From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 423-424


John M. Brown, M. D., one of the oldest practitioners of Steuben County, was born in Great Barrington, Mass., Dec. 25, 1814, a son of Henry and Harriet E. Brown, natives of Massachusetts, but later residents of Broome County, N. Y., where they died.  Our subject began the study of medicine in 1836 with his uncle, Dr. Stephen Brown, of New York City, and subsequently graduated from the Geneva Medical College.  He began his practice in 1842, in Medina County, Ohio.  In 1855 he came to Steuben County, Ind., and bought a farm in Richland Township, where he has since resided.  He built up a good practice which he continued till 1879 when, on account of rheumatic troubles, he was obliged to surrender a part of it to younger hands.  He is a successful practitioner, and by his straightforward dealings has won many friends.  For over forty years he has been in active practice, and to-day stands at the head of the profession in the minds of those inside and outside the medical fraternity.  Dr. Brown was married in Richland County, Ohio, to Rosannah Montgomery, a native of that county, born Jan. 24, 1823, daughter of John Montgomery.  To them were born three children-- Huldah, born Feb. 21, 1861; John M. and Margaret.  John died in infancy, and Margaret in the third year of her age.  Huldah was married Sept. 2, 1883, to Samuel Brooks, a native of York Township, born Nov. 5, 1861, a son of Henry Brooks, who died while in the service of his country.  Mrs. Brown died March 29, 1883.  She was an exemplary Christian, a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Politically Dr. Brown is a Republican.  He is one of the representative men of Richland Township, public spirited and liberal, contributing with an open hand to all objects, worthy his aid.


Submitted by Kim Davoli