BROWN, John Woods

Male 1826 - 1888  (61 years)


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  • Name BROWN, John Woods 
    Born 1 Dec 1826  White Deer Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • From Bell's History Of Northumberland County 1891: JOHN WOODS BROWN, deceased, was born in White Deer valley, Union county, Pennsylvania, December 1, 1826, son of Samuel T. and Nancy (Woods) Brown. He attended the Milton Academy, also the McEwensville Academy under the Rev. S. S. Sheddon, D. D. He entered Jefferson College in the spring of 1846, and graduated from that institution in 1848. He then read law one year with Samuel Hepburn of Milton, and afterwards entered the law school at Easton, Pennsylvania, under Judge McCarty and Henry Greer, and graduated in 1851, when he returned to Milton and engaged in practice. In 1853 he entered into co-partnership with W. C. Lawson, which relation continued successfully until 1880. After the great fire of that year in Milton neither partner cared to continue in the practice of law.

      Mr. Brown was an active and influential Democrat and a leader in the local councils of his party. In 1862-63 he represented Northumberland county in the House of Representatives in the State Legislature and occupied a prominent position in that body. He held a number of positions in civil life, in which his fidelity and conscientiousness were prominently manifested.

      He was the principal factor in the organization of the First National Bank of Milton in 1863, was elected its president, and continued in this office until his death. He was a remarkably quiet and unobtrusive man, yet possessed of that courage which always prompted him to follow the line of duty in a forcible, and oftentimes aggressive, manner. His conceptions of right and his condemnation of all things that reflected the image of impropriety made him a fearless advocate of good.

      January 29, 1851 he married Maria, daughter of William and Catherine Polk of Easton, Pennsylvania. Seven children were born to their union, four of whom are living. Mr. Brown died January 6, 1888.
    Census (desc) 1850  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    as a student, living with his parents 
    Residence 1858  Turbot Township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    on the west side of Water St. (later Front St.) on the NW corner of Second St. (512) 
    Census (desc) 1860  Turbot Township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    working as a lawyer 
    • His house is on the west side of N. Front St. at the northwest corner of what is now Second Street. It can be seen on the map of 1858. The house is still standing (2014) and the current house number is 512.
    Census (desc) 1870  Turbot Township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    working as a lawyer 
    Census (desc) 1880  Turbot Township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    working as a lawyer 
    Died 6 Jan 1888  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Will 18 Jan 1888  Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Proved for J. Woods Brown, deceased.
    _UID F46452772A95FB4CBB20BDC40DD175CEA4D5 
    Person ID I332  Milton Families
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2015 

    Father BROWN, Samuel Teas,   b. 18 Jul 1798, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1875, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother WOODS, Nancy (1),   b. 23 Dec 1793,   d. 28 Apr 1836, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Family ID F74  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family POLK, Maria,   b. 18 Jun 1832,   d. 22 Nov 1909, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 29 Jan 1851 
    Children 
     1. BROWN, Elizabeth G.,   b. 1858, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. BROWN, Ella Woods,   b. 1859, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. BROWN, Louisa K.,   b. 30 Nov 1862, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1940  (Age 77 years)
     4. BROWN, John Woods Jr.,   b. 25 Jun 1864, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1925  (Age 61 years)
     5. BROWN, Katherine,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F231  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 978.

    2. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 36.

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 33.

    4. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 45.

    5. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 1.

    6. [S4] Gravestone.