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 John Clay Brown

John Clay Brown

Birth
Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana, USA
Death 6 Apr 1870 (aged 36)
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Burial El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 65950053 · View Source
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John Clay BROWN: born 3 DEC 1833, in Bedford, IN (Nolan), died 6 APR 1870, first prosecuting attorney of Colorado City; Sand Creek massacre veteran; military marker at Fairview Cemetery (block A2, lot 45, plot NE) reads SGT. CO G 3 COLO. CAV.; had son named E.A. Brown.

John Clay Brown attended Iowa Wesleyan University where he graduated with a law degree in 1860. He met his future wife Alvira Ann there also and the couple wed in 1862.

About two years later Brown contracted tuberculosis which prompted the family to move to Colorado in hope that the high altitude and dry climate could clear up the condition. The Browns and another couple arrived in Denver in 1864 ahead of the wagon train that they were traveling with. This turned out to be a stroke of good fortune as their wagon train was attacked by hostile Indians and all of its members killed.

The Browns settled in Colorado City, Colorado and Brown became the town's first attorney and helped in its incorporation. Brown enlisted in the 3rd Regiment Colorado Calvary, a 100-day army, under the command of Colonel John Chivington. This company, along with soldiers from the 1st Regiment, was present and fighting at the Battle of Sand Creek, later to become known as the Sand Creek Massacre.

At the end of his 100 day commitment the Browns moved south near Fountain, CO. Alvira bore a son, Edward in 1867 and a daughter, Mary, the next year. By this time Brown was serving as a prosecuting attorney both El Paso and Huerfano counties.

In 1868 John Brown became one of the trustees for Fountain College in Colorado City under founder and Professor Wray Beattie. Fountain College, however, failed before it really started due to the ill heath of its most active promoter, Professor Beattie.

The tuberculosis that John had been suffering with finally claimed him in 1870 and he was buried in Mesa Cemetery (now Pioneer Park) in Colorado Springs. There is also another marker for John C. Brown at Fairview Cemetery in Colorado Springs but according to the book "Here Lies Colorado Springs", Brown's family claims that his remains were never moved there from Mesa Cemetery even after it was converted to a neighborhood Park.
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The information in this article was found in Here Lies Colorado Springs by Denise Oldach and Memories of a Lifetime in the Pikes Peak Region by Irving Howbert.


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  • Created by: Ron West
  • Added: 21 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65950053
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Clay Brown (3 Dec 1833–6 Apr 1870), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65950053, citing Mesa Cemetery, El Paso County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Ron West (contributor 47389384) .