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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
STEPHEN P. BROWN
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1261
STEPHEN P. BROWN, a successful
farmer and dairyman of Mansfield, Tolland county, has descended
from one of the first settlers of Windham and the family has been
a very numerous one in years past. The street leading from Willimantic
cemetery to Perkins
Corner in Mansfield, was formerly called Brown street on account of the
numerous residents of that name residing on
(I) John Brown, the first settler of this family in America, was a very distinguished man in his day. Stephen Brown, the Willimantic settler, was a grandson of Major John Mason, of Norwich, the hero of the Pequot war. The first conveyance of any of the land given by Joshua to the Norwich legatees was by Samuel Mason to his brother-in-law, Capt. John Brown, March 2, 1677, when he gave to him a 1000 acre right on which Stephen, the son of Capt. Brown, settled. A part of this land, embracing the home farm or at least a considerable portion of it, is now owned by Elias P. Browns children, and has remained continuously in the possession of the Brown family for 226 years, and during six generations.
John Brown was acquainted with
the Pilgrims of Leyden before 1620, but the year of his coming
to this country is unknown. He settled in Plymouth Colony, was
at Duxbury in 1636 and was an original proprietor and early settler
of Rehoboth. The following notice is made of him in Mortons New England
Memorial: In his younger years traveling into the low
countries, he came acquainted with and took a good liking to the
revered pastor of the Church of Christ, at Leyden, as also to sundry
of the brethren of that Church; which ancient amity induced him (upon
his coming over to New England) to seat himself in the jurisdiction
of New Plymouth, in which place he served God and the country, several
years, he was well accomplished with abilities to both civil and
religious concernments and attained through God s grace, unto
a comfortable persuasion of the love and favor of God to him; he
falling sick of a fever, with much serenity and spiritual comfort,
fell asleep in the Lord, and was honorably buried in Wannamoiset,
Bliss, in his History of Rehoboth, says: He was first
elected to the
John Brown was one of the original proprietors of the town and owned large estates in land located both in Rehoboth and at Wannamoiset. He was a friend to religious toleration, and was the first of the Plymouth magistrates to express scruples as to the expediency of coercing the people to support the ministry. He was a man of talent, piety and integrity, and his death was deeply felt throughout the whole colony. He had at least the following children, all born in England: James, who married Lydia Howland, was an assistant of the colony in 1665, and died at Swansea, Oct. 29, 1710, aged eighty-seven years; Mary, who married John Willett, July 6, 1636; and John, Jr.
(II) John Brown (2), son of John the immigrant, was probably born in England and married a daughter of William Buckland, dying March 31, 1662. These were his children: John (3), born in September, 1650; Lydia, Aug. 6, 1655; Annah, Jan. 29, 1657; Joseph, April 9, 1658; and Nathaniel, June 9, 1661.
(III) Capt. John Brown of the
above family seems to have been held in high esteem by his Mason
relatives and the Mohegan Indians. Samuel Mason gave to him 1000
acres of land in 1677, a dozen years before the settlement of Windham,
Conn., by Cates, said land being situated on the Willimantic river,
extending north from Willimantic cemetery to Perkins Corners; and in
the deed of gift to Capt. Brown by Oweneco in 1689, the captain was
highly spoken of and his military powers hinted at. As he lived in
the times and among the stirring scenes of King Philips war,
it is quite probable that he saw active service in that struggle,
in which Oweneco and the Masons participated. It would seem that
much effort was made to induce Capt. Brown to settle in Windham,
but without avail. The exact date of his death is not found, but
it was previous to 1711, although probably not long before. The home
farm of Capt. John Brown was laid out on Willimantuck river, in April,
Capt. Brown married Anna Mason, a daughter of Major John Mason, of Norwich, Nov. 8, 1672, and these children were born: John, April 28, 1675, who married Abigail Cole, July 2, 1696, and died in 1752; Lydia, who was married March 16, 1697, to Joseph Wadsworth, of Lebanon, Conn., and died Dec. 27, 1759; Martha, Nov. 20, 1681, who married Deacon Eleazer Fitch, her cousin; Daniel, in October, 1683, who died in infancy; Ebenezer, June 15, 1685, who married Sarah Hyde, Feb. 25, 1714; Daniel (2), Sept. 26, 1686; Stephen, Jan. 29, 1688, who settled at Windham near the Willimantic river; and Joseph, May 19, 1690.
(IV) Stephen Brown, son of Capt. John, settled at Windham before 1720. Tradition makes him a man of courage and determination with a good degree of the Mason blood and spirit. He took part in the famous Hartford Riot, in 1722, in which Jeremiah Fitch, his cousin, of Coventry, was liberated from the jail where he was imprisoned on account of some decision respecting the Hop river lands. He married first Mary Risley, in June, 1729, who died April 2, 1730, and then he married Abigail, the daughter of Thomas Rugg, March 4, 1731, and she died in November, 1731; his third marriage was to Mary Jacobs, of Mansfield, in November, 1734, his death occurring in October, 1766. The only child of the first marriage was Stephen, Jr. By his second marriage was born Abigail, Nov. 2, 1731, who married George Anderson, of Mansfield. By his third marriage were born: Mary, April 18, 1738; and John, June 18, 1742.
(V) Stephen Brown (2), son of Stephen, was the great-grandfather of Stephen P., and was married Dec. 3, 1760, to Mary, daughter of Nathaniel Shattuck, these children resulting from the union: Eunice, Lucinda, Hannah, Joseph H., Stephen, Ambrose, Jerome, Elijah, Mary and Annis.
(VI) Joseph Hill Brown resided in the town of Windham and followed a farming life all his days. Later he moved to the farm now occupied by his grandson, and spent his last years in the home of his son, Henry Brown. His wife was Martha Barrows, of Mansfield, and they had these children: Fanny; Washington, a farmer who located in Rockville, where he died; Almira, who married Lemuel Palmer; Henry; Joseph Hill, Jr., who married Nancy Lyman, was a farmer in Mansfield, and later moved to Rockville, where he died; Martha, who died a maiden lady; and Elijah Nelson, who married Clarissa Campbell, was a farmer and resided in Mansfield, Ashford and later in Willimantic, where he died.
(VII) Henry Brown, the father of Stephen
P., was born in December, 1797, in Windham, near the Mansfield town
line, where he grew to manhood. As a young man he worked out and
later owned the property occupied by the Windham town farm; he also
owned a lot, which he sold to the town of Windham, and which is now
used as a burying-ground, at Willimantic. In April, 1831, he sold
his farm there and removed to Mansfield, where he purchased of a
Mr. Hovey the farm now owned by his son Stephen, where he continued
farming until his death. He erected the present family home and live
until June, 1890, reaching the advanced age of ninety-two years,
still being remarkably active
(VIII) Stephen P. Brown was born Aug.
10, 1862, in the house he now occupies, was educated in the district
schools, assisted his father, cared
Mr. Brown was married Oct. 19, 1899, to Alice E. Mason, of Mansfield, a daughter of Charles J. and Cordelia (Browning) Mason, who is a direct descendant of Major John Mason, of Norwich, before mentioned. One son, Harry Mason, has been born to this union, being born March 3, 1901. No more industrious, respected and enterprising farmers find a home in Mansfield than Henry and Stephen Brown, fit representatives of an honorable family.
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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