Balaam N. Brown, born at Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, November 30, 1840, was the son of John Griffith Brown, a pioneer of Jersey County, and his wife Catherine Colean, of French descent, whose family were also Jersey County pioneers.
Balaam N. Brown responded to Lincoln’s call in August 1862, and went up to Springfield and enlisted in Company K, 124th Illinois Infantry under Captain Morgan and Colonel S. N. Sanders. At the battle of Champion Hills he was wounded, but he kept right on with his regiment; after the fall of Vicksburg, July 4, 1863, he went south and was in the siege of Spanish Fort and the capture of Mobile; at Montgomery, Alabama, he heard of the surrender of Lee and the death of Lincoln and thence was sent to Memphis and on to Camp Douglas in Chicago, where he received his honorable discharge on August 15, 1865.
In 1867 he married Miss Sarah “Sally” Webber of Springfield, Illinois, a daughter of Phillip Webber. Ten children were born in the Browns’ household losing one daughter in childhood.
The Browns arrived in Sheridan Township, Crawford County, Illinois in 1882 becoming prosperous farmers and stock-raisers. The Brown farm contained 160 acres. They raised general crops and also considerable stock.