Nicholas Carter Brown

Nicholas Carter Brown

Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Death 19 Feb 1920 (aged 93)
Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Burial Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 106495102 · View Source
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The Aylmer Express, March 2nd, 1916, p. 5, c. 1.

"Nicholas C. Brown
Some Interesting History of Malahide Township in the Early Days From one of it's Oldest Residents.

Written for the Express
There was a family gathering to celebrate the birthday of our esteemed citizen, Mr. Brown, of Dunboyne, near this town, and we have learned from him and a few friends of his, some facts which we think would interest our readers.
Nicholas Carter Brown was born in the township of Malahide, on the farm where he now resides, on the 22nd day of February, 1826. He was the oldest son of Walter Brown, who was born in the Mohawk Valley, Genesee County, New York, on the 8th day of April, 1791, and Jemima Carter, born at the township of Berton (sic - should be Bertie,) near Fort Erie, in August, 1800, and this was Walter Brown's second marriage. The house in which Mr. Brown was born was at the east side of the farm, just across the gully, at the rear or north of the present Dunboyne cemetery. This house was built where the road then went through the woods, which was made to run from about where the town of Aylmer now is down to the Backhouse grist mill, very near the mouth of the Silver Creek. The road prior to that time was only a trail through the woods, built across the heads of all the streams, so as to go where the gullies were small, as large bridges and large mills were very difficult to climb, and swamps were wholly unpassable. Mr. Brown says the worst obstruction they had was the swamp.
Nearly a year and a half after his birth the people commended opening the road through from Aylmer to Port Bruce, and they moved out to live by the side of the road, where the same now is, near its surveyed location.
He says he commenced farm work doing the harrowing for putting in a field of rye in the centre field as then fenced, at he south end of what is now Clinton VanPatter's farm Afterwords while harrowing the harrow stuck fast to a stump, and he had to go to get his father to help him loose. His uncle Briton (sic - Brinton) was there, and told him that all his trouble was because he could not back up the oxen. He commenced ploughing, the summer after he was nine years old, and when a boy, to clear the land of the incumberance, he, at his father's orders, burnt the house in which he was born and cleared away the rubbish. He did his last ploughing on the Chase Farm, near Sparta, when he was past he age of 82 years, not as a matter of ploughing a field, but merely to try out a pair of mules he has raised. He says there were twenty saw mills built in the townhip of Malahide run by power only, and of these, the White saw mill, was the only one that remains. At that time there was only one grist mill in the township.
There were three distilleries built in the township, but only one was in existence at that time. His eldest son, Merritt, is practising law at Toronto, his second son, Leopold, is the doctor whom we all know, living here for the past tne (sic) years; his third son is Lt. Col. Walter James Brown now in command of the Fourth Brigade Canadian Field Artillery in Flanders and his only living daughter, Mrs. Oscar A. Chase, is living with him on the farm.
We wish to heartily congratulate him and wish him many returns to see the photograph of himself and children when the Colonel gets home from the front.
A gentleman was just saying he had been to see Mr. Brown last summer, and he thought the best thing he had seen in a long time was a man of 90 planting cedars and other trees to raise fence posts. He thought it something of a joke that a man of his age should be worrying how he was going to keep the farm fenced that far away. but this is only a piece of his trip, four years ago, over forty miles down to Charlottville to examine that government plantation where they are reclaiming the desert. He is not a back number, but an up-to-date old gentleman. When asked for the stories of the early days, he was clearly more interested in the stories of to-day, the other was only ancient history. He gets the morning papers from London and from Toronto to read daily, and he had to stop the St. Thomas Journal because it did not arrive until the next day, because he thought a yesterday's paper was no more use to him than a last year's bird nest.
When the war began he said the people would likely do as they did in the Napoleonic days, kill burn and destroy, until they have destroyed everything that is destructable and spend all their money, when they will go to work again and make another fortune, as there is plenty of good stuff in the people.
He now says he cannot see the end of the war.
He says if stories of the ancient days are of any use, he can tell them, and he has a diary from which he can give the accurate dates of all the events of the neighborhood where he lives from the time he was a man."
(Transcribed by Bruce C. Johnson Jr., 1989)

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Nicholas Carter / BROWN / Died / Feb 19, 1920 / Aged 94 years / Son of / Walter & Jemima / BROWN



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