The Brown Family of Henniker, NH

Harlan Lane, Richard C. Pillard and Ulf Hedberg

in The People of the Eye

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199759293
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863372 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

The Brown Family of Henniker, NH

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This chapter describes the life and extended Deaf family of the first great American Deaf leader, Thomas Brown, whose town of Henniker, N.H. became an important Deaf enclave in the founding of the Deaf World in America. In the 1850 census 27 Deaf people are listed for Henniker or at one or two towns remove. Brown labored to create the first Deaf association in America: the New England Gallaudet Association, which he served as president. In his later years Brown proposed a national convention of Deaf-mutes, which took place in 1880, and led to the founding of the National Association of the Deaf. The genealogy of the Henniker Deaf enclave is described; the enclave contrasts in genetic makeup, marriage practices, sign language use and cultural mores with the large Deaf community on Martha's Vineyard.

Keywords: Deaf enclave; Henniker N.H; founding of the Deaf World; marriage practices; Thomas Brown; New England Gallaudet Association; genealogy; National Association of the Deaf

Chapter.  3678 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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