Dec. 21, 1899 Chesterton Porter County Indiana, USA
GEORGE BROWN was born in Cumberland County, England, December 28, 1828, and is a son of George and Jane (Myers) Brown. His parents were born, reared and married in England, where they both died.
George Brown came to America, in company with a sister and brother-in-law, in 1852. For a while he remained in the State of New York, from where he came first to La Porte, and afterward to Porter County, Ind., and settled where he now resides, and where he is one of the largest land-owners, possessing about nine hundred acres.
On July 17, 1855, he was married to Charity A. Carter. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Brown consists of ten children - Mary J., wife of J. Brewer; Josiah, John F., Jerome, George M., James, Elizabeth C., Charles W., Anna M. and Carrie. Mr. Brown is a member of Chesterton Lodge, No. 379, A. F. & A. M., also of Westville Lodge No. 176, I. O. O. F. In politics, he is a stanch Democrat, but liberal in local affairs.
Source: History of Porter and Lake Counties, Indiana, 1882
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Death has again taken another of our old and well known settlers from among us.
George Brown was born in the County of Cumberland, England, Dec. 2, 1827. He came to America, accompanied by his sister, Jane Thompson, in 1852, and for a short time remained in the state of New York, coming to Laporte county and shortly after moved to Jackson township, Porter county, where he became one of the largest land owners in the county, possessing at one time nearly 900 acres of land.
On July 17, 1855, he was married to Charity A. Carter. Ten children were the fruits of this union: Mary J., Joseph, J. Frank, Jerome, George M., James, Elizabeth C., Charles W., Anna M. and Carrie, all of whom survive him except Charles W., who died at the age of 19 years.
In 1885 Mr. Brown erected his handsome residence near Chesterton, which is one of the finest homes in this part of the state, where he has since lived with his family. On April 21, 1895, the grim reaper entered his home and took from him his life companion.
Early last fall, Mr. Brown's health began to fail and he was confined to his house part of the time, but about the first of January he was compelled to remain in bed and since that time he has failed rapidly. The early part of last week, he gained in strength and his friends had hopes of his recovery, but Wednesday evening he began failing very rapidly until Friday morning at 12:15 when death relieved him of all earthly cares and suffering. Mr. Brown was conscious to the last and recognized his children, who remained with him to the last and were a great comfort to him in his last days, until he peacefully passed away.
The funeral services were held Sunday from the residence, the Rev. Holmgrain officiating. The funeral cortege was one of the largest seen in Chesterton in recent years, and was attended by a great many friends from abroad. The remains were laid to rest in the Chesterton cemetry. He was 71 years and 1 month of age. He leaves a family of 9 children and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.
During his life Mr. Brown accumulated considerable wealth by his close attention to business and by careful investments. The estate is valued at about $30,000.
Chesterton Tribune - January 28, 1899
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George and Charity Brown's Chesterton, IN home (built in 1885) is now a museum. Here is the web address: www.wpl.lib.in.us/museum