Brown, Joseph (7)
Brown, Joseph (7)
a Baptist minister, was born at Wickford, R.I., and graduated from Yale College in 1841. For some time he was a teacher in the Pittsburgh Female Seminary, and subsequently was ordained at Gallipolis, Ohio, over a Church organized by himself. For ten years he had charge of a Church in Springfield, Ohio, and in 1860 he became pastor of the Church in Terre Haute, Ind. He removed, in 1870, to Indianapolis, and for five years was the corresponding secretary of the Indiana State Convention. After a protracted illness, he died August 11, 1878. See Cathcart, Baptist Encyclop. page 146. (J.C.S.)
a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, was born in Surry County, N.C., August 2, 1772. In 1788, his father, colonel James Brown, attempted to move his family from North Carolina to the Cumberland country by boat. Young Joseph was in the company. The boat was attacked by Indians, his father was killed, he was taken prisoner, and it was determined to kill him also, but he was spared for the sake of an expected ransom. After remaining a captive eleven months an exchange of prisoners restored him to freedom. In 1794 he was guide to an expedition against the Indians, which resulted in the destruction of their towns. During the Creek War of 1812 he accompanied general Jackson as aide-de-camp and interpreter, with the rank of colonel. He subsequently had an opportunity to avenge his father's death by the capture of his murderer, Cuttey Otoy, but mercifully spared his life. In 1796, after the close of the Indian war in which he suffered his captivity, he settled on White's Creek, near Nashville, Tennessee, and became a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church. Occasionally, through life, he had paroxysms of bodily jerking, while engaged in prayer — one of the remarkable phenomena of the revival of 1800, in which he was an active participant. In 1806 he settled on Lytle's Creek, Maury County, Tennessee. Until about 1823 he was a successful business man, but in that year became connected with the Elk Presbytery as a minister, and was a member of that body until 1835, when he assisted in the organization of the Richland Presbytery. He travelled extensively: throughout the Southern States, preaching the Gospel. He died February 4, 1868. See Beard, Biographical Sketches, 2d series, page 217.