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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  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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J. H. BROWN, of the firm of Brown & MacMillan, mining operators, was born in Schuylkill County, Penn., in 1852, and was reared in LaFayette County Wis. In 1870 he began mining operations in the coal interests of Polk and Greene Counties, Iowa, which he followed for several years. In 1876, he located in Kansas in Chautauqua County, and carried on farming till 1878, when he came here and engaged at his present industry, which he has successfully followed since. In 1880, he married Miss Nellie Wilkinson, a native of LaFayette County, Wis. They have one son, Albert. This firm have now four shafts in active operation in the Corlin Tract and Rosenthal & Teeter’s ground. They give employment to twenty-five workmen, and raise 10,000 pounds of lead and fifteen to twenty tons of zinc ore a day.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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