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Uriah Brown, 77, Dies at Coalport
Former Johnstown Civil War Veteran Expires as Result of Recent Injury

Uriah K. Brown, note of whose serious illness was made in the Tribune Saturday, passed away at noon yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Brady, of Coalport, Clearfield County, where he had been making his home since leaving Johnstown last summer. Mr. Brown's health has been impaired for some time. He fell down a flight of stairs a fortnight ago and injured his spine. This hastened his death. Gilbert Brown, of the South Side, a son of the deceased, left the city today for Coalport to make the funeral arrangements. It is likely that the burial will be made in the Brady plot in the Coalport Cemetery. U. K. Brown was 77 years of age and was for a long time an employee of the Cambria Iron Company, having worked in the carpenter shop under the late Charles Schultz. Mr. Brown was a veteran of the Civil War and was an active worker in Emory Fisher Post, No. 30, Grand Army of the Republic, for a long time. He was at one time an officer of the Post and frequently helped in planning for the annual observance of Memorial Day. He served two enlistments in the army, the first the 53d Regiment P.V.I., and the second in the 148th Regiment P.V.I. He was left with his command at Spottsylvania, where he was wounded in the knee. The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Brown and was born and reared at Belsano, this county. His surviving relatives are a daughter, Amelia, wife of James Brady, of Coalport; three sons - Gilbert Brown, of Kennedy avenue; Hardy Brown, of Bedford street, and Wayne Brown, of Vine street, together with nine grandchildren. Many years ago the Brown family resided on Iron street, removing to the West a short time before the Johnstown Flood. They returned to Johnstown a year or so after that catastrophe.
(The Tribune, Johnstown, Pa., December 5, 1921)

Some research notes by Todd Brown:
My great-great grandfather was Uriah Brown. He is listed on your list of Blacklick Civil War veterans. I know the Brown family has been in this area since the early 1800's. Uriah's father was Daniel Brown and he was one of ten children in this area. He was living his last days with his daughter Ameila Brady, married to James Brady of Coalport, PA. Uriah died at her home in Coalport and is buried in the Brady Plot in Lyleville Cemetery near there.

Uriah joined the 148th PA as a substitute for Robert Litzinger. I believe the Litzingers were well known in that area as well. He joined when he was 18. He was wounded in the Battle of Spotsylvania, shot in the knee. Was transferred to the 53rd Reg PA and discharged in 1865. I sent away for his file from the government and was rewarded with a treasure chest of articles, papers, etc from his personal file. He was one of ten children to Daniel and Christiana Brown. Daniel was born in 1814 in Strongstown, Indiana County.

After reading your posting on Robert Litzinger's obit, several things intrigued me.

First, I obtained Uriah's Civil War records and an looking at his actual Substitute Volunteer Enlistment form. Uriah entered service on 10/24/1863 as a substitute for one Robert Litzinger. I believe it is the Robert in the obituary for the following reasons:

1. Robert Litzinger married the daughter of a prominent citizen of Indiana County. Substitutes were used as a way for the more "well to do" to not be enlisted.

2. Robert Litzinger clerked in a store in Belsano, PA, this is where Uriah was born. The Brown's were in the Belsano area for some time and I believe his father died in Belsano.

3. You mention he was a partner in Strongstown. Again, the Brown's, as well as Uriah, were citizens of Strongstown.

4. Before Uriah's substitute enlistment, he served in the Litzinger Emergency brigade.

5. I believe after research, this is the only Robert Litzinger in the area.

Although being a bit older, I believe Uriah and Robert knew each other very well. The question would be, why did he have Uriah sub for him at that particular time? Was it because he was ill? Or was it a way for Uriah to join the "action" at the time.

Any thoughts you could share would be appreciated.

Warm Regards,

Todd Brown

 

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