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Bluford Washington Brown
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1831
Bibb County
Alabama, USA
Death: Feb. 9, 1897
Longview
Gregg County
Texas, USA

BROWN, BLUFORD WASHINGTON

BROWN, BLUFORD WASHINGTON Bluford Washington Brown, farmer, Confederate officer, preacher, and state representative, was born in Bibb County, Alabama,the son of Hitson and Winford (Ray) Brown. Brown was raised in the Bibb County area and received a basic education at Maplesville Academy in nearby Chilton County. He studied medicine briefly before engaging as a farmer. In 1848 Bluford Brown married Nancy C. Cox in Bibb County. This couple had four sons and five daughters. At the outbreak of the Civil War Brown volunteered for service in the Confederate Army, joining Company G of the Forty-fourth Alabama Infantry Regiment as a second lieutenant. In August 1862 at the Second Battle of Manassas Brown was wounded, and afterwards he received promotion to captain and company commander. He continued in this capacity for the remainder of the war. Brown returned to Alabama at the cessation of hostilities but, finding his homestead and farm untenable, immigrated to Texas in April 1866. He settled near Longview, Upshur (later Gregg) County, near where his father had established a homestead in 1852. Here he engaged as a cotton planter and also was active as a Democrat in local and state politics. Around this time he became a Methodist and occasionally engaged as a lay minister for Summerfield Methodist Church. In 1872 Brown won election as representative for District Six—comprised of Smith and Upshur counties—to the Thirteenth Texas Legislature. During this session he introduced a bill which led to the creation of Gregg County. Brown represented District Six again in the 1874–1875 Fourteenth Texas Legislature, and in 1879 he represented District Sixteen—comprised of Smith and Gregg counties—during the Sixteenth Texas Legislature. Brown was also a delegate to the 1873, 1878, and 1880 state Democratic conventions. Bluford Brown died in 1890.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
E. W. Swindells, A Legislative Manual for the State of Texas (2 vols., Austin, 1879–83). M embers of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939). Eugene W. McWhorter, Traditions of the Land: The History of Gregg County, Texas (Longview, Texas: Gregg County Historical Foundation, 1989). Emory A. Bailey, Who's Who in Texas (Dallas: John B. McCraw Press, 1931).

Bluford W. Brown was a Captain in Company G 44th Alabama Infantry during the Civil War. He fought in several battles in Virginia. He came to Texas after the Civil War. He was in the Texas Legislature several times from Upshur and Gregg Counties. He helped to found Gregg County,Texas and is credited with naming Gregg County.

Father
Hitson Brown
Mother
Winford Ray

Marriage 11/8/1848 to
Nancy Caroline Cox b.4/17/1832 d.1/7/1900

Children
Mary A. Brown b: 1 Mar 1849 in , Bibb, Alabama
Martha R. Brown b: 26 Nov 1851 in , Bibb, Alabama
Emma Reancy Brown b: 9 Apr 1854 in , Alabama
Oscar F. Brown b: 12 Oct 1858 in Selma, Alabama
Isaac Newton Brown Dr. b: 15 Oct 1860 in , Alabama
Lula Frances Brown b: 18 Nov 1862 in , Alabama
Walter Ney Brown b: 27 Jun 1866 in , Upshur, Texas
Mittie Florence Brown b: 30 Apr 1869 in , Upshur, Texas

Many thanks to Lisa Franklin for her help in maintaining this memorial.



 
 
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 Parents:
  Hitson Brown (1791 - 1872)
  Winford Ray Brown (1801 - 1882)
 
 Spouse:
  Nancy Caroline Cox Brown (1832 - 1900)
 
 Children:
  Oscar F. Brown (1858 - 1927)*
  Isaac Newton Brown (1861 - 1935)*
  Walter Ney Brown (1886 - 1935)*
 
 Sibling:
  Bluford Washington Brown (1831 - 1897)
  Queen Victoria Brown (1842 - 1865)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Longview
Gregg County
Texas, USA
 
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Originally Created by: MB
Record added: Aug 21, 2001
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