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Milton Monroe Brown
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Birth: Oct. 25, 1829
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 24, 1872
Champaign County
Illinois, USA

Milton Monroe Brown was a son of Rachel (née Kerr) and Lee Brown, and a brother of Stephen G. Brown, also buried at Beekman.

"Milton M. Brown was born in Monroe County, Indiana, October 25, 1829, and spent his life as a farmer. He was educated in one of the log cabin schoolhouses with its slab benches and restricted curriculum. About 1855 he came out to Eastern Illinois, making the journey in pioneer style with wagons and teams. He bought land in Brown Township [Champaign County], but subsequently returned to his native county. A few years later he located in Champaign County, Illinois, and at the time of his death was the owner of 280 acres of this rich soil. He was a Democrat in politics. His first wife [Sarah Houston Brown] died when [their son] William B. Brown was four years old, on December 25, 1858. She is buried in the Devore [also called Beekman] cemetery, where a monument marks her last resting place. The father married for his second wife Rosa Torpy, and of their three children all are now deceased. The lineage of the Brown family goes back to England." (Biography of William B. Brown in: Standard History of Champaign County Illinois, vol. 2, J. R. Stewart, ed. (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1918), p. 888.)

Milton M. Brown and Sarah Houston were married on 1 February 1852 in Monroe County, Indiana. Their children were Mary Jane, William B., and Eliza Emaline. Sarah died on 25 December 1858. The three children were enumerated in 1860 in Monroe County in the household of their maternal grandparents Purnell and Mary McCumber Houston.

Milton M. Brown and Miss Rosa Torpey were married on 5 June 1860 in Champaign County, Illinois. Their three children, who died young, included Martha Ann and Isabella. Rosa, who survived her husband, died on 7 January 1876.


Dates of birth from biography and calculation from headstone inscription match.

Household of Lee Brown, 48, farmer, North Carolina. 1850 U.S. Census, Washington Twp., Monroe Co., Indiana; dwelling 732, family 732, lines 18-28, p. 274, 21 Oct 1850. Line 21: Milton M. [Brown], 20, farmer, Indiana. Line 25: Stephen [Brown], 11, Indiana.

Household of Milton Brown, 30, farmer, Indiana. 1860 U.S. Census, Township 22 North, Range 8 East [later East Bend Twp.], Champaign Co., Illinois; dwelling 930, family 900, lines 37-40, p. 126, 19 Jul 1860. Line 38; Rosa [Brown], 28, Ireland.

Household of "Pernal" Houston, 52, farmer, Kentucky. 1860 U.S. Census, Bean Blossom Twp., Monroe Co., Indiana; dwelling 238, family 238, lines 22-32, p. 30, 15 Jun 1860.
30. Mary J. Brown, 7, Indiana.
31. Wm. B. Brown, 5, Indiana.
32. Eliza E. Brown, 2, Indiana.

Household of M. M. Brown. 1865 Illinois state census, East Bend Twp., Champaign Co.; line 29, p. 10, 3 Jul 1865. S. G. Brown on line 27.

Household of M. M. Brown, 40, farming, Indiana. 1870 U.S. Census, Brown Twp., Champaign Co., Illinois; dwelling 62, family 60, lines 19-26, p. 5 (printed), p. 9 (written), 6 Jul 1870. Line 20: [Brown] Rosa, 40, house keeping, Ireland.

William B. Brown's biography states also that his sisters were Mary Jane Langwell, and Eliza E. Dellman; both of Reynolds, Indiana.
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  Sarah Houston Brown (1834 - 1858)

[side 1]

DEC. 24, 1872
43yrs. 1mo.

[side 2]

W. B. & E. E.

["W. B." is son William B.; "E. E." is daughter Eliza Emeline.]

Note: On same stone with Sarah Houston Brown, and "Our Father and Mother." (Fourth side blank.)
Beekman Cemetery
Champaign County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Sep 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76944758
Milton Monroe Brown
Added by: Russell Kasper
Milton Monroe Brown
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