Our Brown(e)* Family Tree

(going back 7 generations to Scotland)

DeBrun & Browne family mottos:
“Deus pascit corvos” (“God feeds the ravens”)
“Floreat majestas” (“Let majesty flourish”)
“Labor omnia vincit” (“Work wins everything”)
“Persevera Deoque confide” (“Persevere and trust in God”)
“Spero” (“I hope”)
“Fortiter et fideliter” (“Boldly and faithfully”)
“Spectemur agendo” (“Let us be judged by our actions”)

Table of Contents

Scottish Brown tartan

 (Click on first name for Vitals; spousal surname for associated family)

James Brown(e)* (c.1800)
Annie Sim(s) (c.1800)
Elizabeth K. Brown (1824-1916)+
Dowling Norris (1823-1858)
Annie Sims Norris (1850-1922)
Robert Patterson Gray (1844-1928)
Paul Barton Gray (1892-1977)
Bertha Ione Campbell (1893-1980)
Ruth Elizabeth Gray (1917-2005)
Ralph Hill Pearce (1917-2002)
Larry Edsel Pearce (1948- )
Susan Kay Miller (1949- )
Annie Rebecca Pearce Matthew Carter Pearce
(1971- ) (1973- )

*The surname was simplified by dropping the “e” upon coming to America.

+ Sister of Annie K. Brown (1829-1890)?, who was wife of George Hoffman (1828-1907) – parents of Rachel Elizabeth Hoffman (1866-1946), who was wife of William James Campbell (1859-1954). This was probably a case of third generation cousins marrying when my grandfather, Paul Barton Gray (1892-1977), Elizabeth Brown’s grandson, married Bertha Ione Campbell (1893-1980), Annie Brown’s granddaughter. Notice that Elizabeth and Annie each have the middle initial “K,” which we believe stood for Katarina.


Boucher, John Newton. A Century and a half of Pittsburgh and her People. Lewis Publishing, 1908, vol. 3, p.200. (Also available at Google.com)

Sir John Bernard Burke. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. London: Habeison & Sons, 1884

Edna Gray, family tradition

Various Public Member Family Trees & other documents. Ancestry.com

Last revised: 3/11/21

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