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IT O D LIN4
moved into Dallas. HEe-has been one of the
energetic workers in commerce, and has
largely aided in establishing the present
reputation of Dallas as a business center.
Mr. and Mrs. Best are the parents of nine
children: Katie, the wife of Dr. Hicks; Florence
is the mother of one son, Hugh;
Philip K., Maud, Zoe, Bessie, Willie, Robert,
Edward and James.
9OHN HENRY BROWN, of Dallas,
prominent in .the annals of Texas as a
pioneer, legislator, soldier and citizen,
was born in Pike county, Missouri, October
29, 1820, five months before that Territory
became a State. His parents were both natives
of Kentucky, being, at the time mentioned,
well-to-do, owning a good farm, slaves
and fine stock in horses and cattle.
The family is essentially one of patriots
and historical worth. Tlhe originator of the
family in this country cane across the ocean
in the time of Lord Baltimore. The father
and grandfather of Colonel Edward Brown
were born in Maryland, where the Colonel
was born, in 1734, who commanded a Maryland
regiment in the Revolution, married
Margaret Durbin, of the same State, removed
to Kentucky in 1780, where he died in 1823.
His son, Caleb Brown, was also born in
Maryland, in 1759, was a soldier in the Revolution,
and married, int hat State, Jemima,
daughter of Colonel Henry Stephenson, an
officer'in the Maryland line, and died in
Kentucky in 1837. Captain Henry S. Brown,
the father of the subject of this sketch, was
born in Kentucky March 8, 1793, and won a
fine reputation as a youthful soldier in the war
of 1812, serving against the Indians in Missouri
and Illinois. From the close of the
war till 1824 he traded on the Mississippi to
New Orleans. In 1814 he was married, in
St. Charles county, Missouri, to Mrs. Margaret
Jones, widow of Mr. Richard Jones, of
Maryland, and a daughter of Elder James
Kerr, of Danville, Kentucky, her mother
being a daughter of Colonel Richard Wells,
of Maryland, a Revolutionary officer. Her
elder brother, James Kerr, for whom Kerr
county was named, was well known as the
first American settler of southwest Texas (in
1825), as the surveyor of De Witt's and
De Leon's colonies, and as a representative
man of great talent and patriotism. HPe died
in 1850, aged sixty years. In Decetiiber,
1824, Captain Brown entered Texas as an
Indian and Mexican trader, in which capacity
he was chiefly engaged for ten years. 1He
often commanded companies against the Indians,
first defeating them where Waco now
stands, in 1825, north of San Antonio in 1827,
on the Nueces in 1828, at the mouth of Pecan
bayou in 1829, and on the Medina in 1833.
June 26, 1832, lie commanded the largest
company in the battle of Velasco, where Colonel
Domingo Ugartechea, of the Mexican
army, surrendered the fort and 150 men to
130 Texans. He was a member of the conventions
of 1832 and 1833, and served in the
latter year as a member of the ayuntamiento
of Brazoria. He died suddenly in Brazoria,
July 26, 1834. Brown county, created in
1856, was named in his honor, at the request
of many old citizens. His talented and devoted
wife survived him until April 30, 1861,
when she expired at her home in Lavaca
John Henry Brown was but four years of
age when he heard, with all the intensity of
earnest childhood, of the charms of Texas,
than which no other place, except his childhood's
home, has engaged his affections, this
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/465/: accessed February 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.