Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
Burnham, John B., Mrs.
Mrs. Samuel Brown, pp. 124-125 PDF (405.8 KB)
........ . .... . .....................I.......I................ . ........I....................................................t - MRS. SAMUEL BROWN - Author-Mrs. John B. Burnham Milwaukee A Pioneer Woman of Wisconsin A Sketch of the Life of Mrs. Samuel Brown, a Former Resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Clarissa Hoyt Brown was the daughter of Thomas and Susannah Demerritt Hoyt and was born at Tufton- borough, N. H. on the 37th of June, 1813. She remained at Tuftonborough until 1833, when she accompanied her parents to Chicago. There she made the acquaintance of Mr. Brown, to whom she was joined in marriage, Feb- ruary 3, 1834. The newly wedded pair remained at Chi- cago until the following spring, when, having decided to make their future home in Milwaukee-Mr. Brown hav- ing made a claim at Milwaukee in December, 1834-they came to take posession, arriving in March, 1835. On their journey to Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Brown left Chicago on Monday morning, traveling with an ox team, and reached Walker's Point at sunset, Saturday, and be- ing very firm in the belief that the Sabbath began with sunset on Saturday, they spent Sunday there, although their destination was at Killbourntown. Mrs. Brown was the first white woman to make wheat bread in Mil- waukee. She had the honor of being the first Anglo-Sax- on woman to make a permanent home in the then embryo city. To the day of her death, she occupied a prominent place among her sister pioneers, as a woman of great worth of character and a model wife and mother. Mrs. Brown was possessed of a strong mind and a dignity of manner that would win the confidence as well as the respect of all with whom she became associated. She was gentle in manner, true to every correct principle, and, like her honored husband, always a safe counselor. In the promotion of the cause of religion she was promin- ent, and unless prevented by sickness, would always be 124
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