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Mary Catherine Defebaugh Brown
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Birth: Dec. 29, 1842
Effingham County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 21, 1924
Altamont (Effingham County)
Effingham County
Illinois, USA

daughter of John C. Defebaugh & Isabelle Barndollar, she was born at old Freemanton, which was a few miles east of present-day Altamont.

We have a couple of obits for her that were clipped from local newspapers; we suspect one was the Altamont News, 23 July 1924, but this is not yet confirmed. The obits may still be covered by copyright, so we will not post them here.

Father John C. Defebaugh operated a store in town, and Mary spent her entire life in the vicinity of Freemanton & Altamont. She was one of 7 children, having 2 sisters, and 4 brothers.

Mary was married to Hiram Brown on 19 Jun 1858. The wedding occured in Shelby county, at the home of John B. Williams, a prominent black abolitionist, and friend of Hiram & Mary.

Mary & Hiram were parents of 4 children, 3 of whom reached adulthood (Emory Clem, Eugenia Belle, Lena). After his service in the Civil War, Hiram tried farming, but soon decided to open a store. He opened a general store in Altamont ca. 1872 and continued to operate it for nearly 40 years. Mary operated a millinery business in Altamont for many years.

The couple retired from business ca. late 1911, purchased a large house on Main st., and lived out their days there. Hiram died in 1921, and his funeral was held on what would have been their 63rd wedding anniversary. Mary died 3 years later, in 1924.

Cemetery records indicate that Mary was interred (with her husband) at Union Cem. But a F-A-G volunteer has also found a stone for them at Pleasant Grove Cem. We are still working to figure out how two stones came to be.
Family links: 
  John Culbertson Defebaugh (1809 - 1894)
  Elizabeth Isabella Barndollar Defebaugh (1815 - 1899)
  Hiram Harrison Brown (1836 - 1921)
  Clements C Brown (1861 - 1938)*
  Lena Brown Nickleson (1863 - 1941)*
  James C Defebaugh (1838 - 1894)*
  Columbia Ann Defebaugh Baker (1840 - 1919)*
  Mary Catherine Defebaugh Brown (1842 - 1924)
  Patience Defebaugh Hout (1845 - 1919)*
  Jacob B Defebaugh (1848 - 1925)*
  John W Defebaugh (1850 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Union Cemetery
Altamont (Effingham County)
Effingham County
Illinois, USA
Plot: block 7, lot 1
Created by: davemarr
Record added: Jun 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71299754
Mary Catherine <i>Defebaugh</i> Brown
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Mary Catherine <i>Defebaugh</i> Brown
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Mary Catherine <i>Defebaugh</i> Brown
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