•100 Years Ago - January, 1910•

Family spans Warrensburg's two centuries

Truman C. Brown and Matilda M. Taber, both of Warrensburgh, were married at the Methodist Episcopal Church at 4 o'clock Sunday. Although no friends or relatives were invited, about 30 people showed up at the church to witness the happy event. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Joel Hall of Sandy Hill (Hudson Falls). It is a fact that 50 years ago in Bolton at his first church, Rev. Hall performed the bridegroom's first wedding ceremony and he was happy to be on hand to start him on his second matrimonial voyage.

(Note...This wedding it is a link that connects the entire length of Warrensburgh's history, from its humble beginnings to the present day. The following paragraphs will explain why.

In three years, or 2013, Warrensburgh will celebrate its 200th anniversary of being a town. It was, however, 27 years before the big day, Feb. 12, 1813, that the first settler, William Bond arrived in 1786 to take up residence here. Two years later, in 1788, Caleb Brown was born in this frontier town that was than no more than a wide spot on the Indian trail that led to Canada.

Caleb Brown eventually became the father of bridegroom Truman C. Brown. Truman's first wife was Augusta French, born in 1839 and they had two children, Ella Brown and Milon Brown. They lived on Dickinson Hill, four miles from Warrensburgh. Augusta resided there on the farm for 42 years before she died at age 62 in 1902 of a severe attack of the grippe complicated by heart disease.

Living in Warrensburgh today are direct descendants of this couple whose family made their mark on the town. Art Brown, who ran his shoe store next door to the bandstand for nearly 60 years is a descendent of Milon Brown who was once Warrensburgh road commissioner. George Hayes, who today lives on the old Wilsey farm near his mother, Louise Hayes, off upper Hudson St., is the great-great grandson of Truman Brown. George's great-grandmother was Ella Brown Carpenter.

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