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JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
BIOGRAPHIES

Calvin M. Brown

It is impossible in a brief biographical sketch to render full 
justice to prominent men, and yet there are some who are so intimate 
and clearly identified with the county's welfare, and whose names 
are so familiar to all, that it is only just to dwell upon what they 
have done and the influence of their career upon other, not as empty 
words of praise but the plain statement of a plain truth. To this 
class belongs Calvin M. Brown, who is an agriculturist of indisputable 
abilities, and who has won great success in pursuing this his favorite 
occupation. He is now the proud possessor of over eight hundred acres 
of valuable land, located on section 31, Spring Garden Township, 
Jefferson County, where he has made his home for many years. 
 
Our subject is one of a large family of children comprising the 
household of Stephen and Elizabeth (Spoon) Brown, and was born in 
Washington County, Ill., December 24, 1827. His brothers and sisters 
are. De Witt Clinton and William Henry Harrison, deceased; Irene, Mrs. 
Henry Cochran; Naomi, Mrs. Mills H. Cochran, now deceased; Minerva A., 
the wife of G. G. Sweeten; Benjamin Franklin, who died when in the 
Mexican War; Stephen N., also deceased; Jasper, whose death occurred 
while a soldier in the late war; and Elizabeth; the widow of James Sweeten.
 
The father of our subject was born in Guilford County, N. C., 
August  25, 1795, and continued to reside in his native state until 
reaching his twenty fifth year, when he emigrated to Tennessee and 
lived there a year prior to coming to Illinois. His first location 
in this state was made in Washington County, and after a few years' 
residence there, in 1830 came to this county and made his home in 
Elk Prairie Township, where he spent the remainder of his life. When 
taking up his abode, in this county he was the third settler to take 
up Congress land in this section, which was at that time abounding in 
game and wild animals. He was a man of honorable character, intelligence 
and usefulness, and his fellow-men held him in good repute. He was a 
strong Whig in politics and lived to be seventy-five years of age.
 
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, the mother of our subject, was, like the father, 
a native of Guilford County, N. C., and came of Pennsylvania Dutch 
parents. She lived to be sixty-six years of age. The paternal grandfather 
of our subject died during the infancy of Stephen Brown, and so far as 
is known, no record remains of the early history of the family except 
that they were of Scotch-Irish descent.
 
Calvin M. Brown, of this sketch, spent his early life in Jefferson 
and Franklin Counties, and when a lad of eighteen years became a 
soldier in the Mexican War, enlisting in 1846 and serving fourteen 
months, or until peace was declared. Soon after returning home, he 
started out in life on his own account, and was married April 9, 1851, 
to Miss Ann Eliza, daughter of E. H. and Cynthia (Freeman) Foster, 
natives of Tennessee. Mrs. Brown was born in Franklin County, this 
state, and of the eight children of whom she has become the mother 
only three are living, viz.: S. E.; Martha P., now Mrs. R. L. Kirk; 
and Milisa, who is at home.
 
Soon after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Brown came to Spring 
Garden Township, locating on Government land, for which they paid 
$1.25 per acre. Our subject immediately began the work of clearing 
and improving his property, upon which he has spent his entire life, 
and is now recognized as one of the most extensive and most successful 
farmers of Jefferson County. Although beginning  farming on a small 
scale, he has so managed affairs that he was enabled to accumulate 
property very rapidly, and is now the owner of eight hundred acres 
which are cleared of encumbrance. Mr. Brown has always been deeply 
interested  in the welfare of his community and has rendered his 
township efficient service as Supervisor, in which capacity he has 
served for many years. He has aided greatly in raising the standard 
of scholarship in this part of the county, and for more that thirty 
years has been School Director. In politics he is an ardent Democrat 
and socially is a member of Williams Lodge No. 242, I. O. O. F., of 
Spring Garden. 


Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of 
Clinton, Washington, Marion and Jefferson Counties, Illinois; 
Chicago; Chapman Publishing Co. 1894; page 354, 355.

Submitted by Robert W. Loman 
Calvin M. Brown is the brother of my GGGrandfather, William Jasper Brown

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