Elam and Margaret Brown

In 1846, Elam Brown, a widower with 4 children, joined a wagon train and came west. They stayed briefly at Sutter’s Fort, and then came through the Livermore Valley to Mission Santa Clara. Along the way Brown married Margaret Allen, a member of the wagon train, whose husband had died on the trek west. She […]

Hon. Thomas A. Brown

Brown Vault – Thomas A. Brown, an engineer, was hired by Col. Smith to survey and plot the city of Martinez for a fee of $2,500. He did this with the help of his brother Warren. He came to the west coast as early as 1843 when he along with the company of immigrants, arrived […]

Warren and Laura Brown

Warren Brown was the son of Elam Brown and the brother of Thomas A. Brown. He was born on June 19, 1826 in Morgan County, Illinois and came to California in 1847. While traveling here with his family via wagon train, he was stricken with typhoid fever. He was left at Ft. Bridger, apparently to […]