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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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John D. Brown, dealer in furniture at Iberia, Mo., is a son of Matthew and Nancy (Tate) Brown, and was born in Pennsylvania July 7, 1840. Both parents were Pennsylvanians, and in 1860 moved to Miller County, Mo., where the father was engaged in farming and merchandising, and died the same year. His father, John Brown, was an Irishman, and a farmer by occupation. The maternal grandparents, William and Hannah (Hubbler) Tate, were born in Pennsylvania. John D. Brown, whose name heads this sketch, was one of ten children, seven of whom are living, whose names are as follows: Mary, Belle, Henry C., Sallie, Ann, John D. and Charles L. He spent his early life in Tennessee, and at the age of twenty years began doing for himself, and the following year, on the 1st of June, enlisted in Company F, First Missouri Volunteers, and was at the battles of Boonville, Wilson’s Creek, Prairie Grove and Vicksburg. He was wounded in the neck by a buckshot at Wilson’s Creek. He also had a cannon wagon run over his legs, mashing one badly. He was afterward taken sick, and, after being confined in the hospital at Washington, was discharged in 1864. He returned home and resumed farming, which occupation he followed until 1884, when he established his present business. He is a member of the G. A. R., and in his political views is a Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for Lincoln, in 1864. He and wife, whose maiden name was Julia Fancher, and whom he married December 24, 1864, are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and are the parents of five children: Belle, Eugene, Walter, F. Roy and Charles. [See sketch of M. W. Fancher for history of Mrs. Brown’s parents.]

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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