It’s that time again!

Greetings Brown Family Members,

Happy New Year!!  We sincerely hope that you have received your save the date card for our 2015 Family Reunion.  We are so excited to be the host for our next reunion.  The dates are July 2-5, 2015.   We have had some great times over this years and this one will be nothing shorter than another great time with family and friends. I’m sure that we have had many new accomplishments and new family members since our last time together.  We have selected the theme of “Reaching Family Where They Are”

Our weekend will be filled with fun, laughter and as always good food and good fellowship.  We wanted to provide you with some key details to help you in your planning process.  We wanted to make everything as affordable as possible.

Please see 2015 Event tab for more info:

Family News

On June 29th we began planning for our next family reunion event scheduled for July 4th 2015 weekend. This meeting was to design to vote on officers and discuss location selection. The door is open to anyone in the family who would like to provide input or ideas. I will post the meeting notes after each meeting on the Brown Family Reunion web site, twitter @ourbrownfamily and my Facebook page. Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday July 20th.

Please contact me at

Officers are as follows:

James Conner – President

Derunda Hunter – Vice President

Teresa Conner – Secretary

Rosetta Lewis – Assist. Secretary

Rose Foley – Chaplin

Eric Lewis – Assist. Chaplin

Betty Conner – Treasurer

Alberta Lewis – Treasurer

Gun toting granny


By Lisa Rantala – bio | email

A 20 year old burglary caused a Toledo grandmother to be dubbed a “Senior Sharp Shooter.”  Now that grandmother says one man apparently didn’t know her reputation and broke into her home.

According to Toledo Police, 50 year old Byron Layson broke a window in 82 year old Mattie Snow’s Hamilton Street home Sunday morning.  Snow has lived in the home since 1957, has been burglarized before and knew exactly what to do.  “I hollered who is it and they didn’t say anything so I shot,” Snow said.

Police say Snow fired two shots before she called 911.  When police arrived, they say they found Layson laying near Snow’s car outside the home.  They say Layson jumped out the same window he came in to dodge the gunshots, hit his head and knocked himself unconscious.  Layson was charged with burglary.

Snow had an almost identical experience 20 years ago, and reacted in the exact same way.  Snow said a neighbor broke a window and crawled through. “I could see him dodging like this and I was steady pulling the trigger,” Snow said.  “He ran to police and jumped up in their arms saying there’s a crazy woman in that house.”

Snow’s daughter, Pat Parker says her mother has not fired the gun since that day.  “It has not been shot since the last incident 20 years ago.  It had the same bullets in it.”

Snow said her husband made her keep the gun in the nightstand since their neighborhood was experiencing more crime.  Her using it generated praise from her community and a featured spot on the CBS show Rescue 911.

She said she has not been a crime victim since, until this weekend.  While she laughed at the irony, “Maybe he hadn’t heard it.  Maybe he hadn’t heard the story. I’m sure he knows the story now,” Snow says she wants to retire from her “sharp shooting” days.

Layson is now on a $20,000 bond and could face up to eight years in prison if found guilty.

Copyright 2011 WTOL. All rights reserved.

New photo uploaded

Hope everyone had a great time this weekend. I know I did. All the Photo that I have were upload on July 6th. If you have more photos that you would like to add,  please send them to I have also made several updates and additions to the family tree. I will update the genealogy page very soon.  I will also edit and upload video clips taken over the weekend soon.

I would like to thank Pat and her family for all their hard work and hosting a great reunion weekend. God bless.

Family Tree. pdf

We have just added a copy of our family tree with about 389 members. It can be downloaded from the genealogy page of our web site. It starts with our oldest known relative Joseph Brown born 1827 in North Carolina.

It is a work in progress, so feel free to contact me for any additions or corrections. I would love to hear from you. God Bless.

Sorry Sorry Sorry

Hi Family
As you probably know by now the web site sent out a large
number of e-mails overnight. I sincerely apologize for this mistake. I uploaded
a new family tree program overnight and the site automatically sent out an
update for every person upload. The automatic updates have been deactivated and
you should not receive any more updates. If it makes you feel any better I got the same e-mail one two personal accounts.

2011 Toledo Ohio

Greetings Family,

As you all know the 2011 Family Reunion will be held in beautiful Toledo, Ohio. The dates are Friday, July 1st  through Monday, July 4th.

Due to the economic downturn we are planning to have as much fun for as little money as possible.

We want as many people to attend as possible, so we are asking each group of families to get creative and make sure they have as much participation as possible.

By creative we mean, garage sales, bake sales, raffles, etc. to help family members that might not be able to attend otherwise. However, we will not sacrifice tradition.

- Pat Parker –


Just click on the the 2011 Event Info tab at the top of the page for full details.


New Genealogy Research

Hi family, I have some exciting news to share with you. In researching our family tree through the Federal census from 1870 to 1930, I found some new branches to the tree. I found that our oldest known Brown (Henry Brown) had a father and mother Joseph and Adline brown as well as four brother and three sisters.
Also Henry had three older daughter Stella, Bessie and Mary and three Grand children before he was married to Annie. There are many other relatives and Military document that have been uncovered. I have provided links to download copies of the census forms and Military draft cards from WWI and WWII. I have color coded in green newly found family members and coded in Red family connections that I need more time to research and verify.
Just click on the new link mark Genealogy to browses through the new family information.