Here is Asa Brown’s assessment of John Brown as husband material:1
From the fact that, at the time of the oldest tax list in Hampton (1653), the tax of John Brown was third in amount, and also that he was a single man 40 or 46 years of age when he came to this country, it is to be presumed he did not leave London entirely destitute of property, but that he was a man of considerable wealth. This may have been one reason why Sarah Walker married a man so much older than herself, and, besides, as he lived to be over 90 years of age, and as his descendants are generally well built, rugged and healthy, he was doubtless a well formed, handsome man, appearing much younger than he really was.
I assume that Asa would have counted himself among John Brown’s descendants who were “generally well built, rugged and healthy.”
1Asa Warren Brown, “From the Exeter News Letter, October 27, 1851: The Hampton Brown Family” (unpublished manuscript, Personal Papers of Ronald Dalrymple Brown, n.d.), pp.1-2.
Image: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Farmer’s boy.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 27, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-e2be-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99