IIJohn Martin Brown II 1860-1938
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John Martin Brown II
John was born in Ogden on September 21, 1860 in an adobe house. He was the first child of the family of ten. When he was thirteen the family moved to West Weber, Utah. Times were hard. He could have only one pair of shoes a year so he went barefoot in the summertime. One day he saw a pair of shoes on the edge of a slough in West Weber. The water had receded and left them high, stiff, dry, and covered with alkali. He took them home, carefully cleaned and greased them with tallow. Those shoes he wore on Sundays for two years.
He often went duck hunting. He plucked and saved the feathers from the ducks to make a feather mattress.
John Martin Brown II married from Nottingham, England, on the 3rd of December 1880. His father gave him a few acres of ground in Wilson, Utah. As years went by and his children were born he had an intense desire to own more land and felt a little indignant as he thought of his grandfather who had at one time owned all of Weber county, Utah.
During the next few years John continued working his farm in Wilson and also working on the railroad in Ogden while the family took care of the Roy farm, driving back and forth, six miles daily, hauling water in a barrel from a spring in Kanesville.
One season the boys and girls planted sugar beets hoping for rains as there was no irrigation water. There were so many milk weeds and stink bugs and so few beets that it was truly discouraging. This crop was a failure.
They dug a large well twenty-five feet deep but the water was not fit to drink. They continued hauling water, doing their cooking and sometimes living in a tent a week at a time during the summers for a few years.
Another forty acres of land bordering his property was offered to John. This was a hard decision for him to make as he had just finished paying off the $1.400 and was not a man who wanted more debt. Yet he needed the land, the wells and the three room frame house for his family so he bought the property. They planted the new farm in alfalfa and later in tomatoes, and harvested bumper crops. In 1909 John took first prize for corn and oats in the Four State Fair, for which he received a gold medal.
In 1904 they began building a new red brick house with ten rooms and a bath! The bathroom was the great thrill as it was their first house with a bath tub. They did not mind carrying water to put in the tub, it had an outlet to run the water out.
John and his brother, James were now partners drilling wells for Ogden residents. They drilled one at John's new home. This was a success. The water was cool and clear.
The Brown family lived a mile from the one room schoolhouse where all meetings and entertainments were held. They owned only a one seat buggy which was most inadequate for a family of eleven. Some of them rode, others had to walk a dusty lane in summer and a muddy one in spring and fall.
On May 18, 1913 John M. Brown was set apart as senior president of the Seventies residing in the Roy and Clinton Wards, Weber County, Utah. They were organized by Seymour B. Young as the 170th quorum of Seventy.
When Mr. Brown was fifty-five years of age he was called on a mission to England. He paid his own expenses. He left for England on June 16, 1915. Because of conditions during World War I he went as far as Baltimore, Maryland and labored for three months before it was deemed safe to cross the ocean.
In January and February 1916 the Germans began their raids in England. When a zeppelin carrying bombs was sighted whistles were blown and all the people ran to designated areas or to the streets.
During the night of September 28, 1916, as John sat alone in his room reading the scriptures, he heard the deafening blasts of exploding bombs, of people screaming, and siren screeching. As soon as the all clear signal was given he rushed to the scene of the disaster which was only one block away. There he saw the demolished buildings, the mangled bodies of the wounded, dead and dying. His eyes turned to one remaining wall of a church on which was inscribed, "A NEW COMMANDMENT I HAVE GIVEN UNTO
John returned from his mission in August 1917 safely after crossing the Atlantic at such a hazardous time. His family met him in Ogden. The following year, Mr. Brown sold his farm to his sons and bought a home in Ogden.
Three sons, John Martin Brown III, William Brown, and Junius Brown, spent most of their lives in Roy.
was born on November 2, 1881 at West Weber, Weber, Utah. He married Mary Jane Christensen of Salt Lake City on June 23, 1909. He first bought an old home in Wilson Lane where they lived four years. He was a barber and owned his own shop in Ogden. About 1918 he built a house on his Roy property. He was active in church work. He was the father of nine children. John Martin Brown III died 17 Feb 1969 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
William Brown was born June 21, 1883 at Wilson Lane, Weber. Utah. He married Florence Adell Butterworth on November 28, 1908 in the Salt Lake City Temple She was a young English girl whom he converted in the prejudiced town of Rachdale, England, while he was on his mission. He built a home near his father in Roy. Although Florence had never been on a farm she adjusted to farm life.
William was not only a farmer but a painter and paper hanger. He sometimes worked on the railroad. They had eleven children. He had a sunny disposition and often made the remark that he never worried, somehow he knew things would turn out all right. William died 11 Feb 1970.
