Emily BROWN was the second daughter of John BROWN and Eliza FERRIS

Link to BROWN & MAY Family Tree

Eliza FERRIS, Emily Brown's mother, was the first daughter of James FERRIS and Harriet MABLY.

She was christened on 9th May 1847 at Dauntsey, Wilts

Eliza FERRIS in her  Family Tree

Harriet MABLY/MOBLEYwas the mother of Eliza FERRIS

Harriet MOBLEY & her Family Tree

Baptism Record of Eliza FERRIS

John BROWN, a railway porter, and Eliza FERRIS gave notice of marriage at

The Union Chapel, Holt, near Bradford, Wilts on 7th January 1869

'Notice of Marriage' John BROWN & Eliza FERRIS

They were married at the Union Chapel, Holt  on 1st February 1869.

George BROWN, John's elder brother witnessed the marriage

Marriage Certificate of John BROWN & Eliza FERRIS

John BROWN, described  as  a railway porter on his marriage certificate, probably worked at Holt station, but had moved to New Town, East Hagbourn, the embryonic railway town of Didcot, by the time that Emily was born in 1873.

Railway Workers Terrace   and   Methodist Chapel   at   New Town East Hagbourn,  Berks

Railway Workers' Terrace,  DidcotMethodist Chapel, New Town, East Hagbourne (Didcot)


John & Eliza BROWN before their move to Dorset St, Bath


John BROWN and Eliza (ne FERRIS)

The move to East Hagbourne was short lived, and by 1875 they were living back in Holt when  their son Albert William was born. Their daughter Annie Elizabeth was born in Bradford and by the 1881 census they were living in St Margaret St, Bradford, Wilts.

 At this time John's  parents, William and Martha, were living with his brother George, and George's wife Elizabeth, at Ground Cottage, also in Bradford . John is described as a 'railway servant' and George is a butcher.

John and Eliza were still living in Bradford when their son Frederick was baptised in 1882, but had moved to Twerton, Bath by the time their last daughter Gertrude was born in 1888.

The 1901 Census shows John living at 28 Dorset Street with Eliza and the children, Annie Eliza, Frederick and Gertrude.  John is described as a 'clerk weighing milk churns'.  Their son Albert William is newly married and living next door at No.29.

John BROWN was living at 6 Gladstone Terrace, Bath when he died on 19th January 1920. He was buried on 24th January 1920 in an umarked grave, number B20, in Bellotts Road Cemetery, Twerton..Eliza BROWN lived at the same address with her unmarried daughter Gertrude,  until her death on 4th April 1931. She was buried in the same grave as John, on 10th April 1931

John BROWN's Railway Career:-

 1846 ~ 1869  Hungerford  Railway Porter Great Western Railway
1873  Didcot Railway Porter Great Western Railway
1875  Holt, Wilts    
1878  Bradford on Avon
1881  Bradford on Avon Railway Servant Great Western Railway
1881  Bradford on Avon    
1889  Twerton, Bath    
1901  Twerton, Bath 'Clerk weighing Milk Churns, Railway' Great Western Railway
1920  Twerton, Bath 'Weighing Clerk', buried in Bellotts Road Cemetery  

 Emily BROWN married Henry James HEDGES, a drayman, at Bath on 16th April 1899. Emily gives her parents address at 28 Dorset Street, whilst Henry gives his step-brother, Edward Joseph's address at 34 Dorset St on the marriage certificate. By 1901 Henry James HEDGES, a 'Railway Drayman' and Emily are living at 101 Hough Lane Wombwell, Yorkshire with their first daughter Mahella Annie.

Albert BROWN, Railway Carriage Shunter


Albert William BROWN at work in Bath.


Albert William followed his father's footsteps and also went to work on the railways. In the 1901 census he is described as a 'Railway Carriage Shunter'.  By this time he is newly married and living at 29 Dorset Street with his wife Lucy BEER from Woodleigh, Devon. Lucy was already well known by the BROWN family as she witnessed the marriage of Henry James and Emily in 1899. Albert and Lucy were living at 15 Denmark Road until 1933.

 Albert and  Lucy  had only one son, William John (Bill) BROWN, born at Bath in the Autumn of 1912. 

Albert lived on at 15 Denmark Road after Lucy's death until 1933 and the Electoral Roll of 1934 shows Albert and his son Bill had moved to 4 Albion Place, Upper Bristol Road.  At the time of  Bill's marriage Albert moved to 8 Albion Place where he appears to be lodging with the SMITH family.

Bill BROWN married Clara SHORT in 1936 and they had two children, Joan C. E. BROWN born in 1937 and John F. BROWN born in 1939. Bill and Clara were living at  13 Paradise Street in 1939 when their daughter Joan was born.

Albert William BROWN was 78 yers old when he died in October 1953 and was buried on 3rd November 1953 in a 'public' grave at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath

Lucy was 45 yers old when she died in 1918 and was buried in grave number I 18 of Bellotts Road Cemetery on 28th November 1918

'Bill' BROWN was killed in action in Italy in 1944 leaving Clara to bring up the two young children.

William John (Bill) BROWN, killed in action  Italy, 1944Bill BROWN's family about the time of his death












                 William John BROWN                                      Jean C.E. BROWN, Clara BROWN  &  John F. BROWN

'Bill' BROWN's Rememberance Card, 1944

BROWN, WILLIAM JOHN  Private Service No: 5679871  Age:31 1st Bn. Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment  Date of Death: 05/07/1944

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 1.    Cemetery: FOIANO DELLA CHIANA WAR CEMETERY

Son of Albert William and Lucy Brown, of Bath, Somerset;   Husband of Clara Gerbrect Brown, of Bath.

On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side.   

Progress through southern Italy was rapid despite stiff resistance, but the advance was checked for some months at the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line.

The line eventually fell in May 1944 and as the Germans withdrew,  Rome was taken by the Allies on 3 June.

Early in July there was heavy fighting in the Chiana valley where the Germans made their last stand in front of Arezzo and the Arno.

The cemetery is a battlefield cemetery originally formed by the 4th Division and later increased when graves were brought in from the surrounding area. Most of the burials in the cemetery date from the first two weeks of July 1944.

Foiano della Chiana War Cemetery contains 256 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.

Wedding of Joan BROWN & Anthony J. FORTUNE, Bath, 1960




Joan C.E. BROWN married Anthony J. FORTUNE on 3rd September 1960 at Bath.






Eliza Annie BROWN, referred to as 'Annie' in her sister Emily's birthday book, was born on 8th August 1878 at Bradford on Avon and was christened at Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on 5th March 1882. The GRO records the marriage of Eliza Annie BROWN and John HILLIER or Charles ASHMAN in the March Quarter of 1903 at Bath.

Frederick BROWN  was born on 27th October 1881 at Bradford on Avon, and christened  at Holy Trinity Church, with his sister Annie, on 5th March 1882. In the 1901 Census he is recorded as a 'Railway Porter' living at the family home, 28 Dorset St, Twerton.

Gertrude Agnes BROWN was born in Bath on 27th December 1889 and was living at 28 Dorset Street in the 1901 Census. In 1920 she was living at No.6 Gladstone Terrace, Bath when her father died on 19th January, aged 72 years. She was still unmarried and at the same address on 4th April 1931 when her mother died aged 83 yrs.