Daniel Brown, the father of Colonel John Brown, came from Haverhill, Mass. , to the western part of the Commonwealth in 1752, when his son John was eight years old. He seems to have been first in the beautiful town of Sandisfield to take part in its local government, both secular and ecclesiastical". Deacon Brown" is called prosperous when this new town on the banks of the Farmington River, east of the hills of the Housatonic, bade fair to equal Pittsfield as a trading-place". The Deacon" was a local magistrate under the king when laymen served as judges. John his youngest son is described as tall and powerful an athlete able to kick a football over the elm-tree on the college green at New Haven when he entered at twenty-three years of age older in years than most college students of the year 1767.