Brown, James, a native of Scotland, emigrated to America with his parents in his boyhood. The family first settled
in Livingston County. In 1803 or 1804 James purchased a farm in the town of Benton, built him a log cabin, and
soon after married Mary Barnes, of Benton. He died on the place in 1818. The widow survived until 1845. They reared
five sons and two daughters. Alexander, the youngest, succeeded his father on the homestead, married Elizabeth
Wilkie, and died in 1859. His widow now resides in Geneva. John W. Brown, born October 13, 1809, remained with
his parents until he attained his majority. He was a natural mechanic and commenced his business life as a carpenter
and builder. Many of the fine residences in Benton and Torrey are specimens of his skill. He married Eliza A. Meeker,
of Benton, and resided near Bellona until 1878, when he removed to Michigan, where he died in 1888. His wife died
January 1, 1858. They had nine children, four daughters and five sons. Only one of the five sons resides in Yates,
William, born August 16, 1833. July 4, 1855, he married Elizabeth Mittower, and in January, 1859, removed to the
homestead of his wife's father. Mr. Brown is a Democrat and a worthy and reliable citizen. He is a member of Seneca
Lodge No. 308, F and A. M., and is now serving his eleventh year as Worthy Master.
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892
Yates County, NY
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