This is the kind of obituary a genealogist hopes for! Not my family but it may be of interest to some. Samuel Purviance, her father, was b 1793 in Penn, died in Indiana in 1847. I have no data on Samuel's origins but I do have the list of Samuel's children and their marriages.
DEATH OF MRS. BROWN: END COMES AFTER MONTHS OF PAINFUL ILLNESS: Was One of the Old Time Residents of Logansport
Mrs. Elizabeth P. Brown, one of the oldest and most respected residents, mother of Will I. Brown, died last evening at 8 o’clock after a long and painful illness. She was aged seventy-three years and had a large acquaintance. The funeral will be held in accordance with the last wishes of the deceased, in a private manner, the old time friends and relatives being especially welcome. From 9 until 11 tomorrow the casket will be open to such friends at the residence of her son Will, over Dr. Strecker’s drugstore on Broadway. In the afternoon at 4 o’clock the funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian church, Rev. E. Y. Hill officiating. This service will also be for the immediate relatives and old time friends. Interment will be made in the old cemetery.
Elizabeth Purviance, born Dec 13 1827 at Lewistown, Pa., was the oldest of eight children born to Samuel and Henriette Irwin Purviance, and was a great-great-granddaughter of John Harris, founder of Harrisburg, Pa., whose name is so closely associated with the early history of the state of Pennsylvania. Early in the year 1844, after a residence at Chambersburg, Pa., of several years, the Purviance family consisting of ten people, emigrated to the then young state of Indiana, travelling in their own conveyances as far as Pittsburg, thence down the Ohio and up the Wabash rivers by boat to Lafayette, Ind., and by canal boat from there to Logansport, where they landed June 1, 1844.
As their ancestors had been closely identified with the early history of Pennsylvania, so this family cast their lot with the fortunes of this state and town, and as a maid, wife and widow, Elizabeth Purviance Brown saw Logansport grow from a struggling hamlet on the frontier into the prosperous populous city of today, and Indiana take rank among the first of the state of the Union. June 17, 1849, she was united in marriage to Wm. Lyons Brown, thus joining representatives of two prominent families, whose history is so closely identified with the history of Northern Indiana, particularly with Cass county and Logansport.
Col Brown died Aug. 29, 1862 at the second battle of Bull Run Va., leaving the subject of this sketch a widow at the early age of thirty-two. Mrs. Brown was the mother of six children, two daughters, who have been dead a number of years, and four sons: William I. of this city: Frederick L. of Texas; James A of Colorado, and Charles H. of Minneapolis, Minn., all of whom with one brother, Samuel Purviance of Carroll co, this state, and a sister, Mrs. Mary B. Walker of Leadville, Colo., survive her.
Coming from a long line of staunch Presbyterians. Mrs. Brown united with the First Presbyterian church of this city in 1866 under the Rev. Irvin and has remained a consistent and earnest member and mother of that congregation since.
In 1866 she was appointed postmaster by President Johnson and was re-appointed for a second term in 1870 by President Grant.
About four years ago Mrs. Browns’ health began to fail and as the disease progressed, her strength, owing to advanced age, was not enough to withstand the shock of the several operations it was found necessary to perform and her strong constitution was gradually undermined. Under it all she was the [most] patient of sufferers, never complaining, but her spirit kept up by her strong faith and trust in her Redeemer.
Logansport Ind. Reporter 17 July 1900
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