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twelve years she was a member of the school
board. She is a member of Massabesec Grange,
Patrons of Husbandry, and has passed the chairs.
She is also a member of the Methodist Church.

(II) Thomas, fourth son and seventh child of
John and Sarah Brown, was born July 17, 1657, in
Hampton, and passed his life in that town. He
married Abial Shaw, eldest child of Joseph and
Elizabeth (Partridge) Shaw. She was born in
October, 1662. Their children were : Thomas, Jo-
seph, Sarah, Elizajjeth, Ebenezer and Josiah. (Men-
tion of Josiah and descendants appears in this ar-

(HI) Ebenezer, third son and fifth child of
Thomas and Abial (Shaw) Brown, was born about
1696, in Hampton, and resided in what is now
Kensington. He was married (first), November
27. 1724, to Sobriety, daughter of Josiah and Eliza-
beth (Worthington) Moulton. She was born Au-
gust 14, 1694, but no record of her death appears.
The name of Mr. Brown's second wife was Mary
Flanders. He died October 20, 1780. His children
were: Thomas, Ebenezer (died young), Margaret
(died young), Martha. Mary (died young), Nathan,
Richard, Margaret, Ebenezer, Abial. James, Jere-
miah, Stephen and Mary.

, (IV) Jeremiah, seventh son and twelfth child
of Ebenezer and Mary (Flanders) Brown, was
born July 16, 1745, in Kensington. He was an
early settled in Loudon, New Hampshire, where
he died May 24, 1838. He was married August
6, 1787. to Betsey Prescott, daughter of Captain
James Prescott, at Loudon. (See Prescott VIII).
They were the parents of six children namely :
Mary, Betsey, Sally, Abigail, Sophia and Jeremiah.
Mary married Amos Barton, of Epsom ; Betsey
married John Sargent, of Loudon ; Sally became
the wife of Osgood Ring, of Cheltenham ; Abigail
married Abraham Sanborn, of Pittsfield : and So-
phia wedded Mark Prescott. of Chichester.

(V) Jeremiah (2), sixth and youngest child
of Jeremiah (i) and Betsey (Prescott) Brown,
was born in Loudon May 21, 1806. He resided in
Loudon, and was engaged in farming until 1853,
when he removed to Concord, where he lived the
remainder of his life. For years he had charge of
the work of repairing the streets of Concord, and
did his work in a skillful and efficient manner. He
was a Republican in political sentiment, and at-
tended the Baptist Church. He married Mary
Jane, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Thompson)
Batchelder, of Loudon, by whom he had five chil-
dren : Elizabeth Ann, Sarah Jane, George A.,
Jeremiah Warren and Warren. Sarah Jane mar-
ried. December. 1853, Jonathan Lane, of Concord ;
Elizabeth, Jeremiah W. and Warren died young.

(VI) George A., third child and oldest son of
Jeremiah and Mary Jane (Batchelder) Brown, was
born in Loudon, April 14, 1836, and acquired his
education in the common schools of Loudon and
Concord. At the -age of eighteen he entered the
wagon factory of Abbott & Downing, where he




learned the wheelwright's trade. This firm has a
remarkable record for selecting and keeping com-
petent employes, and Mr. Brown's period of service
with them exceeded that of any other man. For
fifty-two years after he began to learn his trade,
he was continuously in the employ of this company.
His unusual record is a very high testimonial of
his qualifications as a workman, and his strict and
undeviating attention to one employment. Mr.
Brown was an accomplished artist, and painted
numerous pictures of merit from an artistic point
of view. He died February 6, 1907. In politics he
was a Republican. He married (first). Grace
Young, and (second), Lizzie Coffin, who was born
in Concord. By the first marriage there was one
son, Fred Irving Brown, who died some years

(III) Josiah, youngest child of Thomas and
Abial (Shaw) Brown, was born November 15, 1701,
in Hampton, and lived at Hampton Falls and Ken-
sington. He married (first), January i, 1724,
Elizabeth Toule, daughter of Philip and Zipporah
(Bracket) Towle. She was born December 9,
1699. and died about the end of the year 1733. Mr.
Brown was married (second), December 5, 1744,
to Mary Bradbury. His children were Zipporah,
Caleb, Josiah (died young), Elizabeth, Josiah, Ben-
jamin, Hannah, Mary, Rebecca and Samuel.

