Biography of John Brown
Miami County, Ohio Biographies





JOHN BROWN, farmer and stock raiser; P. 0. New Carlisle; was born in Frederick Co., Md., June 25, 1819; his father, Thomas Brown, was also born in the same County and State in 1795; he married Susan McAfee, a native of Pennsylvania; in 1838, they came to Bethel Township, where his death occurred Dec. 27, 1854; his wife having survived him a number of years, died May 16, 1867, in her 78th year. Our subject came to Ohio with his parents in 1838, and followed the occupation of coopering and farming until 1855, at which date he purchased 300 acres of his present place. to which he has since added until he now owns some 425 acres, nearly all of which he has accumulated by his own hard labor and industry; he has now one of the best farms in Miami Co., with improvements and buildings second to none; has a fine brick residence, surrounded by a pretty lawn dotted here and there with trees and shrubbery. with neat and even walks leading to and fro, and a beautiful fountain, tossing high its spray; the arrangement and order of all displaying much taste and labor. The writer, when directed to the farm, was told that he would know it by its village like appearance, so numerous and nice were the buildings. He now has 350 acres under cultivation, and gives employment to a number of men, one of whom has been in his employ twenty three, and another twenty two years. Mr. Brown, for many years, has dealt largely in stock, shipping extensively to Cincinnati, Boston and Eastern markets; also, at the same time was engaged in burning lime, which he yet continues, Dayton being his market; he is also the senior member of the firm of John Brown & Sons, manufacturers of Iron Monitor Wind Engines, etc., etc. In fact, we can say of Mr. Brown, his life has been a busy and successful one and we trust that he may be spared many years to enjoy the fruits of his labors. He was united in marriage with Catharine Blickinstaff March 28, 1843; she was born in Frederick Co., Md., March 4, 1821, and came to Monroe Township with her father. Christian Blickinstaff, in 1836; her mother's maiden name was Catharine Haver. Mr. Blickinstaff died Dec. 1, 1869, in the 86th year of his age, and Mrs. Blickinstaff died April 5, 1859, in her 75th year. The children of John and Catharine Brown were four sons and two daughters, of whom three sons and one daughter survive - L. Tobias (who married Sarah M., daughter of Jacob Troyer), Hattie L., John O. (married Mary Alice, daughter of John McConnaughey), the two older sons being partners with their brother in the manufacture and sale of Iron Monitor Wind Engines.

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


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