John Brown's army headquarters in the summer of 1859, Annie Brown (16) and Oliver's
wife Martha (17) kept house and served as lookouts.
The Fablinger family were teachers
as well as orchardists. Mary
Fablinger (who died in 1964), the
granddaughter of John and Mary
Brown, gave the family collection to
historian Florence Cunningham of
Mrs. Cunningham in turn willed it
to the Saratoga Museum.
Annie Brown Adams' grave is
recently restored by her
granddaughter, Alice Cook Hunt,
of Portland, Oregon
Annie rests at the Old Pioneer
Cemetery in Rohnerville, California
Annie and her brothers Oliver and Watson, killed at Harpers Ferry in
1859. Thomas Featherstonhaugh, "The Final Burial of the Followers of John Brown."
New England Magazine, 4/1901
Exhibit of Brown family artifacts at the Saratoga Historical Museum during March, 2009.
The photo projection portraits were created by Sarah Brown in charcoal and
pencil. The image of John Brown is by M. M. Lawrence.
The portrait of Mary Brown is by Isaiah Taber of San
Francisco, ca. 1874. Consequently, Sarah is portraying
her parents at the same age -- fifty-eight.
graves of Ruth and
Henry Thompson in
Pasadena. photo by Bonnie
Sarah and Ellen are
buried next to their
mother. The property
of Ellen and James
Fablinger is now the
Civic Center of the City
It was acquired in 1957
from John and Mary
Mary Fablinger, who
was in a nursing home.
A family reunion at the cabin of Owen Brown in Altadena, California, ca. 1888. Jean Libby's opinion:
The names of the three brothers, sons of John Brown and his first wife Dianthe Lusk (died in 1832) on the
print. It is possible that Ruth Brown Thompson is second woman from left. I believe that Annie and Sam
Adams are the couple on the far left; on the right, the woman in black is possibly Watson's widow Isabella.
Next to her are sons of Salmon Brown. The young woman on the far right could be Lydia Brown, the daughter
of Isabella Thompson Brown and her second husband Salmon Brown (a cousin). Thanks to Bonnie
Laughlin-Schultz, whose book The Tie That Bound Us; the Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of
Radical Abolitionism (Cornell University Press, 2013.)
Photo courtesy Society of California Archivists
|On Moving Owen Brown's grave to North Elba
American history is full of stories about the movement
and scattering of family members. Gravesites show us
the routes taken by our ancestors as their lives flowed
and ebbed with the changing times. By moving Owen, we
would disrupt the profound impact he, and others like
him, had on the world as they moved through their lives.
My answer is no, please do not move Owen Brown from
the resting place he himself chose.
Alice Keesey Mecoy
Great great grand niece of Owen Brown
|James Fablinger and Ellen Brown
engagement photos, 1876.
Ellen as a child, ca. 1863.
courtesy Saratoga History Museum