Benjamin Franklin Brown was the son of Captain James Brown and Martha Stephens Brown. He was born on the 9th of May 1838 in Beverly, Adams County, Illinois.
Benjamin "Frank" Brown moved to Ogden with his family in 1848, when he was 10 years old. And there he made his home until his death in 1863 at the early age of 25 years old, just three months after his fathers death.
Benjamin married Susan A. Wright [born c. 1838, Kingston, Adams, Illinois], daughter of Josiah Wright and Susan Busel, by whom he had two daughters:
1-- Nancy Jane Brown b. c1859; married Clifton Franklin Middleton [b. 24 Jul 1857 in Ogden, d. 21 Feb 1936], on April 24, 1880 in Utah, by whom she had a large family of sons and daughters. Clifton's maternal grandfather is Johnathan Browning.
2-- Susannah [Susan Clifford] Brown b. c1863-1866; married Robert Lee Coplin [Copeland] ]born on July 1, 1864 at Tallapoosa, Haralson, Georgia] on September 1, 1885 ; Susan died July 1952, the mother of twelve children.
Children of Nancy Jane Brown Middleton and Clifton Franklin Middleton:
1-- Franklin Josiah Middleton 24 Feb 1881, Ogden Weber, Utah, d. 1 May 1882, Ogden.
2-- Bert Leroy Middleton b. 4 Feb 1885 Ogden, Weber, Utah, d. 4 Aug 1885, Ogden.
3-- Edith Lenora Middleton b. 10 Dec 1886, md. Fred Martindale Hill, d. 16 Feb or Oct 1954.
Children of Susan Clifford Brown Coplin and Robert Lee Coplin:
1-- William Walter Coplin b. 4 Aug 1886 at Beech Creek, Marshall, Al ; md Nov 24, 1907 Ola Brunette Kennamer at brides' house, Marshall County, Alabama. Had eight children.; d. July 18, 1946 at Nashville, Davidson, Tn; buried July 21, 1946 at Guntersville, Marshall, Al.
2-- Nannie Lee Coplin b. Apr. 18, 1888 at Beech Creek, Marshall, Al; md. James Bennett on January 4, 1910; d. July 13,1925.
3-- Henry Franklin Coplin b. December 3, 1889 at Beech Creek, Marshall, Al; d.15 May 1892 .
4-- James Elbert Coplin b. May 5,1892 at Beech Creek, Marshall, Al; d. 20 May 1958 .
5-- Annie A. Coplin b. April 5, 1894 at Warrenton, Marshall, Al ; d. 9 Oct 1895.
6-- Edgar Coplin b. Feb 24 1896 at Warrenton, Marshall, Al ; d. March 31, 1896.
7-- James Oscar Coplin b. Mar 24, 1897 at Warrenton, Marshall, Al; d. April 1897.
8-- Homer Coplin b. July 18, 1899 at Warrenton, Marshall, Al ; d. July 17, 1901.
9-- Robert Clifford Coplin b. August 10, 1901; d. August 10, 1903.
10- Doll Bennett Coplin b. October 20, 1903 at Warrenton, Marshall, Al; d. July 4, 1904.
11- Mary D. Coplin b. Dec 1, 1911 at Warrenton, Marshall, Al; d. 1933.
12- unknown, still living in 1999.
After Benjamin Franklin Brown's death, his widow Sarah A. Wright Brown married Joseph Parry as his fifth wife.
Joseph Parry, born April 4, 1835 at Llan, New Market, Flintshire, North Wales; died August 6, 1911 at Ogden, Utah.
Joseph Parry was the son of Edward Parry and Mary Foulkes Parry. He was the youngest of the thirteen children, eight sons and five daughters. When he was thirteen years of age his mother died [c.1848], and four years later his father passed away [c.1852]. Shortly after his father's death he left Wales, arriving at Liverpool practically penniless. An old school mate, William Jones, shared his board and lodgings with him for a few days, when he secured employment.
