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Thomas Dunlop Brown

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Stewarton, Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: March 20, 1874 (66)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Immediate Family:

Son of James Galt Brown and Agnes Johnston Brown
Husband of Sarah Brown and Mary Lucretia Willis
Father of James Godwin Brown; John William Brown; Emily Emily Brown and Francis Elonzo Brown

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About Thomas Dunlop Brown

Thomas Dunlop Brown (son of James Galt Brown and Agnes Johnston Dunlop) was born 16 Dec 1807 in Stewarton, Ayr, Scotland/Stewarton, Scotland, and died 20 Mar 1874 in Salt Lake City, UT. He married Mary Lucretia Willis on 19 Oct 1855 in Cedar City, UT, daughter of William Wesley Willis and Margaret Jane Willis.

Includes NotesNotes for Thomas Dunlop Brown:

NOTE: Mother's surname spelling Dunlap or Dunlop.

George A. Brown Journal, page 92: "June 9, 1844, Thomas Dunlop Brown was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Elder Thomas Ward, confirmed June 9, 1844. (Shows he was married). Ward or Branch: Liverpool, British Mission. (Book 410, page 16, line 520). He emigrated from Scotland to the USA April 6, 1849. January 26, 1852: Elder T.D. Brown baptized Agnes Brown (his mother). She was confirmed February 1, 1852. They emigrated to the USA March 6, 1852. (Book 410, page 45, line 1479).

George A. Brown Journal, page 93: "August 12, 1849- Letter from George A. Smith to Orson Pratt in England: "We saw T.D. Brown of Liverpool, who paid us a visit while crossing the Missouri River. April 28, 1851: "T.D. Brown and Henry W. Miller had a store at Kanesville, Iowa. November 12, 1851 at Kanesville, Iowa: "People here say Bro. T.D. Brown has been absent from this place about two months on business to England. March 6, 1851: "T.D. Brown sailed from England on Steamship. January 25, 1854: "List of emigrants helped by the Perpetual Fund shows the name of T.D. Brown. April 3, 1854: "Shows the name of Thomas Dunlop Brown, as a member of the 35th Quorum of Seventy. (Published in the Deseret News April 3, 1854). April 14, 1854: "Shows a list of Missionaries of the Elder Parley P. Pratt Company... T.D. Brown' own handwriting, he being Secretary and Recorder of the group. Inventory of materials they carried to Southern Indian Mission, signed by T.D. Brown, Clerk. February 27, 1855: "A new society named Philharmonic Society meeting in T.D. Brown's large home. December 20, 1866: "Among the names listed to sell to Brigham Young is that of Thos. D. Brown and Son. [See George A. Brown Journal, page 93 for a long list of Millenial Star publications, by him or referring to him... during 1856-1866.] George A. Brown Journal, page 94: March 20, 1855: "... a meeting held at Cedar City School House... a Stake was organized, Cedar City and Harmony. Twelve High Councilmen were chosen, among whom were Thomas D. Brown and Joshua Thomas Willis. July 24, 1855: "Celebration at Parowan. T.D. Brown was the orator. July 25, 1855: "T.D. Brown continued to help with their program. October 13, 1855: "T.D. Brown reports on exploring expedition on the Colorado River... believed it to be navigable. October 19, 1855: "T.D. Brown married (second wife) Mary Lucretia Willis, daughter of William Wesley Willis and Margaret Willis, her mother. (Margaret and William Wesley Willis were cousins with same surname, Willis.) October 20, 1855: "...tells of Indian trouble and of a young Indian threatening T.D. Brown, who is spoken of as President Brown. ("was he President of the Indian Mission or possibly a Branch President?"). Some Indian boys rode their horses through their wheat and drew their bows and arrows so the settlers had to take up arms for protection." George A. Brown Journal, page 95: (Salt Lake City, Utah, as copied August 8, 1949, by George A. Brown): Ruth Brown Lewis: "Thomas was the first of his family to leave Stewarton. When he was seventeen years of age he moved to Musselboro, Scotland. He attended night classes in Edinburgh and taught school in the daytime. How long he taught there is not known. But in his obituary in the Salt Lake Tribune, dated March 23, 1874, it was stated that a medal had been found among his belongings that was awarded to the 'Mr. T.D. Brown... Academy 1834... on the other side was Edinburgh.

