Martha Stephens was born 12 October 1806 in Davidson County, North Carolina [Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina]. She was the third child, second daughter, of Alexander Stephens and Mary (Polly) Dailey or Daley. Alexander Stephens was born in Hillsborough, Chatham County, North Carolina in 1775 as the son of Richard Stephens and Martha Ann Roberts [or Robards]. Mary Dailey was born on the 19 November 1778 in Rowan County, North Carolina, to William Dailey (1750-1840) [from Ireland] and Mary Palmer (1757-1819) .
Alexander and Mary were married in Rowan County, North Carolina . They were members of the Baptist Church all their lives. They raised a family of eleven children. After Alexander's death February 2, 1834 in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, Mary Dailey Stephens married (2) George Naught or Knaught or Knott on April 1, 1841.
Daniel Brown 1804-1875
Brother of Captain James Brown
Husband of Elizabeth Stephens
Elizabeth Stephens Brown
Sister of Martha Stephens Brown
Martha Stephens married Captain James Brown on March 2, 1823. in Flat Swamp, Rowan County, North Carolina the marriage was performed by Ranson Harris.
James Brown Jr.
Martha has the distinction of being the wife of James Brown's youth and helping in his ambitious business undertakings. Martha bore him eight sons, and one daughter, all living to adult age, except one, marrying and rearing large families, all of them a credit to her. Most of her children resembled her in physique and inherited her evident calmness and contented outlook on life.
When her last son, Moroni, was born in her thirty-fourth year, she passed away on the 28th day of Septmber 1849 in Kingston, Adams County, Illinois. She had received the Gospel when her husband did, as also did her brother and other of the Stephens family, who later came to Utah and settled in Ogden. Her sister, Elizabeth Stephens, who married James Brown's brother Daniel Brown, also came to Utah and lived to a good old age and died and were buried in Ogden, Weber, Utah
Children of Captain James Brown and Martha Stephens
John Martin Brown I
Born: 29 June 1824 at Flat Creek Swamp, Davidson County, North Carolina
Married: (1) Ann Foutz 25 January 1841 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois (div); (2) Lovina Wilson 24 Oct 1854, (3) Louisa Wilson 23 Oct 1854 (div) (4) Almeda Daley Wilson 13 Oct 1888
Died: 13 Oct. 1888 West Weber, Weber, Utah
Born: 3 March 1826 at Flat Creek Swamp, Davidson County, North Carolina
Married: Amanda McMurty 31 May 1850 at Greenwood Valley, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California
Died: 22 April 1910 at 306 Second Street, Ogden, Weber, Utah
Jesse Sowell Brown
Born: 26 March 1829 at Flat Creek Swamp, Davidson County, North Carolina
Married: Caroline Stewart 16 Jul 1857 Yankee Jim's, Placer, California
Died: 29 January 1905 at Ogden, Weber, Utah
Nancy Brown Davis Sanford
Born: 27 December 1830, at Flat Creek Swamp, Davidson County, North Carolina
Married: (1) Eleazer Davis 1845 (div); (2) David or John A. Price Sanford after 1860 Rexburg, Madison, Idaho
Died: February 19, 1895 in Iowa, she is buried in the Ogden City Cemetery, Utah
Daniel Stephens Brown
Born: 7 December 1832, at Flat Creek Swamp, Davidson County, North Carolina
Died: 1850/1864 in Ogden, Weber, Utah
James Morehead Brown
Born: 17 November 1834, at Versailles, Brown County, Illinois
Married: Adelaid Exervid/Exervia 24 Jul 1855 Fort Supply, Uinta, Wyoming (Utah Territory) by James Stephens Brown
Died: 26 December 1924 at Ogden, Weber, Utah.
Ten Sons of Captain James Brown and his brother Daniel Brown
Born: 21 August 1836, at Beverly, Adams County, Illinois
Married: Mary Elizabeth Bybee c. 1861 Ogden, Weber, Utah
Died: 19 October 1904
Benjamin Franklin Brown
Born: 9 May 1838, at Beverly, Adams County, Illinois
Married: Susan A. Wright
Died: 24 December 1863 at Ogden, Weber, Utah .
Born: 25 September 1840, at Beverly, Adams County, Illinois
Married: (1) Evaline Cindralla Conover 6 Mar 1863 SLC; (2) Frances Mariah Porter 22 Mar 1875; (3) Alice Barnes bef. Aug 1916
Died: 14 August 1916 Ogden, Weber, Utah.
Back Row: Moroni Brown , Wilson Brown [1830, son of Daniel], William Brown , Willis Brown [1834, son of Daniel], James Morehead Brown , William Brown [1824, son of Daniel], Jesse Sowell Brown .
Seated: John Martin Brown , James Stephens Brown [1828, son of Daniel], Alexander Brown .
This cradle first belonged to Martha Stephens Brown. In 1849 Abigail Abbott Brown brought it across the plains by wagon to Brownsville. Continued use by Phebe Abbott Brown and later by Phebe's daughter Cynthia Fife Layton. ECLJ
Square wood nails hold sides, rockers are attached by mortise and tenon joint.
In 1982 Erin G. (Brown) Murphy is the last baby to sleep and play in this cradle. This Cradle is in the Ogden City, Weber County, Utah D.U.P Museum.
Donated by Orson Pratt Brown's granddaughter.
Erin Murphy sleeping in the Brown Family cradle on March 18, 1982
PAF - Archer files = Captain James Brown + (1) Martha Stephens < dau of Alexander Stephens and Mary Daley.
PAF - Archer files = Captain James Brown + (7) Phebe Abigail Abbott > Orson Pratt Brown
See: The Stephens' Family Ancestral Line
Stalwarts of Mormonism
Story on James Brown in the Ogden Standard Examiner, 31 AUG 1970
http://www.brownhistory.org/CJBWives_Children.htm#Wiscombe's CJB Wives By Erold C. Wiscombe
Book of Remembrance written by Hattie Critchlow Jensen and Louella Brown Tanner prior to 1948
Picture of Ten Sons of Captain James Brown and Daniel Brown was contributed by Erold Clark Wiscombe.
Copyright 2001 www.OrsonPrattBrown.org