|from left to right: Beatrice Keesey, granddaughter of Annie Brown Adams.
troubles" at her home in Sunnyvale, California, December 2, 1976.
Alice Keesey at age 16, granddaughter of Beatrice Cook Keesey,
photos by Jean Libby
Alice Keesey Mecoy at age 48 Photographed in Allen, Texas, on her way
to Kirke Mechem's opera about John Brown in Kansas City, May 3, 2008.
Alice Cook Hunt, at age 92. Mrs. Hunt is the closest descendant of John and
Mary Brown in lineage alive today--granddaughter of Annie Brown Adams
Alice Keesey Mecoy
Daughter of Paul Keesey
Son of Beatrice Cook
Daughter of Bertha Adams
Daughter of Annie Brown
Daughter of John Brown,
"People call him a saint, a
hero, a murderer and a
terrorist, or a martyr.
But I am glad to call him
Alice Keesey Mecoy
|The Kennedy Farm in Washington County,
Maryland -- John Brown's headquarters.
Annie Brown spent her sixteenth summer in 1859
as lookout for her father and his growing army of
black and white men. Her job was to warn of
neighbors curiosity. "Invisibles" she called them, as
they would rise from a meal, taking "vittles, utensils
and all" with them out of sight.
South Lynn, owner and preserver of the Kennedy
Farm is pictured here by John Frye, archivist.
|My name is Alice Louise Hunt. I am
the great granddaughter of John
Brown. I suppose I am the oldest
living descendant of his having
celebrated my 92nd birthday Mar.27
this year (2007). I am the youngest
child of Bertha and George Cook. My
mother being Anne Brown Adams
daughter. I have many memories of
Grandma Anne. She came to live in a
house just down the block that my
parents rented for her. This was about
the time I was ready to start school.
This was in Holmes Flats, Humboldt
County, CA. The expense war to much
for my folks so they rented a farm at
Shively, CA. It had a small house on
the property that became Annes home.
Since I was the youngest and smallest
of my parents nine children it was my
job to button Grandma Annes shoes
and also assist her in any way she
required including carrying in her
meals that were prepared in our
home. I was about ten when Grandma
died of cancer. She had a horrible
passing. We buried her at
Rohnerville, CA. I remember taking my
mom to her grave site years later. We
found the site flooded and the grave
marker slab in bad shape. My
husband Melvin and I went to the
cemetery association and arranged for
the needed repairs. Many years have
passed but I think of those times
frequently. I still have the small tintype
picture of Grandma Annie. My mother
gave it to me in November 1937.
Mrs. Hunt donated the tintype of
her grandmother, Annie Brown
Adams, to the Saratoga Historical
Museum in March, 2009.
|Annie's grave at the Old Pioneer Cemetery in
Rohnerville is now restored, personally by Alice Hunt.
Photos by her friend Don Bumgarner in February and
March, 2011 History note: Mrs. Alice Louise Cook
Hunt was photographed at her 95th birthday on March
Mrs. Hunt passed away in Oregon on November 24,
2013. She is remembered fondly by family, friends,
|Mary, her only surviving son Salmon and three daughters (Annie, Sarah, Ellen) moved to California by the
Overland Trail in 1863 - 1864.
Annie Brown settled in Rohnerville, marrying carriage-maker Sam Adams there in 1870. Mother Mary
Brown came from Red Bluff to Rohernville with younger daughters Sarah and Ellen. After Ellen married
schoolteacher James Fablinger, all except Annie and Sam Adams moved to the San Francisco Bay area,
settling in Santa Clara County in 1881.
Annie lived the longest of any of the children of John Brown, dying in Petrolia in 1926. She was born in
Akron, Ohio, in 1843. Annie helped many biographers, historians, and collectors with her memories and
experiences throughout the years. One of her descendants, Alice Cook Hunt remembers the family caring
for her in her final days.
photo in Humboldt County by Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz in 2006.
|quilt patch designed and stitched
by Beatrice Keesey for a
bicentennial quilt made in
Sunnyvale, California, in 1976.
See Patchwork History by Connie
Young Yu, 2010
Saratoga Historical Museum
Alice Keesey Mecoy