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Welcome to the Brown - Fletcher Family Page

Updated: 09 May 2012


Please contact Jim Adams (adamsmckain at with information (births, marriages, deaths, obituaries, photographs, letters, diaries, etc.) on the Brown & Fletcher families.


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Connection to the Adams Family: Emory Brown married Muriel Sarah Fletcher who was the granddaughter of Sarah Lucina (Adams)and Dorsey "Dorry" Fletcher. A second connection is through Franklin Bildad Adams who married Lucinda Fletcher


Word has been received of the death of Dr. Roger E. Brown, DVM.


Jim Adams tree at


Brown Family Tree at


80 Acre Family Tree -- Brown at (with photos & stories)


NEW: Brown Family History from the Marcellus News (Marcellus, MI) submitted by Garry A. Brown

(Thanks to Robert Brown for his assistance in compiling the family history on this line. Much of the information on these pages comes from Robert's research)


Carrie Anna Thornburg family tree. ( Married to Merton Fletcher Brown. Tom Krohn. This line also connects to the Mohney line through Lucille Ellen Thornburg who married Otis V. Mohney.


Abner Brown married Frances Welcher daughter of Abraham Welcher & Catherine (Barriford) Rutherford. Catherine is buried in the Charleston Cemetery.


6-11-1909:  Marcellus News
Alton Brown and family, of Newberg, called on his uncle, Abner, who is troubled with diabetes and is not able to sit up but a very little.

7-9-1909:  Marcellus News
Abner Brown, of Volinia, father of under-sheriff Brown, is seriously sick at his home and Emory has been at his bedside most of the time for several days.

The Marcellus News, Friday 7-16-1909
Death of Abner Brown.  Had Been a Resident of Volinia for Over Half a Century
  Abner Brown was born in Conhocton, Steuben county, N.Y., February 28, 1837.  After a long and painful illness he departed this life July 9, 1909, aged seventy-two years, four months and nine days.  

  He was the eldest son of William and Martha Brown, in a family of four brothers and four sisters, one brother and three sisters, having preceded him to the higher life.  

  In 1856 he came to Michigan, staying at Fentonville with an uncle the first night and worked at Jackson the first winter.  In the spring of '57 he came to Nicholsville and worked on a farm.  Soon after this he bought his first farm and here amid the virgin forests he toiled early and late to clear his farm and establish the beginning of a prosperous home.  

  He was married January 18, 1878, to Frances Elnora Welcher, oldest daughter of Abraham and Catherine Welcher.  To this union were born six children five boys and one girl, all of whom survive their father, with the exception of the youngest son who died in infancy.  

  In over fifty years' residence on one farm in Volinia, friends and neighbors always found Abner Brown strictly honest and upright in dealing with his fellow men.  His hand was ever out-stretched and ready to help those that tried to help themselves.  Many a basket of fruit and delicacies has he carried to a sick neighbor.  Before the disabilities of disease and age confined him at home he was ever willing to do all in his power to alleviate the suffering of those who were ill or in distress.  

  Living an honest, upright life he was ready to go when the summons came.  He had chosen the friends he wished to carry him to the final resting place, and made other necessary arrangements doing all he could to lighten the grief of his family.

  He leaves to mourn their loss, his loving wife; five children, Floyd, Wilbur, Emory, George and Bird; one grandchild, Mildred; three brothers and one sister, besides a multitude of friends.  Those will miss him most who knew him best.

  The funeral will be held in the Baptist church in Volinia, Sunday afternoon, July 11, conducted by Rev. Mrs. Garrison.  Burial in Pioneer cemetery.


Also visit the Brian Deroo page online


The Brown connection to the Adams family:

Horace Hale Adams (21 May 1805 - 12 April 1847) married Lorania Gates Kinney (1808 - 15 August 1850).

