Sunday, March 12, 2017

Forget Me Not: Colonel Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown
7 June 1822 MS - 2 July 1904 IA
Son of Moses Brown & Nancy (Perkins) Brown 

Moses Brown was my 4th great grandfather. Nancy was his second wife.

Civil War Veteran Dead; 
Colonel Aaron Brown, Commander of Iowa Regiment, Passes Away at Mitchellville

Colonel Aaron Brown, a member of the first Iowa legislature to hold its sessions in Des Moines, a colonel in command of an Iowa regiment throughout the civil war and a well known Iowan, died at his home east of Mitchellville yesterday. Colonel Brown was born in Mississippi in 1822 and was reared amid the scenes of the south. During the California gold fever he was among the first to remove to the Golden state, where he remained for several years. Returning east, he came to Iowa where he was elected to the state senate in 1856. He retained his seat in the legislature until 1859, when he retired to his farm. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted as a private in the Third Iowa and through acts of heroism during the war, he was promoted to colonel. The remains will be interred in the little cemetery at Fayette, Ia., under the auspices of the G. A. R.

Source: Civil War Veteran Dead. (1904, July 5). Des Moines Register, p. 1. Retrieved Feb. 28, 2017, from Colonel Aaron Brown


  1. Interesting story of his life. I wonder how he made out in California. Did he return to Iowa rich or dejected?

    1. Wendy, maybe there is a family fortune somewhere, waiting for me to uncover it! ha!

  2. He lived a long life; one that must have been exciting. Wouldn't it be great to sit down and chat with him?

    1. Charlie, it would be very fascinating to hear about his life & how the world was then.


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