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John Brass is a native of the Orkneys, Scotland, where he was born in 1847. His parents were Magnus and Christenia (Hutchings) Brass. On his arrival in America in 1872, Mr. Brass went to Grand Rapids, where he worked, at his trade seven years, when he bought 80 acres of land on sec. 15, this tp. He was married in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 5, 1868, to Ann Leonard, a native of the Orkneys, daughter of James and Celia (Inkster) Leonard, born Aug. 22, 1847. They have four children, born in the fol1owing order: Celia Christenia, April 18, 1869; John, July 5, 1871; Maggie A., Oct. 22, 1875, and Anna Della, Oct. 9, 1878. An item of interest is the possession by Mr. Brass of a copy of the celebrated portrait of Sir William Wallace, the "Champion of Scotland," the original of which was sold by Oliver Cromwell, when as lord high protector of England he disposed of the art collection of Charles I., and which is now the property of Sir John Maxwell, Bart. Mr. Brass is engaged in rearing pure blooded Durham stock. He is a Republican, and both himself and wife are Presbyterians.

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