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Andrew J Brown
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Birth: Jul. 21, 1885
Jersey County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 27, 1949
Jersey County
Illinois, USA

Andrew is the son of Francis "Frank" and Lola Bell (Bruce) Brown. First of twelve children. June 21 1910 Andrew married Alice Latona Poor of Jerseyville, IL. They married in Galesburg, Illinois. The census shows they lived there with his brother Lynn and his wife and also, with his sister Dollie her husband and son.
He worked at a disk factory in Galesburg. My dad told me many stories of his uncles that rode the rails and lived in hobo camps. Grandpa stayed in Jerseyville all his live and after his wife took the children and moved them to Cherokee, OK. Census shows he lived with his mother until his death.
Andrew never owned a car and was known in the area as a champion apple picker among other things. Mom said he liked to sing in the local bars. She also said he was a good and kind man. I was told by Aunt Alice about her dads hijinks with his brothers, how her dad would go out on the weekends drinking and end up in jail. She would walk to the jail and talk to him through the window as a young girl. She laughed when she recalled that. However, the results of his drinking was not funny. During the 1920's he was involved in making mesh or white mule commonly known as moonshine. He was arrested many times. Was charged with drunk and disorderly, abandoning his family, abuse and ordered to pay support the rest of his life. It was after many of his arrest and drinking that Alice left with the children. I have a different view of her now.
His father Frank was a very abusive man to his 12 children and wife. Andrew was forced to go to work in the glass works factory in Alton, IL at the age of 12 or 13, along with his two younger brothers. Their heard work and pay went to their father that beat them all, lock them out of the house then go on a bender and drank up every last penny his boys earned. As a young boy he was in trouble stealing in and out of reform school. Was abandon and he and his mom and siblings were living behind the glass works exposed to the weather with little to wear. Mrs. Sophie Demuth a social worker of sorts for the area intervened along with the judge and took four of the youngest children and put them in new home. Mother Lola was placed in the poor farm she was pregnant with Jessie. Not sure what happened to the four older boys. Maybe the reform school.
This is the life he had from the newspaper articles I found. Was very heart breaking to find. Sharing this with others is not to cause pain but rather to give insight to our family history. If you find alcoholism and abuse in your family, its been in the family for a long time. It's time to break the cycle.

He and Alice had six children:
Ramona Latona Brown 1910-1998
Helen Lucretia Brown 1912-1970
Dorothy Brown 1915-1976
Alice Lola Brown 1918-2011
Buster Bruce Brown 1922-1996
Andrew Jackson Brown 1924-2005

Leander Brown 1885-1955
Lenan W Brown 1886-1959
Lynn Wallace Brown 1888-1932
Dollie Mae Brown 1890-1967
Charles Joseph Brown 1892-
William Francis Brown 1894-
Mary E Brown 1895-
Julia E Brown 1898-
Jessie Belle Brown 1901-1937
Henry Olin Brown 1902-1959
Harry Melvin Brown 1905-1976

Andrew's grandparent are:
Andrew Jackson Brown #9771842 Mt. Gilead Cemetery
Susan Margaret Wallace Brown #97718478 Mt. Gilead Cemetery

The Brown family is made up of people believed to be from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England. 
Family links: 
  Francis M Brown (1859 - 1917)
  Lola Belle Bruce Brown (1865 - 1953)
  Alice Latona Poor Brown (1890 - 1954)*
  Ramona Latona Brown Campbell (1910 - 1998)*
  Helen Louise Brown Bruner (1912 - 1970)*
  Dorothy Eula Brown Bayliff (1915 - 1976)*
  Alice Lola Brown Sanborn (1918 - 2011)*
  Buster Bruce Brown (1922 - 1996)*
  Andrew Jackson Brown (1924 - 2005)*
  Andrew J Brown (1885 - 1949)
  Leander Brown (1886 - ____)*
  Lenan Brown (1887 - 1959)*
  Lynn Wallace Brown (1888 - 1931)*
  Dollie May Brown Gent (1890 - 1967)*
  William Francis Brown (1893 - 1969)*
  Mary S. Brown (1895 - ____)*
  Judith E Brown Smith (1898 - ____)*
  Jessie Belle Brown Snyder (1901 - 1936)*
  Henry O Brown (1902 - 1959)*
  Harry Melvin Brown (1905 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Grove Cemetery
Jersey County
Illinois, USA
Plot: section 17
Maintained by: Illinois Family
Originally Created by: Diane & John
Record added: Sep 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30106000
Andrew J Brown
Added by: Illinois Family
Andrew J Brown
Added by: Illinois Family
Andrew J Brown
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God's finger touched him, and he slept. Tennyson
- your grand daughter
 Added: Feb. 20, 2013

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