William H. Brown whose father, Thomas Brown is deceased, but whose mother, Catherine (Sullivan) is still spared, age 77 years (1896), was born Sept. 9, 1837, in New Seymour, Indiana. He was wedded in 1865 in Rockford, Indiana to Mary Steelman who was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, March, 1839, and who passed to her reward, Dec. 1, 1893. Her father, Phaninel Steelman is also deceased, By this marriage there are five children: James C., John T. dec., Edward L. dec., Mary E. dec. and William C. He married, secondly, July 16, 1894, Sophrona Dodyin who was born March 14, 1855, in East Tennessee. She was a daughter of A. B. and Sarah (Wilson) Dodyin. No children were born to this marriage. Comrade Brown was a laborer when he entered the Federal Army, July, 1861, when 24 years of age. He was enrolled from Jackson Co., Ind., as a private in Co., E, 22d Ind. V.I., which was assigned to 4th and 14th A.C. He was ill and kept in hospital at Louisville, Ky., about 5 weeks, in September, 1862, on account of chronic diarrhea and chills. His battle record includes: Pea Ridge, Corinth, Nolensville, Stone River, Liberty Gap, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Tunnell Hill, Resaca, Dallas, Big Shanty, Vining Station, Chattahoochee River and Peach Tree Creek. He was finally honorably discharged Aug. 27, 1864, at Louisville, Ky. His second wife had two brothers in the late war, William who was drowned at Harpers Ferry, Va., on May 12, 1863, and John was captured and taken to Camp Chase, O., where he remained eleven months; both served under the banner of the Confederacy. Mrs. Brown, by a former marriage, had two sons, Arthur B. and William A. Jenkinson now residing in Lafayette, Ind. Comrade Brown is a flagman on the P.C.C.R.R. and his address is New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
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Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike