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T. BROWNLOW is one of Morgan County's representative men. He has been active as a farmer in previous years, but is now enjoying the fruit of his toil, a retired but by no means inactive life. He was born in Sutton-upon-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England, on the 9th of Oct. 1823. His parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Brownlow were both natives of England. They provided their son with as good an education as possible, which was however, somewhat limited in scope, but has been greatly extended by subsequent reading, so that upon all general topics he is well versed. He has been engaged in farming from his youth and is thoroughly acquainted with all practical points connected with his chosen calling.

Prior to leaving England he was married to Elizabeth Olden. His second matrimonial alliance was with Maria Bingham. Of this union six children were born, five of whom survive. Their names are as follows: Thomas, George, Henry, Winfield and William. The deceased child was the daughter, Mary.

Mr. Brownlow emigrated to America in 1850. Seven weeks consumed by the ocean passage from Liverpool to New York. Upon landing he almost immediately started West, coming to Morgan County and for a short time worked as a farm hand for Dr. Thomas Wakeley, near Markham, after which he bought a farm in Scott County, and there resided for several years. Returning again to Morgan County in 1868 he settled upon a farm in section 3, township 15, range 12, where he continued to live until the spring fo 1883, when he removed to Chapin. Retiring from active farm labor he prepared to spend the remainder of his years in the quiet rest and enjoyment he had so well earned. He owns 152 acres of thoroughly good land and his farm is well stocked and provided with all things necessary to its successful operation. The success that has perched upon his banners is the success that must come to honest, persevering endeavor, when such efforts are intelligently directed. In the upward struggle he has ever been cheered and encouraged by his wife, who has been nobly true throughout the years of her wifehood and has largely contributed to the brightness and success of his life.

Mr. Brownlow for several years and while a resident of Scott County was School Director. In political affairs he has espoused principles of the Democratic party and usually votes its ticket. He has always had the interests of the community and State at heart and this being recognized he is accorded the hearty respect and esteem of the people.

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