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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton 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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S. E. Brown is of English and Irish descent, and is a son of Daniel Brown, who was born in Jackson County, Tenn., in 1825, and who came with his step-father, John Rutledge, to Illinois. At the age of seventeen (1843) Daniel Brown came to Newton County, Mo., was married in 1849 to Elizabeth H. King, and to their union were born six children: Sanford E., Nancy A., William E., Mary E., Sarah M. and Daniel S. On coming to Missouri Mr. D. Brown located on a farm, sold out in 1857, and purchased property in Lawrence County, where he has since lived. He is a Democrat in his political views, and has held the office of constable. He has been an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for many years. During the war he served in the Confederate Cavalry under Gen. Stand Waite a full-blooded Indian chief from the Indian Territory. He served about eighteen months, and was at the battle of Cabin Creek in Indian Territory. He lost all his property during the war, and fled with his family to Texas in 1863. In 1864 he enlisted. S. E. Brown was born on his grandmother (King) ChitWood’s farm in Newton County, Mo., in 1850. He attended the common schools, but his education was cut short by the breaking out of the war. In 1871 he was married to Lean F. LeGrand, daughter of Ahraham LeGrand [see sketch of T. C. LeGrand], and their union has been blessed by the birth of six children: Elizabeth L., Elijah D. E., Mary A. M., William W. F., John V. C. and Sanford T. D. Since 1874 Mr. Brown has resided on his present farm. His political and religious views are the same as those of his father, and since 1886 he has held the office of justice of the peace.

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