This is Annie Brown's page.  At age 16 she joined her father's
army in Maryland, across the Potomac River from Harpers
Ferry.  Her story has been used in bits and pieces by many
historians and novelists:  it is now her descendants' turn to
bring Annie's special relevance to the John Brown story.   
from left to right:  Beatrice Keesey, granddaughter of Annie Brown Adams.     
at her home in Sunnyvale, California, December 2, 1976.
photo by Jean Libby  

Alice Keesey at age 16, granddaughter of Beatrice Cook Keesey,  January
photo by Jean Libby

Annie Brown at age 16, daughter of John and Mary Brown, abolitionists

Alice Keesey Mecoy at age 48     Photographed in Allen, Texas, on her way
to Kirke Mechem's opera about John Brown in Kansas City, May 3, 2008.   

Alice Cook Hunt, at age 95.  March 2011, Portland, Oregon   granddaughter
of Annie Brown Adams  
photo by Don Bumgarner

Alice Keesey Mecoy
Daughter of Paul Keesey
Son of Beatrice Cook
Daughter of Bertha Adams
Daughter of Annie Brown
Daughter of John Brown,  

"People call him a saint, a
hero, a murderer and a
terrorist, or a martyr.
But I am glad to call him
Alice Keesey Mecoy
The Kennedy Farm in Washington County,
Maryland -- John Brown's headquarters.

Annie Brown spent her sixteenth summer in 1859
as lookout for her father and his growing army of
black and white men.  Her job was to warn of
neighbors curiosity.  "Invisibles" she called them, as
they would rise from a meal, taking "vittles, utensils
and all" with them out of sight.  

South Lynn, owner and preserver of the Kennedy
Farm is pictured here by John Frye, archivist.

  • Americana Magazine, February 1983
  •   click on farmhouse to enter                                                  
    Captain Lynn's domain
My name is Alice Louise Hunt. I am
the great granddaughter of John
 I suppose I am the oldest
living descendant of his having  
celebrated my 92nd birthday Mar.27
this year (2007).   I am the youngest
child  of Bertha and George Cook.  My
mother being Anne Brown Adams
daughter. I have many memories of
Grandma Anne.  She came to live in a
house just down the block that my
parents rented for her.  This was about
the time I was ready to start school.
This was in Holmes Flats,  Humboldt
County, CA.  The expense war to much
for my folks so they  rented a farm at
Shively, CA. It had a small house on
the property that became Annes home.
Since I was the youngest and smallest
of my parents nine children it was my
job to button Grandma Annes shoes
and also assist her in any way she
required including carrying in her
meals that were prepared in our
home.  I was about ten when Grandma
died of cancer.  She had a horrible
passing.  We buried her at  
Rohnerville, CA.  I remember taking my
mom to her grave site years later.  We
found the site flooded and the grave
marker slab in bad shape.  My
husband Melvin and I went to the
cemetery association and arranged for
the needed repairs.  Many years have
passed but I think of those times
frequently. I still have the small tintype
picture of Grandma Annie. My mother
gave it to me in November 1937.

Mrs. Hunt donated the tintype of
her grandmother, Annie Brown
Adams, to the Saratoga Historical
Museum in March, 2009.  
Annie's grave at the Old Pioneer Cemetery in
Rohnerville is now restored, personally by Alice Hunt.  

Photos by her friend Don Bumgarner in February and
March, 2011  History note:    Mrs. Alice Louise Cook
Hunt was  photographed at her 95th birthday on March
27, 2011.  

Mrs. Hunt passed away in Oregon on November 24,
2013.  She is remembered fondly by family, friends,
and community.  
Mary, her only surviving son Salmon and three daughters (Annie, Sarah, Ellen) moved to California by the
Overland Trail in 1863 - 1864.

Annie Brown settled in Rohnerville, marrying carriage-maker Sam Adams there in 1870.     Mother Mary
Brown came from Red Bluff to Rohernville with younger daughters Sarah and Ellen.  After Ellen married
schoolteacher James Fablinger, all except Annie and Sam Adams moved to the San Francisco Bay area,
settling in Santa Clara County in 1881.      

Annie lived the longest of any of the children of John Brown, dying in Petrolia in 1926.   She was born in
Akron, Ohio, in 1843.  Annie helped many biographers, historians, and collectors with her memories and
experiences throughout the years.   One of her descendants, Alice Cook Hunt remembers the family caring
for her in her final days.  

photo in Humboldt County by Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz in 2006.
quilt patch designed and stitched
by Beatrice Keesey for a
bicentennial quilt made in
Sunnyvale, California, in 1976.

Patchwork History by Connie
Young Yu, 2010
ISBN 978-098255770-9
at the
Saratoga Historical Museum

Annie's obituaries

researched and
published by
Alice Keesey Mecoy
October 2011
Letter to Annie Brown Adams from Ida B. Wells Barnett,
African American civil rights and woman's suffrage activist