Biography of John J. Brown
North Central Ohio Biographies

John J. Brown, retired, is a highly respected and well known citizen of Savannah. He was born on the Brown homestead two miles east of Savannah, Nov. 28, 1855, the son of Thomas and Jane (Stewart) Brown.

Thomas Brown was born in County Donegal, Ireland, and in 1835 emigrated to the United States and settled on the present Brown homestead near Savannah in Ashland County. He died in 1858, and his wife, a native of Richland County, died in 1907. Both are buried at Savannah. They were lifelong members of the Presbyterian Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Brown the following children were born: William, who died in 1917; Hannah, who died in 1851; Margaret Jane, who died in 1914; Marjorie, who died in 1851; Thomas, lives at Chicago; Charles, who died in 1925; Mary, who died in 1855; and John J., the subject of this sketch.

With the exception of two years which were spent in Colorado and California, John J. Brown has spent his entire life in Ashland County. He attended the rural schools of Orange Township, and until his retirement in 1920 he was numbered among the successful farmers and stockmen of the county. He purchased the residence of Doctor Crowell in Savannah, where he resides. He is still the owner of the Brown farm, which contains 225 acres of land.

Mr. Brown was married (first) in 1899 to Miss Emma Anderson of Ashland, who died in 1915. They had no children. He was married (second) in 1920 to Miss Kate Thomas, of Middleport, Ohio, the daughter of Jason and Avalena (Rice) Thomas, who were natives of Meigs County, Ohio. Mr. Thomas died in 1911 and his wife died in 1912. Both are buried at Middleport.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of the Presbyterian Church, of which he has served as trustee for many years.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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