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James Stevenson Brownlee

James Stevenson Brownlee, born 22 June, 1824 in Claysville, Washington County, Pennsylvania, died 18 April 1891 Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois [son of David and Ann {nee Stevenson} Brownlee]; married 12 February, 1855 in Warren County, Illinois to Margaret Struthers, born 2 February, 1830 near Xenia, Greene County, Ohio, died 16 December, 1915 at Monmouth, Warren County Illinois [daughter of William Struthers and his first wife Martha Saville].  James moved from Pennsylvania to Illinois in the early 1830’s with his parents and they lived on a farm in Sumner Township near Little York. James’ father met an unfortunate death in April of 1838 and his mother, Ann Brownlee, was able to raise her family thanks to the efforts of James Struthers (an uncle of Margaret Struthers, the future Mrs. James Stevenson Brownlee), Elijah Davidson, and James G. Barton. Margaret moved from Ohio with her father and step-mother [Elizabeth (nee Alexander)] in 1854 and they settled on a farm north of Monmouth.  Margaret and James both came from families who were willing to answer the call to protect our country.  James’ Grandfather, General James Stevenson, fought with the Pennsylvania Militia in the American Revolutionary War and Margaret’s father was in the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812.  James Brownlee was a farmer on the family homestead and was known as “Big Steve” in part because of the large cattle that he raised.  In 1882, James and Margaret moved to Monmouth and resided at 129 South Eighth Street. Margaret sustained a broken hip in 1903 and lived the remaining days of her life with their daughter Lillie (Mrs. Samuel Leigh Hamilton) at 323 South Eighth Street, Monmouth, Illinois. James and Margaret were members of the Presbyterian Church and they are buried in Monmouth Cemetery, Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois. Their children are Calvin, Ann, Lillie, Frank, Nettie, and Carrie Brownlee.

Biography supplied courtesy of Donald Leigh Jones