Through many unfortunate reasons much of my father's early ancestry was not made known to him or his brothers and sisters. This account has been pieced together by neighbors and the eldest daughter of the Brown family.
My great great grandfather came from Holland in the late seventeen hundreds. His father my great great great grandfather was a Lutheran minister and three of his brothers had become devout Lutheran ministers also. Because of economics and family problems, Alfred Myers felt America was the place for improving himself. Since written records were not kept, all information had to be passed down by word-of-mouth, so nothing is known of crossing the Atlantic, problems of transportation or details of the journey to the first homes. Alfred Myers, the great great grandfather, settled near Philadelphia. His vocation was a shopkeeper.
He also married and raised his family there, his wife was of Spanish decent. A daughter was born to him who grew up and married a wealthy merchants son, Al Brown was his name. He was a son of an Irish immigrant. Al Brown and his wife moved to Kentucky where they invested in a large plantation. A son George was born to them. He recieved a fine education in an eastern school, although he could have had a fine home in Kentucky, he decided against it and started west. In Barber County, Kansas, he met his future bride-to-be.
His bride was the daughter of Alvin Clemons an Irishman who fought for the Confederate army during the Civil War. Her name was Lucy Maude Clemons and her mother was of Norweigan decent.
In Barber County, Kansas on October 18, 1885 Lucy
Clemonss and Geroge.Brown were married. They settled on a small farm
and maintained it for a year, they spent some time in Topkea until they
finally homsteaded in Montana.
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This children's names were as follws and born in this order:
3,4 Emory & Stella
10,11 Cora & Clara
Suddenly, George Brown died leaving his wife and the eldest sons to take care of the ranch and was buried in Great Falls, Montana.
In 1914 Willard, the eldest son, married Frances McIntire on September 27 at Lewistown, Montana.
Another disaster struck in 1917, a great drought spread through Montana. The prolonged drought spelled the break-up of the homestead, cattle and horses starved to death because literally there wasn't any grass to eat. The homestead was just left because the children were old enough to be employed in the larger western cities.
My father left Montana only once when they moved
to Weiser, Idaho for a couple of years. The rest of his life he lived mostly
in Whitefish and Choteau, Montana. He was born November 15,
1886 in Topeka, Kansas and died in Great Falls August 4, 1945 at the young
age of 59 years old and left his wife and 5 children:
1. Chester - born in Denton - September 15, 1915
2. George - born in Big Sandy - November 14, 1916
3. Lucy - born in Browning - September 14, 1918
4. Ethel - born in Whitefish - June 16) 1923
5. Martha - born in Whitefish - November 3, 1926
The eldest daughter Lucy was born in Chief Wades-in-the-Water's cabin in Browning, Montana (Blackfeet Indian Reservation).
This I have researched and have gone back as far
as my great, great, great grandfather his last name was Myers (great, great
grandfather was Alfred Myers) (great, great grandfather was Brown) (great
grandfather was Al Brown) (great grandfather Alvin Clemons) grandfather
Martha A. Brown Morris
November 15, 1988