Monday, February 03, 2014

1934 Thomas Stephen Brown Obituary includes story of Capt. Oliver Brown -Feb1

The obituary of Thomas Stephen Brown (1855-1934) appeared in New Cumberland's The Independent on Thursday, February 1, 1934.  Hollidays Cove is about seven miles south of New Cumberland, near Weirton, West Virginia.  Current research shows that our common ancestor would be Captain Oliver Brown, whose story as connected with the War of Independence is detailed below.  Capt. Brown was the 2x great-grandfather of Lucie Brown Ballantyne, and the 4x great-grandfather of the Dailey-Ballantyne-Uible cousins.  Thomas is the 2nd cousin 3x removed of the D-B-U cousins.

Oliver (1752-1846) had eleven children born between 1776 and 1800, who included John (1780-1852), grandfather of Adrian Wilmer (father of Lucie); and William (1787-), father of Thomas Stephen.

Oliver's son, John, who is great-grandfather of Lucie, had ten children with his first wife, Abigail Richardson (1756-), and eight with his second wife, Eleanor Doddridge, (1780-1852). His son,  Lucie's grandfather, John D. Brown, married Lucie F. Hewlett (1823-1886) in 1852, and they were the parents of Adrian Wilmer Brown 1855-1906 , Cora Brown Crawford 1856-1923, and John C. Brown 1859-.

Note: Much of the information above is not verified.  Further details remain to be revealed.
1934 Thomas Stephen Brown Obituary from The Independent (New Cumberland, West Virginia) 
includes story of Capt. Oliver Brown -Feb1
Attorney Thomas Stephen Brown
Dies at Home in Pittsburgh
Was Born and Reared in Hollidays Cove.  Took
Part in the Famous Baker Trial in this County
Thomas Stephen Brown, 79, a prominent attorney of Pittsburgh died at this home at 265 North Ditridge street at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning.  Mr. Brown was born in Hollidays Cove, Hancock county and was a descendant of Captain Oliver Brown, of the Revolutionary war.  Captain Oliver Brown settled in Hollidays Cove in 1790 and was driven out by the Indians.  

Thos. S. Brown was a son of William Brown and was born in the Cove November 23, 1855.  He attended Washington and Jefferson college and graduated in 1877 and later began the practice of law in Pittsburgh. 

He served as President of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and took an active interest in this work.  He belonged to the Pennsylvania Historical  Society, the Chamber of Commerce, the University club, was a prominent Mason and trustee of the Bellefield Presbyterian church and legal advisor for the Pittsburgh Presbytery.

The passing of Mr. Brown recalls the historical record of Capt. Oliver Brown, who served in the Revolutionary war, he was born in Lexington, Mass.  He was of English extract.  Those of his ancestors who came to America were among the first settlers of the Massachusetts colony.  Their attachment for their new home became stronger as the years rolled on.  Capt. Brown happened in Boston on the memorable day when the act of throwing the tea overboard was performed.  The unusual excitement which preceded this event did not escape his observation but he returned to Cambridge without discovering the cause of it.  He had seen enough to convince him that a bold and decisive step was to be taken.  He returned to Boston and repaired to the place where the tea ship was riding, he saw the party dressed in costume and painted in the color of Mohawk Indians, and one by one he saw them throw every box of tea into the sea.  This act was an open defiance of England and worked upon the minds of both the royalists and patriots.  He became a warrior in feeling and deed and we next find him engaged at Lexington in the first battle of the revolutionary war in the Battle of Bunker Hill.  He was commissioned by congress in January 1776 and later commanded the volunteer party that bore off the leaden statue of King George, from the battery of New York and made it into bullets for the American army, and later became a captain.  He bore a conspicuous part in command of artillery at the battles of White Plains, Harlem Heights, Princeton, Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth.  After the close of the war he, with his family, removed to the west and settled at Charlestown, now Wellsburg in Brooke county, at that time a part of old Virginia.  HE died February 17, 1846 at Wellsburg and is buried in the Brown family lot at Wellsburg.

Mr. Brown is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John J. Paul of Wellsburg and one son, Oliver W. Brown of Pittsburgh, who had a law partnership with is father.

Mr. Brown was an uncle of Bert Lee and cousin of Mrs. J.M. Monfort of Steubenville and cousin of Mrs. N.W. Ballantyne, R.M. Brown of this place and Ray C. Brown of Chicago.

The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Bellefield Presbyterian church, and burial will be made at Homewood cemetery.  Courts adjourned in Pittsburgh out of respect of the decedent's memory.

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