John Brown, Jr. was born 23 October 1820 in Castalian Springs, Sumner County, Tennessee, United States to John Brown (1772-1832) and Martha Chapman (1781-1853) and died 4 November 1896 Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Crosby (1822-1906) 21 May 1844 in Monroe County, Mississippi. He married Amy Snyder (1834-1871) 22 February 1854 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married Margaret Zimmerman (1836-1929) 3 March 1857 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.
John Brown, Jr., being the twelfth child in a family of fourteen children born to John and Martha Chapman Brown. He was reared in Illinois and spent the greater portion of his life traveling and working in the interests of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in colonizing and building up the commonwealth of Utah. In 1829, when John was nine years of age, this large family moved to Perry county, Illinois and here John grew to manhood.
In the fall of 1837 the various sects in Illinois held revival meetings. The Brown's were religiously inclined. Because of his interest in religion and education, John was urged to prepare for the ministry. While he pondered over this matter, George P. Dykes, a Mormon Elder from Nauvoo, came to Perry county to preach. John was converted and baptized in 1841 by Elder Dykes. After this John went to Nauvoo where he became acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith. Here he received a patriarchal blessing under the hands of Hyrum Smith, who also ordained him an Elder. His first mission was in the Southern states. On May 21, 1844, he married Elizabeth Crosby who was born December 21, 1828 in Mississippi.
Numbered amoung the participants in the Mississippi Saints 1846 Pioneer Company, a early Mormon pioneer wagon train that left Mississippi in 1846 to join the Mormon exodus to Utah. This group Brigham Young's vanguard company and spent the winter of 1846/47 at Fort Pueblo where the were joined by soldiers of the sick detachment of the Mormon Battalion. They reached Salt Lake City in late summer of 1847.
In 1846, one year before the pioneer trek, he, with others, conducted a company of Saints across the plains from Monroe County, Mississippi, as far west as Pueblo, Colorado. He returned to Monroe county, Mississippi in the Fall and from there returned to Winter Quarters.
In 1847, John Brown, as captain of the Thirteenth Ten, accompanied the Utah pioneers west in President Brigham Young's company. Orson Pratt and he were the advance scouts and on July 19, 1847, these two men saw the Salt Lake Valley from the top of Big Mountain. It was the first view of this valley by any of the Mormon pioneers. John Brown came into the valley July 22nd. Later that year he went back to his home.
Numbered amoung the participants in the Willard Richards 1848 Pioneer Company, a early Mormon pioneer wagon train that left with about 526 individuals when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Winter Quarters, Nebraska. This company was divided into two sections, Willard Richards (1804-1854) section and Amasa Lyman Section. The Lyman section left the outfitting post on 1 July and the Richards section left on 3 July. Members of the company arrived in Salt Lake City from 10-19 October 1848.
He brought his family to Utah in 1848 in Amasa M. Lyman's company. One son, John Crosby Brown (1848-1848) was born during the trek crossing in Converse County, Wyoming. His first Utah home was in Cottonwood, Salt Lake county. He next built a home at 129 South 2nd West in Salt Lake City. Later he lived in Lehi and finally moved to Pleasant Grove where he was called to be bishop, in which office he officiated for twenty-nine years. He was later ordained a patriarch of the Utah Stake of Zion, which then embraced all of Utah county. This last named position he held until the time of his death.
He served as legislator from Salt Lake county in 1852, and from 1859 until 1878 represented Utah and "Cedar" counties in the Territorial Legislature. He advocated woman suffrage, constantly worked for the establishment of schools, served as Justice of the Peace in Lehi, and from 1863 to 1883, was mayor of Pleasant Grove. He died in Pleasant Grove, Utah November 4, 1896.
Marriage and Family
His wife, Elizabeth, served as president of the Pleasant Grove Relief Society for many years. She was the mother of ten children. On February 24, 1906, she passed away in that city at the age of 83 years.
John married Amy Snyder, February 22, 1854 and to them were born six children. She was the daughter of Samuel Comstock and Henrietta Mariah Stockwell Snyder, and was born February 24, 1834 in Camden, East Upper Canada. She died March 20, 1871 in Pleasant Grove.
The third wife of John Brown was Margaret Zimmerman, daughter of Gotlieb and Juliana Hoke Zimmerman, whom he married March 3, 1857. She was born March 25, 1836 in Franklin county, Pennsylvania. Ten children were born to her. She died August 25, 1929 in the family home in Pleasant Grove, Utah..."
|Offspring of John Brown, Jr. and Amy Snyder (1834-1871)|
|Henrietta Mariah Brown (1855-1855)|
|Laura Jane Brown (1857-1882)|
|Mary Ann Brown (1859-1966)|
|Robert Alexander Brown (1863-1864)|
|Minetta Permelia Brown (1866-1962)|
|Offspring of John Brown, Jr. and Margaret Zimmerman (1836-1929)|
|Juliana Brown (1859-1860)|
|Harriet Rose Ann Brown (1860-1957)|
|Joseph Brown (1863-1863)|
|Josephine Brown (1863-1864)|
|Lydia Christina Brown (1865-1948)|
|Nanette Brown (1866-)|
|Margaret Brown (1867-1890)|
|Susan Elizabeth Brown (1870-1926)|
|Amy Cassandra Brown (1872-1959)|
|John Zimmerman Brown (1873-1961)|
|Lawrence Hoke Brown (1875-1883)|
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