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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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EDMUND A. BROWNE. Near the city of Lamonte, in the township of that name, lies one of the finest farms of Pettis County. This place consists of two hundred and eighty acres, upon which the various cereals and good grades of stock are raised. It is the property of Mr. Browne, who came to Lamonte in the fall of 1894, and purchased the farm on which he has since made his home. While he devotes some attention to the raising of grain, he makes a specialty of stock-raising, and has on his place a number of fine Hereford cattle.

Mr. Browne is scarcely yet in the prime of life, having been born April 14, 1869. He is a native of Perryville, Ky., and a son of Stephen E. and Maggie C. (Meyer) Browne, who were born in the Blue Grass State. The parental family consisted of two sons and five daughters, and five of the number are living, namely: Anna, Ardis, Edmund A., Eleanor and William C. The father followed general agricultural pursuits, combining the raising of cereals with the stock business. In 1879 he came to Missouri and made settlement in Pleasant Hill, embarking at once in the buying and selling of stock. He still makes his home in that place, and is well known as one of the most efficient business men and genial companions, as well as public-spirited citizens, for many miles around. In religious belief he and his estimable wife are Presbyterians, and their children are also connected with that church.

The paternal grandfather of our subject, Stephen C. Browne, was a native of Virginia, whence he removed to Kentucky and engaged in general farm work there. In public affairs he was deeply interested and well informed, and he took a prominent part in local politics. His death occurred about 1864, when he was sixty-eight years of age. Possessing fixed principles of honesty, Christian piety and industry, he reared his family often children to habits of scrupulous integrity, fitting them for places of honor in the world.

Maj. A. D. Meyer, the maternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of South Carolina, but removed from there to Kentucky, where he married and spent his remaining years, engaged in farm work and the stock business. His death occurred at the age of seventy-two years, about 1878. He was a leading and influential man in his community, a man of deep religious spirit, and for some years a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church of Danville, Ky.

When a lad of ten years, the subject of this sketch was brought by his parents to Missouri, and for the fourteen ensuing years made his home in Pleasant Hill, where his education was principally received. After finishing the common-school studies he took a short collegiate course. At the age of seventeen years he started out for himself as a clerk in a grocery store, and was thus engaged for five years or more, after which for two and one-half years he was book-keeper in the Citizens’ Bank at Pleasant Hill. He then took a trip to New Mexico, and afterward was bookkeeper for the firm of Crutcher & Welsh, of Kansas City, for one year.

On the 27th of June, 1894, Mr. Browne was united in marriage with Miss Hattie L., daughter of Charles B. and Mary L. (Donnelson) Nelson, and an accomplished young lady, who with her husband enjoys the esteem of a large circle of acquaintances. In religious belief they are members of the Presbyterian Church. The political opinions of Mr. Browne bring him into active cooperation with the Republican party, the principles of which he supports with his ballot and influence. He has already gained prosperity unusual for one so young, and without doubt the coming years will bring him increasing honors and an enlarged field of usefulness.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Pettis County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Pettis County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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