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Ebenezer Brown picture 1802-1878

Ebenezer Brown

Born: December 6, 1802 at Salisbury, Herkimer County, New York
Died: January 26, 1878 at Draper, Salt Lake, Utah

U.S. Mormon Battalion Mexican War 1846-1848

Ebenezer Brown is the son of William Brown of Kirkcudbright,Scotland and Hannah Sweet of West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island. Ebenezer's grandparents, James Brown (1718-?) and Margaret McKitrich (1720-?) were both from Colvend, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.

Ebenezer was married to Ann Weaver Brown on July 20, 1823 at Dryden, Tompkins, New York. Ann is the daughter of John Weaver (1776-1847) and Catherine Reasoner (1772-1854), both from New York.

Ebenezer joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in May 1835 in Crawford County, Pennsylvania at the same time as his sister, . He moved his family to Kirtland, Ohio to be with the Mormons. The family then moved to Far West, Missouri, the back to Pleasantville, Illinois.

Ebenezer Brown's first wife, Ann Weaver Brown, died 26 Jun 1842 at Quincy, Adams County Illinois, while giving birth to their fifth and last child Ann Brown, who died with her mother. This left him with four little ones to care for.

Ebenezer then married the good widow Phoebe Draper Palmer on August 26, 1842 at Pleasantville, Illinois. Phebe and her deceased husband had eight children. As troubles continued for their Church they moved to Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.

Their combined twelve children were left with Ebenezer's oldest daughter, 21 year old Harriet Brown Stratton and her husband Oliver Stratton, while Ebenezer and Phebe went with the Mormon Battalion. Ebenezer was a 2nd Sergeant with Company A while Phebe was chosen as one of the laundresses. She was a kind-hearted woman and throughout the entire journey many of the burdens of the soldiers were lightened by her sympathy. She was one of the women selected to make the trip to San Diego, California. Ebenezer was not mustered out of service until March 14, 1848. Phebe, with her husband, traveled north where they participated in the search for gold in and around Sacramento, California. She helped wash gold to aid them on their journey to join the Saints who had gathered in Utah. She rode a mule (whose name was Ginny), all the way from California to Utah.  They were reunited with their children in the fall of 1849.

In 1849, Ebenezer settled in South Willow Creek, now known as Draper. The first home built in Draper was erected by Ebenezer Brown, the first settler. One story handed down from that time has Ebenezer pulling his log cabin with oxen team from Salt Lake City to Draper. No written record of this can be found. In his son Norman Brown’s history, the following statement is found, "Norman helped bring logs from Salt Lake City and built the first house in Willow Creek."

Ebenezer Brown, with three sons, Norman Brown, Joseph Guernsey Brown, and John Weaver Brown, set out to see this part of the "promised land." The Browns discovered the cove unoccupied, with five mountain streams flowing west: Corner Canyon, Cherry Creek, Bear Canyon, Little Willow, and Big Willow, the latter three converging among willows and bogs before flowing into the Jordan River. Later they brought their cattle and horses, making many trips on horseback before bringing the family in 1849 to become the first settlers. Camping by a stream, they set up housekeeping in their wagon box. Desiring a more permanent dwelling, Ebenezer built a log cabin on the southwest corner of 12650 South and Fort Street. The following spring he returned to Salt Lake City and brought his wife Phebe and children to their new home, becoming the first family to settle in Draper.

In the winter of 1850, Ebenezer and his wife Phoebe welcomed Phoebe’s brother William Draper as they settled in South Willow Creek (Draper). By 1852 twenty families had settled in South Willow Creek, making food rather scarce. Many settlers were forced to live on sego lily bulbs, chokecherries and other wild fruits and plants found in the canyons and foothills of the settlement. These foods didn’t always supply the needed nourishment. A majority of the pioneers had emigrated from parts of the world where 30 to 40 inches of rain fell annually. Until coming to the desert in Utah Territory with its insufficient rainfall, no one had taken time to think about irrigation. Snow captured in the mountains made irrigation water plentiful in the spring and early summer, but it diminished by mid-July and into the fall months as mountain snow melted to give up the cold, clear water to canyon streams rushing to the valley floor. The reduced streams caused irrigation problems, so that thirsty, wilting gardens and lost harvests forced the pioneers to develop ditch systems and flood-irrigation methods still used in parts of Draper to this day.

In the spring of 1850, lack of food caused Norman Brown, Ebenezer’s son, to plow the first furrow in the settlement. He continued plowing until a ten acre field was prepared for planting the first known crop of corn in South Willow Creek.

