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Catherine Ethel Elizabeth "Ethel" Brown

Female 1893 - 1966  (73 years)


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  • Name Catherine Ethel Elizabeth "Ethel" Brown 
    Born 7 Sep 1893  McDonald County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    1920 Census 13 Jan 1920  Des Moines City, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1930 Census Des Moines City, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lived Des Moines, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    HIST 1920 Polk Co., IA Census, Precinct 7, Des Moines City, S.D. 7, E.D. 122, Sheet No. 12B, 13 January 1920 by Edith McCabe, 3910 Seventh Street, line 56, 292/297 BROWN, William H. Head OM MW 29 M yes yes Missouri Indiana Indiana Truck Driver/Wholesale Fruit? Co., Ethel C. Wife FW 26 M yes yes Missouri Tennessee Tennessee, O. Irene Daughter FW 6 S yes Iowa Missouri Missouri, Bernice K. Daughter FW 4 1/12 S Iowa Missouri Missouri, Barbara R. Daughter FW 1 8/12 S Iowa Missouri Missouri.

    1930 Polk Co., IA Census, E.D. 77-57, S.D. 9, Sheet No. 13A/102, Des Moines City, 6th Ward, 110 Seneca, line 37, 206/211 BROWN, Ethel E. Head O 3000 FW 36 D 22 no yes Missouri United States Texas, Irene O. daughter FW 16 S yes yes Iowa Missouri Missouri, Bernice K. daughter FW 14 S yes yes Iowa Missouri Missouri, Barbara R. daughter FW 11 S yes yes Iowa Missouri Missouri. 
    Died 12 Nov 1966  Yakima, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Person ID I4435  Our Genealogy
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2007 

    Father Alfred Wilkerson "Alf" Brown,   b. 9 Jan 1860, Greene County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1930, Probably Neosho, Newton County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Matilda Catherine "Tilda" Pierce,   b. 3 Jun 1860, Greene County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1931, Pineville twp., McDonald County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 5 Dec 1879  Greene County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Family ID F2064  Group Sheet

    Family 1 William H. "Will" Brown,   b. 5 Oct 1890, Noel, McDonald County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1910  Probably Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _FA1 BET. 1920 - 1930  Des Moines, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _MEND Divorce 
    Children 
     1. (Living)
     2. (Living)
     3. (Living)
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F2025  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Guy Evert Romans,   b. 3 Jul 1889, Charter Oak, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1970, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married Aft 1930 
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F2024  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • "A True Story Concerning a Baby Born in Poverty"
      by Alice Sarah Brown Wiley

      This baby was born on Sept 7, 1893 to Mr and Mrs Alford Brown, who camefrom East Tenn. in Green County. The father and mother were nineteenyears old when married. They had a son born to them in one year aftermairage, his name was Johnie R Newton, he was born Aug 29, 1880. Theylived with Alford Browns grandmother Granny Henery, for a year aftertheir marriage, then they moved to a small place about half mile fromGranma Henerys. Lived there until after Alice Sary was born and was ayear old then they moved to a place near Anderson Missouri the place wascalled (Thief Hollow) In those days the country was wild and there weremany thieves, People were poor and the men that didnt have jobs wouldsteal from others. This place where they moved was a one roomed log housedubbed with lime. We lived there for a year then moved to another placewhere there was more farming ground. It was on the banks of Indian creekand mother would go down to the creek or river to wash cloths. By thattime Leora Bell Brown was born Dec. 4, 1884. That next summer was whereMother Brown would go down to the river to wash cloths As the water forall purposes had to be carried from the river. We had a dog a big Shepardthat was bitten by a dog that came to the river where mother and Mrs Rosewere washing this dog had rabies and our dog Shep went mad with rabies inthree months I believe it was any way in that fall. Stece Munison ourneighbor came and shot our beautiful black Shepard dog. Dad thot a lot ofhim and he wouldnt shoot him. My brother Johnie and I climed up in thebarn loft to keep from being bitten by him. We were there playing. Leoraa sister was a baby and she was still wearing long dresses, I (Alice)remembers how she looked. She had long black hair and was a small baby.Mother sometimes would go to the river to wash diapers for Leora and thewater was cold.

