Muffet has read the thread and has very kindly responded fully to the questions raised above and provided some additional information. She responds as follows:
Hello Jack and Grant and Bob and the curious about MTB's youngest great-grandchild. My ET account has lapsed, and my public email account is not ready yet, as I have recently moved back to the SF Bay Area after spending 2 years in Phoenix, Arizona, and several parts of my life are in transition. Therefore, I asked Inger to be so kind as to post this on ET for me.
I have never married and have no children, but I am a very doting auntie to 2 great-great-granddaughters of MTB who carry the Brown name and will probably be the last direct descendants to do so. I will not elaborate on them, as they are minors, but I could picture them taking charge of lifeboats someday if they had to!
To set the record straight, I grad. from high school in 1981, and I am 43. I realize I am approaching the age my famous ancestor was when she became a grandmother for the first time by my father's birth. Just a few months later she would be boarding the Titanic. How our lives have been so different!
If someone wants a truly good geneological challenge, one should try to figure out if Margaret was really born when most historians have accepted or on the date on her headstone, which is I think a year and a day later. My own family's records offer no clarifications. I've been curious if a great flood or storm had in fact been recorded in either 1867 or 1868 on the Mississippi in Hannibal or St Louis around July
18-19, but it wouldnt prove anything, it would just be fun to know.
People can send me letters via the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver.
--Muffet Laurie Brown
("Laurie" was my grandmother's nickname for my grandfather Lawrence P. Brown. He was written to as "Uncle Laurie" by the Benziger grandchildren of MTB's as well)