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SALINE COUNTY, MISSOURI

BROWN

Ezekial W. Brown
James Burton Brown

Biography of Ezekial W.Brown (1834-1907)

Dr. J.H. Davidson, grandson of Sarah Ann Brown, related a story from Uncle Zeke, who told him that he had shot Major General Nathanial Lyon, (Union), during the battle of Wilson's Creek, near Springfield, Missouri in the Civil War. Uncle Zeke said, "I had a bead on him and I never missed anything I had a bead on yet."

The above given to the Francis L. Brown family by Mrs Maurice F. Kennedy who was Ruth Richardson of Gilliam.

Ezekial was educated at the county schools and at the Masonic College, in Lexington, Missouri."In 1853, he took the gold fever, and struck out for California, and with his brother-in-law took a drove of cattle over the plains to California and came near starving to death in the passage of the Nevada mountains. He remained in the west until (1867?), when he returned home on horseback, without having made much of a fortune, as he was sick the last three years of his stay in California." Ezekial had five children, only two were alive in 1881.

The above from the "History of Saline County" published in 1881.


Biography of James Burton Brown (1817-1885)

James Burton Brown was born in Albemarle County, Virginia and at age 7 his family moved to Mead County, Kentucky, where they lived for 5 years and then moved to Saline County, Missouri. They settled on the E.W. Brown farm. James was mostly educated in Saline County. In 1837 he married Eliza R. Durrett, daughter of Captain William Durrett. James had 12 children and 11 were still alive in 1881. In 1881 he was living on his farm of 400 well improved acres.

In 1862, during the Civil War, he enlisted in Captain Sutherlin's command, part of Major General Nathanial Price's army (Confederate). He surrendered and was discharged in 1865. He was in the battles of Lexington (October 19, 1864) and Pea Ridge (September 28, 1864) where he was wounded in the thigh. He was taken with typhoid fever and hauled home from Ozark. He was the son of Judge Bernis Brown, who was one of the prominent men of Saline County, Missouri.

James and Eliza both joined the church September 12, 1839.



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