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Knights Teniplar, and Bektash Temple of the Mys-
tic Shrine, of Concord. He owes his popularity
and prominence in commercial and political affairs
to his natural ability and his genial and companion-
able dispo.sition. He was married, June 10, 1872, to
Marietta Sanborn Lougee, born September 22, 1849,
in Sanbornton, a daughter of Deacon Joseph and
Sarah (Cram) Lougee.

(Third Family.)

This name was very early planted in

BROWN New England, in various localities,

and has numerous representatives

scattered throughout the nation. The line herein

traced was very conspicuously identified with the

colony of Rhode Island in its inception and other

later periods dowm to the present day.

(I) Rev. Chad Brown, one of the most honored
representatives of the name, came from England
in the ship "Martin" in July, 1638. His name ap-
pears as a witness to the nun-cupative will of a
passenger, who died on the voyage. About this time
occurred the "Anabaptist" heresy, and many of the
Boston colonists removed to the Providence Planta-
tion. It is probable that Mr. Brown was among
these, for his tombstone erected by the town of
Providence bears the record that he was "e.xiled from
Massachusetts for consciences' sake." By some au-
thorities the date of his arrival is erroneously fixed
as early as 1636, but the most probable date seems
to be the autumn of 1638, when Roger Williams
and twelve others executed what is known as the
"initial" assigning of lands, acquired by purchase
from the Indians. Mr. Brown at once became
a leader in the colony, and when after a few
months the restless Williams found that the church
would not implicitly accept his teachings and again
seceded, Mr. Brown was chosen as his successor.
He was formerly ordained elder in England, in
1642, and assumed that ofifice on his return and
was in reality the first elder of the oldest Baptist
Church in America. Prior to his ordination serious
dissensions had arisen in the Colony involving a
quarrel with Massachusetts, and Mr. Brown was
appointed a member of the committee to make
peace. His influence in shaping the early ten-
dencies of the Colony was marked, and it is proba-
ble but that for his resolute character and judicious
management some of the restless spirits that com-
posed the Colony would have come to blows on nu-
merous questions of civil and religious import. So
successful was he in adjusting these quarrels of his
flock that the honorable title of "peacemaker" was
popularly accorded him, and more than a century
after his death (in 1792) the town of Providence
voted a modest sum of money to erect a stone over
his grave in the north burying ground whither
his remains were removed at that date. In his
history of the Baptist Church, Hague speaks of
him as follows : "Contemporary with Roger Wil-
liams, he possessed a cooler temperament and was
happily adapted to sustain the interests of religion

just where that great man failed. Not being af-
fected by the argument of the seekers he main-
tained his standing firmly in a churth, which he
believed to be founded on a rock of eternal truth,
even the word of God which abides forever." From
the little that can be now learned of his character
and record it is plain that he was highly esteemed
as a man of christian spirit and of sound judg-
ment. He lived in a community where individual
influence was needed as a substitute for well-estab-
lished laws, and he won that commendation which
the Saviour pronounced when he said: "Blessed
are the' peacemakers for they shall be called the
children of God."

In 1640. the first established cede of laws for the
Colony, which was adopted and continued in force
until the arrival of the charter three years later,
was written by a committee consisting of Robert
Cole, Chad Brown, William Harris and John War-
ren. To this report or agreement Chad Brown's
name is the first signed and it is followed by forty
others. It is probable that he wrote the draft. Rev.
Chad Brown died probably in 1665.

(II) Elder John Brown, the eldest son of Rev.
Chad Brown, was born in England, in 1629-30, and
accompanied his father when he went to Provi-
dence, being at that time about eight years of age.
About 1665 he was chosen a member of the town
council and was a deputy governor of the Colony,
and was afterwards elder in the First Baptist
Church of Providence. He resided at the north
end of the town, northward of the house of Elisha
Brown. He married . Mary Holmes, daughter of
Rev. Obadiah Holmes, who was the second pastor
of the First Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

(III) Rev. James Brown, son of Elder John
and Mary (Holmes) Brown, was born 1666, in
Providence, and died there October 28, 1732. He
lived at the northend where his father had lived,
and was pastor of the First Baptist Church. The
various annals represent him as a man of great
piety and power for good in the church and com-
munity. He married Mary Harris, daughter of
Andrew and granddaughter of William Harris, of

(IV) Elisha Brown, son of Rev. James and
Mary (Harris) Brown, was born May 25, 1717, in
Providence, where he resided and died April 20,
1802. He was a member of the general assembly
for many years, and was deputy governor of the
Colony from 1765 to 1767. He married (first),
Martha Smith, a descendant of John Smith, the
miller; and (second), Hannah (Barker) Gushing,
widow of Elijah Gushing, and daughter of James

