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Oliver Brown 1760-1845

From A Record of the Revolutionary Soldiers buried in Lake County, Ohio, New Connecticut Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Painesville, Ohio, 1902.

Typed and submitted by Becky Falin, 1996.

Oliver Brown, son of Zebulon Brown, was born at Stonington Point, Conn., in 1760.

May 26, 1777, at the age of seventeen he enlisted in the Revolutionary War for one year, under Capt. Eldridge; was discharged Jan. 12, 1778. Re-enlisting July 1, 1780, he was in the service until Nov. 22, 1780.

He served with his regiment about New York, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania, and was in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, and endured handships at Valley Forge. He was wounded in battle, and was guard over Major Andre for one "watch", on the night previous to the spy's execution, on Oct. 2, 1780. One night he halted Gen. Washington returning to camp without proper countersign, and marched him to the guard-house, for which he was praised by the General.

In 1780 he married Mrs. Gracie Welch, and lived some time at Norwich, Conn.

His children were Oliver, Hosea, Dauphin, and Lewis, Hannah (Bliss), Nabby (Searls), and Patience (Holcomb).

The early summer of 1818 found Oliver Brown with his family located on military lands in Concord, Geauga Co., (now Lake) in Ohio, after a perilous journey with ox teams across swollen rivers, through an unbroken wilderness, ready to prepare a home in the far west. Mrs. Brown died in 1832; later he married Mrs. Beardsley who died in 1840. Again he married a Mrs. Hannah Perkins, who was left a widow by his death, June 5, 1845.

He was buried with military honors, and lies in the cemetery at Concord Center. He received a pension.

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