Mary Elmira Brown was born on July 24, 1854 in the Bald Eagle Valley of Centre County, Pennsylvania to Robert Brown and Sarah England. She grew up in Morris Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, where her father was a farmer.

On January 17, 1875, Mary married Thomas A. Buskirk. They lived in the same county, except in Huston Township. By 1900, they were living in the neighboring Elk County, in Jay Township. Thomas worked as a sawyer and a farmer. After Thomas died in 1915, Mary remained in Jay Township with her children. By 1920, she was living with her son Ferdinand, her daughter Gertrude Levendusky, who was married to Paul Levendusky, and her grandson Paul Levendusky, Jr. By 1930, Mary was only living with her son Ferdinand.

In July of 1939, Mary fell at her home and fractured her left hip. She was hospitalized at Elk County General Hospital in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. Mary died from her inhjuries at the hospital on July 19, 1939 at 10:20 a.m at the age of 84, just 5 days before her 85th birthday. Her burial took place the following day, on July 20, 1939 in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Elk County, Pennsylvania.


Offspring of Thomas Aaron Buskirk and Mary Elmira Brown (1854-1939)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Edmund Myers Buskirk (1876-?) 10 July 1876 Elk County, United States 9999 Pennsylvania, United States Florence Genevieve Challingsworth (1885-1963)

Freddie Irvin Buskirk (1878-1898) 12 June 1878 Pennsylvania, United States
Mary Susannah Buskirk (1880-1945) 13 August 1880 Tyler, Elk County, Pennsylvania, United States 15 October 1945 Elk County, Pennsylvania, United States John Thomas Harrison (1880-1959)

Lenora F. VanBuskirk (1882-?) October 1882 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States)
Tillie Ann Buskirk (1884-1964) 1884 Pennsylvania, United States 1964 James Edward Mitchell (1875-?)

Florence U. VanBuskirk (1889-?) July 1889 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States)
Nomia F. VanBuskirk (1890-?) August 1890 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States)
Bessie Olive VanBuskirk (1891-1968) September 1891 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States) 1968 Thomas Hill Smart (1887-1940)

Maud L. Buskirk (1892-?) December 1892 Pennsylvania
Harry G. Buskirk (1895-1916) June 1895 Pennsylvania, United States 9999 Pennsylvania, United States
Gula Lona Buskirk (1895-?) August 1895 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States)
Ferdinand Stanten VanBuskirk (1898-?) May 1898 Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania+ United States)
Gertrude L. VanBuskirk (1900-1980) 12 May 1900 Pennsylvania (Jay+ Elk County+Pennsylvania+ United States) 27 September 1980 (Baumertown+ Elk County+Pennsylvania+ United States) Paul Joseph Lovenduski (1896-1965)



  1. 1860 United States Federal Census, Morris, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
  2. 1870 United States Federal Census, Morris, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
  3. 1880 United States Federal Census, Huston, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
  4. 1900 United States Federal Census, Jay, Elk County, Pennsylvania.
  5. 1920 United States Federal Census, Jay, Elk County, Pennsylvania.
  6. 1930 United States Federal Census, Jay, Elk County, Pennsylvania.

Namesakes of Mary Elmira Brown (1854-1939)

 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
Mary Brown (1831-1906)Richmond, Surrey, England, United KingdomBrighton, Sussex, England, United KingdomEdward Charles Brown (1806-)Elizabeth (c1807-1886)William Dugdale Meaden (1828-1903)
Mary Brown (1761-1844)New York City, New York, United StatesSamuel Doty (1765-1829)
Mary Brown (1774-1827)Shaftsbury, Bennington County, VermontFloyd, Oneida County, New YorkSamuel Brown (1740-)Mary Lee (1743-)Nathan Robinson (1764-1860)
Mary Brown (1662-1732)Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United StatesWatertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United StatesJohnathon Brown (1635-1691)Mary Shattuck (1645-1732)John Warren (1666-1703)
Mary Alberta Brown (1886-1970)Ringgold County, Iowa, United StatesOrange County, California, United StatesRobert E Brown (1849-1918)Maggie Moran (c1850-1918)Clyde Leonard Morrison (1884-1937) + Sydney D Preen (1885-)
Mary Ann Brown (1804-1829)New South Wales, AustraliaRichmond, New South Wales, AustraliaDavid Brown (1772-1826)Eleanor Fleming (1780-1865)Thomas Griffiths (1797-1826)+William Waterford (1799-1876)
Mary Ann Brown (1850-1929)Reidsdale, New South Wales, Australia153 Sailor Bay-road, Northbridge, New South Wales, AustraliaStephen Joseph Brown (1814-1867)Eliza Ann Tyler (1825-1902)Thomas Lee (1843-1919)
Mary Elizabeth Brown (1814-1855)Finsbury, Cambridgeshire, EnglandWalsall, Staffordshire, EnglandThomas Brown (1786-1836)Mary Elizabeth Flamell (1794-1854)John Eglington (1789-1864)
Mary Elmira Brown (1854-1939)Bald Eagle Valley, Centre County, Pennsylvania, United StatesRidgway, Elk County, Pennsylvania, United StatesRobert Brown (1807-aft1880)Sarah England (1814-1895)Thomas Aaron Buskirk (1848-1915)

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