(V) Elisha (2) Brown, son of Elisha (i) and
Martha (Smith) Brown, was born June r, 1749, in
Providence, Rhode Island, and continued to reside
there throughout life, dying in March, 1827. He was
a successful merchant of good standing in his native
city. He married. April 24, 1774, Elizabeth Bowen,
of Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

(VI) John Brown, son of Elisha (2) and Eliza-
beth (Bowen) Brown, was born January 20. 1784.
in Providence, Rhode Island, and was a prominent
merchant in that cit}-, where he died. He married
Elizabeth Daggett, of Seekonk, Rhode Island, and
they had five sons, all over six feet tall except Col-
ville D., who was five feet and eight inches.

(VII) Colville Dana Brown, son of John and
Elizabeth (Daggett) Brown, was born July 4. 1814,
in Providence, Rhode Island. He began existence
about the close of the second war with Great Britain,
and was reared in an atmosphere fully charged with



New England patriotism. He was employed in the
cotton mills as a printer until i860, when he was
appointed to a position in the government commis-
sary department. After the war closed he was ap-
pointed superintendent of Capitol grounds at Wash-
ington, D. C, a position he held for thirty years,
until his death, January 2, 1898, in Providence,
Rhode Island. He was a Whig until the formation
of the Republican party, when he became an ardent
supporter of that party. He married, 1840, Mary
Eliza Rhodes (see Rhodes ancestry), and their
children were : John Colville, Robert Dana, Mary
Eliza, Elisha Rhodes, Lizzie Ellen, Carrie Mitchell,
Emily Louise and Charles Nichols.

(VHI) Elisha Rhodes Brown, third son and
fourth child of Colville Dana and Eliza (Rhodes)
Brown, was born in Providence, Rhode Island,
March 28, 1847. The family removed to Dover, New
Hampshire, when he was a lad and here he was ed-
ucated in the public schools. He began his business
life as a clerk in the dry goods store of Trickey &
Bickford, Dover, where he remained four years. In
1867 Mr. Brown entered the Stratford National Bank
as teller, and from that time until the present (1907)
he has been actively connected with that and its sis-
ter institution, the Stratford Savings Bank. The
first named was established in 1803 and ran as a
state bank until 1865, when it organized under the
national banking laws and became a national bank.
The Savings Bank was organized in 1823. Both
are highly rated and successful institutions. Mr.
Brown was also a director of the National Bank, and
in 1876 was advanced to the position of cashier. In
1897 he was elected president, the position he now
worthily occupies. In 1883 he became a trustee of
the Strafford Savings Bank, and in 1891 was elected
president. Besides his active connection with the
banks, Mr. Brown has been closely identified with
many other important enterprises and public insti-
tutions. He was a director in the Manchester &
Lawrence railroad, Dover & Winnepiseogee railroad.
West Amesbury Branch railroad. Eastern New
Hampshire railroad and others. He is now a direc-
tor in the Cocheco Manufacturing Company, and
Concord & Portsmouth railroad. In fact during his
forty-four years of business life in Dover every
worthy and legitimate public enterprise has had
his hearty support. On February 5, 1889, Governor
Sawyer and Council appointed Mr. Brown one of
the commissioners for New Hampshire at the cele-
bration of the Centennial of the Inauguration of
General Washington in New York City. Politically
Mr. Brown supports the men and measures of the
Republican party. He is a member of the Congre-
gational Church of Dover, as is his family. He
is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, of Dover. He stands very high in the
Masonic order, being a member of Strafford Lodge,
Free and Accepted Masons ; Belknap Chapter, Royal
Arch Masons ; Orphan Council, Royal and Select
Masters, and St. Paul's Commandery, Knights
Templar, all of Dover. In Scottish Rite Masonry
he has all the degrees up to and including the
thirty-second degree, and is a member of the New
Hampshire Consistory of Nashua.

