Biography of William J. Brown
Rush County, IN Biographies





WILLIAM J. BROWN, a substantial retired farmer of Orange township, this county, now living at Milroy, was born in the neighboring county of Shelby but has been a resident of Rush county for many years, having moved to this county and established his home not long after his marriage. He was born on a farm in Union township, Shelby county, August 30, 1850, son of William W. and Nancy (Linville) Brown, both of whom also were born in that county, members of pioneer families, and who spent their lives there. William W. Brown was the youngest of the nine children born to Robert and Catherine (Cotton) Brown, who were among the pioneer settlers of Union township, Shelby county. Robert Brown in his day was known far and wide as a mighty hunter. He cleared the land on which he settled and effectually "blazed the way" for succeeding generations of the family on that place and as his nine children mostly married and reared families of their own the Brown family of that connection in this region is no inconsiderable one in the present generation. William W. Brown established his home in that section after his marriage and became the owner of an excellent farm of 110 acres which he improved and on which he spent his last days. He and his wife were the parents of five children, four of whom are still living, those besides the subject of this sketch being Franklin P., David E. and Electa, wife of John Linville. Reared on the home farm in Shelby county William J. Brown became a farmer on his own account and after his marriage at the age of twenty years established his home as a renter in his home county, but presently came over into Rush county and for twenty seven years thereafter made his home on a rented farm in Orange township. He then bought a farm of eighty acres in that township but some time afterward sold that place and bought the farm of 110 acres which he still owns there and on which he made his home until his retirement from the farm and removal in 1904 to Milroy, where he is now living and where he and his family are very comfortably situated. Mr. Brown is a Democrat and has ever given a proper degree of attention to local civic affairs, but has not been a seeker after office. He and his wife are members of the Christian church and have for years been interested in the work of the same as well as in all neighborhood good works. It was in 1870 that William J. Brown was united in marriage to Missouri F. Hume, daughter of Benjamin Hume, a member of one of the old families of Rush county, and to this union four children have been born, Wilbur C., Harvey F., Stella and Clarence, all of whom are still living and the first two named of whom are grandfathers in their own right, thus giving their parents the distinction of being great grandparents. Wilbur C. Brown married Myrtle Paulus and has two daughters, Mary, wife of Earl Harcourt, who has one child, a son, Robert Lincoln, and Carrie, wife of Clifford Harcourt. Harvey F. Brown married Rena Paulus and has one child, a daughter, Marie, who married Glenn E. Foster, assistant cashier of the Peoples National Bank of Rushville, and has one child, a son, Charles. Stella Brown married Owen Harcourt, who died leaving her with one child, a daughter, Cannie, who married William Ward. Mrs. Harcourt later married Edward Barlow. Clarence Brown, the unmarried son, is the cashier of the Milroy State Bank and has long been looked upon as one of the progressive and enterprising business men of that part of the county, ever interested in movements having to do with the advancement of the commercial and industrial activities of his home neighborhood, and, as his friends say of him, is "a mighty fine fellow," which every one must allow.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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