Monday, August 31, 2015

John Brown, Jr. retires from Company K, 7th Kansas Regiment due to health

The Liberator (Boston, Massachusetts) 
6 Jun 1862, Fri • 
Page 3 

As a collector of Brown family memorabilia, I can't help but wonder where the items ended up after John's daughter died without heirs?

 According to The Kansas Annual Register for 1864, John Brown Jr was the Captain of the Company K, 7th Regiment in January 1862 and on May 27th 1862 he retired due to illness. 

After his retirement from the military, he and his family moved to Put-In-Bay, Ohio, were he lived out his life and was buried in 1895. (see post for pictures of graves) His wife, Wealthy, remained at their home in Put-In-Bay, Ohio, until her death in 1911.

Find A Grave Memorial# 19560240

Name: Brown, John Jr (1821-1895)
Parents: John Brown and Dianthe Lusk
Spouse: Wealthy C Hotchkiss
Relation to Alice Keesey Mecoy: 2nd Great Grand Uncle
   1. Brown, John Jr (1821-1895)
   2. Half Brother of Annie Brown (1843-1926)
   3. Bertha Alice Adams (1872-1957)
   4. Beatrice Vivian Cook (1902-1992)
   5. Paul Meredith Keesey (1925 - )
   6. Alice Louise Keesey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A New Piece In My Collection

When I saw this little collectible card on Ebay,  I knew that I had to add it to my John Brown Collection. It shipped from England, and was worth the wait.

On the front is a line drawing that "sort of" looks like John Brown - the man does have a big beard.  It looks like he is standing in shoulder high water. Beside him is a steam locomotive with little stick figures in the background

The narrative on the back is full of errors, but the BEST part of the card is the last sentence. It made Fred and me laugh out loud!

No. 4  JOHN BROWN (Bushwhacker)
     John Brown was so much against Negro slavery in America that he and his sons risked their lives to fight those who wanted to keep slaves. His anger was such that in one fight he not only killed many people, but tore their bodies apart, splitting their skulls and hacking off their hands and fingers.
     In 1859 John Brown and his sons went to Harper's Ferry, in Virginia, and there attacked the arsenal, intending to take all of the arms and hand them out to the slaves, so that they could fight for themselves
     He was captured, however, and hanged, but "his soul goes marching on," for many followed his example, giving their lives for those in slavery.
     During his lifetime he held up and robbed many Western trains.

My grandpa has been called many things over the years, but this is the first time I have ever heard of him being a TRAIN ROBBER!  Where did the British get the idea that the Brown's robbed trains I wonder?

(Future historians and genealogists PLEASE NOTE: John Brown and his sons DID NOT rob trains. I don't want someone to use my blog as a source confirming this statement 15 years from now!)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Join me in Atlanta - March 14 2015

Come Support the Faith + Community Launch Event

This is the year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of America's constitutional affirmation of freedom - the 13th Amendment. Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) wants to help shine a light on modern forms of slavery.
Faith + Community is a national initiative that will provide training and education for faith leaders and their constituents as we confront the specter of sex trafficking and labor exploitation together. Faith leaders are uniquely positioned to disseminate truth and knowledge about human trafficking that can protect youth and effect change. This is an interfaith event. Leaders of all faiths from the state of Georgia and individuals determined to end human trafficking are encouraged to join us.
A new Georgia State Faith Protocol for responding to incidents of human trafficking will be presented. Please dress as you would for a day of worship. Entrance to the event is free.
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Steven Chervin, Ed. D. - Director of The Jewish Encounter
  • Mike Ennis - President and CEO of Wellspring Living
  • Reverend John Foster, Ph. D. - Senior Pastor of Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Atlanta, GA. 
  • Pastor Nawanna Lewis Miller, B.A., M.A., M.Div. - Founding Director of The Institute for Christian Discipleship, Inc.
  • Dr. Terrence Leathers - Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at Shaw University
  • Rev. Dr. Richard Rose - Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of La Verne
  • Nettie Washington Douglass - Founder & Chair, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
  • Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. - Founder & President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
  • Robert J. Benz - Founder & Executive Vice President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
  • Pamela Perkins Carn - Interfaith Children’s Movement

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March 14, 2015 at 11am - 1pm
Big Bethel AME Church
220 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States

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