LETTERS FROM WILLIAM HENRY BROWN TO ALBERT R. BROWNWilliam Henry Brown had gone to Arkansas in 1880 after finishing school in Knoxville, Tenn. His maternal Grandfather, Benjamin Brown, lived in Scott County, Arkansas, (Yes, Nancy was a Brown, married a Brown) having gone there in 1869 with his second wife and children from both marriages. The mother of Wm. Henry, Nancy C. Brown, was the oldest child, married to William Labon Brown. Nancy was widowed in April of 1865 and stayed on the Brown Farm near Knoxville, TN. On his first trip to Arkansas, Henry stayed about a year and taught school. He returned to Knoxville for a time, then began a second walking trip to “Grandpa’s”. (Grandpa is Benjamin Brown, his maternal grandfather.) These letters are to his younger brother, Albert Rosecrans Brown. A.R. seems to be working at www&co. as that name is on the envelopes. A.R. is living with Nancy C. Brown, who by now has a house in Knoxville, built with the help of her father in law, John Brown II and brother in law Henry Davis (married to sister of Wm. Laban Brown). A picture of that house is in Erwin among Nancy’s papers. During this year, Albert tries to start a chicken business, then goes to the mountains of North Carolina and begins selling wholesale hardware to General Stores throughout the mountain area. He traveled by horse and buggy. The full story of the career of A.R. Brown is found in clippings and writings in the Brown Book. These letters were transcribed and submitted by Betsy Smith
WILLIAM HENRY BROWN LETTERS FROM ARKANSAS
MAY 10, 1883 TO JULY 11, 1884
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