Thanks, Beth, for all the information. I must tell you of a big find for me this weekend that involves the Browns, but not the Actons. I found a published biography of Virgil A. Brown, who's daughter Alice Elva Brown married William Luther Acton. The source is "Biographical History of Cloud County, Kansas" by E. F. Hollibaugh, 1903. The bio is clearly based on an interview with Virgil and contains info I was totally unaware of. Most of the book is available online at skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/cloud/1903.