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BROWN James b1824 - Kalamazoo, Allegan and VanBuren Counties, Michigan



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  • Title BROWN James b1824 - Kalamazoo, Allegan and VanBuren Counties, Michigan  
    Short Title BROWN James b1824 - Kalamazoo, Allegan and VanBuren Counties, Michigan  
    Publisher Publ: Chicago: Chapman Bros. 1892, Page 475 & 476
    PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD  
    Source ID S1084 
    Text JAMES BROWN We are gratified to be able to place in the hands of our readers a sketch of Mr. Brown, who is one of the well-to-do agriculturists of Gun Plain Township, Allegan County. He is at the present time making his home on section 8, where he is engaged in cultivating the soil to the best purpose.
    Kent County, England was the birthplace of our subject, his natal day being May 6, 1824. His parents were also natives of that country and bore the names of James and Celia (Bourn) Brown. The father followed farming as an occupation and came to America with his family in 1847. Upon locating here he lived for three years in Monroe County, N. Y., and at the end of that time came to Gun Plain Township, Allegan County. A log house was erected on their purchase and a few acres cleared when it came into their possession. His death occurred in 1876, his wife preceding him to the better land in 1871.
    James Brown of this sketch, was the oldest but one of a family of six children, five of who are still living. He attended the common schools in England until ten years of age. He was twenty-three years of age when his parents took up their abode in the New World, and three years previous to their coming hither, our subject had worked out, receiving as remuneration for his services L10 (10 pounds) a year. In Monroe County, N.Y., he also worked out by the month on the farm and on coming to Michigan in 1850, purchased his present farm. He worked diligently in clearing his land and by a proper rotation of crops it is now made to yield handsome returns.
    Mr. Brown was married, in 1856, to Miss Eliza Honeysett, also a native of England, who was born December 18, 1833. She was brought by her parents to America early in the ‘40s and was a most excellent lady. Mrs. Brown died March 6, 1880. To them have been born two children: Charles A., who is married and resides in Gun Plain Township, and William T., who is also married and cultivates the home farm. Our subject is the possessor of eighty acres of land on section 8, Gun Plain Township, forty acres on section 9 and forty acres on section 10. He is engaged in the breeding of high-grade stock, in which he has been flatteringly successful. His persistent industry and good judgement have won the success which invariably comes to the possessor of these traits of character. He started out in life with no means, whatever, and is to-day one of the wealthy agriculturists of Gun Plain Township. In politics, he is independent, reserving his right to vote for the best man, regardless of party. 
    Linked to Celia BOURNE
    Charles A. BROWN
    James BROWN
    James BROWN
    William T. BROWN
    Eliza H. HONEYSETTE
    Family/Spouse: James BROWN / Eliza H. HONEYSETTE 

  •  Notes 

    • Marcia's Notes: Sister, Celia Ann (BROWN) Farbrother was dead (8 May 1884) when this this article was written in 1892. The years of death do not match other records for his parents.


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