Mrs. Rebecca C. (Warfield) Brown, the mother of our subject, was born in Lexington, Ky., and died at the homestead in this county, in the fall of 1881. The parental household included ten children: Edward W. married Ruth Smith, and with his father and our subject carries on the farm in Sangamon County; Rebecca C. resides in Jacksonville with her father; Lloyd W., Hattie B., Ruth, Mary; Lloyd 2d and Mary 2d are deceased.
The subject of this sketch remained a member of the parental household until his marriage, which occurred Nov. 8, 1882. His bride was Miss Fanny E. McCoy, who was born in Kentucky, Oct. 20, 1860. Of this union there are two children - William Barr, Jr., and Eleanor May. Mr. McCoy came to this county in its pioneer days, amassed a fortune, and died here. The mother is still living in Jacksonville. The maiden name of the mother was Corington, and Mrs. Brown is their only child. In Sangamon and Morgan counties Mr. Brown and his sons own and operate 4,500 acres of land, and make a specialty of graded Percheron horses, of which they have on hand at present (May, 1889) 125 head. They are mostly grade and imported animals, and are the source of handsome returns. They also deal largely in Shorthorn cattle.
Our subject and his wife are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which Mr. Brown holds the office of Steward. He officiates as School Trustee in his district, and both he and his accomplished wife enjoy the esteem and friendship of a large circle of acquaintances. They have a delightful home, and are surrounded by all the comforts of life.