ISRAEL G. BROWN, a venerable and highly respected citizen of Bridgton, Me., now
among the oldest of the native residents, has spent his long and useful life of fourscore and four years within
the limits of this town, August 15, 1811, being the date of his birth. He is descended both on the paternal and
the materna’ side from Massachusetts ancestors, his father, Parker Brown, having been born in that State.
Parker Brown was a carpenter by trade, industriously following his calling until his death, in 1825, while yet
in the prime of manhood. His wife, Ruth Green, who was likewise a native of the old Bay State, outlived him many
years, passing away in 1868. They were the parents of eight children, namely: Sallie; Martha; Jonathan; Parker;
Israel G., the special subject of this brief biographical sketch; Hannah, who married a Mr. Hazen; John; and Betsey.
Israel G. Brown was but fourteen years old when his father died, and from that time he faithfully contributed his
share toward the support of the family. Diligent, persevering, and economical, he gradually acquired capital; and
this he wisely invested, purchasing in 1855 his present estate. He has worked a great deal at the carpenter’s trade,
having built many of the handsome residences in this vicinity. Here he and his youngest sister, Betsey G., who,
besides himself, is the only remaining member of the parental household, have since resided, he carrying on the
agricultural work, while she has presided over the domestic affairs, their days being spent in useful activity
and contentment. Mr. Brown has always taken an intelligent interest in local public matters, and is a faithful
supporter of the principles of the Democratic party.