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Phoebe Hinsdale Brown

BROWN, Phoebe Hinsdale (née Hinsdale). b. Canaan, New York State, 1 May 1783; d. Henry, Marshall County, Illinois, 10 October 1861. Hinsdale’s parents died when she was a child, her father when she was less than a year old, and her mother when she was eight. She was brought up for a year by her grandmother, who taught her reading and instructed her in religion; but she was then sent to live with her married sister and cruel husband at Claverack, New Jersey, who treated her as a household slave and forbade her to go to church. She escaped from this domestic tyranny at the age of 18, and went to the Claverack school, where she learned to write. Returning to Canaan in 1801, she lived with a...

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