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Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Distinguished Life ~ Reduced to Words

Henry Epps Brown was born 22 May, 1820 to John H. Brown and Sarah Rivers Brown. He died 4 March, 1889 according to this resolution but his tombstone shows he died 11 March, 1889. He was married to Frances A. "Fannie"  Shelton  and they had 5 children - 4 daughters and a son, Henry Clay "Hal" Brown.

Bar Resolution}
Condolence at the}
Death of Hon.}
Henry Brown, Dec’d}

On this day Judge J. B. Moore a member of the Committee appointed to draft suitable resolutions in memory of the Hon. Henry Brown Dec’d by request of said committee presents the following resolution which is by the Court ordered spread .. In full upon the Records and are as follows to wit:
                                                                El Dorado Ark. Sept. 26th 1889
At a meeting of the El Dorado Bar held at the Court House on this day for the purpose of paying Tribute of respect to memory of the Hon. Henry Brown lately a member of this Bar the following proceedings were had.
Judge W. M. VanHook was called to the chair and Wm. D. Jameson elected Secty <sic> of said meeting. On motion Jesse B. Moore, T. J. Gaughan and Wm. D. Jameson were appointed a committee by the chair to draft suitable resolutions in memory of the life and character of deceased And on further motion it was resolved that said committee prepare & present said resolutions to the Circuit County and Probate Courts of Union County. And that a copy of the same be furnished the family of deceased—
                                               Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to remove from the walks of man the Hon. Henry Brown formerly a member of this Bar of long and honorable standing and three times a Judge of the County and Probate Courts of this County, whose death occurred in Howard Co. Arks on the 4th day March 1889. Therefore be it resolve
                                                That in the death of our brother and associate the state of Arkansas has lost a valuable & Estimable Citizen, the Bar an able & distinguished Jurist, Society an honorable member and family a loving husband and devoted father.

2. Resolved—That during the long residence of Judge Brown in our midst covering a period of about thirty years we always recognized in him a true friend & an honest conscientious gentleman devoted to duty in the various walks of life, and that we deplore his untimely death
Jesse B. Moore
T. J. Gaughan
Wm. D. Jameson
It is ordered that Court adjourn until Court in Course
County & Probate Judge

Capture-Hon. Henry Brown 1
Capture-Hon. Henry Brown 2
Capture-Hon. Henry Brown 3

[1] Probate Court, Arkansas, Probate Records, 1817-1979,: Volume M (El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas: Probate Court, Union County, Arkansas, 1883–1893), page 395-396.


  1. Colleen,

    This is a first for me also. After 37 years of researching I have never seen a document such as this one until two days ago.


  2. I notice the middle name is Epps. Another blog that I read is researching the Epps family. I can't quite remember who it is but I think they are a member of the Sepia Saturday blog. Maybe they are related?

  3. Thanks Sharon, I'll take a look.