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Biographical Annals of Lancaster County" Beers inc printed 1903

page 539

ALVIN BROWN, one of the honorable citizens and successful farmers of Little Britain township, resides on his well-cultivated and highly improved farm of 154 acres, located near the Chester county line.

He was born in the pleasant home which he now owns, in 1845. His father was Jacob Brown, who was born in Lancaster county in 1809, and died in 1861, having had these children: Alvin; David C., of Cecil county, Md.; Elmira, a widow, of Kansas; Delilah, a teacher in the public schools of Wilmington, Del.; Hannah, a trained nurse in Philadelphia; Naomi, a professional seamstress of Wilmington, Del.; and Lewis J., a farmer in Kansas. The mother of this family was born in 1814, and died in 1876. Jacob Brown was an honest, upright man, prominent in the Society of Friends and during his life was one of the leading citizens of Little Britain township. His wife had been reared in the Presbyterian Church and always adhered to that faith.

Alvin Brown was reared on the farm he now owns, and received his education in the common schools of his township. His life has been an agricultural one and it has been crowned with success, the result of intelligent effort in this line.

Alvin Brown was married on Dec. 28, 1867, to Anna M. Griffith, of Lancaster county, a member of one of the honorable old families of this locality. Her parents were William and Susan (Pugh) Griffith, of Chester county, Pa., and she was born Aug. 13, 1847, the other members of her parents' family being: Elizabeth, the wife of Atwood Montgomery, a farmer of Cecil county, Md.; Martha, the wife of James Ewing, of Cecil county; Lucretia, the wife of Joseph Brobson, of Lancaster county; and Evan and Winnifred, deceased.

The six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Brown were:. William J., who lives on the home farm; Adda P., who married Joshua Wason, a farmer of Cecil county Md., and has one son, Alvin; Hugh M., a farmer of Cecil county, Md., who married Mina Reynolds; Kirk, a blacksmith in Chester county; Mary S., who married Thomas Cooney, a merchant, and lives in Chestnut Level; and D. C., the youngest of the family, busy on the home farm.

Mr. Brown is one of the most highly esteemed citizens of this locality both in public and private life, and is also one of the most intelligent. Not content with the advantages afforded by the public schools, he passed through the Fairville High School and then took a collegiate course in the Clear Springs Academy, of Indiana. Noted in the community for his charity and kindness, Alvin Brown follows in his life the peaceful precepts taught by the Society of Friends, and enjoys in the highest sense, the esteem of all with whom he comes in contact. Politically he is a Republican and for six years has faithfully served his township as supervisor, attending to the duties of the position with the reliability which attends all his actions.

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