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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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DR. W. H. D. BROWN, of the firm of Brown & Rush, mining operators, was born in New York City in 1830 and received his rudimentary education in the public schools of his native city. He then engaged in a literary course of study in St. Louis College, St. Louis, and graduated in a professional course of study in 1855, from the St. Louis Medical College. He then took up the practice of his profession in St. Louis and continued it till 1862, when he enlisted his professional services in defense of the Union and remained actively engaged till the end of the war, when he was honorably discharged as Medical Purveyor of the Army of the Frontier. After the war he practiced for a few years, when he engaged in mining operations in Oronogo, Mo., with which he was engaged there till 1878. He then came here, and has been actively connected with that industry here since. He married in St. Louis, Miss Margaret Russell, a native of Clackmananshire, Scotland. They have a family of two sons and two daughters— Willie, Maggie, George and Orie. He is an active member of Frank Blair Post, No. 54, G. A. R. He and his family are active members of the Methodist Church.

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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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