Do the names of their children give clues to origins or support the legend of the stowaway from Scotland? Legend says Isaac was born in 1806 in Scotland, ran away from an apprenticeship when he was 14 in 1820, He stowed away. He was found and worked off passage for about 7 years and finally arrived on the "Manchester" in 1827 from Liverpool He traveled in country, joined a military effort, was wounded and nursed back to health by a Native American family, and married (in NC, VA, or TN) the daughter (whose name is thought to be Mary, possibly Mooney but whose name may have also been something that sounded like "Wa'tella" or "Washtella".)
i. PTOLEMA PHILADEPHUS BROWN, b. August 30, 1829, Warren County, Tennessee; d. November 02, 1903, Soldier's Home in St. James, Phelps County, Missouri.
“Ptolema” = Greek; Many possible individuals but a probable one is the mathematician author of ‘Geographia’ (ca. 150).*
“Philadelphius” = Latinized form of the Greek word for brotherly love.
ii. JUAN FERNANDEZ BROWN, b. 1831, Davidson County, Tennessee; d. March 07, 1854, Texas County, Missouri.
“Juan” – may refer to the explorer Juan de Categena with Magellan *
“Ferdinand” – may refer to the explorer Ferdinand Magellan /also an island chain made famous in Robinson Crusoe. *
Note: Her son's name continued this naming pattern with a name from Greek mythology for one of the Muses'. LIBETHRIDES WARE BROWNm b. 1849.
iii. ARCHIMEDES BROWN, b. March 22, 1834, Warran County, Tennessee; d. March 14, 1863, the Civil War in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
“Archimedes” = Ancient Greek mathematician *
iv. SELTICANA BROWN, b. 1834, Tennessee.
“Selticana” = No clear historic, literary references discovered. A form may be found in the term ‘Sultana’ meaning a wife of a Sultan. It could also be in reference to Celtic origins in the family (Scotland comes from the name of a tribe of people from what is now known as Ireland. These “Celts” lived across Europe sharing a common language, customs, and art. Sometimes the name was spelled and pronounced with a soft “S” rather than the harder Greek “K” (Keltoi). If this was true, the name would mean she who pertains to the “Selt”.
v. LYCURGUS BROWN, b. 1835, Warran County, Tennessee; d. May 22, 1887, Macoupin County, Illinois; m. MARTHA P. ARMOUR5, Abt. 1860, Missouri; b. 1840, Illinois.
“Lycurgus” – many possible from ancient history, but possible the lawgiver of Sparta (570-730 B.C.)
vi. METROBAR JAMES BROWN, b. 1840, Warren County, Tennessee; m. MARY BROWN; b. 1843, Tennessee.
“Metro Barjames” - could actually have been Mithro (Persian mythological figure) and “Bar’ in Barjames is Hebrew for ‘son of’ or ‘descendent of’ – could we have a clue as to the name of one of his grandparents? One source links Mary to a James Mooney.
vii. MARY A. BROWN, b. December 04, 1843; d. April 17, 1887, Texas County, Missouri.
Mary’s middle name is unknown but thought to have begun with an “A”. Her connection to the Brown’s is clear in names of one of her children…Arminda, Theodosia, Ozzia, Facelina Mobley.
viii. ELSINORA ODENSIA BROWN, b. February 21, 1845, Tennessee; d. March 1910, Piaza, Illinois; m. (1) KAYLOR; m. (2) THOMAS MCCOY, 1876, Illinois. Twin to Marcellus.
“Elsinora” may be reflection of the place in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. “Odensia” may be a form of the Scandinavian deity of “Oden” – as a name it has been found in Norway.
ix. MARCELLUS BROWN, b. February 21, 1845, Tennessee; d. 1933, Macoupin County, Illinois. Twin to Elsinora. “Marcellus” = Roman history; too many to name or list.
x. FASCILINA BROWN, b. April 05, 1847, Warren County, Tennessee; d. April 03, 1885, at home in Vernon County, Missouri; m. REUBEN HIRAM MAIN, March 05, 1866, St. Louis, Missouri; b. Aft. 1840.
“Fascilina” = It is suspected this is a Latinized word meaning graceful or agile. Similar names can be found for a few women in Ancient Rome.
xi. MARCIUS SABINUS "Bine" BROWN, b. November 05, 1849, Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri; d. August 17, 1912, Calera, Bryan county, Oklahoma.
“Marcius” and “Sabinus” are both names linked to early Roman history. Marcius a family name of a line of rulers and Sabinus a similar use, as well as the name of a 4th century historian and a 3rd century bishop from Seville.*
xii. LEONIDAS HANNIBAL BROWN, b. 1853, Texas County, Missouri.
“Leonidas” = a Spartan ruler who led the charge of the ‘300’ against Persian forces and another was a 3rd century Christian martyr.
(*) - - is it merely coincidence that many of these names link back to the lore, skills, or regions related to sea travel? If Isaac stowed away and had to work off his passage might he have been exposed to stories, history, and skills (math, astronomy, etc.) in the process by the multi-culture nature of sea faring?