Morton Brown is the 2nd Great Grand Uncle to my wife. Morton is the second eldest male born to Odin Brown and Sally Stevens. He was born 5 February 1842 somewhere in Michigan.
The first record found for Morton is the 1850 Federal Census. In this census the family is living in Boone, Boone County, Illinois. Morton is 8 years old at the time and it is noted in the census that he is attending school. The family is farming.
Not much different to report at the next Federal Census of 1860. Morton is again living at home in Boone, Boone County, Illinois and the family is still farming.
Sometime before 1870 Morton marries Helen Smith. In the 1870 Morton and his new wife are still found residing in Boone, Boone County, Illinois. They have two children living at home, Eva and Henry. Morton is still farming. He owns his property valued at $3000 and his personal property is valued at $1100.
1880 Federal Census again finds the family farming and living in Boone, Boone County, Illinois. His daughter, Eva, has passed away so the only child living at home is Henry. They do have a servant living with them at this time, Clara Scougal.
I cannot locate the family in the 1900 Federal Census. Morton's wife, Helen, passes away in 1898. Morton dies 5 March 1909. He, along with his wife, daughter and son, are all buried in the Russellville Cemetery in Boone County, Illinois. The headstone picture is below.
Morton Brown and Helen Smith had the following children:
1. Eva Brown - born 6 January 1867 in Boone, Boone County, Illinois. Died 18 April 1872 in the same location. Buried in the Russellville Cemetery, Boone County, Illinois.
2. Henry Brown - born about 1869 in Boone County, Illinois. Death date is unknown - he has a headstone in the Russelville Cemetery but no dates are on it. Unknown if Henry ever married.