Descendants of
 Captain Robert Brown
                            1809 – 1894



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Captain Brown’s Family

  (Left to right) John Heppingstone (Charlotte’s younger brother), Amanda (who was buried then dug up from under the lava flow), Annie (standing), Mary, Charlotte Heppingstone Brown, Edith on her lap, young Charlotte (standing, later married whaleman Nelson Cole Haley), Captain Robert Brown with Alura on his lap. Thomas Spencer Brown, Cynthia Nina Brown, and Theopholis Morgan Brown were all three born after this picture was taken.

Charlotte Brown (nee Heppingstone)
1821 – 1879

Some time before the earthquake and volcano eruption of 1868, Amanda Brown died, and was buried on the ranch at Kahuku. Saying no child of his should rest in such a grave, Captain Brown, with the help of a couple of laborers, uncovered the grave and to removed the body to a regular cemetery.


Theophilus Brown


Captain Theophilus M. Brown (1824-1905), Robert's younger brother by 15 years, was a successful whaling captain in his own right.



Photo courtesy of
Mystic Seaport, Photography Collection, Mystic, CT, #39.1315 ~ to order a copy or research other photographs, send an email to

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