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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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MARTIN BROWN, farmer and stock-raiser, section 29, post-office Avilla, is a native of Germany, born in Prussia, July 19, 1818. He received his education in his native country, and learned the trade of machinist. He immigrated to the United States in 1849, locating at St. Louis, Mo., where he worked several years in a locomotive shop. He was married in that city, May 1, 1856, to Miss Matilda Lender, also a native of Germany. They are the parents of six children: John, born Jan. 26, 1857; Louis, born Nov. 27, 1860; Sigel, born Jan. 26, 1862; Matilda, born Nov. 18, 1868; Frank, born July 8, 1871; and Etta, born Jan. 8, 1873. Mr. Brown became a resident of Jasper county in 1858; was here during the dark days of the civil war, and of course suffered the privations and depredations incident to these trying times. He was repeatedly raided and deprived of his property, horses, and goods. The last year of the war he went to Kansas, returning to the farm at the cessation of hostilities, since which time he has been quite prosperous. The farm consists of 280 acres, 130 acres well improved, with good substantial farm buildings, orchard, etc.; also owns a 160 acre farm in Dade county, Mo. Mr. Brown is much respected in the community; has ever favored the union of states, and entertains a profound respect for American institutions.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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