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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 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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B. H. BROWN, post-office Maple Grove, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Wayne county, N. Y., March 8, 1839, son of Daniel and Sarah Brown. At the age of eleven, he moved with his step-father to La Porte county, Indiana, and was there reared and educated; also attended the university at Battle Creek, Michigan, part of two years and the academy at La Porte, Indiana, one year. In 1861, at the first call for 300,000 men, he enlisted and served three years. Was wounded at the battle of Stone River, and at the battle of Chickamauga was taken prisoner and taken to Richmond, and from there to Andersonville, and was there over seven months; from there to Florence, South Carolina, and there paroled. Mr. Brown says nothing can portray the sufferings of his prison life. Was unfit for duty and discharged at the termination of service in Feb., 1865, and sent to La Porte, Ind. In the spring of 1865 went to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and carried on a government farm two years, then came to Jasper county, Mo., and farmed and taught school; he also taught in Indiana and Illinois before the war. Was married to Miss Urilla Viele in Sept., 1869. Mrs. Brown died in Jan., 1871, and Mr. Brown married for his second wife Martha J. Dinsmore, April 24, 1877. She was born in Knox county, Ohio, Nov. 24, 1853. Her father was a Presbyterian minister and moved to Jasper county, Mo., in 1867. Our subject moved and settled on his present farm of 225 acres in 1870; well improved and well watered. Mr. Brown has three children, named Elmer B., Clara E., and an infant. Mr. Brown takes an active part in politics and in public affairs, and is an enterprising man.

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