Family tradition says that he had an early marriage, but there is little record to bear out the facts. He married Sarah Godwin (widow Sherratt, late wife of Smith Sheratt). Sarah Sherratt lived at Scholargreen, Cheshire, England, on a landed estate. She apparently had a large home with many luxuries and servants and farm hands to care for her fields and orchards. She had two sons, William and John. John had suffered an attack of scarlet fever while an infant, which left him deaf and dumb.

Thomas heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and received a very strong testimony of it's truthfulness. He was baptized on 9 June 1844, by Elder Thomas Ward. Later he was able to convert his wife and two stepsons. They were baptized by Elder Orson Hyde, 6 December 1846.

The family moved to Liverpool, England. Thomas taught school there. Later he became the cashier of the British and North American Mail Steamship Company.

At a conference held in Manchester, England, April 6-8, 1845, Thomas was one of a group of ten selected to draw up rules to govern a new joint stock company. Thomas was one of the trustees and cash-keepers for the company.

Thomas was ordained an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a vote of thanks was given him for his services in this conference. Through the next three years, the name of T.D. Brown appears often in the pages of the Millennial Star.

In 1851, Thomas returned to England and baptized his mother, Agnes into the Church. His parents returned to America with him 6 March, 1852. They sailed on the ship Rochawas.

...On August 22, 1849, an announcement in the Kanesville, Iowa newspaper, 'Frontier Guardian', carried a large notice that 'Brown and Barham's' store had a sale. By October, the store had become 'Brown and Miller's' store. The paper also carried an announcement that William Sherratt, age twenty-eight, had died of quick consumption (Tuberculosis).

...Thomas and his family moved to Salt Lake City and was in business in the Fall of 1851. When he came to Utah, he had been unable to transport all the goods from his store. In 1852, his wife Sarah went back to Kanesville and helped Henry W. Miller close out the business and come west. After this, he carried on his business in Salt Lake and opened a branch in Stockton, Utah, with his son James.

He lived in the Fourteenth Ward. He seems to have been a man of some wealth, compared to his neighbors. January 25, 1854, shows a list of emigrants helped by T.D. Brown.

His first home in Salt Lake was connected with his business. Later he built a two-story home at 522 East Second South. His home must have been quite spacious, for the meetings of the Deseret Philharmonic Society were held in his large room.

Thomas had worked hard to get his family to Salt Lake and set up in business there. On 10 April 1854, sixteen men were set-apart to be Missionaries to the Southern Indian Mission. Thomas was appointed Clerk and Recorder for this Mission. He was to start in 3 days. His wife and family would remain in Salt Lake and take care of his business while he was gone.

While serving on his mission, he became very good friends with William Wesley Willis, who was serving in the Indian Mission. His family lived in Cedar City. He married in polygamy Mary Lucretia in the Cedar City Endowment House. That winter Thomas taught school in Cedar City and the next Spring he returned to Salt Lake City. He intended to return to his mission and his wife, but President Brigham Young informed him that he was released from his mission.

Governor Brigham Young sold him a surveyor's compass and leveling equipment and appointed him to survey to bring water from the Weber River down for irrigation. He worked at this for 6 weeks. He then went to survey at Fort Bridger, Wyoming. When the Handcart Companies were having troubles, he went to help them come on to Salt Lake. In June, 1857, he was sent to survey at Fort Supply, Idaho.

He served in the 7th and 9th Wards. In February 1857, he was called to be a Corresponding Secretary to Brigham Young. Thomas served in many positions in the Church and in the Territorial Government. In January, 1857, he was appointed as Territorial Road Commissioner."

