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William Tolson Brown
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1855
Clinton County
Missouri, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 1917
Colusa County
California, USA

This article is an excerpt from the book "Revolutionary Soldier Samuel Brown and Some of His Family" by Faye Marie Brown Lightburn.

William Tolson Brown

On 17 November 1855, born to Franklin D. and Frances (Tolson) Brown of Clinton County, Missouri, a son, who was named William Tolson Brown. The family moved to Colusa County, California, about 1876, and settled near Williams. Here, Bill, as he became known, met Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander and Louisa (Williams) Miller. Elizabeth was the niece of William H. Williams, the founder of the town of Williams. They were married on 28 June 1882, and raised nine children. The family was very musically inclined and the home resounded with happy sounds. They played instruments; violin, guitar, piano, saxophone, etc. They played for numerous dances in the valley during the winter months, and in the mountains during the hot summer months. They were always in great demand.

Bill lived northeast of Williams and engaged in ranching, raising both grain and livestock. He was a member of the Christian Church (later to become the Community Church).

Bill was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed hunting, as did the boys in the family. When the crops were harvested, the family went to the mountains for the hot summer months. Bill was a skilled hunter and always came home with his share of the game.

The people of Williams and vicinity held Bill in highest esteem, and sincerely mourned his passing on 11 September 1917.

Elizabeth, his wife, was born 13 October 1856 in Spring Valley, Colusa County, where her parents, Alexander and Louisa Miller, were pioneer settlers. Elizabeth was a Charter Member of the Williams Christian Church, an Honorary Life Member of the Community Church Home Workers, Charter Member of the Pearl Rebekah Lodge No. 181 in Williams, and a Past Noble Grand of this chapter. Passing on 14 July 1942, she is buried next to her husband in the family plot in Williams Cemetery. 
Family links: 
  Franklin Drake Brown (1823 - 1903)
  Frances M Tolson Brown (1828 - 1900)
  Elizabeth Miller Brown (1856 - 1942)*
  Stephen Cooper Brown (1852 - 1921)*
  William Tolson Brown (1855 - 1917)
*Calculated relationship
Williams Cemetery
Colusa County
California, USA
Created by: Cindy Baldogo
Record added: Jan 03, 2010
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William Tolson Brown
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William Tolson Brown
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William Tolson Brown
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Peace be with you always, dear cousin
- Cindy Baldogo
 Added: Jan. 3, 2010

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