Middle Run Baptist Church
—The Brown Settlement —
“As to debts, thank God I owe no man anything but love”
Godfrey Brown was born a slave in Brunswick County, Virginia in the year of 1768. He yearned for freedom and was freed by his master on March 7, 1820. He worked many long hours for planters and was able to save $5,600.00 to buy his family out of slavery. He died January 31, 1843 and was buried in the Brown Cemetery located 7 miles south east of Xenia. At the time of his death he owned 654 acres of land in Van Wert, Shelby & Greene Counties.
In 1822 he organized the first Negro Baptist church in the state of Ohio. The church was named Middle Run because it was located between two streams. He served as minister of the church for 24 years. At that time this was a station for the underground railroad. The church moved to Xenia, Ohio in 1889.
The Brown Settlement
He purchased 254 acres of land in Caesar Creek Township, Greene County Ohio on March 23, 1822. He and his sons cleared the land and built log houses, thus began the well known Brown Settlement. They also established a school and the Middle Run Baptist Church. At one time over one hundred families lived there. A small cemetery is all
Erected 2001 by Descendants of Godfrey Brown.
Location. 39° 41.348′ N, 83° 54.73′ W. Marker is in Xenia, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and North Patton Street, on the left when traveling east on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the front lawn of Middle Run Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 E Church St, Xenia OH 45385, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Greene County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); 74th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.9 miles away); Desert Shield - Desert Storm - Persian Gulf Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 0.9 miles away); April 3, 1974 Xenia Tornado Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Greene County War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Galloway Cabin (approx. one mile away); Galloway Log House / Xenia Tornado, April 3, 1974 (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Xenia.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.