Who can tell the story of John Brown's widow Mary Anne Day
Brown?  
       The people who knew her, such as her husband John Brown of
Harpers Ferry, the poet Frances Watkins Harper, her descendants,
and Mary's own words.

       Follow Mary Brown and Her Daughters Project as transcribed
primary sources are added with historical context to continue the
family legacy of equality and cooperation.  
Mary A. wife of John Brown of
Harpers Ferry (1816-1884) is
buried at the Madronia Cemetery
in Saratoga, California.  
Next to her are Sarah and Ellen,
daughters of John Brown.  
Mary was photographed with
her daughters Annie (left) and
Sarah (right) ca. 1853 in
Vernon, New York

Library of Congress

Mary Brown's Interview with the New
York Tribune, December 1, 1859

and her journey to Virginia

"Yankee Abolitionist" by Jean Libby
Ellen was born in 1854    
Mary and her daughters
emigrated to California
with her only surviving
son Salmon in 1863/1864.

Saratoga Historical Museum
(California)  
Lucy Higgins and Sarah Brown Collection, The Bancroft Library,
The University of California, Berkeley      Gift of Lori Deal, October 2005
Frances Watkins Harper and
Mary Anne Day Brown  

by Louis A. DeCaro, June 08, 2011

"A Remembrance of Free Spirits"

Link to story
Mary Anne Day Brown widow of John Brown the Abolitionist
May 9, 2000                                                                                                                                     San Jose City College students at Dr. Aptheker's commemoration


"She was just as much an abolitionist as
                                                                                                                                   (at right)    Henry P. Organ, Allies for Freedom
her husband!"  Herbert Aptheker
Jean Libby signing Mary's biography
John Brown's Family in California at
the Madronia Cemetery, March 9 2009
          Mary Anne Day Brown  (1816-1884)
          wife of John Brown of Harpers Ferry
Mary Brown at Madronia Cemetery
Find-a-Grave Record

Maintained by Alice Keesey Mecoy,
descendant.