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RG0812.AM:  Thomas J. Brown, 1853-1939

Reminiscences, letters, etc.:  1925-1936

Nebraska:  Minister

Size:  One folder


Thomas J. Brown was born in Illinois in 1853.  He was soon orphaned and went to live with the J.H. Horbet family.  The Horbets moved to Nebraska in 1860.  Brown attended Doane College at Crete, Nebraska, ca. 1873-1875.  He married Annie Marie White in 1877.  Brown served as a preacher in several communities over the next forty years, including Hemingford and North Platte, Nebraska.  He retired around 1920 and moved with his wife to La Verne, California.  Thomas J. Brown died in Los Angeles, California, on September 27, 1939.


This collection contains two typescript reminiscences by Reverend T.J. Brown. “Early Scenes in Nebraska” relates to the J.H. Horbet family. Brown writes of their coming to Nebraska in 1860 and of their encounters with Indians.  The other, a three-page typescript, describes the beginnings of the Congregational Church in eastern Nebraska and daily life in frontier Nebraska. Rev. Brown mentions Mormons traveling across Nebraska in 1862.  A third reminiscence entitled, “What I Saw When I Was A Boy,” is essentially the same as “Early Scenes in Nebraska.”  Also included are two letters written by T.J. Brown to A.E. Sheldon of the Nebraska State Historical Society.  The letters describe the reminiscences and include additional information about his family.


Reminiscences, letters, etc.


Subject headings:

Brown, Thomas J., 1853-1939

Congregational churches — Nebraska

Domestic life — Nebraska

Dunbar, John, 1804-1857

Farm life — Nebraska

Frontier & pioneer life

Gaylord, Reuben, 1812-1880

Horbet family

Indians of North America — Nebraska



Revised TMM          01-16-2016