Junius Holmes Brown was born on April 10, 1891 at Wilson Lane, Weber, Utah. Junius was the main help on the farm after the older boys married. He married Lillie Unora Kendall on October 10, 1917 in the Salt Lake City Temple. He bought a farm, and built a house in Roy. They had two sons and two daughters. Junius died on June 2, 1976 in Roy, Weber, Utah.
Herbert Alexander Brown was born on April 2, 1885 at Wilson Lane. He married Margaretha Witteveen on June 29, 1913 in the Salt Lake Temple. Herbert died on October 31, 1974 in Ogden and is buried in the Ogden Cemteery.
Jesse Norman Brown was born April 17, 1899 at Wilson Lane, he died at thirty-five on January 31, 1934. He did marry.
Benjamin Gideon Brown was born June 16, 1897 at Wilson Lane. He married Hilda Mary Noble on June 10, 1920 in Salt Lake City. Benjamin died on 19 June 1975 in San Diego, San Diego County, CA and was buried on June 23 in Salt Lake City.
The five daughters of John and Sariah were stalwarts of Roy. They had ability, talent, and were always dependable. They worked in various organizations. Sariah Illandzia "Ila" Brown Lewis Lamm was a nurse, Delphia Ann Brown Culley, Sariah Lovina Brown Spencer, and Verna Gladys Brown White were musicians, and Bessie Lora Brown Stoker worked in the YWMIA for twenty-five years.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JMB II
John Martin Brown
Lovina Wilson Brown
My father and mother and grandparents embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and moved to Nauvoo, Ill. My grandfather on my mother's side was of the life guard of the prophet Joseph Smith and being a carpenter by trade helped to build the Nauvoo and Kirtland Temples. My parents and grandparents were among the Saints when they suffered so many persecutions at the hands of the mob. My father was present and witnessed the time when a new president was to be chosen, which was a testimony to him, which he never forgot. When the call came for five-hundred men to help the government in the War with Mexico, my grandfather was one who responded to ghe call and was made a Captain in the Mormon Battalion of Company C. He left his family to cross the plains and went with his company. Later he was put in charge of the sick portion of the Battalion and was sent to Sante Fe. He spent the winter there and then marched with his company to the Salt Lake Valley where they joined the rest of the Saints. The same spring he bought he bought the tract of land which now comprises Weber County and founded Brownsville which wa later renamed Ogden. He was a staunch Latter-day Saint. and was very kind to the poor being called "the poor man's friend." My other ancestors were also staunch Latter-day Saints.
My father built a two-story adobe house on the corner of what is now 26th Street and Adams Ave. I was born in this house and we lived there for two years. My parents then moved to Wilson Lane andwe lived there about ten years. While living in Wilson I attended a private school, my teachers were Miss Garner and Miss Bingham. We were obliged to buy our own books and pay tuition. The school house was built of logs and had a dirt roof. Times were very hard and I had to go to Sunday School bare-footed.
From Wilson we moved t West Weber where I again attended school, my teacher being John Royale. My school training was very meagre and I have gained the greater part of my education in the school of experience.
My father had a farm in West Weber and here I worked. It was at the time of the grasshopper siege and in order to get a little grain for food we had to fight the grasshoppers. This made food very scarce and I had nothing to eat but corn bread.
I was born a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints and have acted as president of the Deacons, president of the Y.M.M I.A. [Young Mens Mutual Improvement Association], teach in the theological class in Wilson,Senior president of the 170th quorum of Seventies at Roy, and am at present teacher of the parents class in the Sixth Ward of the Ogden Stake of Zion.
I was married to in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on December 3, 1880. We lived in West Weber for two years and had one son born to us. Then we moved to Wilson's Lane where we lived for twenty-five years. Here twelve children were born to us, ten of whom are living. From Wilson we moved to Roy where we lived for about 15 years. From Roy we moved to Ogden in Nov. 1919 were we I now reside.
Children of John Martin Brown, Jr. and Sariah Holmes Brown:
William Brown - twin, b. June 21, 1883 at Wilson Lane, Utah, md. November 25, 1908 to Florence [Adell] Butterworth [d. February 10, 1969.]
Henry Brown - twin b. June 21, 1883 at Wilson Lane, Utah, d. June 29, 1883 Wilson's Lane, Utah
Herbert Alexander Brown b. April 2, 1885 at Wilson Lane, Utah, md. January 29, 1912 to Margaret Witteveen in the Salt Lake City Temple.[ Had five chlildren, d. October 31, 1974 in Ogden, buried Nov. 4, 1974 at the Ogden City Cemetery]
Sariah Ilanzia Brown b. January 22, 1887 at Wilson Lane, Utah, md. June 27, 1913 to William (T. or L. or J.) Lewis at Idaho Falls, Idaho, [md.2. Joe Clyde Lamm on October 17, 1927, d. Aug 1963 in San Diego, California, buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.]
