My GGgrandfather, Edward Epworth Brown, was born 12 July 1837 in New Jersey, and resided in Brooklyn, Kings, Co., New York, from perhaps early childhood to 1870 when he moved to Jersey City, Hudson Co. He died 07 March 1912 in Jersey City. He was married to Adelia McMann/Mahon. They named their second son, my Ggrandfather, John Epworth Brown.
I'm reaching here, but is it possible that Edward's father married an Epworth lady? I'm having trouble going back further than Edward as the only information I have about Edward's parents is from his death certificate. His father is listed as Samuel Brown, his mother as unknown. In the 1910 census, Edward says both his mother and father were born in New Jersey.
If someone sees a possible connection, I'd be happy to supply additional names, dates, places, etc.--Sandy Brown