Biography of Cyrus T. Brown
Miami County, Ohio Biographies





CYRUS T. BROWN, farmer; P. 0. Troy; was born in Miami Co., June 13, 1844, is a son of Daniel and Eliza H. (Telford) Brown; Mr. Brown was born in Rhode Island May 9, 1809, and his wife in this county Dec. 10, 1816; the grandfather, Arnold Brown, was also born in Rhode Island, emigrating to Ohio in 1834, and locating in Hamilton Co., where he remained about four years, then going to Miami Co., on the farm where Cyrus now lives; the farm was nearly all in the woods, with a log cabin on it. He was father of six children; here he and his son Daniel commenced to clear up and make a home. They started from the commencement in the dairy business, making butter and cheese, some of which they marketed near home and some in Cincinnati; there being no railroads, they had to go through with teams. Daniel, the son, was married June 13, 1843; by this union they had six children, viz., Cyrus T., Cornelia J., Mary B., now a physician in New York City; Rebecca O., now deceased; Arnold O. and Harry W. Mr. Brown, the father, always remained upon the home place with his father till his death, which occurred April 13, 1869, he being about 83 years of aged, after which he still continued upon the farm till Dec. 24, 1877, when he, too. was called away by death. His sons now have the management of the place, which their fathers have improved and brought into a fine state of cultivation. with good buildings and many conveniences. Mr. Brown, the father, first bought 160 acres, and from time to time added more to it, by purchase, till he became owner of 1,000 acres; at various times portions were sold, until now they have 500 acres, one of the largest farms in Staunton Township. Mr. Daniel Brown was one of the moving spirits in the leading business enterprises, and one of the originators of the First National Bank of Troy holding some $20,000 of stock in the same; was also one of the organizers of the Gas Company. He erected the "Beehive Corner," or Brown's Block, as it is usually known in Troy; during the building of this block. Mr. Brown met with an accident, from which his life was miraculously saved; he fell from the third story to the pavement below, striking on his feet and sliding into the cellar. The fall was caused by some mismanagement of the derrick in raising material to the top of the building at which he was working; he was thrown head foremost over the walls of the building, but catching by the ropes, turned himself, striking upon his feet; although badly hurt and jarred. his life was saved. Daniel Brown's mother departed this life Sept. 21, 1862. The death of Mr. Daniel Brown was a great loss to the community, he being one of its most public spirited men.

From:
History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Chicago 1880


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