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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - John Brownfield

SOURCE: "A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois," J. R. Stewart, Supervising Editor, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, Vols. I & II, 1918


JOHN BROWNFIELD was probably of Scotch-Irish descent. His father, Robert BROWNFIELD, at the time of the birth of John, October 7th, 1785, lived in Washington county, Pennsylvania. The maiden name of the mother was RAMSEY. Subsequently, and in the boyhood of John, the family removed to Harrison county, Kentucky, from which place they removed to this county in October, 1832, the year before the establishment of the county, by law. The father, Robert, is still remembered by the few remaining old settlers of fifty years ago. He was a soldier in the revolutionary war. He died in 1841. The mother died before the family left Kentucky. John BROWNFIELD was married about 1804, to Anna CLEMENTS, a sister of James CLEMENTS, another early settler. She was born in 1790 and died August 25th, 1845, in the fellowship of the Freewill Baptist church, of which she was long a consistent member. John BROWNFIELD volunteered under Col. Coleman in the war of 1812 and spent several months in the Harrison campaigns in the Maumee country, for which he received a government land warrant.

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