William Monroe Brown


William Monroe Brown

WILLIAM MONROE BROWN, son of Francis Marion (born Aug. 1833) and Mary Smith Chandler Brown, who was a widow with two children at the time of her marriage to Frances Marion, a native of Alabama, and she of Louisiana. They married in Anderson Co., after F. M. came to the county in 1851. He engaged in farming and served through the war in Arkansas and Louisiana, as a Corporal in his Company.

William was born at Bradford, Anderson County, Texas, 4 June 1854, and lived within five miles of the spot ever since. His schooling facilities were poor, but he was a man of observation, and learned much from experience. He lived with his parents until his marriage, when he went to farming for himself. In 1875, he bought a farm, where he lived, adding 320 acres to it in 1882. He cleared and improved the land, adding good buildings, fencing 100 acres and putting 80 acres in cultivation and renting a portion of it out. In the years 1888 and 1889, he operated a mill and gin. He made an average of fifteen bales of cotton, plenty of corn, cane and stock and grew ample vegetables and meats for family use, and for the support of the farm.

His mother, Mary, died in 1883, dying in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His father remarried in 1887 and two children are of this union.

William was married twice, first to Nancy Featherstone, daughter of John Featherstone of Henderson Co., Texas. Two children were born of this union:

1. Child, died in infancy
2. Ballard, b. 29 Oct. 1876

William then married Mary Holland (12 June 1859, Athens, Texas) on 18 Nov. 1881. Mary was the daughter of Bluford C. Holland of Mississippi, who came to Texas in 1847. Mary bore her husband eleven children, namely:

1. Willie, b. 18 Sept. 1882
2. Lenna, b. 26 April 1884, m. Lynn Stafford
3. Archie, b. 29 Nov. 1885, m. Charity Scarbrough
4. Ethel, b. 11 April 1888, m. Hugh Pickle
5. Annie, b. 26 April 1889, m. Floyd Pickle
6. Erasmus, b. 24 April 1891, m. Adelia Lively
7. Mattie, b. 24 April 1891, m. Prince French
8. Clinton, b. Sept. 1893, m. Ada Carr
9. Eva, b. 14 Feb. 1895, m. Irvin Barnhart
10. Bryan, b. 7 March 1897, m. Susie Kale
11. Jack, b. 30 Sept. 1899, m. Gertrude Pickle

William M. died 18 Nov. 1920; Mary died 19 July 1900. Both are buried in the County Line Cemetery, Anderson County, Texas.

Jackie Brown Gaines, Pioneer Families of Anderson County (TX) Prior to 1900, ed. Anderson County Genealogical Society, 1984. pp 30-31.

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