Judge Turner G. Brown

Stories of Guernsey county by Wm. Wolfe Page 880

Judge Brown’s Family.—“Judge Brown had nine children.  In order of their ages they were Mary, Thomas, Dorcas, Walter, Levi, Columbus, Samuel, Sarah and Turner, Jr.

     “Dorcus married and lived on a ranch in Texas. During the Civil war she came home for a visit. Her father gave her three thousand dollars in gold coin, approximately her share of his estate.  Not being able to get through the Confederate lines when returning home with the gold, she boarded a ship at New York.  The vessel was sunk a short distance from the city and all on board were lost.

     “Walter became a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church.  When the Civil War opened, Levi and Samuel enlisted, the former becoming a surgeon and the later a major.  Levi died form overwork; Samuel was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga.  Their bodies were brought home and buried in the family plot on the Brown farm.  They were afterwards removed to the old South cemetery in Cambridge.

     “Columbus located in Londonderry and was the father of Dr. Oscar S. Brown, who went to New Mexico and was chief surgeon for the Santa Fe Railroad.  Mary and Sarah were maiden ladies and lived to a good old age. Turner Brown, Jr., the youngest son, lived in Cambridge a number of years.

     Influential in the County.—“Judge Brown and the majority of his family were peculiar to themselves.  They did not associate or visit with their neighbors, but frequently entertained visitors from a distance, mostly wealthy or prominent persons.  They were of English descent and claimed to have royal blood in their veins.

     “The judge owned 400 acres in Londonderry and Washington townships.  He was able to educate all his children and did so, giving some of them the advantages of the best schools.  His farming was mostly done with hired help who ate at a table separate from that of the family.

     “Excepting the one son, Walter, who became a minister, the members of the family, while at Londonderry, were not affiliated with any church. The judge himself was somewhat of an agnostic in religious matters and never attended church. However, he was naturally broad-minded, intellectual and very influential in the Londonderry community.”



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