Ben Lomond, California, John Brown

Jason Brown’s Tragic Life In Ben Lomond, California

Jason Brown, one of the surviving sons of abolitionist John Brown, moved to a cabin in Ben Lomond, California with his wife. Their first child together died at birth. The couple had two more children together. However, the second child together died at sixteen years of age and his wife ended their marriage after the passing of their second child.

Jason Brown has his brother Owen Brown move on with him after his wife moved out. Jason Brown helped build Highway 17 in Santa Cruz and spent the rest of his life as a recluse.

Author’s Note:

Philip Hamilton learned about Jason Brown’s life from a California Historical Society’s event on the 160th Anniversary of John Brown’s raid.

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