(IV) Caleb, eldest son and second child of Jo-
siah and Elizabeth (Toule) Brown, was born March
3. 1726. at Hampton Falls, and resided in Kensing-
ton. No record of his marriage appears, and it
seems impossible to discover the maiden name of
Tiis wife. Her christian name, however, was Lydia;
and record of the birth of three of their children
appears. It is probable that there were several
others, as a period of twenty years elapsed be-
tween the birth of the eldest and that of the young-
est. They were: James, Elizabeth and Caleb.

(V) James, eldest child of Caleb and Lydia
Brown, was born September 17, 1755, in Kensing-
ton, and settled in the town of Weare, New Hamp-
shire, as a very young man. Tradition says he came
there before the Revolution. He located in the
North Range near the northeast corner of Weare,
New Hampshire, and moved over the townline into
Henniker about_ 1800. He died August 23, 1842.
He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and
served in Rhode Island and at Saratoga. He was
married, December 8. 1779, to Anna Emery, who
was born July 2. 1761. daughter of Caleb and Su-
sannah (Worthley) Emery. (See Emery, V.)
James and Anna (Emery) Brown had three chil-
dren: (t) Lydia, born Februaj-y 16, 1780, mar-
ried John Newton ; (2) Susannah, born February
2T, T783, died unmarried; (3) Moses, born Novem-
ber 2. T78?, died April 26, 1858.

(VI) Moses, only son of James and Anna
(Emery) Brown, was born in Henniker, November
2, 1785. He was a farmer like his father before
him. He died April 26, 1858. He was a man
above his fellows in many wavs. and was held in
high esteem for his business ability. He was select-
man ten years, moderator seven years and repre-
sentative in the New Hampshire' legislature nine
years. He married Abigail Folsom, of Deering, and
lived in _ Henniker. She died October 17. 1863.
Their children were: (t) Anna, born February 20,
i8to. died unmarried, October 16, 1843; (2) Jesse,
born April 22, 1812, died unmarried January 4,
1874; (3) David Folsom, born October 29. 1813 ;
(s) Josiah, born October 14, i8t8, physician "in
Lvnn, Vermont, died October 15, t868: (5) James
Brackenbury, born September 7, 1826, died June 23,

(VII) David Folsom, soft of Moses and Abigail
(Folsom) Brown, was born in Henniker, October
29, 1813, died June 11, 1890. As a young man he
taught school, teaching two years in Martha's Vine-
yard. For a period of twenty-eight years he was
engaged in the mercantile business in New Lon-
don, Weare Center and Hillsborough Bridge, New
Hampshire. In 1864 he moved to Concord, New /
Hampshire, and bought the "Ben Gage" shoe store,
where he was for a number of years engaged in
the shoe business under the firm name of Brown

& Moore. He was very much interested in the
Methodist Church, and in the cause of education.
He married Betsey Jane Butler, of Hillsborough
Bridge, November 27, 1845. They had one child,
James Butler, born September 23, 1848.

(VIII) James Butler, only child of David Fol-
som and Betsey Jane (Butler) Brown, was born in
Weare, New Hampshire, September 23, 1848.
He learned mercantile business in the store
of his father, and that of his uncle, James S. But-
ler, of Hillsborough Bridge, and early in life en-
gaged in trade and became a successful merchant
in Wentworth, New Hampshire. He is a stirring
business man, with a good deal of public spirit. For
twenty-seven years he has been postmaster. He
is a prominent Mason, and has attained the thirty-
second degree in that ancient and honorable fra-
ternity. In politics he is a Republican. He and
his family attend the Congregational Church. He
married. May 22, 1872, Eva M. Merrill, daughter
of Russell Merrill, of Warren, New Hampshire.
They have three children: Harry James, born
March 2, 1873, is mentioned at length below. Da-
vid Russell, born June 9, 1879, graduated from the
University of Vermont, medical department, in
1902. He was married September 21, 1904, to Mary
Wheeler Northrup, of Burlington, Vermont; he is
a physician in Danville, Vermont. Bessie Jane, born
August 24. 1881, was married November 20, 1905,
to Charles Ayers Young, of Lisbon, New Hamp-

