Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894

THOMAS BROWNRIGG is one of the extensive and successful agriculturists of Anderson County, owning and operating a good farm on section 1, Welda Township. He is a native of Westmoreland, England, born January 22, 1822. His youth and early manhood were passed in his native land, and it was not until 1876 that he crossed the Atlantic, believing he could better secure a fortune in the United States. This decision was a wise one, and the success he has achieved has shown this to be true.

Our subject's father, Thomas Brownrigg, was also a native of Westmoreland, England, where he passed his entire life, his death occurring at the awe of eighty years. His wife bore the maiden name of Ellen Addison. She was a native of the same shire and lived to the good old age of eighty-five years.

Mr. Brownrigg of this sketch was married in Westmoreland, February 9, 1854, to a native of the same part of England, Miss Mary Ann Beck by name. Her birth occurred April 21, 1829, and by her marriage she has become the mother of nine children. Thomas married Jane Halhead and is a resident of Welda Township; James B., who married Elizabeth Atkinson, also lives in the same township; Isaac is the next in order of birth; Robert wedded Ida Smith and lives in Westphalia Township; William, whose wife was formerly Miss Emma Hamilton, makes his home in Linn County, Kan.; Elizabeth E. and Miles are the next in order of birth; Mary Ann became the wife of Homer Ramsey, of Ness County, Kan., and George completes the family. These children were all born in England, were given good educations and are useful and respected citizens. James Beck, Mrs. Brownrigg's father, was a son of Thomas Beck, and it appears that this family were residents for several generations of Westmoreland, England.

On his arrival in Kansas in 1876, Mr. Brownrigg settled in Welda Township, Anderson County, where he has since been a resident. He purchased one hundred and sixty acres, which are still in his possession, and which formed the nucleus of his now extensive estate. His farms now comprise some eight hundred acres, most of which is under good cultivation and improved. The owner has erected good buildings and increased the value of his property materially by setting out a large number of trees. He is progressive in his ideas and has made a considerable fortune since coming to the United States. Both he and his wife are highly esteemed and respected in the neighborhood of their home and are favorably known throughout the county.

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