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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 251-52.


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    "GEORGE M. BROWN, farmer section 12, Lott's Creek Township, was born in Geauga County, Ohio, January 24, 1834.  His parents were George and Minerva (Enos) Brown, the former a native of New York and the latter of Connecticut.  George M. was the sixth of a family of seven children who lived to adult life.  When he was about five years of age his parents removed to Knox County, Ohio, where he was reared and educated.  He learned the carpenter's trade which he followed several years.  At the age of twenty-three he commenced teaching, and has taught several years in Ohio and Iowa.  He was married April 1, 1858, to Miss Nancy Kirkpatrick, a native of Knox County.  In October, 1862, he enlisted in Company D, Sixty-fifth Ohio Infantry.  He participated in the battle of Stone River where he was wounded on the right leg by a minie ball which he preserves as a relic of the "late unpleasantness."  He was confined in hospital for some time and was honorably discharged in August, 1863.  He returned to Knox County, and in 1866 removed to Iowa and located at Mt. Ayr.  In the winter of 1866-'7 he settled upon his present farm, where he has since resided.  He owns 100 acres of land in a good state of cultivation and well improved.  He has a comfortable residence, an orchard of two acres, a large number of shade trees, a good barn, and everything about the place betokens the thrift and enterprise of its owner.  Mr. Brown has served as township trustee, township clerk, and assessor with credit to himself and to the best interest of the township.  He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, No. 416, Caledonia.  Politically he is Independent.  Postoffice, Caledonia."

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