(IX) Harry James, son of James B. and Eva
M. (Merrill) Brown, was born in Wentworth, New
Hampshire, March 2, 1873 ; attended the public
schools of Wentworth, and the high school of Con-
cord. New Hampshire, graduating from the latter
in the class of 1891. He entered Dartmouth Col-
lege in the fall of that year, and graduatel with the
class of 1S95 with the degree of B. S. After leav-
ing college he read law in the office of Leach &
Stevens, in Concord. New Hampshire, ^entering the
law department of Columbian LTniversity in Wash-
ington, D. C, in the fall of 1895, from which in
1897 he received the degree of LL. B., and later in
1899 that of LL. M. While in- Washington he was
employed in the department of agriculture, in the
Section of Foreign Markets, where he was engaged
during the day, and attended law school in the
evening. He was admitted to the bar in July, 1899,
and began to practice the same year in Concord,
New Hampshire. Lie is now well established _ in
general practice and has a constantly increasing
clientele. A Republican in politics, he was elected
a member of the common council of Concord in
1904. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, be-
longing to the Masonic bodies located in Concord,
and to the Consistory in Nashua, New Hampsliire,
and also belongs to Capital Grange, located in Con-

Thomas Brown, a member of the

BROWN Brown family of Hampton, a sketch

of whose earlier generations appears

in this work, was born May 23, 1780, probably in



Hampton or Stratham, and died October 24, 1848.
He moved to Deerfield, and in 1826 or 1828 to
Wilmot. He married (first), November 4, 1806,
Rebecca Bartlett, who was born May 23, 1780,
probably in Stratham, and died July 24, 1807; (sec-
ond), September 26, 1809, Rachel Smith, who was
born probably in Stratham, August 14, 1788, and
died September i, 1853. The children of Thomas
and Rebecca were: Rebecca (died young), Smith,
John, Rebecca, Thomas, Joseph G., James, Ruth and

(H) Joseph Goodhue, sixth child and fourth son
of Thomas and Rachel (Smith) Brown, was born
in Deerfield, March 25, 1820, and died at Wilmot
Center, IMarch 20, 1896. He was a farmer by oc-
cupation. He was taken by his parents to Wilmot
when eight years of age. After that time he lived
in Wilmot, mostly in the northern part of the town,
until the time of his death. In 1843 he was con-
verted at a campmeeting to the Methodist faith,
and was ever afterward a strong adherent to its
doctrines, for many years being a class leader. In
politics he was a Democrat. April 24, 1845, he mar-
ried Mary Ann Vinton, of Cornish, born May 26,
1823, and died October 3, 1891, aged sixty-eight
years. Their children were : Lucy Amelia, died
young; Lucy Jane, born August 6, 1851, married
Horace Pingree in 1893, and died at Wilmot. June
1890; Helen A., born September, 1854, died Febru-
ary, 1901 ; Mary Emma, born January 12, 1855, now
living at Wilmot; Ernest, the subject of the next

(Ill) Ernest, fifth and youngest child of Joseph
G. and Mary Ann (Vinton) Brown, was born in
Wilmot, December 14, 1869. He was educated at
the Kearsarge School of Practice at Wilmot, and the
New Hampshire Seminary at Tilton. He engaged
in newspaper work some time before attaining his
majority, and has spent about twenty years in that
line of employment. He worked on the Franklin
Transcript four years; the Nashua Daily Telegraph
five years; was foreman of the Nashua Daily Press
three years ; was editor of the Franklin Journal
Transcript a short time; for five years was fore-
man of the composing room of the Nashua Tele-
graph; night editor of the Lowell Daily Mail one
year; and since March, 1905, has been editor and
manager of the Rochester Record. He is a Mason,
a member of Ancient York Lodge, No. 89, Free
and Accepted Masons, of Nashua, a charter mem-
ber of Granite State Commandery, No. 196, Ancient
and Independent Order Knights of Malta, Nashua,
of which he is past commander ; as a member of the
Grand Commandery of Maine and New Hampshire
he has filled various offices in that body, being
elected in June, 1907, to the position of grand gener-
alissimo, placing him in line for the position of grand
commander in 1908. He married, November 5, 1899,
Ella May Blackmun, born April 12, 1866, daughter
of William J. M. and Jennie (Lamoy) Blackmun,
of Nashua. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of
the Methodist Church, and are active Christian
workers. They have one child, Dorothea Eleanor,
born November 5, 1902. Mrs. Brown is descended
as follows :

