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  SAMUEL BROWN, a general farmer, stock-raiser, and extensive hop-grower of the town of Eaton, is one of the successful self-made men of Madison County, beginning life, it may almost be said, on his own account when but thirteen years of age; for at that early age he lost his father, who was one of the prominent citizens of the county. Samuel Brown was born September 15, 1826, on the farm he now owns and occupies, a son of Peleg and Martha (Hughs) Brown, both of whom were natives of Rhode Island. Peleg Brown, upon emigrating to the State of New York, first located in the county of Herkimer, but soon afterward came to Madison County, settling in the woods in the town of Eaton, where he at first purchased seventy acres of land, upon which he erected a log house. There he lived for many years, adding to his original purchase until he at length owned two hundred and fifty acres of land. He was one of the sturdy pioneers--a hard-working man, thoroughly honest in his methods and successful in his business, which, in addition to farming, consisted in managing a hotel, which he conducted for fully twenty-five years.
  Peleg Brown was twice married, by his first wife rearing five children, and by his second seven, four of the twelve being still alive, namely: George, a farmer of the town of Eaton; Samuel, the subject of this sketch; Sarah, wife of Henry Wilcox, and residing in Little Falls; and Willis, living in Bainbridge, Ross County, Ohio. The father died on his farm in Eaton in 1840, at the age of sixty-two; and his second wife, Martha Hughs, died at the home of her son Samuel, when she was eighty-seven years old. Both she and her husband were members of the Presbyterian church, and in politics he was a Whig. The father of Peleg Brown, Benjamin Brown, was a native of Rhode Island, and followed the vocation of a farmer in that State until his death. He and his wife reared five children, three sons and two daughters.
  Samuel Brown, like other boys of his time, received his education in the district school, and on account of the early death of his father, in connection with his brothers, managed the home farm for several years, purchasing it at the age of twenty-seven. May 19, 1857, he married Helen Palmer, who was born in 1833, and is a daughter of Gurdon L. and Anrietta (Brown) Palmer, whose biographical memoirs appear elsewhere in this volume. Samuel Brown now owns a fine farm of three hundred acres, is engaged in general farming, dairying, and quite extensively in growing hops, his hop-yard containing twenty-two acres. His dairy contains about thirty cows, mostly high grade and a few full-blood Holsteins.
  Mr. and Mrs. Brown have two children, namely: Dewayne P., born March 19, 1860; and Elberta, June 19, 1867. Mr. Brown has one of the finest farms in his vicinity, and it is well supplied with good buildings. He is a Republican in politics. Mrs. Brown is a member of the Presbyterian church. Both are among the best people in the county, are well and widely known, and are highly esteemed by all.

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