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Martha Jane
John Randolph

David and Elizabeth M.

John Randolph and Linda C. (GRIFFIS) BROWN
of Blue Rapids, Bigelow, Frankfort (Marshall Co), and Concordia (Cloud Co), Kansas

1854: John Randolph BROWN born in SW Ohio
1863: Linda Candace GRIFFIS born in Indiana
1863: Linda's parents moved to Marshall Co KS
1876: John R. moved to Marshall Co, KS
1879: John R. and Linda married
1879: John and Linda lost their first child
1880: John listed as boarder with E. M. Griffis in Blue Rapids, Marshall Co KS census
1880: John's uncle David Wilson George family in Blue Rapids census
1881: Frank L. Brown born
1883: Edith Augusta Brown born
1888: Charles Linus Brown born
1889: Bessie Clare Brown born
1892: Ruth Elizabeth Brown born
1897: Carl Brown born
1900: census (No Brown in Cloud Co, Arion twp)
1900: census (check Marshall Co, KS)
1901: Edith married Charles DANNELS
1904: moved to Arion twp farm near Concordia (Cloud Co) KS
1907: Frank married Mary SMITH
1907: Bessie married Ernest NELSON
1910: census ---
1912: Ruth married Glen HOOBER Jr
1913: Frank L. died (31)
1916: Charles married Florence MILLIRONS
ca 1917: Carl married Ernestine NETZ
1920: census - John R and Linda, Cloud Co, Arion twp #28-29, 2A
1920: census - Carl B and Ernestine, Cloud Co, Arion twp, 5A
1922: John Randolph died (68 1/2)
1930: census ---
1930: census - Carl B and Ernestine, Concordia KS - Cloud Co, Arion twp, 5A
1937: Linda died (73)
Short Biographies

Into a family historically full of John's,
John Randolph BROWN
was born on the 6th of May, 1854 to John and Martha Jane (George) BROWN at their farm in Paddy's Run (now Shandon), Butler County OH. He was one of at least 7 children.

* More BROWN history of Butler County OH

John Randolph moved to Kansas from Butler County Ohio in 1876, where he farmed in rural Marshall County, KS, also around Bigelow.

According to the 1880 census, John worked on the farm of David GRIFFIS, Jr., who had also been born in Butler County, Ohio. Sixty-three year old David died that same year, in 1876, leaving his widow and children. One of David's daughters had caught John's attention, and on 11 March, 1879, soon after she turned 16 on the 18th of February, Linda Candace GRIFFIS married the 24 year old John Randolph BROWN.

Linda was born during the Civil War, on 18 February 1863, at Kirk's Crossroads, IN. Her parents, David and Elizabeth M. (WATTS) GRIFFIS, moved their family west to Kansas in August, 1863, when Linda was only 6 months old.

John R. and Linda continued farming in Marshall County, KS, where they raised their family, until March 1904, when they moved to a farm in Arion township of Cloud County, south of Concordia, KS (currently Rt 9 and 81 intersection). Both were Christians, belonging to the Christian Church at Bigelow and later at Concordia, KS.

Too old for active duty during World War I, John Randolph volunteered with the Red Cross.

In the 1920 census for Cloud Co KS, John R. Brown, aged 65, (born in Ohio with both parents born in Ohio) was living with his wife Linda C. BROWN, aged 56 (born in IN with her father born in OH and mother born in IA).

John Randolph BROWN died 6 Nov 1922 in Concordia KS, 68 years and 6 months old. His funeral was held at his home, with the minister of the Christian Church of Concordia, H. G. Bond, holding the service.

Linda BROWN died in Concordia on 22 Oct 1937 when she was 74. Her funeral was held at the Concordia Baptist Church on October 14th. Both John Randolph and Linda were buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Biography of the David GRIFFIS Jr family
David GRIFFIS Jr. who was born in 1813 in Butler County OH, married his first wife, Lydia Parkhurst, in the 1830s. They had several children. Lydia died in 1859 in Ohio. David then married Elizabeth Watts, born about 1839, 17 years his junior, and three years younger than Isaac N., his son. David and Elizabeth had children while living in Indiana and Kansas. They moved to Kansas by covered wagon in August of 1863 and bought land there for $4.75 an acre. They lived in Irving and Bigelow, KS. David Jr. died in 1876.

David and Lydia's children included
   Isaac N., who was born in 1836, and
   DeWit, who was born in 1845
according to the "Pioneers of the Bluestem Prairie" article by Beulah Winter.

David and Lydia also had some daughters,
   Alice, born about 1854
   Lily, born about 1858
The "Portrait and Biographical Album of Marshall County KS" says Emaline GRIFFIS was a sister of Isaac N. GRIFFIS. And the 1880 Marshall Co KS census lists Allice C. GRIFFIS, aged 26, born in OH (about 1844) as a step-daughter of E. M. GRIFFIS, widow of David, Jr. who died in 1876, per Mrs. Winters' article.

Besides his grown sons, Isaac N. and DeWitt GRIFFIS, the 1870 Marshall Co census for Blue Rapids township listed David Jr.'s children as
   Spencer (b in IN about 1851),
   Alice (b in IN about 1855),
   Lily (b in IA in 1858 - but this might be Ohio? and probably Lydia's last child),
   Ann (b 1861 in IN, and probably David's first child with Elizabeth Watts Griffis),
   Linda (b 1863 in IN),
   and son Linas (b 1866 in KS).

The 1880 Marshall Co census for Blue Rapids, KS is hard to read, but Linda's mother, Elizabeth GRIFFIS is listed as
E. M. GRIFFIS, head of the household.
   Ann of the 1870 census becomes Sarah A.;
   Linda and her husband John Randolph BROWN, married in 1879, are listed as Sidney and John R. BROUN;
   Linas is listed as Siems A.; and
   Alice is listed as Allice C..

Lily, who would have been about 22 in 1880, is not listed with the family, and David's daughter Emaline GRIFFIS is not listed in either the 1870 or 1880 census with the family. Perhaps she and Lily are the same person?

The somewhat blurred and illegible 1880 census for Marshall Co, KS, in Blue Rapids, KS:

* E. M. GRIFFIS, female, born about 1839 in OH, both parents born in OH
* Sarah A, dau, born about 1859 in KS with both parents born in OH
* Siems A, son, a farmer born about 1866 in KS
* Liddia, dau, born about 1871 in KS
* Allice C., step-dau, (David's daughter) born about 1854 in IN
* John R. BROWN, boarder and farmer, born in 1854 OH
* Sidney, boarder without occupation, born about 1863 in IN
Linda's sister, Sarah Ann LEATHERMAN, later lived in St. John, KS.
Children of John Randolph and Linda BROWN
at birth






* Carol K. Paulsen
of Stafford, KS * Brown families of Butler Co OH
* The John Brown Family of Dry Fork, Butler County, Ohio, Paul Teetor
* Federal and Kansas censuses * KSGenWeb for Marshall Co KS
* The Reuben George Sr Family of Butler County, Ohio, Nancy Sween
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