Farmer and stock- raiser; Little York, Sumner Township; is a son of David and Ann (Stephenson) Brownlee, and was born in Washington County, Perm., August 22, 1831. His parents were born there, his father in 1798, his mother in 1800, and his father died in Sumner Township in 1837 and his mother in 1850.
His paternal grandfather was Thomas Brownlee, and Gen. James Stephenson, of Revolutionary fame, was his grandfather in the maternal line. After the Revolutionary War, General Stephenson was prominent in public life, and represented Washington County, Penn., in the House of Representatives. He died at 4 P. M., Thursday. December 21, 1815, and the Governor and members of the Senate and House of Representatives of Pennsylvania attended his funeral in a body, and his fellow representatives wore crape on their sleeves for thirty days.
David Brownlee brought his family to Illinois in 1835 and settled in Sumner Township, where he bought a farm in Section 16. on which he lived until his death, which occurred when the subject of this sketch was very young. The early death of his father brought the younger Brownlee and his brothers much responsibility, which they accepted manfully.
John Brownlee was educated in the common schools and has given his entire life to farming and stock-raising. A Prohibi tionist in politics, he wields considerable influence. He is at this time the oldest native resident of his township, and remembers a time when there was but one or two houses within sight of his father's home. He is the owner of 240 acres of land, and is successful both as a farmer and stock-raiser. He and his family are members of the United Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Brownlee married at Keithsburg, October 2, 1856, Miss Nancy A. Barr, daughter of John and Mary (Stephenson) Barr. Her parents were natives of Washington County, Penn., who located early in Ohio, where her father died, her mother surviving until June, 1855, when she died in Sumner Township.
Mrs. Brownlee has borne her husband eleven children, named as follows: Edwin C., Orville C., Elmer C., John W., Fred H., Willis B., Maud, Robert L., Warren, Gertrude and Catharine. Edwin C., Elmer C. and Maud live at Omaha, Neb.; Willis B. at Sacramento, California; Orville C. at Cheyenne, Wyoming; Fred H. at Ogden, Utah; and Warren is obtaining a collegiate education. The remaining members of the family are natives of Sumner Township.
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