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 675, Salem Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"DR. STEPHEN I. BROWN was born near the town of Pulaski, this county, June 17, 1848. His father, IRA BROWN, was born in New Jersey October 30, 1813, and his mother, SOPHIA (BLEW) BROWN, in Franklin County, Indiana, December 18, 1816. STEPHEN I. attended school until about sixteen years of age, when he enlisted in Company H. Forty sixth Illinois (I believe the author meant Indiana, there are other instances in the book where the author made the same mistake, what can you expect when it was published in Illinois) Volunteer Infantry, and was with his regiment in all its engagements. He was mustered out September 12, 1865; returned home and attended school (now the normal) at Valparaiso a year, then taught two winters, and then for two terms attended the Asbury University at Greencastle. Following this he spent a year at home, and then for two years attended Wabash College at Crawfordsville. January 28, 1872, he married EMMA M., daughter of CHRISTIAN and LUCINDA (SCHLOSSER) MESSERLY, and born August 8, 1854. To this marriage have been born four children - GRACIE, January 29, 1873; ARTHUR H., January 13, 1875; HOWARD C., June 11, 1880, and LOTTIE B., August 8, 1882. In 1872, soon after his marriage, he began reading medicine under Dr. D. F. MOSS, of Pulaski; then for two years at the medical college at Indianapolis, whence he graduated in 1875. He then located in Merrillville, Lake County, where he practiced until 1882, and then moved to Medarysville, this county; he next came to Francesville, bought Dr. LORING's stock of drugs, and formed a copartnership with Dr. MATTINGLY. The Doctor is a Master Mason; is a Republican and an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which his wife is a member."