W. Brown
From the 1889 Goodspeed History
          Elder John W. Brown, who is prominently identified with the farming and stock raising interests of Burdine Township, Section 22, was born in Mississippi County, Mo., April 26, 1840, his parents being George Wesley and Lucinda (Scott) Brown. Elder John W. Brown was left motherless when a few months old, and his father died in August, 1883. He was reared in St. Francois County, Mo., and was obliged to make his own way in the world. He first contracted chopping cord-wood, and added farming to this. After the late Civil War he came to Texas County, purchasing a fine tract of land, consisting of 240 acres, where he located and where he has since lived. He was married in St. Francois County, Mo., to Miss Hettie Jones, a native of Missouri, born in Bollinger County, and the daughter of Thomas and Delilah (Pullum) Jones, natives of North Carolina. To Mr. and Mrs. Brown were born six sons, all living: William Isaac, a farmer of Texas County, who married Miss Sarah Keen, and has a family; John Wesley, a farmer of Wright County, who married Miss Evalina Dye; Thomas Benton, a student at Mountain Grove High-school, a school-teacher; James Harvey, Albert L. and Christopher C. yet remain on the farm with their parents. They buried their two daughters, Martha Delilah and Mary Melvina. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have extended their Christian charities to other children than their own, and have adopted two little orphan girls, Rhoda Elizabeth Klymer and Mary Catherine Drennon. Mr. Brown has served on the school board of his district, and has worked as a local minister for the past twenty years, in the Baptist Church, of which he, his wife and children are all members.


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