Bio: Brown, Mary B. S. (1819 1879)

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Surnames: Brown, Sawyer, Churchill

----Source: History of Northern Wisconsin (Eau Claire County, Wis.) 1881, page 313

MARY B. S. BROWN (nee Sawyer) was born in Baltimore. Md., Jan. 18, 1819: received a liberal education, and early began teaching school. In November, 1843, she was married to Stephen Brown. They immediately went to Shirley, Me., where they had a farm and a store. Impatient, however, for wider fields and better results, they came west, locating in Richland, Wis. Joined by his brother Ephraim, they came to Eau Claire in 1869, and putting their earnings together, they purchased pine land, and lumbering interests. Ephraim soon died, leaving all his properly to Stephen, who soon followed his brother. Mrs. Brown, a childless widow, became, under the laws of the State, sole heir to the properly, which, under the judicious administration of B. J. Churchill, realized a handsome competence. She continued to reside here, spending much time in travel. Bv nature, she was a philanthropist; was connected with the Barstow Methodist Episcopal Church. She died, May 25, 1879, aged sixtv years. The whole community remembered her deeds of charity and acts of kindness.

 

 


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