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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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 LEVIN BROWN, son of Jacob Jennings and Amanda Elizabeth (Saxton) Brown, was born December 23, 1863, on a farm that had been in the Brown family for several generations, and had constituted their home. It was located in Middletown township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania. He attended public school, and until his eighteenth year pursued his studies. He then went to Philadelphia and engaged with William King & Company, wholesale and importing grocers, with whom he was employed for a period of eight years. He then engaged as traveling salesman for four years.

In the meantime he married, November 14, 1892, Rachel Swayne, daughter of Thomas B. and Rosa (Stackhouse) Headley, farmers, of Bristol, Bucks county. He settled at Woodbourne, in that county, remaining there a year after his marriage, and erecting a dwelling for a home. His career as commercial traveler had not fitted him, however, to enjoy the quiet and monotony of rural life. He therefore decided to engage in business, and accordingly leased the general store at Penllyn, the property of the Clark Wharton estate, at which place he has established himself and enjoys an extensive patronage from residents of the surrounding country. Besides keeping a general store, Mr. Brown is the postmaster at Penllyn, and is much interested in local affairs. He has been a manager of the Farmers’ Mutual Live Stock Association of Montgomery county since 1901. In politics Mr. Brown is a Republican, has frequently served as a delegate to county conventions, and is a member of the board of school directors of Lower Gwynedd. Mr. and Mrs. Brown affiliate with the Society of Friends, and formerly attended Langhorne Meeting at Langhorne, Bucks county.

Jacob Jennings Brown (father), son of Samuel Brown, was born on the Brown homestead, in Bucks, county, working on the home farm in the intervals of home study. His children: Wollston, married Ida, daughter of William Davis, contractor, of Philadelphia; George Fremont, married Dora Subers, of Lower Makefield township, and resides at Bristol; William Saxton, married Elizabeth Johnson, of Falls township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and resides on the homestead; Harry Harrison, married Florence Worthington, daughter of Benjamin F. Worthington, a noted hotel proprietor; Mary, married George Douglass, of Hulmeville, Bucks county; John L., subject of this sketch.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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