H. F. BROWN, farmer and stock raiser, lumberman and manufacturer, P. 0. McComb, was born in Ashland County,
Ohio, April 19, 1830, son of Thomas H. and Susannah (Sours) Brown, natives of Ireland and Pennsylvania, respectively.
Thomas H. Brown, who was a farmer, came from New York and settled on a farm in Ashland County, Ohio. His family
consisted of twelve children, ten of whom grew to maturity, our subject being the ninth. H. F. Brown was reared
on the farm, educated in the district school in Ashland County, Ohio, and chose agricultural pursuits as his occupation.
In 1854 he came to this county and settled in the northeast corner of Blanchard Township, where he bought 160 acres
of land. He now owns 225 acres where he resides, and at one time owned 400 acres. He started a saw mill in Portage
Township, this county, in 1864 or 1865, and still operates the mill in McComb. He manufactures and repairs wagons
and carriages, and owns the shop in McComb. He also contracts to build pikes, and in 1884 he constructed 200 rods.
Our subject was united in marriage, in 1850, with Mary A., daughter of William Ewing; her parents were natives
of Pennsylvania and of Dutch descent. The children born to this union are William, Alice J., Elizabeth Melvina
and Thomas Jefferson. Mrs. Brown died in 1862, and in 1864 Mr. Brown was again married, this time to Mary W. Ray,
daughter of Gyant and Sarah (Morrison) Ray, who were of Dutch and Scotch English descent. By this union six children
were born, four of whom are now living: Nettie Gertrude, Frankie, Florence and Henry B. Mrs. Brown is a member
of the Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Brown of the Lutheran Church. In politics he is a Republican. He has filled
the office of trustee for three terms. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and has taken all the degrees in the
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
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