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13. John Samuel BROWN1,62 was born on 25 June 1831 in St. Francois County, Missouri.63,64,65 He died on 28 January 1908 at the age of 76 in Grayson County, Texas.1,16,17

The article about William Brown says they were of Newton County, but I think the Davidsons were in McDonald County by the time of the marriage.

In 1850, John is part of the household of William & Elizabeth Brown. In 1860, he is married, wife named Mary with a baby daughter. In 1850 there is another boy, William M. Warren, age 13, who must be a grandson of William & Elizabeth; by 1860 he is also married with a baby daughter.
According to the Brown article, John first went to California for the Gold Rush; then returned to marry Polly.
Federal Land Patent in McDonald Co 1 Jun 1859. 40 acres. The NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of S19, T23, R29.

He enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1862 and had the ends of two fingers shot off. He returned home and they left for Texas. Letsey is said to have died by the side of the road on the way to Texas and her death is listed as 1863.
They settled in the Pink Hill Community of Grayson County near the present Antioch Baptist Church.

1870, Grayson Co TX Census, p.143, Dwelling 188. John S. Brown, age 40, Farmer, b. MO, Mary, 30 b. TN. Sarah age, 9, b. MO. Rest of children born in TX: Wm. T. 7, Lucy 3, Nancy 2, and Francis 5 months. They were next door to his parents.

By 1880, Sarah was married but living near her parents. She's said to have married Jefferson Davis but he was listed as Joseph, age 24, b. in TX. Sarah, 19.
p.210d J. S. Brown, age 48; Mary age 38. William 15, Isabel [Lucy Isabel] 13, Nancy 11, Frank 10, George 8, Franie 5, Levi 3, and Laura 1. John Robert, age 25 and Frank Morrison, age 33, both born in TX were living with the family working on the farm or boarding.

Texas Death Certificate #64663
Lucy Isabel Crimm, died at her residence, 119 N. Grand Ave, Sherman, Grayson, TX on 26 Dec 1956 of pneumonia due to asthma & senility. She was widowed. Lucy was born 8 Jan 1867, Rocky Comfort, MO. Her father was J. S. Brown; her mother Mary Davidson, both b. MO. The informant was Miss Clyde Crimm. Lucy was buried Dec 27th, West Hill Cemetery, Sherman.

Buried Washburn Cemetery, near Bells, Grayson Co TX

John Samuel BROWN and Mary "Polly" DAVIDSON were married on 22 July 1858 in Missouri.1 Mary "Polly" DAVIDSON66, daughter of Levi DAVIDSON and Sarah LAMBERSON, was born on 30 December 1841 in Tennessee.10,64 She died on 5 March 1934 at the age of 92 in Grayson County, Texas.1,10,17

Probate file: Greene Co., Mo.December the 2d 1858
Rec of Alvoree Davidson guardian of the minor heirs of Levi Davidson dec twenty four dollars and seventy one cents in full of my portion of Levi Davidson's estate. John S. Brown. Attest Josiah Davidson Sr. John S. Brown, husband of Mary Polly Davidson signed the receipt for her share of Levi Davidson's estate

1930 Census. Justice Prec 3, Grayson, TX, Hh 195
Sherman Road
Frank M. Borwn, 59, married at age 25
Wilma, wife, 55, married at 19
Earl, son 31. Carl, son, 29. Jewel, son, 27. Willie, son, 22. Norman, son 20. U. L., son, 12.
Velva, dau, 24. Maurine, dau, 15.
Mary, mother, 88, widow, b. MO

At the time of her 90th Birthday, Mary Brown was the oldest member of the Baptist Church at Pink Hill, called Antioch in the early days. She lived with son Frank in her later years.

Texas Death Certificate 12712
Mrs. Mary Brown, Rt. 2, Bells, Grayson Co, TX died 6 Mar 1934. She was the widow of the late J. S. Brown. Mary was born 30 Dec 1841 and was age 92 years, 2 months, and 6 days at date. She died of senility. Mrs. S. L. Sillman of Wichita Falls (daughter Sophronia) was the informant and did not know the names of Mary's parents. Shew as buried Washburn, 7 Mar 1934.

Buried Washburn Cemetery, near Bells, Grayson Co TX
Her obituary states that she died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. J. Hogan. Services were held at the Pink Hill Baptist Church. Children still living were: William, Frank, George, Cam, John Cecil, Isabel, Nancy, and Safronia. Survivors included 49 grandchildren, 39 great grand child and one sister living in Missouri.

John Samuel BROWN and Mary "Polly" DAVIDSON had the following children:



Letsey G. BROWN was born on 4 October 1859 in Missouri.10,64 She died on 24 September 1863 at the age of 3.10,65

Died on the way to Texas and buried beside the road.



Sarah Elizabeth BROWN.



William Thomas BROWN.



Lucy Isabel BROWN.



Nancy A. "Nannie" BROWN.



Francis Marion "Frank" BROWN.



George Washington BROWN.



Sophronia BROWN.



Levi BROWN was born on 22 March 1877 in Pink Hill, Grayson County, Texas.1,10 He died on 4 February 1881 at the age of 3 in Grayson County, Texas.1,10



Laura "Laury" BROWN was born on 3 February 1879 in Pink Hill, Grayson County, Texas.1,10 She died on 23 July 1881 at the age of 2 in Pink Hill, Grayson County, Texas.1,10






John Cecil BROWN.