I am in need of some help researching my 2x great grandfather, Edward Lawrence Brown. I am trying to track down some information on him possibly find out who his parents are. So far he has been quite elusive, but here is what I know.
Edward Lawrence Brown b. Oct 27 1869 d. Aug 31 1951 (according to headstone) According to census records (1910-1940) his birth place is listed Illinois, his parents birth places are listed as North Carolina.
In 1904 he was married in Butler County, MO to Cora R Fisher His son, Elonzo E Brown,was born in 1905, in or around Qulin, Butler County, Mo From the documents I have found, Edward has used the following names: Edward L Brown Edgar Brown E.L. Brown
He his buried with his wife in Poplar Bluff, Mo
That is all the ‘official’ information I have been able to find. From there I have been told a few things from other relation including:
Edward was born in Centralia, IL or Marion Co, IL. I have also been searching around Marion, IL (Williamson Co) as this is much closer to qulin/poplar bluff, MO where they eventually ended up.
His father’s name is possibly Sam / Samuel
The family has Irish roots, and there may have been a name change at some point from McBrown, MacBrown, Browne, etc…
My main objectives here are to 1. Find some sort of documentation for Edward prior to 1904 (his marriage license) preferably where he was born (birth record, etc) and 2. To find out for sure the names of his parents and where they lived / are buried.
Thanks for any help in advance, I sure would like to break through this brick wall!