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Working backwards from the pretty well known to the less thoroughly known and then back in time to utter darkness, here goes. I have a suspicion that my great-grandfather Thompson BROWN[E] (1837-1915) may be related to Daniel Gunn BROWNE (1808-1892) who was an uncle by marriage of Thompson BROWN’s wife, Elizabeth JACKSON. By following the trail back, I hope to either prove or disprove this notion. All help will be appreciated.
Sharon Oddie Brown. August 26, 2008

Updated September 3. Added detail to Alexander BROWNE footnote.
Updated May 6, 2010 -PRONI Freeholders "Kiltabana".
Updated Feb 6, 2014 - new chart of 1st Ballybay baptisms.
Updated Oct 16, 2014. Two photos at bottom of page.

BROWN history connected to Thompson BROWN

 

 

 

WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE:

  • Thompson BROWN(E) was born in Ednafirkin, Co, Monaghan on February 8, 1837 (and recorded in the 1st Ballybay Church Register as “Thomas”). His parents were Samuel BROWN & Mary STEENSON.
  • He had a brother David BROWN born 1834 and a sister born 1841 - both at Ednafirkin, Co. Monaghan.
  • At the time of his marriage, he was living at 60 Dame Street, Dublin and working in the Wholesale & Retail Linen and Woolen Drapers, Haberdashers, Hosiers, Glovers, Lacemen, Silk Mercers trades.

 

SOURCES:

  1. Contemporary Biographies Edited by W. T. Pike Pike's New Century Series.
    Publishers: W. T. Pike and Co., 19, Grand Parade, Brighton. 1909.
    Contemporary Biographies - Gentry and Commercial
    Brown. - THOMPSON BROWN, J.P., Killynure House, co. Armagh; son of the late Samuel Brown, of Ednafirkin, Ballybay, co. Monaghan; born in 1837. Farmer and landowner; breeder of horses, cattle and sheep; Justice of the Peace for co. Armagh; late Vice-Chairman of Board of Guardians and District Council. Married Elizabeth, daughter of the late David Jackson, of Urker, and has issue six sons and four daughters.
  2. Register of Baptisms of 1st Ballybay Presbyterian Church, 1834 - 1982

Year

Child's name

When born

Father's name

Mother's name

Place of residence

1834

David

 

Saml Brown

Mary Steenson

Ednafirkin

1837

Thomas

February 8th 1837

Sam1 Brown*

Mary Steenson

Ednafirkin *

1841

Mary Jane

Feby 12th 1841

Saml Brown

Mary Steenson

Ednafirkin

Marriage certificate: Here the address of Thompson BROWN is given as 60 Dame Street, City of Dublin, Parish of St. Andrews and his father's name is given as Samuel BROWN (Gentleman). Thompson's profession was also given as "Merchant". This ties in with other information: Thom's Directory of Dublin, 1868 shows Brown of Wholesale & Retail Linen and Woolen Drapers, Haberdashers, Hosiers, Glovers, Lacemen, Silk Mercers etc. #59-61 Dame Street. This is also listed as "Brown, McConkey & Co.” (also at 1& 2 Eustace St.). The link here is strengthened by the fact that an M.McConkey was also a witness to the wedding as was Jas Oliver (who may have been representing the JACKSON side of the marriage – although there was also a James OLIVER of Ednafirkin [SOUCE: Full Circle p.43 - registry of 1st Ballybay]). Of further interest is that the officiating minister was none other than Daniel Gunn BROWN often known as BROWNE - another instance where the final"e" in BROWNE is discretionary.

Following up on the BROWN-Ednafirkin links, Here are extracts from the 1st Ballybay Baptismal Registers 1799-1831:

Father Child Townland Date Record  

Brown, Robert

Ann

Edenaferkin

1800 Mar

36

 

Brown, John

Samuel

Edenaferkin

1801 Aug

98

I wonder if the son of John is the Samuel, father of Thompson BROWN b.1837.

