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Brown, McClintock
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 740-741


McClintock Brown, starting out in life on his own account at the early age of ten years and receiving a wage of eight dollars per month, has from that humble financial position steadily worked his way upward to a position of affluence so that he is now numbered among the substantial farmers of Hadley township, his home being on section 31, where he owns and operates one hundred and sixty acres of land that is today very valuable and productive. In addition to its cultivation he is also engaged in the business of buying, feeding and shipping cattle and hogs.

Mr. Brown is one of the worthy citizens that the Empire state has furnished to Pike county, his birth having occurred in Washington county, New York, near Sandy Hill, about four miles from the historic tree at which Jane McCrea was massacred by the Indians. This tree died in 1849, and Mr. Brown has a snuffbox made from a part of the wood. His natal day was October 2, 1847, his parents being Josiah and Maria (Clark) Brown, the former a native of Vermont, while the latter was also born in the east. The father was a physician and minister of the gospel, and also a shoemaker, having learned his trade in early life. He followed shoemaking at an early day in the Empire state, and also engaged in the practice of medicine at Sandy Hill, New York. There his death occurred in 1851, and his widow afterward came with her family to Pike county, Illinois, being accompanied by her husband's brother, Benjamin D. Brown. They settled in Barry and Mrs. Brown later gave her hand in marriage to B. T. Gray, one of the first settlers of the locality. Mr. Gray is still living in Barry, but his wife is deceased. In her family were five children: Josiah and Jane, both of whom have passed away; Henry W., who is living at the Soldiers' Home at Quincy; James C., who died in Missouri; and McClintock.

In the schools of Barry McClintock Brown acquired his education, having been brought by his mother to the west at an early age. He was a youth of only ten years when he started out in life on his own account, securing employment at farm labor by the month. His time was thus passed for a number of years, during which period he received only about eight dollars per month in compensation for his services. Later he received a larger wage, and saving nearly all of his earnings he was at length enabled to purchase a tract of land, investing in one hundred and twenty acres when twenty-seven years of age. This constitutes a part of the farm which he still owns, but its boundaries have been extended until within the tract are now embraced one hundred and sixty acres. He is engaged in the stock business, buying, feeding and shipping cattle and hogs, and has found this a very profitable undertaking. He ships several carloads of stock each year, and his annual sales bring him a gratifying figure. His son is engaged in the butchering business, having a shop at Barry. In 1898 Mr. Brown lost a part of one of his hands and since then has done very little work.

In January, 1872, Mr. Brown was united in marriage to Miss Mahala Pence, who was born in Preble county, Ohio, October 26, 1846, and is a daughter of John and Hannah (Earhart) Pence. Her father was born in Virginia, and when a young man went to Ohio, in which state his wife was born and reared. In 1857 they came to Pike county settling in Hadley township, where their remaining days were passed. Mr. Pence being called to his final rest in April, 1879, when he was about seventy-seven years of age, his birth having occurred June 8, 1802. His wife, who was born November 4, 1810, died on the 25th of April, 1890. In their family were ten children, of whom four are now living, as follows: Mrs. Brown; Joseph Pence, who resides in Kansas City; Mrs. Lydia Emerson; and Mrs. Adeline Furniss. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have one child. L G. Brown, who married Mell Peck and lives in Barry. Our subject also has an adopted daughter, Minnie, who attended the schools of Barry, was graduated from the high school in the class of 1901 and is now engaged in teaching.

Mr. Brown exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party, and was supervisor of Hadley township for one term in 1898. He has also been road commissioner. He belongs to Barry lodge, No. 336, I. O. O. F.; Barry camp, No. 540, M. W. A.; and the Mutual Protective League. Of the last two he is a charter member. He has been past noble grand, past chief patriarch and also representative to the grand lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His wife is connected with the Rebekah degree, has filled all of the chairs in that lodge and has been a representative to the grand lodge. Their home is pleasantly located two and a half miles southeast of Barry, and here they have lived for many years, during which time Mr. Brown has made many excellent improvements upon his farm. His reliability in business has secured for him an inflexible reputation, while his prosperity represents his fit utilization of opportunities that has made him one of the substantial agriculturists and stock-raisers of this part of the county. His life record stands in exemplification of what may be accomplished with firm and unfaltering purpose and proves that success is ambition's answer.

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