Owen Brown, born November 4, 1824, at Hudson, Ohio, was John Brown’s third son, and his stalwart, reliable lieutenant both in Kansas and at Harper’s Ferry. It was due largely to his unfaltering determination and great physical strength that the little group of survivors of which he was the leader reached safe havens. After the war he was for some time a grape-grower in Ohio, in association with two of his brothers. Thence he removed to California, where he died, January 9, 1891, in his mountain home, “Brown’s Peak,” near Pasadena, poor in worldly goods, but with the respect and regard of his neighbors. A marble monument marks his mountain-side grave. He never married. He was, like all Browns, original in expression and in thought, and not without considerable humor. He was the only one of five men who escaped from the raid who did not enter the union army, and he was t he last of the raiders to die.
Oswald Garrison Villard, John Brown, 1800-1859: A Biography Fifty Years After (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1910), 686.