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Welcome to the Orson Pratt Brown Family Website!

In this site you will find information on Orson's adventurous life, times, ancestors and descendants.

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"There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children,
one is roots; the other, wings."

Orson Pratt Brown c. 1886
Wives & Children

Faithful Son

Lumber jack

Indian Fighter

Devoted Husband

Loving Father


Orson Pratt Brown c. 1898
Journals & Biographies

Orson Pratt Brown c.1914
Photo Gallery


Church Leader

Mormon Milita Captain







Orson Pratt Brown 1942

The purpose of the Orson Pratt Brown website is as follows:

To gather, preserve, share, and disseminate the history and genealogy of Orson Pratt Brown, including his five wives, thirty-five children, numerous descendants, siblings, ancestors, friends, acquaintances, and the locales of his life, work and goals.

To encourage friendly relations, communication, interest, and family gatherings among his descendants.

To help his descendants learn more about their tie through Orson Pratt Brown, through his writings, his personality, his ancestors, his Church, and his life.

And to help them understand and appreciate what he left for them.

A Dialogue

"Lucy..."Where is your grandfather?"
"He was gone before I arrived..."
"Why did he write his journals?"
"In case someone came searching one day, to know him.
His stories are proof he existed. We exist because of him."
"You must take his journals and share them with his descendants,
you should have them, you are the collector, you are the researcher."
"I have reflected many times upon our rigid search.
It has shown me that Everything is Illuminated in the light of the past.
The past is always along the side of us.
Our history is on the inside looking out. In this way I will always be along side of your life
and you will always be along side of mine.
Our families will always be with us, and our family's families.
We live our life alongside our past. Here we share something to exist for.
And of course, in case anyone comes searching."

--By Alexander Perchov (paraphrased) (Jonathan Safran Foer)


"I've come to know that our families are a canvas on which we paint our greatest hopes--
imperfect and sloppy, for we are all amateurs at life,
but if we do not focus too much on our mistakes,
a miraculous picture emerges. And we learn
that it's not the beauty of the image that warrants our gratitude
--it's the chance to paint."

--Mark Smart's Diary (in "Finding Noel" by Richard Paul Evans, Chapter 36)

Billions and billions of THANKS to Clay Harmon Archer
for his devotion, technical genius, and time and resources invested
on behalf of this collection project.

Erold Clark Wiscombe
Blaine Carmon Hardy
Leona Brown Olsen
Martha Brown Davis
Duncan Brown
James Wilde Brown
Elena Pratt Turley Brown
Ruth Amanda Brown Saenz
Gaylen Brown
Ray Brown III
Venna Long
Lilly Sue Brown Bond
Karl Bowman
Pauly Gabaldon Brown
Lilia Gonzalez Brown
Lucy Brown Archer
Travis Bowman
Clarence Bowman
Leona Layton Kiessig
Marlene Kiessig Biesinger
Edna Jones
Layton Jones
Gaylen & Shirley Maynes
Jeffrey Michael Ferrara
Erin Murphy
James Gordon Brown
Ruelynn Galbraith
Ron W. Shaw
Holly Hansen - MyAncestorsFound.com
Anita Smith Jones
James Brown Allen
Marilyn Ruth Brown Colvin
Richard & Belva Rawson Moyle
Albert Brown Clark & Joan Henefer Clark

And so many others, if I missed you here you will be on the biography page you contributed.
Thank you so much for sharing!

All Other Contributors Welcome!"

"Only people aware of their past
Can embrace their future."

"Changes aren't permanent, but Change is" (Rush)

"Let Us, Before We Die,
Gather Up Our Heritage,
And Offer It To Our Children."

Will Durant


Theory of relativity: If you go back far enough, we're all related.

I think that I shall never see,
A thing so involved as a family tree.
A tree whose myriad boughs are spread,
To include the living as well as the dead.
A tree whose roots are imbedded deep,
to the beginning of time they do seep.
A tree whose branches multiply
Many leaves recorded I.
Though too
complex for
a being like
me, I'm
glad I'm
part of a
"Family Tree."


