William Harrison Brown was born in Maryland on April 10, 1842, the son of John and Mary Ann Stevens Brown. He married Mary Lucinda Frieze on October 14, 1869, in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She was the second of six daughters of Jacob and Susanna Wertz Frieze. They were the parents of 6 children, of whom three daughters survived him.
Obituary of William H. Brown from the Chambersburg Public Opinion of December 9, 1921:
"WILLIAM H. BROWN died at 9 o'clock last evening at his home near Lemasters, aged 79 years, 7 months and 28 days. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Wilbur Repp of Chambersburg, Mrs. Lysle of Mercersburg and Carrie, at home. Funeral private; services conducted by the Rev. C. H. Hershey, will be held at the home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon; interment at Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg."