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Brentford Families - Brown

Bill Brown wrote in February 2012.

Richard Brown

I think my great grandfather Richard Brown was the younger brother of Henry, Greengrocer at 96 High Street.

Great grandfather Richard Brown was born in 1841. His father Richard Brown, my great great grandfather, was born Hanwell 1793 Mother Jane born 1795 Isleworth. I believe there were two greengrocers named Brown in the 1840's.

1841 census; Richard {greengrocer} and his wife Jane Brown were living at 56 High Street Old Brenford. By 1851 census the household comprised: Richard (48) and Jane (46) and their children Ellen (18), George (13), Richard {my great grandfather} (10), Isaac (3) and Alfred Harry (1).

Richard my great grandfather was a soldier in Hampshire in 1861, and living in the Paddington/St Pancras area 1871 onwards and working as a Plumber. The family stayed in west London until the early 1950's. when we moved to South Oxhey and my uncle to Slough although the extended family remained in the Church Street/Ladbroke Grove area. There appears to have been a family rift as Maud and Ellis were never mentioned during my upbringing and my Uncle Richard only has a hazy memory of Maud.


Brown family tree

Richard Brown (bn 1793, Hanwell), married Jane (bn 1795 Isleworth); children:
  • Helen Brown ( b1823)
  • George Brown (b 1828)
  • Isaac Brown (b 1838)
  • Alfred Harry (b 1840)
  • Richard Brown (b 1841) married Mary Ann Tancock (1842-1906); children:
    • Maud Brown (1874- ) m. Frederick Kerrison (1878- )
    • Ellis Brown (18751955 ) m. Sarah Jessie Blackaby (1878- )
    • George Brown (1878-1921) m. Ellen Cooper (1881-1937); children:
      • George William Brown ( 1914-1972 ) m Jane Pickard (1922-2007); children:
        • Joyce Brown (1944-
        • William Brown (1945- ) m. Sylvia Wilson (1949-2007); children:
          • Louise Brown (1966- )
          • Charlotte Brown (1969 - )
        • Jean Brown (1946- )
        • Janet Brown (1949- )
        • Malcolm Brown (1960 - )
      • Richard Brown (1917-) m. Ivy; children:
        • Valerie Brown


Henry Brown

I checked censuses for Henry Brown, who Bill suggests may be a brother to his Richard Brown: the 1851 census shows Henry aged 48 with wife Mary 47, living at 148 High Street. Like Richard Brown, Henry Brown was a greengrocer born in Hanwell. They had no children living with them in 1851.

In 1861 they were living at the same address, and a grandson Henry Brown, aged 6, born in Old Brentford, was with them, also a servant Elizabeth Noakes, age 14. The grandson remained with the family in 1871: by which time he was an assistant, aged 16.

In 1881 Henry and Mary were living on their own at 148 High Street, Henry still working as a greengrocer. There is a death registration in Brentford in 1883 of a Henry Brown, age 79, which seems likely to him: an 1890 trade directory records Mrs Mary Brown, greengrocer, at this address. includes the baptism of Richard Brown in late 1801 and Henry Brown in 1803, both at St Mary Hanwell sons of Richard and Ann Brown: supporting Bill's view that Richard and Henry Brown were brothers.

Other Browns High Street Brentford 1841

In alphabetical order:

George Brown, labourer, age 20, living at no. 24-1
George Brown, last maker, 30, no. 205
George Brown, schoolmaster, 30, no. 168 (moved to The Butts by 1861)
James Brown, draper, 35, no. 397
James Brown, labourer, 40, no. 19-17
John Brown, builder, 55, no. 204
Rebecca Brown, no details, no. 328
Thomas Brown, fishmonger, 50, no. 242


Page published May 2012