JOHN T. BROWNLEE, D. D., a popular clergyman of Hopewell township, is
descended from a race of hardy Scotch men, and traces his ancestry to
one Archibald Brownlee, who was born and reared in the Valley of Clyde,
and there married to a Miss Hamilton, Who bore him children as follows:
James, William, John, Archibald, Thomas, Jane (Mrs. John Allison) and
Hugh (who was drowned when he family were crossing the ocean). Archibald
Brownlee immigrated with his family to America about 1765, first
locating in Lancaster county, Penn., where they remained some time, and
in 1775 purchased a farm in Canton township, Washington county, which
became their permanent home.
James, a brother of Archibald Brownlee,
also settled in Washington county, where he resided until 1800, and
since that time his descendants have all removed from the county.
Archibald Brownlee was first a member of
the Scotch Presbyterian Church, afterward uniting with the Seceder
Society. He followed agricultural pursuits all his life, and died in
James Brownlee was born January 4, 1745,
in Lanarkshire, Scotland, and after coming to America learned the trade
of a millwright, which be followed for several years in eastern
Pennsylvania, they settled on a farm in Canton township, Washington
county, where the remainder of his life was passed. In early manhood he
was united in marriage with Jane Leman, a member of a pioneer family of
Washington county, who had emigrated from Ireland. The following
children were born to their union: John, born October 15, 1777;
Archibald, born February 28, 1779; James, born September 27, 1780; Hugh,
born July 23, 1782; Elizabeth (Mrs. David Brownlee), born May 17, 1784;
William, born January 13, 178B; Thomas, born December 1, 1787; Samuel
born August 9, 1789; Joseph, born August 8, 1791; Jane (wife of Kenneth
McCoy), born April 20, 1793; and David, born April 8, 1797.
The home of Mr. Brownlee was situated two
miles west of Washington borough. He was a member of and ruling elder in
the Seceder church at North Buffalo. In politics he was a Whig. He died
in 1822, and was buried in the North Buffalo cemetery.
Joseph Brownlee was born in Canton
township, Washington Co., Penn., passed his early life on the home
place, and was for some time engaged in hauling goods from Philadelphia.
He was married to Esther, daughter of John Templeton, of Washington
county, and in 1819 the young couple settled on a farm in Independence
township, where their lives were passed and children were born as
follows: Ann, James H. (living in Knoxville, Tenn.),.Rev. John T. and
Jane (Mrs. Jane B. Meloy). Mrs. Brownlee died December 8, 1832, and Mr.
Brownlee was afterward married in 1834, to Jane Auld, of Buffalo
township, Washington county. Their family were David. A. (living in
Independence), Joseph W. (residing in Cross Creek township), Sarah M.
(Mrs. Samuel Donaldson), Esther (wife of Samuel L. Moore, of
Independence) and Martin B. (a minister of the U. P. Church in Iowa).
Mr. Brownlee was an energetic man,
exerting a marked influence on the lives of the surrounding community.
He was a member of the Mt. Hope U. P. Church, in which he served as an
elder forty years. Politically he was formerly a Whig and an
Abolitionist, afterward becoming a Republican, and ever took an active
part in all questions of public interest. He died November 23, 1867, and
was buried by the side of his wife in the cemetery at Mt. Hope.
Rev. John T. Brownlee was born April 24,
1821, in Independence township, this county, and received his earlier
education at the subscription schools of the neighborhood. At the age of
fifteen he entered Washington College, graduating in the year 1844, with
the degree of B. A., and afterward receiving the degree of M. A. In 1845
he entered the theological seminary at Canonsburg, remaining four years,
and then graduated. In 1849 he was licensed to preach, and after two
years of missionary labor in the West and East was called to the Mt.
Hope U. P. Church, where he has since remained. On May 3, 1853, he was
united in marriage with Martha J., daughter of Benjamin B. Ashton, of
Cambridge, N. Y., and their children are Mary E. (Mrs. W. C. McClellan),
Sarah F., Jeanette L., Joseph (living in Omaha, Neb.), T. B. H., Jessie
A., Charles A., Lydia J. (wife of Rev. William R. Wilson), Annie T. and
John M. Politically, Mr. Brownlee was formerly a Whig, and since the
organization of the party, has been a Republican.
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