STERLING JOHN BROWN'S BIRTHPLACE TORRINGTON CONN SPOON


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John Brown was born May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut . He was the fourth of the eight children of Owen Brown (February 16, 1771 âÂeÂ" May 8, 1856) and Ruth Mills (January 25, 1772 âÂeÂ" December 9, 1808) and grandson of Capt. John Brown (1728âÂeÂ"1776). [6]

In 1805, the family moved to Hudson , Ohio , w Owen Brown opened a tannery . Brown's father became a supporter of the Oberlin Institute (original name of Oberlin College ) in its early stage, although he was ultimately critical of the school's "Perfectionist" leanings, especially renowned in the preaching and teaching of Charles Finney and Asa Mahan. Recent suggestions that the Browns were heavily influenced by dissenting Presbyterians and other forms of neo-Calvinism at this period are incorrect. Although Brown withdrew his membership from the Congregational church in the 1840s and never officially joined another church, both he and his father Owen were fairly conventional, conservative evangelical Calvinists throughout their lives. Brown's conservative personal religion is fairly well documented in the papers of the Rev Clarence Gee, a Brown family expert, now held in the Hudson [Ohio] Library and Historical Society.

As a child, Brown lived briefly in Ohio with Jesse R Grant, father of future general
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