Biography of Willit A. Brown
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Brown, Willet A., was born in the city of Brooklyn, June 13, 1847. He was a son of Thomas S. and Wilhelrnina (Burtchell) Brown, he a native of Connecticut and she of Brooklyn. Mr. Brown was a blacksmith by trade and carried on the business in Albany and Greenbush, coming to Albany in about 1847. He was a member of Greenbush Lodge I. O. O. F.; he died in 1893, and Mrs. Brown died in 1854. Willet A. was reared and educated in Greenbush. In 1869 he married Lucy, daughter of John N. and Caroline (Wheeler) White, he a native of Boston. Mr. White died in 1864 and Mrs. White died in 1859; he was engaged in the manufacture of shoes in New York city. To Mr. and Mrs. Brown were born five children: Willet L., Edgar W., Mabel W., Virginia P., and Lena V. Mr. Brown commenced his business career as cabin boy on the Hudson River, next as a brakeman on the Hudson River Railroad, and then went to Troy as ticket inspector and in 1870 he was promoted to passenger conductor. In 1881 Mr. Brown came to Sand Lake and purchased the Crooked Lake Hotel, of which he is still proprietor. He has in connection with the house a farm of thirty six acres. He has one of the most delightful locations in the State for summer homes.

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


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