Brown, Robert

Benjamin

Edenaferkin

1803 Feb

179

 

Brown, John

Margaret

Edenaferkin

1804 Feb

254

 

Brown, John

Margaret

Edenaferkin

1806

431

 

Brown, Robert

Robert

Edenaferkin

1806 May

417

 

Brown, John

?

Edenaferkin

1809 Aug

616

 

Brown, Robert

Flurry

Edenaferkin

1810 Nov

690

 

Brown, Archibald

John

Edenaferkin

1812 Apr

768

See: 1845 will of Archibald BROWN.

Brown, Archibald

William

Edenaferkin

1814 Mar

880

See: 1845 will of Archibald BROWN.

Brown, Archibald

John

Edenaferkin

1816 Mar

1014

See: 1845 will of Archibald BROWN.

Brown, James

George

Edenaferkin

1817 Jan

1070

 

Brown, Archibald

Archibald

Edenaferkin

1818 Apr

1139

See: 1845 will of Archibald BROWN.

Brown, Sam

Thomas

Edenaferkin

1820 Apr

1233

 

Brown, Samuel & Mary

James

Edenaferkin

1823 Sep

1449

These may be children of Samuel BROWN & Mary STEENSON

Brown, Samuel & Mary

Archibald

Edenaferkin

1825 Dec

1591

These may be children of Samuel BROWN & Mary STEENSON

 

CONNECTIONS THAT NEED TO BE BETTER UNDERSTOOD:

 

I do not know anything about the lineage of Thompson BROWNE’s  father, Samuel BROWNE. All I have to go on is his connection to Ednafirkin, Parish of Tullycorbett, Co. Monaghan and the fact of a range of other BROWN(E) family members there make this connection seem to be worthy of study. For reasons that I do not yet fully understand, there also seems to be a strong link of these BROWNE’s to the Presbyterians of Ballybay, Co. Monaghan as well as to the Presbyterians of Creggan, Co. Armagh.

 

Two documents that I have already posted factor into these links in ways I cannot yet nail down.

1845 will of Archibald BROWNE;

1880 sale of McCULLAGH’s part of Ednafirkin

The Will for Robert BROWNE (1831-1919) is at PRONI, and mentions his niece Marcella BROWNE (hence I have added her name beneath) as well as that of his grand-niece Eliza Jane RUTHERFORD.

NOTE: In the 1901 and 1911 Census, Edenafirkin is under the district of Caddagh - not the Parish of Tullycorbett.

 

I have little to go on with respect to the family of Archibald BROWNE. At present what I know of his various descendants looks like this :

 

1    Archibald Brown  - 1845 (his will & will probate)

NOTE: It is of interest in terms of ancestors or earlier relations that another Archibald BROWN of Ednafirkin d. 7 Nov 1810 (1st Ballybay graveyard).

·         Also that John BROWNE of Ednafirkin recorded births of Samuel (1801), Margaret (1804) and another Margaret (1806); I know nothing about their descendants.

·         Robert BROWNE had Anne (1800) Benjamin (1803) Robert ( 1806) and Flurry (1810); I know nothing about their descendants.

·         Samuel & Mary had Thomas (1820), James (1823) and Archibald (1825). I know nothing about their descendants.

·         Mary BROWN of Ednafirkin died a widow at age 66 (last name PARKE?) 8 Dec 1862. 

·         Also of interest are the seeming connections to both Rev. Daniel Gunn BROWNE and Thompson BROWNE - both in my Rootsweb Tree 

FREEHOLDERS IMP. REPORTER, An Archibald BROWNE had leases recorded in 1829 for Ednafirkin for the lives of Archibald BROWN, James McMURRAY & Jane BROWN. Also, the Rev. Joseph MARTIN has lands in Ednafirkin renewable for lives of James HAMILTON, James McMURRAY and Archibald BROWN. Also James & Isaiah HAMILTON have lands in Ednafirkin for lives of James HAMILTON, Isaiah HAMILTON and either David or Thomas McCULLAGH.  In 1842, Thomas BROWN holds lease to lands in Ednafirkin in 1841. NOTE: A Wiki Tree stub shows a Jane BROWNE born abt 1790 of Edenafirkin, married Alexander HAMILTON abt 1808. She died in Ontario, Canada in 1878. I have now entered her - based on a hunch - as a sister of Archibald BROWN[E] above.

