|JOHN BROWN, a farmer in the town of Dunn, was born in New York City, June 21, 1840. He and a sister, Mary, deceased were the only children of Morris and Johannah (Berry) Brown, natives of Ireland.John Brown came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1855 and located in the town of Dunn, where the father had purchased forty acres. The farm was enlarged by the addition of forty acres within a few years, then of thirty acres more of an adjoining farm, and in a few years by the purchase of the remainder of the adjoining farm, making in all a place of two hundred and thirty-five acres, part of which is on Lake Waubesa. By platting and selling a part of his lake-shore lots, Brown has realized a net profit.
John Brown always lived with his parents. He had the management of the farm for some years before his father’s death, September 23, 1900, in his ninety-ninth year. His mother died in 1878.
In politics Mr. Brown is independent; in religious matters he is affiliated with the Catholic Church.
November 20, 1877, he married Lucy, daughter of Patrick and Bridget (Geary) Crane, residents of the town of Fitchburg. She was one of seven children, six of whom are living, –Patrick, a real estate dealer of Beloit; Lucy wife of John Brown; William, dealer in coal and wood in Madison; Joseph, in the Klondike when last heard from; Andrew, traveling salesman for the Ohio Steel Range Company, who makes his home in Beloit; and Nora, wife of H. E. Hanan of Oregon. The marriage of John and Lucy Brown has been blessed with eight children. –Morris Patrick, born November 17, 1878; Joseph Henry, born June 12, 1881; Nora Jane, born April 2, 1883; John James, born February 22, 1885; David George, April 14, 1887; Mary Lucy, October 18, 1891; Josephine Bridget, January 2, 1894; and one child who died in infancy.
Mr. Brown is a man much respected by his neighbors.
1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 119.