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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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W. N. BROWN, farmer; P. O. Delisle. Another life resident of Darke Co.; is a son of Caleb, and grandson of Phillip Brown; Phillip was a native of Tennessee, and married into a family by the name of Schleigar, and was one of the first settlers of this neighborhood; Caleb was then a boy; after he grew up he married Mary, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Neal) Miller, residents of Union Co., Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Brown resided on an 80- acre tract in Sec. 36; he was a leading and useful citizen; his house, which was a hewn-log structure, was considered above the average, and was used for several years for church services; he and his wife both lived to be nearly 90 years of age; Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Brown resided on an 80-acre tract in the same section adjoining his father’s; his death occurred in 1876, he being 70 years of age; his widow, now about 70, lives with her son at the old homestead. The subject of this sketch was born in 1839, on the farm where he now resides and has resided all his life; he now has about 200 acres in Sec. 36, including both the tracts owned by his father and grandfather; thus the memories and labors of two generations past cluster around this homestead. Mr. Brown was married in 1863, to Sarah Judy, daughter of David Judy; her death occurred in 1873; they had two children, one living, Frank. Mr. Brown’s marriage with Miss Elnora Bell Byers, was celebrated Dec. 6, 1879.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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