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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Addison H. Brown, a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Boles Township, Franklin County, was born in Circleville, Westmoreland Co., Penn., March 28, 1839, and is the eldest of nine children born to John and Margaret (Metraffey) Brown, also natives of Westmoreland County, Penn., and of Scotch-Irish descent. John Brown, who served fifteen years as justice of the peace in his native county, was a son of Henry and Eliza (Harkness) Brown. Two of Mr. Brown’s sons were educated for the Presbyterian ministry, and one of them, Rev. David Brown, is preaching at Newton, Iowa. Addison H. Brown was reared in Circleville until his thirteenth year, when he removed to a farm with his parents. He received an academical education, and engaged in teaching school until twenty-four years of age. In 1863 he was married to Mary J. Gaut, a native of Pennsylvania. He taught school during the winter months, and farmed during the summer, until 1880, when he engaged in merchandising in Wall, near Pittsburgh, four years, since which time he has followed farming. He owns 185 acres of well-improved land near Pacific, as well as town lots and coal land in Pennsylvania. Mr. Brown removed to Franklin County Mo., in 1865, where his wife died in 1877. In 1880 Mr. Brown returned to Pennsylvania, and in July of that year was married to Mrs. Matilda Linhart, nee Umbarger. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of the Presbyterian Church, of which the former is clerk of sessions and trustee. He is a Republican in politics, and while residing in Pennsylvania served three years as justice of the peace. During the late war he served in the Pennsylvania State Militia. He is one of the present board of school directors of Pacific.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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