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.
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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