........    2          John Brown     1812 - 1816

........    2          William Brown            1814 -

........    2          John Brown     1816 -

...................     3         Marcella BROWNE

...................     3         Elizabeth BROWNE + Matthew McAuley RUTHERFORD.

........    2          Archibald Brown        1818 -

........    2          Benjamin Brown         1819 -

........    2          Samuel Bell Brown     1827 -

NOTE, The middle name of "Bell" is interesting. A Rev. David BELL, son of Rev. Thomas BELL of Mosside, a native of the Ballybay area, was ordained in 1839 "but resigned in 1853 partly due to the pressure from a Tory element in the congregation. He did hold strong liberal views and strenuously advocated "Tenant Right", which eventually led him to resign from the ministry. He became involved in the Fenian movement and worked earnestly for that cause in England and America, where he eventually died. He is buried in Flushing Meadow, New York." SOURCE: p. 114 "At the Ford of the Birches" James H. & Peadar Murnane. 1999.

2007 DEC 8 KEN GARDNER EMAIL: His middle name was "BELL". Samuel Bell BROWNE attended Belfast Royal Academy in 1847 and then graduated from a theology program at Edinburgh University in 1851. He served as a Presbyterian minister.

...................     3          John Benjamin Brown            1862 -

........    2          Robert Brown 1827 - 1919

........    2          Eliza Jane Brown        1827 -

For more detail - and more recent updates - see my Rootsweb version of the tree:

