SILAS BROWN, farmer, sec. 15, Green Tp., was born in Knox Co., Ohio, Jan. 30, 1838, and was the fifth child of his parents. His father, Thomas D. Brown, was a native of Pennsylvania, and a farmer by occupation. His mother, Elizabeth (Adams) Brown, was also a native of the Keystone State, and she and her husband were among the first settlers of the section where they resided. She died when her son was but 18 months old. Her successor reared her little children with care, and Mr. Brown remained at home until he was 16 years old, when he went to Toledo, Ohio, and obtained employment in a dairy, remaining there two years. Coming thence to Clinton Co., Mich., he bought 80 acres of land, and after farming thereon two years, returned to Ohio.
He was married in 1859, to Emmeline, daughter of Valentine G. and Margaret (Stanley) Smith, natives of Pennsylvania, who was born Jan. 19, 1837, in Ohio. Four of their children are living: Emma E., Annie M., Maggie and Eugene. Two are deceased, Martha A. and Eddie.
In 1860, Mr. Brown returned to Clinton Co., Mich., residing there about six months. He went back to Ohio, and after a residence of five years came to Mecosta County, where he resided a year at Big Rapids, moving thence to Paris. Six months later he settled on the farm he now occupies, consisting of 60 acres of good farming land.