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Surname: BROWN, NUTT, LILLY, CULLUMBER
Marcellus Brown, an enterprising farmer and stock-raiser, residing on section
17, Jefferson Township, Wayne County, was born in Lewis County, West Virginia,
December 5, 1838, a son of John and Rebecca (Nutt) Brown, the father a
native of the same county as our subject and now a resident of Livingston
County, Missouri, and the mother now deceased, she dying in Hancock County,
Illinois, in 1864. They were the parents of nine children of whom seven
still survive, our subject being the eldest child. He came with his parents
to Hancock County, Illinois, in 1850, where he lived till October 1866,
when he came to Wayne County and settled on his present farm. Very little
improvements had been made on his land at the time of his settlement, but
fifty acres being fenced and a small log house built. He now has 200 acres
under fine cultivation, with good residence and farm buildings. He has
followed farming and stock-raising with success since coming to this county,
and is at present devoting much attention to the raising of graded Holstein
and Hereford cattle. March 30, 1862, he was married to Rebecca J. Lilly,
daughter of Elijah and Nancy (Cullumber) Lilly, the father born in Fluvanna
County, Virginia, October 30, 1808, and the mother a native of Madison
County, Ohio, born November 15, 1815. Mrs. Brown's father went with his
parents to Ross County, Ohio, in 1817, making part of the distance in a
cart drawn by two horses, tandem style, completing the journey by boat.
The Lilly family lived in Ross County twenty years, then moved to Madison
County, Ohio, where Mrs. Brown was born July 3, 1840. She came with her
parents to Lagrange County, Indiana, in 1844, and to Hancock County, Illinois,
when thirteen years of age, where she lived till her marriage. Her mother
died in Hancock County, December 8, 1864, and her father is now making
his home with our subject. Mrs. Brown is the only one living of a family
of seven children, she being the only daughter. Two of her brothers, Allen
and Wesley, died in the Union army while serving their country in the late
war. To Mr. and Mrs. Brown have been born eight children, of whom seven
are still living - William C., Perry A., Wesley O., Ira P., Hattie E.,
Della M., and Dora O. A daughter, Mary, died at the age of four years.
Mr. Brown has served his township as trustee for many years, and also as
road supervisor, besides holding other offices of trust in his township.
Both he and his wife and Mr. Lilly are members of the United Brethren Church.
Biographical and Historical Records of
Wayne and Appanoose Counties - P-335
Interstate Publishing Co.