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The Brown Family

Part 2

John W. Brown, son of Hubbard Brown, first appears in the census in 1830 in Anderson Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. He was listed as age 20-30. There was a female, presumably his wife, age 20-30, living with him. There were two males living with him, one under age 5, probably Charles S. Brown who was born in 1827, and one age 10-15. The latter was probably not his son since he would have been born when John Brown was age 15 or younger. There was also a female under age 5 living with him. By the 1840 census, John Brown and his wife were listed as ages 30-40. In the household was one male under the age of 5, two males, age 5-10, and three females under the age of 15. They also had a male, age 20-30 and a female, age 60-70 living with them. The 1850 census and the 1860 census begin to help us put names and birth years to the children of John W. Brown:

The 1850 census shows John Brown, Sr.'s wife as Ellener (Eleanor) [Armstrong]. She must have died within the decade because, by 1860, the eldest female living in his household was Rachel, presumably his wife. Also living in the household were two males who were likely his grandchildren:

Jacob Brown, son of Hubbard Brown, married Harriet Bradford before 1830. By the 1830 census, he and Harriet were living in Anderson Township, Hamilton Co., Ohio and had a daughter under 5 years of age. By the 1850 census the family had grown to nine members, not counting a boarder, James Anderson, a wagon maker from Pennsylvania. This may be the same James Anderson who married Eleanor Turner in 1846, suggesting a tangential link between the Browns and Turners even before the marriage of Jeanette Turner and Elmore Grant Brown in 1890. Here is the list of children of Jacob and Harriet (Bradford) Brown as determined by the 1850 and 1860 censuses:

Isaac Brown, son of Hubbard Brown, was born around 1813 according to the 1850 census. He married Lucinda Dawson on Nov. 29, 1834 in Hamilton Co., Ohio. He and Lucinda probably had six children. Here are the last four as determined by the 1850 census:

Charles S. Brown, son of John Brown, Sr., married Mariah Smith on May 6, 1849. The 1850 census shows they had a son George Edward, age five months. Interestingly, the "h" was left off of the end of Mariah's name in the 1850 census, but was there in the 1860 census. Charles was a carpenter by trade.

1850 Census - Anderson Township, Hamilton County [Census Record]
NameAgeSexProfessionReal EstatePlace of BirthAttend SchoolRead/Write
Charles Brown22MCarpenter250Ohio
Maria Brown22FOhio
George Edward Brown5 mthMOhio

The 1860 census shows John W. Brown, [Jr.], age 23, apprentice carpenter, living with Charles S. Brown and his wife. He probably moved in with Charles Brown to learn the trade since Charles appears to have been a fairly active businessman. The 1869 business directory for Newtown had this entry - "Charles S. Brown - Undertaker, best wood and metallic coffins kept constantly on hand. An excellent hearse furnished and funeral attended promptly on most reasonable terms. Also house builder, carpenter and joiner." Charles Brown's son George must have died since the census shows their only child was Mary E., age two. Jacob Brown and his wife Harriet are listed on the same page of the census record, so they must have lived close to Charles and his wife.

1860 Census - Anderson Township, Hamilton County [Census Record]
NameAgeSexProfessionRealPersonalPlace of BirthAttend SchoolRead/Write
Charles S. Brown32MMaster Carpenter$1,500$250Ohio
Mariah Brown32FOhio
Mary E. Brown2FOhio
John W. Brown23MApprentice CarpenterOhio
NameAgeSexProfessionRealPersonalPlace of BirthAttend SchoolRead/Write
Jacob Brown51MMaster Wagon Maker$1,500$200Ohio
Harriet Brown47FKentucky
C.B. Brown21MWagon MakerOhio
Agnes M. Brown16FOhio
Phebe Ann Brown14FOhio
Viola M. Brown11FOhio
Sarah L. Brown3FOhio

John W. Brown, Jr. served in the 79th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He entered service as a Private in Company I on Aug. 13, 1862. He transferred to Company C on Oct. 1, 1862 and was appointed Corporal on July 21, 1864. He was mustered out with his company on June 9, 1865.

During 1863, the 79th Infantry Regiment spent most of its time skirmishing with guerrilla bands and small Confederate units. They finally joined up with General Rosecrans at Bowling Green, Ky., and marched into Tennessee. Here they joined with General Sherman and started the march on Atlanta, Ga.

Major Battles for the Regiment:

Resaca, Georgia May 13-16, 1864
Dallas, Georgia May 25-June 4, 1864
Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia June 9-30, 1864
Peach Tree Creek, Georgia July 20, 1864
Atlanta, Georgia (siege) July 28 to Sept. 2, 1864
Columbia, SC (burning) Feb. 16-17, 1865
Averysboro, North Carolina March 16, 1865
Bentensville, North Carolina March 19-21, 1865

About May 1, 1865, after the surrender of General Joe Johnston in North Carolina, the regiment marched to Richmond, Va., then traveled to Washington, D.C., for a parade of the Union Army before President Johnson and General Grant. They were mustered out on June 9, 1865 and returned home on June 17, 1865.

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