Orson Pratt Brown - named after Orson Pratt 1811-1881
Orson Pratt Brown 1863-1946 born to Captain James Brown and Phoebe Abbott Brown
[Orson Pratt McRae 1884-1917 born to Joseph McRae and Maria Taylor]
Orson Pratt Brown, Jr. 1890-1892 born to Mattie Romney
Orson Juarez Brown 1908-1981 born to Mattie Romney
Orson Pratt Galbraith Brown 1905-1960 born to Jane Galbraith
Orson Erastus Brown 1909-1910 born to Eliza Skousen
Orson "Sylvestre" Gustavo Brown 1919 born to Angela Gabaldon
Orson Pratt Brown 1945 born to Tony Morelos Brown and Nelle Weiler Brown
Orson Pauly Brown 1949 born to Pauly & Lilia Gonzalez Brown


Orson Pratt McRae 1884 born to Joseph McRae and Maria Taylor
"Orson" Silvestre Gustavo "Tavito"  Tarin Brown 1952 born to Gustavo and Emma Brown
"Orson" Silvestre Gustavo Clark Brown 2002 born to S. Gustavo Soto & McKelle
"Orson" Silvestre Gustavo (from G. Soto) ??? born to S. Gustavo Soto & 2nd wife
"Orson" Silvestre Gustavo Fonda Brown 1975 born to "Tavito" & Kathy Fonda Brown
"Orson" Silvestre Gustavo Pena Brown 1997 born to "Tavito" & Irma Pena Brown
"Orson" Silvestre Gustavo Soto Brown 1976 born to S. Gustavo & Nubia Soto Brown
"Orson" Silvestre Gustavo Vega Brown 1989 born to "Tavito" & Yolanda Vega Brown

Six Degrees of Separation

There is a good chance of making a chain of personal connections between you and anyone else on Earth using no more than six links of separation. That means that a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend knows anyone you care to name -- Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin, Prince Charles, or Al Gore.

Anyone on the planet is most likely only six links away in a chain of relationships. To estimate the total divide them into a few broad groups, family, friends, casual acquaintances, and work colleagues probably cover most of the people you know by first name.

Start with an average family in which parents have about two children and assume that grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins are included in the extended family. So if you are a child or young adult, there are probably around sixteen members in your extended family. Now imagine going back two or three generations. A century ago, most couples had four or five children who survived into adulthood. Cousins multiply almost exponentially with family size, and it is they who most likely provide the connectivity.

List your work associates, your friends, casual acquaintences whose names you know, such as the window cleaner, postal worker, dog park friend, or your children's friends parents. Your list will probably stand at around eighty people in your social circle. Each of those people also stand in the center of around eighty "pals".

As a start, we can say that the number of pals of pals we have is about 80 X 80 = 6,400. So 80 pals to the power of six covers the world's population of around 6.6 billion people.

Does it really work for anyone? Finding a link to Prince Charles could begin by looking for connections with pals of English heritage. A good bet would be to look for a link between yourself and someone in Great Britain, England or Wales. Once you have found that link there are likely lots of links between that pal and someone connected to Prince Charles's family. These links will connect you to almost anyone on the planet.

In 2001, Duncan Watts, a professor at Columbia University, attempted to recreate on the Internet Milgram's experiment, using an e-mail message as the "package" that needed to be delivered, with 48,000 senders and 19 targets (in 157 countries). Watts found that the average (though not maximum) number of intermediaries was around six.


