Biography of Henry Clay Brown
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HENRY CLAY BROWN. A life long resident of Madison County and for many years a progressive farmer of Fall Creek Township, Henry Clay Brown has enjoyed the best elements of success, having acquired a good home, having given his family the comforts of living and education, and having steered an honorable and straightforward course throughout his own career.
Henry Clay Brown was born in Anderson Township, Madison County, June 12, 1852, a son of Warner and Lavina (Clark) Brown. Both parents were born in the state of Maryland, where they were reared and married. After their marriage they came west and located at Anderson, Indiana, and continued in this County until their death. The father was a contractor by business and he and his wife were the parents of ten children, four of whom are living in 1913. George Brown and Samuel Brown are residents of Anderson, and Eliza, the widow of William Snell, is a resident of Logansport.
Henry Clay Brown was reared on a farm and such education as he obtained was afforded by the neighborhood schools. Up to the time he was twenty-one years of age he remained at home, and by his work and his other kindly services cared for his mother. He started independently as a farm hand, working at wages, and with the gradual accumulations of such labor was able finally to make a substantial beginning on his own account. At the age of twenty-four he moved to the farm where he now lives.
He was married May 7, 1873, to Miss Emma Ulen, who was born on the homestead where she now lives, a daughter of Absalom Ulen and was educated in the common schools. Seven children have been born to the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Brown: Harry H., a graduate of the Pendleton schools; Lula, Lavina, and Chester, graduates of the high Chester, a graduate of the high school; Rex, Walter, Naomi, wife of school; Rex, Walter, Naomi, wife of Alfred White. Mr. Brown is affiliated with the Improved Order of Red Men and the Haymakers at Pendleton. A Republican in politics, he has voted as a good citizen, but has never held any office. Mr. Brown has a well improved farm of about forty-five acres, and enjoys all the comforts and conveniences of modern country life. For several years he was engaged in business at Anderson as a drayman.