Biography of Ebenezer Brown
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Brown, Ebenezer, the pioneer head of a large and highly respected family of Lansing, was born in Connecticut and came to Orange county, N. Y., at an early day. About 1794 he located in Lansing. Three children, Martha, Maria and Eunice, came with the family to this locality, and these children were born in Lansing: William, a soldier in the war of 1812, who was wounded on the Canadian border and died at Black Rock; Benoni, who still lives, aged ninety five years; Sarah, who married Joseph Head; and James, who died in Ithaca. After the death of his first wife, Ebenezer married Sarah Gee, the children of this union being: Electa, who married Alvin Allen, and Julia, who became the wife of John Lanterman. Ebenezer died in 1840. Benoni Brown, famlliarly known throughout Lansing and Groton as Deacon Brown, was born April 22, 1798, and has always lived on a farm. In 1826 he married Hannah L. Townlev, by whom he had ten children: James W., who died in infancy; Effingham T.; Mary J. (wife of C. W. Conger); Ebenezer E.; Addie R. (wife of J. G. Cobb); Fannie A. (wife of Wm. H. Fitch); Benton; Ellen (wife of C. H. Bacon); Charles (who died in the army in 1864); and Sara (wife of W. L. Cogshall). Hannah L. (Townley) Brown, died in July, 1876, aged seventy one. Deacon Brown has been a prominent figure in local affairs for many years. For more than half a century he was deacon in the Congregational church at West Groton. He has been supervisor and held other town offices. He was originally a Democrat, but since the war has been a Republican. His father, Ebenezer Brown, was a Revolutionary soldier, and was one of the life guards of General Washington. The body of life guards was composed of fifteen soldiers. When he came to Lansing there was but one house where Ithaca now is, and that was a double log house, kept as a tavern by a man by the name of De Munn.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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