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Brown County Biographies
Bios From the 1901 Brown County World


Among the earliest of Brown county's pioneers were Thomas Hart. He with his family came in the autumn of 1856 and settled near the now flourishing little town of Reserve which then was but an Indian campground. Thomas Hart was born in Richland county, Ohio, Feb. 24, 1826. In 1837 he migrated to Missouri and settled in Andrew county where he remained until coming to Kansas.

Nancy J. Gillispie was born near Richmond, Madison county, Kentucky, Oct. 2, 1827. In the year 1846 she came to Missouri, where on Sept. 2, 1847 she and Thomas Hart were united in marriage. To them were born nine children six sons and three daughters, two of whom, a son and a daughter, died young. The remaining sever are married and comfortably located near the home of their mother. On Dec. 13, 1895, death claimed the husband and father of the family. In 1871 Thomas Hart and his faithful wife obeyed the call of Christ and became his zealous followers. They first held fellowship with the Christian church at Padonia but later they belonged with the organization at Reserve. Of the farmers, stockraisers, and general business men Mr. Hart was one of the most successful. He was a member of the A. F. & A. M. lodge of Hiawatha from its earliest years. He was highly respected by the people of Hiawatha and by all others throughout the country who knew him, never changing, but the same kind man at home and everywhere yesterday, today and always.

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