Biography of David W. Brown
Winona County, MN Biographies

DAVID W. BROWN, farmer, son of Samuel Brown and Martha Prossor, of Baltimore, Maryland, was born at Skulltown, Salem county, New Jersey, October 28, 1821. Samuel Brown died when David was but three years old, and his widow removed with her family to Cincinnati, Ohio. The subject of this sketch, who was the youngest of eleven children, was put out with a farmer to be brought up. At sixteen years of age he took up the trade of hatter, which he followed many years. While living at Chapin, in 1835, Mr. Brown rescued Salmon P. Chase from a mob that was pursuing him with stones and rotten eggs for uttering abolition sentiments. It is a proud thought that the boy, who opened a gate and saved Lincoln's secretary of war, lived to see the idea, then and there held in contempt, become the ruling sentiment and law of the land. Mr. Brown was himself surrounded by a mob one evening in Cincinnati, and, but for the intervention of friends, would have suffered violence, on account of his known abolition sentiments. The friends who saved him were politically opposed to him, but interposed for personal reasons. In November, 1850, Mr. Brown was married to Miss Rachael Johnson. She was born at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, March 19, 1828, was daughter of Robert and Nancy Johnson, also natives of the same state. After farming several years in Indiana Mr. Brown removed to Minnesota, arriving in Utica in the fall of 1857. He bought the farm on which he still resides, being the N. E. of Sec. 19, and removed here with his family the next spring. This was one of the first claims taken in the township, and is a beautiful farm, on which its owner has erected handsome buildings. Mrs. Brown is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and her husband sympathizes with her in faith. He is a republican; served as justice of the peace two years, and as school officer nineteen. Ten children have been born to them, of whom eight are now living, as follows: Martha J., October 12, 1853; Samuel W., September 10, 1855; William E., December 4, 1857; David M., September 12, 1860; Henry W., March 28, 1862, now station agent at Utica; Irwin O., March 24, 1865; Benjamin F., November 23, 1871; Gertie B., April 3, 1875. All are at home.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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