Lucy Brown (1821-1885)

Daughter of Joseph Brown (1787-1871) and Rachel A. Carrier (1798-1847)

Biographical and Research Summary

Lucy BROWN, the fourth child of Joseph Brown and Rachel A. Carrier Brown, was born on Friday, May 11, 1821 in Busti, Chautauqua Co., NY, as recorded in her father’s journal and as referred to in several of his family letters. According to the 1904 obituary for her oldest brother, John H. Brown, the family had been living in Jamestown, NY, in 1831, when Joseph and Rachel Brown removed with their family of eight children and went down the Allegheny and Ohio rivers, first to PA, stopping first in Rockland Township, Venango Co. Lucy would have been about ten years old at this time. Five more children would yet be added to the Brown family, making a total of 13 children, giving Lucy a total of five brothers and seven sisters.

On March 2, 1843, twenty-two year old Lucy married Paul Grover. Her mother Rachel would have still been living at this time, and the following year in 1844, Rachel would give birth to her thirteenth and last child, a son that would be named Lyman. In her father Joseph’s letters he would refer to Paul as “Pal.” Early in 1865 Paul enlisted as a soldier in the Civil War in Indiana. The terrible cold and freezing weather conditions, often without shelter for the men, and then with the contagious diseases which filled the camp, Paul became infected with the measles. He became seriously ill and was put in the camp hospital and was near death when Lucy went to see him. Lucy, by scheme, was somehow able to get Paul out of the camp hospital and took Paul to their home in Wabash, where he lasted only a week before he died.

In a letter written to her sister Eunice Dama Lindsey, Lucy expresses her experiences, her deep sorrow, and her great despair. This letter was written by Lucy to her sister Damey (Eunice Dama Lindsey), who was living in Gallia, Ohio. Lucy was living in Wabash, IN. The letter is dated March 15, 1865, and reads as follows:

Dear Sister:

Sad and lonesome I seat myself after so long a time to answer your letter. Oh Damy, when I received your letter, Paul was at home with me but now he is gone to return no more to me. I hardly know what to do. He enlisted about two months ago with Lyman and Bill Nickle and Adison Grover. They were sent to Indianapolis where they stayed until the first of March, when Lyman took the lung fever. Paul then wrote for me to come down and fetch two suits of citizens clothes so that he and Lyman could pass out as citizens and we would fetch Lyman home as they would not give any furrows nor they would not give the soldiers any passes to go off the camp. I went down as soon as I got the word. The woman that lives in the house with me went along and when we got there Lyman was in the City Hospital and Paul was in the Camp Hospital. We made out to get him home with us poor fellow. He had taken the measles and so much cold with them that he only stayed one short week with us. Poor dear, he suffered so much. It seemed so hard but I had to give him up.

We went to the hospital to see Lyman and he was very weak in his breast. He said he was too low to leave bed. I did not expect that he would live when I saw him but I received a letter from him today. He said he felt nearly as well as ever only he was very weak in his breast. He was sent back again to Camp. He said he was able for double rations. Poor boy. I am afraid when he hears what has happened at home that it will give him a back set and if it does, it will be the last of him. He did not want Paul to go he told me. After they had gone he would rather than fifty dollars that Paul had not enlisted. He said he did not think he was about to stand it. I tried my best to keep him from going and if it had not been for Adison, he never would have went.

I am afraid that it will be a dear trip to him as well as the rest of us for Hannah is lying at the point of Death an the children all have the measles. Luther is very sick. They were here when Paul came home. Elias Roby moved them out to his place the next day. Hannah hurt herself drawing water out of the well and washing. The well had no pump in it then the typhoid fever set in with it.

Well Damy, since writing the above, poor Hannah has left us and gone to her [long] home. Her children are left, poor little dears. My heart aches for them. The baby is very sick and we think Luther is getting better.

I am so lonesome I hardly know what to do. If I keep well I may come out here and see you all this summer sometime. You may let Eber (?) and Elijah read this if you please. I will write to them soon.

Johns and Josephs are well but John Wesley got his feet burned pretty bad with hot sugar. Henry stays (?) with me. I want you to write soon and often so goodby for this time.

L.G. to D. Lindsey

Lucy married again (2) to Phillip Laudengarager. They were the toll gate keepers at Union Mills, Wabash Co. IN. They were childless.

Again, according to letters and journal entries written by her father, Joseph Brown, Lucy is mentioned frequently. Lucy often appears to be the center of this family and is in contact with her father, brothers, sisters, and their families.

On April 29, 1866, in a letter written to his daughter Damey (Eunice Dama), Joseph Brown gives us an update on Lucy’s life some eleven years after the death of her first husband, Paul Grover. Joseph writes: “Lucy has her garden partly planted and her house well finished off. She has one acre of ground and fenced in with a good board fence around it. It stands on the bank of the Wabash River. Her house in the corporation of the town or city.”

It is has been reported--but not yet proven--that Lucy died in the year 1885 and is buried in Wabash Co. in the Matlock Cemetery where her father Joseph Brown is buried. Her grave stone simply reads “Lucy Brown.”


(1) Paul D. Grover serving in “A” Company, 153rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

(2) There is a James A. Grover serving in “A” Company, 153rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry (Probably “Adison Grover,” same date, same Company as Paul Grover).

(3) Lyman Brown serving in “A” Company. 153rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

(4) William Nickle serving in “A” Company, 153rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

The 153rd was organized at Indianapolis, 1 March 1865. It left for Nashville on 5 March. It stopped at Louisville while enroute and was sent to Russellville, KY, to operate against guerillas in the vicinity of Russellville until June. A detachment was in Lyons County on 29 April. The regiment moved to Louisville on June 16 and had duty at Taylor’s Barracks until September. Mustered out on 4 September 1865. Lost 3 men killed and 46 by disease.

William Nickle was the oldest son of Wilson Nickle and Esther Brown Nickle.

NOTE: The “Lucy Letter” is the courtesy of F. Duane Lindsey. The original letter is in his possession.

NOTE: Biography compilation is the courtesy of the Nickle-Brown-Carrier Cousins Team.