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Jack Brown


In 1868, Montford Johnson sought out Jack Brown to operate a newly built headquarters for his ranch on Walnut Creek. In exchange, Montford would give every fourth calf to Jack, making Jack Oklahoma’s first sharecropper.

Jack was married to a woman named Eliza, who worked as a cook for the Campbell family. Montford’s sister had married into the Campbell family and Montford married Mary Elizabeth Campbell. Eliza later helped care for Montford and Mary Elizabeth’s son, Edward Bryant. Jack remained a friend and partner of Montford until his death in 1895 at the age of seventy. He was buried at Walnut Creek where his tombstone remains today.

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