Mary Ann <I>Day</I> Brown

Mary Ann Day Brown

Granville, Washington County, New York, USA
Death 29 Feb 1884 (aged 67)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Saratoga, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Plot Block: 13, Lot: 1, No. 3, North side
Memorial ID 5038603 · View Source
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The headstone reads: "Mary A., wife of John Brown of Harpers Ferry."

She married the militant abolitionist in Pennsylvania in 1832, raising five children of his first wife and bearing thirteen of her own, of whom six survived to adulthood. Her sons Watson and Oliver died in John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859. Mary bravely went to visit John on the day before his hanging on December 2. She brought his body home for burial in New York (now a state historic site), but Mary and her daughters emigrated to California in a wagon train in 1864.

She supported her husband's work to end slavery, and honored his memory until her death in 1884. Two daughters are buried next to her, "Daughters of John Brown."

Children of John Brown and Mary Ann Day Brown
Sarah Brown 1834-1843
Watson Brown 1835-1859
Salmon Brown 1836-1919
Charles Brown 1837-1843
Oliver Brown 1839-1859
Peter Brown 1840-1843
Austin Brown 1842-1843
Annie D Brown 1843-1926
Amelia Brown 1845-1846
Sarah Brown 1846-1916
Ellen Brown 1848-1849
Infant Brown 1852-1852
Ellen Brown 1854-1916

Bio changed and updated by Alice Keesey Mecoy 1/26/14

Bio by: Janice Buchanan

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Mary A., wife of John Brown of Harpers Ferry.
Born Apr 15 1816
Died Feb 29 1884
Enter thou into the joy of the Lord

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