ELIJAH W. BROWN was born on July
8, 1822, in Georgetown, Madison
County, N.Y., where he remains to this day, a public-spirited citizen, immensely popular in his town and county, and a thoroughly representative man of the Republican party. Captain Samuel Brown, the grandfather of this gentleman, earned his honorable title by three years of arduous service on the battlefields of the Revolutionary War. He was born in Connecticut, and was one of the sturdy men of the colonies who left the plough standing in the furrow, the wife and babe hastily kissed, and, grasping the old
flint-lock musket, hurried to the defence of
the imperilled nation. After independence was gained, he returned to the peaceful pursuits of a farmer's life, which he followed until his death. He lived to a good old age, and, after the removal of his son Elijah to New York State, made long and tedious trips
every other year to visit him.
The five children of Captain Samuel Brown and his wife, who was a Miss Day, were
Alanson, Elijah, Alfred, Erastus, and Lydia. All are now deceased. Elijah, the second son, who was born in New London, Conn., came to Georgetown, Madison County, N.Y., and on April 1, 1813, bought a tract of land, a dozen acres of which were cleared, and on which was the only frame house on the highroad. He carried on farming, and soon cleared off the timber on the remaining portion of his farm. Here he raised wheat, corn, and oats, and for a good many years kept sheep as his principal live stock. His farm products he sold to people who supplied the markets in Albany, N.Y. One of the main sources of revenue in those days, when timber was so plentiful, was potash, which was made from the immense amount of wood cut down to make clearings. This, and the black salt from which pearlash is made, found a ready market in the capital, and, as money was scarce in those days, served as barter for home necessities. The family linen was woven from flax raised on the farm, and the mother fashioned the garments which the household wore; and they were substantial and well made, if not of the city's prevailing mode.
Mr. Brown was early attracted by the charms of Miss Margaret Williams. A mutual attachment ensued; and the romance of their lives, which may be said to have begun when they were pupils in the same district school, happily resulted in their marriage in their native town in Connecticut, and together they braved the hardships of the journey to their habitation in New York State,
where her cheerful endurance and housewifely thrift made their home in the wilderness a veritable garden of Eden. Their family consisted of six children, as follows: Lydia, Lavinia, Harriet, Elijah W., Loren W., and Julia A., whose pathetic death occurred when she had reached the budding age of sixteen years. They are now all deceased except Elijah W. Lydia married Alanson Niles, of Hamilton N.Y.; and one child was born to them, a daughter, Francelia, who married Erasmus Higgins. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins reside in Kansas, and have one child, George. Lavinia, Mrs. L. E. Swan, lived in Cazenovia; and her children are Edwin, Levi, George, Flora, Maggie, and Mary. Edwin is married, and lives in Flint, Mich. He has two children. Levi married a Miss Gridley, and lives in Fayetteville, N.Y. The wife of George was a Miss Lawton; and their home is in Binghamton, N.Y. Flora is Mrs. Faulkner, of Nelson, N.Y. Mary is Mrs. Charles Niles, of Cazenovia, N.Y. And Maggie is unmarried, and lives in Cazenovia. Harriet, the third daughter, married Lyman Bonney, of Georgetown, N.Y., and has one child, Loren. The second son and fifth child of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Brown was Loren W., who married Miss Elcena Prentice. Their four children, married, are as follows: Herman N., to Miss Upham, of Georgetown, and has one child, Frank; Morel, to Miss Blanchard, of Manlius, N.Y.; Emma is Mrs. Gilbert Tripp, of Manlius, and has two children and Herbert married a Miss Riggall.
Elijah W., the eldest son and fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Brown, grew up on his father's farm, and with his brothers and sisters attended the schools of the village. At this time the land had been pretty well cleared of the timber, and the farm had become productive and profitable. Arrived at a suitable age, and being conveniently circumstanced to take to himself a wife, he married Miss Ruth T. Robie, daughter of Jonathan Robie, of Georgetown. Four children have been born of this marriage. Amorette, the eldest, is the wife of Henry Hammond, of Syracuse, and has two children, Fred W. and George B. Ada, the next daughter, is Mrs. Chester J. Parker, of Lakeport, N.Y. ; and her one child is Chester J. Parker, Jr. George, the eldest son, married Miss Libbie Austin, of Georgetown; and they have two children, Mabel and Ruth M. Edward, the youngest, lives at home with his parents, the location of their dwelling being the same as that in which they fixed their residence twenty-seven years ago, and which they have since continued to occupy.
Mr. Elijah W. Brown is a stanch adherent of the Republican party, a veteran worker in its ranks. He has been a delegate to the county conventions for the last forty years, also has attended the Senatorial and Congressional and State conventions. He was a member of the first Republican convention
held in Madison County. For eleven years he has served as Supervisor, and besides being an Assessor for nine years, has been Highway Commissioner, and for a certain part of his time has been Trustee of his school district. For several years he was Bank Appraiser for Madison
County. In his religious opinions he is a Methodist, and with his family assists greatly in the good work of that church. Mr. Brown has ever been a devoted husband, a loving father, and a Generous and patriotic citizen. He fully deserves all the eulogiums he receives.
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