From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
William H. L. Brown was born near Batavia, N. Y., Nov. 16, 1812. When he was two years of age his father died and his mother subsequently married Samuel Clark and moved to Ohio, where he grew to manhood. He was married in 1838 to Phoebe Ann Wilcox, and to them were born four children-- Statira, Frances M., Livingston W. and Isabel; the latter is deceased. In 1848 he came to Steuben County and settled in Otsego Township. He experienced the hardships and privations of pioneer life, both in Ohio and Indiana, but his indomitable will and perseverance were equal to any emergency and all obstacles were successfully overcome. He was one of the kindest and most self-sacrificing of neighbors, never refusing assistance to any one who needed it. He had an enviable reputation for honesty and strict business integrity, and his firmness in the carrying out of every principle he conceived to be right won him the confidence and esteem of all with whom he had any dealings. He filled several official positions of trust in Otsego Township, and in politics was a Democrat. His wife died Oct. 18, 1865, and he survived her fifteen years, dying at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Jesse H. Carpenter, of Angola, Sept. 11, 1880.
Submitted by: Kim Davoli