Daniel M. Brown, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Dillon Township, where he now resides, Oct. 27, 1867, and is the son of Daniel and Arietta (Lillie) Brown. The father is a native of Illinois, the date of his birth being November 27, 1829, and died in 1884; the mother, born in 1835, is still living. Her parents, Elisha and Cynthia (Clark) Lillie, were natives of Connecticut and New York respectively. The paternal grandparents of Daniel M. Brown, William and Rachel (Milner) Brown, were born in Chester County, Pa., and Maryland, respectively.
William Brown, the grandfather of Daniel M., came to Illinois in 1838, and soon won a prominent position, being elected to the State Legislature, and highly honored and esteemed by his friends and neighbors. A large double log-cabin was built by him, as he had a family of thirteen children. It is a matter of tradition that he owned the first carriage brought into the township. Daniel Brown, the father of Daniel M., and the youngest member of this family, married at the age of thirty-one, and became a very prosperous farmer, at one time owning over 1,000 acres of land and being greatly interested in stock-raising.
Daniel M. Brown acquired his education at the Davenport (Iowa) College, and was married in Delavan Township, in January, 1889, to Miss Lotella Regur. His wife was born Sept, 20, 1871, in Delavan Township, being the daughter of Joseph G. and Agnes (Hufty) Regur. The father was born in New York City, came West in 1868, but soon removed to Iowa, where he and his wife are both living.
Mr. Brown engaged in farming and stock-raising on a very extensive scale, doing at the same time a large business in buying aid selling horses. He owns a large tract of land in Dillon Township three and a half miles northeast of the city of Delavan. It is said of his father that he filled the office of Supervisor, as well as other local offices, with much credit to himself as well as satisfaction to the general public. His wife taught the first term of graded school in Delavan. Her uncle, Lot Clark, who was a Congressman from New York, at one time owned some 50,000 acres in the vicinity of Delavan.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 984
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