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Biography of S. W. Brown

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Stephen William Brown was born September 1, 1831. He married Martha Pope of Hayneville, Houston County, Georgia. To this union was born three sons: James Pope, Robert Duncan, and Stephen William, who died very young.
James Pope Brown was born in Pulaski County at the plantation home, “Pine Avenue,” the son of Stephen William Brown and his wife, Martha Pope Brown. He was educated in the country schools of Pulaski, at Governor Northern’s Preparatory School and at Mercer University, where he graduated in 1873 with an A.B. degree. He was a Baptist, a Democrat, a Mason of Mount Hope Lodge, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and a planter. He was founder and first president of the Southern Phosphate Works at Macon in 1890, and represented Pulaski County in the State Legislature in 1894-95-96. He was president of the Georgia State Agricultural Society in 1902-03-04, was chairman of the Georgia Railroad Commission from 1904 to 1907, was State Treasurer in 1909, candidate for Governor in 1911. He also was Federal Land Bank appraiser, and was superintendent and warden of the Georgia State Prison Farm from September 30, 1921, to March 29, 1922.

He was a life member of the following: State Agricultural Society, the W. C. T. U., and the Georgia Baptist Orphans’ Home Association. He also was a trustee of Mercer University.

He married Miss Annie Righton Miller, in Augusta, Georgia, on May 19, 1880, who was born August 20, 1857, at “Ardis,” in Edgefield County, South Carolina, and died in Atlanta, Georgia, October 3, 1934. She was a member of the Baptist Church, a teacher in the Sunday school, and was president and also honorary president of the O. C. Horne Chapter, U. D. C. She was a member of the Joseph Habersham Chapter, D. A. R., in Atlanta. Their children were Stephen William Brown, born August 4, 1882, and died December 8, 1919; Emily Habersham Brown, who died in infancy; Martha Brown; Jonathan Miller Brown and James Pope Brown, both of whom died in infancy.

Robert Duncan Brown was born February 16, 1861, and first went to school in Perry, Georgia, later attending Governor Northern’s Preparatory School at Kirkwood, Georgia. He graduated from Mercer University in 1880, and while there was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He came home to farm at the old home place, “Browndale,” and later moved to Hawkinsville, where he was postmaster for a good many years. He is a Democrat, having served as a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee; a Mason and a faithful member of the First Baptist church, where he was a teacher, assistant superintendent and superintendent and secretary of the Sunday school. He also was clerk of the church and clerk of the Baptist Association, and deacon.

He was married to Miss Ada Anderson, of Hawkinsville, Georgia, on April 25, 1888, who was born November 18. 1864, and died October 10, 1934. She was educated in Hawkinsville and at LaSalle College in Boston, Mass. She, too, was a Sunday school teacher, president of missionary society, and president of Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. She was a devoted wife and mother, always faithful to her Lord, and a great lover of flowers and folks.

Their children are: Duncan Hancox, Agnes, Ada, James Pope, Robert Duncan, Jr., and Frank Anderson. All are living except Ada, who died in June 1901.


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