Thomas Edward "Black Jack" Ketchum and a group of others were named as the robbers of an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway train that was en route to Deming, New Mexico Territory with a large payroll in 1892. The gang supposedly robbed the train just outside Nutt, New Mexico Territory, a water station about 20 miles north of Deming. During that time, "Black Jack" and his gang would often visit the ranch of Herb Bassett, near Brown's Park, who was known to have done business with several outlaws of the day, supplying them with beef and fresh horses. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Ketchum)

If you read some of Orson's journals you will see the collaboration between some of the above named individuals and Orson's stories. This story is one variation of an often used biography of Ketchum. It is placed on this website to demonstrate genealogical and political enthusiasm for ancestry, or for notoriety. (http://www.snopes.com/politics/humor/horsethief.asp)

"A member of the Mormon Church researching his family history was embarrassed to come across a relative named Remus Starr [or any name you want to insert] who was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in New Mexico [or Montana or whatever state you want to use] in 1901 [add the year that works best for your story].

One known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription: "Remus Starr, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1883, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889."

The story goes that in a family history subsequently written by this amateur genealogist, Remus' picture is scanned, edited with computer software, and cropped as an enlarged image, so that all that is seen is a head shot. The accompanying biographic sketch was tweaked as follows:

"Remus Starr was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883 he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In l887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In l889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing suddenly collapsed."


"Dear guests....[many principled men have been cruelly punished, tortured, killed, abolished] by those who could not understand that it is quite permissible for rational men to differ on important points of belief or doctrine. The world in which they lived had yet to develop those qualities of tolerance of difference of opinion which we take for granted, but which we must remind ourselves are of rather recent creation and are by no means assured of universal support. There are amongst us still those who would deny to others the right to hold a different understanding of the fundamental issues of our time. Thus, if we look about us, we see dogma still in conflict with rival dogma; we see people of one culture or belief still at odds with their human neighbours who are of a different culture or belief; and we see many who are prepared to act upon this difference to the extent of denying the humanity of those with whom they differ. They are prepared to kill them, drive them out, and innocent others in the process, in order to strike at those whom they perceive to be their enemies, even if these so-called enemies are, like them, simple human beings, with families that love them, and with hopes and fears about their own individual futures.

How would our ancestors, by some thought experiment visiting the world today, recognize those self-same conflicts and sorrows which marred their own world and made it such a dangerous and, ultimately such a fatal place? They would, I suspect say that much has remained the same that even if we have put some of the agents of division and intolerance to flight, there is still much evidence of their work among us.

Here in this place of worship and learning, let us remind ourselves of the possibility of combating, in whatever small way we can, those divisions that come between man and man, between woman and woman, so that we may recognize in each other that vulnerable humanity that informs our lives, and makes life so precious; so that each may find happiness in his or her life, and in the lives of others."

A.M. Smith

Elusive Ancestor

I went searching for an ancestor. I cannot find him still.
He moved around from place to place and did not leave a will.
He married where a courthouse burned. He mended all his fences.
He avoided any man who came to take the Census.

He always kept his luggage packed, this man who had no fame.
And every 20 years or so, this rascal changed his name.
His parents came from Europe. They should be on some list
Of passengers to the U.S., but somehow they got missed.

And no one else in this world is searching for this man.
So, I play genea-solitaire to find him if I can.
I'm told he's buried in a plot, with a tombstone he was blessed;
but the weather took engraving, and some vandals took the rest.

He died before the county clerks decided to keep records.
No Family Bible has emerged, in spite of all my efforts.
To top it off this ancestor, who caused me many a frown,
Just to give me one more pain, betrothed a girl named BROWN!

--Merrell Kenworthy


If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row,
Would you be proud of them?
Or don't you really know?
Some mighty strange discoveries are made
In climbing family trees,
And some of them, you know
Might not particularly please

If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row
There might be some of them
You wouldn't care to know.
But here is another question
That requires a different view.
If you could meet your ancestors,
What would they think of you?

--Mable Baker


Genealogy begins as an interest,
Becomes a hobby;
Continues as an avocation,
Appears as a duty-bound vision,
And in its last stages,
Is an incurable disease.

--Author Unknown

"I'm My Own Grandpa"

Now many, many years ago when I was twenty-three
I was married to a widow who was pretty as can be.
This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red.
My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed.

Oh, I'm my own grandpa
I'm my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
Oh, I'm my own grandpa.

