Nicholas  Brown

          Nicholas Brown, an industrious and successful farmer of Posey Township, was born in Germany, December 6, 1840.  He was the son of  Fritzidona  and  Caroline (Smith) Brown, the former of whom died when our subject was but three years old.  When he was eleven years old he accompanied his mother and stepfather, Joseph Bone, to whom his mother had previously been married, to America, the family locating in Cincinnati.  During the summer of his twelfth year he worked upon a farm in Ripley County, this State.  In March, 1853, he accompanied his mother and stepfather to this county, and settled with them in Posey Township.  In the following September, his mother and her husband returned to Cincinnati, but Nicholas remained here, having found a home in the family of  Jeremiah Beckner, where he continued about seven years, receiving his board and clothes, and a horse, saddle and bridle at the age of nineteen.  At that age, or December 27,1859, he was married to  Catharine Beckner, daughter of  Henry and Phebe (Plank Beckner.  She was born in Posey Township, December 17, 183-.  During the entire married life of Mr. Brown, he has resided in Posey Township his occupation being that of a farmer.  His first wife died March 2, 1868, leaving four children:  Jerry,  Rosella,  Henry  and  Catharine, all of whom are still living.  On the 6th day of February, 1870, Mr. Brown was married to  Sarah A. Allender, who was born in this county December 3, 1840.  She is therefore just three days older than her husband.  The parents of Mrs. Brown were  George  and  Mary (Hulgan) Allender, the former a native of Kentucky, and the latter a native of South Carolina.  This latter marriage has resulted in the birth of seven children, as follows.:  Mary,  Charley,  Nora,  James,  John, and a son and daughter that died in infancy, unnamed.  Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of the Christian Church.  Politically, our subject is a Democrat.  He owns a beautiful farm of 155 acres, nearly all of which is in a high state of cultivation.  His farm is fitted up with a handsome residence.
History of Rush County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1888.
Contributed by Jill Knitl

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