Sariah Lovina Brown b. February 26, 1888 at Wilson Lane, Utah, md. December 6, 1916 to Earl H. Spencer at the Salt Lake Temple. [d. June 1, 1942 at Roy, Weber, Ut]
Delpha Ann Brown b. December 3, 1889 at Wilson Lane, Utah, md. July 22, 1919 to Andrew J. Culley in Logan, Utah; d. Jan 20, 1977 from asphyxiation suffered in a fire at the home of her niece Armenta Stoker Higley. Delpha had been queen of Ogden Pioneer Days Parade in July 1969. Possibly no children.
Junius Holmes Brown b. April 10, 1891 at Wilson Lane, Utah, md. October 10, 1917 to Lillie [Unora] Kendall at the Salt Lake Temple. [d. June 2, 1976 at Roy, Weber, Ut]
Bertha Grace Brown b. March 16, 1893 at Wilson Lane, Utah, d. June 10, 1893.
Bessie Lora Brown b. March 5, 1894 at Wilson Lane, Utah, md. June 30, 1915 to Lorenzo Earl Stoker at the Salt Lake City Temple (Div).[d. January 4, 1975
Benjamin Gideon Brown b. June 10, 1897 at Wilson Lane, Utah, md. June 10, 1920 to Hilda Mary Noble at the Salt Lake City Temple. [d. June 19, 1975 in San Diego, CA., buried June 23, 1975 in Salt Lake City, Utah.]
Jesse Norman Brown b. April 17, 1899 at Wilson Lane, Utah, md. Ada R. Hurst at Salt Lake City, Utah.[d. January 31, 1934 at Ogden, Weber, Utah]
[Verna Gladys Brown b. August 14,1901 at Wilson Lane, Utah, [md. June 30, 1931 to John Fife White; d. July 25, 1963 in South Willard, Box Elder, Utah.]
I have sent three sons on missions and have filled an honorable mission to Great Britain myself in the years 1915-16-17.
I went to California in 1901 for a short visit. In 1913 -14, my wife and I went to Florida. We visited Chicago and other places of interest on the way, including Look Out Mountain. We stayed in Florida for about two months, visiting at Palm Beach, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and other important cities on the East Coast. We had a very pleasant trip.
In 1915 I was called on a mission to England but on account of the war I was detained in the Eastern States for three months. There I labored in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.. In September the war clouds had cleared away for a time and the president saw fit that I should go to England. Accordingly I set sail on the steamer "New York" from the New York Harbor. I landed in Liverpool and was assigned to labor in the Sheffield conference. While in England I had the pleasure of visiting London.
When my mission was completed I again departed for the dear homeland on the steamer "Essex". We had a very pleasant trip, however, the ship was kept in darkness because of submarines. I landed at Montreal Canada and from there took the train for Utah, reaching home August 1, 1917. In January 1919 I again went to California.
I was Justice of the Peace in Wilson Lane, Utah.
My life's work has been farming. My aspirations as a boy were to be a farmer and have a good home of my own and a good wife. I can justly say these aspirations have been verified.
I am now living as a retired farmer. My family is nearly all married and I am doing my duty to the best of my ability in my church and in the community in which I live.
Life of a Pioneer, by James A. Brown, James M. Brown 2843 Wash Ave. [Washington Avenue], Ogden, Utah.
[After the death of Sariah Holmes Brown on August 16, 1931 in Ogden, buried on Aubust 19, 1931 in the Ogden City Cemetery, John Martin Brown, Jr. married Claudia Little Robinson on September 15, 1932 in Ogden.
John Martin Brown, Jr. died on September 2, 1938 in Ogden, he also is buried at the Ogden City Cemetery.]
PAF - Archer Files = Captain James Brown + (1) Martha Stephens > John Martin Brown + Lovina Wilson > John Martin Brown Jr. (II)
PAF - Archer Files = Captain James Brown + (7) Phoebe Abigail Abbott > Orson Pratt Brown
"Roy, Utah, Our Home Town - Biographies of Roy Residents" by Rose and Ida Dalton, 1968, Page 79-82, 153-155. Submitted for this website by Erold Clark Wiscombe.
Thank you to Erold C. Wiscombe for submitting the photocopied pictures to this webpage.
Photos, bold, [bracketed material], and various other additions by Lucy Brown Archer
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