Mathew Brown was born March 12, 1818 in Ohio and died in 1876 in Fulton County, Arkansas. He is buried in the Fluty Cemetery. He married Hannah Okey who was born ___to Woodman and ___Okey. Both were natives of Monroe County, Ohio, where Hannah's family had lived for several generations.
Mathew and his son, Edward, both fought for the Union in the Civil War with Ohio units. One of Mathew's units was Company F of the Ohio Volunteer where he obtained the rank of Captain. Both Mathew and Edward were involved with the Masonic Lodge in Baxter County, Arkansas, and possibly before leaving Ohio.
They remainder in Monroe County, Ohio, until 1866. At that time, they moved to southwest Polk County, Missouri and in 1869 came to Fulton County, Arkansas, and bought a farm for $2,000.00 in what is now called Vidette, Arkansas. This farm was sold to his son, Stephen, three years later and he bought a different farm on the Big North Fork on the White River in Baxter County, Arkansas (it was where Mountain Home now stands). Nine children were born to this couple with eight living to adulthood.
1870 Census of Bennett's Bayou - Fulton County, AR
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