Brown, Thomas

Birth Name Brown, Thomas
Gender male


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth   Prince Edward Island, Canada  


    Family of Brown, Thomas and , Flora
Married Wife , Flora
  1. Brown, Charles B.
  2. Brown Burns, Thomas A.
  3. Brown, Mary
  4. Brown, Catherine


Brown or Burns?

Preserving the Past, the history of Cascumpec, says:

"Thomas Burns, a young Scottish sailor, served on a Man O'War during a time when it was much easier to sign for service than it was to be released. According to family tradition, the ship was sailing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence near the east coast of PEI when Thomas Burns decided to escape from a life which did not appeal to him. After a daring swim, he came ashore near Souris. He did not wish to return to the ship, so to conceal his identity he changed his name to Thomas Brown. He worked his way west to O'Leary where he met and married Hanna Ellis of that place."

This does confirm that the family changed its name, but the records do not support this story.

It is possible that the sailor was Thomas' father, who was also Thomas.



Mary's parents on her marriage record were Thomas and Flora. In the 1880 census, Mary said her father Thomas was born on the Island and her mother Flora was born in Scotland. She repeated this on the 1900 US census.

Their son Thomas said the opposite on the 1891 census.

I have been unable to locate a son Charles in Avon, Massachusetts.

I was not able to find a marriage for Thomas and Flora in the PEI Marriage Registers.


    1. Brown, Thomas
      1. , Flora
        1. Brown Burns, Thomas A.
        2. Brown, Mary
        3. Brown, Charles B.
        4. Brown, Catherine