Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Jacob Brown


The photo is of Jacob Brown with his son Charles W. Brown with their team of oxen.

Jacob Adam Brown was born September 29, 1849, in Canada to Nicolas Brown. Jacob married Minnie A. Miracle on July 5, 1872. She was born on April 15, 1852 in New York to John and Adeline Vergeson Miracle.


Jacob and Minnie had the following children:

  1. Charles William Brown was born April 20, 1875 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan. Charles married Lenora Gardner.

  2. John Nicolas Brown was born May 30, 1875 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan.

  3. Annie Margaret Brown was born January 28, 1877 in Gratiot County, Michigan.

  4. George Jacob was born January 6, 1879.

  5. Rachel (Alzadie Ratchel) Brown was born November 21, 1882 in Lakefield Township and died on December 25, 1882 in Lakfield Township. She was one month four days old when she passed away.

  6. Elizabeth (Lizzie Helen Adaline) Brown was born September 7, 1884 in Lakefield Township and died on February 25, 1890 at the age of five years, five months and eight days old. She died of measles.

  7. Orin (Orrie) Rubin Brown was born April 7/9 1887 in Lakefield Township.

  8. Leland Earl Brown was born February 13,/July 3, 1890 in Lakefield Township. He married Sarah Worbois

  9. Joseph Cecil Brown was born May 19, 1892 in Lakefield Township.

  10. Baby girl born and died May 20, 1895 in Lakefield Township.


Jacob and Minnie were living in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan when their children Charles, John and Annie Brown were born but by 1880 when George was one year old, they were living in Lakefield Township. In 1896, Jacob and Minnie owned and operated a 160 acre farm on the NE corner of Section 33 at the intersection of Grabowski and Fenmore Roads. They also owned another 80 acres on the NW corner of Section 34 at the intersection of Grabowski and Fenmore Roads. By 1916, Jacob and Minnie sold their 160 acres and the 80 acres they owned and bought a new 80 acre farm which was located in Section 34 on Fenmore Road in the middle of the mile on the east side of the road. Their neighbors were: George Larove, Mrs. J.J. Beird, George Most, John Honaman, George Green and Anthony Grabowske.



The Lakefield School District No. 3 was named the Brown School after Jacob Brown; he helped start the school district and he gave of his time building the school house. The Brown School was located on the NW corner of Grabrowski and Fenmore Roads. Jacob also served Lakefield Township as Overseer of Highways Road District #4 in 1892, 1893, 1885 and 1886. In the 1880/1890 Lakefield Records they describe a location as being the Jacob Brown Road. This road now, is probably known as Fenmore Road in Lakefield Township.


Jacob died on March 11, 1928 and Minnie died April 29, 1922 in Lakefield Township. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.

The photo is of Jacob and Minnie's son, George Jacob Brown
The photo is of Jacob and Minnie's children, Charlie Brown, Ann Brown Bovee and Leland Brown

SOURCES: Eva May Brown's records; Irving Brown's birth record; Charles Brown's birth record; John Brown's birth record; Annie Brown's birth record; Rachel Brown's birth record; Elizabeth Brown's birth record; Orin Brown's birth record; Leland Brown's birth record; Joseph Brown's birth record; female Brown birth and death record; Annie Brown's marriage record; Della Miller McKay's collection of obituaries; Myron F. Gulick's book, Lest We Forget, Find a Grave – Website; Minnie Adeline Brown's death certificate, Jacob Adam Brown's death certificate; Sarah Brown's death certificate.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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