Biography of James Brown


Brown, James, Tonawanda, is of Scotch-English descent, his father, Samuel, coming from Scotland, and his mother, Mary J. (Hunter), from Kent, England. They came to this country in 1830 and settled in the Province of Quebec, Canada, where James was born November 8, 1846. His parents removed to Kingston, Ontario, remaining there for a short time, and then removed to St. Catherines, where they resided eight years. In 1857 they removed to Buffalo, where James Brown was first employed by Dean Caudry, for two years, when he entered the service of Fox & Bruce as an office boy. Two years afterward he accepted a position with F. R. Buck, with whom he remained eight years. At the end of this time he removed to Tonawanda, where he was apprenticed to the ship builder's trade with Humble & Jones, and after finishing his trade he remained in their employ twelve years. In 1873 he engaged in the restaurant business, in which he was very successful six years, when he sold out and engaged in the boat building business on his own account He has sincebeen engaged in this industry with the exception of two years, when he was in the canal boating business, running 'boats from Buffalo to New York. August 29, 1872, he married Barbara Meyer, of Tonawanda, and nine children have been born to them, six of whom are living: Cora B., wife of George Mahler; Anna M., wife of J. A. Stitt; and Asa J., William H., Ruby B., James F., Harvey F., Alice M., and Blanche E.

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