Elisha R. Brown married Frances Bickford (see
Bickford), October 18, 1870. Their children are:
I. Alphonso Bickford, born January 23, 1872. He
graduated from Yale College in 1S94, choosing medi-
cine as his profession; he entered the Harvard Medi-
cal College, graduating in 1897, after which he passed
two years in the Boston City Hospital, thoroughly
qualifying as a general practitioner. He located at
Newburyport, ^Massachusetts, where he practiced

six years, until his death, October 17, 1906. He mar-
ried October 3, 1899, Edith Lawrence, daughter of
Mayor Huse, of Newburyport, who was also editor
of the Nezvhiiryport Nczvs. They had one daughter,
Elizabeth Lawrence Brown, born July 6, 1903. Dr.
Brown was a member of the Dover Congregational
Church, and at the time of his death was president
of the Newburyport Young Men's Christian Asso-
ciation. He was a man of commanding physique,
thoroughly versed in his profession, and greatly
beloved by those who enjoyed his friendship. 2.
Harold Winthrop, born November 8, 1875. He is
a graduate of Harvard College, and holds the respon-
sible position of treasurer of the Strafford Savings
Bank. He married, June 15. 1899, Catherine Van
Hovenberg, of Eau Claire, Wisconson, a graduate
of Smith College. 3. and 4. Raymond Gould and
Philip Carter, born August 27, 1885. Both are
graduates of Harvard College. Raymond G. is now-
attending Harvard Law School, and Philip C. the
Boston School of Technology.

Mr. Brown's residence is on Silver street, Dover,
where he has a well chosen library of choice litera-
ture, historical works having the preference. His
collection of steel engravings is very large, and
among the thousands of engravings are reproduc-
tions of the best work of the great masters in art.

Elisha Rhodes Brown descends through his mother,
Mary Eliza (Rhodes) Brown, from (i) Roger
Williams, the famous Baptist minister. Roger Wil-
liams was born in Cornwall county, England, about
1600, came to Massachusetts Bay in 1630, being
banished therefrom, and became the founder of
Providence, Rhode Island, 1636. He was a captain
of the militia and governor of Rhode Island. He
helped organize the first Baptist Church of Provi-
dence, and it is disputed whether he or the Rev.
Charles Brown was the first pastor. He died in 1683,
and his remains now rest under a monument in
Roger Williams' Park, Providence. His wife died
in 1676.

(2) Mercy Williams, daughter of Roger Wil-
liams, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, July
15, 1640, and there she died. She married Resolved

(3) Waite Waterman, daughter of Resolved and
Mercy (Williams) Waterman, was born in Provi-
dence, Rhode Island, 1668, and died in Warwick,
Rhode Island. She married John Rhodes, son of
Zachary Rhodes, a land proprietor and deputy of
Warwick to the general assembly, 1663-64-65. John
Rhodes was born in Warwick, 1658, married Waite
Waterman, February 12, 1685, died in Warwick,
August 14, 1718. He was a leading lawyer of the
colony, and King's attorney for several years.

(4) Major John Rhodes, son of John and Waite
(Waterman) Rhodes, was born in Warwick, Rhode
Island, Nevember 20, 1691. He married Catherine
Bolden, of Warwick, January 29, 1714, and died in
Warwick, 1776. He was an officer in the Colonial
army and deputy in the general assembly.

(5) Captain Charles Rhodes, son of Major John
and Catherine (Bolden) Rhodes, was born in War-
wick, Rhode Island, September 29, 1719. He mar-
ried Deborah, daughter of Peter Green, January 31,
I739> and died in Cranston, Rhode Island, 1777. He
was a sea captain and later a Baptist minister. Deb-
orah Green, born February 4, 1720, the great-great-
grandmother of Mary Eliza Rhodes, mother of
Elisha Rhodes Brown, was the daughter of Peter
Green, born January 20, 1682, died June 5, 1728, of
Warwick, who was the grandson of John Green,
who was deputy governor of Rhode Island several
years, and a man of distinction and influence in the

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Colony. His father was one of the earliest settlers
of Warwick, to which place he came from Salisl)ury,
England. The Green family is one of the most
distinguished and powerful in Rhode Island. It has
had a member in every session of the general as-
sembly from the founding of Warwick in 1642.
The general in the Revolution who was
second only to General Washington, Nathaniel
Green, was of this family.

(6) Captain Peter Rhodes, son of Captain Charles
and Deborah (Green) Rhodes, was born in War-
wick, Rhode Island, February 24, 1741, and died in
Warwick, 1823. He married Hesta Arnold, daugh-
ter of Simon Arnold, March 22, 1761. Captain Peter
Rhodes was a sea captain, was a private soldier in
the "Pawtuxet Rangers" in the Revolutionary war,
and was second officer of the guard ship "Pigot"
that was stationed at Narragansett Bay and at one
time was in chief command.

(7) Captain James Peter Rhodes, son of Captain
Peter and Hesta (Arnold) Rhodes, was born in
Warwick, Rhode Island, July 11, I773. died at
Cranston, Rhode Island, December 26, 1832. He was
a sea captain. He married Sarah, daughter of
Zebedee Hunt, of Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, August

16, 1795-

(8) Captain Elisha Hunt Rhodes, son of Captam
James Peter and Sarah (Hunt) Rhodes, was born in
Cranston, Rhode Island, July 28, 1805, died at sea,
December 10, 1858. He was a sea captain, and made
his home in Pawtuxet, Rhode Island. He married
Eliza Ann Chace, daughter of Dudley and Mary
(Durfee) Chace, of Fall River, Alassachusetts, June

17, 1823.

