James William Brown and Martha Jane Carper

A bit of background on the Brown lines.  There are two different Brown lines in my family and both have ties to the Clearwater Valley.  In an attempt to avoid confusion I will categorize this and future posts as either West Virginia Brown, or Pennsylvania Brown.  James William and Martha Jane (Carper) Brown are part of the West Virginia Brown line.

The Twice-Weekly Spokesman Review - December 9, 1910 l-r: Martha J. (Carper) Brown, Guy O. Brown, Donald Brown, Samuel L. Brown

The Twice-Weekly Spokesman Review – December 9, 1910
l-r: Martha J. (Carper) Brown, Guy O. Brown, Donald Brown, Samuel L. Brown

James William Brown

James William Brown was born in Eastern Virginia in 1828, it is not known who his parents were and there is conflicting information as to his birth date.  His headstone reads 1828 and census records state several different ages.  It is impossible to know for sure where and when J. William was born, birth certificates didn’t exist at the time of his birth, for Virginia.

Martha Jane Carper

Martha Jane Carper was born September 21, 1834 in Washington County, Maryland to Samuel and Margaret “Peggy” (Hite) Carper. Martha was the great-granddaughter of  Frederick Carper, who served in the Revolutionary War (DAR Ancestor # A019557).

Marriage

James William Brown and Martha Jane Carper were married on October 23, 1849, in Berkeley County Virginia, which is now West Virginia.  The service was performed by a minister by the name of W. Love.  One of the marriage records shows James William Brown and the other simply states William Brown. (more…)

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Cavendish-Teakean Pioneers

L-R: Chris Frederiksen, Frank Carey Jr., Swen Frederiksen Front: Unknown young man with dog

L-R: Chris Frederiksen, Frank Carey Jr., Swen Frederiksen
Front: Unknown young man with dog

When Frederik Georg “George” and Boline Jørgine “Jørgine”  (Olsen) Frederiksen answered Johan “John” Olsen’s request to come to the United States, in 1909, and take over the aging man’s homestead, in North Central Idaho, little did they know of the joys and tragedies that would befall them in the new world.

Jørgine would die in childbirth, in 1916, leaving George a single parent of three. Their only surviving daughter Ane, would be taken by a brain tumor, in 1919. The two surviving sons Christian “Chris” Anker and Svend “Swen” Aage were left to make their mark in the community and carry on the Frederiksen legacy on this side of the pond.

Upon their arrival George and Jørgine became part of the community and were befriended by the Carey family. Frank H. and Julia (Wells) Carey, were homesteaders with a young family. The Frederiksen and Carey children would form a bond that would last for generations. Frank and Julia’s oldest son was Frank L. Carey, then known as Frankie.

Frankie was closest in age to Chris but all three boys were fast friends. The boys would engage in childhood mischief together, grow into adulthood together and would remain close the rest of their lives; particularly Frankie and Swen.

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