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BROWN Family in Berks County Pennsylvania

Journal by cilla1946

It seems the BROWN families of Berks and some surrounding counties in Pa. have been marrying each other for many years.
I have been researching my grandmother's family for several years and I was completly stuck for some time.I am still having some problems but I have made great progress.
The old trunk in my grandmothers basement in Dayton,Ohio was the beginning of my interest in the lives of my ancestors.I was just a girl of about eight years when she opened it to me the first time.My life changed that day over fifty years ago and I will be forever grateful to her for that!The many trinkets,clothes,high button shoes,pictures and so much more were the beginning of my thirst for things and people of long ago.

Her name was Clara Priscilla BROWN before she married Howard Thomas BRYANT in 1910.She always called herself Pennsylvania Dutch and told me her roots were in Berks County although she was born in Dayton.

I had no idea how many years,records,searches and dead ends I would stumble through to prove her stories were connected to Berks County.I have prevailed and now have proof that she did indeed have roots in Berks County through her mothers family who had been farmers,horse dealers and cattle merchants from the late 1700s. Mostly in Tulpehocken and Bethel Townships.Her gg grandfather Philip BRAUN was born in Tulpehocken Twp. around 1730 which is the earliest connection I have found to date.

My real problem which took me several months to solve, was the fact that her mother,Priscilla BROWN,married David Paul BROWN who was born in Rohrerstown,Lancaster County.I learned soon enough that Browns married Browns, Bashores married Bashores and Browns and Bashores married each other every day in early Pennsylvania!I discovered that my great grandmother Priscilla had a brother named Adam Keeney BROWN who married twice.Both times his bride was named Leah BASHORE born of different parents.What a tangled web of names,dates and marriages are a part of Pennsylvania genealogy!

Through countless hours of reading census after census,comparing one to another and sometimes sheer luck it is possible to make the correct connections.I have found that one should never depend on the realability of another persons work.Always double check and draw your own conclusions.Many times a tiny bit of information is all that I needed to find the correct family.Several times it came down to recognizing family names passed down through the generations or a story heard long ago that fit.

The journey that started with an old trunk has brought me to a place where I know who I am and where I come from.The satisfaction of that knowledge only makes me hunger for more.

For anyone who is seriously looking for their ancestors the key is persistance!

I am still having a bit of trouble chasing down some of the very earliest BROWN family .If anyone has connections with my family I would really appreciate knowing if you are farther along than I am.

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on 2010-12-18 15:07:19

cilla1946 , from Hillsboro,Ohio, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Dec 2010. is researching the following names: BROWN, BRYANT, WARE and 3 other(s).

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by jensal on 2011-02-21 21:54:49

If you are from the same family of Brown's that I am from, there is a book already published about our family tree. I am going to find a member of my family that has the book and do some research.

by jensal on 2011-02-21 22:32:13

I just found a website called Please have a look at it.

by cilla1946 on 2011-02-22 15:15:39

I went to the site and find it very difficult to navigate.I can find people with birth dates and such but have no idea how to access further info on anyone.Do you know how to use this site?
I did immediately find some wrong information posted but how do you find out what sources and records they used to come to the conclusions they have posted?
I wonder why there are no instructions on how to use the site! If you have any suggestions on how to find records for individuals please let me know.

by jensal on 2011-02-22 19:43:21

I did go to the web site and navigated from my grandfather (Woodrow Wilson Brown) all the way to Jost Braun who seems to be the fist of my family to come from Germany. I know by asking in my family that the dates are accurate of my Grandfather and Great Grandfather. The names started confusing me when it came to all of the Philip's and Jacob's names. I think I have it pretty accurate, at least from the information on the website to trace back 9 generations.

by cilla1946 on 2011-02-23 09:11:32

I understand how to navigate the site from generation to generation.What I want to see are the actual records that were used to establish the correct lineage.I am decended from the Philip's and Jacob's families so I really want very clear idea of how the different families were seperated.
My biggest concern is that if you can't see the actual records,how can you be sure they are correct?
I wish the builders of the site had included a guide on how to find specific records attached to specific people.
On the site I can find only one Priscilla Brown and the facts that are stated do not fit with what I know about my great grandmother.I have concrete evidence of her birth,marriage and death which are very different from what is posted on the site.I am Priscilla,my grandmother was Clara Priscilla Brown and her mother was Priscilla Brown born in Berks County in 1859.The parents are the same but everything else is different.
I suppose I will have to contact the site to find answers.

by jensal on 2011-02-24 21:13:59

here is the web site of the woman that wrote a book about the Philip Brown family. It is The womans name is Shirley Brown and there is a link to contact her. I have spoken to her before and she has a lot of information.

by cilla1946 on 2011-02-24 22:40:30

Thank you so much for the info! I will contact her and ask if she can help me sort this out.

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