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Benjamin Franklin Brown

Birthplace: Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: January 11, 1933 (81)
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathaniel Brown and Sarah Brown E. Green
Husband of Elizabeth Brown
Father of William S. Brown; Rachell Brown; Nathaniel Brown; Thomas Jefferson Brown; Benjamin Franklin Brown, Jr. and 4 others
Brother of Nathaniel Brown, Jr.; Richard B Brown; Sarah L. Brown; John B. Brown; Eliza Brown and 1 other

Occupation: Chief of Police - Marblehead
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About Benjamin Franklin Brown

1933 Cemetery Record shows Benj. F. Brown (Jan 7, 1933) buried with

  • Elizabeth Osgood (Clark) Nunes
  • George Henry Clark
  • Kenneth B. Clark
  • George G. Osgood
  • Sarah E. Osgood
  • Elza Brown (Oct 23, 1928)


  • Brown, Nathaniel (Jr.) ( 17 Feb 1846 - 9 Apr 1916 ) p Nathaniel Brown & Sarah E. Bessom
  • Brown, Nathaniel b Nova Scotia, D 5 Oct 1863 p Seth Brown & Rachel


Benjamin F. Brown, 88 on 49 Jersey Street, this town passed away suddenly at his home early this morning. He was formerly chief of police here  and has been the town truant officer for 37 years. In addition he was janitor of the Story grammar School.
 Mr. Brown was a charter member of the local Red Men Manataug tribe and was the oldest member of the order in Massachusetts.  The deceased also belong to the American Men. He is survived by six sons., William S., Thomas J. P., Benjamin. Jr, Mortimer, all of Marblehead, Everett of Grand Rapids Mich. and Nathaniel of Lynn; three daughters Mrs. Rachael Graves, Mrs. Ethel M Clark, both of Marblehead and Mrs. Sarah Osgood of Danvers. Mr. Brown also leaves a brother Thomas Brown and a sister Mrs. Elsa Cole of this town, 38 grandchildren and ? great-grandchildren.

Some notes on 'Improved Order of Red Men' The Improved Order of Red Men is a fraternal organization established in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834. Their rituals and regalia are modeled after those used by Native Americans. The organization claimed a membership of about half a million in 1935, but has declined to less than 38,000. []

Official history of the Improved Order of Red Men - By George W. Lindsay, Charles C. Conley, Charles H. Litchman ... 1889 The Great Council voted unanimously to grant charters to Manataug Tribe, No. 1, of Marblehead, Mass., and Seattle Tribe, No. 2, of Seattle, Wash., to replace originals destroyed by fire. The charter of Manataug Tribe was granted by the G. C. U. S., because the original charter of said Tribe had been granted by said body. []


? 1903 ? possibly police chief for 4th time

?1898 ? Possibly Police Chief (? 1898 returned at chief of police for third time)

?1887 ? Possibly 1887.Mar.09 - NY Times 'A Crazy Liquor Dealer - He Shoots the Chief of Police at Marblehead'

? Benjamin & Eliza Phillips Brown 50th Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Brown of 49 Jersey St. observed the 50th anniversary of their marriage at Masonic hall, Monday evening. Supper was served in the banquet hall at 7 o'clock folling which a social time was enjoyed. At their wedding 50 years ago last Sunday night, Mr. and Mrs. Brown were attended by Mr and Mrs. William Dennis, the later being at that time Rebecca Jan Harris and they were present at the reception. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have nince children all of whom were present last evening...

1860 Marblehead census lists a family with Nathaniel Brown, age 41 as head of household, a shoemaker from Nova Scotia. On this census his wife is listed as Sarah E. Brown and the children are Nathaniel, Richard, Sarah, Benjamin F Brown age 9 and then 3 younger children, John, Eliza and Thomas. This Benjamin's age of 9 fits with the birth date we have for him. Benjamin Brown's early profession was also shoemaker.

1870 US Federal Census Recod shows:

  • 879 Brown Sarah E 38 abt 1832 Female White Massachusetts
  • 879 Brown Benjamin 18 abt 1852 Male White Massachusetts
  • 879 Brown John 15 abt 1855 Male White Massachusetts
  • 879 Brown Eliza 14 abt 1856 Female White Massachusetts
  • 879 Brown Thomas 11 abt 1859 Male White Massachusetts

The Marblehead Vital Records lists a marriage in 23 Mar 1843 of Nathaniel Brown to Sarah E. Bessom.

In Obituary of Benjamin Brown, one of his children is listed as Benjamin Brown Jr. If he was Benjamin Brown III he would not have named a son "junior". That son would have been IV.

According to the records at Waterside Cemetery in Marblehead the first Nathaniel was born in Nova Scotia in Feb, 1820 and died in Marblehead on 6 Oct 1863. He is buried in Harborview Cemetery which is an old cemetery next to Waterside Cemetery in an unmarked grave. The first Nathaniel and his wife Sarah had a son named Nathaniel who is buried in the same plot as his brother, Benjamin Brown (1850-1933). His parents are listed as Nathaniel Brown and Sarah Bessom.

There were two Benjamin Brown's in Marblehead of similar age. One house has a historical plaque on it saying it was the home of Benjamin Brown. The last home that this Benjamin Brown lived in was on Jersey St. in Marblehead, not in the historic district where this other home was.

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Benjamin Franklin Brown's Timeline

March 1, 1851
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
January 1872
August 27, 1876
January 18, 1879
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
August 25, 1884
Essex, Massachusetts, United States
August 1887
November 26, 1889
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA