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Robert Brown, Castleton


Born in 1845 to Richard and Pheba Brown, Robert Brown was a nineteen year old laborer at the time of his enlistment. After his term of service, he returned to Vermont where he resided in Castleton until his death on January 19, 1919. He was 74 years old. He was survived by two sisters from Saratoga Springs, New York, and a brother, Richard Brown. The cause of death was registered as "senility" but newspaper accounts at the time reported that he battled "a few weeks illness." Brown is buried at the Hillside Cemetery in Castleton, Vermont. Funeral home records show that Brown was charged $125.00 for all expenses, including the use of an "auto-hearse", making his one of the first modern (non-horse) funeral processions in town.