Jirah Swift Brown

Born: June 26, 1824
Loc: Waterbury, VT
Died: Jan 20, 1899
Loc: Rockdale Twp. Crawford Co., PA
Bur: Chapinville Cemetery,
Crawford Co., PA
Gravestone Photo

Occupation:  Entrepreneur and Farmer

Father: Braddish Brown
Mother: Eliza Liscomb

Married: April 22, 1852
Loc: Crawford County, PA
Spouse: Elmina Lois Chapin,
daughter of Samuel Chapin and Percy Holmes

Children:  Liscomb Delilno /Samuel Chapin /Francis Adelbert /Addie Adlelphie /Alta Adessa

 Married 2nd:  Jane Bacon Chapin, widow of Clement Webber Chapin.
1850 Census:  Rockdale Twp, Crawford Co, PA
1860 Census:  Rockdale Twp, Crawford Co, PA
1870 Census:  Rockdale Twp, Crawford Co, PA
1880 Census:  Rockdale Twp, Crawford Co, PA

Article on Jirah Brown (Date Unknown)
To the Editor of the Tribune - Republican
Will you kindly allow the publication of a few thoughts of a general nature upon the life of Jirah S. Brown who recently passed from among us.

Mr. Brown, a resident of Crawford County was a noble and true man, and there those who differ from the opinion expressed that his council and the influence of his life are gone forever but who feel rather, that the influence of a very good and true soul abides more lasting than the stars. Mr. Brown was a man of integrity, of candor, of honesty, and oh how much this word honesty implies. In it's general signification it is to render unto others that which is really their own, and to be upright and truthful in all our dealings of a financial nature, but in its broader and truer sense, its bounding line reaches far beyond this narrow limit, embracing even our thoughts and motives. It characterizes both our outer and inner lives and friend Brown was the soul of honesty with his fellow men, and he was more, he was honest with himself, and honest in sentiment before the world. He embraced no system of thought or form of religion, however popular, that found no response within his own soul, but he lived true to his own highest convictions of right and truth. He was a man of generous impulse, of kindly nature, of broad charity, of gentle disposition, of good judgment, of bright intellect, a wise counselor, a kind husband, a fond and loving parent, a good citizen, a helpful neighbor and a true friend. And though a sometimes rough exterior, there gleamed a true and manly soul. The external forms of worship appealed not to his nature, he was not a communicant of any sectarian body, but belonged to the universal church of humanity. His great heart throbbed and pulsated with sympathy for all and the world is better for his having lived.

Now to Wit – January 23, 1899
Letters of Administration in the Estate of Jirah S. Brown late of Bloomfield Township. Deceased granted and issued to Liscomb D. Brown. Widow’s renunciation filed and bond in the sum of twelve thousand dollars taken with Samuel C. Brown and Charles L. Brown as sureties. Said Jirah S. Brown died at his residence in Rockdale Township on January 20, 1899 on about 8:40 o’clock. See affidavit filed.
February 3, 1899 Inventory Filed
For release on see deed book #154, Pages 488 & 489
Source: Crawford County PA Courthouse/Meadville
Obituary:  Jirah S. Brown, nearly the oldest citizen and farmer of Rockdale, Crawford county died Friday, Jan. 20, 1899. After only about two hours of illness he closed his eyes in death to that peaceful sleep where pain and death never come. He was father to our townsman Mr. L. D. Brown, and was well known in this city. Funeral services were held in his late home on Sunday, conducted by Rev. Forest Amy, of Corry. There were a great many friends and relatives present. Among the latter were ten of his nephews, among whom were Dr. S.A. Brown of Westfield, NY, W.F.P. Brown of Union City, and the rest were from the surrounding vicinity. The deceased was born in Vermont, June 26, 1824 and came to Pennsylvania as a boy. April 22, 1852 he was married to Elmina Chapin by Russell D. Hayes and began housekeeping at the place where he died. August 14, 1870 his wife died, leaving him with a family of four children, who all survive his death, and in 1872 he married Mrs. Jane Chapin of Bloomfield, who also survives him and who with the rest of the family, have the deepest sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.