Submitted Tue, 4 Mar 1997 by Win Wood

James Madison Brown

James Madison BROWN was born about 1816 at Smoky Creek, just south of Lenoir, Burke County (now Caldwell), North Carolina, to William and Mary? Elizabeth (RIPPETOE?) BROWN. He had red hair, a beard, and was 5' 6" tall. At the age of 19 or 20, he came to Owen County, Indiana, with his parents. On the 24th of March 1838, he married Nancy Agnes CHRISTY in Monroe County, Indiana. She was the daughter of John CHRISTY and Abigail FRASER of Iredell County, North Carolina. He united with the Salem Separate Baptist Church of Owen County and was ordained to preach about the year 1853. He moved west to Warren County, Illinois, about 1855. In 1864, he purchased a farm in Mercer County (Township 13, Sections 9 and 10). He owned lot 6 in Section 9. Most of the area he farmed is now part of the Mark Twain Wildlife Refuge. The house was on the east side and the barn was on the west side of the road, 1 1⁄2 to 2 miles north of Keithsburg and about 40 rods from the Mississippi River. There was a cemetery on the east side of the road. James died from consumption 27 Aug 1869, and was buried along side his son Ishmael in the Main Cemetery in Abington Township. James and Nancy raised a large family: Abigail married Andrew BOGER (my line); John CHRISTY married Martha Boley STEVENS; William Jasper "Jap" was unmarried; Mary Elizabeth married first to James Alexander "Alex" JOHNSON and second to Thomas MOORE; Lucinda Nancy "Sin" married Andrew Jackson RANDELS; Maria Jane died at age 1 in 1851; David Washington married Fanny JENKS; James Newton died as an infant in 1853; Rose Anna married Salvadore MARTIN and Orlin F. MOREY; Arminda "Minnie" married Charles A. COOPER; and Ishmael died in 1862

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