Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ebenezer Brown

Ebenezer Brown
Son of William Brown and Hannah Sweet

Married Ann Weaver, 20 Jul 1823, Dryden, Tompkins, New York

Married Phoebe Draper, 26 Aug 1842, Pleasantville, Pike, Illinois

Married Elsie Samantha Pulsipher, 19 May 1853, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Mary Elizabeth Wright, 29 Oct 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Treasures of Pioneer History, Vol. 4, p. 434

Ebenezer Brown was born in New York, December 6, 1802, the eighth child of William and Hannah Sweet Brown. The family moved to Crawford County, Pennsylvania where he spent much of his boyhood helping to dear heavily timbered land for farming.

On July 20, 1823 he married Ann Weaver by whom he had five children. He was baptized into the Latter-day Saints Church in 1835, and soon after, he with his family and a brother, William, came west with the Saints to Ohio and later to Missouri. Finally they settled in Quincy, Illinois where on the 20th of July, 1842 his wife died, leaving four children. Later he married a widow, Phoebe Draper Palmer.

Ebenezer Brown was among the five hundred men who answered the call of the Mormon Battalion. His wife, Phoebe, went along with them as laundress. His eldest daughter was married and the boys, Guernsey, Norman and John were left in her care. He was Second Sergeant in Company A.

After enduring the pangs of hunger and thirst, footsore from walking many miles without covering for their feet, making roads and building bridges as they went, they at last reached their destination. Gold having been found in California, he, with others, stayed there to work to get means to come on to Salt Lake. He arrived in Salt Lake the latter part of 1849 and found his family here to meet him.

In 1850 they came to Draper, then called South Willow Creek, where he built the first home. He was also the first postmaster and served in the first bishopric. He passed away January 26, 1878 a faithful and fearless Latter-day Saint leader. — Eunice Waibeck

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