WILLIAM J. BROWN
NEW LONDON COUNTY
CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHIES
WILLIAM J. BROWN, who was a prosperous and well-known farmer of Ledyard, was born in this town, August 31, 1841, son of James J. and Sophia E. (Crandall) Brown. The father was a native of Rhode Island, born near Hopkinton, April 3, 1806. When five years old, as his parents had a large family of children, he left home to live with his uncle, James Woodbridge, a large land-owner of Ledyard, who had no children. His marriage with Sophia E. Crandall was solemnized in 1840. She was born May 15, 1811. They became the parents of two sonsó William J. and Albert Z. Albert is a farmer on a portion of the old Woodbridge farm. The mother was nearly eighty-four when she died on March 4, 1895.
     
William J. Brown supplemented a district-school education with three terms of study in Dr. Hart's High School at Stonington Point. When nineteen years old he began teaching, which calling he followed in the winter season for several years. The most of his life, however, was spent in agricultural pursuits. He died January 2, 1897, on the farm whereon he had passed his last fourteen years.
     
On September 14, 1882, Mr. Brown married Mrs. Jennie A. Sabin, the widow of Charles Sabin, by whom she had no children. She is a daughter of Henry and Lucy (Smith) Denison, who were natives respectively of Stonington and Groton, Conn. Mr. Denison thirty years ago settled on this farm of one hundred acres, and continued to live here until his death, April 5, 1885. Mrs. Brown then succeeded to the property. Her parents' ten children, three sons and seven daughters, grew to maturity; and eight are living in this section. Her mother died May 23, 1872, in her seventy-fifth year. Mr. Denison lacked but three days of ninety-two years of age at the time of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have one daughter living, Jennie E., born July 6, 1883, who is an apt scholar in the common branches of study, and possesses considerable musical talent.
     
Though afflicted with heart-disease for years, Mr. Brown was always a hard worker, and at his death left his wife and daughter in good circumstances. Mr. Brown was always prominent in public affairs, and highly esteemed in the community as a man of sterling worth. He represented Ledyard in the State legislature for two terms, and served as School Visitor for several years, taking a deep interest in educational matters.  Mrs. Brown and daughter are members of the First Groton Baptist Church. They reside on the farm. 
 

Biographical Review   Volume XXVI
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens 
of New London County Connecticut
Boston
Biographical Review Publishing Company
1898
pgs 301 - 302

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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