John was born in Bothwell, the third son of Robert and Mary. . His father's occupation was 'labourer' and his mother was given as Mary formerly Morgan. His father Robert was the informant and made his mark, he is recorded as Robert Brown of Hamilton so possibly the family resided in Hamilton for a short while around John's time of birth.
John grew up in a rural community and worked on a farm.
In 1864 John's father became ill. John and his brother William were admitted to the Queen's Orphanage in Hobart . John was aged 4 1/2 at this time, and William was six. Discharge details are not given.
John and Sarah lived at Strathbarton, a property near Apsley, where John worked as a farn labourer.
John and Sarah had nine children.
Sarah died in the days following the birth of Mabel, their youngest child, of postpartum haemorrhage.
John married Esther, Sarah's younger sister, who had moved in to help look after the children.
John and Esther had three children.
A picture once existed of John sitting in the seat of a horse-drawn tractor, with a large bushy beard.
John was remembered by his grandchildren Vera and Beryl as being good with animals. He drove a team of four or six when needed, and drove a pair of two horses to pull his plough.
Esther died in 1930.
John died in 1945 in Bothwell and is buried there.
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