This descriptive sketch is from Portrait & Biographical Album of Johnson and Pawnee Counties Nebraska published by Chapman Bros., Chicago, 1889. (pp.464,465)
ISAAC BROWN. This plain, unvarnished name is quite typical of the character of its owner. By his neighbors he is called a good man, and this is a term which covers a wide range, and is understood as embracing all the elements of character essential to the honest man and the valued citizen. His career has been characterized by industry and perseverance, as evinced in the building up of a good farm, and by that kindly care and attention to the wants of his family and the well-being of his children, which embraces about all the Christian virtues. Of one epoch in the life of Mr. Brown he is particularly and justly proud, having distinguished himself as a Union soldier in the late Civil War.
The branch of the Brown family to which our subject traces his origin descended from substantial old English stock. William Brown, his great-grandfather, having been born on the other side of the Atlantic in that country. There also he was married, and among his sons was one William Jr., the grandfather of Isaac of this sketch. William Brown Jr., emigrated to the United States about 1790; locating with his family in Delaware. There his first wife died, and he was soon afterward married to the grandmother of our subject, among whose children was Joseph, father of the latter. Grandmother Brown also died in Delaware. The grandfather was married a third time, to Miss Susan Johnson, and later removed with his family to Ohio, locating with the family of his son Joseph, in Pickaway County, where they lived several years. Thence they removed to Muskingum County, and there Grandfather Brown and his last wife departed from the scenes of earth. Joseph Brown spent his last days in Ohio.
The subject of this sketch was born Jan. 13, 1831 in Muskingham County, Ohio, one of the richest regions in the Buckeye State, the soil being very productive, and the natural resources of more than usual excellence. He was reared amid the peaceful pursuits of farm life. Desirous of seeing something of the Western country he migrated to McLean County, Ill., and there afterward made the acquaintance of Miss Jane Whitlow, to whom he was married June 22, 1871. Mrs. Brown was born Aug.11,1852, in Illinois, and is the daughter of Solomon and Eve Whitlow, who were natives of North Carolina. Our subject and his young wife crossed the two great Western rivers, the Mississippi and Missouri, landing in Merrick County, Neb., where they began their wedded life in a modest dwelling. They came to this county in the year 1879, and he secured sixty acres of land on section 14 in Clay Precinct, and endured in common with the people around him the hardships and difficulties of life in a new country. He has effected good improvements on his land, bringing the soil to a good state of cultivation, and erecting a substantial set of frame buildings. His farm embraces 100 acres and is devoted to general agriculture. His plodding industry, his promptness in meeting his obligations and his reliable character, generally entitle him to a place in the front ranks among the respected citizens of this county. To him and his excellent wife there were born six children, two of whom, one unnamed and Lillie, died at a tender age. The survivors are Anna, Geraldina, Jane and Francis. They comprise an intelligent and interesting group, who have been reared to habits of industry, and given a practical education.
Mr. Brown upon the outbreak of the Civil War was a resident of Illinois. He watched the progress of the strife with deep interest and in August, 1862, there seeming to lie no prospect of a speedy termination of the war, he resolved to lay aside his personal interests and engage in assisting to put down the Rebellion. He enlisted in August,1862, in Company A, 62d Ohio Infantry, and performed his duties faithfully until the close of the war. His regiment operated mostly with the Army of the Potomac and Mr. Brown was in four heavy engagements, receiving a wound in each one. He first met the enemy at Chapeman's Farm in front of Richmond, and was successively at Petersburg, Deep Run and Ft. Wagner. His fidelity to duty secured him the respect of his comrades and the approval of his superior officers, likewise the approval of his own conscience. He was content to serve as a private, and at the close, rejoicing in the success of the Union arms, returned to his home in Ohio and resumed the peaceful pursuits of farming. It is hardly necessary to say that his sympathies and his vote are uniformly given in support of Republican principles. Mr. Brown is not connected with any religious organization, but his estimable wife belongs to the United Brethren Church.
Typed by Carole Williams, researching Brown Family (firstname.lastname@example.org ). Edited by Dick Taylor, 1999.