1 John BROWNE
    2 Archibald BROWN b: Bef 1796 d: Aft 1845
        3 John BROWN b: 1812 d: Bef 1816
        3 William BROWN b: 1814
        3 John BROWN b: Abt 1816
            4 Marcella BROWN b: Bet 1854 and 1856
            4 Elizabeth BROWNE b: 1845 d: 29 Apr 1908
              + Mathew Macaulay RUTHERFORD b: 1845 d: 11 Apr 1926
                5 Mathew Mcauley RUTHERFORD b: 4 Jan 1879
                  + Caroline Jane FAUSETT b: 30 Mar 1879
                5 Marion RUTHERFORD b: Abt 1883
                  + James PRENTICE
                    6 Living PRENTICE
                    6 Living PRENTICE
                5 Esther Reid RUTHERFORD b: 9 Apr 1871
                  + William WEIR
                    6 Martha WEIR d: 1999
                        7 Living WEIR
                    6 Unnamed WEIR
                    6 Elizabeth WEIR
                      + Gerald RITCHIE
                        7 Living RITCHIE
                          + Living UNNAMED
                        7 Living RITCHIE
                    6 Marcella WEIR b: 1903
                    6 Mathew Macaulay WEIR b: 8 May 1916 d: Aug 1990
                      + Living UNNAMED
                5 Eliza Jane RUTHERFORD b: 26 May 1875 d: Aft 1911
                5 Unnamed RUTHERFORD
                  + Unnamed WARE
                    6 Barbara WARE
                5 Margaret Ann RUTHERFORD b: 6 Oct 1868 d: 22 Apr 1892
                5 William Reid RUTHERFORD b: 19 Nov 1869 d: 6 Oct 1957
                  + Margaret Emily MOFFITT d: 22 Nov 1945
                    6 William RUTHERFORD b: 1 Oct 1899
                    6 Unnamed RUTHERFORD b: 7 Apr 1905
                    6 Emily M.W. RUTHERFORD b: 1909
                    6 Living RUTHERFORD
                5 John Hamilton RUTHERFORD b: Mar 1873 d: 9 Jun 1873
                5 Marcella Browne RUTHERFORD b: 19 Apr 1877 d: 11 Jan 1947
                  + John CAMPBELL d: 7 Jan 1965
                    6 Marion Rutherford CAMPBELL b: 1914 d: 14 Dec 1920
                    6 Deborah Elizabeth CAMPBELL b: 28 Aug 1915 d: 4 Nov 1999
                    6 John CAMPBELL b: 8 Mar 1917 d: 19 Aug 1999
                      + Living WILSON
                    6 Living CAMPBELL
                      + Living HALL
                        7 Living CAMPBELL
                          + Living KENNEDY
                            8 Living CAMPBELL
                            8 Living CAMPBELL
                5 Mabel Isabella RUTHERFORD b: 1881 d: 4 Oct 1893
                5 Laura RUTHERFORD b: 11 Dec 1885 d: 1965
                  + David ARCHER b: 17 Feb 1883 d: 7 Apr 1975
                    6 Living ARCHER
                    6 Living ARCHER
                      + Living ROBERTS
                        7 Living ARCHER
                        7 Living ARCHER
                        7 Living ARCHER
                    6 Living ARCHER
                      + Alexander MCPHERSON b: 1919 d: 1990
                5 George Albert RUTHERFORD b: 1887 d: 5 May 1975
                  + Ray LIVINGSTONE
                    6 Pat RUTHERFORD
                      + Alexander CAMPBELL
                        7 Living CAMPBELL
                        7 Living CAMPBELL
                    6 Living RUTHERFORD
                    6 Living RUTHERFORD
                    6 Kenneth Livingstone RUTHERFORD
                      + Living UNNAMED
                        7 Living RUTHERFORD
                          + Lauritz Percy SIMONSON d: Bef 2008
                        7 Living RUTHERFORD
                          + Living ARCHER
                            8 Living ARCHER
                            8 Living ARCHER
                5 Samuel Arthur RUTHERFORD b: 1897 d: 1918
                5 Hamilton Reid RUTHERFORD b: 9 Apr 1874 d: 24 Aug 1918
                  + Martha MCKNIGHT
        3 Archibald BROWN b: Apr 1818 d: 11 Oct 1895
        3 Benjamin BROWN b: Bet 1819 and 1826 d: 7 Feb 1893
        3 Samuel Bell BROWN b: 20 Sep 1827
            4 John Benjamin BROWN b: 1862
        3 Eliza Jane BROWN b: Aft 1827
        3 Robert BROWNE b: Abt 1831 d: 26 Sep 1919
    2 Jane BROWNE b: Abt 1791 d: 19 Feb 1878
      + Alexander HAMILTON

 

A second Edenafirkin BROWNE family tree worth noting:

  • Derryvalley records show a baptism of William BROWN son of Thomas BROWN of Ednafirkin on Feb 3, 1822. In the 1901 Census, a William BROWNE, age 79 (b 1822) is a strong possibility for this William BROWNE. He was a widowed farmer living with two unmarried children: James Reid BROWNE (age 37 in 1901 and age 49 in 1911) and Eliza Jane BROWNE (age 35 in 1901 and age 47 in 1911).

1    Thomas BROWNE

........    2        William BROWNE (1822-bet. 1901-1911) + [REID?]

...................     3         James Reid BROWNE (abt 1862-aft 1911)

...................     3         Eliza Jane BROWNE (abt 1864-aft 1911)

 

I also suspect that the following deeds link into members of the family of Thompson BROWNE, but I cannot yet prove it. In 1871, Thompson Brown had a receipt for six documents related to the history of land transactions relating to Kiltybane. SEE: 1871 Dec 18 Receipt of documents. Clearly more work is needed at the Deeds registry relating to the people and dates of the documents described in this receipt.

