William Riley Brown
Which Will is which?? Both pictures are said to be William Riley Brown.
I vote for the one on the right.
William Riley Brown is our oldest Brown ancestor. All the information I have on him is a
compilation of the genealogical work of the late Professor June Welch, Mr. V.
A. Brown of Rowlett
legend has it that William’s father emigrated from
eldest son, Private Henry J. Brown, served
in the Civil War in the 48th Alabama Infantry, company I of the
Confederate Army. Six months after
joining the unit, he contracted Typhoid Fever.
He was transferred to
wife Elizabeth died and he married Mary McGee on
During his life, William was a devoted Methodist church leader. He served as Justice of the Peace and I saw his name as officiating a few Brown weddings (but I could never prove they were relatives).
He died at the home of his son John William in Muscadine at the age of 95.
Ann Fareyho Elizabeth Hooper Phoebe Comfort Gilbert John Massilva Brookes John Eleanor Powell Mary McCann
Richard Hooper, John Cleveland, and Thomas Gilbert are listed with the DAR as Revolutionary War patriots.