(i) Luke Shurman Blackmun was born in Con-
necticut, June 12, 1775, and about 1800 rnoved to
northern New York, where he obtained title to a
large tract of wild land at Mooers. There he was
an early, settler, and there he passed many years
of his life in clearing and making improvements on
his farm. His name was originally Blackman, but
in order that he and his descendants might be dis-
tinguished from all the other Blackmans he had the

cognomen changed to Blackmun. lie married, De-
cember 13, 1797, Sally Foster, daughter of Rev.
John Foster, who was born April 21, 1780. Their
ten children were : Delia, Polly, Judith Foster,
Sally Ann, Luke Sherman, Andrew Josiah, Lydia
Amelia, William Sherman, Martha Ann and David

(2) William Sherman, eighth child and third
son of Luke S. and Sally (Foster) Blackmun, was
born December 15, 1816, and died in 1874, aged fifty-
eight years. He married, February 20, 1838, Philena
Manning, born at Franklin, Province of Quebec, Sep-
tember 3, 1818, died at Mooers, in 1873. She was
the sixth child of John and Phebe (Latten) Man-
ning. They had ten children : Andrew Perkins,
Cyrus Judson, W^illiam John Manning, Calvin Lu-
ther, Richard Lattin, Elizabeth Philena, Delia
Sweet, Sarah Nelly, Elbert Foster and Emma

(3) William John Manning, third son and child
of William S.. and Philena (Manning) Blackmun.
was born January 4, 1844, at Mooers, New York.
He married Eliza Jennie Lamov, and their children
are: Ella M.. John M., Philena J. and Reuel A.
Ella May, born April 12, 1866, married Ernest
Brown, now of Rochester.

The family of Lamoy is small and a comparatively
newly settled one in the United States, the ancestor,
Philip Lamoy, having settled here since the indepen-
dence of the United States was established.

(i) Philip Lamoy was born in France, February
29, 1784, and died July 3, 1852. He was brought
to this country when four years old, and resided
near Plattsburg, New York. He died not far from
Plattsburg, where he was visiting, from drinking
too much water. He married Jeanne Paul, born
September 10, 1782, died April 2, 1847. She is said
to have been the daughter of Robert Paul, of the
same family of which John Paul Jones, the famous
Revolutionary sea captain, was a member, but the
exact genealogical connection is not known by the
present members of the Lamoy family. By his first
wife, whose name is not known, Mr. Lamoy had
one child, Mar3^ By his third wife, Jeanne Paul,
he had : Philip, Margaret, Julia and William.

(2) Philip (2), eldest child of Philip (i) and
Jeanne (Paul) Lamoy, was born in Plattsburg, New
York, October 13, 1816, and died in Chazy, New
York. October 11, 1901. He married, February 7,
1841, at Whitehall, New York, Charlotte Eaton
Switzer, born February 5, 1818, at Warren, ]\Iassa-
chusetts, died at Chazy, New York, December 13.
1897, aged eighty. The Switzers were and are a
well known family of Northern New York. Philip
(2) and Charlotte E. (Switzer) Lamoy had eleven
children : Eliza Jennie, Mary Cornelia, Timothy
Thomas, Sarah Elizabeth, Francis Henr}-, Julia
Ann, Charlotte Caroline. Philip Charles, Albert
Bently, William Joseph and Antoinette Aurelia.

(3) Eliza Jennie, eldest child of Philip (2) and
Charlotte E. (Switzer) Lamoy, was born February
15, 1842, at Rutland, Vermont, and married. May
15, 1866, William John Manning Blackmun, of
Mooers, New York. Came to Nashua, New Hamp-
shire, December, 1888.

