697–27 Apr 1739), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21279945, citing North Burial Ground, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Scout (contributor 47319613) .