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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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Dr. Eliab M. Brown, a wealthy farmer and physician, was born in Anderson County, S. C., in 1831, and is a son of Joseph and Mary (Moore) Brown, who were born in Anderson County, S. C., in 1806 and 1811, respectively. They passed their entire lives in their native State, and died in 1838 and 1846, respectively. The father was a man of education and ability, and in 1826 graduated from the State University at Charlotteville, Va., in the law and literary department. His father, John Brown, was of English descent, and born in Maryland. When young he went to South Carolina, where he became one of the wealthiest merchants and land owners of Anderson County. He died in 1853, aged eighty-four. Dr. Brown’s mother was a daughter of Samuel Moore, a planter of South Carolina, and a soldier in the War of 1812, under Jackson. Her grandfather, Eliab Moore, served through the Revolutionary War, as first lieutenant, under his brother, Capt. Samuel Moore. Our subject is the second of five children, and received his early education at a common school and Anthon’s Academy. After leaving school he took charge of some mills on his mother’s property, and then spent some time traveling. When twenty-six years old he attended a course of lectures at the medical college of the State of South Carolina, at Charlestown, and in 1860 graduated from the Atlanta (Ga.) Medical College, in the month of August. Since that time he has practiced his profession, with the exception of the time spent in service during the war, when he commanded Company L, Second South Carolina Rifles, until the battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864. At that battle he was so severely wounded that he was disabled from further service. Upon first entering the army he served some time as second lieutenant in Company J, Fourth South Carolina Volunteers. After the war he resumed his practice, speculated largely in real estate, and after searching some time for a healthy place to permanently locate, he settled in 1882 on a bluff, three miles west of Van Buren, on Lee’s Creek. Finding that place not all he desired he finally moved upon his present farm, which is situated six miles north of Alma, on “Georgia Ridge.” As a medical practitioner Dr. Brown is widely and favorably known as one of the best in the State. Since the war he has become a large real estate owner, and now has 1,560 acres in several farms, almost all of which is Arkansas River bottom land. In 1855 the Doctor married Emily, daughter of Eliab Moore, a native of Anderson County, S. C., and now the mother of eight children, five of the sons now living. The second son, Robert A., is a physician, and the third also, although he has not yet graduated. Dr. Brown is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Pierce, in 1852. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1856, and is now a Master Mason of Alma Lodge No. 43. At the close of the war Rev. Capt. Moore was shot and killed by a notorious Tory, Bill Cunningham, but his death was afterward avenged in Florida by his brother, Lieut. Moore, killing Cunningham. Lieut. Moore afterward was a State senator, and uncle of the renowned judge D. L. Wardlan.

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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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