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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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George A. Brown, one of the oldest settlers and most prominent citizens of Union Township, Webster County, was born in Giles County, Tenn., October 26, 1823, and is a son of Dickson and Naomi (McBride) Brown, both natives of North Carolina. Dickson Brown was born January 31, 1802; he received a liberal education in Giles County, Tenn., and when a young man taught school in connection with farming. While teaching school in Lauderdale County, Ala., in 1822, he met Miss Naomi McBride, who was visiting there, and they were married August 22, of that year. They lived in Giles County, Tenn., until about 1827, when they moved to Hardin County, Tenn., where they lived a time, then went to Maury County, Tenn., and later removed to Wayne County; they subsequently lived in Lawrence County, Tenn., and in 1854 moved to Dade County, Mo. In 1865 they settled in Webster County, Mo., where he died March 9, 1868. He turned his attention exclusively to farming after removing to Missouri, and though at one time elected justice of the peace refused to serve, being no office seeker. Mrs. Brown was born in North Carolina April 2, 1801, and died March 17, 1878. Both were members of the Missionary Baptist Church, in which church he was a deacon. Of their ten children seven are now living, viz.: George A.; Eliza Jane, wife of J. B. Dixon, a carpenter of Webster County, Mo.; L. K., a farmer and minister in Hardin County, Tenn.; E. G., a farmer of Webster County, Mo.; Naomi R., who married Thomas Spear, a carpenter of Dade County, Mo.; J. W., a farmer of Webster County, Mo., and E. M., a resident of Colorado. Those deceased are Mary A., Dixon L. and Julia Ann. When twenty-one years of age George A. Brown began for himself as a farmer, which occupation he has successfully followed all his life. He is now the owner of one of the best located and improved farms in the county. He left Tennessee in 1853, and went to Greene County, Mo., where he remained one year, and then removed to his present farm. During the war he served as sergeant and lieutenant in Col. J. F. McMahan’s regiment, State service. December 31, 1844, Mr. Brown married Nancy Kilburn, who was born in Maury County, Tenn., April 7, 1829, and is a daughter of Allen Kilburn, of Scotch descent. This union has been blessed with eight children, viz.: Arminta F., wife of William Cain, a farmer of Webster County, and a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church; Neal S., of Conway, Mo.; A. D., at home; James G., also at home; Henry L., postmaster of Conway; Martha E., wife of John Smith, a farmer of Webster County; George L., at home, and Millie N., who was born March 31, 1866, became the wife of J. L. Rice, of Conway, and died May 15, 1888, at the age of twenty-two years. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have been connected with the Missionary Baptist Church since their marriage, and their children are all members of the same church. The family have the respect and esteem of all who know them, and have done much toward the up building of the community. Mr. Brown is a Democrat in matters political.

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