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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd in 1879.  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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BROWN, ANDREW, retired farmer, for the past four years a resident of Roodhouse, was born in Frederick County, Virginia, near Winchester, October 24, 1820. His father, Leroy Brown, was a native of Virginia, who there married Margaret Hutton; there were three children born of this marriage, of whom Andrew was the oldest. When seventeen he left Virginia for Ohio in company with his parents. They settled in Ross County, where the head of the family followed shoemaking. Leaving Ohio in 1849, the family came to Illinois, settling in Morgan County on a farm. In 1853 Andrew was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Jane Burcher, a daughter of Clark Burcher. He now set himself resolutely to work, and soon became enabled to buy 160 acres of good land near White Hall, in Greene County, and followed agricultural pursuits successfully many years, and only abandoned it on account of ill health, produced by overwork. Selling his property, he moved to Roodhouse, where he now lives and where his wife has opened, to meet the wants of the enterprising people of Roodhouse, a first class millinery establishment. Five children born of this marriage: Jackson, Phoebe and Margaret living; John and Henry deceased.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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