PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM 1884
GRATIOT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
WILLIAM F. BROWN
William F. Brown, farmer, section 21, North Star Township, was born April 5, 1818, in Massachusetts. His parents were William and Clarissa (nee Flowers) Brown, natives also of Massachusetts. The latter died when William F. was but three years old. Mr. Brown is a descendant of one of three brothers who came from England among the first settlers of America. His parents located in Genesee County, New York, in 1819, where his mother died. His father married again, and in 1827 moved to Chautauqua County, New York and in 1833 to Warren County, Pennsylvania.
The subject of this sketch left home at the age 18 years, worked by the month several years, and in 1863 came to this county, where now, in North Star Township, he owns 70 acres of land. He was married March 20, 1841 to Miss Mary, daughter of Francis Ploff. Of the four children born to Mr. and Mrs Brown two are living, namely, Eli W. and Charles W. One son George F., was killed in the late war while fighting in defense of his country in a skirmish near Louisa Court-House, soon after the battle of Spottsylvania Court-House. He was but 21 years of age. The other deceased son, James L., died when three years old. Eli W. is in Billings, Montana Territory, and Charles W. resides on a part of the homestead. Mrs B. died November 30, 1840 and Mr. B. married again August 20, 1857, Miss Louisa M. Miner, daughter of Warren and Sophinia Miner, and by her had one child, Jay A. They have an adopted son, James W., now 28 years of age.
Mr. Brown is a member of the Masonic fraternity and Mrs. B. of the Methodist Episcopal Church.