Biography of Joseph Brown
Farmington Franklin County, Maine Biographies





JOSEPH BROWN and NATHANIEL DAVIS came to the township in April, 1781. Their families were the first who penetrated the wilderness this side of Readfield. The road at this time was only a path bushed out along the river, and full of dangers. The travellers made but slow progress, and as Mrs. Brown, who on account of lameness was on horseback, was riding down a steep descent, within a short distance of their journey's end, she was thrown over the horse's head and somewhat injured. Having made but little preparation for the accommodation of his family, Mr. Brown erected a temporary camp, where they passed the first night in what was to be the beautiful town of Farmington. Mr. Brown made his settlement on front lot No. 18, east side, now owned by D. V. B. Ormsby and others. He erected a log house on the interval, which was surrounded by water in the great freshet of Oct. 22, 1785, when his family, during the hours of midnight darkness, were compelled to make their escape in a canoe. He afterwards erected a framed house on the upland, in 1793, and built the first framed barn in the upper part of the town in 1787, fastening on the boards with pegs. The frost of Aug. 9, 1783, subjected him to serious loss in his crops. In 1796 he sold his farm to John Patterson from Damariscotta, and removed to Industry, where his death occurred about 1810. Mr. Brown was born on the banks of the Merrimac in Massachusetts, and served as a soldier in the French War, receiving a wound which partially crippled him. Mrs. Brown, whose maiden name was Mary Greeley, was a native of Haverhill, Mass.

From:
A History of Farmington, Franklin County, Maine
From the warliest explorations to the present time,
1776-1885
By: Francis G. Butler
Member of the Maine Historical Society
Press of Knowlton, McLeary and Co.
1885.


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