Pioneer families at that time agreed to allow Norman Brown the use of all the irrigation water for the field of corn, then all shared in the harvest. Meager food supplies were mentioned in 1850 diaries. Much of the food supply was consumed by immigrants coming through Utah Territory on their way to California. Flour, costing $25 per hundredweight, was scarce.

[In the latter part of 1850 Ebenezer was called, together with many others, to form a settlement in Iron county, and thus became one of the founders of Parowan in January 1851.]

It is possible that common schools began before 1852 in the South Willow Creek settlement, but no documentary evidence has been established. Tradition indicates that "Phoebe Brown, wife of Ebenezer Brown, kept school ‘for the little ones in summer time’ but we are not told when or where her school was held." (One Hundredth Anniversary of the Draper Ward, p. 12). Her teaching could have been between 1849 and 1852 when the school/meetinghouse was finished.

On May 19, 1853, Ebenezer married Elsie Samantha Pulsipher, and on October 29, 1854, he married Mary Elizabeth Wright. In 1870, Mary died, leaving a family of small children, which Phebe took care of, making three families she had reared; her own and two of her husband's. Ebenezer and Phebe have no known children.

On 6 October 1853 the people of South Willow Creek, applying for a post office, registered their settlement as Brownsville in honor of Ebenezer Brown, the first settler, only to be rejected. Another Brownsville, honoring Captain James Brown, which later became Ogden, had already been registered in the territory. Draper continued its evolution of its name: first it was Sivogah, then Willow Creek, then South Willow Creek, then Brownsville, then Draperville, and finally Draper. South Willow Creek was renamed Draperville in honor of William Draper Jr., the first presiding elder and bishop in Draper, with Ebenezer Brown and Zemira Draper as his counselors.

Ebenezer Brown, although illiterate, was appointed the first postmaster in1854. His wife Phoebe did all the postal work in an office located in their home in the Draperville fort. On 14 March 1855, David James was appointed the next postmaster, followed by George Spilsbury on 26 November 1860. Later Ebenezer was called to fill a mission to Carson Valley where he remained until 1858. When the Carson Valley missionaries were relesed on account of the Johnstonn army troubles, Brother Brown returned to his former home in Draper, where he spent the remainder of his days.

Mountain water was used for irrigation purposes, ox-drawn and horse-drawn vehicles could not cross the deep and well-established marshlands in central South Willow Creek. Ebenezer Brown discovered marshes could be crossed by corduroying a willow road. As pioneers irrigated more land, downstream marshes diminished in size. The mountain stream along the main east and west road (12500 South) into South Willow Creek was a sea of mud most of each year. When the main road was moved two blocks north (12300 South) to avoid the poor travel conditions, the pioneers built their homes along the new road, leaving the old homes in the field.

Because of the threat of Indian uprisings, Ebenezer Brown donated land in the area of 12650 South and east of 900 East for a fort, with dimensions of 35 rods (577.5 feet) north to south and 23 rods (379.5 feet) east to west. The fort walls of adobe bricks were started in 1853, then during 1857 when Johnston's Army was a threat, the pioneers began to widen the wall and extend its height to nine feet. The threats ended before construction was completed, so the fort was never finished or enclosed. Remains of the walls are nonexistent, but the general location of the fort is well-known since the Draper Historical Park is being developed on part of the fort site at this time (1999).

Ennis Family of Draper, Utah, 1866

Ebenezer Brown became a man of substance and was able to help many of the unmarried women in the church, eventually marrying two of them. He remained active in the Church and raised a good family.

Ebenezer Brown died on January 25, 1878 at Draper, Salt Lake, Utah, and is buried in the Draper City Cemetery.

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Children of Ebenezer Brown and Ann Weaver

Ebenezer Brown married (1) Ann Weaver b. 5 Aug 1805, Saratoga, Saratoga, NY d. 26 Jun 1842, Pike Co., Il m. 23 Jul 1823, Dryden, Tompkins, NY

1. Joseph Gurnsey Brown b. 8 Nov 1824 at Dryden, Tompkins, New York; d. 7 Jan 1907 at: Kanab, Kane, Utah; buried 10 Jan 1907 at Kanab City Cem., Kanab, Kane, Utah
2. Harriet Elizabeth Brown b. 6 Feb 1826 at Illinois?; md. Oliver Stratton on 22 Aug 1841 at Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; d. 5 Apr 1871 at Virgin City, Washington, Ut; buried 8 Apr 1871 at Virgin, Washington, Ut
3. Norman Brown b. 16 Nov 1830 at Summerhill, Township, Crowford, Pennsylvania; d. 25 Mar 1921 at Draper, Salt Lake, Utah; buried 28 Mar 1921 at Draper, Salt Lake, Utah
4 John Weaver Brown b. 17 Jun 1837 at Peru, Lasalle, Il; d. 3 May 1860 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; buried May 1860 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
5. Ann Brown b. 26 Jun 1842 at Quincy, Adams, Illinois; d. Jun 1842 at Quincy, Adams, Illinois; buried at Quincy, Adams, Illinois.

