ALRED FANNING BROWN
NEW LONDON COUNTY
CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHIES
ALRED FANNING BROWN, of Jewett City, dealer in newspapers, periodicals, notions, and jewelry, was born in the town of Lisbon, February 17, 1822, his parents being John H. and Emmeline (Freeman) Brown. His paternal grandfather, who was a sea captain born in England, died in middle life, leaving two sons John H. and Abijah and two daughters. John H. Brown was born in Warwick, R.I., in 1800, and died in Jewett City in 1859. He came to this place in 1828, moving into a new house he had built, and in which he lived up to the time of his death. This house is now owned by Alfred F. Brown, who has rebuilt and repaired it, and leases it to tenants. John H. Brown was a shoemaker by trade, and was known as conscientious and faithful in the performance of all life's duties. His wife, Emmeline, who survived him eighteen years, dying in 1878, was the daughter of a French gentleman who came to America with General Lafayette, and fought for American independence. He married a lady of American birth. John and Emmeline Brown, who were within three months of the same age, were married young, and reared a family of eleven children. The eldest, John H. Brown, Jr., born in August, 1820, was eighteen months older than Alfred F. All of this family are now deceased except Alfred F., Charles W. (the third child), and Mary, who is the wife of Washington Smith, of Canterbury, Conn.
     
Alfred F. Brown received his elementary education in the public schools, and subsequently attended a select school for two terms. He taught during three winters, beginning when only fifteen years old. At ten years of age he began to work out by the month, receiving three dollars per month for seven months, and bringing home twenty-one dollars. He continued working out summers for nine years, receiving five dollars per month the second season, seven dollars the third, and for the last two seasons twelve dollars per month. At twenty years of age, in 1842, he entered the employ of the Slater Mill Company as overseer and loom fixer. Ten years later he caught the "gold fever," and went to California, sailing round the Horn in the new clipper ship "North America," with five hundred passengers, and being five months on the passage from New York to San Francisco. In 1855 he returned home, but in four months went back to California, where he remained seven years longer. During the ten years of his residence there, he mined for gold on his own account in all kinds of diggings. He made no big strikes, but came home with more than he had when he went away. He has been engaged in business at his present stand for thirty years.
     
At the age of twenty years Mr. Brown was united in marriage with Abigail Mason, of Jewett City, who bore him two children Abby E. and Mary B. Abby is the wife of Denison J. Champlin, the jailer of Norwich. Mary died in middle life, the wife of Alonzo Alien. Mr. Brown married for his second wife, in 1865, Betsey E. Brown; and by this union there is one son, Alfred Fanning Brown, Jr. For nineteen years Mr. Brown served his fellow-townsmen as Postmaster, the only public position he has held, as, although a royal Republican and actively interested in town affairs, he has not generally cared to be a candidate.
 


Biographical Review   Volume XXVI
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens 
of New London County Connecticut
Boston
Biographical Review Publishing Company
1898
pgs 473 - 474

S. Leroy BLAKE D.D.
Henry W. BLANCHE
John A. BOWEN
Francis Nelson BRAMAN
Capt. Dudley A. BRAND
Charles Erskine BRAYTON
Edward P. BREWER M.D.
Frederick H. BREWER
Louisa J. BREWER
Hon. John BREWSTER
Joshua E. BROCKWAY
George G. BROMLEY
William F. BROUGHTON
Alfred Fanning BROWN
Henry Augustus BROWN
Israel F. BROWN
James A. BROWN
Lucius Dwight BROWN
Theophilus BROWN
William J. BROWN
James F. BUGBEE
James BULKLEY
Capt. Billings BURCH
Horace O. BURCH
William Henry BURDICK
Austin J. BUSH
William Herbert BUSH


 
 

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