Biography of William Brown (1836- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 512.

William BROWN, farmer and son of Levi and Mary (ODEN) BROWN, was born in Lincoln County, Mo., where he is now living, in June 1836.  The father was born in Cocke County, Tenn., in 1796, and the mother in Barren County, Ky., she being a little older than her husband.  He came to Lincoln County in 1815, and she to St. Charles County a few years before, and lived for some time in a fort.  After their marriage, in 1829, they settled in Lincoln County, and here spent the balance of their days.  He was a mechanic, making spinning wheels, coffins or whatever the early settlers needed, though at the same time he carried on farming.  He died in 1881 and she in 1877.  He was a Democrat previous to the war and afterwards a Republican.  In their family were five children, of whom two sons and one daughter are now living.  The grandfather, William BROWN, fought in the Revolutionary War.  William BROWN, the subject of this sketch, was reared on a farm and received little or no education.  He lived with and cared for his parents until their death.  In 1858 he married Miss Nancy E. WILLIAMS, daughter of John P. and Mary (HATFIELD) WILLIAMS, who were the parents of four daughters, of whom Mrs. BROWN is the youngest . The fruits of Mr. BROWN's marriage were two children, John L. (deceased) and Levi.  Since his marriage, Mr. BROWN has lived on his fine farm, consisting of 222 acres all well cultivated; besides this he has ample means on interest.  He has been a resident of Lincoln County for the past fifty-two years, and has never been on a train or a steamboat.  For about three years during the war, he belonged to the militia.

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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