Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Allen Moses Brown; MS Farmer

Allen Moses Brown
26 January 1836 MS – after 1870
My Great Great Grandfather

Allen Moses Brown was the son of Edward S Brown & Mary Polly Spurlock. Allen was the oldest of 5 children. His siblings were: Mary Magdelene, Martha M., Adeline V. and James Pascal Brown. They were all born in Amite, MS.

In 1850 Edward S Brown & family were in Amite, MS where Edward owned a farm. Allen was 17 years old at the time.[1]

Allen married Emmaline Smith, daughter of Wyatt Smith & Euseba Fortenberry, on 28 April 1858.[2]

By 1860 Allen’s father had died. Allen & his wife lived with Allen’s mother, Mary. Both Mary & Allen were planters on their farm in Liberty, Amite, MS. Allen’s brother, James, was also living on the farm.[3]

During the Civil War Allen’s brother, James P Brown served as a private in Company E, 22nd Regiment of MS volunteers. James died 5 August 1862 in Baton Rouge, LA. An ‘A. M. Brown’ served in Rhodes’ Calvary. This might be Allen Moses Brown.[4]

In 1870 Allen and Mary were in Osyka where he was a farmer. Their three children were at home: Jasper, Alvira & Mary.[5] This is the last record of Allen. In 1880 Emmaline was raising their children alone.[6] 

My grandmother, Ivy Mark Brown, told me a story about Allen. She said Allen was cutting hay one day and got very hot. He went into the river to cool off and he drown. She said Allen's son, Jasper, was about four years old. That timing would be right that he would be in the 1870 census but not again in 1880. 

Allen & Family:
1 Allen Moses Brown b: 26 Jan 1836 in Liberty, Amite, MS, m: 28 Apr 1858, d: Aft. 1870
... +  Emmaline Smith b: 13 Sep 1831 Pike, MS, d: 3 Aug 1920 Pike, MS
......2 Mary E. Brown b: 13 Aug 1861
......2 Jasper Pascal Brown b: 15 May 1865 Pike, MS, d: 8 Jun 1950 McComb, Pike, MS
...... + Rose Ella Brumfield b: 18 Jul 1867 MS, m: 21 Dec 1887 Pike, MS d: 2 Oct 1948 Magnolia, Pike, MS
......2 Alvira E. Brown b: 5 Aug 1868

Related Posts:

[1] 1850 US Census.  Amite County, Mississippi; Microfilm Roll M432-368, Lines 30; E. S. Brown & family.
[2] Brown Family Papers; 1700's to 1900's; Gathered by Rayleen Hall Brown from Various Family Members; Includes Brown, Fortenberry, Smith, Alford, Ott, Kennington & Dillon. Includes information on Allen M Brown.
[3] 1860 US Census, Liberty, Amite, MS; Microfilm M653-577; Mary Brown family.
[4] Conerly, Luke Ward and E. Russ Williams. Source Records From Pike County, Mississippi 1798 1910. South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1989.
[5] 1870 U.S. Census, Osyka, E Pike Co., Pike Co., MS; Page 3, Line 19; Allen M Brown family.
[6] 1880 U. S. Census, Pike Co., Mississippi; 1880; First District, Beat #1; Page 56, Line 467; Emmaline Brown family.


  1. How sad for Allen to be seeking relief from the heat only to drown.

    1. Yes. I wonder if there was a strong current or if he went out too far & was not a strong swimmer.

  2. Oh! That's so sad about Allen drowning in the river. His poor wife and children.

    1. Yes it was sad. I don't believe his wife ever remarried either.

  3. Have you tried the local newspapers for an Obituary?


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