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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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Thomas Gilbert Brown, a prominent farmer, stock raiser and fruit grower of Benton County, Ark., was born in Wayne County, N. Y., June 30, 1827 and is a son of Jesse and Sally (Taylor) Brown. The father was a farmer, born on Long Island in 1804, and afterward became a well-to-do farmer, stock raiser and saw-mill owner of York State. He was a member of the Baptist Church and died in Fulton County, Ind., in 1846. His father, Thomas Brown, was a farmer and a native of France, being a schoolmate of the Marquis de La Fayette of Revolutionary fame. Sally (Taylor) Brown was born in New York in 1806, a daughter of Jacob Taylor, and a Methodist in her religious views. Thomas Gilbert Brown, her son, was taken by his parents to Indiana at the age of thirteen years, where he received his education and grew to manhood He was married in 1849 to Nancy Jane Lewis, who was born in Indiana in 1831, and died in that State in 1855. Two children were born to this union: Sarah Alice wife of William Fuller, and Leander, residing in Cherokee City. Mr. Brown was married to his second wife, Nancy M. Elliott, in 1855, and by her became the father of eight children: Rebecca A. (wife of A. N. Cherry), Jay W., Ida Belle (wife of B. Evans), Amy Dell (wife of John Ingalls), Ruth Jane, Ulysses Grant, Lillian and John E. In 1858 Mr. Brown went to Minnesota where he resided until 1860, and then went to Washington County, Kas. While residing in this place, in 1862, the Indians made a raid on his stock, and took all that he had. He then returned to Indiana, but only remained a short time, when he went to Nebraska, taking up the first homestead claim in Jones County. They were troubled a great deal by the Indians at first, and Leander, the eldest son was often posted as sentry on the top of their house, to watch for their approach. Mr. Brown made his home in Nebraska for twelve years, and then located in Benton County, Ark., where he has since resided. He has a good farm of fifty-five acres, all under cultivation, and an orchard of over 2,000 trees. He is a man who commands the respect and esteem of all who know him and he and family worship in the Congregational Church. While in New York, Mr. Brown’s father resided about a mile and a half from the Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith, and assisted him in digging up the plates from which the Book of Mormon is supposed to have been written.

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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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