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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
sity in the class of 1887, and now resides at
Georgetown, Texas; Mary E. is now thle wife
of Dr. A. L. Hawkins, also of that city; and
Samuel J., of Lee county. The eldest sonl, Edward
M., was educated at the Southwestern
University, graduating in the class of 1885.
He then studied law with John F. Crowe, of
Giddings, was admitted to the bar, and immediately
opened an office in Dallas. He is
now engaged in the practice of his profession
with McCormick & Spence.
tOHN G. BROWN, of Rockdale, Milam
county, is a son of Johnl and Fannie
- (Griffin) Brown, both natives of Alabama,
in which State the subject of this
sketch was also born. The father was born
there in 1808, was reared and married there,
his marriage occurring in 1834, when he
was united to a daughter of one of the first
settlers of the State, John Griffin. John
Griffin and John Brown, the grandfathers of
the subject of this review, were both natives
of North Carolina, and moved, within the
latter part of the last century o:r. early in the
present one, to Alabama, where for many
years thereafter they resided, being extensive
land-owners. Both died in their adopted
State and left numerous descendants, who
have since become scattered through the new
Southwest. The Browns came originally
from England, the Griffins from Ireland.
Both took up their residence in this country
in colonial times, settling in the southeast
Atlantic sea-coast States, whence they drifted
toward the Gulf as the Indians were removed
and the country was opened to settlement.
It is a tradition of the family that
they were in the main sturdy yeomen and
patriotic citizens, rendering good service in
time of war and living honorable and industrious
lives ill tile of peace. Tlhe granllfathers
of our subject were both soldiers in
the Revolution. John Brown, father of Jolhn
G. of this article, migrated in 1S42 from
Alabama to Arkansas, where he reside(l for
about three years, coming thence in 1845 to
Texas and settling in Washington county,
where, with the exception of three years, lihe
continued to reside until his death. He was
a farmer, merchant and trader, and, in the
course of a somewhat long and active life.
succeeded in accniumulati ng a considerable
amount of property. He went in 1869 to
California, where, through some unfortunate
investments, he lost heavily. While a resident
of Washington county he was for many
years Deputy Sheriff of the county and filled
other local positions, being a man of much
public spirit and devoted to the best interests
of the community where lie lived. He was
a life-long Democrat and greatly devoted to
the interests of his party. He died in Washington
county in 1876, aged sixty-eight
years. His wife, mother of our subject, died
in 1847, the year after the removal to Texas.
The issue of their marriage was six children,
four of whom attained maturity: Marion,
John G., Thomas J. and James M., all of
whom entered the Confederate army at the
opening of the late war, enlisting in corn:pany
F, Fifth Texas Mounted Volunteers.
Marion died from injuries received in the
service. Each of the others was wounded.
Thomas J. lost his life in 1868 in New
Mexico, being killed by the Indians while
on his way to California. James M. is now
a resident of San Patricio county, this State,
where he is engaged in fruit-growing.
John G Brown, the subject of this sketch,
was born in what was then Benton, now Calhoun,
county, Alabama, July 26, 1839. He
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