52 Ancestors:# 2 – Daniel Brown (1812 – 1869)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
No Story Too Small

This post is for week 2 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Crow from No Story Too Small.

You can read the list of my posts HERE

Daniel Brown was married to the sister of my Great, great, great Grandmother Prudence Budd.

Courtesy of Ancestry – Parish Records Puttenham Surrey
13th October 1839

The marriage was witnessed by Prudence and her husband George Ellis and they both signed their names with the X indicating that they could not read or write, or certainly not well enough for such an occasion.

Daniel and Rosanna made their life in Puttenham where they raised a family of eight children between 1835 and 1857. Their eldest child, a daughter called Emma was born 4 years before they married in 1839.

In this period, a marriage could take place if there was parental consent before the age of 21 years. At the time of the marriage Rosanna was 25 years old, so perhaps there was not consent from Rosanna’s father Richard which might explain the delay in the marriage. Moreover, perhaps it also explains why the marriage was witnessed by her sister and brother in law.

In the burial records for Puttenham I came across the burial of Daniel Brown who took his own life and was buried in January 1869. He was 55 years old.

What I like especially about this record is the note at the side of the entry, with the handwritten finger pointing downwards to the bottom of the page, with the explanation of the amendments that were made for this burial.

Courtesy of Ancestry – Parish Records Puttenham Surrey Burials 1868 & 1869

Actions to do:

  1. Inquest data
  2. Newspaper  (Surrey Advertiser)
  3. Follow the family post 1869 to see if there were repercussions to the family post Daniel’s death

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, European Ancestors, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies, Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies and surname courses.
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