Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Major William Brown of Dunbarton, New Hampshire

These tombstones were photographed at the East Dunbarton Cemetery on Robert Rogers Road in Dunbarton, New Hampshire.

April 2, 1849,
AE 85 y'rs 2 mo's
& 9 d's.

Wife of 
died Aug. 15, 1834,
aged 70 years
10 mo. & 6 days.

N. Farley, Concord

The stone carver was Nathan Farley of Concord, New Hampshire

From History of the Town of Dunbarton, by Caleb Stark, 1860, page 252

“ Major William Brown, from Beverly, Mass., settled in the south-eastern part of the town.  He was an influential and respectable man, often elected to town offices, and major of the ninth regiment (New Hampshire militia).  When he came to this place he possessed but little property, but by his active labor as a good blacksmith, he purchased land, piece by piece, until he had obtained a considerable farm.  He was, in his younger days, a hard worker.  He left a good estate.  He was born January 24, 1764, and died April 2, 1849, age 85.  His grandson, Paltiah, has frequently been chosen moderator and selectman.  He was also elected Register of Deeds for Merrimack County, and now resides in Concord…
       Anecdote of Major Brown.  When he commanded the militia company in this town, while with them, on parade, near the town-house, he observed a large black snake with head erect, steering across the common, toward the house. Without a moment’s hesitation he gave chase, and before the enemy could get cover, killed him with his sword.”

William Brown was married to a Judith who died 1834, and a Sarah Burnham who died in 1853. 

William, born 1790, died 1849, aged 69
Judith, born 1794


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Major William Brown of Dunbarton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 22, 2018, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/05/tombstone-tuesday-major-william-brown.html: accessed [access date]). 

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