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. 562
HORACE BROWN, who is extensively engaged in manufacturing in Talcottville, Tolland Co., Conn., is a grandson of Russell Brown, who was a native of Colchester, where he married Wealthy Strong.
Russell and Wealthy (Strong) Brown had a family of nine children, two of whom died young: (1) Wealthy E. (deceased), married a Mr. Foote; (2) Egbert, a resident of Columbia; (3) Chauncey Everett, father of Horace Brown; (4) Elizabeth (deceased), twice married, to a Mr. Utley and E. D. Post, of Andover; (5) Albert, a resident of Columbia; (6) Jane (deceased), married a George Bingham; (7) Egbert, born in Hebron in 1824, who married Jane E. Wright, and had three children – Alice L., who died when twenty-eight years old, Leverett, who died at the age of sixteen years, and Frederick. Mr. Brown was a carpenter and joiner, and died in Columbia when somewhat advanced in years.
Chauncey Everett Brown, the father of Horace, was born in Hebron in October, 1826, and married Mary A., the daughter of Simeon P. and Lucy (Lee) Downer. The Downers came from Groton and settled in Windham. Mrs. Mary A. Brown died at the early age of thirty-three, and Mr. Brown was presently married for a second time, to Fannie W. Bascom, by whom he was father to one child, Frank A., now a telegraph operator in New London.
To the first marriage of Mr. Brown was born the following family: (1) Belle, the wife of Frank W. Woodward, of Melrose (Boston), Mass.; (2) Horace; (3) Louise, the wife of Edward P. Lyman, of Columbia; (4) Julia A., the wife of Abbott Little, of Columbia.
Chauncey Everett Brown has resided in Columbia for the greater part of his life, coming there when a young man. For seven years, however, he had his home in Norwich. Farming has been the occupation to which he has devoted his lifetime. This is still his business in Columbia.
Mr. Brown is a Democrat by inheritance and voted that ticket in his earlier manhood, but for many years he has proved himself a stanch Republican. In the local politics of his day he has always been interested, and has held various town offices at the demand of his fellow townsmen. For two terms he was a representative from the town in the General Assembly. Mr. and Mrs. Brown belong to the Congregational Church, and are much esteemed in that direction.
Horace Brown, the gentleman whose name introduces this article, was born in Columbia, Conn., Nov. 6, 1856. From the seventh year of his age up to his fifteenth year his parents had their home in Norwich, and there the greater part of his schooling was obtained. When Mr. Brown’s parents returned to his native place his school days, which included one term at the Willimantic high school, were nearly over.
Remaining at home with his parents until he was twenty years of age, Mr. Brown for a time engaged in various occupations. In 1885, he came to Talcottville, and in company with James A. Utley engaged in the meat business, in which he continued for three years. Disposing of his interest in the market he bought an interest in the Granite Mill at Talcottville, a plant devoted to the making of binders’ board. In 1897 and the following year Mr. Brown was president of the Company, which for a time was engaged in manufacturing leather. Lately it has resumed binders’ board work. Mr. Brown is still a stockholder, and for much of the time has been overseer and secretary.
Mr. Brown is a Republican, though not an active party worker. Both himself and wife are members of the Congregational Church. Mr. Brown was married Feb. 22, 1894, to Miss Isabella F. Kelley, a daughter of Caleb Kelley, of Providence, Rhode Island.
Reproduced by: Linda D. Pingel
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