THOMAS J. BROWN, of Raymond, the prosperous owner of Lake View Farm, where he
has resided since his marriage, was born in Raymond, April 6, 1840, son of Jordan and Catherine (Staples) Brown.
Jordan Brown was a native of North Raymond. As both his parents died when he was a small child, he came in early
boyhood to Raymond to live in the family of John Small, who acted as a foster-father to the orphan boy. He assisted
in the farm work, and as the years went by became more and more the dependence of Mr. Small, for whom he tenderly
cared during his last years. At that gentleman's decease Jordan Brown assumed entire control of the farm, the place
on which his son now resides, and was thereafter successfully engaged in mixed husbandry until his death, which
occurredFebruary 3, 1894. His wife, Catherine, was a native of Portland, from which place she came to Raymond with
her parents while she was young. She also found a home with John Small and his wife, and it was there that the
acquaintance was formed that led to her marriage. They were the parents of four children, namely: John Small Brown,
born June 18, 1838, who married Sarah Shaw, and now resides in Dry Mills, Gray, Me.; Thomas Jackson Brown, the
subject of this sketch; Sarah E. A. Brown, born July 30, 1842, who died April 28, 1843; and Joseph W., born December
5, 1847, who married Annie J. Harris, of New Gloucester, Me., and lives in Portland, where he holds a position
with the firm of Twitchell & Co. Their mother died August 31, 1883.
Thomas J. Brown received the advantages of a common-school education. After his school days were ended, he assisted
his father on the farm until his marriage, with the exception of one year, during which he was employed in Welchville,
Me. He then took charge of the old homestead, and has continued to reside here since that time. In the home place
there are about seventy-five acres of land, and he owns forty-five acres in another part of the town. Since he
became the owner of the farm, he has made various improvements. He does a successful business in stock raising,
making a specialty of Jersey and Holstein stock. The cream from his dairy is marketed at the Gray creamery. Besides
raising an excellent variety of fruit, he devotes considerable attention to the production of the staple products
of this section; and the close of the harvest season finds .his barns and granary well filled with hay and grain.
During the summer season the Lake View farm-house is opened for the reception of summer boarders, having accommodation
for about a dozen guests.
Mr. Brown was first married on July 2, 1862, to Miss Althea P. Messer, who was born in Waterville, Me., July 20,
1844. She died on November 11, 1867, leaving one daughter, Lizzie A., born April 11, 1866, now the wife of Frank
W. Edwards, of Freeport, Me., and the mother of one child, Flossie Ida. On November 10, 1877, Mr. Brown formed
a second union, taking for his wife Miss Nellie A. Brown, who was born in Raythond on January 20, 1848, daughter
of Andrew Brown, a prosperous farmer, now deceased. No children have been born of this second marriage; but they
have taken Frank L. Means, of Freeport, to bring up and educate.
Like his father, Mr. Brown has always been a supporter of the Democratic party. Though he has never been an aspirant
for official position, he has served as Selectman of Raymond and in other offices. In fraternal affiliation Mr.
Brown is a member of Siloam Lodge, No. 45, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Gray, Me., and also of the Cumberland
Grange Society. He and his family are attendants of the Union church at East Raymond.