|Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2016, used with permission|
Elias Billings Brown's Life
EBB (also called Billings) lived an interesting life and it is sad that the headstones in this Brown plot are so hard to read. I decided not to try to enhance them (which is time consuming) so instead I looked at what is posted at Find a Grave, which is how non- genealogists and genealogists look for gravestones. I found this entry with a photograph taken by Joanna Case.
The plot that I identified as Brown Plot One is plot 12-498. In huge cemeteries it is handy to know this and I like that people are adding the plot numbers to Find-A-Grave memorials.
The first document that I located that was not a vital record or census page, it was a Passport for him with a description of this wealthy and prominent Mystic native.
On 16 Nov 1857 at age 40 in Brooklyn, New York, EBB was six feet tall, had blue eyes a Roman nose, a medium mouth, a round chin, light complexion and brown hair. On 1 July 1863 he registered for the draft for the Civil War also in Brooklyn New York.
Elias Billings Brown was the son of Elias Brown, Esq. and his wife Mary Louisa Burrows. He was one of nine children.