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MARION COUNTY,
INDIANA. B. R. SULGROVE.
PHILADELPHIA:
I.. H. EVERTS & CO. 1884.



John L. Brown, born in Brown County, Ohio,
April 20, 1816, is the son of George Brown and
Mary, his wife, both old Virginians. They had
eight children, the oldest a daughter, who was the
wife of James H. Wallace. Mr. Wallace was one of
the leading men of Jefferson County, Ind. He was
a member of the Indiana Legislature for several terms,
commencing about the year 1830 ; was regarded as
the father of the " Internal Improvement System" of
this State. Their seven boys in succession grew to
be men; their names were as follows: Thomas B.,
Lewis L., James W., George, Richard H., John L.,
and Daniel R. The subject of this sketch is a first-
class farmer, having two good farms, which he works
to good advantage financially. He was county treas-
urer of this county, and the county lost not a cent
under his faithful administration. His brother,
Daniel R., the youngest of the family (a resident of
Indianapolis), by his energy and industry, has accu-
mulated quite a fortune. He is a physician by pro-
fession, but has long since given up the practice. He
has served as clerk of the court of Hamilton County,
also senator for the counties of Hamilton and Tipton
in the Legislature of this State. Richard H. was a
hotel-keeper in the cities of Madison, Ind., and Cov-
ington, Ky. George was a merchant; was a very
ardent Odd-Fellow. George Brown Encampment,



No. 44, I. 0. 0. ., at Noblesville, Ind., was named
after him. James W., Lewis L., and Thomas B.
were farmers, having cleared the forest and made
their farms in this county.

This was a very remarkable family, all large,
healthy men, with about one hundred and ninety
pounds average weight, and what is yet more re-
markable, no death occurred in the family under
forty-seven years. The father, George Brown, was
almost pure English. His father, Thomas Reeth
Brown, was a native of Yorkshire, England, and
came to Virginia about the year 1774. When the
Revolutionary war broke out he enlisted as a soldier
of his adopted country. He married Margaret
Tacket, whose mother was a French lady and her
father an Englishman. She was born and raised
near Old Point Comfort, Va. All of their children
were born and raised in Loudoun and Fauquier Coun-
ties, Va. About the year 1800 they emigrated to
Mason County, Ky., bringing with them their chil-
dren. After a short residence in Kentucky they
moved across the Ohio River and settled in Brown
County, Ohio, immediately opposite to Mason County,
where they remained the balance of their days. The
father lived to the age of eighty-five years, and the
mother survived him, and lived to the great age
of one hundred and four years. Mrs. Elizabeth
Thomas, daughter of these old people, died only a
few years since, at the extreme age of one hundred
and eight years. Mary (Lee) Brown, mother of
John L. and the others of this family, was a de-
scendant of the celebrated Lee family, of Virginia,
being a relative of Gen. Robert E. Lee, of the Con-
federate army. Her father was Lewis Lee, a brother
of Gen. Harry Lee and Peter Lee. Her father, with
his brothers, settled in Mason County, Ky., and for
some time lived in a block-house, which was then
called Lee's Station. They took up large tracts of
land, which were called surveys. Some of those old
titles are yet in the hands of the Lee family. The
father and mother of the subject of this sketch were
married in the year 1802, in Washington, Ky.. and
lived together for twenty-eight years, when the mother
died in Maysville, Ky. In 1832 the father sold his
farm in Ohio and emigrated to this county. The



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HISTORY OF INDIANAPOLIS AND MARION COUNTY.



four unmarried sons, Thomas, Richard, John, and
Daniel, came with the father, and settled in the
woods, three-quarters of a mile north of where Law-
rence now stands, paying one dollar and twenty-five
cents per acre for his land. The next fall James
came and settled near by. Lewis had preceded the
family six years, and also owned land adjoining.
This family furnished seventeen good soldiers (their
own sons) for the Union army during the late Rebel-
lion. Two of those lost their lives in battle. The
father died in the spring of 1847. At that time all
of his children were living, but now all but three are
dead, leaving Lewis L., John L., and Daniel R. living
at this date (Nov. 11, 1883). The wife of John L.
was born in Brawn County, Ohio. Her maiden name
was Caroline D. Mason, daughter of John Mason and
Mary, his wife. The mother is still living at the home
of her daughter, in the eighty-sixth year of her age.
Mary Mason was a daughter of Charles O'Connor,
an Irishman by birth, who came to this country in
the latter part of the last century. He was educated
for a Catholic priest, but never entered upon the duties
of the priesthood. John Mason was born in Adams
County, Ohio ; was of English descent. His father
was a soldier in the Revolutionary war under Gen.
Francis Marion. John L. Brown and Caroline D.
Mason were married in 1851, and are still living on
one of the farms in Lawrence township. They have
five children, Mrs. C. Martin, who is now living with
her husband, Reuben Martin, on their farm in Brown
County, Ohio, the same farm where John L. and
Daniel R. were born. Mrs. L. HufiF, the wife of A. M.
Huff, living on their farm in Lawrence township.
The other three -Clara, William, and Daniel are
living at home with their parents. John L. and
Caroline Brown have also raised six orphan children.
In politics the subject of this sketch is a Republican,
as is also the whole family of Browns of this large re-
lationship, most of them have been active and very
decided in their political views. Mr. Brown says his
experience in clearing up this country was a very
laborious undertaking, but he has no regrets now. It
is true, he says, they had many privations, but al-
ways had plenty to eat, sometimes plenty of game,
such as deer, turkeys, squirrel, and pheasant, and al-



ways certain of plenty of pork, with turnips and cab-
bage, and, if the season was favorable, potatoes. In
the summer wild plums, roasting ears, and pumpkins
generally in abundance, especially after the first year.
Corn-bread always on the table, for the best reason in
world, they had no wheat to make flour, and if he
had there was no mill to grind and bolt it, only on the
regular corn-stone, and had (o bolt by hand, that
made the flour dark and clammy ; but notwithstand-
ing all the hardships and privations, if he knew of a
county as good as this, he would be willing to try the
same over again.