This made my dad my son-in-law and changed my very life.
My daughter was my mother, 'cause she was my father's wife.
To complicate the matter even though it brought me joy,
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy.

My little baby then became a brother-in-law to Dad,
And so became my uncle though it was very sad.
For if he was my uncle then that also made him brother
Of the widow's grown-up daughter who of course was my step-mother.

Father's wife then had a son who kept him on the run,
And he became my grandchild for he was my daughter's son.
My wife is now my mother's mother and it makes me blue,
Because although she is my wife she's my grandmother, too.

Now if my wife is my grandmother then I'm her grandchild,
And every time I think of it it nearly drives me wild,
For now I have become the strangest case I ever saw.
As husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa.

-- Copyright Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe, 1947. 
Based on a Mark Twain Anecdote

How Many Relatives Do You Have?

1 You
2 Parents
4 Grandparents
8 Great Grandparents
16 GG Grandparents
32 GGG Grandparents
64 GGGG Grandparents
128 GGGGG Grandparents
256 GGGGGG Grandparents
512 GGGGGGG Grandparents
1,024 GGGGGGGG Grandparents
2,048 GGGGGGGGG Grandparents
4,096 GGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
8,192 GGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
16,184 GGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
32,768 GGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
65,536 GGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
131,072 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
262,144 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
524,288 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
1,048,576 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
2,097,152 GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents

If you have Polygamy in your family and you want to include the extended family multiply each of these numbers exponentially.

Genealogy Relationship Chart













Common Ancestor

Son or Daughter

Grandson or Daughter

Great Grandson or Daughter

2nd Great Grandson or Daughter

3rd Great Grandson or Daughter

4th Great Grandson or Daughter

5th Great Grandson or Daughter

6th Great Grandson or Daughter

7th Great Grandson or Daughter


Son or Daughter

Brother or Sister

Niece or

Grand Niece
or Nephew  

Great Grand  Niece or Nephew

2nd Great Grand Niece or Nephew

3rd Great Grand Niece or Nephew

4th Great Grand Niece or Nephew

5th Great Grand Niece or Nephew

6th Great Grand Niece or Nephew


Grandson or Daughter

Niece or Nephew

First Cousin

First Cousin Once Removed

First Cousin Twice Removed

First Cousin Three Times Removed

First Cousin Four Times Removed

First Cousin Five Times Removed

First Cousin Six Times Removed

First Cousin Seven Times Removed


Great Grandson or Daughter

Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Once Removed

Second Cousin

Second Cousin Once Removed

Second Cousin Twice Removed

Second Cousin Three Times Removed

Second Cousin Four Times Removed

Second Cousin Five Times Removed

Second Cousin Six Times Removed


2nd Great Grandson or Daughter

Great Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Twice Removed

Second Cousin Once Removed

Third Cousin

Third Cousin Once Removed

Third Cousin Twice Removed

Third Cousin Three Times Removed

Third Cousin Four Times Removed

Second Cousin Five Times Removed


3rd Great Grandson or Daughter

2nd Great Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Three Times Removed

Second Cousin Twice Removed

Third Cousin Once Removed

Fourth Cousin

Fourth Cousin Once Removed

Fourth Cousin Twice Removed

Fourth Cousin Three Times Removed

Fourth Cousin Four Times Removed


4th Great Grandson or Daughter

3rd Great Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Four Times Removed

Second Cousin Three Times Removed

Third Cousin Twice Removed

Fourth Cousin Once Removed

Fifth Cousin

Fifth Cousin Once Removed

Fifth Cousin Twice Removed

Fifth Cousin Three Times Removed


5th Great Grandson or Daughter

4th Great Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Five Times Removed

Second Cousin Four Times Removed

Third Cousin Three Times Removed

Fourth Cousin Twice Removed

Fifth Cousin Once Removed

Sixth Cousin

Sixth Cousin Once Removed

Sixth Cousin Twice Removed


6th Great Grandson or Daughter

5th Great Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Six Times Removed

Second Cousin Five Times Removed

Third Cousin Four Times Removed

Fourth Cousin Three Times Removed

Fifth Cousin Twice Removed

Sixth Cousin Once Removed

Seventh Cousin

Seventh Cousin Once Removed


7th Great Grandson or Daughter

6th Great Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Seven Times Removed

