Brown, H. Clifft, M. D., was born in Brookfield, February 14, 1857, a son of Stephen, a son of Justice H., son
of Elder Simeon Brown, a native of North Stonington, Conn., and a son of Elder Simeon Brown, who was pastor of
the Baptist church at North Stonington for fifty years. The family is of English descent and date back to one John
Brown, who settled at Stonington. Elder Simeon Brown came to Brookfield in 1791 and was a licensed missionary from
North Stonington, and in 1798 founded the Baptist church of Brookfield, where he spent his days and died in 1826.
This church was the second organized in the town of Brookfield, the first being the First Seventh Day Baptist church
of Brookfield, organized at Leonardsville in 1797, by Elder Henry Clarke. Elder Brown located on land that has
since remained in the family and Stephen Brown owns a part of said land. Justice H. Brown became heir to most of
the homestead; his wife, Susanah Main, was a daughter of Deacon Daniel Main, an early settler of the town. Stephen
Brown was born in Brookfield, November 27, 1824, and educated in the Brookfield Academy. He is a farmer by occupation,
his farm of 100 acres which is a part of the Elder Simeon Brown homestead. Mr. Brown and his family attend the
Seventh Day Baptist church at Leonardsville. His wife was Lucinda A. Ellison. born May 30, 1832, a daughter of
Stephen Ellison, who came from BrookfIeld, Mass., about 1840; they had three children: H. Clift, Cora J., wife
of C. M. Bassett, who lives with her father on the homestead, and Addle, wife of Samuel Spring of Colorado. Mrs.
Brown died November 30, 1897. Dr. H. C. Brown was reared in Brookfield on the old farm, and was educated in the
common schools, Brookfield Academy and Alfred University. After pursuing his studies in Alfred University at Alfred.
N. Y., about two years, he began teaching in his native town. Although a very successful teacher, he decided to
make medicine his life work, and began reading with Dr. A. L. Saunders of Brookfield. and by hard work, teaching
during the day and studying nights, he entered Syracuse University, from which he was graduated M. D. in 1881.
He began his practice that same year at South Brookfield, and in 1885 removed to Brookfield, where he is now practicing.
Dr. Brown is a man of strong character, yet. retiring in disposition, believing that faithful, untiring work brings
its sure reward. His large and lucrative practice built on such a foundation is unquestionable proof of its truth.
The Madison County Medical Society has honored him by making him its president and vice president He is a close
student and in order to keep abreast of the times takes as occasion per. inits post.grathaate instruction in the
New York Post Graduate Schools. Politically, Dr. Brown is a lifelong Republican, well posted in political history
and believing that the principles advocated by the Republican party, when honestly and faithfully carried out,
will always bring national prosperity. In 1877 Dr. Brown married Caroline Babcock. daughter of Gideon Babcock of
Plainfield, N. Y.; they have had four children: Hubert J. (deceased), Kearn B., Ruth L., and Elston S. (deceased).
The Doctor and his wife are members of the Second Seventh Day Baptist church of Brookfield and are both are very
active in church and charitable work.
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890
Madison County, NY
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