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[This information is from Vol. IV, p. 1706 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

This branch of the Brown family in America was founded by Charles F. Brown, who was born in England and died in Otselic, New York. He came to the United States with his wife Caroline and settled in New York, where their son Devillo Phelps was born.

(II) Devillo Phelps, son of Charles F. and Caroline Brown, was born in Otselic, Chenango county, New York, February 1, 1831, died in Smyrna, New York. He was a resident of Norwich, New York, at one time, but his latter years were passed in Smyrna. He married, in 1855, Frances M. Mead, born in Smyrna, 1833, died in Norwich, September 28, 1908. Children:

  1. Linnie C., born in Smyrna, April 10, 1860, died May 24, 1905, unmarried;
  2. Nettie Cornelia, April 25, 1863;
  3. Mott Devillo, see forward.

(III) Mott Devillo, son of Devillo Phelps and Frances M. (Mead) Brown, was born in Smyrna, New York, September 27, 1867. His early education was obtained in the Smyrna schools and continued in the schools of Norwich, New York, where his parents removed when he was twelve years of age. He passed through the various grades and was graduated from the high school. His first employment was in the local Young Men's Christian Association, of which he was secretary. He later engaged in the dry goods business and is now a commercial traveler. He is a Republican in politics, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and the Presbyterian church. He married, November 24, 1892, in Lansingburg, New York, Emma Kate Hicks, born September 26, 1865. Children:

  1. Frederick, born January 1, 1894;
  2. Archibald, born and died 1895;
  3. Mott Devillo, April 2, 1896.

Mrs. Brown is a daughter of Frederick Hicks, and granddaughter of William Hick, born in Yorkshire, England. He came from England to the United States, naturalized and cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson for president. He was by trade a cabinetmaker and followed his trade for many years in Troy, his home being in Lansingburg. Frederick, son of William Hick, was born in Lansingburg, February 5, 1837, died April 19, 1906. He added the s to his name, making it Hicks. He was educated in the Troy schools and clerked in a store until 1873, when he began business in a store for himself in Troy. Disposing of this business he opened a dry goods store in Lansingburg in 1885, which he continued until his death. He was a Republican, a member of the Veteran Firemen's Association, and a communicant of the Episcopal church. His wife, whom he married March 30, 1864, was Catherine Elizabeth Pierce, born September 1, 1839, died September 4, 1878. Their children were:

  1. An infant son, died unnamed;
  2. Emma Kate (Mrs. M. D. Brown);
  3. Agnes, born and died in 1876.

Catherine Elizabeth Pierce, grandmother of Mrs. Brown, was a daughter of Archibald and Catherine Elizabeth (Atkins) Pierce. Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Brown reside in Troy, New York.

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