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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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S. H. Brown, son-in-law of Mr. H. Montgomery, was born in Macoupin County, Ill., July 27, 1848, and is the son of Daniel T. and Sarah (Olmstead) Brown, both natives of New York State. They were the parents of ten children, four now living: Mrs. Huldah C., Hamilton, Zelina A. and Stephen H. Those deceased were named Charlotta L., Daniel S., Martin M., Martha L., Sarah J. and Katie M. Mr. Brown worked on the farm during his boyhood, and received a good practical education in the public schools, but later attended McKendry, and finished at the International Business College at Springfield. He then went to Bunker Hill and engaged in the butcher’s business for one year. In the fall and summer of 1874 he bought and shipped stock to St. Louis. September 15, 1874, he married Miss Cora Montgomery, daughter of H. Montgomery. She had every advantage for an education, having taken a complete course at Carrollton Institute, at Farmington, Mo., also attended the St Joseph’s Convent in St. Louis, and later attended the school at Bunker Hill. She then married Mr. Brown and became the mother of six children, five now living: Maggie M., Zelma A., William H., Minta B. and Stephen H. The one deceased was named Daniel M. After marriage Mr. Brown farmed for one year in Illinois, and in November, 1875, he started for Maysville, in Benton County, arriving there December 28 of the same year. After remaining there a short time he went to Cow Skin Prairie, rented land one year, and then moved to Benton County, Ark., where he lived for four years, and then went back to Illinois. Here he tarried but ten months, and then returned to Benton County, settled on the farm he first occupied and has remained there ever since. He has 240 acres of land, 160 under cultivation. Mr. Brown has always been a Democrat in politics, and he and Mrs. Brown are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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