FROM: The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).  P. 678

          James H. Brown, farmer was born in Wayne County, Mo., in 1845, the son of Green and Margie (Mayberry) Brown.  The father, born in middle Tennessee about 1805, came to Hamilton County in his youth and married, but in a few years he went to Wayne County, Mo.  Here he was soon appointed deputy sheriff, and in 1846, while attempting an arrest, he was shot and killed.  The mother, born in Hamilton County, in 1815, returned then to her birthplace and married James F. Galihur, who is also dead.  She is yet living, about seventy-two years old.  Our subject, the youngest of six children, lived with his mother until nearly twenty, and in January, 1863, married Nancy, daughter of Aaron S. McKenzie, born in Hamilton County in 1832.  Eight of their eleven children are living:  Aaron G., Marie E. (wife of F. Jennings), George S. William S., Martha A., Robert W., Charles F. and John H.  After marriage he began farming his own property in Maberry Township.  In 1883 he sold out and bought 360 acres in Sections 26 and 34, living in the latter section, his present home.  His wife died August 12, 1882, and in January, 1883, he married Martha E. Jennings, daughter of Nathaniel Martin, born in Kentucky in  1849.  Thomas and Martha E. are their children.  He is a Democrat, first voting for McClellan.  He is a Mason and a member of the A.O.U.W.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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