Thursday, February 11, 2010

Church History in the Family - Mormon Battalion - James Polly Brown

Pvt. James Polly Brown (1803-1871)
his wife Eunice REASOR is a 1st cousin 5 times removed.

Birth: Apr. 22, 1803
Spencer County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Nov. 6, 1871
Washington County
Utah, USA

Son of Robert Brown & Margaret Polly

Married Eunice Reasor, 13 Apr 1826, Floyd, Indiana

Children- Sarah Jane Brown Lowry, Eunice Ann Brown Munk, Robert H. Brown, Newman Brown, John Taylor Brown, Mary Ann Brown Buchanan

Married Petra Christine Pedersen, 6 May 1855

Married Martha Ann Miller, 15 Nov 1858

Children- Margaret Ann Brown

In 1846, President James K. Polk instructed Col. Stephen W. Kearney, the Commander of the Army of the West to enlist 500 Mormons for the purpose of assisting the U.S. Army in the Mexican war. Captain James Allen was ordered to go to the Mormon Camps in Iowa to recruit five companies of men with 75 to 100 men in each company. Captain Allen told the settlement of Mormons: "I have come among you, instructed by Col. S.F. Kearney of the U.S. Army, now commanding the Army of the West, to visit the Mormon camp, and to accept the service for twelve months of four or five companies of Mormon men who may be willing to serve their country for that period in our present war with Mexico; this force to unite with the Army of the West at Santa Fe, and be marched thence to California, where they will be discharged."

Among these men was James (Polly) Brown and his wife Eunice Reasor Brown. James was a private in Company D, with Captain Nelson Higgins and 1st Lieutenant George Parker Dykes. James was born 22 Apr 1803 in Taylorville, Shelby/Spencer, Kentucky. He married Eunice Reasor who was born 4 Mar 1808 in Renbrely, Shelby, Kentucky. They had nine children. By 1851 the family was in Manti, Sanpete County, Utah. It was here in Manti that Eunice died on 18 Jul 1858. She is buried in the Manti City Cemetery along with two daughters, Sarah Jane Brown who married John Lowry, Jr., and Eunice Ann Brown who married Peter Mikkel Munk. Eunice's grave is marked with a plaque stating that she was among the women who marched with the Mormon Battalion. The plaque was placed by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

James died 6 Nov 1871 in Rockville, Washington County, Utah, and was buried in the Rockville Cemetery in Washington County Utah.

* Mormon Battalion members

Family links:
Neuman Brown (1830 - 1879)*
Robert H. Brown (1832 - 1877)*
Mary Ann Brown Buchanan (1842 - 1901)*
John Taylor Brown (1847 - 1849)*
Eunice Ann Brown Munk (1850 - 1936)*
Margaret Ann Brown Heap (1860 - 1944)*

Eunice Reasor Brown (1808 - 1858)
Petra Kirstine Sorensen Brown (1824 - 1861)
Martha Ann Miller Rolph (1834 - 1911)

Rockville Cemetery
Washington County
Utah, USA

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