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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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WILLIAM H. H. BROWN, wholesale and retail grocer, of Carthage, Missouri, was born ten miles north of Warrensburg, Johnson county, Missouri, November 17, 1840. His father, John Simpson Brown, is a gentleman now seventy-one years old, hale and hearty, and resides on the farm in Johnson county, Missouri. He is one of the pioneers of Johnson county, settling there in 1828, before the county was organized. He was born in North Carolina, but raised chiefly in Kentucky. The son and subject of this sketch was married August 20, 1861, to Emma E. Cleavland, who was born in Kentucky in 1836, but lived the greater portion of her younger days in Johnson county, Missouri. The children are Electra J., Melissa F., Ida M., Mary E., James W., Rufus L., Thomas S., Katie (died in 1878), Francis C., Jesse, Edna, who died in 1879, and Emma. Both Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is also a member of the Masonic order—Blue Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery. Mr. Brown came to Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri, in October, 1882, and immediately engaged in the wholesale and retail grocery and jobbing business in company with B. Foster & Co. He was interested at the same time with his brother Baxter Brown in operating the City Hotel, which was conducted in a manner satisfactory to the traveling public and no doubt with profit to themselves. Although but about forty years of age he is both grandfather and parent of ten children, ten of whom are living. Mr. Brown is both a successful business man and enterprising and large hearted citizen, and, though of rather a retiring nature, those respect him most who know him best.

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