Location: Rowe Massachusetts

Biography of John Brown

John Brown, well known in southern Ohio as General Brown,” son of Captain Benjamin Brown, one of the pioneers of Ames, was born in Rowe, Massachusetts, December 1, 1785. In 1787, his father’s family moved to Hartford, Washington county, New York, and in 1796, with several other families seeking homes in the west, came to the Forks of Yoh, on the Monongahela, three miles above Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Here they remained till February, 1797, building a boat during the winter, in which they completed their journey and arrived at Marietta, February 11, 1797. Of the twenty-three persons of various ages who descended the river in this boat, there are but four now living, viz : Samuel and John Brown, Mrs. Aphia Hamilton, and Mrs. Phebe Sprague. As elsewhere stated, Captain Brown’s family came out to Ames township in the spring of 1799, moving their household effects by canoes down the Ohio, and up the Hockhocking and Federal creek-the members of the family not required to work the canoes, coming across the country. In 1811, Mr. Brown married Sophia Walker, daughter of Dr. Ezra Walker, and continued to live in Ames township till 1817, when he removed to the town of Athens, where he still resides. On coming to Athens, he kept a public house one year at the Zadoc Foster house (on the south end of the lot now owned...

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Solomon Todd of Charlemont MA

Solomon Todd6, (Solomon5, James4, James3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Aug. 31, 1811, died July 15, 1902, married about 1837, Harriet Mayhew Hawks, who was born in Charlemont, Mass., Sept. 24, 1818, died May 17, 1902, in Rowe, Mass. When he was about 21 years of age he went to Westfield, Mass., and served 5 years learning the carpenters trade. Soon after he returned to Zoar, Mass., where he lived for some time after he was married. Later he moved to Charlemont, Mass., where he lived until 1858, when he removed to Rowe, Mass., living there until his death. Children: 892. Ellen, b. Oct. 1840, d. Dec. 6, 1840. 893. Emily A., b. 1842, m. William B. Caswell, who d. during the winter of 1877-78, in Shelburne Falls, Mass. 894. Laura E., b. Oct. 24, 1844, in Charlemont, Mass., m. John H. Juliff, who d. April, 1911, no children; they lived in Bristol, Conn. 895. Theresa M., b. in 1846, in Charlemont, Mass., m. in 1870, Eugene W. Wood, of Easthampton, Mass., where he died Oct., 1910; no children; she resides in Easthampton, Mass., now (1916). 896. Sarah, b. July, 1848, d. July 3, 1850. *897. Hattie E., b. 1850. *898. Albert, b. Aug. 31, 1852, d. Oct. 5, 1852. *899. George M., b. Oct. 14, 1854. 900. Ida M., b. Feb. 23, 1857, d. March 5, 1876. *901. Alton S.,...

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Biography of Harry Lee Williams

HARRY LEE WILLIAMS – The family name of Williams is of great antiquity in England and Wales and is derived from the ancient personal name William. Like many other possessive names, it arose from the Welsh custom of adding to a man’s name the name of his father in the possessive form as William John’s, from which quickly came Jones, David Diehard’s, Thomas David’s (Davie’s, Davis) and kindred forms. Sir Robert Williams, ninth baronet of the house of Williams of Penrhyn, was a lineal descendant of Marchudd ap Cynan, Lord of Aberqeleu in Denbighshire, of one of the fifteen tribes of North Wales that lived in the time of Roderick the Great, King of the Britons, about A. D. 849. The seat of the family was in Flint, Wales, and in Lincolnshire, England. Oliver Cromwell, the Protector, was a Williams by right of descent, and was related to Richard Williams, who settled in Taunton, Massachusetts. Alden de Cromwell lived in the time of William the Conqueror, and from him descended in succession ten Ralphs de Cromwell, the last dying without issue. The seventh Ralph de Cromwell married Amicia, daughter of Robert Berer, member of Parliament. Robert Cromwell was a Lancasterian, killed in the wars of 1461. His son, William Cromwell, left a daughter, Margaret, who was ancestor of both Cromwell and Williams. John Cromwell, son of William Cromwell, married...

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Biography of Emory William Brown

EMORY WILLIAM BROWN – On his paternal side descended from one of the first settlers of the town of Rowe, Massachusetts, and son of an honored citizen of Greenfield, who served through two enlistments in the Civil War, and with his wife was killed in a railroad accident, Emory William Brown has for the past forty-three years been connected with the Millers Falls Company, Millers Falls, Massachusetts. He acquired a complete knowledge of the milling department and now (1924) is the head of that department with a force of thirty-eight men at work under his supervision. He is a member of Bay State Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of the thirty-second degree, Scottish Rite Masonry. Noah Brown, paternal ancestor, was one of the first to record a settlement in the town of Rowe. He acquired title to one hundred and fifty acres of unbroken upland, which he cleared and cultivated. He evidently was a man of affairs, for he held numerous town offices. He married Judith Short. Joseph R. Brown, grandfather of Emory William Brown, was born in Rowe, June 7, 1788, and died in 1865, at the age of seventy-seven years. In his youth he was of an enterprising turn of mind, and bought of a dealer a stock of goods which he peddled from house to house. He afterward bought a farm and devoted...

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Biography of Alfred Joel Nims

ALFRED JOEL NIMS, D. D. S. The most active and useful membership in his community that Dr. Nims has held as a dental practitioner for the long period of forty-five years, has always justified the honors of the bestowal of place and preferment upon him by his fellow-townsmen at Turners Falls. His life has spoken in no uncertain terms through the practice of his profession, in which he has never failed as an exponent of the results of the most advanced thinking in dental science; while in his civic and social relationships Dr. Nims on a number of occasions has served his fellowtownsmen as an executive official and in a very distinguished way. Few men in this part of the State have been established longer in the profession of dentistry; few have a larger circle of clients and friends. He is a son of Ebenezer and Sarah G. (Brown) Nims. Ebenezer Nims was of French Huguenot descent, and the name was originally spelled De Nimae. He was a son of Joel Nims and grandson of Reuben, who was the son of John, Jr., son of John, who was the son of Godfrey, who emigrated from England at an early date, and is supposed to have settled at Deerfield, between 1665 and 1667. The family was very intimately associated with the Indian wars through the region of South Deerfield. Joel,...

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