Horace Hale Adams & Lorania Gates Kinney had 6 children: (scroll down to about the middle of the page)

  1. Franklin Bildad Adams

  2. Phebe L. Adams

  3. Uri Mason Adams married Jane Woods McKain

  4. Sarah Lucina Adams  (23 August 1835 - 06 January 1914) married Dorsey Fletcher (14 August 1828 - 17 July 1898) 


See the July 2004 issue of the Adams-McKain Reunion News for the family history: “Sarah (Adams) and Dorsey Fletcher Family.”


  5. Emily Lorainia Adams

  6. Mary Calista Adams


Sarah Lucina Adams and Dorry Fletcher had 2 children:

  1. Julian Fletcher (11 Oct. 1857 to 28 Dec. 1857)

  2. Julius Horace Fletcher  (11 October 1857 - 25 Jan 1930) married Sophia Elizabeth Stute (02 September 1864 - 15 June 1953).


Julius Horace Fletcher and Sophia Elizabeth Stute had 4 children:

  1. Mabel Sophia Fletcher (1884-1923)

  2.  Muriel Sarah Fletcher (21 September 1889 - 05 July 1970) married Emory Brown (17 November 1881 - 04 April 1954)

  3. Julia Mae Fletcher (1891-1952)

  4. Wyborne Leroy Fletcher (1904-1951)


(NOTE: Muriel Sarah Fletcher Brown and Jim Adams would be second cousins once removed. Mrs. Brown lived next door to Dr. Adams on Dibble Street in Marcellus, Cass, MI)


Obituary of Sophia Elizabeth Fletcher (02 September 1864 - 15 June 1953) married Julius Horace Fletcher (11 October 1857 - ) (NOTE: the above obituary is on the WayBackMachine archive)


William Brown (11 January 1798 - 09 April 1872) married Martha Gleason (March 1816 - 02 November 1892). They had a son, Abner Brown.

Abner Brown (28 February 1837 - 09 July 1909) married Frances Elnora Welcher (07 May 1857 - 23 December 1916). Frances Welcher was the daughter of Abraham Welcher and Catherine (Barriford) Rutherford (1818 - 1895). Abner came to Nicholsville in the spring of 1857 and worked on a farm until he bought his own farm in 1860. In the 1860 U.S. Census he is listed as A. Brown, age 24, farm laborer, NY) in the A.B. Copley household in or near Nicholsville. The farm he bought later that same year was about 2-3 miles away, nearer the village of Volinia. Abner had a brother, Fernando C. Brown (b. 1841 in NY) who married Miss Alice J. Copley (b. about 1846) the daughter of Thomas Nelson Copley and Clarissa Nichols of Nicholsville. Thomas had 40 acres about one-half mile SE of Nicholsville. His neighbor on two sides (80 acres) was A.G. Copley (probably the brother of Thomas).


Abner Brown & Frances Elnora Welcher had 5 children:

  1. Emory Brown (17 November 1881 - 04 April 1954) married Muriel Sarah Fletcher (21 September 1889 - 05 July 1970)

  2. George W. Brown (14 June 1885 - 08 October 1943) married Ethel Goble.

  3. Floyd Brown (24 June 1879 to Jan. 2, 1963) married (1) Lora Jane McCully, and (2) Margaret McCully.

  4. Wilbur Brown  (Feb. 1880 to 26 Oct. 1952) married Elsie McKenzie.

  5. Ila Bird Brown (24 February 1891 - 27 November 1914) married J.D. Emmons.


Emory Brown and Muriel Sarah Fletcher had 6 children:

  1. Garry Abner Brown (17 December 1909 - 21 August 2004) married (1) V. Ethel Burns, and (2) Mary Gordon.

  2. Merton Fletcher Brown (24 December 1911 - 03 September 1982) married Carrie Anna Thornburg (27 September 1914 - 13 April 2001).

