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Ignatius Brown (1768-1834)

Departed this life, on Tuesday morning the 3rd inst., from debility induced by a severe attack of the influenza, some eighteen months ago, Ignatius Brown, long a resident of this town and county.

Judge Brown was born in the province, now State of Maryland, in the year 1768 and brought to the west in early infancy by his parents, who settled in Brownsville on the Monongehala river, where and in the vicinity of which, he was educated and resided until manhood and marriage: After which he removed to the State of Kentucky, where he remained some years. He afterwards settled in the town of Deerfield: from thence he removed to Lebanon. Where and in the neighborhood thereof, he continued to the day of his death. Shortly after his removal to the west side of Ohio, he was appointed by Gov. St. Clair a Justice of the Peace and Judge of the quarter Sessions for the then large county of Hamilton. When we became a separate county he was, by the first Ohio Legislature, appointed Associate Judge, which office he has, by repeated re appointments held nearly the whole time since. Few men have lived to see the great change in the western country that has been seen by Judge Brown. When his parents settled in Brownsville, (as it has since been named from his ancestors) it was a small British garrison as a kind of out post to Fort Pitt (now Pittsburg,) where a regiment was stationed. The whole western country from the Alleghany to the Rocky Mountains was then an unbroken wilderness with the exception of Redstone fort (near Brownsville) & Fort Pitt. Kentucky itself was then, and several years afterwards, without a single white inhabitant.

He has lived to see the dense forests of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois felled by the enterprising hands of the hardy pioneers and in their stead spring up the populous States, Cities, Towns and Villages of the west.

With what credit he discharged the duties of the various offices he held, is perhaps best illustrated by referring to his repeated appointments and these emanating from different sources – Executive and Legislative.

He has left a family of children and grand children to feel and lament his loss: besides numerous friends and acquaintances which a long residence, an unassuming demeanor, and almost constant official intercourse had drawn around him.

Source: 6 June 1834 Western Star Obituary obtained from Jim Keim
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,

Arne H Trelvik
25 Aug 2004


Julia S. Brown (1850-1930)

Julia S. Brown
Julia, daughter of John and Catherine Harner, was born at Lebanon, Ohio, July 5, 1850, and died January 7, 1930. She was united in marriage February 23, 1871, to William H. Brown, who preceded her in death three months ago.
Surviving are the four children, Russell, William, George and Ruth; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Of an unusually quiet and retiring disposition, she found comfort and joy in her own home, caring little for the vanities of modern times. She was a lover of flowers and found great pleasure in caring for them in all seasons of the year.
She was the last of a family of nine children and her passing creates an indescribable vacancy that is keenly felt by all the family when it is realized that the generation of today is entirely separated from their ancestors.

Source: The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), January 16, 1930

Jay G. Lamb
21 February 2011

Levi Brown (1771-1853)


- On Monday morning last, at his residence four miles east of Lebanon, Mr. Levi Brown, age 83 years of age. He was one of the first settlers of the Miami country, having emigrated to Ohio from Pennsylvania more than fifty years ago. He was a man of strict integrity, much respected by his neighbors and friends, a member of the Christian Church, and died in the full hope of a blessed immortality.

Source: "Died," Levi Brown obituary, The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), Friday 20 May 1853
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,

Arne H Trelvik
20 May 2003

Mrs. ___ Brown and her son

DIED—On the 28th of July near Waynesville, Mrs. ___ Brown and son, of cholera.


Source: The Western Star, dated 17 August 1849 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)

Judy Simpson
11 June 2004

Mrs. Margaret Brown

DIED—On the 25th of July, at the residence of her son, Daniel Brown, in Carrol county, Indiana, Mrs. Margaret Brown, formerly of this city, in the 37th year of her age.


