Thomas J. Brown, 1853-1939 [RG0812.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG0812.AM:  Thomas J. Brown, 1853-1939

Reminiscences, letters, etc.:  1925-1936
Nebraska:  Minister
Size:  One folder

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Thomas J. Brown was born in Illinois in 1853.  He was soon orphaned and went to live with the J.H. Horbet family.  The Horbets moved to Nebraska in 1860.  Brown attended Doane College at Crete, Nebraska, ca. 1873-1875.  He married Annie Marie White in 1877.  Brown served as a preacher in several communities over the next forty years, including Hemingford and North Platte, Nebraska.  He retired around 1920 and moved with his wife to La Verne, California.  Thomas J. Brown died in Los Angeles, California, on September 27, 1939.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection contains two typescript reminiscences by Reverend T.J. Brown. “Early Scenes in Nebraska” relates to the J.H. Horbet family. Brown writes of their coming to Nebraska in 1860 and of their encounters with Indians.  The other, a three-page typescript, describes the beginnings of the Congregational Church in eastern Nebraska and daily life in frontier Nebraska. Rev. Brown mentions Mormons traveling across Nebraska in 1862.  A third reminiscence entitled, “What I Saw When I Was A Boy,” is essentially the same as “Early Scenes in Nebraska.”  Also included are two letters written by T.J. Brown to A.E. Sheldon of the Nebraska State Historical Society.  The letters describe the reminiscences and include additional information about his family.

INVENTORY

Reminiscences, letters, etc.


Subject headings:

Brown, Thomas J., 1853-1939
Congregational churches — Nebraska
Domestic life — Nebraska
Dunbar, John, 1804-1857
Farm life — Nebraska
Frontier & pioneer life
Gaylord, Reuben, 1812-1880
Horbet family
Indians of North America — Nebraska
Religion


Revised TMM          01-16-2016

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