Joe E. Brown

Birth Name: Joseph Evans Brown

Date of Birth: July 28, 1891

Place of Birth: Holgate, Pleasant Township, Henry, Ohio, United States

Date of Death: July 6, 1973

Place of Death: Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*father – German
*mother – Welsh, Irish, English

Joe E. Brown was an American actor and comedian.

Joe was the son of Anna Maria and Mathias Joseph Brown. When he was ten, he joined the circus tumbler troupe Five Marvelous Ashtons. He also played professional baseball. Joe was married to Kathryn Francis McGraw, until his death, with whom he had four children, including front office Major League Baseball executive Joe L. Brown.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was named Oswald Brown. Oswald was German.

Joe’s paternal grandmother was named Mary Romus. Mary was German.

Joe’s maternal grandfather was named Evan Evans (the son of David Evans and Ann). Evan was born in Ohio.

Joe’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Griffey/Guffey (the daughter of Henry Guffy and Almira Burtch). Elizabeth was born in Ohio. Henry was the son of John McDowell Guffy and Nancy Ann Pennington. Almira was the daughter of Sanford/Sandford Burtch/Burch and Elizabeth.

Sources: Genealogy of Joe E. Brown –

Joe E. Brown on the 1910 U.S. Census –


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