 

Deed

Notes

565-222-377493

1780 Jan 1  Kiltybane Cloghogh

1 day in the year of 1780 between John EASTWOOD[1] of Castletown, Co. Louth & John BROWN of Kiltybane, Co. Armagh of the other part. Kiltybane part of Cootehill [part of Cootehill? - This makes no sense], Co. Armagh being in possession of John BROWN[2] and William BROWN[3] both sons of John BROWN[4]. Rent 11s. WITNESS: Alexander PITMAN of Castletown, Co. Louth, Gent & Alexander BROWN[5] of Cloghogh, farmer & Alexander COMBE[6], solicitor of Dundalk.

500-66-312060

1795 Feb 13 EASTWOOD-BROWN Clogher Kiltybane

Deed 20 August 1794 between James EASTWOOD[7] of Castletown, Co. Louth Clerk of the one part and Alexander BROWN[8] carpenter of the townland of Clogher and William BROWN[9] of Kiltybane, farmer and Alexander DONALDSON[10] of Cloghog, farmer, all in Co. Armagh of the other part.

EASTWOOD demised to Alexander & William BROWN and Alexander DONALDSON all of Kiltybane then in possession of Owen CANAGHER[11] 19 acres 1 rood 10 perches (and also another part 20 acres 1 rood)  by virtue of a lease for 31 years from Nov 1, 1779 19 acres one rood – available after expiration of Owen’s tenure. WITNESS: Timothy O’BRIEN[12] & Joseph DONALDSON[13] of Clough, Farmer.

552-242-365984

1802 Oct 19 Samuel BROWN of Erriro [AKA Erryroe], Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan. Samuel BROWN for rent of 25s 6p for 10 acres 1 rood 25 perches for the natural life of Charles Marquis CORNWALLIS & Walter STEELE son to Norman STEELE of Monalty [Monaltybane & Monaltyduff, Parish of Killanny] in Co. Monaghan. Term of 28 years. WITNESS: William MARTIN & Edward McARDLE.

713-137-487872

1817 Mar 7 Cornelius BROWNE[14] of Tullycollive, [Parish of Muckno], Co. Monaghan, farmer & Alexander DONALDSON of Tullyvallen, Co. Armagh of the other part. Cornelius BROWNE for £190 paid by Alexander DONALDSON ¼ part of the lands of Kiltybane conveyed to him by the late Alexander BROWN, deceased equalling 7 acres, 1 rood and 17 ½ perches during life of the said Alexander DONALDSON & Josh[?] DONALDSON son of Joseph DONALDSON of Sytrim the surviving lives in the original lease. WITNESS: John WALLACE of Boltan, Dublin City, Gent attorney of law. Said John WALLACE and Jane WALLACE of Cloghog sworn at Dundalk 24 March 1819.

 

The PRONI Freeeholder Index shows the following with leases in 1832:

 

Surname

Forename

Landlord

£.s.p

Lives

Brown

Samuel

James Eastwood Esq.

10

James & William BROWN

Bellew

Andrew

James Eastwood Esq.

10

Lease for a term of years

Bellew

Peter

James Eastwood Esq.

10

Lease for a term of years

Bellew

John

James Eastwood Esq.

10

Lease for a term of years

Bellew

James

James Eastwood Esq.

10

James Bellew

Carraher

Patrick

James Eastwood Esq.

10

Lease for a term of years

Garvey

James

James Eastwood Esq.

10

James Garvey

McMahon

Patrick

James Eastwood Esq.

10

Patrick McMahon

Donaldson

Alexander*

Alexander Hamilton

10

-

 

* He lived at Tullyvallen, but his lease included part of both townlands

How this next bit fits – I don’t know. SOURCE: Register of Derrivalley Presbyterian Church: Derryvalley, 1841March 17th Married on Thursday March the 17th Mr James BROWN to Mary DONALDSON, daughter of William DONALDSON of Mullnagore. The minister was David BELL,  Minister of Derryvalley

NOTE: Records in the Freeholders Northern Standard show that Cornelius BROWNE leased land and a house from BLAYNEY at Tullycollive worth £10/yr, and also on March 16, 1842.

