Biography of Henry F. Brown
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Brown, Henry F., was born in Atkinson, Me., May 7, 1833. He was the son of Daniel C., who was a native of New Hampshire, born in 1801. He was one of four sons and three daughters born to Jacob Brown, who for many years was a keeper of a temperance hotel in Atkinson, Me. Daniel, the father, was a farmer and a pioneer in the town of Atkinson, Piscataquis county, Me., settled in the forest and here cleared him a farm; he was prosperous and acquired over 300 acres of land; he was prominent in political affairs of his town and county; he filled various town and county offices, and represented his district in the Legislature several terms. His wife was Betsey Frost, who was born in Lincoln, Me. Their children were Nelson, Payson, Melinda, Henry, Amanda, Aurelia, Lyman, Daniel C., Thaddeus, Daniel and Emma. Payson died at the age of seventeen; Daniel C. died at the age of nine months; Thaddeus at the age of one year; Melinda died in 1892; Daniel died in 1891, and Amanda in 1862. He died in 1865 and his wife in 1878. They were both members of the Christian church. Henry F. received a limited district school education; when sixteen he was the main instrument in forming a Christian church in the town of Atkinson, Me.; when nineteen he went to Staten Island where he plied his trade, and remained until 1857; during this time he purchased property and erected a house; he then bought out a dining business in New York city which he conducted until 1867, when he sold out his business and removed to Scarsdale, Westchester county, N. Y., where he lived two years; in the meantime his wife, who was Angeline Decker a native of Staten Island, died, leaving a daughter. He then returned to New York city and engaged in the dining business; in 1872 he married Mrs. Emily R. (Hewitt) Jones, and three years later removed to Berlin, where he built him a home and several tenement houses. He soon became interested in church work, when he with a few other citizens hired a hall and engaged a pastor to preach, and later was instrumental in forming a class of thirty and started a Sabbath school of which he was superintendent. Through him in 1878 an M. E. church was formed. He solicited subscriptions and raised money to build a church, be doing nearly the entire carpenter work himself. A portion of his time he was interested in the meat business and later added furniture, which business so increased that he erected his present stole and put in a full line of furniture, carpets, bedding, etc., and in connection with this he conducts an undertaking business. He later added to his line blacksmith and wheelwright supplies. Mr. Brown is an enterprising business man and carries the largest stock and most complete assortment of goods that can be found outside of a large city.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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