Biography of Richard H. Brown
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Brown, Richard H., of Lansing, was born in Dryden December 7, 1840, the son of Benjamin Brown, a native of Lansing, born about 1807, whose father was Christopher Brown. The latter married Mary Snyder and reared ten children; Benjamin, the eldest, wads captain of a military company in Dryden. He married Hannah, daughter of Henry and Wintchy (Sly) Teeter of Lansing. He was an active, energetic man, in politics a Republican. His wife still survives him. They reared five children: Henry, Jennie, wife of Dr. D. T. Barr of Ludlowville; Richard H., George, Elizabeth, wife of Eugene M. Baker of Barden. Our subject was reared on the farm, attended the district schools winters and worked on a farm summers. At the age of twenty three he rented a farm one year in Danby, and the following year (1866) purchased a farm of sixty six acres. Later he added to this until he owned 155 acres. Some years later he set off fifty five acres of this farm to his son. He married in 1862 Olive, daughter of Andrew W., and Nellie (Ostrander) Reed, of the town of Ithaca. She was born in August, 1838. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have one son, Miles S., born August 20, 1863. Mr. Brown's first wife died July 23, 1892, and he married second October 8, 1893, Mary Reed, a sister of his deceased wife.

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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