Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Joseph W. Brown

JOSEPH W. BROWN, a prominent and influential farmer of Montana township, Labette county, Kansas, has been located on his present farm, in the northeast quarter of section 19, since 1867. He was born in Ohio in 1838, and is a son of J. and Mary A. (Myers) Brown.

J. Brown was born in Kentucky, and was a butcher and a blacksmith by trade, and followed these occupations at different times. He married Mary A. Myers, who was born in Ohio, and they reared the following children: Benjamin; Joseph LaFayette; Ellen; Emma; and Joshua.

Joseph W. Brown was reared in Iowa, and resided there until 1867, where his parents had located in Lee county. After residing there for two years he moved to Decatur county, Iowa, and farmed there until he came to Kansas; he also followed the trade of a carpenter for eight years. He came to Labette county, Kansas, in the spring of 1867, in wagons, leaving Iowa on May 7th, and arriving in Labette county on June 15th. He located on his present farm, in the northeast quarter of section 19, Montana township, and entered his claim at Humboldt, Kansas. He built a cabin, 16 feet square, and broke some land the first spring. He has since resided on this property, engaged in general farming. He has a well improved farm and excellent farm buildings, which are so necessary to a successful pursuance of this calling.

Mr. Brown was united in marriage with Elizabeth Burket, who was born in Indiana, and died in 1864. They were parents of the following children: Psyche and Mary E., both deceased; and Rerschel, who lives in Missouri. He formed a second union in 1866, wedding Martha Williams, who was born in Ohio; they are the parents of seven children, as follows: Minnie; Theodosia; Maud; Lloyd; Dallis; Murle; and Elsie. In politics Mr. Brown is independent, and has served on the school board of the township.