|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1833|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1911|
Benjamin F. Brown was born in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, January 17, 1833. He was the son of David and Mary Brown. He came with them to Illinois and settled on a farm near Naperville in 1844. Here he grew up and married. His first wife was Jane Galt, whom he married in 1855. She lived but three months after her marriage. Two years later he married her cousin, Helen Galt. She died in California about nine years ago.
For some years Mr. Brown was engaged in business in the city of Naperville. He then bought a ranch in Arizona where he lived for twenty-three years. From there he removed to Santa Cruz, California, where he remained until five years ago. His wife having died, and failing in health, he decided to return to Naperville. For the past five years he has made his home with his sister, Mrs. Sarah Burkholder. During this time he has been an invalid. Fifteen weeks ago he was stricken with paralysis and since that time he has been helpless. On Friday afternoon, Dec. 15th, at 2:45 o'clock, he passed away.
Mr. Brown leaves the following brothers and sisters to mourn his loss: Miss Leah Brown, David Brown, Mrs. Sarah Burkholder, Esaiah Brown, all of Naperville, and Elias Brown and Moses C. Brown, both of Waterloo, Iowa. Two brothers and one sister are deceased.
Mr. Brown was a man of fine character and an active Christian. He was converted in his home during a revival in 1864. He immediately joined the Methodist church. For a number of years he was an official member. At Santa Cruz, Cal., he was a member of the building committee when their splendid new church was erected, and was one of the heaviest contributors. For some years he supported the Peniel Mission in the same city. During his last years, owing to sickness he could not be active in church work, but he was steadfast in his faith to the end. He repeatedly told his pastor and friends he was ready for heaven and his last audible words were a prayer.
The funeral services were held in the Methodist church on Sunday afternoon, his pastor, the Rev. E. J. Rose, officiating. He was buried in the Naperville cemetery.
The Naperville Clarion
December 20, 1911
Plot: Sec 1 Lot 717 Plot 2
Created by: Timothy Ory
Record added: May 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36688709
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