May A. Brown

(30 August 1862 - 30 April 1912)
May A. Brown|b. 30 Aug 1862\nd. 30 Apr 1912|p631.htm|Freeman R. Brown|b. c 1825|p748.htm|Louisa A. Wood|b. Aug 1826\nd. 25 Feb 1914|p760.htm|||||||James Wood|b. s 1800|p1241.htm|Clara Williams|b. s 1800|p1242.htm|
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Stubbart Ancestry
Descendants of Mathew Stubbart
Descendants of Freman Brown
May (Brown) Stubbart
     May A. Brown was born on 30 Aug 1862 in Duran, Pepin County, Wisconsin.2,3 She moved with her parents, or possibly just her mother, to Butler County, Nebraska, in 1875. Nothing is known about her father's fate, and he is not mentioned further in family records located to date, though her mother is described as a widow in one diary.4,5 On 29 Sep 1875, May's mother Louisa married Matthew Stubbart, a widower whose eleven children included James Mitchel Stubbart.6,4 Despite the age difference, not to mention James's frequent absences for college and prospecting adventures, a romance blossomed. She married James Mitchel Stubbart, son of Matthew Stubbart and Margaret Mitchell, on 9 Nov 1879 in Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa.7,2
     In 1885 May A. Brown and James Mitchel Stubbart relocated to what would eventually become Octavia in Butler County, Nebraska.8 She was included in a group photo taken say 1886. James and May are pictured with two young girls, presumably Effie Louisa and Pearl May. She and James Mitchel Stubbart moved to Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa, in 1899.9
     In 1900, James began the missionary work that would keep him away from the family home most of the time. The church provided a scanty allowance of $35 per month to support May and their five children. James later remarked that "she kept the home and paid for it out of this meager income without a murmur. We counciled together about our needs in ways of allowance and she was always willing to put it as low as possible and help the church by doing all she could. She had no desire to take a dollar from the church that was not really necessary."10 She was included in a group photo taken circa 1902. By 1910, James and May were living in Malvern, Mills County, Iowa.11 May A. died in Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa, on 30 Apr 1912 at 49 of a stomach tumor12 after several years of illness.10,2,13,14 About their marriage, James later said, "'May and I ... lived happily together for 33 years. While my mission work required a good portion of my time, all through those years she never complained. ... Many times when I left home she shed tears at the parting but I never heard her complain."10 She was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa.5

Last Edited=September 2, 2007

Children of May A. Brown and James Mitchel Stubbart


  1. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart", The Saints Herald, 16 Apr 1938, p. 492.
  2. Pearl Wilcox, Roots of the RLDS in Southern Iowa (unk.: unk., unk.).
  3. James M. Stubbart household, 1900 United States Census, Iowa, Decatur County, Lamoni, ED 44, Sheet 4, dw/fam 85, lines 39-47. NARA. T623.
  4. Marriage License for Mathew Stubbart and Louisa Brown, Copy held by DeAnna Burghart, Laguna Niguel, CA.
  5. Unknown subject, n.d., researcher's files, Laguna Niguel, Orange County, California.
  6. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 8.
  7. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 21, "On November 9, 1879, James married May A. Brown, daughter of his step mother. They were married by Elder J R Anthony. Mathew, his father, and Marshall, his brother, signed the marriage certificate, which I have in my possession." (Pearl Stafford).
  8. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 22.
  9. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart, Part II", The Saints Herald, 23 Apr 1938, p. 524.
  10. Unknown subject, n.d. researcher's files, p. 58.
  11. Audrey Stubbart, The Centenarians (n.p.: HCOA, unknown publish date), 2, John and Audrey met in secondary school, implying that they were acquainted at her known residence (Mills County, Iowa) before their marriage in 1911. Of course, it's also possible that the secondary school Audrey refers to in her memoir is in Douglas County, Missouri, the site of their marriage..
  12. John P. Stubbart, Kansas City Life Insurance Policy Application #828309 (Kansas City, Missouri: Kansas City Life Insurance Company, signed by applicant 20 Apr 1939). copy taken from Judy Murphy's papers.. Hereinafter cited as John Stubbart life insurance application.
  13. May Elliott, "Biography of James M. Stubbart, Part III", The Saints Herald, 30 Apr 1938, p. 559.
  14. John Stubbart life insurance application, p. 2.