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John N., son of Jesse and Roxanna (Grant) Brown, was born in Milford, Otsego county, New York, August 10, 1818, died August 4, 1895. After pursuing a classical and theological course, he became a minister of the Methodist denomination and held the following charges: Big Flats, Hector, Mecklenburg, Lodi, Dundee, Palmyra, Rochester, Phelps and Clyde, in all of which his services were highly appreciated and were instrumental in the saving of many souls. He also served for three years as private and chaplain in the One Hundred and Eleventh New York Volunteer Regiment during the civil war, and after the cessation of hostilities was appointed presiding elder of the Hornellsville, Western New York Conference. He was one of the committee of five to revise the Methodist Hymn Book at the conference held at Baltimore, New York, in 1874. He married Eliza Graham, who is living at the present time (1911). Among their children was Charles L., see elsewhere.