3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 7, 2020 1:19 PM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking records of Frank Brown at Battle of Little Big Horn


      My Great Great Grandmother said that her brother, Frank Brown, was killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. I have been trying to find his next of kin. I think he was buried at Fort Lincoln in Oct. 1876 and then moved to the Custer Battle Field. I think he was with Reno and they sent part of his thigh bone to a military museum of some sort. I can't find any proof of next of kin to make the connection. Thanks for any help.

        • Re: Seeking records of Frank Brown at Battle of Little Big Horn
          Alice Lane Pioneer

          HI Robert,

          Welcome to History Hub


          I found a list of Little Big Horn Casualties, there are 3 with the last name of Brown. Would he be Benjamin F. Brown.

          Click below link to see



          I found Frank Brown on findagrave.com with some family information and a photo of him.



          Best Wishes

          Alice Lane

          Volunteer Researcher

          • Re: Seeking records of Frank Brown at Battle of Little Big Horn
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Mr. Rose,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798 - 1914 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that lists soldiers who served in the Regular Army. We located a listing for Benjamin F Brown who was born in Taylor County, Kentucky, enlisted 12 March 1872 in Louisville, Kentucky, and served in the 7th Cavalry. There is a notation stating that he was “Killed June 25 76 in action with Indians on Little Big Horn River,” but the Registers of Enlistment do not list next of kin or other relatives. We also located Enlistment Papers, 1798 - October 31, 1912 in Record Group 94 that may include a record for him. Please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at Archives1reference@nara.gov for more information about these records.


            Additionally, we located Registers of Deaths in the Regular Army, 1860 - 1889 in Record Group 94. These records have been digitized and are partially available online through the National Archives Catalog.  Volume 6 includes deaths from July 1874 through June 1876. Image 11 lists Benjamin Brown’s death of a gunshot wound in the Battle at the Little Bighorn River. These records do not list next of kin.


            Plus, we located Interment Control Forms, 1928 - 1962 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that include a card for B.F. Brown of the 7th Cavalry, buried at the Custer Battlefield National Cemetery that has been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. This record does not include next of kin information.


            We also located the Population Schedules for the 1860 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that includes a record for Ben F. Brown of Taylor County, Kentucky.  We are copying a summary of the record below. There also may be a listing for him in the Population Schedules for the 1870 Census in Record Group 29. Please email RDT1 for questions about census records. For information about accessing census records online, see Search Census Records Online and Other Resources.


            1860 United States Federal Census for Ben F Brown



            Ben F Brown



            Birth Year:

            abt 1853



            Birth Place:


            Home in 1860:

            Taylor, Kentucky

            Dwelling Number:


            Family Number:


            Household Members:



            Mary E Brown


            Tho W Brown


            Ben F Brown


            Flora E Brown


            Richd J Brown


            Jo Jef Brown



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            The Registers on Enlistment have been digitized and are available on Fold3 as Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; on Ancestry as U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; and on FamilySearch as United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914


            We also located a user generated “Bonnie (Bonita) Brown's Family Tree” on Ancestry that has compiled information about Benjamin Franklin Brown. We are attaching a screenshot of the entry for him. Please note that the information listed for him on Ancestry may be incomplete. Accessing the information on Ancestry and Fold3 requires paid subscription. Some libraries provide free access to Ancestry and/or Fold3 their patrons.  FamilySearch subscriptions are free.


            We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

            • Re: Seeking records of Frank Brown at Battle of Little Big Horn
              Elliot Schneider Ranger



              Also found this on the internet pertaining to your family tree. Please also note.


              CHILDREN OF MARY ELLEN BROWN 31 May 1833-11 March 1921


              Thomas Walter Brown b. 16 July 1852 Taylor Co. Ky married Mary Etta Nixon. d. 12 July 1927

              Benjamin Franklin Brown 1853-25 June 1876

              Flora Alice Brown b. 19 Aug 1855 d. unkn married Thomas Oldham bef 1874

              Richard J. Brown b. Nov 1856 d. 1934 married Virginia Logsdon

              Joseph Jefferson Brown b. 10 Sept. 1858 b. 30 Oct 1917 married Mary Martha Waddle

              Henry Hobson Brown b. May 1863 d. bef 1920 married Clara C. Wilkerson

              Sarah Elizabeth Brown b. ca 1864 no info.






              Elliot Schneider