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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Robert T. Brown, a dealer in general merchandise and mineral, is also interested in farming and stock dealing. He is one of the active, public-spirited and successful business men of Washington County, and was born in Perry County, Mo., September 3, 1846. His father was Francis Valle Brown, who was a son of Robert T. and Catherine (Valle) Brown. Francis Valle Brown was chiefly connected with the Valles, who figured in Missouri when that territory was the property of the French; he married Sarah C. Harwell, and their five children were Robert T., Zeno L., Barton F., Thomas V. and Addie B., the wife of Joseph Webber. The father died in October, 1874; the mother is still living at Farmington, Mo. Robert T. lived in his native county until six years old, and the following five years he spent in Jefferson and St. Francois County, whence he went to Newton County, Mo., where he remained until 1863; he then returned to Washington County and lived in Potosi until 1868, spending the following four years on the frontier freighting. In 1872 he again returned to Washington County, where he has since been engaged in selling goods. He was married February 25, 1872, to Miss Jennie Howard, also of Washington County, and a daughter of Mordecai J. and Elizabeth (Hughes) Howard, well known residents of Washington County. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have five children, viz., Howard E., Minnie Belle, Fannie M., Adda Valle and Genevieve.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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