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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (B)
Archibald Brown


My name is Timothy Brown, and I have the story of my G-g-great grandfather's coming to the United States from Paisley, Scotland. The resources for dates came primarily from microfiche/census records, the reason for the immigration into the U.S. was told by my late grandfather, Edward Weir Brown.

Archibald BROWN and Isobel SMITH, who were married in Renfrew Abbey, Paisley, Scotland (18 Jun 1791) had a few children (no.& names unknown). One of their sons was David BROWN, born 16 Jan 1795. David married Jean KAY (or "HAY") on 9 Jun 1820. On 22 Mar 1823, their son, Archibald was born, and he was christened in Renfrew Abbey on 6 April 1823.

Family oral history from my grandfather explains that the Browns were members of Clan Lamont. That our forefather, David Brown, was a stone mason, and was promised work in Pennsylvania (specifically the Philadelphia area) building bridges. Supposedly, these were small bridges spanning creeks such as the Neshaminy. So, in 1829, David gathered his wife, Jean, and their son, Archibald (then 6 years old), and immigrated to Philadelphia in the U.S. They were afforded a "house" on 18th Street for a period of at least five years.

Archibald went on to become an apprentice of John Baird working in marble (source: written in pencil on newspaper article of Baird's death, "Archibald Brown was Prentis to him"), and died on 6 Feb 1904 in Philadelphia. Archibald had a son, John Brown, who was my grandfather's father.

Church records came from microfiche obtained primarily through Church of Jesus Christ LDS. Arrival in Philadelpha, also microfiche, came from port records at Philadelphia. Address at 18th Street came from microfiche of Philadelphia census (1830), and an old cut out newspaper article (publication unknown) which writes "Reported Missing. ...disappearance of Archibald Brown, 11 years, 23 South Eighteenth street..."

Attached please find (1) photograph of John Brown, circa 1900; (1) tinplates of Archibald Brown, circa 1893, (1) 1834 newspaper article - publication unknown.


Archibald Brown


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