On October 2, 1846, he attended a Latter-day Saints meeting, where he heard Apostles John Taylor and Orson Hyde explain the restoration of the Gospel. He immediately began investigating and on Dec. 31, 1846 he was baptized by Elder Thomas Thomas in the river Merce, Liverpool. In the spring of 1847 he was ordained to the office of a priest by Elders Simeon Carter and James Marsden.
He left Liverpool for America on Sept. 7, 1848, a week after his marriage to Jane Payne, she following a few months later. He arrived at New Orleans November 6, on the ship "Brings Queen" with 232 passengers on board, Elder Simeon Carter in charge of the company. Shortly after his arrival, he sent for his wife, and she sailed from Liverpool Jan. 20, 1840.
Married first, Sept. 1, 1848 at Liverpool, England, Jane Payne; she died April 19, 1840 at New Orleans, La. No children.
Married second, April 1850 at St. Louis, Mo., Eliza Tunke, born March 23, 1824 at Leomister, Herefordshire, England; died July 3, 1866 at Ogden, Utah. (Daughter of Richard Tunke and Mary Ann (Morgan) Tunke.)
Married third, Jun. 1857 at Salt Lake City, Utah, Ann Malin, born April 10, 1820 at Warwickshire, England. (Daughter of Thomas Malin and Mary Penn, a descendant of William Penn). She sailed from Liverpool May 25, 1856 in the ship "Horizon" with 856 Saints, under the direction of Edward Martin. The company arrived at Boston and reached Iowa City by rail July 8th. She came to Utah in Capt. Edward Martin's handcart company that arrived at Salt Lake City November 30, 1856.
Married fourth, November 20, 1866 at Salt Lake City, Utah, Olive Ann Stone, born April 8, 1847 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Daughter of Amos Peace Stone, pioneer to Utah 1850, and Minerva Leantine Jones.)
Married fifth, Feb 23, 1868 at Salt Lake City, Utah, Mrs. Susan A. Wright Brown, born Sept 6, 1843 at Connecticutt; died Dec 31 1903 at Ogden, Weber, Utah (Daughter of Josiah Wright, born Aug 10, 1805 at Trenton, Connecticutt; died Mar 21, 1900 at Ogden, Weber, Utah, and Susan Busel Wright, born March 29, 1810; died 1893 at Ogden, Utah. They came to Utah 1854.)
Children of Joseph Parry and Susan A. Wright Brown Parry:
1-- Juliett Parry b. Nov 20, 1868; md. (1)William J. Stone; md. (2) John D. Ballinger.
2-- Franklin Parry b. Mar 16, 1872; d. Jan 23, 1880
3-- John Parry b. July 28, 1874; md. Pearl Heyball.
4-- Charles Oliver Parry b. Mar 27, 1877; md. Ada Crandall.
5-- William Parry b. Apr 30, 1880; d. Feb 27, 1894
6-- Albert Parry b Oct 9, 1883; md. Eva Farr (dau. of Thomas Farr).
7-- Henry Grover Parry b Oct 16, 1884, died young.
Celebration at Ogden!
by Joseph Hall
Ogden City, Utah,
March 8, 1869
Editor, Salt Lake Telegraph:
At 11:20 this a.m. the U.P. R.R. track-layers hove in sight of this city, and from that time continued their march with great rapidity. The citizens exhibited the liveliest enthusiasm, and testified the liveliest joy, as, from the high bluffs and every commanding elevation they feasted their eyes and ears with the sight and sound of the long-expected and anxiously looked for fiery steed. Onward and still onward they came, and thousands and thousands of our citizens, both from here and from the adjoining settlements, decked in their holiday attire, gave a hearty welcome to the advent of the nation´ s great highway into this city. About half-past 2 p.m. they steamed into Ogden, when Colonel Daniel Gamble, with true Hibernian enthusiasm, ran up the first flag, which, while floating gracefully in the breeze, was soon followed by numerous others.
And here, let me observe, that never, to my mind, did the flags of our Union wave more gracefully, or more proudly, than on this auspicious occasion. Our excellent military brass band was soon out, and, under the able leadership of Captain William Pugh, soon sent forth the soul-enlivening strains of rich music, which, with a salute from Captain T.S. Wadsworth´ s artillery, gave the preliminary welcome to the iron horse.
