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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, SAMUEL E. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 10, P.O. Carrollton. Samuel E. Brown is a native of Greene Co. Born in 1841, he is the oldest son now living, of Elijah and Mary E. Brown. Elijah Brown died during the early infancy of the subject of this sketch; it is supposed he was a native of Georgia. He married his first wife, Miss Polly White, November, 1st, 1827, in Missouri, and not many years after occurred the death of this lady. His second wife, Miss Belinda Stevens, was a native of Missouri; of this marriage three children were born, none of whom survived. He married his third wife, Miss Mary E. Scoggins, in Greene County, where he removed in an early day; the marriage occurred on the 1st of March, 1837. His wife was a native of Kentucky, and was born on the 18th of January, 1818; seven children were productive of this union, of whom four survive. Samuel, from whom this narrative is obtained, passed his boyhood and grew to manhood in Greene Co., and from his earliest years has followed agricultural pursuits. In 1864 he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy M. Kirby, a daughter of Daniel and Polly Kirby; of this marriage five children were born: Edward B., George. G., Abraham J., Anna E. and Nina M. Mr. Brown is the owner of 340 acres of valuable land, and takes a leading position as a grain thresher and farmer in this section.

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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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