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Peyton R. Brown, M. D. Biography

Peyton R. Brown, M. D., physician and surgeon, is engaged in the active practice of his profession in Clay county, being one of the leading practitioners of that part of the State. Dr. Brown was born near Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Mississippi, on Aug. 27, 1856, and is a son of Dr. William J. and Armenta (Shamburger) Brown, the former native of Florida and the latter of Mississippi. Dr. William J. Brown was a physician of high attainments and was engaged in practice in Mississippi at the outbreak of the Civil war. He forthwith enlisted in the Confederate service, becoming surgeon in the Forty-first infantry, with which he remained until his death, which occurred in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1862.


He was a lineal descendant of that historic character, Commodore Perry, on the maternal side. His wife, the mother of the subject of this review, died Aug. 14, 1902, aged sixty-eight years. Dr. Peyton R. Brown completed the curriculum of the common schools and then entered Vanderbilt University, at Nashville, Tennessee, where he was a student in the literary department for a short time, after which he entered the medical department of the same institution and was graduated as a member of the class of 1885, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. In 1880 he initiated the active practice of his profession in his home county, Copiah County, and in 1882 he removed to Liddell, Montgomery County, where he was engaged in practice until 1891, after which he was for two years successfully established in practice at Eupora, Webster County, whence he came to West Point in February, 1893. There his success has been excellent and he has a representative clientage, while he stands high in the esteem of his professional confreres.


He is a member of the American medical association, the Mississippi State medical association and the Oktibbeha & Clay county medical association, of which last mentioned he is president. His political allegiance is given to the Democracy, and he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Woodmen of the World, and Knights of Honor. Himself and wife are members of the Baptist church. On Dec. 12, 1882, Dr. Brown was united in marriage to Miss Drusilla E. Ellis, daughter of Elijah and Rhoda (Thrailkill) Ellis, of Montgomery county, and the children of this union are five in number, namely: Alma, William J. Howard, Mabel, Peyton and Addie. Howard is a practicing physician, having passed the examination before the State board before reaching his twenty-first year. Alma graduated at the Industrial institute and college at Columbus, in the musical department in 1903, being a member of the first class in music. She is now teaching in Winona.

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