IIWiILLIAM BROWN - 1836-1904
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Son of Captain James Brown and Martha Stephens
Born: August 31, 1836 at Beverly, Adams County, Illinois
Compiled by Lucy Brown Archer
William was the sheriff of Weber County, Utah for over twenty-five [thirteen] years. He was known for his fearlessness and success in ridding Ogden of criminals.. At one time he captured single-handed, two desperadoes who had robbed Wells Fargo Express Co. just as they were about to escape on the train.
1870-1883 Sheriff William Brown
"During the 1860s, Weber County continued to grow with additional commerce and industry. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act into law. By 1870, the population of Weber County had increased to 7,358. The increase was tied to the coming of the railroad.
William Brown was elected Sheriff of Weber County during the coming of the railroad. The Union Pacific Railroad track was completed to Ogden on March 8, 1869. The expansion of rail lines through Echo Canyon provided work for citizens living in Weber County. Ogden City Mayor and his partners contracted with Central Pacific Railroad for work maintaining Central Pacific lines. With the coming of the railroad, the population increased, as travel from coast to coast now only took seven days. As the population increased, crime throughout northern Utah also increased. By 1880, the county had 12,344 residents. This increased to 22,273 by 1890."
William Brown died on October 10, 1904 probably in Ogden.
PAF- Archer files = Captain James Brown + (1) Martha Stephens > William Brown.
Brown Book of Remembrance Written by Hattie Critchlow Jensen, prior to 1948.
[Bracketed], bold, corrections, and photos added by Lucy Brown Archer
http://www.halegenealogy.com/FamilyHistory/family.php?famid=F11424&ged=halefamgen.ged BIR-MARR-DEA: Vital records taken from "Descendants of Daniel Brown and Elizabeth Stephens" 1986 by Erold Clark Wiscombe. All sources are cited in that book.
Top photo of William Brown contributed by Erold Clark Wiscombe.
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