Second Cousin Six Times Removed

Third Cousin Five Times Removed

Fourth Cousin Four Times Removed

Fifth Cousin Three Times Removed

Sixth Cousin Twice Removed

Seventh Cousin Once Removed

Eighth Cousin


Ancestor is the person from who you descend "directly", such as a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent.
Collateral relations are those relatives who are linked by a common ancestor, such aunts, uncles, and cousins; and through polygamy, though here it gets complicated.
Descendant is the person who descends "directly" from you such as a son or daughter, or a grandson or great-granddaughter.
Halt sister (or half brother) is the child of your mother and stepfather, or of your father and stepmother, or of either parent, by a former marriage; or a child of your father from a plural wife.
In-laws are your connections by the law of marriage (as distinct from relatives by blood);. In particular your husband's or wife's relatives and your own brother's wife or sister's husband.
Lineal relations are those in the "direct" line of ascent or descent, such as a grandfather or granddaughter.
Siblings have parents in common. Brothers and sisters are siblings.
Stepchild is the child of your husband or wife by a former marriage.
Stepfather (or stepmother) is the husband of your mother (or the wife of your father) by a subsequet Marriage.
Stepsister (or stepbrother) is the child of your stepfather or stepmother.
~ ~ ~ ~
Your first cousin is your parent's brother's (or sister) child. However, the first cousins child is not your second cousin, as is sometimes thought to be the case, but your first cousin once removed. The child of the first cousin once removed is your first cousin twice resoved, and his child your first cousin three times removed,
Your second cousin is your grandparent's brother's (or sister's) grandchild. That second cousin's child is your second cousin once removed) his child your second cousin twice removed.
Your third cousin is your great parent's brother's (or sister's) great grand­child, The third cousin's child is your third cousin once removed, his child your third cousin twice removed.
~ ~ ~ ~
Grandnephew (or grandniece) is the grandchild of your brother or sister. Great-aunt (or great-uncle) is the sister (or brother) of your grandparents.
Great-grandaunt (or great-granduncle) is the sister or brother of your great-grandparents.

Where Are the Wicked Folk Buried?

'Tell me, grey-haired sexton,' said I,
'Where in the field are the wicked folk laid?
I have wandered the quiet old graveyard through,
And studied the epitaphs, old and new,
But on monument, obelisk, pillar, or stone,
I read no evil that men have done.'

The old sexton stood by a grave newly made,
With his chin on his hand, his hand on a spade:
'Who is the judge when the soul takes its flight?
Who is the judge 'twixt the wrong and the right?
Which of us mortals shall dare to say
That our neighbour was wicked who died to-day?'

'In our journey through life, the farther we speed,
The better we learn that humility's need
Is charity's spirit that prompts us to find
Rather virtue than vice in the lives of our kind.'

'Therefore good deeds we record on these stones;
The evil men do, let it rest with their bones'
I have laboured as sexton this many a year,
But I never have buried a bad man here.'

-- From "Journal of the Association for the
Preservation of the Memorials of the
Dead in Ireland," Vol. 2, Part 1 (1895)

General Naming Patterns ...

Naming patterns are an extremely useful tool for finding your ancestors. I relied on them to find an ancestor's death which had been particularly elusive. Using naming pattern rules I was able to discount most of the possibilities, leaving an entry which turned out to be the correct one. They can, however, also create confusion. Before relying completely on the naming pattern relevant to your line of research, I recommend you read Barking Up The Wrong Tree. While this page relates mainly to US genealogical research, it's definitely an eye-opener to other possible naming methods!

United States

First son was named after the father's father.
Second son was named after the mother's father.
Third son was named after the father.
Fourth son was named after the father's oldest brother.
Fifth son was named after the father's 2nd oldest brother or mother's oldest brother.

First daughter was named after the mother's mother.
Second daughter was named after the father's mother.
Third daughter was named after the mother.
Fourth daughter was named after the mother's oldest sister.
Fifth daughter is named after the mother's 2nd oldest sister or father's oldest sister.

English and Welsh Naming Pattern ...

First daughter was named after the mother's mother.
Second daughter was named after the mother's father's mother.
Third daughter was named after the mother.
Fourth daughter was named after the mother's oldest sister.

First son was named after the father's father.
Second son was named after the mother's father.
Third son was named after the father.
Fourth son was named after the father's oldest brother.

Irish Naming Pattern ...

First son after father's father
Second son after mother's father
Third son after father
Fourth son after father's oldest brother
Fifth son after mother's oldest brother

First daughter after mother's mother (or father's mother)
Second daughter after father's mother (or mother's mother)
Third daughter after mother
Fourth daughter after mother's oldest sister
Fifth daughter after father's oldest sister

Scottish Naming Pattern ...

First son was named after his father's father
Second son was named after his mother's father
Third son was named after his father

First daughter was named for her mother's mother
Second daughter was named for her father's mother
Third daughter was named after her mother
Other daughters were named after other family members

Old German ...

The first name of each daughter was usually the first name of the mother.
The first name of the son was usually the first name of the father.
Often the middle name of each child was the name of the baby's baptismal sponsor and they were usually called by his/her middle name.

18th Century Pennsylvania German Naming Pattern ...

First son after the father's father
Second son after the mother's father
Third son after the father
Fourth son after the paternal grandfather
Fifth son after the maternal grandfather
Sixth son after the paternal grandfather
Seventh son after the maternal grandfather

First daughter after the mother's mother
Second daughter after the father's mother
Third daughter after the mother
Fourth daughter after the father's father's mother
Fifth daughter after the mother's father's mother
Sixth daughter after the father's mother's mother
Seventh daughter after the mother's mother's mother

Sephardic Naming Pattern ...

First son is named after his paternal grandfather
Second son is named after his maternal grandfather
Third son is named after his paternal great-grandfather
Fourth son is named after his maternal great-grandfather

Daughters are similarly named after their grandmothers and great grandmothers.

Italian Naming Pattern ...

First son is named after father's father
Second son is named after mother's father
Third son is named after father's brother
Fourth son is named after mother's brother

First daughter is named after father's mother
Second daughter is named after mother's mother
Third daughter is named after father's sister
Fourth daughter is named after mother's sister


This site makes use of creative apophenia as a connector among seemingly unrelated people. We explore marital connections and family relationships as a cognitive tool for finding group or family ties. This process supports the epiphany that everything in the universe is connected to everything else. We just follow the strings of the living, past and present..




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... Easter 1986 through October 2005


... Published December 2007:
By Erold C. Wiscombe

... Published March 2009:
(unfortunately the publisher incorrectly changed the photo
and spelling of Phebe Abbott Brown Fife's name
after it was proofed by this author)
Researched and Compiled by
Erold C. Wiscombe

... Published 2012:
"Finding Refuge in El Paso"
By Fred E. Woods [ISBN: 978-1-4621-1153-4]
Includes O.P Brown's activities as Special Church Agent in El Paso
and the Juarez Stake Relief Committee Minutes of 1912.

...Published 2012:
"Colonia Morelos: Un ejemplo de ética mormona
junto al río Bavispe (1900-1912)"
By Irene Ríos Figueroa [ISBN: 978-607-7775-27-0]
Includes O.P. Brown's works as Bishop of Morelos. Written in Spanish.

...Published 2014:
"The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins 1875 - 1932"
By Elizabeth Oberdick Anderson [ISBN: 978-156085-226-1]
Mentions O.P. Brown more than 30 times as Ivins' companion.

