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Brown/Gross/Holland - Maryland

Hello all...

Once again I return to place that has brought much success in finding family. I found a cousin who responded to my surname topic on "Josephine Holland-Hammond-Thomas" from Annapolis, Maryland. Many doors were open for my Mom's side of her family. We since have had a reunion last August. Now, I return to search for my Dad's side of the family. I have hit a brick wall and my newly found cousins and I have been trying to figure out how the Browns crossed with the Holland and Gross Families. We all share the "Brown" surname. I will give brief info and if any of this connects dots with your research, do drop me an email. I/we, my cousins and I have extensive info and some photos. Our families come from Annapolis, Maryland: Shady Side, Chruchton, Lothian and surrounding areas...

Brief Details...

The late Raphael O'Donald Brown (Born July 1918 - 1980) was born in Baltimore City to Richard W. Brown (1897-1985) and Idella Anna Cornish-Brown-Frederick (1902-1976) I know very little about Grandfather Richard other then he was from Calvert County and was a Merchant Marine. I recently discovered that he worked at the B & O R.R.C. in Curtis Bay, Brass Foundary, and knew he worked at Koester Bakery. In his latter years, he moved back to Calvert County while married to Miss Grace...

Idella & Richard had three (3) boys & one (1) daughter: Raphael, Bessie Brown-Hammond, Rodell, Richard Boy Jr.

I have not found Grandfather's parents, however I found him in a 1910 Census listed with the "Philps" family as nephews or grandsons. There is an incorrect spelling of his brother Henry Smith's name in another 1910 census search. However, it is the same people when you review the census...

The story Mom tells is that Grandfather Richard had two (2) brothers: Henry Smith & Morris Wilson, all different fathers Mom stated. She wasn't sure if their mother was well, made some mention about that. I did find a 1910 census though Mom wasn't sure if Morris' last name was "Wilson," but it is too close in details. I believe it is them in Calvert County...

Grandmother Idella Anna Cornish-Brown-Frederick was born to William H. Cornish (1879-1937) & Martina Molock (1888-1961). Martina's parents are Richard & Ellen Molock. William & Martina had five (5) kids: Idella, Jessie, Evelyn, Daniel and Richard (AKA Babe Richard)

Crossing Surname Details...

Mary Frances (AKA: Aunt Molly) Holland married Joseph Brown.

Eliza Jane Holland AKA: Aunt Phine) married Sylvanus H. Gross. Aunt Phine was his second wife. She died and he married Mother Daisy. Mabel Hall was his first wife who died. They had four (4) kids: Mary, Jane Pynette, Buckley and Iva. Uncle Sylvanus was a sharechropper for Mr. Carr where they farmed tobacca on a Lothian Farm near Mt. Zion Church. I have copies of Uncle Sylvanus' WWI & WWII Draft Cards. It appears that Uncle Sylvanus was from Calvert County.

Both Mary Frances & Eliza Jane were daughters of Henry James Holland and Jane Dennis. Henry & Jane had ten (10) children, one of which my grandmother Josephine is stated in a family Bible as being adopted by them.

Henry Holland's parents' names were Charles & Phillis Holland. Henry had a brother named Robert Holland.

Jane Dennis' parents' names were Jacob M. Dennis & Elizabeth Matthews who was of Native American descent.

So in the Holland families, Brown & Gross surnames merged with the Holland clan. I would appreciate any information given, and I am sure myself and my cousins will be happy to share what we know. Thank you.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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