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Dr. Sarah Ann Brown

Female 1840 - 1927  (87 years)

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  • Name Dr. Sarah Ann Brown  [1
    Title Dr. 
    Born 7 Jul 1840  Nottingham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Occupation 1860  West Bend, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    School Teacher 
    Occupation 1880  [4
    Doctor in Chicago, IL 
    Residence 1920  Proviso, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Aunt 
    Died 25 Dec 1927  Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried 28 Dec 1927  Oakridge Cemetery, Hillside, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • One of eight women who graduated from the Woman's Hospital Medical College in Chicago on March 2, 1875. At commencement, “Sarah A. Brown in behalf of the class presented Flint's Physiology to Prof Mary H. Thompson which act was nicely acknowledged by the professor.“

      Listed in the 1912 edition of the American Medical Association's American Medical Directory. Dr. Brown graduated in 1875 from the Northwestern University Woman's Medical School (formerly the Woman's Hospital Medical College), was licensed to practice medicine in 1878, and she worked in Grossdale, Illinois.

      Buried in an unmarked grave at Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery, Section 25, lot 403, in Hillside, Illinois.

      The Brookfield Magnet, published Friday December 30, 1927, volume XX, No. 42.



      Eccentric in Many Ways, She
      Had Wide Range of Experiences;
      Lived Here Long


      Funeral services for the late Dr. Sarah Ann Brown, for twenty years a resident of Brookfield and for the past five years an inmate of the Chicago State Hospital, were held at the McCampbell Mortuary, 6453 Irving Park boulevard, Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock in charge of Rev. Glenn A. Rowles, pastor of the First Congregational church. Internment was in the Oak Ridge cemetery.
      Dr. Sarah Ann Brown was born in London, England, July 7, 1840, and at the age of four years came to America with her parents in a sailing vessel ,which took nine weeks to make the journey, and during the long journey, a younger sister was buried at sea, an event she clearly remembered. The family went to Buffalo, N.Y., and later came to Wisconsin, and settled on a farm near Milwaukee where she grew to womanhood, getting an education such as the schools of that time afforded, and later becoming a teacher.

      She was very patriotic, and took an active part in all the work done by the women during the Civil war. She was engaged to a young lieutenant who was killed on the very day on which he was to leave for home on a furlough, at which time the young people planned to be married. Miss Brown took his death very much to heart, and being of a rather romantic temperament, she disguised herself as a young man, and succeeded in passing the recruiting officers and was mustered into the service. She was later taken sick and sent to a hospital where her sex was discovered, and she was placed in the care of a family in St. Louis and later sent home.

      She then decided to take up the study of medicine, with the idea in mind of going to China as a medical missionary, a new field of work in that day. She came to Chicago and entered Rush Medical college, and went through the Chicago fire of 1871, losing all her books and clothing, and finally making her way to the home of a sister on the north side. She assisted in the distribution of food and clothing , and resumed her studies very soon thereafter, and after graduation served as an intern and resident physician in the Mary Thompson hospital. She was a close friend of Dr. Mary Thompson, and often spent her holidays and week ends with Dr. Thompson in her home in Des Plaines.

      She was always a student, and kept in close touch with everything pertaining to her profession, which she dearly loved. She practiced in Chicago for a number of years, coming to Brookfield about 1900, making her home for several years with her niece, Mrs. Willis Melville. She had many friends among the early residents of Chicago, and could tell many interesting stories of the early days. She led a very active life until ten years ago, when she began to fail mentally, and for the past five years she has been taken care of by the Chicago State hospital, where the doctors and nurses have been much interested in her on account of her past record.
      She was one of a family of nine children, only one of whom, a brother, is now living. She passed away on Christmas afternoon, at the age of eighty-seven years, five months, and eighteen days.
    Person ID I589  vanhees
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2019 

    Father Joseph Brown,   b. 12 Jun 1800, Leicester, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1875, Weston, Clark County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Ann Black,   b. 10 Jan 1805, Denton, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1882, Weston, Clark County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 3 Aug 1828  Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F58  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Jul 1840 - Nottingham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - School Teacher - 1860 - West Bend, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Dec 1927 - Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Sarah A. Brown Obituary
    Sarah A. Brown Obituary

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] 1860 Census West Bend, WI.

    2. [S1] 1841 UK Census.

    3. [S71] Birth certificate of Sarah Ann Brown.

    4. [S277] Obituary of Sarah Ann Brown.

    5. [S411] 1920 United States Federal Census,, (Name: Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1920; Census Place: Proviso, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T625_360; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 102; Image: 742.

    6. [S125] Death Certificate of Sarah Ann Brown.

    7. [S375] Parish of St. Mary-Le-Bone (County of Middlesex, England), "Marriages 1828", Page 104, item 400 (Reliability: 4).
      Joseph Brown, Bachelor, of this Parish and Ann Black, Spinster, of this Parish were Married in this Church by Banns this third day of August in the year One thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight, By me George M. Musgrave, Curate. This Marriage was solemnized between us: Joseph Brown and Ann Black. In the Presence of: John Dickinson and Sarah Dickinson.