Abby Louisa Brown

Name: Abby Louisa Brown (McCagg)
Birth Date: March 31, 1828
Birth Place: Hudson, New York
Death Date: May 5, 1917
Death Location: Evanston, IL
Burial Place: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL


Abby Brown was an early settler of Chicago and Evanston. She was active in temperance work and in First Methodist Church. She was on the board of North Western Female College and was a founder of Evanston College for Ladies and was on the Board of Trustees. Other organizations she was active in were the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, the Chicago Home for the Friendless, and the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society.

Father: Isaac McCagg
Mother: Louisa Butler
Children: Three: Jessie, Caroline, Robert
Years in Evanston: 1866 -1917

Sources: Something for the Girls: Evanston Women in the Women Movement, 1954 [sic]-1920" Evanston History Center Subject Files. Evanston Women Pre 1950: Newspaper Clippings; Sheppard, Robert D and Harvey B Hurd. History of Northwestern University and Evanston. Chicago: Munsell Publishing Co., 1906; City Directory; EHC Personal Papers Collection, no. 29.