... To be Published Soon:

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... Lily Gonzalez Brown 80th Birthday Party-Reunion
July 14, 2007 in American Fork, Utah

...Gustavo Brown Family Reunion in October 2007

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...... Wives and 35 Children Photo Chart
...... Chronology
...... Photo Gallery of OPB
...... Letters


...... Biographical Sketch of the Life Orson Pratt Brown
...... History of Orson Pratt Brown by Orson P. Brown
...... Journal & Reminiscences of Capt. Orson P. Brown
...... Memories of Orson P. Brown by C. Weiler Brown
...... Orson Pratt Brown by "Hattie" Critchlow Jensen
...... Orson Pratt Brown by Nelle Spilsbury Hatch
...... Orson Pratt Brown by W. Ayrd Macdonald

- Captain James Brown 1801-1863

...... Wives and 29 / 43 Children Photo Chart
...... Captain James Brown's Letters & Journal
...... Brown Family Memorabilia
...... Mormon Battalion 1846-1847
...... Brown's Fort ~ then Brownsville, Utah
...... Chronology of Captain James Brown

- Phebe Abbott Brown Fife 1831-1915

- Colonel William Nicol Fife - Stepfather 1831-1915


- James Brown of Rowan County, N.C. 1757-1823

- Mary Williams of Rowan County, N.C. 1760-1832

- Stephen Joseph Abbott of, PA 1804-1843

- Abigail Smith of Williamson, N.Y. 1806-1889

- John Fife of Tulliallan, Scotland 1807-1874

- Mary Meek Nicol, Carseridge, Scotland 1809-1850 


- Martha "Mattie" Diana Romney Brown 1870-1943

- Jane "Jennie" Bodily Galbraith Brown 1879-1944

- Elizabeth Graham MacDonald Webb Brown 1874-1904

- Eliza Skousen Brown Abbott Burk 1882-1958

- Angela Maria Gavaldón Brown 1919-1967


- (Martha) Carrie Brown (child) 1888-1890

- (Martha) Orson Pratt Brown, Jr. (child) 1890-1892

- (Martha) Ray Romney Brown 1892-1945

- (Martha) Clyde Romney Brown 1893-1948

- (Martha) Miles Romney Brown 1897-1974

- (Martha) Dewey B. Brown 1898-1954

- (Martha) Vera Brown Foster Liddell Ray 1901-1975

- (Martha) Anthony Morelos Brown 1904-1970

- (Martha) Phoebe Brown Chido Gardiner 1906-1973

- (Martha) Orson Juarez Brown 1908-1981

- (Jane) Ronald Galbraith Brown 1898-1969

- (Jane) Grant "Duke" Galbraith Brown 1899-1992

- (Jane) Martha Elizabeth Brown Leach Moore 1901-1972

- (Jane) Pratt Orson Galbraith Brown 1905-1960

- (Jane) William Galbraith Brown (child) 1905-1912

- (Jane) Thomas Patrick Porfirio Diaz Brown 1907-1978

- (Jane) Emma Jean Galbraith Brown Hamilton 1909-1980

- (Elizabeth) (New born female) Webb 1893-1893

- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Webb Brown Jones 1895-1982

- (Elizabeth) Marguerite Webb Brown Shill 1897-1991

- (Elizabeth) Donald MacDonald Brown 1902-1971

- (Elizabeth) James Duncan Brown 1904-1943

- (Eliza) Gwen Skousen Brown Erickson Klein 1903-1991

- (Eliza) Anna Skousen Brown Petrie Encke 1905-2001

- (Eliza) Otis Pratt Skousen Brown 1907-1987

- (Eliza) Orson Erastus Skousen Brown (infant) 1909-1910

- (Eliza) Francisco Madera Skousen Brown 1911-1912

- (Eliza) Elizabeth Skousen Brown Howell 1914-1999

- (Angela) Silvestre Gustavo Brown 1919-

