HENRY AUGUSTUS BROWN
NEW LONDON COUNTY
CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHIES
HENRY AUGUSTUS BROWN, of the well-known Brown Paint Company, of New London, Conn., was born in the adjoining town of Waterford on December 28, 1830. His parents were Henry and Lucretia (Smith) Brown. Charles Brown, his paternal grandfather, also a native of this county, was a mariner in early life, attaining the position of mate on a deep sea merchantman. Later he was for many years engaged in farming on Jordan Cone. He married, and he and his wife reared four sons and three daughters. With the exception of one daughter, they all married and had families. All have now passed away. Grandfather Brown died in middle life; while his wife lived to be an old lady, dying in 1836.
     
Their son Henry was born at the homestead in 1799, and became a prosperous farmer, acquiring a good estate. He was twice married. His first wife, Lucy Prentiss, died in the prime of life, leaving five children, three of whom are now living, namely: Charles A., who resides on Town Hill; J. P., who is a Baptist preacher in this city, and Frances, who also live on Town Hill. Lucretia Smith, who became his second wife, had four sons and three daughters, four of whom are now living: Ellen C., Mrs. Perkins, of this city, a widow; Henry Augustus; John N., of this city; and Phoebe, wife of Albert G. Langham, of Waterford. The father died about 1876, and the mother in 1884, at the age of eighty years. They were both highly respected members of the Waterford Baptist Church.
     
Henry A. Brown was educated in the common school, and worked on his father's farm until he was seventeen years of age, when he began to learn the sail-maker's trade with Thomas Holstrom, with whom he remained four years. lie went into business for himself in New London in 1853, and was prosperously engaged in sail-making till 1868, when he sold out, and then turned his attention to ship-chandlery. The firm of H. A. Brown & Co. also engaged in canning fruit and vegetables, running the plant until 1883, when they sold out to Gorton Brothers. For three years thereafter Mr. Brown was a commercial traveller for Nichols & Harris, introducing a specialty in New York, Pennsylvania, and New England. He is now manager of a stock company organized to carry on the wholesale and retail paint business. Their plant, at the corner of State and Bradley, has been a paint store for a quarter of a century, Mr. Brown having bought George E. Damon's interest.
     
In October, 1853, at the age of twenty-three, he married Susan C., daughter of Alvin B. Chappell. Her father was captain of a coasting-vessel. He died in 1884, at the age of seventy-five, having long survived his wife, who died at the age of forty-six, leaving one child, Mrs. Brown. The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Brown is at 17 Franklin Street. Their only child, a son named Elmer Brown, died at the age of two and a half years. Mr. Brown is a highly respected member of the Second Baptist Church, in which he officiates as chairman of the Society and Church Committee. In politics he is an independent voter.

Biographical Review   Volume XXVI
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens 
of New London County Connecticut
Boston
Biographical Review Publishing Company
1898
pgs 470 - 471

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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