(Second Family.)

The families of this name are numer-

BROWN ous and of different ancestral stocks,

but the same has furnished many men

prominent in the business, political, religious and

social circles of the various states.

(I) Richard Brown, the immigrant ancestor of
a prominent branch of the Brown family, is first of
record in Newbury, Massachusetts, as early as 1635.



and probably is the Richard Brown who came
from England in the ship "Mary and John" in the

3-ear 1633. He married (first), Edith , who

died in 1647, and (second), February 16, 1648,
Elizabeth (Greenleaf) Badger, daughter of Edmund
Greenleaf, and widow of Giles Badger. He died
April 16, 1661.

(H) Joshua, son of Richard and Edith Brown,
was born April 10, 1642, in Newbury, where he
spent his life and died in 1720. He married, Jan-
uary 15, 1669, Sarah Sawyer, daughter of William
and Ruth Sawyer, born in Newbury, November 20,
165 1. They had seven children.

(HI) Deacon Joseph, son of Joshua and Sarah
(Sawyer) Brown, was born in Newbury, October
II, 1669, and followed the vocation of trader.
About 1700 he removed from Newbury to Ames-
bury, Massachusetts. He died in 1732, leaving a
will' in which he provided a legacy to the First
Church of Amesbury, of which he was a deacon.
He left a widow Sarah, and five surviving children.
His youngest son, Dr. Simeon Brown, married
Hannah Young, daughter of Henry Young, and
lived in Kingston, and subsequently in Haverhill,
]\Iassachusetts. Among the children of Dr. Simeon
Brown was Henry Young Brown, a captain in the
French and Indian war, who received a grant of
land in recognition of conspicuous service, and was
the founder of Brownfield, Maine.

(IV) Joshua (2), son of Joseph and Sarah
Brown, was born in Amesbury, about 1702, and for
twenty years was a tailor in that town. In 1745
he bought the homestead in Kingston of his brother,
Dr. Simeon Brown, and removed to that town,
where he was a merchant and accumulated a good
estate. He died in Kingston, April 23, 1756. He
married in Salisbury. December 8, 1726, Joanna
Morrill, born in Salisbury, February 17, 1708,
daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Stevens) Mor-
rill. She married (second) before 1762, Jonathan
Brown, of Kensington. A record of the birth of
six children of Joshua and Joanna Brown is found
in Salisbury and a record of the baptism of three
appears in the church records of Kingston.

(V) Joseph (2), son of Joshua and Joanna
(Morrill) Brown, was born April 28, 1733, and bap-
tized in Salisbury, Second Church, May 13. 1733.
He accompanied his father's family on its removal
to Kingston in 1745. when he was twelve years
old. He was a resident of the latter place until
1760, and was one of the petitioners for the di-
vision of Kingston and the incorporation of Hawke,
now Danville. His homestead was in the north
part of the new town. He was a worthy citizen
and an active business man. He signed the asso-
ciation test in 1776, and was a soldier in the Rev-
olution. In 1781 he removed from Hawke to An-
dover, where he died April 6, 1812. He married
in Kingston, December 29, 1757, Elizabeth Sawyer,
baptized 1738. daughter of Joseph and Dorothy
(Brown) Sawyer. She died July 13, 1813. Chil-
dren: I. Joseph, born in Kingston, March 31,
1759, died in Andover, July 29. 1843. 2. Isaac, born
in Hawke, May 24, 1761, died in Andover, March
31, 1812. 3. Moses, baptized in Hawke, November
3, 1765; lived in Andover. 4. Nathaniel, baptized in
Hawke, May 27, 1770; lived in Franklin. 5. Henry,
baptized in Hawke, February 14, 1773. (See for-

(VI) Henry, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Saw-
yer) Brown, was baptized February 14, 1773. He
was a farmer in Bridgewater, occupying the Wood-
man farm on the river road. He died in 1834. He
married Lovie Ladd, a sister of Theophilus Ladd,
of Augusta, Maine. They had four children: i.

