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Male 1808 - 1887  (79 years)


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  • Name Brown Erasmus Darwin 
    Born 07 Jul 1808  Milton, Albany County, (Saratoga) NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Oct 1887  St. Anne, Kankakee Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Old Brown-Hanen Cemetery four miles east of Witchert in Pembroke Township on the old Brown farm.IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Erasmus Darwin left Stillwater, NY early as a youngster with his family. They lived in several different places, including, Ballson Spa, Albany, Auburn and Caniesteo, Steuben Co. and Dresden, Yates County, NY.

      He went to live briefly in Ohio, where Letty was living with the Schock family, in-laws of her brother, George. He and Letty were married about 1834 in New York. Their first two daughters were born in New York state.

      He and Letty moved their small family to Shawnee, Fountain county, Indiana around 1838 where his third child, Mary, was born. His son, Allen, born in 1844 was his last child born in Indiana.

      'Dar' and his familiy finally moved to the state of Illinois and settled in the wilderness area known as St. Anne sometime between 1844 and 1846 where his son, Samuel was born. Dar's brother, Achilles and his wife, Lucy, also came to IL.

      An article written in the old book of the county history, 'Kankakee County History' is the following:

      "Few of the early settlers or families of Kankakee County are better represented in its second generation both among its relief and active citizens, then that established here by Erasmus Brown and Letty Loughry Brown, the former born in New York in 1808. This worthy couple to whom in early life came the desire to travel West and ally their fortunes with its undeveloped strength, left their native New York state and settled in the Wilderness of what then was St. Anne but now is Pembroke township, Kankakee County. Loneliness and deprivation were their portion for they had little of this world's goods and there were few neighbors to whom they could turn for counsel or sympathy. Nevertheless, they had grit and determination and their farm yielded of its fertility in response to their untiring labor.

      With the passing of years their family increased until seven children played around their hearthstone. Of these, Jane was the oldest." We know that eventually there were ten children born to this couple.

      Sometime around 1856, Dar and Achilles were joined by their youngest brother, Samuel Right Brown, Jr. and his wife, Sally Ann Coss but wanting to move closer to his inlaws, Sally's sisters and other cousins, Samuel moved north to Algonquin after several years in the Iroquois-Kankakee county area and later to neighboring Cary, McHenry County, IL where he made his final home. His descendants live in that area today.
    Person ID I52894  Freeman-Smith
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 

    Father Brown Samuel Right (Wright),   b. 26 Sep 1775, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1817, Near Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Annable Eunice Mary,   b. 01 Apr 1780, New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1874, Torrey, Yates Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 13 Feb 1803  Saratoga, Saratoga County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 11
    Family ID F24157  Group Sheet

    Family Loghry Lettice Lorena,   b. Abt 1820, Cameron, Steuben Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1893, St. Anne, Kankakee Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married Abt 1834  Oscaloosa, Mahaska County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Brown Elizabeth M.,   b. 01 Apr 1835, Steuben, Steuben County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Oct 1905, St. Anne, Kankakee Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     2. Brown Jane E.,   b. Abt 1836, Cameron, Steuben Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Brown Mary Ann,   b. 1838, Shawnee, Fountain Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Brown Emily,   b. 1840, Shawnee, Fountain Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Brown Allen,   b. 22 Sep 1844, Shawnee, Fountain Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850  (Age < 5 years)
     6. Brown Melinda Ellen,   b. 22 Sep 1844, Shawnee, Fountain County or Benton Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1922, St. Anne, Kankakee Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. Brown Samuel Henry,   b. 24 Nov 1847, St. Anne, Kankakee Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1909, St. Anne, Kankakee Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     8. Brown Eunice,   b. Feb 1850, St. Anne, Kankakee Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Brown Rosella,   b. 02 Dec 1853, St. Anne, Kankakee Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1933, Momence, Kankakee County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F24085  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S1397] Merged from BrianFreeman on 01-Jan-13 at 22:11.

    2. [S1466] 1860 Federal Census for St. Anne, Kankakee County, IL.
      Erasmus D. 52, b. NY Farmer, real estate value, $800. Personal estate, $1,000.
      Letty, 48, b. NY Keeping house
      Allen, 16, b. IN
      Rasalie, 7, b. IL
      Samuel H. 13, b. IL

    3. [S1463] Tombstone, Brown Cemetery, Pembroke, Iroquois County,IL.
      Burial plot is on the old Brown farm, subsequently the Simon Hoekstra farm. It was later ordered by Hoekstra to be bulldozed up abt 1965, the grave stone buried and land put to farming use!

    4. [S1443] 1840 Federal Census for Shawnee, Fountain County, IN.
      Erastus (Erasmus) Brown, Male, 30 and under 40: 1
      Females 10 and under 15: 2
      Females 30 and under 40: 1

    5. [S1464] 1800 Federal Census for Milton, Cayuga County,NY.
      Census for Samuel R. Brown:

    6. [S1437] 1850 Federal Census for District 21, Iroquois County, IL.
      Erasmus D. Brown, 42, b. NY Own 1/10 real estate
      Letty, 30 b. NY
      Elizabeth, 15, b. NY
      Mary Ann, 12, b. IN
      Emily, 10, b. IN
      Ellen, 7, b. IN
      Samuel, 4, b. IL
      Eunice, 7 mos. b. IL
      Elam D. Tuttle, 35, b. NY Carpenter

    7. [S1465] 1870 Federal Census for St. Anne, Kankakee County, IL.
      Erasmus D. 62, b. NY Farmer, Real estate, $3500. Personal estate, $1100.
      Letty 52, b. NY Keeping house
      Samuel, 22, b. IL Farmer
      Roalie, 16, b. Il At home
      John Wood, 10, b. IL (He was the son of Thomas and Sarah A. Woods who lived a couple of farms down from the Browns. I don't know the connection. Sarah was b. in Canada, according to the 1860 census.
      Abbie Mascilen, 17 .b. IL At home

    8. [S1441] 1830 Federal Census for Cameron, Steuben County, NY, Enumerator: John Kennedy, (Microfilm # M19-107), page 366, line 5.
      Shown living with his brother, Charles Volney who was the head of the household in Cameron, Steuben County, NY.

    9. [S1467] 1880 Federal Census for St. Anne, Kankakee County, IL.
      E. D. Brown, 73, b. NY Retired, Father b. CT, Mother, b. CT.
      Letty, 60, b. NY Keeping house. Father b. PA, Mother, b, NY

    10. [S1397] Merged from BrianFreeman on 01-Jan-13 at 22:11.
      Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Volume 2
      Edited by Newton Bateman, Paul Selby
      "History of Kankakee County"
      Chicago - Mid-west Publishing Co., 1906
      Page 845

    11. [S1501] According to a petition for land signed by Eunice (Hannibal) Brown, Hannah Castner and Wright Brown.


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