(9) Mary Eliza Rhodes, daughter of Captain
Elisha Hunt and Eliza Ann (Chace) Rhodes, was
born in Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, April 22, 1834,
married Colville Dana Brown (see Brown. VII), in
1840, died in Dover, New Hampshire, ]\iarch 8, 1864.

(Fourth Family.)

The early record of the [Massachusetts

BROWN colony contains mention of several of

this name, and descendants of various

American ancestors are now found scattered through

New England.' The line herein traced has pioneers

in New Hampshire, and is still represented in the

state by living citizens of mental and moral worth.

(I) Henry Brown (sometimes spelled in the
records Browne) was born about 161 5 and was
among the early residents of Salisbury, Massachu-
setts, where he received land in 1640-41-42 and was
made a freeman in 1649. He was a commoner in
1650, and appears on the records of the Salisbury
Church in 1677, of which he was a deacon. His
name appears on most of the early Salisbury lists.
By trade he was a shoemaker. His brothers, William
and George, were also early residents of Salisbury.
He died in Salisbury, August 6, 1701. His wife's
name was Abigail, and they were members of the
Salisbury church in 1687. She survived him a few
days more than one year, dying August 23, 1702.
Their children were : Nathaniel, Abigail, Jonathan,
Philip, Aljraham, Sarah and Henry.

(II) Philip, third son and fourth child of Henry
and Abigail Brown, was born December, 1648, in
Salisbury, and was a tailor, residing in that town.
He was admitted to the Salisbury church, June 10,
1688, and died July 21, 1729. He was married June
24, 1669, to Mary, daughter of, Isaac and Susanna
Buswell, of Salisbury. She was bom August 29,
1645, in Salisbury, and died November 27, 1683.
Their children included a son who died at the age
of eight days, Susanna, i\Iary (died young), another

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son died at three days, Abigail, Mary, Sarah, George,
Phoebe and Hannah.

(III) George, third son and eighth child of
Philip and Mary (Buswell) Brown, was born July i,
1680. in Salisliury, and was admitted to the first
church of Salisbury, July 30, 1704. His intention of
marriage was published April 10, 1705, to Elizabeth
Eastman, daughter of John and Mary (Boynton)
Eastman, at Salisbury. She was born September 26,
1685, iji that town. Their children were: Abigail,
Sarah, Phoebe, Ruth, Elizabeth, Philip, David and
Hannah. His will was made May 29, 1740, at which
time his wife was living, and was proved February
5. 1753. indicating his birth about the beginning of
the latter year.

(IV) Philip (2), eldest son and sixth child of
George and Elizabeth (Eastman) Brown, was born
June 29, 1718, and was baptized four weeks later,
July 27, 1718, at the First Salisbury Church. He
continued to reside in that town until his death,
December 28, 1798. He married (lirst), Abigail
Baker, who died July 29, 1755, and he married
(second), February 8, 1756, Hannah Thompson, who
died February i, 1776. He survived his second wife
nearly twenty-three years. Among their children
were sons: Philip and Jeremiah. (Mention of
Jeremiah and descendants appears in this article).

(V) Philip (3), son of Philip (2) and Abigail
(Baker) Brown, was born August 6, 1753, in Salis-
bury, and became one of the early settlers in Loudon,
New Hampshire, where he died August 11, 1833.
When a young man he went to East Kingston,
where he learned the trade of cabinet maker with
Thomas Batchelder, and with him removed to Lou-
don in the early settlement of that town. They
bought land together and cleared it, and Brown en-
gaged in farming and also kept a hotel in the village.
His building was the third in the village and is now
standing and used as a dwelling. His grandson
still preserves a communion cup which was used
by Deacon Thomas Batchelder, the first deacon of
the First Churrch of Loudon. Philip (3) Brown
was married January 16, 1775, to Elizabeth, daughter
of Deacon Thomas Batchelder, who was born August
3, 1753. ill East Kingston, and died October 6, 1812,
in Loudon. Subsequent to her death Mr. Brown
was married to Nancy Wedgewood, who was born
March 28, 1769, and survived him, dying January 5,
1838. His children were : Thomas, William, David,
Levi, Philip, Timothy, Asa and Eliphalet, besides
Joanna, who died at the age of three years.

