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James S “Jim” Brown

Anderson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 31 Dec 1916 (aged 76)
Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Burial Cottonwood, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Plot unmarked near wife
Memorial ID 82786927 · View Source
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James BROWN and Lavisa LAY dau/o John Lay & Mary O'Dell were married on 09 AUG 1858 in Campbell County, TN.

Tennessee Marriage Records Groom:James S Brown
Bride: Levicey Lay Marriage Date:9 Aug 1858 Campbell,Tenn
Indexing Project Number: M51904-1
System Origin: Tennessee-ODM Source Film 979202

Acc/to family descendant Eva McCarty
"Lavisa and her husband had to leave Tennessee
and they went to California then on to Verde Valley
of Arizona. Lavisa husband killed or thought he had
killed a man in Tennessee, and they left so he
would not have to stand trial. Apparently he was a very wealthy man."

They had one daughter named Sarah Elizabeth.
Sarah married John Davis and adopted a daughter
named Ella Elizabeth Davis. It's probable John was
Ella's biological daughter by an Ida Weston who
died when Ella was born. Sarah died 1893 on a trip to Grand Canyon with her husband from her an appendix issue.
Sarah's parents, James and Levisa took Ella and raised her.

1850 James S Brown Age 12 Est Birth Year: abt 1838 Tenn Male Home 1850 Subdivision 16 Anderson Tenn
Family Number: 596
Household Members: Name Age
William Brown 36
Malinda K Brown 36
Martha A Brown 15
Lorenzy D Brown 14
James S Brown 12 <<
Malinda K Brown 10
Joseph A Brown 9
John B Brown 6
Ephraim H Brown 6
William N Brown 1

1860 James S Brown Age 1860 22 Birth Year abt 1838 TN
Home District 8 Campbell Tenn Male PO Fincastle
Household Members: Name Age
James S Brown 22
Livica Brown 18 Levisa Lay

1870 James Brown Birth Year abt 1838 TN age 32y
Home District 8 Campbell Tenn White Male married
Household Members: Name Age
James Brown 32
Lavicy Brown 27
Sarah Brown 9 dau 1861 TN

1880 James Brown Home Verde Valley, Yavapai Ariz
Age 42 Est Birth Year abt 1840 TN
Relation Head Household:Head Spouse:Lavisa Brown
Father Mother birthplace:TN Married White male
Household Members: Name Age
James Brown 42
Lavisa Brown 38
R S Davis 29 odd he's living with them

1900 James S Brown Home Township 5 Lake Calif Kelseyville
Age 62 Birth Date: June 1840 TN white male married
Relationship head-of-house:Head mrd 42yrs
Father Mother Birthplace:Tenn
Spouse: Lavisa Brown Marriage year est 1858
Household Members: Name Age
James S Brown 62
Lavisa Brown 58
Ella E Davis 17 Birth Jun 1882 Ariz Granddau
Father Birthplace:AZ Mother Birthplace:GA
James R Lay 25 Robert will marry Ella by 1903 CA/
1920/div 4 kids/Son of Elijah Lay/Mary Petree

1910 ALL still in California James S Brown Age 1910 71y
Home Liberty San Joaquin Calif
Birth Year:1839 TN married white male
Relation Head of House:Head Spouse Lavisa Brown
Father Mother Birth Place:Tenn
Household Members: Name Age
James S Brown M1 71y
Lavisa Brown m1 68y 1 born/0 living

James and Lavisa had 1 dau Sarah died 1893
They raised her dau [their grandau] Ella mrd 2x/
l-James Robert Lay CA/4kids/
2-Henry Cummins CA/1 son

James and Lavisa returned to AZ; there 20 mos before he died. Lavisa returns to Calif where she died/later taken
AZ for burial with husband. Her stone is unreadable/was located by photographer.

Arizona Deaths 1870-1951 James S Brown
death:31 Dec 1916 Huron​ Yavapai​ Arizona Male
father: Brown mother:Unknown
Informant-Perry Hall Huron AZ/died from old age
76y 6m 17d/farmer/Burial Prescott AZ, Brown Springs.
[no such cem exists/so is in unmarked grave w/wife]
digital folder number:4203151

Family Members

Gravesite Details Grave is unmarked





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  • Originally Created by: Nena Smothers
  • Added: 1 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82786927
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James S “Jim” Brown (14 Jun 1840–31 Dec 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82786927, citing Cottonwood Cemetery, Cottonwood, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .