BROWN Family History

BROWN, W P (Welcome Palmer), attorney at law and farmer; was born in Otsego County, New York, April 3, 1812; his father died when he was a child, leaving him but a limited patrimony; he received an academic education at Bridgewater, New York, and at the age of 19 years began the study of law, and came to Illinois in 1833; he was admitted to the bar in Jacksonville the same year, and settled in Bloomington and began to practice law. He served several terms as Justice of the Peace and Probate Judge, and was Postmaster at Bloomington about seven years. He settled in Metamora in 1842, and was elected County Judge, serving four years.   In 1871, he removed to Kansas; resided there five years, and returned to Metamora; served one 3 Year in the Kansas Legislature. He was married in 1838 to Miss Hannah C Barney, of McLean County, who was born in Pennsylvania May 3, 1813. They have six children living — Helen M, Josephine, Palmer, Ada, J K and Lacey


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