Brownell, Verannus a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Vermont, March 16, 1810. He was converted at the age of sixteen, and joined the Protestant Methodists, who licensed him to preach, and admitted him into the travelling connection. In 1841 he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church; he was admitted into the old Genesee Conference, and in it labored with marked ability and success as preacher until 1854; then two years held a superannuated relation, after which he spent another ten years in the active ranks. In 1872 he was again obliged to retire from the effective work. He died December 11, 1874. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1875, page 136.