Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (B)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
please find (1) photograph of John Brown, circa 1900;
(1) tinplates of Archibald Brown, circa 1893, (1) 1834
newspaper article - publication unknown.
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