At 4 o´ clock a public stand was erected alongside the track. At 5 o´ clock the procession was formed under the direction of the committee of arrangements, (Colonel W.N. Fife, Captain Joseph Parry and Francis A. Brown, Esq.,) which consisted of the Mayor, members of the City Council, the various schools, under the superintendence of their respective teachers, headed by the band, bearing banners, with numerous appropriate mottoes, among which the following was conspicuous: " Hail to the High Way of Nations!
Utah bids you Welcome!"
Pedestrians, equestrians, and crowded vehicles now thronged the festive scene. Wadsworth´ s artillery having arrived, a salute of twenty-one guns was now fired, whose deafening echoes vibrated through the mountains, hills and vales.
At half past five o´ clock the rails were laid to a point in a line with the Tithing Office street, five blocks north into the city. The vast audience being called to order by Hon. L. Farr, Mayor of Ogden City, Hon. F.D. Richards was then introduced, who delivered an eloquent and soul-stirring address . . .
At the close of the address a salute was fired, and the boys struck up the " Star Spangled Banner." At this juncture the Company´s boarding and sleeping cars, which had hitherto remained a little to the south, now, with three engines, steamed to the front of the stand. Three cheers for the great highway were now proposed and given, when the wildest enthusiasm, and demonstrations of joy prevailed and loud shouts rent the air. Amid the alternate pealings of the artillery´ s thunder, the music of the band, and the long continued, shrill whistling of the three engines, the waving of hats, kerchiefs, and other demonstrations of pleasure, rendered the occasion such that will not soon be forgotten by those present.
Deseret News 12 Nov. 1903 Salt Lake City, Utah
AARON F. FARR (Sr.)
Laid to Rest
Funeral Services over Remains of the Utah Pioneer Held this afternoon in Ogden Tabernacle. Elders John Henry Smith and Joseph Parry, also Hon. Moses Thatcher, were the speakers.
Ogden, Utah, Nov. 12 - despite the inclemency of the weather, the funeral services over the remains of Aaron F. Farr, held in the Ogden Tabernacle beginning at one o'clock this afternoon, were quite well attended, many turning out to do honor to his name and memory. If any evidence were needed to bear record of his high character and sterling integrity, that was amply furnished at the obsequies, which were among the most impressive, perhaps, ever held in this city. Old friends and acquaintances, joined in the expression that Aaron Farr had done his part not only in advancing the interest of the Kingdom of God on earth, spiritually, but also in assisting in a material way to build up the waste places and make them habitable.
The services were presided over by Bishop James Otherspoon of the Third Ward, and the opening prayer was offered by Bishop Bernard White. Touching music was furnished by a double quartet and soloists, the selections rendered being the hymns, "Thou dost not weep to weep Alone", "When Dark and Dreary", solo and chorus, "The End of the Way", by Mary Farley and Quartet solo. "Some Sweet Day," by Mary Farly and the Hymns "What voice Salutes" by Mrs. Lily Pye Bradford and quartet.
The speakers were Joseph Parry, a fellow member of the pioneer band who told of the deceased early labors in the community and of the spirit of self-abregation which he manifested in every act. Hon. Moses Thatcher, who referred principally to the spiritual life of Elder Farr and to his cheerful disposition even up to his last moment.
PAF - Archer files = Captain James Brown + (1) Martha Stephens > Benjamin Franklin Brown
PAF - Archer files = Captain James Brown + (7) Phoebe Abigail Abbott > Orson Pratt Brown
Brown Book of Remembrance written by Hattie Critchlow Jensen and Loella Brown Tanner prior to 1948
Research and Joseph Parry notes by Erold Clark Wiscombe.
Clifton Franklin Middleton md. Nancy Brown =http://www.ekengren.info/gedcom/fam00281.htm
JosephParry, John W. Browning, Abraham Zundel - Salmon River Mission - Fort Limhi : http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Trail/2120/gibbs/lewis_w.htm
[Bracketed],bold, corrections, additions, and photos added by Lucy Brown Archer
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