- (Angela) Bertha Erma Elizabeth Brown 1922-1979

- (Angela) Pauly Gabaldón Brown 1924-1998

- (Angela) Aaron Aron Saul Brown 1925

- (Angela) Mary Angela Brown Hayden Green 1927

- (Angela) Heber Jedediah Brown (infant) 1936-1936

- (Angela) Martha Gabaldón Brown Gardner 1940


- Stephen Abbott Brown 1851-1853

- Phoebe Adelaide Brown Snyder 1855-1930

- Cynthia Abigail Fife Layton 1867-1943

- (New born female) Fife 1870-1870

- (Toddler female) Fife 1871-1872


- (Martha Stephens) John Martin Brown 1824-1888

(Martha Stephens) Alexander Brown 1826-1910

(Martha Stephens) Jesse Stowell Brown 1828-1905

- (Martha Stephens) Nancy Brown Davis Sanford 1830-1895

(Martha Stephens) Daniel Brown 1832-1864

(Martha Stephens) James Moorhead Brown 1834-1924

(Martha Stephens) William Brown 1836-1904

(Martha Stephens) Benjamin Franklin Brown 1838-1863

(Martha Stephens) Moroni Brown 1838-1916

- (Susan Foutz) Alma Foutz Brown (infant) 1842-1842

- (Esther Jones) August Brown (infant) 1843-1843

- (Esther Jones) Augusta Brown (infant) 1843-1843

- (Esther Jones) Amasa Lyman Brown (infant) 1845-1845

- (Esther Jones) Alice D. Brown Leech 1846-1865

- (Esther Jones) Esther Ellen Brown Dee 1849-1893

- (Sarah Steadwell) James Harvey Brown 1846-1912

- (Mary McRee) George David Black 1841-1913

- (Mary McRee) Mary Eliza Brown Critchlow1847-1903

- (Mary McRee) Margaret Brown 1849-1855

- (Mary McRee) Mary Brown Edwards Leonard 1852-1930

- (Mary McRee) Joseph Smith Brown 1856-1903

- (Mary McRee) Josephine Vilate Brown Newman 1858-1917

- (Phebe Abbott) Stephen Abbott Brown (child) 1851-1853

- (Phebe Abbott) Phoebe Adelaide Brown 1855-1930

- (Cecelia Cornu) Charles David Brown 1856-1926

- (Cecelia Cornu) James Fredrick Brown 1859-1923

- (Lavinia Mitchell) Sarah Brown c. 1857-

- (Lavinia Mitchell) Augustus Hezekiah Brown c. 1859


- (Diane Davis) Sarah Jane Fife White 1855-1932

- (Diane Davis) William Wilson Fife 1857-1897

- (Diane Davis) Diana Fife Farr 1859-1904

- (Diane Davis) John Daniel Fife 1863-1944

- (Diane Davis) Walter Thompson Fife 1866-1827

- (Diane Davis) Agnes Ann "Aggie" Fife 1869-1891

- (Diane Davis ) Emma Fife (child) 1871-1874

- (Diane Davis) Robert Nicol Fife (infant) 1873-1874

- (Diane Davis) Barnard Fife (infant) 1881-1881

- (Cynthia Abbott) Mary Lucina Fife Hutchins 1868-1950

- (Cynthia Abbott) Child Fife (infant) 1869-1869

- (Cynthia Abbott) David Nicol Fife 1871-1924

- (Cynthia Abbott) Joseph Stephen Fife (child) 1873-1878

- (Cynthia Abbott) James Abbott Fife (infant) 1877-1878


- (Diana) Caroline Lambourne 18461979

- (Diana)  Miles Park Romney 1843-1904

- (Jane) Emma Sarah Bodily 1858-1935

- (Jane) William Wilkie Galbraith 1838-1898

- (Elizabeth) Alexander F. Macdonald 1825-1903

- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Atkinson 1841-1922

- (Eliza) Anne Kirstine Hansen 1845-1916

- (Eliza) James Niels Skousen 1828-1912

- (Angela) Maria Durán de Holguin 1876-1955

- (Angela) José Tomás Gabaldón 1874-1915












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