Categories: Rich Square Monthly Meeting, North Carolina.
Benjamin was born in 1846. He passed away in 1920.
Biography: Info from Lucy Howell: Brown family records: Benjamin Pritchard Brown was a birthright member of the Society of Friends. In his early life, he often spoke in his local meetings. In the year 1867 and 1868, he attended New Garden Boarding School (now Guilford College), thus adding much to his parental training already received through his childhood. The Friends Meeting soon recognized he had a gift in the ministry and his name was suggested to the Meeting of MInisters, Elders and Overseets that his gift be considered. He was recognized a Minister 16 Aug 1873 at age 27 yrs. He married Jane Copeland. In her friendly and quiet manner she was ever a true help-mate to her husband, remaining at home looking after the comforts and sustenance of their children while he was away traveling in behalf of the Friends Meeting. He visited most of the Conservative Friends Yearly Meetings in the United States and some Meetings in Canada. One of his special gifts was to visit families at which time he usually had a short period of silence which was warmly received. He wasa very interested in young people and their activities. he ws instrumental in seeing that the community had a Friends School near his home. He gave the land and with the help of his friends in the community as well as some donations from his friends in the North and West Olney Academy (named after a school in Barnesville, Ohio) ws built and opened in 1901 with Miss Emma Steer of Barnesville, Ohio as the first teacher. She is still living (1971) in Barnesville, Ohio in her early 90's and goes to Meeting every First day. Another outstanding teacher was Hannah J. Starr of Canada. Benjamin and his son, Walter Jay, were the forces in getting a Post Office in 1905 at George, N.C., names for George Parker, a very influential man in the community and a Representative to the General Assembly for several years. When on a religious visit to Friends at Fairhope, Alabama, Benjamin was taken ill with flu and passed away while among his many friends there. He was brought back and buried at Cedar Grove Friends Cemetery at Woodland, N.C., a minister for 47 yrs. Written by his son, David heston Brown, age 84, Woodland N.C. 18 Mar 1971 From Ancestry.com.
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