Number 12 on my ancestor chart is Samuel Brown, a great-grandfather, the father of my mother's father. For awhile now, I have been on a mission of sorts to find his death information. Unfortunately, he's from Mississippi which did not begin recording death records until 1912.
So what do I know about him? I know his son, Noah Brown, of Simpson County Mississippi is the father of my mother, Evelyn O. Brown. The only record I have found of Noah with his father is from the 1900 U.S. census. Although Noah is listed as "Infant" I know that is him because of everyone else in the household.
|Year: 1900; Census Place: Beat 3, Simpson, Mississippi; Roll: T623_827; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 97.|
Also according to this census Samuel Brown was born April 1864 in Mississippi, had been married 15 years to Mary, they had eight children, and he owned his farm. I was able to find information on his and Mary's marriage on the FamilySearch site.
|"Mississippi Marriages, 1800-1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V28X-W4S : 10 February 2018), Sam Brown and Mary Stamps, 10 Apr 1885; citing Simpson,Mississippi; FHL microfilm 886,975.|
In the 1910 census Mary Brown is listed as a widow, the mother of nine children, and owner of the farm. The additional child (born after the 1900 census), is five year old Elizabeth. I knew Auntie Lizzie well and her birth date was March 5, 1905.
|Year: 1910; Census Place: Beat 3, Simpson, Mississippi; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: ; Image: .|
One document that had me "over the moon" was the Homestead Certificate, issued 7 Jun 1897 to Samuel Brown.
|U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907|
So in summary, what I know about Samuel Brown:
- 1864 - Born,
Mississippi (U.S. 1900 census)
- 1885 - Married Mary Stamps, in Simpson County, Mississippi (Mississippi Marriage Index 1800-1900)
- 1897 (June 7) - Homestead Certificate for Simpson County (US Land Office Record)
- 1905 (March 5) -
Birth of last child, Elizabeth
- 1910 – Wife,
Mary, widow (U.S. census), Simpson County, Mississippi
Conclusion: Samuel BROWN died after June 1904 (nine months before last child was born) and before 13 May 1910 (census date). While I keep looking to close that span, I also hope to find more on him before that 1900 census and 1885 marriage information.
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