Joseph Brown
20 March 1777 - 16 May 1848

      Joseph Brown was born to John Brown and Ann Dodds on 20 March 1777 at Waitgate Farm.

Waitgate Farm near Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Photo courtesy of David E. Brown. Click here for more pictures.

Joseph was baptized on 8 April 1777 in St.Peter and St. Felix Parish Church, about 3 miles from the farm.


St.Peter and St. Felix Parish Church of Kirby Ravensworth
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      Joseph grew up in Rochdale, Lancashire, England. Click here for more pictures.

      He married Ann Healey (1782-1822) on 21 May 1800 in Rochdale. They had 12 children:
  Elizabeth Brown was born on 6 November 1801.
  James Brown was born on 27 November 1803.
 Thomas Brown was born on 12 Feb 1806 but died on 11 Jan 1807 just 11 months later.
  Jane Brown was born on 3 January 1808 but died on 30 April 1811 at 3 years old.
  Mary Ann Brown was born on 10 July 1810.
Thomas Brown was born on 24 September 1811. Click here to see more about Thomas.
  Joseph Brown was born on 11 June 1814.
  John Brown was born on 10 August 1816.
  Robert Healey Brown was born on 1 February 1818 and died 5 July 1861 in Utah.
  David Brown was born on 3 August 1819 but died 2 weeks later on 20 August.
  Jane Brown was born on 3 August 1819 but died 3 weeks later on 24 August.
 James Brown was born in 1820.
  

      His sweet wife, Ann, died 17 December 1822. Joseph then married Mary Ann Wood Watt (1791-1884) a widow on 4 March 1825 in the Manchester Cathedral. Click here to see more about Mary Ann.

Joseph Brown and Mary Ann Watts Marriage Licence

Mancester Cathedral Church
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Parish Record for Joseph Brown and Mary Ann Watts Marriage

Joseph and Mary Ann had 3 more children:

  Jane Brown was born on 8 June 1828 in Manchester. Click here to see more about Jane.
  Joseph Wood Brown was born on 12 October 1830 in Preston. Click here to see more about Joseph.
  Joshua Wood Brown was born on 14 February 1832 in Preston. Click here to see more about Joshua.

      In 1841 they are found in the England Census. Mary is home with the children in Preston. Click here to see all about Preston, England.

1841 England Census

      Joseph died of cholera on 16 May 1848 while visiting his brother Thomas at his home on Cheetham Street in Wardleworth at the age of 71. His family was devastated. In 1851, Mary Ann and some of the children emigrated to Utah.

Death Registration

      Joseph was buried in May 1848 in the Drake Street Cemetery in Rochdale where his brother and family were also buried.

      We are grateful to David E. Brown for his hard work in documenting Joseph's life.


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