THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  HIRAM BROWN, a well-remembered farmer, late of the town of Sullivan, Madison County, who cultivated a goodly number of acres and dealt somewhat extensively in live stock, was born in this town in September, 1806, and died at his homestead, July 27, 1875. He was a son of Timothy and Olive (Clark) Brown, who were of Welsh and English descent, and who moved from Massachusetts to Madison County at the close of last century, when the region was wild and unpeopled except by the original occupants of the soil, the roving Indians, who, naturally enough, made it often decidedly uncomfortable for the new-comers. But these pioneers of civilization were not easily disheartened. Timothy Brown bought land, improved a farm, and resided thereon until his death at the age of seventy-two years. His wife died at seventy-five years of age, having reared a family of six children, none of whom survive.
  Hiram Brown was brought up in the town of Sullivan, and received what education was obtainable in the district schools. When he reached manhood, he turned his attention to farming, buying large tracts of land, on which he raised grain and small fruits. He also dealt largely in cattle and horses. He was married June 20, 1834, to Miss Angeline Beach, also a native of Sullivan, who was born February 5, 1817, daughter of David M. and Nancy (Peck) Beach. Her parents were natives of Connecticut, and came from that State about the year 1816 to the town of Sullivan, where they owned a farm. Of their three children, two now survive, Mrs. Brown and her brother, Miles Beach, who resides with her. The ancestors of the Beach family in America came over from England during the period of the early settlement of the colonies, two or three brothers of this name making their homes in Connecticut, where they reared large families. After forty-one years of married life Mr. Brown died, as he had lived, on his farm, leaving a widow and five children, namely: William B., born April 14, 1835, residing in Sullivan, N.Y.; Catherine E., born April 23, 1841, wife of Austin French, living in Oneida Village; Alice A., Mrs. Frank Jackson, born January 24, 1845, residing with her mother; Albert E., born June 1, 1848, living on the home farm; Carrie, Mrs. V. Williams Bull, born August 25, 1850, living in the town of Sullivan. Three other children, "not lost, but gone before," were: Sarah A., born January 13, 1837, died at the age of seventeen years; Josephine, born March 8, 1839, died September 16, 1841; Irene, born July 15, 1859, died March 9, 1863.
  A large settlement at Canasaraga long bore the name of Brown. In this village, which is now known as Sullivan Post-office, Mrs. Angeline B. Brown resides on a valuable, well-improved farm of two hundred and forty acres, which is managed by her son Albert. Highly respected people, possessed of ample means, they live in a pleasant home, provided with every needed comfort and luxury. Mr. Hiram Brown was a man of more than average ability, and was of marked prominence in the place where his life was passed; and, although the foundation of his fortune was laid by his father's toil, his own constant diligence in his business enlarged the estate to its present dimensions. While not a seeker for office, he was interested in political matters, and was loyal to his duties as a citizen, ever by his vote maintaining the principles of the Republican party. Mr. and Mrs. Brown attended the Methodist Episcopal church, of which they were exemplary members, as she continues to be, finding consolation and hope and joy in the teachings of religion.

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