The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 734, Van Buren Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"W. R. BROWN was born in Preble County, Ohio, July 10, 1821, and is one of the nine children born to MERCER and NANCY (THOMPSON) BROWN. MERCER BROWN was born in Virginia in 1792, and was married in Preble County, Ohio in 1814. In 1836, he moved to Cass County, Indiana, and there died August 2, 1865, followed by his widow in April, 1880. In 1840, W. R. BROWN came to Pulaski County, and began the improving of a farm which his father had previously purchased for him, but he returned to Cass County, and was married, May 7, 1843, to AZUBA WASHBURN, who was born in Brown County, Ohio, October 5, 1825. He then returned to his farm in Indian Creek Township, this county (Pulaski). MR. BROWN built the first schoolhouse in Indian Creek, doing all the work with his own hands. In March, 1852, he went to California to engage in mining, but ill health compelled his return after an absence of three months. He resumed his farming, and continued thereat until 1865, when he retired to Star City. He is the owner of 400 acres of land, and the father of one daughter, MARY E., who was born September 27, 1845. For a number of years MR. BROWN filled the office of Trustee, and he is one of the oldest settlers of the county."