Horace L. Brown (son of Brightberry Brown and Susan (Suca) Thompson)112, 113, 114 was born 14 Apr 1807 in Albemarle, Co. VA, and died 1882 in Albemarle, Co. VA, and buried at "Brightberry", in Browns Cove, Va..He married Lucy Elizabeth Parrott on 12 Nov 1833, daughter of Charles Hughlett Parrott and Sarah Brown. Notes for Horace L. Brown: Horace L. faught in the Confedrerate Army. The Night the Stars Fell Down By David A. Maurer The Daily Progress – Sunday 4/16/2006 Love has been known to make people crazy, but generally not so bonkers that they start hallucinating. When Horace L. Brown of Brown's Cove and Lucy Parrott of Greene County fell in love, they got married, like many sane people do. They tied the knot on or about Nov. 12, 1833. During the hours of darkness of Nov. 12 and early morning of Nov. 13 of that year, they were traveling on their honeymoon. At some point that night, they became aware of an occurrence that probably made them rub their eyes in disbelief. The couple referred to the incident as the "night when the stars started falling" around them. As they grew old and related the story about that night to people who hadn't been alive when it occurred, their tale often was dismissed as just elderly ramblings. People likely doubted the authenticity of the Browns' account, because it seemed too extraordinary to believe. But it would have been difficult for them to overstate what their eyes had beheld. That night countless people, particularly in the eastern United States, witnessed one of the mostawe-inspiring celestial events in recorded history. Soon after dark on Nov. 12,1833, shooting stars started blazing across the sky. The preamble quickly ratcheted up from the wow- did-you-see-that level to the duck-and-cover stage. Professor A.C. Twyning observed the event from his home in West Point, N.Y. Twyning reported that at the height of the storm as many as 10,000 bright mete- ors were streaking across the sky every hour. There were so many meteors heading westward that night that it appeared almost as bright as day in places with no cloud cover. The meteor shower was so remarkable that many peo- ple thought the world was coming to an end. In 1833 meteors weren't understood the way they are today. When presented with such a shocking sight, the human mind works feverish Iy to explain it. Many people who were familiar with the Bible probably remembered the passage in Revelation where it's prophesized that "the stars will fall from the sky" when the end of the world is at hand. Small wonder then that many people reached such a dramatic conclusion. The stunning lightshow had such a powerful impact on scientists that it actually resulted in the birth of what became meteor astronomy. Researchers eventually discovered that "shooting stars" occur when hunks of metallic or stony matter called meteoroids streak into the Earth's atmosphere. Friction with air makes them so hot that they glow and create a visible tail of burning gases. Most of these bits of space debris burn up in the atmosphere. Those that reach the planet's surface are called meteorites. We now know that on that November night in 1833 the Earth passed through the Leonid ring of particles that revolves around the sun. This occurs every November, with varying degrees of intensity. How dramatic the annual passage is depends on a number of things, but one of the most critical factors is the density of the particles in the part of the ring that the planet goes through. In 1833 the Earth passed through a thick swarm of particles, and the show was on. The Leonid meteor shower of 1833, as it came to be known, is still considered the most brilliant display of its kind on record. Apparently the shower was so intense that few people in the Western Hemisphere missed it. According to some newspaper accounts, a lot of people living in cities were awakened by screams and cries from their neighbors, many of whom thought Judgment Day had arrived. Many others were awakened by bright flashes of light as the fireballs blazed across the heavens. Astronomers watching the night sky that evening reported seeing an unusually high number of meteors soon after dark on Nov. 12. But things were just gearing up for the peak performance, 'which began shortly after midnight and lasted the rest of the night. More About Horace L. Brown and Lucy Elizabeth Parrott: Marriage: 12 Nov 1833 Children of Horace L. Brown and Lucy Elizabeth Parrott are:
Charles B. Brown, b. 20 Jun 1836, d. 16 Dec 1921, Albemarle, Co. VA, and buried at "Brightberry", in Browns Cove, Va..
+Susan " Susie" Mary Brown, b. 06 Jun 1845, d. 12 Nov 1932, Albemarle, Co. VA, and buried at "Brightberry", in Browns Cove, Va..
+Horace Nimrod Brown, b. 05 Jun 1838, Albemarle County, Va.115, d. 15 Oct 1918, Albemarle, Co. VA, and buried at "Brightberry", in Browns Cove, Va..