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De Leon in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Frances Marie Sparks Brown

(October 17, 1849 - January 1, 1934)

 
 
Frances Marie Sparks Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 21, 2020
1. Frances Marie Sparks Brown Marker
Inscription.  

Frances Marie Sparks, a native of North Carolina and daughter of Daniel and Kezziah Sparks, married Thomas Brown in 1865. They lived in Grayson County, Texas, before moving to a 410 - acre farm near here about 1876. During the 1880s and 1890s Frances served as a midwife and lay doctor for families in the area known as "Aunt Fanny " she often rode 6-8 miles by horseback at night to deliver a baby. Despite her husband's death in 1912 Frances skillfully managed her farm and reared 12 children while continuing to nurse many of her neighbors back to health.
 
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2045.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureScience & MedicineSettlements & SettlersWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
 
Location. 32° 6.925′ N, 98° 31.503′ W. Marker is in De Leon, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker is on East Navarro Avenue (State Highway 6) just east of Festival Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker
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is at or near this postal address: 773 E Navarro Ave, De Leon TX 76444, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. De Leon Peanut Company (approx. ¾ mile away); Texas Central Railroad (approx. ¾ mile away); Zion Hill Baptist Church (approx. 10.1 miles away); Desdemona Cemetery (approx. 10.3 miles away); Site of Old Gill Farm (approx. 10.3 miles away); Fort Blair, C.S.A. (approx. 10.7 miles away); William T. Miller Grist Mill (approx. 10.8 miles away); Dublin National Bank (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in De Leon.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mary Frances “Fannie” Sparks Brown. Findagrave.com (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 

2. Midwifery. Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 

3. Women and Health. Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Frances Marie Sparks Brown Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 21, 2020
2. Frances Marie Sparks Brown Marker - wide view
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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