Categories: Rich Square Monthly Meeting, North Carolina.
Biography: Info from Lucy Howell (Brown family records): "Walter grew up in a home established on Quaker belief and discipline, where he early learned to assume the responsibilities of the care of his mother and younger brothers and sisters. His father, a Quaker minister of wide service and calling, spent much of his time traveling in the ministry; thus the care of the home fell largely on Walter's shoulders. The close family ties which developed then were never relinquished and the bond of love among the brothers and sisters remained constant, even as each went his separate ways. In 1895 Walter married Loula May Vaughan who was a loving, devoted and helpful wife, mother and neighbor throughout their long life together her on earth. To this union were born four children, one of whom died in infancy. In addition, a foster son was taken into the home at an early age and became one of the family. As a young man, even before his marriage, Walter learned and put into practice prudent and good business methods. The manner in which he conducted his business helped to prosper him and provide him with a bounty of this worlds goods, so that he was better able to give much of his time and effort and money to the promotion of the Lord's work here on earth. Walter started a basket factory at Woodland,N.C. and sold out about 1920 to his brother, James Brown, and then bought land and started Riverside Manufacturing Co., at Murfreesboro, N.C., Hertford Co. This busines grew to a vast extent and his sons later became managers when they were grown. Walter Jay was very active in the Friends Meeting at Cedar Grove Metting House, Woodland, N.C. He visited many Friends Meetings in the North and West. He began to speak in meetings for worship before his father passed away in 1920. He felt very strongly that his father's mantle had fallen on him. The meeting soon recognized that he had a gift in the ministry. He was recorded a minister by Rich Square Monthly Meeting of Friends in 1941. Thereafter, he gave of himself that those within hearing of this voice and range of his influence might "Hold fast to that which is true".
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