Tombstone of the Month

Porter Samuel Brown

Porter Samuel Brown was born at Spruce Creek, near Franklinville, in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, on January 6, 1869. He was the tenth child in a family of eleven children of Benjamin Franklin and Martha Jane (Stewart) Brown.  Educated in the rural schools of Huntingdon County, at the age of sixteen, he was granted a certificate to teach school in Pennsylvania, by Governor M. G. Brumbaugh, remaining in that position for three years.  About 1888, he moved to Clarion County and joined his two brothers in the insurance business. They had two offices, one in Clarion and one in Brookville.  In 1896, he married Gertrude Hewitt and they moved to Brookville, where he and his brother Walter purchased the Brookville office and named it "Brown Brothers Insurance".  He and Walter also had an office in Punxsutawney. 

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Brookville for over thirty years, and was well known in the business world of Jefferson County. 

Porter and Gertrude were the parents of three children:  Firman Hewitt Brown, Ellen Newell Brown, who married Elliott D. Adams, and Stephens Porter Brown.  Gertrude died in 1921, following an operation in New York City.  In 1934, Porter remarried to a Clara Boyer of Wilkes-Barre, the ceremony having taken place in Ridgway, Elk Co., PA.

Mr. Brown died August 12, 1945, after an illness of three years, and was buried beside Gertrude in the new Brookville Cemetery. 

Firman H. Brown, Jr., grandson of Porter Samuel and Gertrude (Hewitt) Brown, is seeking information about his grandfather and grandmother, and information about his great-grandfather and great-grandmother, Benjamin Franklin and Martha Jane (Stewart) Brown and their children.  He can be contacted at

(tombstone photo by P. Steele).


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