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Harvey H. BROWN
Clarissa M. BILLS
Please Note:  our subject is being mixed up with Harvey Hill BROWN (1855-1909) of Barry Co., MI, son of Nathan BROWN & Lucretia Ann HARDY.  These are two different men.
Husband:  Harvey H. BROWN, a.k.a., Harvey William BROWN
Birth:  Dec 1853, Cannon Twp., Kent Co., MI
Death:  Dec 1929, Big Rapids, Mecosta Co., MI
Disposition:  buried Rockford Cemetery, Rockford, Kent Co., MI
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  William H. BROWN
Mother:  Eliza A. JACOX
Marriage:  29 May 1879, Rockford, Kent Co., MI
Wife:  Clarissa M. "Clara / Carrie" BILLS
Birth:  Mar 1861, Whitley Co., IN
Death:  1939, Kent Co., MI
Disposition:  buried Rockford Cemetery, Rockford, Kent Co., MI
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Edward F. BILLS (1832/3- ) of OH
Mother:  Elizabeth MORRIS (1842/3- ) of OH; ; m. 4 Apr 1860, Seneca Co., OH
Children born in Cannon Twp., Kent Co., MI:
1.  Eva Elnora BROWN, b. May 1880; d. 1 May 1923, MI
2.  Eliza BROWN, b. Jan 1882; d. 1903, MI
3.  Earl William BROWN, b. 30 Oct 1883; d. 8 Feb 1929, Kent Co., MI
4.  Helmer / Elmer Lynn BROWN, b. 21 Sep 1889; d. 8 Jun 1964, MI

Given the gap between Elmer and Ruth, there's a distinct possibility that Ruth is their granddaughter, not their daughter:
5.  Ruth I. BROWN, b. 1905/6, IL note her birth in IL
On the other hand, the reason for the gap may be that our subjects weren't living together for a decade or more (see census records below).

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

Sources:

1.  Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925 (online at familysearch.org):
Name Henry H. Brown
Age 25
Birthplace Cannon, Mich
Spouse's Name Clarissa Bills
Spouse's Age 18
Spouse's Birthplace Whitley, Indiana
Event Date 29 May 1879
Event Place Rockford, Kent, Michigan
GS Film Number 2342464
Reference ID v 3 p 124 rn 327

2.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Harvey BROWN (æ 6, b. MI) is living in Cannon Twp., Kent Co., MI, with his parents (q.v.).

3.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Harvey BROWN (æ 16, b. MI) is living in Cannon Twp., Kent Co., MI, with his parents (q.v.).  Clarissa BILLS (æ 9, b. IN) is living in Jackson Twp., Kosciusko Co., IN (p. 370B), with her parents, Edward BILLS (æ 37, b. OH) & Elizabeth (æ 27, b. OH), plus siblings.

4a.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #14 of 24):  Cannon Twp., Kent Co., MI, Roll 587, p. 563C, PN 15, SD 2, ED 119, enumerated 11 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 21 24 25 26
146 151 Brown Harvey W M 26       / Farmer   Mich NY Mich
    _____ Carrie W F 19   Wife   / Keeping House   Ind Oh Oh
    _____ Not Named yet W F 1/12 May Dau /       Mich Mich Ind
    Strand Lewis W M 25     /   Farm Laborer   Norway Norway Norway
  152 Brown E Charles W M 36     /   Farm Laborer   Mich NY Mich
    _____ Rosetta W F 32   Wife /   Keeping House   NY NY NY
    _____ E Edah W F 17   Dau /   At Home / Mich Mich NY
Charles E. BROWN is Harvey's brother.

4b.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Edward BILLS (æ 49, b. OH), his wife Elizabeth (æ 39, b. OH), and their children are living in Courtland, Kent Co., MI (p. 518C); there is no baby, Maud, enumerated them.

5.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

6a.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 24):  Cannonburg, Cannon Twp., Kent Co., MI, Roll 721, p. 107B, SN 5, SD 5, ED 41, enumerated 12 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
99 99 Brown Harvey Head W M Dec 1853 46 M 21 MI NY OH Farmer 0   Y Y Y O F F 77
    Brown Earl Son W M Oct 1883 16 S   MI MI IN farm laborer 5   Y Y Y        
    Brown Helmer Son W M Sep 1889 10 S   MI MI IN     9 Y Y Y        
    Brown Eliza Dau W F Jan 1882 18 S   MI MI IN       Y Y Y        
Listed two households from Lewis STRAND (æ 42, b. Norway) and his family, supporting that this is the same Harvey BROWN.

6b.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 35):  Cedar Springs Village, Solon Twp., Kent Co., MI, Roll 723, p. 193A, SN 1, SD 5, ED 102, enumerated 1 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 27
13 14 Brown Clarissa Head W F Mar 1861 39 M 21 4 4 IN OH OH Dress Maker 0 Y Y Y R H
    _____ Eva E Dau W F May 1880 20 S       MI IN MI     Y Y Y    
    Holt Maud Sister W F May 1880 20 M  1 0 0 MI OH OH Clerk in Store 0 Y Y Y    

7.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 31):  265 Cainfield Ave., Grand Rapids (Ward 5), Grand Rapids Twp., Kent Co., MI, Roll T624_657, p. 28A, SN 1A, SD 5, ED 74, enumerated 15 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 28
* 265 5 5 Brown Harvey H Head M W 54 M? 30 6 3 MI NY MI Eng Farm opr Produce OA     Y Y R H
      _____ Clara H Wife F W 49 M1 30     IN OH OH Eng Dress mkr at home OA     Y Y    
      _____ Elmer L Son M W 20 S       MI MI IN Eng Machinist Automobile W N 2 Y Y    
      _____ Ruth I Dau F W  4 S       IL MI IN Eng None                
*Cainfield Ave

8.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #17 of 26):  Edmore Village, Home Twp., Montcalm Co., MI, Roll T625_787, p. 219A, SN 9A, SD 8, ED 126, enumerated 22 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
X 228 242 Brown Harvey H Head R M W 63 M   Y Y MI NY MI Y laborer common W
      _____ Clara M Wife   F W 58 M   Y Y IN OH OH Y none    
      _____ Ruth I Dau   F W 14 S Y Y ? IL MI IN Y none    
Listed ten households from Harvey's widowed sister, Mary L. (BROWN) PHILLIPS (æ 78, b. MI).

9.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Widow Clara BROWN (æ 68, b. IN/NY/NY) is living at 435 Fernando [St.], Grand Rapids (Ward 2), Kent Co., MI (p. 83A), with her married son, Elmer BROWN (æ 40, b. MI/MI/IN), his wife, and their child.

10.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Except for the actual incriptions on the stones and their locations,
all data here are secondary, supplied by the contributor.
Name Harvey William Brown Clarissa M. "Clara" Bills Brown
Birth Dec 1853
Kent Co., MI
Mar 1861
Whitley Co., IN
Death Dec 1929
Big Rapids, Mecosta Co., MI
1939
Kent Co., MI
Note Harvey's headstone has an incorrect birth date of 1844.  He was born in Dec 1853...  
Burial Rockford Cemetery, Rockford, Kent Co., MI
Inscription HARVEY W.
BROWN
1844 1929
CLARA M.
BROWN
1861 1939
Father William H. Brown Edward BILLS
Mother Eliza A. Jacox Brown Elizabeth MORRIS
Spouse Clarissa M. Bills Brown Harvey William Brown
Memorial # 45491407 51887278
Except for this source, no other gives Harvey middle initial "W" or middle name "William."
Please see my discussion on the reliability of information on tombstones.

11.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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