Hiram L. Brown, father of Charles W. Brown, late of Shortsville, New York, was one of the original founders of the Empire Drill Company of Shortsville, founded by Calvin P. and Hiram L. Brown, brothers, one of the leading industries of the town. Hiram L. Brown was considered one of the foremost citizens of the village, taking an active interest in all that concerned its welfare and advancement. He married Hester A. Bonker, and among their children was Charles W., see elsewhere.
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Charles W., son of Hiram L. and Hester A. (Bonker) Brown, was born at Newark, Wayne county, New York, July 13, 1848. His education was acquired in the schools adjacent to his home, and later he followed a commercial life, filling many positions of trust and honor, in all of which his work was performed faithfully and conscientiously. He served in the capacity of justice of the peace, being elected on the Republican ticket. He was public-spirited and patriotic, acting always as a loyal citizen, and as son, husband and father performed his part well. He married, September 16, 1869, Mary M. Stafford, who bore him two children: Mabel E., born April 24, 1871, married Daniel A. Eiseline; C. Ernest, born March 8, 1873. Mr. Brown died October 14, 1897.
William Stafford, son of Joshua Stafford, and grandfather of Mary -M. (Stafford) Brown, was born April 3, 1776, in Tiverton. Rhode Island, from whence he removed to Manchester, New York, accompanied by his wife, Mary (Cook) Stafford. They were the parents of a son, John, see elsewhere.
Dr. John Stafford, son of William and Mary (Cook) Stafford, was born in the town of Manchester. Ontario county, about two miles south of Palmyra. New York. March 15, 1805, died February 23, 1905. He studied medicine at Hobart College, Geneva, New York, and practiced his profession of medicine for many years, with gratifying results, winning for himself a standing among his professional brethren and the respect and confidence of his patients. He married Nancy Hurlhurt, born September 30, 1827, died February 19, 1906, and they were the parents of Mary M., aforementioned as the wife of Charles W. Brown.