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Histories and Biographies of Ballard, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, McCracken and Marshall Counties, Kentucky A Reprint of Part H of Battle. J.H., W.H. Perrin And G.C. Kniffin. Kentucky: A History of the State. First Edition. Louisville, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1885, pg.114. Ballard Co.
Preston S. Brown, Jr., was born October 12, 1840, in Todd County, Ky., where he grew to manhood, and in 1860 removed to Ballard County, where he has since resided. His father, Preston S. Brown, Sr., born near Richmond, Va., in 1800, removed to Todd County in 1805, was a courier in the war of 1812, and is still living. He is the son of John Brown, a soldier of the war of 1812, who died in Macoupin County, Ill., in 1854, aged over ninety years. Preston S., Sr., was twice married, and by his first wife had born to him one son, Albert H. He afterward married Rosina, daughter of Jesse Smith , of Todd County; she died in 1879, aged sixty-three years; her children are subject, Elijah C. and Virginia F. (Lawson). Subject was favored with a good education and is a reading man. He was married April 24, 1863, to Miss Ophelia, daughter of James M. and Ann (Brown) Tisdall, of Harrison County, born in 1844, and to them have been born Mollie E. (deceased), Jessie W., Ella (deceased), James P., Thomas J., Jennie, Lute, Lillie and Sam Oscar. Subject is a farmer owning of 200 acres of good land; 108 on the home place in a high state of cultivation. He is a Mason, a K. of H. and a Democrat.