Alfred A. Brown
(December 19, 1820- )
Hon. ALFRED A. BROWN - The subject of this sketch was born in the town of Georgetown,
Madison county, N. Y., Dec. 19, 1820. He is the son of ALFRED and MARY (ADAMS) BROWN,
natives of Colchester, New London county, Conn. His father was born April 20, 1788, and died
May 3, 1863. The mother was born in 1790, and died March 20, 1869. They came to
Georgetown in 1815, and settled on lot 115, where our subject now resides, and lived there until
they died. The late ALFRED BROWN was a prominent man during his residence in Georgetown.
He was elected to several offices in the gift of his townsmen and performed the duties of the same
credibly to himself and satisfactorily to the people.
ALFRED A. was the third of a family of seven children. He remained at home and worked on the
farm, attending the district school and the Academy at Eaton winters, until he was twenty years of
age. After that he taught school winters until he was twenty-eight, working on the farm at home
during the summer months.
In 1847 the 11th of September, he was united in marriage with SARAH E., daughter of JOHN C.,
and ELIZA (BARNETT) WAGNER, of Georgetown. She was born the 7th of April 1828. Her parents
were natives, the father of Washington county, born Feb. 20, 1796, and the mother of Vermont, born
Jan. 31, 1803. The former died Jan. 14, 1878, and the latter Oct. 19, 1868. They had five children,
viz: JOHN B., born April 29, 1826; SARAH E., as above; LEVI P., born March 12, 1830, died Oct.
14, 1873; CHARLES C., born Aug. 19, 1831, and HANNAH W., born Jan. 26, 1835.
Mr. BROWN inherited, and has exhibited through life, the New England traits of character -
readiness to labor and to learn, strength of will, forecast, and sympathy with those movements which
have for their end the well-being of the country, and for their means the advancing condition of all
classes and races.
He is one of Georgetown's most valuable citizens. In all business relations he is honorable and
upright, ever the same in private business or official life.
He has served his town and county in the performance of the duties of its principle offices, and
enjoys the high regard and esteem of his fellow townsmen.
In 1852 he was elected Justice of the Peace, and held that office for twenty years. In 1862 he was
elected Supervisor, and again in the years 1863, '64, '65 and in 1878. In 1864 he was the Republican
nominee in his district for Member of Assembly, and was elected by a majority of about 1,500, beating
LUCIUS P. CLARK, one of the most popular men in Madison county. In 1867, he was appointed by
Gov. Fenton to the office of Loan Commissioner, and held the office until 1870.
Mr. BROWN is a member of no religious denomination, but is independent in his views. He takes an
active and interested part in the Sunday-school work of his town, and has charge of the classes there,
and has been an active worker in that interest throughout the county.
To Mr. & Mrs. BROWN have been born seven children. Names and dates of birth are here given:
NELLIE X., born March 23, 1851, married THOMAS H. MUNRO, of Camillus, Onondaga county;
NEWELL H., born Aug. 15, 1853; CHARLES D., born Jan. 3, 1856; CORA E., born Oct. 25, 1857;
JOHN A., born June 27, 1861; ALBERT A., born June 20, 1864, and LIZZIE M., born April 9, 1867.
From "History of Chenango and Madison Counties, NY" starting on page 584.
Transcribed by Sandy Goodspeed
Date: Sunday, August 08, 1999 04:54 PM
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