6 years old John was installed a young Buck Skin — He was perhaps rather observing as he ever after remembered the entire process of Deer Skin dressing; so that he could at any time dress his own leather such as Squirrel, Raccoon, Cat, Wolf or Dog Skins; & also learned to make Whip Lashes: which brought him some change at times; & was of considerable service in many ways.--At Six years old John began to be quite a rambler in the wild new country finding birds & Squirrels, & sometimes a wild Turkey's nest.
But about this period he was placed in the school of adversity: which my young friend was a most necessary part of his early training.
You may laugh when you come to read about it; but these were sore trials to John: whose earthly treasures were very few & small.
These were the beginning of a severe but much needed course of discipline which he afterwards was to pass through; & which it is to be hoped has learned him before this time that the Heavenly Father sees it best to take a
e soul were drawn with the unvarying fidelity of Nature.
The family record.
John Brown was married to his first wife, Dianthe Lusk, June 21, 1820, at Hudson, in Ohio.
In order to make no interruptions in the narrative, or confusion of dates, I subjoin here the family record as it stood at John Brown's death.
By his first wife, John Brown had seven children:
John Brown, junior, July 25, 1821, at Hudson, Ohio; married Wealthy C. Hotchkiss, July, 1847.
He now lives in Ashtabula County, Ohio; now fully recovered from his once dangerous malady.
Jason Brown, January 19, 1823, Hudson, Ohio; married Ellen Sherboudy, July, 1847.
Owen Brown, November 4, 1824, Hudson, Ohio; he escaped from Harper's Ferry.
Frederick Brown, (1st,) January 9, 1827, Richmond, Pennsylvania; died March 31, 1831.
Ruth Brown, February 18, 1829, Richmond, Pennsylvania; married Henry Thompson, September 26, 1850.
Friederick Brown, (2d,) December 21, 1830, Richmond, Pennsylvania; murdered at Os