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Henry Leander BROWN
Rebecca SKEELS
Please Note:  some secondary sources show our subject born in Bridgeport, Fairfield Co., CT, but I can find no evidence for that location.
Husband:  Henry Leander BROWN
Birth Date:  25 Sep 1830
Birthplace (based on location of parents in 1830 census):  Montville, New London Co., CT
Birthplace (based on obituary):  Hartford, Hartford Co., CT
Death:  21 Dec 1907, Albion, Noble Co., IN
Disposition:  buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Albion, Noble Co., IN
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Robert BROWN, Jr.
Mother:  Eliza CHAPPELL
Marriage:  4 Apr 1855, Green Twp., Noble Co., IN
Wife:  Rebecca SKEELS
Birth:  19 Feb 1833/34, Huron Co., OH
Death:  1910, Albion, Noble Co., IN
Disposition:  buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Albion, Noble Co., IN
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  William SKEELS (1804-1885)
Mother:  Susanna TURNER (1812-1888)
Children born in Albion, Noble Co., IN:
1.  Phillisa / Felisa / Felissa / Phillisa Adillis BROWN, b. 3 Feb 1856; d. 20 Dec 1926, Albion; m. 18 Dec 1877, Noble Co., IN, George GUTHRIE
2.  Ann Elizabeth BROWN, b. 9 Nov 1857; d. 1925
3.  Willard Estro BROWN, b. Dec 1859; d. 30 Oct 1952, Concordia, Cloud Co., KS; m. Sophia Exelaura HERBERT (1868-1955)
4.  Willis Grant BROWN, b. 19 Apr 1862
5.  George BROWN, b. ca. 1866; d. 1894
6.  [Marietta? Henrietta?] "Etta" BROWN, b. ca. 1867; d. 10/16 Feb 1923, New Castle, Lawrence, PA; m. 1883, Johnson W. SHOAFF
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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Henry appears to be in the household with his father in Hartland Twp., Huron Co., OH (q.v.).

2.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #
There's a Henry BROWN (æ 20, b. CT) living in Willoughby, Lake Co., OH (three counties away from Huron).

3.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #17 of 17):  Wolf Lake & Abbions ( ) P.O., York Twp., Noble Co., IN, Roll M653_285, p. 355, PN 258, 1935/1934, enumerated 14 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Henry Brown 28 M   Farmer   300 Conn
Rebecca  " 26 F         O
Phillisy "  4 F         Ind
Ann      "  2 F         "
Estro    " 8/12 M         "
Listed next to brother, Elias BROWN.

4.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #25 of 27):  York Twp., Noble Co., IN, Roll M593_347, p. 348A, PN 25, 197/207, enumerated 17 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Brown Henry 38 M W Farmer 3200 625 Conn
Rebecca 34 F W keeps house     Ohio
Philissa 13 F W at home     Ind
Ann E 11 F W "     "
Willerd 10 M W "     "
Willis  7 M W "     "
George  5 M W "     "
Etta/Ettie  3 F W       "

5.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 24):  York Twp., Noble Co., IN, Roll 302, p. 440A, PN 13, SD 6, ED 71, enumerated 10-11 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 13 21 24 25 26
114 Brown Henry L W M 49     Farmer   Conn R I Conn
  _____ Rabecca W F 47   Wife Keeping House   Ohio Maryland Ohio
  _____ Felisa A W F 24   Dau     Indiana Conn Ohio
  _____ Aneliza W F 22   Dau   / Indiana Ohio Ind
  _____ Willard W M 20   Son works on farm / Ind O Ind
  _____ Willis W M 18   Son works on farm / Ind Ohio Ind
  _____ George W M 15   Son works on farm / Ind O Ind
  _____ Etta W F 13   Dau At School / Ind Ohio Ind

6.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #18 of 19 indexed "Hary C."):  York Twp., Noble Co., IN, Roll 395, p. 245B, SN 9B, SD 12, E 96, enumerated 18 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
188 188 Brown Henry L Head W M Sep 1830 69 M 45     OH CT CT Farmer 0 Y Y Y O M F 170
    _____ Rebecca Wife W F Feb 1834 66 M 45 6 5 OH MD OH     Y Y Y        

8.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

9.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Name Henry Leander Brown Rebecca Skeels Brown
Birth Sep. 25, 1830
Feb. 19, 1833
Huron Co., OH
Death Dec. 21, 1907
Albion, Noble Co., IN
Albion, Noble Co., IN
Burial Rose Hill Cemetery
Albion, Noble County, Indiana
Inscription BROWN
1830 1907
1833 1910
Father Robert Brown (1805-1890) -
Mother Eliza Brown (1805-1877) Susanna Turner Skeels (1812-1888)
Spouse Rebecca Skeels Brown (1833-1910)* Henry Leander Brown (1830-1907)
Children Willard Estro Brown (1859-1952)
Willis Grant Brown (1862-1957)
Siblings George C Brown (1833-1857)*
Melisa Brown (1840-1862)*
Charles Brown (1843-1848)*
David Skeels (1848-1913)
Memorial # 31505813 31505868

10.  Anon.  6 Jan 1908.  "Former Huron County Resident Dead."  Norwalk Daily Reflector (Norwalk, OH), p. 3, col. 3 (photocopy purchased from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, Ohio):
   Henry L. Brown, who, when a young man lived for several years a few miles southeast of Olena in Hartland township, died on December 21, at his home one mile south of Albion, Ind., after a week's illness with pneumonia, aged 77 years.  He was born in Hartford, Conn., September 25, 1830.
   In 1855 he was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca Skeels, and to this union were born six children, three sons and three daughters, only four of whom are now living.  He is also survived by his widow and by two sisters who live in Ohio.
   He was a charter member of the United Brethren of Christ church in Albion, Ind., and when his health permitted was a faithful attendant at church and Sunday school.  The funeral services were held from that church on December 23, conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. F. Kuepp.
   Mr. Brown was an uncle of Mrs. John L. McCague, of Norwalk, who was called to Indiana by his illness but who did not arrive at his bedside until after he had passed away.

.  George W. Roof.  1903.  Skeels Family History, 1720-1903.  Self-published, Albion, IN (attached to their Find-A-Grave entries):
Henry L. Brown was one of the early settler of Noble County.  He recieve a patent for land just one South of Albion, Indiana from the President of the United States.  Henry also help lay the brick on the Noble County Courthouse in Albion, Indiana.

Henry L. and Rebecca Skeels Brown celebrated their anniversary April 8,1905. The Golden weddings celebrated today are those whose match makings were made from true love combined with practical business considerations.  We are happy in recording the important event which occurred at the residence of Mr. Henry L. Brown one mile South of Albion, Indiana on Saturday April 8, 1905 in which himself and wife Rebecca were made thrice happy in evidence of the true marriage which occurred fifty years ago.  A goodly number of relatives from abroad and home participated in the pleasures of the meeting.  Old and young from brothers, sisters, children,grand children, and great grand children were present to assist in making the aged couple to realize that they were not forgotten, and that there were still many good things in life for their enjoyment.  Mr. Brown was born in Connectict September 25, 1830 and Mrs. Brown born February 19, 1833 in Huron County, Ohio.  They were married at home of her parents in Green Township and in 1857 moved on the farm they now occupuy.  They are the parents of Willard E., Felissa A., Ann Eliza,Willis G., George and Etta.  All are living except George and Etta.

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