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George Whitford Brown
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Birth: Feb. 4, 1811
New Richmond
Clermont County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 13, 1858
Shelby County
Indiana, USA

most of the info provided by Bob Orr.

April 6, 1854 from The National Volunteer newspaper in Shelbyville, Indiana

At a meeting of the Democratic citizens of Liberty Twp. of Shelby Co., April 1, 1854 Jesse Cummins was called to the chair and John McKain appointed secretary. On motion, S. Donelson, Dr. J.C. Richey, Rev. James Leroy, S. Hahn and William Conner appointed a committee. Resolved; that we present the name of that model farmer and tried statesman GEORGE W. BROWN of Shelby Co. as the choice of this meeting for Congress. Resolved; that S. Donelson and Jonas LeRoy be appointed to call meetings when necessary.



Shelby Volunteer May 26, 1858
George W. Brown, whose death was mentioned in last weeks paper served as a representative in the legislature from Rush. Co., IN in 1841 and from Shelby Co., in 1850 and afterwards as a member of the senate in 1855 and 1857. He leaves a large family to mourn his loss and a wide circle of relatives and intimate friends who looked up to him for advice and counsel. He was of but 47 years of age. A native of Clermont Co., Ohio, he emigrated to Rush Co in 1819 and thence to Shelby Co. in 1843. The attendance was greater than that of any previous funeral in Shelby Co. He died alone in the woods. Buried Blue Ridge Cemetery. Blue Ridge IN.




Complete Record book 1, Common Pleas Court
page 681 Elizabeth Brown, James W. Trees, Hannah E. Benton, John O Brown, Adam T. Brown, Emeline Burton VS Mary Ann Crail, George W. Brown, James R. Brown and Eliza Jane Brown in a petition for partition The entry states that George W. Brown died on or about May 17, 1858, leaving Elizabeth Brown as his widow and James W. Hannah, John O., Adam T. and Emeline together with Mary Ann Crail wife of William H. Crail a resident of ILL. and George W., James R. , Eliza Jane Brown who are 21 and who are children and heirs of George W. Brown, deceased, The appointed commissioner make this partition and report to the court their results with a map of the same November 1863


He came to Indiana with his parents when a youth, grew to manhood in Rush County , and then entered 160 acres in Richland Twp. Subsequently in 1847 , he went to Shelby Co., where he purchased a property and engaged in agriculture on quite an extensive scale. His farm, which consisted of 320 acres east of Shelbyville, was one of the finest in the county, and as an agriculturist and stock raiser he long ranked with the most successful men of his part of the state.
In addition to his prominence as a farmer and business man, he was also a politician of more than local repute and took an active part in the public affairs in Shelby county for many years. He served in the state senate from 1853 to 1857 inclusive , and was similarly honored in the year 1859.
Prior to those dates he served several terms as representative from Shelby in the lower house of the general assembly, having been first elected in the year 1842. His career in the subordinate branch of the legislature embraced the years 1842-44 and 1850, and his record as a law maker reflected credit upon himself and honor upon the county which he represented.

George W. Brown married Elizabeth Trees, daughter of Adam Trees, of Ohio. Mrs. Brown's father was also an early settler of Shelby county and became the owner of a fine tract of land, containing about two hundred and sixy acres, which he cleared and improved. The marriage of George W. and Elizabeth Brown resulted in the birth of the following children: William H., born in 1828, died in 1861; Mary A., wife of William Crail, lives in Newton, Illinois; Harriet E. married Gerard Burton and lives in Cherokee county, Kansas; John O. married Lydia Burton, and resides in Jasper, Illinois, his present wife's name was Martha Jones; Adam T., the subject of this review, is the fith in order of birth; Emeline, wife of John J. Burton, lives in Jasper county, Illinois; George W. is a successful farmer and stock raiser of Madison county, Indiana, his wife was formerly Maggie McKay; James R., and Lizzie, the two youngest, are deceased. The father of these children was a prominent member of the Christian church and was esteemed by all who knew him. He exerted a inportant influence on the history of his country and left the impress of his strong personality upon its institutions. He died suddenly May 13, 1858. He was alone in the woods when the summons came, and when his family discovered his body he doubtless had been dead for a number of hours.

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He married January 5, 1830 in Rush County, Indiana to Elizabeth (Betsy) Trees and they had 9 children.
He was the son of George and Hannah John Brown, born in Clermont County, Ohio.
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Note: I have seen his birth date also as Feb 24, 1811 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  George Brown (1766 - 1825)
  Hannah John Brown (1783 - 1869)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth (Betsy) Trees Brown (1811 - 1870)
 
 Children:
  Mary Ann Brown Crail (1833 - 1909)*
  Hannah E Brown Burton (1835 - ____)*
  Eliza Jane Brown (1849 - 1865)*
 
 Siblings:
  Susannah Brown Tingley (1789 - 1872)**
  Elizabeth Brown Donham (1792 - 1878)**
  Sarah Brown Bunner (1798 - 1829)**
  Annie B Brown Elstun (1800 - 1885)**
  William John Brown (1805 - 1857)*
  Ryland Thomas Brown (1807 - 1890)*
  George Whitford Brown (1811 - 1858)
  Joseph Franklin Brown (1820 - 1905)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Note: His middle name could be Whitfield
 
Burial:
Blue Ridge Cemetery
Blue Ridge
Shelby County
Indiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Janet McColley Franklin
Originally Created by: Kaaren Crail Vining
Record added: May 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19491466
George Whitford Brown
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George Whitford Brown
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George Whitford Brown
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