Thursday, October 16, 2014

Joseph D. Brown, Ohio Farmer with Low Profile - Ancestor #36

This is another article for the series "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", a challenge by Amy Johnson Crow on No Story Too Small.

Joseph Daniel Brown was the first child born to Thomas Brown and Jane Clark Brown in December of 1867, possibly in Adams County, Ohio.  By 1880, Joseph was living with his father and step-mother, Rebecca Ann Edwards Brown, in Wilson Township, Clinton County, Ohio.  He had two younger sisters, Ida May Brown Kendall and Hannah Ellen Brown Ballenger but they were not in the household.

Marriage record for Joseph D. Brown and Eva Belle Allen, 1899
Joseph was 31 years old when he married 25 year old Eva Belle Allen on 15 Feb 1899 in Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio.   For the duration of their marriage, they lived in Turtle Creek Township, Warren County, Ohio.  Joseph was a farmer on a rented farm, Eva kept house.  No record of children has been found.

On 16 Jun 1919, Joseph died of pulmonary tuberculosis.  He was buried in Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio, Plot: Section H.  Joseph was my third great uncle.

This can’t be the end of Joseph’s story.  I still have questions.  Where was three year old Joseph in 1870?  Did he have any interaction with his sisters?  Did he really not have any children?  Was he in the local newspaper?  There must be more records to be found.  Sigh.

1880, 1900, 1910 censuses
Marriage record on
Death certificate courtesy of Steven Trudgeon Family Tree
Burial on Find-a-Grave
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