The Freeduff Parish Register has a significant number of BROWNE family members who are related to townlands mentioned in deeds that seem to connect this family. I have just entered the BROWN names beneath, but for a full picture, see: Freeduff Church Register Transcriptions:

Child

Father

Mother

Residence

Born*

Notes

June

Brown, Alexander

Perry, Eliza

Clogher

1835, Feb 11

bap 15 Mar 1835

Thomas

Brown, Alexander

Perry, Eliza

Clogher

1839, Jan 26

bap 1839 Feb 13

Thomas

Brown, Alexander

Perry, Eliza

Clogher

1846, Nov 9

bap 1846 Dec 8

Thomas

Brown, John

Nelson, Jane

Tullycoliff

1867, Aug 17

Tullycolive is in the Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan.

Cornelius

Brown, William

Wilie, Margaret

Tullycolive

1843, Mar 23

bap 1843 April 23

Tullycolive is in the Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan.

James

Brown, William

Wylie, Margaret

Tullycolive

1845, Aug 14

bap 1845 Oct 3 twins

Tullycolive is in the Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan.

John

Brown, William

Wylie, Margaret

Tullycolive

1845, Aug 14

bap 1845 Oct 3 twins

Tullycolive is in the Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan.

Samuel

Brown, William

Stephens, Jane

Crossmaglen

1868, Oct 22

 

Samuel

Browne, Alexander

Perry, Eliza

Cloghog

1841, Nov 26

bap 1841 Dec 5

 

William Browne Mrs. Willima BROWNE
Mr. William BROWNE. Album #4 at Gilford
Mrs. William BROWNE. Album #4 at Gilford.

 



[1] John EASTWOOD of Castletown, Co. Louth.

[2] John BROWN, son of John BROWN

[3] William BROWN, son of John BROWN

[4] John BROWN father of aforementioned William and John.

[5] Alexander BROWN of Cloghogh. Several generations later, an Alexander BROWNE shows up in Griffiths Valuations as owning land at Cloghogh.

[6] Alexander COMBE, solicitor of Dundalk

[7] James EASTWOOD of Castletown, Co. Louth. A Rev. James EASTWOOD was a large landholder in the region.

[8] Alexander BROWN carpenter of the townland of Clogher

[9] William BROWN of Kiltybane

[10] Alexander DONALDSON of Cloghog, farmer. There are many men who might fit this description and few who can be totally ruled out at this stage.

[11] I suspect this should be Owen CARRAGHER I will order the deed. In the 1766 Census of Creggan, he lived at Liscalgot – as did George JACKSON (1718-1782), the great-great-grandfather of Sir Thomas JACKSON. Owen CARRAGHER. In 1822, a will was probated at Clogher for an Owen CARRAGHER of Killybolley. An abstract may be available. I would assume the date of the Deeds Registry would tie into this. A tombstone in Casteltown Graveyard has a record of: CARRAGHER IHS Erected by Michael Carragher of Clanbrazil Street Dundalk in memory of his wife Mary Carragher who departed this life October 6th 1839 aged 61 years.  In 1824, a number of CARAGHERs lived at Cullaville, including an Owen and a Patrick CARAGHER. One of the famous highwaymen of the region was Big Charlie CARAGHER (a ballad was penned to his fame).  SOURCE: http://www.cregganhistory.co.uk/timelinecullyhannabig.htm   SEE also reference in Thompson BROWN notes: Copy Lease dated 19th April 1805.

[12] Timothy O’BRIEN

[13] Joseph DONALDSON of Clough, Farmer.

[14] Cornelius BROWNE of Tullycolive, Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan. He held a lease for Tullycolive in 1830 from Lord BLAYNEY (SOURCE: Freeholders Imp. Reporter). Note: In a latter generation, a Cornelius BROWNE shows up in Freeduff Register as born March 1843, son of William BROWN of Tullycollive & Margaret WYLIE. Also, a John BROWN of Tullycollive was ordained May 19, 1849 (SOURCE: Freeduff Parish Register).

 

 

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