The county was created in 1818 and is named for Major General Jacob Brown, an officer in the War of 1812 who was wounded at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.
Masteodonic Remains are occasionally unearthed, and, from time to time, discoveries of the remains of Indian settlements are indicated by the appearance of giant skeletons, with high cheek bones, powerful jaws and massive frames peculiar to the red man, who left these as the only record with which to form a clue to the history of past ages.
- The History Of Brown County, Ohio, 1883
- A Tradition of Giants, Ross Hamilton: footnote 205 The History of Brown County, Ohio, 1883 (researched from the original by Pat Mason)
- Twelfth Annual Report, 1894 (page 453) .By Little and Collins. Stone Graves Near Ripley Ohio, yielded two, “extremely large skulls” and “;long femur bones”, but no complete skeletons. IANTS ON RECORD, Americas Hidden History, Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files. page 249.