California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
CPL: JOHN BROWN of the 40th New York Infantry of Company A.
Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.
John Brown was born in Java of Scotch parentage, in the East India Islands in 1836. At the Age of four, his parents located to London, England where John received his education. In 1854 he crossed the Atlantic Ocean and located himself to New York. In 1859 he married Miss Delia Coffeny of Brooklyn, New York. During the Civil War, John Brown enlisted into the 40th New York Infantry in Company A on June 3, 1861 and mustered out on August 28, 1864. At the end of the war he was appointed as a Secretary working in the War Department. He returned home to work in this capacity. He also learned the Ship Builders and Carpentry trade. John and Delia Brown had twelve children. John and Delia Brown moved to Pacific Grove in 1892. John Brown passed away at his home at 12:30 am 305 Tenth Street in Pacific Grove February 12, 1913. John Brown was a member of the Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post #179, based out of Pacific Grove, California. He was buried at the El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove, Ca.
The Following transcriptions are from the newspapers “Monterey American” and the “Pacific Grove Daily Review”.
BROWN, JOHN 1836-1913 Pacific Grove, El Carmelo Cemetery
Monterey American Feb 12, 1913)
Pacific Grove News Notes
John Brown died this morning at 12:30 at his home on 10th street. He was the son of Wm. Brown and was born in Java, East India Islands. At the age of four his parents moved to London, England. In 1854 he landed in New York, USA in the year of 1859 he married to Miss Delia Coffeny of Brooklyn, NY where they made their home. In May 1861, he enlisted in the Union forces in the Army of the Potomac, serving until the end of the war, 1865. When he received an honorable discharge, he was appointed a secretary in the war department by; General Briggs. He then returned to his home in Brooklyn served in this capacity for 13 months where he worked at his trade of carpenter [and shipbuilder until 1892] when they came to Pacific Grove. There was born to Mr. N Mrs. Brown twelve children all of them having passed away to the great beyond. The funeral services will be held at the Episcopal Church parlors at ten o’clock tomorrow. Rev. Mullony officiating. Interment in El Carmelo cemetery. The Odd Fellow’s lodge will conduct the services there.
For twenty years or more a resident of Pacific Grove and a faithful and loyal church man and regular worshiper at St. Mary’s By the Sea. He was for many years janitor serving during the Rev. Hobart Chestwoods (illegible). Failing signed compelled him to give up the position, but he still found his way Sunday after Sunday to church sitting back behind the pews in a chair near the Font, unnoticed save by a few. He was a faithful communicant. He attended church last at St. John’s Chapel Del Monte being enabled to do so through the generosity of other unostentatious in her devotion and good works as himself. It was his intentions to go and hear Bishop Rowe last Sunday but illness prevented him and the call has sounded, and today we commit (?) the body of this soldier of the State and soldier of the Church Militant to his narrow tomb. A man of war, a warrior who offered his life for his adopted country and won with his fellow soldiers the civilization and tranquility and liberty which are America’s today.
Were it not for the Grand Army we might have divided states and the conditions existing in Mexico at this hour, but because these men considered not their personal safety, but were willing to sacrifice their lives willing to go to warfare, we enjoy the privileges which are ours today. There are many who cry “Peace, Peace, and oppose everything military. It is well to contrast them with the members of the Grand Army of the Republic. Consider these men as you have known, as you know them, and you will agree that they above all are advocates of peace and abhorrers of war, but not peace at any price, not peace without honor. They are also a body of men who influence for peace the communities in which they live. From their midst comes the real definition of war “War is hell”. From their experience and example, we learn the wisdom of being prepared to prevent a repetition of the horrors of a nation taken by an enemy unawares. They are men quiet and peaceful in their character and intelligence, while in contrast those who shout loudest against so called militarism are often most aggressive in disturbing a community’s tranquility. All forcing their negative opinions, and in that use of the tongue which St. James describes as a very small member, but at times “Sets on fire of hell”. These men of war are men of peace. They are helpful in their community, willing to live and let live, charitable towards differing views and loyal to the foundation principles of our national life.
Our brother, whose body we lay at rest was such a man, loyal to his family, his country and his God. His faith steadfast planted on the foundation of our Lord Jesus Christ observing our Lord’s command he did not neglect the sacrament of the altar. For him sounded the last call and I believe for him will sound the commendation from the Captain of our Salvation. “Well done, good and faithful servant, you have fought a good fight, you have finished your course, you have kept the faith, Enter thou into the joy of the Lord”