Van Buren County
Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
ORLANDO S. BROWN was born Sept. 29, 1816, in Monroe Co., N. Y. His father, Orlando Brown, was a farmer and a
native of one of the Eastern States, and married a Miss Gould, of the same nativity. Mr. Brown, Sr., died when
his son was but seven years of age. His widow married again, and in 1837 came with her husband to Michigan, settling
in Monroe County. In 1839 they removed from the latter to Van Buren County, locating on section 13, in the township
of Bangor, but a few months later trading for Mr. Brown’s present place on section 12, consisting of eighty acres.
Orlando S. Brown was married, Sept. 17, 1836, to Miss Polly Ann Taylor, in Monroe Co., N. Y. Her parents were natives
of Connecticut, in which State she also was born. Their present home in Bangor was in the midst of a forest when
they first occupied it, and the village of Bangor had scarcely been dreamed of. Mr. and Mrs. Brown became the parents
of two children, a son and a daughter; the latter is now deceased. Mrs. Brown died March 2, 1871, and on the 14th
of August, 1872, Mr. Brown was married to Mrs. McCrary, a native of Indiana. Her parents were born in the State
of New York. In politics, Mr. Brown was a Republican, and, with his wife, belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church.
His mother died in Bangor, Feb. I, 1872. By his integrity as a man and his habits of industry and economy. Mr.
Brown achieved his success in life. He held several of the offices in his township, and departed this life Feb.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.