Friday, November 12, 2010

Edmund Lee Brown / Edward Lee Brown - Virginia to California

Judge E.L. Brown of California is my 3gGrandfather. I have many "notes" on him, from my gAunt. But no real sources. That his name is different in Every source, it is very confusing. He is Judge E.L. Brown, that we know. He is Edmund, he is Edward. His son, also is Edmund and Edward.
These are not the same names! How can they have both in conflicting documents! And how can we research a name that is never the same. And hence, why, while having "notes" on the man, he remains a mystery.

What I know, from "notes" from my aunt:

Members of the Mormon Battalion. Easton, Susan W.
Nauvoo: Early Mormon...Series, 1839-1846. Platt, Lyman. 1980 NauvooSocial History Project. Smith, James Illinois, Nauvoo City Tax Lists,1841-44; 1842 Illinois, Nauvoo, Property Transactions Roster - MormonBattalion. Easton, Susan W.

27 Jan 1851: appeared in courts of DC. "1st sergeant, Company E, commanded by Captain David in the Mormon Battalion, commanded by Col. Cooke, enlisted at Council Bluffs, Iowa, 15 Jul 1846 for 1 year. Was discharged at Pueblo de Los Angeles, 16 Jul 1847.

1852 Census: Yolo Co., CA. E.L. Brown, aged 48. Born VA, res: PA

Jan. 1854: appeared before the Clerk of US Supreme Court in and for Utah Territory

1860 Census, Putah Township, Yolo Co. Vol, 9, p552
E.L. Brown, aged 56. FARMER. Land worth $5000, other $6000
born Virginia.
Mary, aged 54, born Ohio.

1867: Yolo Co., Register: Edward Lee Brown, 64. Born VA. FARMER

1870 Census: Edward L. Brown, aged 66
Justice of the Peace
$1500 in land; $1200 in other

Western Shore Gazetteer, p. 236: E.L. Brown,Sr., born in Virginia
Justice of the Peace, Notary Republic, real estate agent. Residence in Davisville, N. Putah District, CA

Poll of 1871 & 1872: Edmund Lee Brown, same identifiers as above (whatever that means)

Yolo Democrat, Sat. Oct 12, 1872. P3, col3
"Died: In Davisville, Saturday night, October 5, Judge E.L. Brown, a native of Virginia, aged 69 years. Judge Brown was one of the earliest settlers in California, having come to the state in the year 1845. He resided in the southern portion of the state where he held the office of Alcalde under the Mexican government. He leaves two sons, both engaged in business at Davisville, and a very numerous circle of friends to mourn his decease."

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 1, p.489
Agnes Brown and her husband, Edmund L. Brown, were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When the call came for a battalionof men to fight against Mexico Edmund was chosen 1st Sergeant in CompanyE., and his wife accompanied him as one of the laundresses. Agnes islisted as one of the women who returned to Pueblo, Colorado to spend thewinter of 1846–47, while Edmund L. made the entire trip to California. Itis known that on July 20, 1847, when the company known as the MormonVolunteers was mustered into service under Captain Daniel C. Davis,Edmund L. was named one of the 1st Sergeants.

Agnes came to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake the latter part of July,1847. No further information can be found in either church, state, or theDaughters of Utah Pioneers' files. Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 1,p.489

Are the notes wrong? It almost seems that they're combining Edward Lee with an Edmund Lee, at times. One was married to Mary, another to Agnes.

I'm so confused. This is what I have on record from my gAunt through her research.


Any information on the Brown family would be most appreciated. There MUST be something conclusive, somewhere. I have scoured the internet. I will have to travel. It can only be in person now, to find the answers... unless you have them.