  3. Donald Francis Brown (18 November 1914 - 30 November 1976 in Mexico) married Gertrude Eleanor Miller)

  4. Barbara Ann Brown (10 July 1916 - 19 Dec 1993) married Ivan Dale Wheaton (08 Jan 1919 - 31 Oct 1993)

  5. Emil Jean Brown  (October 1918 - 26 November 1942)

  6. David Emory Brown (22 September 1929 - 06 September 1942)


Brown Family Photographs

Bert Brown's wife was Lilly Burgess, niece of Lilly (Douglass) Adams


Brown Family Obituaries

Barbara Ann (Brown) Wheaton -- age 77, of Holland, Michigan died December 19, 1993. Ivan and Barbara are buried in the Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Holland. She was born July 10, 1916 to Emory and Muriel (Fletcher) Brown as their 4th child. Her grandparents are Julius & Sophia (Stute) Fletcher. She is a Dorsey & Sarah Lucinda (Adams) Fletcher descendant. They had William Dale, Nancy Jo, & Sally Ann. She married Ivan Wheaton April 13, 1940.


Donald Brown -- Word was received Monday of this week of the sudden death on December 1 of Donald Brown, age 62, while he and his wife were vacationing 400 miles south of Mexico City. His body has been donated to science and was sent to the Houston Medical School in Texas. Donald's home was in Buchanan where he had worked for Clark Equipment all of his adult life. The family is awaiting notice of further arrangements. He was the son of the late Emory and Muriel Brown of Marcellus and a graduate of Marcellus High School. (1976)


Emory Brown Passed Away Sunday Morning
  Emory Brown, age 72, a lifetime resident of this community, died in his home early Sunday morning, April 4, 1954, after a six month illness. He was a former Village President and member of the School Board and was always active in Village affairs. He was born November 17, 1881, in Volinia township, Cass county, Michigan, son of Abner and Elnora (Welcher) Brown and lived his entire life in this vicinity. Surviving are his widow, Muriel Fletcher Brown; three sons, Garry and Merton, of Battle Creek, and Donald of Buchanan; a daughter, Mrs. Ivan (Barbara) Wheaton, of Holland,  Michigan; one brother, Floyd Brown of Cassopolis and nine grandchildren. Two sons preceded him in death, both in the fall of 1942, Emil was killed in action in New Guinea and David in a farm accident. Funeral services were held in the Romig Funeral Home, Marcellus, at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 1954, with the Rev. Wm. Ed Timms, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Burial at Marcellus cemetery.



Mrs. Margaret Brown (31 August 1975 obituary)
CASSOPOLIS -- Mrs. Margaret Brown, age 92, of route 4, Cassopolis, died Friday afternoon at the Schato Nursing Home in Dowagiac. She had been suffering from an extended illness. She was the widow of Floyd Brown, who died on Jan. 12, 1963. She is survived by a son, Hoger Eddy, of St. Petersburg, Fla. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Connelly Funeral Home in Cassopolis. Burial will be at the Prospect Hill cemetery.


Accident Fatal to Farmer Lad
(Sept. 6, 1942) newspaper article
David Brown, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Brown met death accidently Sunday evening when he became entangled in a rope trapeze which he had put up in the barn on the Brown farm about six miles north of Marcellus.

Sunday evening David went to the barn to attend to the milking and while waiting for the milking machine to finish its work he went into the hay mow to play on the trapeze. His mother became alarmed at his absence and went to the barn to investigate and found David entangled in the trapeze ropes.

Dr. Ray Young of Lawton and Justice Dell Kline were called and they pronounced death due to an accident.

David was a likeable young lad and was popular with his fellow students at the Marcellus school. He had planned to attend the opening of school Tuesday.

He leaves his parents, four brothers, Donald and Emil who are in the U.S. Army; Gary and Merton of Battle Creek, and a sister, Mrs. Ivan Wheaton of Holland, and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Romig funeral home, Marcellus, Rev. Denmore officiating. Burial in Marcellus cemetery.


Marcellus Boy Killed By Rope
Strangled On Trapeze As He's At Play
MARCELLUS, Sept. 9 -- David Brown, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Brown, farm residents near Harmony Chapel, is dead, the vicitim of a trapeze rope which strangled him to death as he played in the barn Sunday evening.

