The obituary for Abraham Brown of Leavenworth, Kansas appeared in the Zanesville (Ohio) Daily Courier on October 26, 1876. It was originally transcribed here on a Ancestry.com message board.
The death of Hon. Abraham Brown occurred at his residence in Leavenworth, Kansas, a few days since after a protracted illness. The deceased was a man eminently respected by all who knew him. He was posessed by a kind heart and generous impulse, and by acts of kindness had won the love of many warm friends who deeply deplore his death. He was at one time a member of the Kansas legislature, Judge of the Court, and during his sojourn in Kansas, had filled many positions of honor and trust. He was a brother of the late Isaac M. Brown, who was so many years a resident of Zanesville. He had attained the ripe age of seventy years.
This dovetails with the obituary of Isaac M. Brown which appeared in the same newspaper in 1870:
There is a sad warning to all in the death of an old friend. There is a deep, quiet voice in the empty seat and the name that has lost its owner--a voice that recalls to our memory the kindly heart, the genial face, and the affectionate nature of a good man, and a respected fellow citizen who has passed to his long, long home. Such a man was Isaac Brown, who died in Paris, Ky., October 8, 1870, aged 73 years with paralysis of the brain, while visiting his oldest daughter, Mrs. Charles E. Mundy.Thus, tying these two obituaries together, I know where Abraham Brown (Michael's 3rd great-grandfather) came from. But who in their right mind (and certainly not me) would have looked for a Leavenworth Kansas obituary in an Ohio newspaper? That's why the transcriptions are so important. My google search found the transcription.
Mr. Brown was born in Middleburg, Loudon County, Virginia, May 21, 1797, and married Christena Kyle, January 8, 1818. He left Virginia November, 1832, came to this city in 1833 and continued to reside here the greater part of that time. A good friend, a true patriot, a kind husband, an indulgent father, and above all, an honest man. Mr. Brown was essentially a man of charity, with a heart that ever beat in unison toward all, and with a fund of genial humor that ever rendered him a welcome guest to all, both old and young. His remains were brought back to this city and laid by the side of his inestimable wife, who crossed the river just one year and eight months before him. He died in full fellowship with the Masonic fraternity, where he had been a member for m any years.