Hannah, born about 1800, died 1862. 2. James, born
July 3, 1805. 3. Child, died September 29, 1818.
4. Mary Potter, born September 12, 1816; married
Seth Spencer.

(VII) James, son of Henry and Lovie (Ladd)
Brown, was born July 3, 1805, in Andover. He was
a farmer and a respected citizen of New Hampton,
and later of Bridgewater, and a deacon of the Sec-
ond Baptist Church of Bridgewater. In 1867 he re-
moved to Bristol. After the death of his wife he
had a home several years with his son, John H.
Brown. He died in Plymouth, at the home of his
son, Manson S. Brown, January 17. 1898. He mar-
ried, November 18, 1830, Judith Blaisdell Harran,
daughter of John and Nancy (Pressey) Harran,
born in Bridgewater, January 12, 1807, died June
12, 1883. The father of John Harran left
Ireland when a young man, and came to
America and was a Revolutionary soldier from
Massachusetts. They had nine children : i. Mary
Elizabeth, born in Bridgewater, December 5. 1831 ;
married Dudley Marshall. 2. Joseph Harran, born
in New Hampton, December 19, 1833. 3- Manson
S., born in Bridgewater, November 29, 1835. 4.
John Henry, died in infancy. 5. Hester Ann, born
in Bridgewater, January 25. 1839 ; married Melvin
A. Dame. 6. H.'*nnah Angeline, born in Bridgewa-
ter, July 31, 1841; married John D. Harris; died
in Ipswich, Massachusetts, April 5, 1893. 7. Jo-
sephine G., born in Bridgewater, February 5, 1844;
married William H. Abel ; died June 20, 1869. 8.
Lavinia G., born April 13, 1847 ; married William
H. Abel ; died August 7, 1870. 9. John Henry,
subject of following paragraph:

(VIII) General John Henry Brown, fourth son
and ninth and youngest child of James and Judith
(Harran) Brown, was born May 20, 1850, at
Bridgewater, New Hampshire. He acquired his pri-
mary education in the common schools, and at the
age of sixteen he was apprenticed to the machinist's
trade in Greenville, Rhode Island, and went with
his employers from that place to Bennington, Ver-
mont, continuing his apprenticeship through a pe-
riod of three years. Having saved his earnings
he now took up further studies at the New Hamp-
ton Literary Institution, where he continued nearly
two years. On account of the ill health of his
parents he returned to his home in Bristol, and was
employed in a shop and store and in various ways
until 1873. He established a small store in Bristol,
which he conducted a few years, and subsequently
became associated with James T. Sanborn in the
lumber business, and their undertakings developed
on an extensive scale. They operated a mill in Bris-
tol, and did a large business in lumber jobbing in
other sections of the state, and also in Vermont and
Canada. Upon the death of Mr. Sanborn, Mr.
Brown, being not in robust health, discontinued the
business. He was subsequently in the railway mail
service for about a year, and was appointed post-
master at Bristol under President Arthur, serving
four years. For a period of seven years he served
as chairman of the board of selectmen of Bristol ;
was deputy sheriff, and in i8gi represented Bris-
tol in the state legislature. In the same year he
was appointed freight and claim agent of the Con-
cord & Montreal railroad, and after the lease of
that road to the Boston & Maine railroad, he was
claim agent for that road in New Hampshire, re-
moving to Concord in 1895. In 1904 he was ap-
pointed postmaster at Concord and resigned his po-
sition with the railroad company. He is a director
of the First National Bank of Concord. He was
commissary general on • the staff of Governor
Busiel, 1895, and 1896 ; has been a member of the



Republican state committee for twenty-six j'cars ;
and for four years, 1900 to 1904, was chairman of
the Republican city committee of Concord. In
1900 he was a presidential elector, and was a dele-
gate to the Republican national convention in St.
Louis, 1896, being one of the original McKinley men.
He is a member of the Wonolancet, Commercial
and Webster clubs of Concord, and of the Dcrry-
field Club, of Manchester. General Brown is a
member and past master of Union Lodge No. 79,
Free and Accepted Masons, of Bristol, a member
of Pemigewasset Chapter No. 13, Royal Arch Ma-
sons, of Plymouth, Mount Horeb Commandery.

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