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Brownhelm Cemetery, Ohio, where Henry Brown lies.

Henry Brown (June 3, 1773 - December 10, 1843) was a merchant in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Brown was born on June 3, 1773 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, as the son of Samuel Brown, Jr. and Abigail Burr. He grew up in Stockbridge and entered Yale College in the late 1780s, but ill health compelled him to leave in his sophomore year. He engaged in mercantile business in Stockbridge, where he was a colonel, and a very enterprising and useful citizen. He was a Representative from Stockbridge in 1809.

After his first wife's death in 1807, he removed to Ohio in 1816 and purchased Township No. 6 in the 19th Range - now known as Brownhelm, Lorain County, Ohio. Having chosen land along the lakeshore, he returned home to Stockbridge and entered into a contract with the Connecticut Land Company for this township. In the fall of 1816, several men accompanied him to this new land. After erecting a log cabin near the lakeshore, Col. Brown returned to Massachusetts, leaving his men to make preparations for the families moving out to the town in 1817. He was appointed Assistant Judge at the organization of the County, and was one of the original and most active Trustees of the Western Reserve College.

On December 10, 1843, Brown died in Brownhelm, Ohio, his namesake.


Brown married first to Mary Wells on December 28, 1797. She died on September 4, 1807.

  • Abigail Louisa Brown
  • Frederick Henry Brown
  • Mary Wells Brown
  • Charlotte Brown - unmarried.
  • Charlotte Brown - died young.
  • Frederick William Brown - died young.

Brown married second to Harriet Seymour on September 27, 1809.

  • Other Children.