Biography of Charles E. Brown
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CHARLES E. BROWN, born October 4, 1840, in Smithfield, Bradford county, Pa., son of Champlain G. and Alice A. (Thomas) Brown, descends from the Rhode Island Browns. The first of that name there was Chadd Brown, who was the ancestor of many of the most distinguished citizens of that state for two centuries. He fled thither from persecution in Massachusetts in 1663, became a member of the Baptist church founded by Roger Williams in 1639, and in 1642 was its associate pastor. He died in 1665. In 1792 the town of Providence voted and erected a monument to his memory. His grandson, James, was minister of the same church. Four of James Brown's grandsons were patrons of Brown university. Their names were Nicholas, Joseph (LL. D.) died 1785, John (an eminent minister) died 1803, and Moses. (The line connecting him with the grandfather of Charles E. Brown, of Waverly, cannot be given without reference to documents in Rhode Island.) Charles Brown, father of Champlain G. and grandfather of Charles E. Brown, lived all his life in Rhode Island, wa&a shipbuilder and farmer, and by his two marriages was father of twenty children. Champlain G. Brown was born 1799 in Rhode Island. He was an early settler of Bradford county, Pa., and his life was intimately connected with the local events of the community where he resided. He died December 26, 1857. His wife was Alice A. Thomas. Of their children Charles E. had common and high school educational advantages, but, before he was of age the civil war broke out, and, in July, 1861, he enlisted in Company F., 6th Pennsylvania reserve corps, but his constitution was broken by change of climate and the continued hardships of a soldier's life, and he was "mustered out" within a year of his enlistment. When his health sufficiently recovered he located as a merchant at Strait's Corners. Here he stayed for two years, when his talents for music induced him to give the next three years to acquiring a musical education and he soon became a proficient teacher of instrumental music on various instruments. Returning to the home farm he lived there three years, and then permanently located himself in Waverly, frst as an instructor of vocal and instrumental music, and, later, for twenty five years, as a music dealer in which he is still engaged. July 22, 1861, Mr. Brown married Sarah N., daughterof David and Hannah (Jenks) Straits, of the old pioneer family which gave name to Strait's Corners. She was born August 15, 1841. They have one son, Merle A. J. Brown, born February 17, 1864. He married Jennie Akins, born January 21, 1869. They have four children; Charles F. B., born October 10, 1889, Sarah Leona, born July 6, 1892, Gertrude Wanita, born March 19, 1895, and Merle Delos, born March 25, 1897.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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