Saturday, February 5, 2011
#10 - Thomas Brown and #11 - Julia Ann O'Brien, Temporary Move to Missouri
Thomas and Julia Ann (O'Brien) Brown moved their family from Indiana to Liberty Township, Crawford County, Missouri sometime between the birth of Myra (our ancestor) in 1867 and the birth of Teresa in 1870. Crawford County is 80 miles west south west of St. Louis and 275 miles from Martin County, Indiana. It's likely the Browns made the move for an opportunity for Thomas to earn money. It's reported in the 1870 Census that Thomas is a "collier", or coal miner. The birth of the next child of Thomas and Julia was in Indiana. Apparently, they weren't in Missouri for long.
The map of Missouri shows the location of Crawford County, Missouri, in red.
This is the information given about Thomas and Julia's family in the 1870 Census in Liberty Township, Crawford County, Missouri:
Brown, Thomas; age 39, Male, White, Occupation: Collier, Personal Property Value: $125, Born in Indiana, cannot read or write, male citizen 21 years or older
Brown, Julia A.; age 30, Female, White, Occupation: Housekeeper (in her own home), born in Indiana, cannot read or write
*Brown, Stephen; age 16, Male, White, Occupation: Chopping wood, Born in Indiana, Attends school
*Brown, Mary; age 14, Female, White, Born in Indiana, Attends school
*Brown, William; age 12, Male, White, Born in Indiana, Attends school
Brown, Martha; age 7, Female, White, Born in Indiana, Attends school
Brown, Sarah; age 5, Female, White, Born in Indiana, Attends school
Brown, Myra; age 2, Female, White, Born in Indiana
Brown, Teresa, age 2/12 (2 months), Female, White, Born in Missouri
*These children are from Thomas' marriage to his first wife, Martha Boland