He had been sent to the barn to help with the evening milking and was there alone. After he had been absent from the house an unreasonable length of time, his parents became alarmed and went to the barn in search of him.

There they found him hanging from a home-made trapeze, his head tangled in the rope and he was apparently strangled to death.

It is believed he completed miling, and had gone to the trapeze to try a few stunts, when he accidentlally became tangled in the rope and was unable to extricate himself.

David was born in Marcellus and was a student in the eighth grade.

He is survived by his parents; one sister, Mrs. Ivan Wheaton of Holland; four brothers, Garry and Merton of Battle Creek, and Donald and Emil in the army; his grandmother, Mrs. Sophie Fletcher, and other relatives.

Funeral servicves were to be held at 2:30 today from the Romig funeral home, with burial in the Marcellus cemetery.

Muriel Sarah Fletcher Brown Obituary

Mrs. Emory (Muriel Fletcher) Brown, age 80, died Sunday, July 5, 1970 at the M.J. Clark Memorial Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she has resided since April 3, 1966.
Mrs. Brown was born September 21, 1889 in Porter Twp., Van Buren County, Michigan, on the family homestead just west of Harmony Chapel, the daughter of Julius and Sophia (Stute) Fletcher.
On November 17, 1908 she was married to Emory Brown. They lived in various locations in Marcellus and on the homestead in Porter Township. In 1922 they moved to the family home at 219 W. Dibble Street.
She was preceded in death by her husband Emory on April 4, 1954; 2 sons, David E. who suffered a fatal accident on the farm home, and Corporal Emil J. who was killed in action in New Guinea, both in 1945.
She is survived by 3 sons, Garry A. of Battle Creek, Merton F. of Palo Alto, Calif., and Don F. of Buchanan, Mich; and a daughter, Mrs. Ivan (Barbara) Wheaton of Holland, Michigan; 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; also a nephew Arden McNinch of San Francisco, California.
Mrs. Brown was for years a member of the New Century Club, and the Methodist Church, both of Marcellus.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the Romig Funeral Home, Marcellus, with the Rev. Howard Fuller of the M.J. Clark Memorial Home in Grand Rapids officiating.
Burial in the Marcellus Cemetery.

Russell June Brown

Russell June Brown was born February 9, 1912 in Volinia Township to George W. and Ethel Brown and died of an accidental shotgun wound December 16, 1923. He is survived by his grandparents, parents, two young brothers A.J. and Roger, and a baby sister Frances. Services were from the Volinia church Friday with Rev. Springsteen officiating. His classmates at Goodenough School were his pallbearers. Burial was at Crane Cemetery.


Elizabeth (Wilson) Brown Obituary


Obituaries Thursday 3/4/99 Elizabeth Brown, 78 ZEELAND -- Elizabeth "Libby" Brown, 78, of Zeeland, died Tuesday, March 2, 1999, in Boulder Park Care Facility, Charlevoix. Born in New York, N.Y., she grew up in Montvale, N.J. She received degrees in English and taught at East Grand Rapids High School and Hope College. She was a member of Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP), Questors, and Hope Church and its church circles. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Thompson, in 1995. Surviving are her husband, James; children, Kathleen and John Jorgensen of Petoskey, Margaret and Dr. Siegfried Schweighofer of Oakland, and Jann and Ron De Jonge of Zeeland; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Eleanor Niedringhaus of Vero Beach, Fla., Janet Geist of Melbourne, Fla., Edward and Rita Wilson of Damascus, Md., and E. Justin Wilson of Burlingame, Calif.; stepdaughters, Pat and Jon Van Dyke of Elkhart, Ind., Peggy and John Fischrupp of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Joann and William Wheatonof Charlotte, N.C. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Hope Church, 77 W. 11th St., with the Rev. Del Vander Haar and the Rev. Evelyn Dephouse officiating. Burial will be in Zeeland Cemetery. Visiting is 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State St. Memorials may be made to HASP.