"Papa" [Robert Brown].
Date written on it is Apr 1889, Chicago.
But he died 1880.
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John A. Brown, born 1805, Ireland.
says Brown were from Belfast.
Listed as "John" at his son Robert's mar.
He emigrated to America.
He mar Sarah ----.
Owned a prominent wool and linen business,
"John Brown and Sons", in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
with a branch in New York.
He is listed as worth $500,000 in late 19th century
[Brown family tree].
This is $10-50 m in today's money.
He died Philadelphia, 19th Nov 1890, age 85 yrs
[Brown family tree],
think NOT 11th Nov.
He was bur 22nd Nov 1890.
He did NOT die c.1850.
John and Sarah had issue:
died Philadelphia, c.1876.
Robert Alexander Brown,
born 1840, born England [according to birth certs of his children],
death cert says born Ireland but think this is wrong.
He mar 1870
to Margaret Hickey [Maggie,
listed as "Margaret Mary" at dau's birth 1871,
death cert says "Maggie A."].
born 1850, Ireland, dau of John Hickey
by his wife Margaret or Mary Dineen.
says she was O'Kennedy-Hickey but think this is wrong.
Hickey were from Emly, Co.Tipperary
across border from Hospital, Co.Limerick.
Her death cert says she came to US 1865.
Robert ran the New York part of the Brown woollen mills business.
He returned to Philadelphia 1880.
He died Philadelphia, 8th Nov 1880, age 40 yrs [death cert], NOT 11th Nov,
leaving her with 5 small daughters.
bur 11th Nov 1880 [death cert].
After his death his brother James helped the family.
Margaret returned to New York at some point.
She took ill on journey home from France, and
died New York, 2 Oct 1895, age 45 yrs.
She was bur 4 Oct 1895.
Daughters now entirely in care of James.
Robert and Margaret had issue:
Mollie, Mary Theresa Sebastian,
"Mamie", born 1871,
mar Jim Cremins [James] and
Sarah Josephine Marie, born 1873, NOT 1877.
She mar 14 Sept 1899 to Malte Stierngranat
[Malte Gustaf Claës Bernhard,
born Sweden, 22 Sept 1874, NOT 1875].
Mar cert has him as "Gösta Liewen Stierngranat".
is a Stierngranat family name.
He was a member of the Swedish nobility.
Sadie's uncle James sent The O'Rahilly to Sweden
during his honeymoon, summer 1899,
to investigate his background
before he would consent to the marriage.
turned out he was genuine.
[P102] 66 and 470.
in 1923 edn
"Sveriges ridderskaps och adels kalender"
(Swedish Chivalry and Peerage).
born New York, NOT Philadelphia,
born 4 Sept 1875 [birth cert],
apparently NOT 30 Aug 1875,
born "Annie Hickey Brown",
or "Nancy" (see both forms on The O'Rahilly's note),
"Neans" in Irish [grave].
Her father died 1880.
She and her mother and sisters travelled a lot.
They visited Ireland, France.
educ at Ursuline convent school,
Michael Joseph Rahilly (later "The O'Rahilly")
at a party near Tarbert, Co.Kerry, summer of 1893
She was only 17,
on vacation from school in Paris.
He was 18, between school and university.
In his first term at UCD, end-1893, Michael won £20 on horses.
He secretly went on a trip to Paris to see her.
He left post-dated letters with his room-mate,
to post in a certain order to his family to cover his tracks.
"Conway, who later became Professor of Mathematical Physics at UCD,
failed to post the letters in the correct order".
Michael got in trouble when he came back.
Nancy's mother died 1895.
She was now orphaned.
She is listed as "Nanette M. Brown" in 1898
[Brown family tree],
living with her sisters in Brown summer home,
in the fashionable
Nancy was back in America, no communication with Michael except by letter.
She was proposed to by a man named Marx.
Then Michael made his dramatic trip over in 1898
and changed her mind.
Ceci, Cecilia, Cecelia Celeste Brown, born 25th June 1880 [birth cert],
NOT 1881, NOT 1884,
never married, Aodogán
said she was once engaged to a Russian Prince.
James Brown, born c.1846.
took care of his brother's family after he died.
never took care of the family mills.
always looking for some big investment that would pay off.
Family story that he was one of those who turned down a man called
looking for a backer for his new invention,
The mills declined. The O'Rahilly
came over to America in 1905 to help bail them out,
but this was unsuccessful.
died Philadelphia, 1936, age c.90 yrs.
STIERNGRANAT genealogy, showing marriage to Sadie Brown.
There is a plaque at
Wynn's Hotel, Dublin,
to commemorate the meeting that founded Cumann na mBan here on 2 Apr 1914.
Nancy Brown is listed on the founding committee.
Plaque unveiled 3 Apr 2014.
plaque to the Irish Volunteers
at Wynn's Hotel,
with the name of her husband
The plaque at Wynn's Hotel.
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