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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Crawford 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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Charles Fox Brown, M. D., of Van Buren, was born in Virginia in 1820, and is a son of Henry and Mary (Brown) Brown. The father was also a native of Virginia, born in 1770, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was of English descent. He died in 1823. The mother was a descendant of a different family of Browns, was born in Virginia, and died in 1835, aged forty-five. Our subject is the youngest and only living child of a family of ten. He lost his father when three years old, and when ten accompanied his mother to Louisville, Ky., where he attended school four years. He then entered the Baptist Seminary at Richmond, Va. He soon after accepted a position as clerk in a store there, and in 1840 commenced the study of medicine, at Fayetteville, Ark., under Dr. J. C. Pollard. In 1844 he entered the medical department of the Louisville University, and attended one course of lectures. In 1845 he located in Fayetteville, and for a year practiced with his former preceptor. Coming to Van Buren in December, 1846, he practiced some time, and in 1848 entered the Ohio Medical College, from which institution he graduated in 1849. He is with one exception the oldest practicing physician and surgeon in Van Buren, and has attained a high rank in his profession. He is a member of the Crawford County Medical Association, and has at times been president of the Crawford County Medical Society for the past fifteen years. He is a charter member of the State Medical Society. April 1, 1858, he married Helen M. Bostick, a native of Columbia County, Mo., born in 1839. To them five children have been born: Mary G., Charles F., John B., Ione F. and Guy. Dr. Brown is a Democrat, and in 1861 enlisted in Ray’s battalion, serving as surgeon. He served four years, and it is to the practice obtained in the army that he attributes a large portion of his success as a surgeon. He was in the battle at Oak Hill, and was afterward transferred to the Mississippi department, and appointed to hospital service. He is a Mason, and a member of the I. O. O. F., and Mrs. Brown and all the children belong to the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 222 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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