William Wiley Brown
G-Grandson of William Brown (b. Abt. 1740)
Grandson of John Wesley Brown (b. 1765)
and Sarah (Nisa Polly) (Hanzor?) (b. 18 Feb 1772 Delaware)
Sarah was a Native American and I believe
that I have found her family.
Son of Willis William Brown (b: 9 Apr 1801)
and Frances Dewberry (b: 1870)
Husband of Phoebe Caroline Gray,
(Frances Susan Brown Hardee's mother)
Susan Biggs, and Ann Everault
Father of Frances Susan Brown Hardee
Grandfather of Nina Estelle Hardee Dykes
G-Grandfather of Thomas Lee "Buddy" Dykes, Jr.
This tintype is of William Wiley Brown
and his daughter Frances Susan. He was the
father of eleven children and she grew up
to have a dozen children of her own.
Grandmother was her youngest child.
William Wiley Brown was a private with
Company H of the 2nd Alabama Cavalry
during the War of Yankee Aggression.
He died in 1907 and is buried in Blount
County, Alabama in a beautiful little
country cemetery named Gibbs Chapel.
The following obituary appeared in
The Southern Democrat on April 18, 1907.
UNCLE WILEY BROWN DEAD
Died, at his home near Cabot, April 15,
of general debility, Wiley Brown, aged
77 years. He was a man of sterling
qualities and exemplified by his pure
and honorable life, the teachings of the
golden rule, and unfailingly evidenced
a practical piety that will be long
remembered as the best of professions.
But he is gone! Another name is stricken
from the ever lessening roll of our old
setlers. Eleven children are left to attest
how sadly they will miss him. It must be so;
these tender human ties cannot be severed
without a pang. Yet, in such a death, there
is really no cause for grief. His life work
was done and well done. He was weary with
life's duties and cares, weary of suffering
and waiting, he lay down to rest. Not for him
be our tears! Rather, let us crown his grave
with garlands; few of us will live as long or
as well, and few yet will the Angel of Death
greet with such a loving touch.
Kenny Brown has sent me pictures of
William Wiley Brown's grave. I have never
seen anything like it. Someone has placed
a Confederate Veteran marker on William
Wiley Brown's grave, not only for him, but
also for four other members of the family.
There are five Confederate Veteran's markers
on my g-g-grandfather's grave - with his in
in the center. I have never seen anything
like this before.
If any of the descendants of William
Wiley Brown would like to use his
papers to join the SCV or the UDC,
Kenny has sent me a copy and I would be
happy to share them with you.
The following photograph is self-explanatory.
Our deepest appreciation goes to
Kenny Brown for having sent me these
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g-g-granddaughter of William Wiley Brown.