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Ebenezer Brown
Married (2): Phoebe Draper Palmer
Married On: August 26, 1842 at Pleasantville, Illinois
No known children.

section header - childrenChildren of Ebenezer Brown and Elsie Samantha Pulsipher:

Ebenezer Brown
Married (3): Elsie Samantha Pulsipher
Married On: May 19, 1853 at Draper, Utah

1. Ebenezer Brown II b.1 Nov 1854 at Draper, S.l., Ut; d. Aug 1859 Place:
2. Samantha Ann Brown b. 1 Dec 1856 at Carson City, Ormsby, Nevada; d. Aug 1859 Place:
3. Clarissa Brown b. 21 Feb 1859 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; Christened: 29 Feb 1859 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; d. 25 Nov 1932 at Shoshone, Lincoln, Id; buried 29 Nov 1932 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
4. David Pulsipher Brown b. 9 Dec 1861 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; Christened: 17 Feb 1862 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; d. 31 Oct 1943 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Ut; buried 5 Nov 1943 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
5 Joseph Brown b. 2 Dec 1863 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; d. Feb 1865
6. Eunice Brown b. 20 Oct 1865 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; d. 8 May 1950 at Riverton, Salt Lake, Ut; buried 11 May 1950 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
7. Hyrum Brown b. 9 Nov 1868 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; d. 21 Jul 1949 at West Jordan, Salt Lake, Ut; buried 25 Jul 1949 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
8. Zina Diantha Brown b. 2 Dec 1869 at Draper, Salt Lake, Utah; d. 4 Feb 1956 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Ut; buried Feb 1956 at Beaver Mountain, View Cemetery, Utah
9. Priscilla Brown b. 3 Mar 1872 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; d. 31 Mar 1879
10 Elisha Brown b. 16 Dec 1874 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; d. 1 Oct 1925 at Payson, Utah, Ut; buried 3 Oct 1925 at Draper, S-Lk, Ut

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Children of Ebenezer Brown and Mary Elizabeth Wright

Ebenezer Brown married (4): Mary Elizabeth Wright
Married On: October 29, 1854 at Draper, Utah
Died: March 29, 1870

1-- George Wright Brown b. 28 Jan 1858 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut: d. 22 Mar 1932 at Sandy, Salt Lake, Ut; buried at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
2-- Julietta Brown b. 19 Feb 1864 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
3-- William Brown b. 26 Feb 1856 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; d. 29 Jan 1941 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
4-- James Edward Brown b. 29 Mar 1870 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; d. Mar 1936 at
5-- Chester Brown b. 2 Apr 1868 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
6-- Alfred Brown b. 31 May 1866 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
7-- Franklin Brown b. 23 Dec 1862 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut
8-- Mary Elizabeth Brown b. 27 Dec 1859 at Draper, Salt Lake, Ut; d. 14 Aug 1917 at Paradise, Cache, Ut; buried: Paradise, Cache, Ut


PAF - Archer files = Orson Pratt Brown + Angela Gabaldon > Bertha Brown + Everardo Navas > Ana Lucia Brown + Michael Murphy > Ila May Draper + Glenn Eugene Murphy < Erastus Almon Draper + Linna Adell Seguine < Almon Draper + Amy Hansen < William Draper Jr. + Martha Raymer < William Draper Sr. + Lydia Lathrop.> Phoebe Draper + Ebenezer Brown.

Phoebe (Phebe) Draper is Michael Leo Murphy's great-great aunt.


"Ebenezer Brown and Descendants" by Jennie B. Hollist and Imogene Brown.

"Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers, Vol. 1" The National Society for the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Page 379-380.

"Tales of a Triumphant People - A History of Salt Lake County, Utah 1847-1900" DUP 1947. History of Draper, Utah on pages 226-232.

"Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia: Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Volume III" by Andrew Jenson, Assistant Church Historian. Published by the Andrew Jenson History Company, and Printed by the Arrow Press in 1920 Salt Lake City, Utah. Page 608.

http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompany/0,15797,4017-1-401,00.html Lists the 1848 Pioneer Company he led to SLC.

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- 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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