Biography of Richard G. Brown of Byron, NY

Richard G. Brown, born in Massachusetts in 1799, removed to Verona, N. Y., with his father's family as early as 1804, or earlier. In 1813 the family again moved westward, and settled in the woods near the Rock school. house. His father built a log cabin, and resided in Byron until 1839, when the spirit of adventure took him to the far West again, and he settled in Oakland County, Mich.. where he died in 1857, aged 82 years. Mr. Brown was reared a farmer, and had a limited common school education. In 1824 he married Laura, daughter of Samuel Searls, of Byron, and moved his bride and her effects to his log house in the woods, on lot 124, which he had previously built. In 1829 he sold his first "pitch," and removed to a log house, and a larger and better farm, on lot 110, where he resided until 1850, when he built a fine farm house which is now the home of his son, M. B. C. Brown. Here he resided the remainder of his business life. He sold the homestead to his son in 1877, and died at North Byron, February 2, 1885, aged nearly 86 years. He was a man of medium stature, active and hardy, and a great worker. Besides clearing his own farm he felled the timber, and cut it up in lengths for logging, on 100 acres for his neighbors. Mr. Brown was a worthy member of the Methodist Church of Byron Center as long as it existed. Later united with the Free Baptist Church at North Byron, and gave to it his hearty support. He was a man who, when he had formed an opinion, seldom changed, but always strove to pursue the right.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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