Endowed: SL Index Card to Utah & Nauvoo Temple Record #815 Book A, Sealing p.54 Endowed 19 Oct 1852;

Married (1) name unknown- left in England Married (2) 19 Oct 1852 Sarah GODWIN (widow of William SHERRATT) #850 A p.66 They had two sons, William and John SHERRATT. (one died young, the other was deaf and dumb). Sarah was endowed and sealed to Thomas Dunlop BROWN 19 Oct 1852 1525 A p.56 Married (3) 19 Oct 1855 Mary Lucretia WILLIS.

Copy of Index Card to Utah and Nauvoo Temple Records (TRIB) No. 815 Book A Slg. p.54 b.16 Dec 1807 Stewarton, Ayrshire, Scotland Father James, Mother Agness Md. Sarah Godwin #850 A 1866 19 Oct 1852; Mary L. Willis #815; Endowed 15 Oct 1852 #1525 A p.56 Sealed 22 Dec 1855. Film 25165 Pt 13 p.26 Archives. F Scot 6 925 Salt Lake City Genealogy Library. Utah & Nauvoo Temple Records # 815 Book A Sealing p.54. # 850 Book A-1 p 66 Pre-Endowment House record- refer 1535 A p 56 on T.D. BROWN & Sarah GODWIN and mother & father James Galt BROWN, Agnes JOHNSTONE.

Family records in possession of Elda Brown, St.Johns, Arizona and family record of Agnes Hamblin, St. Johns, Arizona; Submission by Nathel B. Burdick, St.Johns, Arizona.

Note: Trade, Merchant

"Journal of the Southern Indian Mission" from the Diary of Thomas D. Brown edited by Jaunita Brooks, Utah State University Press, Western Text Society Number 4, Logan, Utah. Copyright 1972, Utah State University, Library of Congress Catalog Card #74-192832, International Standard Book #O-87421-047-X.

Heather Grimwood 124 Thomas St. Waikouaiti, Otago, New Zealand [1999, 2001] "The Thomas Brown born 16th and baptized 20th Dec 1807 (Stewarton O.P.R.) has a James as father ...weaver...and Agnes Dunlop as mother ...that equates with your information as the minister could easily have got the birth date wrong...the baptismal date would have been the important one. A James Brown ...weaver and an Agnes Dunlop ...both in Stewarton... were married 24th April 1807, which seems to be the one. The Thomas Brown / Jean Galt marriage is recorded in Stewarton OPR as 14th April 1787, but as she was from Kilmaurs parish the marriage might have taken place there, and 14th could have been a calling-of-the-banns date, but near enough whatever.. James was baptized 9th March 1788....Thomas 23rd July 1789 (Thomas a merchant now)...Mary 30 Dec 1790.... Thomas may have married next a Jean Gibb but I've not followed that up."

George A. Brown Journal page 97: "He is buried in Salt Lake City, Utah.. (Lat D-9-14 South Rod).

More About Thomas Dunlop Brown: Burial: 20 Mar 1874, Salt Lake City Cemetery: Grave Location: D-9-14-ROD-SO.12 Residence: 1846, Blockhouse Branch, Pottawattamie, Iowa.13

More About Thomas Dunlop Brown and Mary Lucretia Willis: Marriage: 19 Oct 1855, Cedar City, UT.

Children of Thomas Dunlop Brown and Mary Lucretia Willis are: +John William Brown, b. 02 Nov 1858, Kaysville, Davis County, UT USA, d. 03 Nov 1926, St. Johns, Apache County, AZ USA.

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Thomas Dunlop Brown's Timeline

March 22, 1807
Stewarton, Ayr, Scotland
December 16, 1807
Stewarton, Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom
October 7, 1842
Age 34
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
June 9, 1844
Age 36
October 15, 1852
Age 44
October 18, 1856
Age 48
Cedar City, Iron, Utah
November 2, 1858
Age 50
Kaysville, Davis, UT, USA