      She took rheumatism and couldnt even lift a skilet or wring a dish cloth.So Mrs. Rose came and helped do the work. One day mother fell and I(Alice) was so scared I tried to lift her up put my hands under her headbut of coarse I believe she had to stay there until dad came from thefield. Then Mrs Rose came and stayed for a while, I was 3 years old whenthis happened. Then when I was 5 years old we moved to Mill Creek wherewe lived until we went from home. Brother Claude Brown now lives at theold home place. It is a beautiful place in the Ozark Hills. The land mostof it except about Seventeen acres was to be cleared off before we couldhave enough land to cultivate. So I was old enough Johnie and I to helpwith the work. Brother Johnie passed away when he was about eight and ahalf years old I (Alice) and Johnie were real powels and I had to quiteschool after he passed away I had no one to walk to school with me and inthose days the school children were real mean to the smaller children.This distance to school was one and a half miles by guess. My firstteachers name was (Fanny Dean) I loved her very much I did not get toschool after Johnie passed away for about three years I was nine yearsold by that time a new building was put up for a school and it was a oneroom school house. There was a big heating stove in the middle of thebuilding and we used fuel to heat the building the boys carried wood, ourdrinking water from a spring near the old Forney place. James LeonardBrown was born Dec 6 1887. He was born before Johnie R Newton passed away, and Johnie used to hold him in his lap while mother worked. WilliamMathew Brown was born Sept. 10, 1890. He was a fat baby and was subjectto colds often croop. He was afraid of mothers brother Newton Piercebecause Uncle Nute had a bald head. Now Will has a Bald head like hisuncle Newton Pierce but he is a nice looking man. Claude Oscar McKinleywas born Feb 27, 1897, But I have left out where Ethel Elizabeth Brownwas born Sept 7, 1893 at the bigining of this story I told where she wasborn. Im trying to take them in rotation, but have made a mistake. StellaTherisa Brown was born April 19, 1900, Raymond Bert Brown was born on May26, 1904. Cathrine Ethel Elizabeth Brown was born Sept. 7, 1893 as I saidbefore where we were very poor. Dad was ill for five years we thought hewould pass on. He had something wrong with his liver calledager capy ahard not in his liver we had some stock but we could only get two and ahalf dollars out of a year old calf so that all went for Drs bills.Finally a neighbor told us about a Dr. called Doctor Reason he lived inNoel 6 miles distance. He made 2 or 3 trips buggy and horse travel. Hebrought 6 or 8 pts of old fashioned cod liver oil and dad took all of itin a couple months he now was able to eat and work a little after fiveyears of suffering. We had a black horse and he was blind and had to eatgrass along the fence rows while we ate a cold dinner as we had to rentland and I had to take our dinners but when I was nine years old mothertold me to cook their dinners and send them to the field to them by [...]much of a dinner I could put up as we didnt have much to get but we werevery thankful for what we had. Mother was a woman of prayer and shethought some day we would have more to live on. All the old timers had ahard time to keep the wolf from their doors. Ethel wasnt a pretty babybut she grew into a beautiful brown eyed long haired girl. She had veryfew cloths but would stand before the glass and primp until she lookedreal nice. She was always full of ambition. After she was old enough towork. She was punished for things she shouldnt of been punished for. Whenmother was pregnant with Ethel Elizabeth she was ill most all the time. Alady by the name of Mrs Diggs that lived a mile from us would come andtalk to mother and encourage her. This Lady Mrs Diggs was a ministerswife I believe they had six children the oldest son Bruce became aminister and came back to Mill Creek many years after his folks leftthere. Where they lived later a family by the name of Correll moved therefrom Iowa for Mrs Corrells health the Corrells had one son Frank a schoolteacher and two daughters Cora and Pearl that became school teachers I(Alice) went to school with both of them. Pearl lives in Florida now andCora in Okla. both of their husbands have passed on. Mr. Correll was ourS. School supt. for many years. Where his days were few he would standand talk to us with tears in his eyes. His was was so much help to mewhen I first became a Christian. I had decided when I was nineteen yearsold that I wanted to be a christian and serve the Lord. I believe EthelElizabeth became a christian when she was fifteen years old. A ministercame to Mill Creek to hold a revival and his name was Rev Manning. Hepreached the old time Salvation and there were about seven of we schoolgirls that went to the revival but I had been converted before that athome out by our old Spring house July 25 about nine o'clock. I had knownfor a year I needed to be saved but God has a time and a place for eachof us. The Lord said to it seemed in a small voice go up higher. I triedto pray where I was but I couldnt and soon as I obeyed the Lord and wentup on a place where he told me to go there was the time and God showed mea bright light that lead from earth to heaven then this power of God fellon me and I shouted for joy. I knew the work was done never have Iregreted that I made the decision to let God used me to his Glory.

      Ethel Elizabeth Brown married when she was seventeend years old. But shecried for week before she married to Will Brown no relation to Ethel buta school mate. She wanted to get an education in Des Moines Iowa but herintended cried and said if she went he would kill hisself so she decidedshe would marry instead of going to high school. But later she and Willher husband separated. He left her with three little girls Irene waseleven years old so maybe she wouldn't have been called little. She ahdto go to work selling ice cream near where they lived. Ethels husbandmarried a high school girl and oh the tears she shed over him, her pillowwet with tears many times. When I went to visit her thirty eight yearsago she met me at the door pale as a corpse. I didnt know Will had leftthe family when he didnt come home in the evening I said Ethel when doesWill get home and she in a low voice said he does not get home at all.Then she had a sick headache she tried to tell me the story why he hadleft and it ended up in a sick headache. There were the sweet girls threeof them, beautiful children. Barbara a baby was really beautiful. A meanwoman can do any thing with a man. They dont care just so their wishesare gratified. It broke my heart to see my sister Ethel with threechildren left and not enought to eat. She had to get out and work scrubwood work at hard work all day long. So she asked God to help her get ajob where she could sit down and work so she worked for the NorthlandMilk co. for fourteen years before she became Credit Manager for someyears before she married Dr Guy E Romans a Dentist. Ethel has been veryhappy sence this marriege and they work together.

  • Sources 
    1. [S701] A True Story Concerning a Baby Born in Poverty, S. Alice Brown Wiley.

    2. [S1608] 1920 Polk Co., IA Census, Precinct 7, Des Moines City, S.D. 7, E.D. 122, Sheet No. 12B, 13 January 1920 by Edith McCabe, 3910 Seventh Street, line 56, 292/297 BROWN, William H. Head OM MW 29 M yes yes Missouri Indiana Indian, a Truck Driver/Wholesale Fruit? Co., Ethel C. Wife FW 26 M yes yes Missouri Tennessee Tennessee, O. Irene Daughter FW 6 S yes Iowa Missouri Missouri, Bernic.

    3. [S1386] 1930 Polk Co., IA Census, E.D. 77-57, S.D. 9, Sheet No. 13A/102, Des Moines City, 6th Ward, 110 Seneca, line 37, 206/211 BROWN, Ethel E. Head O 3000 FW 36 D 22 no yes Missouri United States Texas, Irene O. daughter FW 16 S ye, s yes Iowa Missouri Missouri, Bernice K. daughter FW 14 S yes yes Iowa Missouri Missouri, Barbara R. daughter FW 11 S yes yes Iowa Missouri Missouri.

    4. [S1578] Social Security Death Index online, Ethel ROMANS 07 Sep 1893 Nov 1966 98901 (Yakima, Yakima, WA) (none specified) 478-01-1341 Iowa.

    5. [S618] Washington Death Index, 1940-1996, Ethel E ROMANS, d. 12 Nov 1966 Yakima City, WA, Residence: Yakima City, WA F 026439.

    6. [S110] Obituary: Matilda Catherine Pierce, (undated newspaper clipping).

    7. [S1973] Greene Co., TN Marriages, 1780-1947, batch #M519242, Greene County (Tennessee). County Court Clerk, Marriages, 1780-1947 Greene County (Tennessee). County Court Clerk: Alfred BROWN m. Matilda PRICE 5 Dec 1879 Greene, Tennessee..


 
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