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1. Aaron Daniel-1 Brown was in born in [Kilcroagh Townland, Armoy Parish], County Antrim, Ireland in 1822. He died without benefit of the sacraments in Greenwood, Steuben County, New York on 6 January 1900 and was buried in the Old Catholic Cemetery near Greenwood on 8 January 1900. Dan married in Ireland Sarah Stewart who was also born in the County Antrim in 1814. She died of "old age" in Greenwood at 10:00 am on 16 March 1893 and was buried in the Old Catholic Cemetery on 18 March 1893 (New York State Certificate of Death 11973).
The County Antrim lies within Northern Ireland, just across the North Channel from Scotland; it is part of the region historically known as Ulster. Dan's and Sarah's origins in Ireland remain a mystery; none of their parents' names are known. The maiden name of Dan's mother was probably Hamilton or McKendry, according to family legend that another ancestor of the compiler, Rose Ann (Hamilton) McGill, and Dan were first cousins. Rose Ann's parents were Dennis-1 and Margaret (McKendry) Hamilton so Dan's mother must have been a Hamilton or a McKendry. Family legend also says that Sarah was one of seven daughters. Incidentally, Stewart and Hamilton are Scots-Irish names.
Dan may have been baptized at Armoy (also known as Kilcroagh), Kilcroagh Townland, Armoy Parish, County Antrim, Ireland. Armoy is a small village in the Antrim Mountains, located in Moyle District not far from the sea at Ballycastle. It is known that Rose Ann (Hamilton) McGill wrote to Ireland on behalf of William-2 Brown to obtain his baptismal certificate for some legal documentation. There is a brief note in her handwriting that states: "The Priest that was there when he was babtized [sic] was Father Killen [at] Armoy." However, during a tour of Ireland, Gerald Michael-5 "Jerry" Brown learned that Father Killen was the parish priest of Armoy from 1819 to 1828. These dates indicate that Rose Ann was actually referring to Dan in this note, not William. This information might have been necessary for Dan to become a naturalized citizen.
During a tour of Ireland as a student, Jerry Brown also uncovered some information that may serve to guide future research efforts. In the Parish of Armoy there is only one historic Brown homestead which is now owned by a McAuley family. An Alex Brown was listed as a landowner in 1833. Toal Brown, who was somehow part of Alex's family, was born in 1802 and died 15 March 1900; his wife's name was Alice. Perhaps this Alex Brown was Dan's father or grandfather.
When Griffith's Valuation was taken in the early 1840s, the only Browns noted in the Parish of Armoy were all residing side by side in the Townland of Kilcroagh: Tully Brown (probably a nickname for Toal), 22 acres, house, office (probably a chicken coop), and land; Patrick Brown, 9 acres, house, office, and land; and Daniel Brown, 10 acres, house, office, and land. All three Browns in Kilcroagh were leasing their land from Robert Smyth. One possible interpretation might be that Toal "Tully," Patrick, and Daniel Brown were the sons of Alex Brown. In any case, they were probably closely related.
Dan and Sarah left Ireland sometime after the birth of their second child on 15 April 1847; "Black '47" was the height of the Potato Famine. They were part of the great exodus out of Ireland. Their voyage to America took about three months; at one point a violent storm arose and blew the ship back in sight of the Irish shore. Our first record of them in America is the 1850 census. It is not known by what port they arrived. On 14 October 1850, they were residing in Copake, Columbia County, New York, a small town near where the borders of Massachusetts and Connecticut meet. At that time, Dan was working as a laborer and Sarah could not read or write. Later census records also indicate that Columbia County was the birthplace of their daughter, Catherine Ann (Brown) Dillon in 1850. Catherine's death certificate indicates that she was born at Livingston Manor, Sullivan County, New York on 17 October 1850. Livingston Manor is at least fifty miles southwest of Copake; it seems unlikely that such a significant move or trip occurred in the three days intervening between the census and Catherine's birth. A more likely explanation, is that the Browns resided on or near a large estate on the Hudson River named Livingston Manor, which is in Columbia County.
In any case, Dan and Sarah soon moved on to Steuben County, New York where they settled on (then King, now) Brown Hill between the villages of Greenwood and Rexville, near a McCormick family they had known in Ireland. Later, this farming couple relocated to Brown Hollow, between Greenwood and Andover, New York. In the 1873 Atlas of Steuben County, D. Brown's residence appears in the southeast corner of district 77, section 89. They cleared the land and built a farm; the buildings later burned and the foundations can no longer be found. On 6 January 1871, Dan became a naturalized citizen. On 20 December 1880, the following receipt was issued at Greenwood by J.B. Woodbury: "Rec-d of Daniel Brown Eighteen in full for Painting and Ironing Lumber wagon." (Ledger book of Alexander-2 Brown).
Children, surname Brown:
i. William-2, b. Co. Antrim, Ireland 15 May 1845; d. West Union, Steuben Co., NY 22 Sep 1927; bur. St. Mary's Cemetery, Rexville, NY; never married.
ii. Alexander, b. Co. Antrim, Ireland 15 April 1847; m. Jennie Thompson.
iii. Catherine Ann, b. in Columbia Co., NY or at Livingston Manor, Sullivan Co., NY 17 Oct 1850; d. 1930; m. 12 Feb 1877 Thomas Dillon Jr., b. 1853, d. 1927, son of Thomas and Julia (_____) Dillon, raised by Cornelius and Annora McCarty who are presumed to have been his uncle and aunt.
Children, surname Dillon: 1. John M.; b. 1882; d. 1924; m. Alice Rae Corsaw, b. 1888, d. 1970. 2. Mary Frances "May," b. 1884; d. 1902 2. William Leo "Will," b. 1886; d. 1959; m. Myrtle Smith, b. 1884. 4. Cornelius Edward "Neil," b. 14 Nov 1887; d. 6 Sep 1967; m. Matilda "Tillie" Young, b. 23 Aug 1883, d. 16 Oct 1957. 5. Margaret; b. 1891; m. Louis H. Young. 6. Daniel Webster "Don," b. 1895; m. Irene Baird. 5. Frederick W., b. 1896; d. at the VA Hospital in Bath, NY 1950s.
iv. Thomas, b. in 1853; d. Greenwood, NY 16 June 1861 of Diptheria; bur. Old Catholic Cemetery, Greenwood, NY.