Biography of Cornelius Brown (1861- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 514.

Cornelius BROWN is the son of John BROWN, who was born in Virginia and came to Missouri with his parents when a boy, growing up on a farm.  After attaining man's estate, he took for his companion through life, Mary L. GUNN, who bore him one daughter.   After her death, he went to Dubuque, Iowa, and served the plasterer's trade, and from there, in 1849, started overland, with an ox team, for California, which he reached after a journey of six months, during which time he had a number of encounters and many narrow escapes from Indians.  He was a successful gold miner for three years, and in 1852 returned home by water and subsequently was married in Pike County to Mary A. HAYDEN, soon after which he moved to Lincoln County and located on a farm.  He was very prosperous in his chosen calling, and became one of the first farmers of the county.   He was a Democrat, and died in 1887 at the age of fifty-seven years.  His widow after married J. Bent. HENRY, and died in 1881.  She was the mother of four sons and one daughter by Mr. BROWN and three of her sons are living, the youngest of whom is Cornelius.  He was born on the old home farm, which is now his, October 24, 1861, and there began his career as a farmer.  He attended the common schools in boyhood, and at the age of eighteen years began to earn his own living. He worked at the carpenter's trade for some time as bridge carpenter on the St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad, but for the last few years has been living on and farming the old homestead, which consists of 200 acres, with 150 acres under cultivation.   In 1886 he was married to Georgie B., a daughter of Abe DUFF, and by her is the father of one son, Claude. Mr. BROWN's political views are Democratic.

File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Betty Lavy Krieg, 25 Nov. 2000.  Link change or update: 13 January 2001

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