Jan. 19, 1832 Louisville Jefferson County Kentucky, USA
Jan. 20, 1905 East Saint Louis St. Clair County Illinois, USA
William Robert Brown was the son of William Brown and Catherine Anderson Brown. His first marriage was to Margaret Thrift (b Nov 26, 1836 in Smithland, Kentucky d Mar 4, 1882 in Metropolis, IL) Dec 18, 1854 in Livingston, KY. The seven surviving children of William R. Brown and Margaret Thrift Brown included: (1) Kittie Brown (b Nov 1855 in KY d 1926 in East Saint Louis, IL) who married Milus Minon Glass; (2) Maggie Brown (b 1863 d 1940) who married William Burnley Harris (3) Ada Brown (b 1867 d 1913 in Saint Louis, MO) who married William Clark McCarty; (4) Alice Brown (b 1870); (5) William R. Brown, Jr. (b 1872 in Mattoon. IL d 1925 in East Saint Louis, IL) who married Maud Choat; (6) John Thrift Brown (b 1875) who married Kate Cander; and (7) Mabel Anderson Brown (b 1877 d 1946) who married Roy Hoffman Gillham. The family bible of William R. Brown records the following other children who died in infancy: (1) Emma Alice Brown born Jul 24, 1857 and her death Sep 27, 1861; (2) Virginia Brown borm Mar 4, 1860 and her death Mar 31, 1862; and (3) the birth of unnamed twin boys Jul 24, 1862 and their deaths on Jul 24, 1862 and Jul 27, 1862. The family bible of William R. Brown records his second marriage to Kittie Lucinda Glass (b Jun 4, 1837) Sep 2, 1885 in Fulton, KY and her death Apr 22, 1892 at age 54.
William R. Brown helped recruit several Union Army units and served as a Colonel in the Illinois 56th Infantry. Brown was elected to the lower house of the Illinois legislature, serving one term. On this return home he engaged with Manning Mayfield in the Banking business and later on with Wm. P. Bruner. A detailed biography can be found on the Internet at: http://genealogytrails.com/ill/massac/bios017.html. The book "History of Massac County, Illinois - Life Sketches and Portraits" by Oliver J. Page (1900) also includes a biography and portrait of William R. Brown (p202-207).
William R. Brown's obituary from the Jan 25, 1905 Metropolis Daily Herald read as follows:
"On Friday last, at the home of his son Wm. R. Brown Jr. in East St. Louis. Col. W. R. Brown died of pneumonia after an illness lasting two weeks. Col. Brown was born in Louisville, Ky. January 19, 1832. In 1846, the family removed to Metropolis, where the mother died. He returned to Louisville and graduated from the Beach & Chapman Academy, after which he returned to Metropolis and engaged with his father, Wm. Brown, in the cooperage business, working for a time at the trade and later on, keeping his father's books- the firm then did a large business in this line, shipping cooperage to the southern states."
"In 1861, the 29th Regt. of Illinois was organized by Col. Ed Rearden at Shawneetown and Col. Brown was appointed Quarter Master of the regiment by Gov. Yates, serving in this capacity until his resignation which was brought about by the dangerous illness of his wife and the death of two children. Later on, 56th Illinois Volunteers was organized by Col. Robt. Kirkham and Col. Brown. In battles of Forts Henry and Donelson, Col. Brown was promoted to be Colonel of the regiment, holding this position until the fall of Corinth when he resigned, came home and engaged in business with Col. Kirkham and others."
"1870 Col. Brown was elected to the lower house of the Illinois legislature, serving one term. On this return home he engaged with Manning Mayfield in the Banking business and later on with Wm. P. Bruner, with whom he continued as long as he was actually engaged in business. Col. Brown was always identified with the activities of Metropolis and during his balmy days, no man wielded a larger Brunner's Bank. Col. Brown removed with his family to Cairo where his sons, William and John, engaged in the insurance business."
"During his entire life he took an active interest in the cause of education and was also prominently connected with the order of Masonry, having taken all the degrees up to and including that of Knight Templar."
"Col. Brown was a very domestic man, thoroughly devoted to his family in which he took great personal pride. His first wife was Margaret Thrift, to whom he married at Smithland, Ky. in 1854. To them 11 children were born, 7 of whom survive him. Mrs. Margaret Thrift Brown died March 4, 1882. Col. Brown afterwards married Mrs. Kitty Glass who died April 27, 1892. the living children are: Mrs. Kitty Glass, Mrs. Alice Glass, Mrs. Ada McCarthy, Mrs. Mabel Gillham, Miss Maggie Brown, Wm. R. Brown Jr., all of East St. Louis and John T. Brown of Cairo, all of whom were present at the funeral which occurred Monday afternoon from the Methodist Church at this place, services by Rev. W. T. Morris and Elder Polsgrove."
"The burial was in the Masonic Cemetery. The body was escorted to the grave by Metropolis Lodge A. F. & A. Mason with a guard of honor composed of Knights Templar from Gethsemane Commandry. A deputation of Comrades from the Smith Post G. A. R. also assisted in the obsequies."