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Waterman J. Brown
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Birth: Feb. 21, 1818
Death: Nov. 5, 1900

Waterman J. Brown was born in North Woburn, Ma.,
the son of Josiah and Anna Brown. He worked for
various railroads, starting out laying track and working his way up to fireman and eventually engineer. In 1945 he took a break from his railroad job and joined the Navy. He was on the
'Columbus' when she sailed to the far east, making stops in such places as Rio De Janero,
Tokyo, Hawaii, Philippines, and Canton. He was
discharged in 1848, a veteran of the Mexican War.
His proud ship was decommissioned and later burned when hostilities started with the southern
states to prevent her from falling into Confederate hands. Waterman returned to the railroad and was involved in a railroad accident
that would cost him the loss of an arm. His handicap prevented him from assuming a more active role aboard the train so he took a job as
a gatekeeper. He also picked up a hobby of carving wooden trains and acquired an interest in
elephants and became a big fan of P.T. Barnum.
He retired in 1899 and died a year later. He had
designed his own gravestone, in the spirit of a true railroad man, from rails and stone sleepers
from the old Boston and Lowell railroad bed, that
he had saved and stored for this very purpose.
 
 
Burial:
Woodbrook Cemetery
Woburn
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Sec. 4N, Lot 249, Chapel Ave.
 
Created by: William Sweeney
Record added: Nov 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23130197
Waterman J. Brown
Added by: William Sweeney
 
Waterman J. Brown
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Added by: Dick Knowles
 
 
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