Fonds ID5056 - Brown and Marr family

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Brown and Marr family

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  • 1799-1921, predominant 1880-1900 (Creation)
    Brown and Marr family (Quaco)

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3.5 m of textual records

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(Branch begins before 1832)

Biographical history

The Brown family of West Quaco, New Brunswick, is descended from a William Brown (d. 1832) who came to Quaco from Nova Scotia. It is believed he was accompanied by family members including his brother, Joseph. The Browns were engaged in shipbuilding and other businesses. William Brown married Sarah Hamilton and their children included John M. Nelson, Ebenezer, James Edward, George and Caroline. John M. Brown married Joanna Cutten and they had the following children: William who married Rebecca Carson; Hamilton (Milton) who married Margaret Allen and settled in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Lavinia who married Thomas Carson; Sarah who married Thomas Brass Carson; Elisha J. who married Margaret Marr; and Omar P. who married Clara Bailey Marr in 1886.

First Elisha and then his brother, Omar, went to sea as captains with Tufts & Co. and Troop & Son of Saint John. They were married to sisters and their wives often accompanied them on voyages. During his career Omar was plagued with eye problems. One of his eyes was removed in Japan while he was captain of the "Lizzie C. Troop". In 1887 he developed problems with his remaining eye that forced him to leave his career as a ship's captain to open a general store in St. Martins. He returned to sea on the "Kate F. Troop" in 1900. Omar Brown died in 1915 and Clara Brown died in 1942.

Omar and Clara Brown had two sons, Douglas (b. 1888) married Bertha Augusta Rust of New York. They had no issue and returned to St. Martins from the United States on retirement. John (b. 1891) married Jean Parker of Winnipeg and had 3 children: Dorothy, Douglas, and Ronald. George Marr and his wife Margaret Robertson immigrated from Greenock, Scotland, to Saint John about 1825 and later moved to Quaco. Their children included Charles, Margaret, Catherine (remained in Scotland and married James Duncan of Crail) and John.

George Marr was a shipbuilder and was assisted by his son, John (1823-1904), who later became a ship's captain. John Marr married Sarah Brown, a daughter of Joseph Brown. Their children were Margaret who married Elisha J. Brown, Mary Rebecca who married Robert Carr, George who married Elizabeth Skillen, Clara Bailey who married Omar P. Brown, Alice, Emma who married Frank Mosher, John Duncan and 2 who died in infancy.

Custodial history

The records were purchased in 1995 from Harold Lister of Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia . Mr. Lister had collected shipping documents and artifacts relating to the Bay of Fundy region with the idea of operating a private museum. The New Brunswick Museum purchased the materials relating to New Brunswick which included Brown, Marr, Turner, McClelan and miscellaneous papers.

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This fonds consists of shipping, business and family papers of the Brown and Marr families of West Quaco. The shipping documents relate mainly to the vessels "Saguenay", "Lepreau", "Savannah", "Lancefield", "Kelverdale", "Lizzie C. Troop", and "Kate F. Troop" and their captains, Elisha Brown and Omar P. Brown.

The family papers include correspondence, accounts and ephemeral items. Some of the letters were written by family members from ports in Britain, the West Indies, South America and the United States while on their voyages."

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Purchase 1995, Harold Lister of Spencer's Island, N.S.


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