The Hudson Library & Historical Society has taken particular interest in the life and history of John Brown, who spent over 20 years in Hudson, Ohio. It was at the First Congregational Church in Hudson that John Brown famously vowed during an 1837 prayer meeting that he would dedicate his life to abolishing slavery.
The Hudson Library & Historical Society’s collections on John Brown are particularly valuable for researchers interested in the life of John Brown and the family of John Brown. Our collections include an extensive collection of books written about John Brown, an ongoing project to document the genealogy of John Brown, as well as several manuscript collections including the entire research collection of Clarence S. Gee, the premier Brown scholar.
John Brown was born May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Litchfield County, Connecticut, the son of Owen and Ruth Mills Brown. The Brown family moved to the Western Reserve in 1805, settling in Hudson, Ohio. John’s mother, Ruth Mills Brown died in Hudson in December of 1808 and the following year, his father married again, to Sally Root. In 1817, young John was sent to the Morris Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. Illness forced him to return to Hudson before the academic year was done. John married his first wife, Dianthe Lusk, in Hudson in 1820.
The Hudson Library & Historical Society owns several manuscript collections related to John Brown and the family of John Brown. The Library owns the most extensive collection of research on John Brown, including the entire John Brown research collection of Clarence S. Gee, one of the premier John Brown scholars. A brief description of each John Brown-related manuscript collection is highlighted below.
The Hudson Library & Historical Society maintains the genealogy of the family of John Brown. The genealogy is currently available in the library and some of the genealogy is maintained online (see below). Please contact the Historical Society for any changes or updates.