Alexander Brown

#538, (24 September 1825-6 June 1892)
FatherJohn Brown (c 1790-13 Feb 1863)
MotherMargaret Miller (c 1790-1887)
ChartsBrown family - descendants
Miller Family (Scotland) - descendants
Last Edited13 Apr 2022
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Alexander Brown was also known as Sandy.1 Alexander was born on Saturday, 24 September 1825 at Scotland.2 He was the son of John Brown and Margaret Miller. Alexander Brown was baptised on Sunday, 16 October 1825 at Gorbals, Glasgow.2

At the age of 13 Alexander emigrated from Liverpool on 28 February 1839 on the 'Heber' with his parents and siblings. The ship embarked with 178 emmigrants. The family was brought out by Donald McIntyre of Invermein, one of a number of private Scottish emigrant operators who had settled in Australia - he brought out 57 emigrants on the 'Heber', nearly all country people from the Highlands; shepherds and labourers and their families.3,4,5,6 After a voyage of nearly 6 months Alexander arrived at Botany Bay, New South Wales, on 27 July 1839 with his parents and siblings. The ship's first port of call had been the Cape of Good Hope, where they embarked a further two passengers. They left the Cape on the 28th of May 1839. The trip was not without tragedy; 5 children died on the voyage.3,7


He may have attended the wedding of his sister in the marriage of Donald Nicholson and Margaret Brown in a Presbyterian ceremony at Free Presbyterian Church in Pitt Street on Friday, 19 March 1841 at Sydney. It isn't known how they met but perhaps it was through Donald's work. After their marriage Donald and Margaret lived in Parramatta at least until the start of the new year. Together they were to go on to have 10 children over 18 years.8

He may have attended the wedding of his sister in the marriage of John Chalmers and Jessie Brown at St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church on Monday, 7 June 1841 at Sydney. John and Jessie went on to have four known children together.9

He may have attended the wedding of his sister in the marriage of John Cameron and Agnes Brown at St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church on Thursday, 31 August 1848 at Sydney. John and Agnes went on to have nine known children together.10 Alexanderlived in August 1852 at Sydney.11

He married Mary Ann MacKenzie, daughter of Alexander MacKenzie and Mary Ann (?), at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church in Fort Street on Tuesday, 10 August 1852 at Sydney. The wedding certificate was also signed by Donald Brown and Frances Cameron Ross Brown. Others who may have attended the wedding include Margaret Miller as mother of the groom and John Brown as father of the groom. Brothers and sisters who may have attended include Margaret Brown, Jessie Brown, John Brown and Agnes Brown. Mary and Alexander went on to have 12 known children together.12,13

Alexander attended the wedding of Robert Grigg and his sister Frances Cameron Ross Brown at St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church on Thursday, 16 November 1854 at Sydney. They also signed the marriage certificate as witnesses. Others who may have attended the wedding include Margaret Miller as mother of the bride and John Brown as father of the bride.14

He may have attended the wedding of his brother in the marriage of Donald Brown and Charlotte Whyte at St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church on Saturday, 24 February 1855 at Sydney. Charlotte and Donald went on to have nine known children together.11 Alexander Brown was a ship wright in July 1855.15 Alexander and Marylived in July 1855 at the Sydney area of Balmain.15 Alexander and Marylived in September 1857 at Balmain.16 Alexanderlived in 1859 at Balmain.17 He was described as a man with a red beard circa 1860.18 Alexanderlived in 1861 at at St. Andrews Street in the Sydney suburb of Balmain, New South Wales.19 He was a witness at the wedding of William Minchell and Sarah MacKenzie at St. Andrews Street on Monday, 26 January 1863 at Balmain, New South Wales.20

His father died 13 February 1863 at the approximate age of 73. Alexander was aged 37 when this happened.

John Brown's son Alexander had a funeral notice placed in the paper on 14 February 1863:
" FUNERAL.-The Friends of Mr. ALEXANDER BROWN are respectfully requested to attend the funeral of his late departed father, JOHN The procession to move from his son's residence, St. Andrew's-street, Balmain, THIS (Saturday) AFTERNOON, at half-past 2 o'clock. REUBEN THOMAS, undertaker, 141, York street, near the Wesleyan Chapel."21




Alexander may have died on 6 June 1892 at at 117 Beattie Street in the Sydney suburb of Balmain at age 66 however there is some uncertainty about this.22,18

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1825BirthScotland2
1825BaptismGorbals, Glasgow2
1852ResidenceSydney11
1852MarriageSt. Stephen's Presbyterian Church in Fort Street, in Sydney12,13
1855Occupation15
1855Residencethe Sydney area of Balmain15
1857Occupation-hide16
1857ResidenceBalmain16
1859ResidenceBalmain17
1860Description18
1861Residence at St. Andrews Street in the Sydney suburb of Balmain, New South Wales19
1863Occupation-hide23
1863Residence-hideBalmain, New South Wales23
1863Residence-hideBalmain, New South Wales21
1869Residence-hideBalmain, New South Wales24
1892Death-Candidate at 117 Beattie Street in the Sydney suburb of Balmain22,18

Family

Mary Ann MacKenzie (c 1830-)
Children

Citations

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    Miss Jessie Brown, Gender: F; Arrived per Heber Ship Captain: William Thomas; Arrived: 27 Jul 1839; Arrival Status: Free Passenger, at Sydney;, Embarked from: Liverpool [LAN ENG] Embarked for Australia: 28 Feb 1839; Family: Y; Marriage Status: Single; Aged: 17 years; Child; Born at [PER SCT]; Religion: Protestant; Father: John Brown, Employment: Farm Labourer; Mother: [Given name unreadable] Miller, Employment: Farm Servant; Editor's Remarks: Mother's given name torn off; Original number: 020; State Records Ref.: 4/4843 [Biog Item No. 100332135].
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  19. [S31] Sand's Directory,NSW, Australia (various dates), 1861 p.144.
  20. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1863 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 3 February, p. 1, viewed 3 May, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13073541
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