Martinez Historical Society

Cemetery Tour of Martinez


brownWarren and Laura Brown

Warren Brown was the son of Elam Brown and the brother of Thomas A. Brown. He was a surveyor and drew the original map of Martinez for his surveyor brother in 1849 when Thomas was hired by Col. William Smith, founder of Martinez, to do the work. Warren, Thomas, and their brother-in-law, Napoleon Bonaparte Smith were co-owners of a trading post located in Martinez in 1849 - the first established business in the county. Warren came to California in 1847. While traveling here with his family via wagon train, he was stricken with typhoid fever. He was left at Ft. Bridger, apparently to die, while his family continued on. He recovered and rejoined the family in California. He was elected County Surveyor in 1850, and in 1854 was elected to the State Assembly. Also, he served as sheriff and farmed. He farmed a large tract of land in Martinez until moving near Lafayette in later years.