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William Jasper Brown
Birth: Mar. 30, 1850
Warren County
Indiana, USA
Death: Feb. 21, 1916
Tonkawa
Kay County
Oklahoma, USA

From Darrell Brown, a grandson:
William Jasper Brown was born in Liberty Township, Warren County, Indiana, in 1850. Around 1855 his family moved to Mount Ayr, Ringgold, Iowa. William married Eunice Comer in 1873 and they had four children in Iowa: Lura, Mertie, Nora, and Frank. In 1883 they moved to Kingman County Kansas, where they had two more children: Samuel Arthur and Nathan. In Kansas William first worked as a farmer then entered the construction business. He also served as county treasurer.

In 1889 his wife Eunice died, leaving him to care for six children. The next year his oldest daughter, Lura, age 15, was married to Robert Warthen, and they moved to Colorado. Two years later, in 1892, his second daughter, Mertie,age 15, was married. Then in 1895, William moved the rest of the family to Pauls Valley, Indian Territory (OK), where there was work for him as a building contractor. The next year, 1896, his third and last daughter, Nora, got married and moved to Tecumsah, Oklahoma.

In 1897 William was married to Theodocia "Doshie" Runyan in Pauls Valley. They settled in Johnsonville, OK, near Byars, where they finished raising Arthur and Nathan and had four more children, two of whom died in infancy.
In 1907, three months before his last child Ual was born, William was injured when a carpenter let a board slip, knocking William from the building they were constructing. He was bedfast for one year and the accident left him cripped for life. After that he worked as a cabinet maker.

In December, 1912, William traveled to Tonkawa for a reunion with his first family over Christmas. His daughter Nora may have traveled with him from Tecumseh, since the rail line went from Byars through Tecumseh and on to Kay county, where Tonkawa is located. His son Arthur and his wife Lettie and their son Joe came from Utah; his daughter Lura and her son Minor came from Kansas; and the rest of the family was already living in Tonkawa. The family had a portrait taken, but William was too ill to attend, so he waited until he was well and then had his portrait made.

On December 5, 1913, William's second wife Doshie died. William was too crippled to work as a cabinet maker and care for two boys, so after his son Ual turned seven, William took him to live with his daughter Nora in Tecumseh. Then in December, 1914, William sold his properties near Byars and moved with his 13-year-old son Dempsey to Tonkawa, where they could live with his daughter Mertie and his son Nathan. William died there in 1916 in his daughter's home."

Obituary in Tonkawa News, 1916
"William Jasper Brown was born in Warren county, Indiana, March 30, 1850, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Murtie Bufford of Tonkawa, February 21st, 1916, age 65 years 10 months 21 days.
He was married to Miss Eunice E. Comer December 23rd, 1874. To this union were born six children, all of whom are living. They are
Mrs. Laura Warthin of Lakin, Kas.,
Mrs. Murtie Bufford of Tonkawa, Okla.,
Mrs. Nora Glass of Tecumseh, Okla.,
Charles Franklin Brown and Arthur S. Brown of Duchesne, Utah
Nathan G. Brown of Tonkawa.
Mrs. Eunice Brown departed this life November 15th, 1889. On September 2d, 1897, Mr. Brown was married to Miss Doshia E. Runyan of Johnson, Okla. To this union four children were born, two of whom are living. Edward Demp[s]ey Brown and Ual Jasper Brown, two having died in infancy.
Besides the children he leaves to mourn his death an aged brother and sister of Mont Ayr, Iowa. [Willis Brown and Mary Vollnogle]
Mr. Brown came to Kingman county, Kas., in Sept, 1883, making his home there for three years, moving west to Stanton county in 1886, where he lived till march, 1895, going from there to Pauls Valley, Okla., where he resided until December last. His health having failed he came to Tonkawa to spend his last days at the home of his daughter."
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Brown (1794 - 1852)
  Susanna Waggoner Brown (1808 - 1874)
 
 Spouses:
  Eunice Emily Comer Brown (1857 - 1889)*
  Theodocia E. Runyan Brown (1870 - 1913)*
 
 Children:
  Lura B Brown Warthen (1875 - 1929)*
  Mertie Brown Bufford (1877 - 1963)*
  Nora Brown Glass (1878 - 1972)*
  Charles Franklin Brown (1879 - 1959)*
  Samuel Arthur Brown (1884 - 1965)*
  Nathaniel Guy Brown (1885 - 1967)*
  Bertha Lena Brown (1899 - 1900)*
  Edward Dempsey Brown (1901 - 1967)*
  Deverl Brown (1905 - 1906)*
  Ual Jasper Brown (1907 - 1990)*
 
 Siblings:
  Rachel Brown Dennis (1829 - 1881)*
  Joel Brown (1830 - 1913)*
  Dempsey Brown (1832 - 1863)*
  Willis Brown (1833 - 1922)*
  Malenia Ann Brown Wiley (1835 - 1902)*
  Rebecca Brown (1837 - 1840)*
  Sarah Brown Cowan (1838 - 1900)*
  Mary Brown Vollnogel (1840 - 1923)*
  Isaac Brown (1846 - 1864)*
  William Jasper Brown (1850 - 1916)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery
Tonkawa
Kay County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Maintained by: Rosemary Harris
Originally Created by: Judy Mayfield
Record added: Nov 08, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31220022
William Jasper Brown
Added by: Darrell Brown
 
William Jasper Brown
Added by: Darrell Brown
 
William Jasper Brown
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- Judy Mayfield
 Added: Nov. 8, 2008
 
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