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Warren, Warren County, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ain. He is said to have caused a man to be arrested, or rearrested, for some small offence, not easily substantiated to a jury, or who had already passed a preliminary examination without effect, although he had sustained no personal injury, but simply because he thought the crime should be punished; and his benevolence induced him to supply the wants of the offender out of his private means, and to provide for the family until the trial. This incident is related by a citizen of Warren, Pennsylvania, who knew him well, and regarded him at that time as an exemplary and highly Christian man. That stern old English sense of justice; that grand Puritan spirit of inflexible integrity — how beautifully do they bloom out, thus early, in the life of this illustrious man! Evidently, in honor of this bright trait, history will place John Brown, in her American Pantheon, not among Virginia's culprits, but as high, at least, as Virginia's greatest chief, whose best sayings and achieveme
Turquie (Turkey) (search for this): chapter 5
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
Utica (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ough an earnest people, looked with suspicion and distrust on the equally earnest Crusaders. Singular that the preachers of the word should only half welcome the actors of it! Both are noble, and needed, and God-commissioned; but the greatest of the Heralds, I think, was not worthy to untie the latchet of John Brown's shoes. John Brown and Anthony Burns. In the course of the partnership of Perkins and Brown, a lawsuit arose, which is thus described by a correspondent at Vernon, near Utica: During the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, Mr. Brown was one of the firm of Perkins & Brown, doing a large wool trade, buying and selling, in Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts. The sale of a large quantity of wool to parties in Troy, N. Y., brought on a lawsuit between Perkins & Brown and those parties. Mr. Brown's counsel resided in Vernon, and he was here many times during those years. He prosecuted that suit with all the vigor and pertinacity which he is said to have since displayed
Ashtabula (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
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
Bloomfield (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ntrusted with the command who had in charge a large portion of the prisoners comprising Burgoyne's army: thus proving that John Brown inherits his military spirit through a patriotic ancestry. A very brief record of John Brown's maternal ancestry, (all that it is now possible to write,) will prove that his descent was as honorable and patriotic by his --mother's family, as from Peter Brown, the Puritan of the Mayflower. Peter Miles was an emigrant from Holland, who settled at Bloomfield, Connecticut, near the confines of Windsor Plain. He had seven sons, was a tailor by trade, and died in 1754, at the age of eighty-eight. Of these seven sons, Jedediah graduated at Yale College in 1722, and was a clergyman and theological author of considerable note. Pelatiah was a useful citizen, and an able attorney at law. John was the father of two clergymen. Peter had a numerous offspring, one of whom was the first minister of East Granby. Of two other and younger sons no record exi
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
n's woodmanship: In his early manhood he had been a surveyor, and as such had traversed a large part of Ohio and Pennsylvania and Western Virginia, and was thus in some degree familiar with the locality where, it would seem, he intended to operhe Bible. He joined the Congregational church in Hudson, Ohio, at the age of sixteen. Ten years later, on moving to Pennsylvania, he transferred his membership to the Presbyterian church, with which he remained connected till the day of his martyrm of Jehovah protected us. The next anecdote, related since the old man's captivity, by a distinguished citizen of Pennsylvania, is no less characteristic: He has elements of character, which, under circumstances favorable to their proper dirm was Perkins and Brown. They sold large quantities of wool on commission; most of it was for farmers living in Western Pennsylvania. Mr. Brown left here in 1850 or 1851, and removed with his family to North Elba, Essex County, New York. This per
Puritan (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ck, on a certain occasion, that he died singing the thirty-eighth psalm. This stout-hearted Puritan left three sons and three daughters. Elizabeth and Faithe were married twice, and Anna was the and thereby proved how vain and false were their loud professions. He was the last of the old Puritan type of Christians. Gideon to him, and Joshua, and Moses, were not interesting historic characer clearly the impression that he was an earnestly religious man, with somewhat more of the old Puritan sternness than is common in these days, and with some tendency to that eccentricity of opinion I have ever known who was not more or less radical in religious matters also. His theology was Puritan, like his practice; and accustomed as we now are to see Puritan doctrines and Puritan virtues sPuritan virtues separately exhibited, it seems quite strange to behold them combined in one person again. He and his wife were regular communicants of the Presbyterian church; but it tried his soul to see the juveni
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
lave children to fight for, all within thirty miles of that town. To appreciate the character of the family, it is necessary to know these things; to understand that they have all been trained from childhood on this one principle, and for this one special project; taught to believe in it as they believed in their God or their father. It has given them a wider perspective than the Adirondacks. Five years before, when they first went to Kansas, the father and sons had a plan of going to Louisiana, trying this same project, and then retreating into Texas with the liberated slaves. Nurtured on it so long, for years sacrificing to it all the other objects of life, the thought of its failure never crossed their minds; and it is an extraordinary fact that when the disastrous news first came to North Elba, the family utterly refused to believe it, and were saved from suffering by that incredulity till the arrival of the next weekly mail. A pause at the threshold. I had left the w
Windsor, Conn. (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ss, or the diffusion of correct principles of political economy, all the evils of the age would peacefully be rectified — in a century or two! He died in 1633. Peter Brown, the second, was born in 1632. A monument in the churchyard of Windsor, Connecticut, is his only biography. It tells us that he married Mary Gillett in 1658, and died October 16, 1692. He had four boys: the second-born named John Brown; who, in his turn, married Elizabeth Loomis in 1692, had eight daughters and thmarriage, remained a spinster till her death at the age of one hundred. John, the third, was born November 4, 1728; married Hannah Owen in 1758; John Owen, the ancestor of Hannah, was a native of Wales. He was among the first settlers of Windsor, where he was married in 1650. was the father of John, Frederick, Owen, and Abiel Brown; and the honored grandfather of Captain John Brown, the hero of Kansas and Harper's Ferry. John Brown, the third, at the outbreak of the revolutionary war,
Puritan (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
for the family until the trial. This incident is related by a citizen of Warren, Pennsylvania, who knew him well, and regarded him at that time as an exemplary and highly Christian man. That stern old English sense of justice; that grand Puritan spirit of inflexible integrity — how beautifully do they bloom out, thus early, in the life of this illustrious man! Evidently, in honor of this bright trait, history will place John Brown, in her American Pantheon, not among Virginia's culpritter; and as soon as he got out of the house, he ran as fast as he could for a long distance, and then threw the gift out of sight Mr. Doolittle, of Ohio, Mr. Weeks and Mr. Hallock, of Connecticut, were his favorite pastors. Although a rigid Puritan, he loved Theodore Parker. I am free to say, he once told me, that I do not agree with Mr. Parker in religious matters ; I think he is mistaken in most of his views; but I like him, sir; he is a good man. Captain Brown, writes a friend,
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