SAMUEL J. BROWN. The owner of the well-cultivated farm of seventy-six acres, located on section 26, South Otter Township, is a native of Tennessee, his birth having occurred in Giles County of that State, June 29, 1849. At the early age of nine years he came with his parents to Macoupin County, where they settled upon a farm. He remained under his father's roof until he had attained twenty-five years of age, his early life being passed chiefly on the farm. Several years after he had finished school he taught.
Mr. Brown was united in marriage in Bird Township to Miss Thersa J. Sells. Their marriage took place October 22, 1874. The lady is a daughter of Michael and Sarah A. (Brown) Sells, the latter is a sister of the wife of H. S. Loveless and also of the wife of Samuel Comer of Bird Township. Mrs. Thersa J. Brown was a native of town township and county herein she was married, May 26, 1856, being her natal day.
Seven children came to grace the home of the affectionate parents who reared them will all possible affection. The children are Minnie E., James M., Walter E., Oliver A., Hattie M., Thersa A., Milton S. and a babe unnamed. Soon after the marriage of our subject and his wife they settled in South Otter Township, which has been their place of residence ever since. Farming has been the chief occupation in Mr. Brown's experience.
The father of our subject was John M. Brown. His mother was Elizabeth M. Smith. The former was a native of North Carolina, and the latter of South Carolina. They came to Macoupin County in 1858, the father passing away from this life June 14, 1890. Our subject was one of twelve children and was the sixth of order of birth. In politics, Mr. Brown identified himself with the Republican party, its tenets and theories appealing to his intelligence more strongly than those of any other party. He has been appointed to several local offices, and has filled the position of School Director most satisfactorily for several years. Mrs. Brown is a number of the Baptist Church, being a generous supporter and upholder of the same.