For some time prior to the Civil War, Frank Brown's grandparents 
resided in Jefferson Co. His maternal grandparents were Dr. Thomas 
Bernard and Hawkins Bernard. His paternal grandparents were Calvin M. 
Brown, born in Washington Co. m., Dec. 27, 1827, and Anne Eliza Foster.
Both came from Tennessee. Calvin M. Brown served in the Mexican War, 
enlisting at age 19. He served with the sixth Reg., Ill. Inf. Col. 
Collins, Co. A. He returned to Spring Garden Twp. where he farmed 840 
acres of fertile land. In the spring of 1851, he married Anne Eliza 
Foster and they had 9 children, one of whom was Stephen Edgar Brown, 
father of Frank E. Calvin died in Oct. 1922.

Stephen E. Brown was born in 1862, and married Fannie B. Bernard, 
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bernard. Later Stephen inherited the 
land of his father and subsequently donated the land for the R.R., the 
streets, alleys, churches and school for the present town of Ina. 
Stephen and Fannie had three children. Ina, for whom the village was 
named; married Ralph Wyatt; Ann Eliza, who remained single; and Frank 
Edgar Brown.

Frank E. Brown was born in Ina on July 9, 1895. He attended grade
school there and spent some months at college in Valparaiso, Ind. He left 
college to work briefly for Standard Oil Co. Frank loved animals and 
horses especially. His father gave him a fine gaited horse whose name 
was "Winnie McGee". Frank enjoyed recalling the happy times he had with
Old Winnie, including the trips to take his sister back and forth to 
Ewing College. Frank entered military service Feb. 27, 1917 and served 
in England, France, and Germany during W.W. # 1. Shortly after the
war's end, Nov. 11, 1918, he returned home. He entered the lumber business 
in 1922 and continued in it until his death. He loved the farm life and 
raised registered Hereford cattle. He married Miss Merle E. Dunbar of
Benton on July 8, 1931, at the home of D. C. Youngblood in Ina. Frank 
and Merle have two children. Marilyn Joan Brown, married James E. Lane 
and have Stephen Raymond and Sarah Elizabeth, and live in 
Mt. Vernon. Judith Eleanor Brown married Bradford F. Storey. They have 
one son Todd, and live in Ina. Frank was a member of Trinity Baptist Church 
at Benton, III. He passed away Oct. 24, 1977. 
Merle is a member of Ina Freewill Baptist Church, and she continues to 
run the lumber company and to reside in Ina.

Some ommisions may have occured to protect living individuals.

Source: "Facts and Folks A History of Jefferson County, Illinois"
Jefferson County Historical Society
Printed by Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, TX Page 101, 102
Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer

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