from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 260-61
MRS. ELIZABETH BROWN
Mrs. Elizabeth F. (GIBBONEY) BROWN, daughter of Benjamin and Margaret (KENDALL) GIBBONEY, and sister of
Francis E. GIBBONEY, of Riley Township, was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, March 18, 1822. Two years later
her parents settled in Licking County, Ohio.
She was married March 25, 1840, to Nicholas T. BROWN, who was born in Boone County, Kentucky, January 6, 1820. They
commenced their early life in Ohio, but later became early settlers of Louisa County, Iowa, where the energy and
talent of Mrs. BROWN soon placed him among the foremost of its citizens. He was prominent in political, social and
business circles, and lived a life of great usefulness. He was elected by the Republican party to represent his
district in the State Legislature, and died at Des Moines, April 1, 1866, during the session.
He left his widow greatly bereaved, with a family of eight children - Basil, now of Decatur County; Mrs. Margaret
SKINNER, of Ringgold County; William H., of Ruth County, Nebraska; John N., of Riley Township; Asa W., of Vigo
County, Indiana; George L., of Butte County, California; Oscar and Joseph A., of Mono County, California.
John N. was the eldest child at home, and after the death of the father he took charge of his mother's property. In
1869 he came to Ringgold County and bought a home on section 10, Riley Township, where they lived together until
after his marriage, when he made a separate home for himself.
Mrs. BROWNS's homestead contains eighty acres of good land, and in addition to this she owns twenty-two acres of
John N. BROWN was married April 21, 1872, to Mary E. MOULTON, and has six children - Edgar A., Perry
O., Lenora, Ora O., Effie Belle and Jacob. He owns a fine farm of 565 acres, and is one of the active business men
of the township. He is a leading member of the Christian church.
NOTE: Elizabeth F. (GIBBONEY) BROWN died at the age of 76 years, 9 months and 16 days on
January 4, 1899, and was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 260-61, 1887.
WPA Graves Survey
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009
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