Michigan, Men of Progress
BROWN, ADDISON MAKEPEACE. The line of Browns represented herein traces its descent from England, across the water to New England and from New England to Michigan. E. Lakin Brown was a name familiar in Michigan affairs forty years ago. Mr. Brown was a representative in the Legislature in 1841, a Senator in 1855 and again in 1879, and a Regent of the University from 1858 to 1864. He came from Plymouth, Vt., in 1831, settling in Schoolcraft, Michigan. Mr. Brown was twice married, first in 1837 to Amelia W. Scott, and again in 1852, to Miss Mary Ann Miles, of Hinesburg, Vt. To them were born three children, Edward Miles Brown, now professor of English Literature in the University of Cincinnati; George Lakin (deceased) and Addison Makepeace, born at Schoolcraft, February 15, 1859. Addison M. passed from the public schools of his native village to the State University, from which he graduated with the degree of A. B., in 1883. His father was an extensive agriculturist at Schoolcraft, owning a number of farms, and after leaving the University the son assumed the management of these interests, which is still his occupation. At the age of forty-one, his life history is but just begun. He has served the people of his native village, however, both as trustee and president, three terms in the former and two terms in the last named position. His university training naturally inclined him toward educational work, and he has for some ten years held the position of director of the school board of the village. He was for several years secretary of the Kalamazoo County Pioneer Society and president of the Kalamazoo County Husbandmen's Club. He was called to a larger field in 1898 by his election to the State Senate from the Ninth Senatorial District, composed of the counties of Calhoun and Kalamazoo. He was a useful member of the Senate, being chairman of the Committee on the Agricultural College and a member of the University Committee. His record in the Senate will commend him for further honors in the future.
Miss Mollie Earl, daughter of John Earl, of Schoolcraft, became Mrs. Brown, October 29th, 1885. They have four children.
Mr. Brown traces his lienage back on his father's side to John Brown of Hawkden, Suffolk County, England, born in 1631, from whom he is sixth in descent. John Brown married Esther Makepeace of Boston, England, the company coming in 1655 to Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Brown's suggestive middle name is therefore traceable back to a period when there was certainly a demand for peacemaking in Europe and when it was quite the fashion to bestow upon or select names for persons representing some moral idea. The family tree also shows greater fruitfulness than we are accustomed to look for in modern families, the children in five of the families of Mr. Brown's ancestry ranging from eight to eleven in number. On his mother's side, Mr. Brown's ancestry runs back to John Miles, and his wife, Mary Ann Crane of New Milford, Conn., 1793.
Mollie Earl Brown
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