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Dr William Woodford Brown
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Birth: Mar. 26, 1839
Morgan County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 14, 1889
Morgan County
Illinois, USA

Funeral of W. W. Brown
That Waverly and Morgan county have lost one of the most popular men in their midst, was attested on Thursday by the immense concourse of people which gathered at the Congregational church at Waverly to attend the funeral services over the remains of W. W. Brown. People were not there out of curiosity, for the many moist eyes in the great crowd bespoke the feeling that a good man had gone. Rich and poor alike showed their regard for the deceased by their presence, and the large number present from Jacksonville, Franklin and other points was remarked upon. The deceased was an attendant upon the Episcopalian church, but the church not being completed, the services were held in the Congregational church at 4:30. The casket was carried into the church by the pall bearers, Jas. E. Hutchison, Wm. A. Hutchinson, Robert Smith, J. M. Joy, F. A. Christopher and W. J. Arnold. Rev. Mr. Fairbank, assisted by Rev. Mr. Chittenden, of Carlinville, conducted the services in an impressive manner. A quartet composed of Rev. Fairbank, Rev. Chittenden and Miss Tanner and Miss Marian Curtis, sang several selections, one especially noticeable being "Art Thou Weary," in which the beautiful voices of Miss Tanner and Miss Curtis moved all present by their exquisite harmony. Rev. Chittenden made a few remarks upon the uncertainty of life - the certainty of death. That we are inclined to postpone action upon preparation for the other life on account of business matters. That death was the great mystery, and that the greatest, grandest minds in all ages had been endeavoring to solve the mystery. Lessons are given us every day of life's uncertainty. We have today such a warning in the death of Mr. Brown. The speaker paid a glowing tribute to the business ability, the character and the life of the deceased. He urged all present to prepare for death while there was yet an opportunity. Rev. Fairbank, in a few plan, but earnest words, spoke consolation to the family, the relatives and the friends present. He cited the large concourse of people as a proof of the popularity of Mr. Brown, and that he had many friends. He pointed to the many expressions of sympathy he had heard on all sides as an index of the feeling of the friends of the deceased. He was beloved of all, and will be greatly missed. He urged his hearers to have faith in God. We may not see the reason now for the seeming untimely removal of our deceased brother, for there are tears in our eyes, the clouds are hanging over us and the waves are about us, but let us trust Him for He doeth all things well. After another hymn the friends were given an opportunity to view the remains, and hundreds of sorrowing friends came forward to take a last look at the face of W. W. Brown. The remains were then taken to the cemetery and laid to rest, and all that loving friends could do was at an end. He was a good husband and father, and upright citizen, a friend to all, universally beloved. Peace to his ashes. (May 17, 1889)

Son of Dr. Isaac Hayden & Mary Woodford Brown, husband of Laura L. Curtiss Brown, married June 1, 1868 in Morgan County, Illinois 
Family links: 
  Isaac Hayden Brown (1805 - 1874)
  Mary Woodford Brown (1813 - 1905)
  Laura L Curtiss Brown (1845 - 1870)*
  Mary Clark Hopson Brown (1850 - 1941)*
  Laura Brown (1870 - 1870)*
  Cornelia K Brown (1881 - 1890)*
  Jane A Brown Curtiss (1836 - 1926)*
  William Woodford Brown (1839 - 1889)
  Georgianna L. Brown (1843 - 1847)*
  Frederick A Brown (1851 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
Waverly East Cemetery
Morgan County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Paula Berry Nelson
Originally Created by: Cheryl Behrend
Record added: Sep 18, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11772496
Dr William Woodford Brown
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