LIFE STORY OF
JONATHAN BROWN AND SARAH COUSINS BROWN.
Jonathan Brown was born 31 July 1816 in Spilsby, Lincolnshire,
England to Jonathan Brown and Frances Mary Green. His father
born 25 April 1794 in Harwich, Essex, England and his mother
8 October 1796 in Thetford, Norfolk, England. He was the second
9 children: Frances Elisabeth, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Henry, William,
Fanny, Emily Emma, Edward, Ellen.
October 31, 1858 he married Sarah Cousins, She was the daughter
of George Cousins and Ann Herritage and was born in Thatcham,
March 7, 1819.
After their marriage they moved to Newbury, Berks. and made
Home where 7 of their 10 children were born.
About this time the Mormon missionaries had been sent to England
and Sarah went to their meetings. She was much Impressed and
that their message was true. She attended their meetings for
some time before her husband found out, He was a high-tempered
and when he found out she was attending "Mormon" meetings
so enraged that Sarah had to hide away from home for some time.
she finally came back she told him that she knew the Gospel message
was true but that she would not be baptized until he was ready
join the Church with her,
The Church migration from England began in 1850 and the Saints
began to embark for Zion. Meanwhile Jonathan began to study and
investigate the Gospel and he and Sarah were baptized January
1852 and began plans to emigrate to Zion. They disposed of their
home and property and in January 1853 went to Liverpool to arrange
for passage etc. to sail for America.
When they arrived in Liverpool, Jonathan's father and brother
William and Sister Sarah were there to see them. So Jonathan
lodgings for his family and the next morning went with his father
and William to Preston where William had a thriving business.
tried to dissuade Jonathan from leaving England and William offered
to give him 500 pounds if he would denounce the Gospel and stay
but Jonathan said "I left Newbury with the intention of
Zion and, please God, nothing will stop me. If William had offered
me thousands instead of hundreds it would have been in vain.
to press onward through thick or thin. God willing.
They set sail from Liverpool January 18,1855 on the ship "Ellen
Maria" with Captain Whitmore in command. That was quite
to cross the ocean in winter with 7 children, the oldest 15 and
the youngest 1 year and the mother again pregnant. The second
board nearly everyone was helpless and sick and Jonathan was
one In his company that could render any assistance, which he
night, and day. He writes: With a sick wife, a sick nurse,
children, besides the others of the company I cared for, I do
think I slept in a bed 6 nights out of the 6 weeks we were on
I laid me down on the boxes in front of the beds ,ready if any
was needed," The ocean was very rough and they were tossed
a great deal and had to nail their baggage to the floor.
Jonathan had several narrow escapes through falling about
by the rocking
of the ship, He fell against a ladder and, nearly broke both
And another time he fell and sprained his shoulder and cut his
in three places. Another time he had made some arrowroot thick
boiling. He put it on the table and reached down to get something
the floor when the ship pitched and spilled the boiling mixture
down his arm, taking the skin with it. He says: "Well, my
head, and arm all got well by the healing ordinances of the Church
I did not lay by one hour with it all. Thanks to the Lord,
They arrived in New Orleans and then went by river steamer
Louis, Missouri arriving there March 19, 1853. On the 23rd of
1853 a baby girl was born to Sarah, which they named Ellen Maria
the ship they sailed on. Little Ellen, who had been so very sick
died April 27, 1853 and was buried at St. Louis, Missouri,,
They remained at St. Louis for a short time and then went
to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where the 11th company of Saints were
being organized. The company consisted of 250 Saints with 40
wagons and Elder Claudius V. Spencer as their Captain. They crossed
the Missouri River June 3, 1853 reached the Weber River September
1853,, Provisions were short and progress was slow.
The Company arrived in Salt Lake Valley September 24, 1853.
Twelve days after they arrived little Ellen Maria died. They
home in South Cottonwood (now Murray, Utah) just east of State
and South where Jonathan farmed. Their children were: Henry William,
Edwin E., Elisabeth, Charles, Sarah Ann, Emma, Ellen, Ellen Maria,
Mary Frances, and Albert Cousins (George).
Seven months after the last baby was born, Jonathan died,
1860 at the age of 42 years and Sarah was left to raise her family
8 children, which she did with the help of her oldest son Henry.
died at her home February 4, 1898 at the age of 79 years. They
buried in the City Cemetery. (Salt Lake.)
Charles was killed at Thistle Valley, Sanpete County, by the
24 June, 1866.
Information obtained from:
Emigration records from Liverpool
F. Utah 26. Pt. 1-4 #6184
Church Emigration 1858-69 Vol. 3
Letter and Family History.