(VI) Levi, fourth son and child of Philip (3)
and Elizabeth (Batchelder) Brown, was born No-
vember 7, 1784, in Loudon, and died in that town
January 4, 1858. He was quite extensively engaged
in lumbering and cleared off one hundred and
twenty-five acres of heavy timber. In 1810 he began
building a house into which he moved as soon as
it was completed, having been married during its
construction, and continued to reside there through-
o.ut his life. He was a member of the Congregational
Church. He was a strong opponent of slavery, and
was very active in the period preceding the Civil war
in the agitation for the abolition of that evil. He
was the nominee of the Free Soil public for repre-
sentative when that party was very little in favor
in New England, and received thirty votes. He was
subsequently a Whig and one of the founders of the
Republican party. He was married January 8, 1810,
to ]Mary Morse, who was born April 15, 1785. and
died April 30, 1817, a daughter of Henry Morse.
He was married (second), to her sister, Sally Morse,
who was bom January 18, 1797, and died INIarch 23,



1872. His children were : Anson W., Joanna E.,
Mary M. and John.

(VII) John, youngest child of Levi and Mary
(Morse) Brown, was born June 9, 1820, in Loudon,
and still resides in that town. He has always lived
in the house in which he was born, and his active
life was chiefly devoted to agriculture. When a
young man he learned the carpenter trade and en-
gaged to some extent in building in the village of
Loudon. He has devoted some attention to^ stock
raising and made a specialty of full blood Devon
and Ayrshire. His farm has been noted for its large
oxen and is now devoted chiefly to dairying. He
added to the original domain cleared by his father
until he was the possessor of two hundred acres of
land and the farm now includes one hundred and
seventy-five acres, a portion having been sold off for
village lots. The farm is at present conducted by
his son who usually keeps a dozen cows. Mr. Brown
was a member of the Congregational Church of
Loudon until it was disbanded, and was long a war-
den of the society. He is a remarkably well pre-
served man for his years and reads without the aid
of glasses. He was married, December 23, 1840,
to Anne Batchelder, daughter of True Batchelder.
(See Batchelder, VII). They were the parents of
two sons : Alvah Leroy, the elder, is now upon the
homestead farm and has three children. The second,
John Warren, mentioned below.

• (VIII) John Warren, second son of John and
Anna (Batchelder) Brown, was born in Loudon,
April 19, i860. He attended the public schools of his
native town and continued to reside there until 1882,
when he went to Lebanon and entered the employ of
Messrs. Mead, Mason & Company as a clerk, re-
taining that position for five years. Going to Brat-
tleboro, Vermont, he was for a short time em-
ployed in the office of The Household Magazine,
and returning to Lebanon in September, 1888, he
engaged in the furniture business under the name
of J. W. Brown & Company, having as a partner, Mr.
Oscar W. Baldwin. He continued in business until
the death of Mr. Baldwin in 1905, and since that
time has occupied a responsible position in the office
of the Baxter Machine Company in Lebanon. He
is a member of Mascoma Lodge, Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, and also of the Centre Congrega-
tional Church. In politics he is a Republican. He
married Alice M. Baldwin, daughter of Oscar W.
and Annie M. (Choate) Baldwin, of Lebanon. Mr.
and Mrs. Brown have one son, Oscar Choate Brown,
who was born in Lebanon, October 29, 1893, and is
now attending the Vermont Academy at Saxtons
River, Vermont.

(Fifth Family.)

The following line of Browns, which
BROWN includes some of the most successful

men in the state, is apparently unre-
lated to others of the same name whose history has
previously been written. The first two or three
generations of this family spelled their name with
an "e," which was dropped about the beginning of
the eighteenth century.

(I) Charles Browne, the immigrant ancestor of
this line, was one of the first settlers of Rowley,
Massachusetts, where he married, October 4, 1647,
Mary Acie, of Rowley. He died in 1687, and was
buried December 16, while his wife died four years
earlier and was buried on December 12. Their
daughter, Mary, died in 1683, the same year as her
mother. Charles Browne's will mentions eight sons :
Beriah, Gershom, deceased ; William, John, Samuel,
Ebenezer, Nathaniel and Joseph.

(II) John, fourth son of Charles and Mary

(Acie) Browne, was born February 5, 1653-4, prob-
ably at Rowley, Massachusetts. He lived in his
native town, near the Newbury line. In 1706 he
requested to be dismissed from the First Church in
Rowley to become one of the founding members of
the church in Ryfield Parish, which included a part
of the territory both of Rowley and Newbury. In
1690 he was the executor of the will of his grand-
father, William Acie. On August 31, 1685, John
Browne married Abigail Browne, daughter

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