The plaintive writer of this remarkable missive was born 28 February, 1819, on a farm in Foxville, Frederick County, Maryland. Joseph Brown was in Myersville by 3 October, 1843, when he married a local girl named Mary Doub. They had three daughters then Mary died 3 February, 1852, of unknown causes. After fixing his mind on the idea of remarriage, Brown cast a mental net for possible candidates and came up with Emeline Hoffman, his late wife’s younger half-sister. When Joseph Brown wrote to her, Emeline was nineteen years old.
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