Hope will cheer the broken hearted.
Soothing sorrow curing pain.
Tis the star of friends when parted
For in it they meet again.
Emma P. Brown
Sutter Creek, Apr. 20, 1884
Emma P. Brown was born about 1863 in California.[i] She was living with what appears to have been her widowed step-mother, Margaret Brown and her sisters Martha and Mary W. Brown in the 1880 census. Margaret Brown was born about 1819 in Kentucky. The sisters all state their mother was born in Virginia leaving me to conclude that perhaps Margaret was not their birth mother.
This family group was also located in the 1870 census living in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.[ii] Emma’s father, James Brown, a physician, was born about 1814 in South Carolina. Margaret was his wife along with a son John A. age 21, born Missouri, Martha age 18, Charles age 15, Mary age 12 and Emma age 8 all born in California.
[i] 1880 US census, Amador County, California, population schedule, Sutter Creek, Enumeration District (ED) #36
, page 84C (stamped), sheet 43, dwelling #491, family #504, Margaret Brown household; digital image, Ancestry.com
(www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Nov 2015); National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm #T9,
roll #63; citing Family History Library (FHL) film no. 1,254,063.
[ii] 1870 U.S. census, Los Angeles County, California, population schedule, Los Angeles, page 503 (stamped), sheet 4, dwelling 31, family 33, James Brown household; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Nov 2015); National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 73; citing Family History Library (FHL) film no. 545,572.