One of the earliest settlers, Abijah Brown bought 104 acres that was lot #2 range 9 in the northeast quarter from Breed Batchelor in 1771. He was born in Eastham, Massachusetts, original home of the Nathaniel Breed family. He married Deliverance Breed, daughter of Nathaniel and Ann Breed. Theirs’ was the first marriage performed in Monadnock #6 and its new meetinghouse. By the settlement surveys of 1774, he had cleared 30 acres and built a board house – one of the first board houses in town.
Both Struthers and the 150th Anniversary Celebration (probably Struthers; source) state that his farm was located above the lead mine where John Breed later lived. Brown’s deeds and the official surveys make it clear that Brown settled one lot to the north of that location.
There are two early cellar holes on that original Brown property. D-5-3 and D-5-4. Brown probably built both places, but it is clear from the early record of road #33 that Abijah Brown lived at D-5-3 and Isaac Brewer at D-5-4 though Brown owned both places. Probably Brown built this one first and the other one in response to his growing family. Abijah and Deliverance had a total of 11 children. Abijah died about 1812 and Deliverance in 1820. His heirs sold the whole farm to Nathaniel Breed II in 1814. It is likely that this house had been abandoned then.