A BRIEF HISTORY OF TUIMANU’A ALEXANDER BROWN OF TI’AVEA AT ALEIPATA SAMOA: A SCOTISHMAN AND A CAPTAIN OF HIS SAILS TRADING CARGO SHIP FROM SCOTLAND IN THE 18TH CENTURY.
Father: David Brown (of Leif South, Scotland).
Mother: Ann Bain (of Scotland: David’s first Spouse).
1. Son: Alexander Brown, Born: 28 July 1810 Scotland, baptism 12 August 1810.
2. Son: James Brown, Born: 17 October, 1813 Scotland, baptism 14 November 1813.
3. Son: David Brown, Born: 30 December 1814 Scotland, baptism in 1815.
Father: David Brown (of Leif South, Scotland).
Mother: Ann Murdock (of Scotland: David’s Second Spouse).
1. Son: David Lennox Brown, Born 22 July 1822 Scotland, baptism 2 September 1822.
Alexander Brown was born on the 28th July 1810 in Scotland, Great Britain. His father was Mr. David Brown a Scotishman and his mother was Ann Bayne. Mr David Brown a Soldier and Blacksmith in his rank of profession was resided at Leith South, Scotland in Great Britain. Alexander Brown, was known in Samoa as ‘Tuimanu’a’ the holder of the high ranking title, a Paramount Chief in the 18th century bestowed to him by the King Tui-Manu’a of Manu’a island at Tau where abouts the palace of the King or Queen Tui-Manu’a in the eastern side of Western Samoa (apparently by Tui-Manu’a Kamalita). Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown was a Captain of his trading cargo ship a widow and a rank in profession of Trading at the age of 67 years. Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown was legally married to Miss. Ainoama on the 21st day of April 1877. Alexander was 67 years of age and Miss Ainoama was 22 years old. (Miss Ainoama was a daughter of high-talking Chief: Su’a of Samusu village in Aleipata, Upolu in Western Samoa.) And they have four children namely: Phobe Malia Brown, Anne Vaelua Brown, Emma Brown, and William Vili Brown. Alexander Brown was also accompanied by his eldest daughter name Miss Jane (Sieni) Brown from his former spouse back in Scotland. He also had six Hawaiian crewmen picked up from Hawaii on the way to the Manu’a island for his four sails cargo ship.
Father: Alexander Brown of Ti’avea Samoa (Son of David Brown and Ann Bain in Scotland).
Mother: Ainoama Su’a o Samusu Ti’avea Samoa (Daughter of Su’a in Samusu Samoa).
Married: 21 April 1877 Samoa: British Consulate: British Conculs District of Navigators Islands. This marriage solemnized between them in the British Consulate according in the precises of the Counsellors: Edward A. Liaradro, and in the presence of: D.S. Parker, and T. Dickson.
1. Daughter: Phoebe Malia Brown, Born: Feburary 1873.
2. Daughter: Ann Vaelua Brown, Born: March 1875.
3. Daughter: Emma Brown, Born: June 1880.
4. Son: William (Vili) Brown, Born: 25 July 1881.
Also Note: Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown of Ti’avea apparently had 6 other Spouses in Samoa.
Miss Jane Brown was married to high chief Tupuola Auvale of Lona Fagaloa in Upolu Samoa. Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown has great grand daughters through the marriage of his daughter Miss Jane Brown, that one was named ‘Afugalooletuimanu’a’, the name means ‘The Forgotten or Lost or Spent Strengh (sweat) of Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown in Fagaloa’. Another granddaughter was named ‘Afulilooletuimanu’a’, the name means the ‘Tuimanua’s Strength (afu)’ buried in Fagaloa. There is a lake there in the village of Fagaloa called ‘AFULILO’ was named after Tuimanu’a Alexander John Brown. The other granddaughter was also named ‘Fa’amalumalugaoletuimanu’a’, the name was to remind the bestowing of the highest Title Tuimanu’a to Alexander Brown of Scotland by King Tui-Manu’a of Manu’a island. Apparently it was not a paramount chief title as usual but a King’s Title of a small island of Manu’a and its true. You would prove that if refer to history between the King Tui-Toga of Tonga and King Tui-Manu’a of Manu’a in those days that we still follow up.
Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown also his grandson through the marriage of his daughter Anne Vaelua Brown to Tafea Lomano Maioa of the King Fonoti Tupu Tafa’ifa of Samoa family lineage. He was Fonoti Mata’utia Ioane Brown of Lotofaga and Lalovaea. Born 17 Feb 1901 and died 9 Oct 1974. He was educated at Marist Brothers School from 1908 to 1913. He worked with Westbrook and Burns Philip as a Salesman, and he became an entrepreneur himself and was the first Samoan successful businessman to distinguish himself in this field. He owned many successful companies, and was also became the most successful planters and cattlemen. BUSINESSMAN: He owned a Bakery in Matatufu, A trading vessel called ‘Star Of The Sea’ and was engaged in Agricultural Development in Lotofaga. (In time he became The Most Successful of Planters and Cattlemen). He Established the First Primary School at Lotofaga which taught Agricultural Subjects. J.B. Fonoti Set up: The Samoa Traders Ltd.; The Mulifanua Trading Ltd.; and JB Fonoti Ltd. He also opened a Supermarket including a Bakery with delivery for Aleipata district and Lotofaga district Atua from his property in Lotofaga. POLITICIAN: While engaged to all Business Activities, Hon J.B. Fonoti was also a Successful Politician. He was the leader of The Fono a Faipule of Government of Samoa from 1939 to 1947. And was also a member of the Government of Samoa Legislative Assembly from 1948 to 1957. And a member of the Working Committee of the Constitutional Convention of the Government of Samoa in 1954 to 1957. He was the leader of the MAU for Atua also in 1935 till his last year for the MAU in Vaimoso 1942. He was the founder and leader of The Samoa Democratic Political Party in 1951/1953. When the New Zealand Governor-General Sir.Cyril Newall on his third visit to Samoa on June 1944, while welcoming, leader Faipule Hon J.B. Fonoti and on behalf of the Fono of Faipule, directly expressed solid criticism of the New Zealand policy. And much more directly to the New Zealand Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Mr. Peter Fraser on his visited for a special fono to discuss matters on the spot, on the 20-26th of December the same year 1944. Demands were made by leader Fono o Faipule Hon J.B. Fonoti with a list of remits presented to the Prime Minister, most of which were detailed and aimed at progressive displacement of Europeans by Samoans in administration, but which was headed by a firm request for Self-Government in Samoa after the war. PETITION IN 1944: The Petition for Self-Government in Samoa by the leader of Fono o Faipule Hon J.B. Fonoti in 1944. The United Nations approval on the 13th December 1946. The newly Samoan flag was raised on the 1st June 1948. Samoa’s Freedom confirmed!
Mother: Ann Vaelua Brown (Daughter of Alexander Brown of Ti’avea and Ainoama Su’a of Samusu).
Father: Tafea Lomano Maioa Fonoti (Son of Muaimana, the daughter of Fonoti Teoteo Tuipu’avai of Lotofaga Atua, and Tafea Elise, the son of Fonoti Letaupe Tuipalepale and Lupe Tafea Tuai’ipuniu of Mata’tufu Atua).
Married: The Holy Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception at Apia on the 18th December 1895. Officiating Minister being Rev. FR. J. Garnier S.M. Witnessed being: Filipo of Falefa, and Victor Aupito.
1. Son: Ola Mika Brown.
2. Son: Fonoti Mata’utia John Brown, Born: 17 Feb. 1901.
3. Son: Tasala Brown.
4. Daughter: Bella Brown
5. Daughter: Fiava’ai Brown.
Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown of Ti’avea at Aleipata died at the age of 86 on the 10th of August 1896, And was buried in Ti’avea village at his last permanent residence as officiated by Rev. Opapo of Mormon church.
“TI’AVEA UFA MEA (VALELEA), FAGA LE POVI LE LAVEA…” An old saying by Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown that was well known by the people of Ti’avea in Aleipata back in the days. Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown had a cattle farm, and when someone needed cattle, Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown he sometimes lend them his shotgun that when they missed a shot and wasted a bullet, Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown will say “ Ti’avea Ufa Mea, Faga le Povi le Lavea”. The phrase became very popular with the people of Ti’avea back then and in memory of Tuimanu’a Alexander Brown of Ti’avea in Aleipata, Samoa. The Brown family was known and called by the people of Atua back then as “Le Au Tui-Manu’a!”. Understanding is there are Brown families of Tui-Manu’a Alexander Brown in the Manu’a island, Tutuila and Upolu Samoa.
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TUIMANU’A ALEXANDER BROWN’S BIRTH AND BAPTISM INFORMATION LEITH SOUTH SCOTLAND IN 1810: HIS PARENTS WERE MR DAVID BROWN AND MISS ANN BAYNE
LETTER BY MATA’AFA ABOUT TUIMANU’A ALEXANDER BROWN OF TI’AVEA IN 1882
TUIMANU’A ALEXANDER BROWN’S DAUGHTER ANN VAELUA BROWN MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE IN 1895
TUIMANU’A ALEXANDER BROWN’S DAUGHTER ANN VAELUA BROWN’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN 1875
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