Source: The Western Star, dated 10 Aug 1849 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)

Judy Simpson
11 June 2004


Russell L. Brown (1872-1935)

R. L. Brown, 63, Dies On Sunday
Death Occurs at Home Here on Sunday Morning

Death claimed Russell L. Brown, 63 years old, Sunday morning at his home on Ward and Park avenues. Death was caused by cancer.
Services will be held Tuesday at two o’clock at the Oswald Funeral Home with the Rev. John C. McCoy conducting. Burial will be in the Lebanon cemetery.
Surviving Mr. Brown are his widow; a brother, William, a sister, Mrs. Ruth Beedle, all of Lebanon. A daughter, Mary, lives at Loveland, while a son, Lawrence, resides at Foster. A step-son, Julius Clark, lives at Dayton.

Source: unnamed paper dated October 14, 1935 located at the Warren County Genealogical Society
Russell L. Brown

Russell L. Brown, son of William and Julia Harner Brown, was born January 28, 1872 and departed this life October 13 at the age of 63 years eight months 13 days. In January, 1926, he was united in marriage to Emma Eckel and spent the greater part of his life in and around Lebanon.
For the past six months, he has been confined to his home the greater part of his time on account of illness. He bore his suffering well and met his relatives and friends with a smile. Mr. Brown was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge of Maineville, also a member of the Junior order of Loveland.
He leaves to mourn his departure, a kind and loving wife, two children by a former marriage, Mr. Lawrence Brown, of Foster, Miss Mary Brown of Loveland, one step-son, Mr. Julius Clark, of Dayton, three grandchildren, Doris, Irma, Donald, also one sister, Mrs. Tom Beedle and one brother, William Brown, both of Lebanon. A brother George preceded him in death just three months ago.

Source: unnamed paper dated October 18, 1935 located at the Warren County Genealogical Society

Arne H Trelvik
21 February 2011


aged 87 years and one day. Both these aged people have been members of the community since early childhood, their lives have been exemplary and peaceful, and they were accounted as among the most worthy members of the community.

Source: The Western Star 29 December 1887
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,

Arne H Trelvik
2 November 2004


The Shaker Society, at Union Village, have lost during the month of December, two of their oldest members. On the 13th inst. Naomi Legier died at the Center family, aged 87 years, 7 months and 16 days. She came to the Society in 1805, and had been continuously with them for over 82 years. On the 25th inst. Ruth Brown died, aged 87 years and one day. She came to the Society in 1810, and had been with them for over 77 years. These venerable women have always been exemplary and worthy members of the community, and noted for their benevolent and charitable dispositions. They will be sadly missed by the brethren and sisters of the Society.

Source: Lebanon Gazette 29 December 1887
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,

Arne H Trelvik
30 December 2004


William H. Brown (1846-1929)

William H. Brown

William H., son of Thomas and Rachel Brown, was born in Indiana June 12, 1846, and died October 11, 1929, in his eighty-fourth year.
On February 23, 1871, he was married to Julia S. Harner and four children were born to them.
Mr. Brown was the last of the family of Thomas and Rachel Brown. Those who survive him are his wife, Julia S. and four children, Russell L., William T., George H., and Mrs. Thos. Beedle, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Fifty-one years ago he with his family came to Lebanon which has since been their home.

Source: "William H. Brown," obituary, The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), October 17, 1929
William H. Brown Dies At Home Here Last Friday

William H. Brown, aged 83, died at his home in West Silver street Friday afternoon shortly before 5 o'clock, as a result of a stroke of apoplexy. He had been ill and during the afternoon had suffered a stroke of paralysis.
Funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of the Rev. John H. Lamy, minister of the Main Street Presbyterian Church. Burial was made in the Lebanon cemetery.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife and three sons and one daughter, all of Lebanon. There (sic) are George H. Brown, William Brown, Russell Brown and Mrs. Tom Beedle.
(Western Star, Oct. 17, 1929)

Source: "Aged Resident DIed Last Week," obituary, The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), October 17, 1929

Jay G. Lamb
21 February 2011




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