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James R. Brown

JAMES R. BROWN,  retired farmer, post-office Greenville, was born in West Salem Township March 27, 1812, and is a member of one of the oldest families of the township. In the year 1800 James, William, Richard and Andrew Brown came to Mercer County, Penn., and, after exploring the country, the two last mentioned located in West Salem Township, while James and William settled across the line in Trumbull County, Ohio. They were natives of Eastern Pennsylvania, of Irish ancestry. A few years after coming Richard Brown married Barbara Grenier, a resident of West Salem Township, and a native of Pennsylvania, of German extraction. They reared a family of nine children: Andrew (deceased), James B., Sarah (deceased), William (deceased), Lorinda, Eliza (deceased), Cunningham B. (deceased), Emeline (deceased) and Caroline. The parents both died in West Salem Township, in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at ripe old ages. Politically Richard Brown was first a Whig, and afterward a Republican, and served in the War of 1812. Our subject has always lived in West Salem, and was here married, March 11, 1834, to Elizabeth, daughter of John and Ann Speir, who was born in West Salem Township February 8, 1808. She bore him four children: Richard C., Erwin, Malinda (deceased) and Robena, wife of William Lininger. Mrs. Brown died March 6, 1880, in the Baptist faith. Mr. Brown is a stanch Republican, and one of the oldest citizens of the township.

Source: History of Mercer County, 1888, page 1170

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