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John Hugh Brown
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Birth: Mar. 1, 1863
Texas, USA
Death: Apr. 26, 1953
Hale County
Texas, USA

Husband of Susan Dennie "Sue" (Shirley) Brown. Brother of William M. Brown < Link

1953 Obit.
Abernathy Services Scheduled
ABERNATHY, April 27 (Special) - Services for John H. Brown, 90, who died at his home early Sunday, will be held at 3 p.m. today in the Abernathy First Baptist Church with the Rev. C. A. Kennedy, Pastor, officiating.
A retired farmer, he had been ill two years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. His wife died earlier this year.
Burial will be in Abernathy cemetery under direction of Sanders Funeral Home of Lubbock. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Leola Goldston, Abernathy, and Mrs. R. S. Beard, Beaumont; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
John Hugh Brown, born near Fort Worth, Texas 1 March 1863; died 26 April 1953 at Abernathy, Hale County, Texas; married Susan Denne Shirley,
Born 22 February 1869, in Kentucky; died 4 March 1953 at Abernathy where both are buried in Abernathy Cemetery. After marriage the couple moved to Indian Territory and lived near Healdon, Sapulpa; and Bixby (now Tulsa). Several of their relatives lived in that area, at a time when the country was full of outlaws; very rough element. Several of John's and Sue's brothers and sisters met disaster, and left a number of nieces and nephews, which they raised along with their own children. Thus they were known as "Uncle John and Aunt Sue." They provided a good Christian home for all who came their way. A picture of Tulsa Baptist Church made in the early 1900's shows Uncle John and Aunt Sue, with a number of her brothers and sisters - the Shirleys; and his brother, **William McCalaster (Mac) Brown and wife Mary Elizabeth (Babe) Shirley, sister to Aunt Sue. Their two children, Sam Hugh Brown and William Henry Brown went to live with John and Sue when their father died, at the ages of 12 and 13. [incorrect--see notes below]
In 1905, the Brown family moved to Collingsworth County and settled in the Salt Fork Community. Their children were: Annie who married R.S. Beard and lived at Beaumont, Texas; Fannie who married Jim Gragg and moved to near Abernathy, Hale County; Leola married Bud Goldston, now living at Fort Worth; and Charlie, who died at age 13 and is buried by the grave of Martha Ann (Stephens) Shirley {MARY AND SUSANS MOTHER} in Plymouth Cemetery of Collingsworth County, Texas.
After farming in the Salt Fork community for several years, they moved up on the plains in Hale County to a Community called Lakeview. By this time, another niece joined them, Clara Denne Shirley, daughter of John Lawerence Shirley. Clara married Arthur Landers and died at Hale Center, Texas. Uncle John was a deacon in the Baptist Church at Lakeview; also at Abernathy where they retired. The couple were well thought of, and highly regarded by all. Henry Brown married Mabel Starkey of the Plymouth Community. Sam Hugh Brown married Ida Medra Biffle 2 February 1912 at Wellington, Texas. They made their home and died at Memphis, Texas, Hall County. Aunt Sue's mother, Martha Ann Stephens Shirley, was born May 1883 at Shady Grove, Kentucky, the mother of ten children; died 18 June 1913 at Plymouth, Texas; is buried in Plymouth Cemetery.
Family legend says that Uncle John, on his way home from Sapulpa one day was stopped by the Coulter Brothers, (outlaws). They made him dismount and dance a jig as they shot at his feet. Aunt Sue's cousin, Myra Belle Shirley died as the infamous Belie Starr. Aunt Sue dipped snuff. Her mother smoked a cob pipe. Aunt Sue was part Indian, with coal black eyes and hair. {WRITTEN BY}Will Ella Ball {PEARL STARKEY'S DTR.}

Whether photo of W.M. and Mary Shirley Brown exists is unknown, however W.M. died in 1893, when Sam Hugh was about age 1, and William Henry was about 4. They both appear in the 1900(ages 10 and 7) census living with their Uncle John and Aunt Sue. I have not been able to confirm any connections to Myra Maybelle Shirley..."Belle Starr"
Mike Payne 
Family links: 
  Susan Dennie Shirley Brown (1869 - 1953)
  Fannie Forest Brown Gragg (1893 - 1937)*
  Charles Clarence Brown (1896 - 1911)*
  Leola Mae Brown Goldston (1905 - 1985)*
*Calculated relationship
Abernathy Cemetery
Hale County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section F
Created by: Mike Payne
Record added: Dec 10, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12652709
John Hugh Brown
Added by: Mike Payne
John Hugh Brown
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 Added: Jan. 27, 2012

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