Donna wrote, "Dillard Brown b. 3-23-1907, d. Jan. 1987 Stratford, Iowa
Had 5 children that were placed for adoption, Charles, William, Jean, Tony and Tommy. Where did he come from?
Who were his parents? Also had a previous wife in Jefferson, Iowa; Josie Cole and two children with her."
Donna, it's surprising how many Dillard BROWNs come up in the various online indexes. I found one Dillard Brown born about 1906 in NC, another born about 1908 in Missouri. There also were Dillard BROWNs in Marion, Linn County, IA, but they were born in 1887 and 1923; checking the older one in the 1920, there was no son named Dillard in his household.
The surest way to get the facts is to get a copy of Dillard's death certificate from the county where he died, or to send for his SS5 (Application for Social Security Number), which will include both parents’ full names (including mother's maiden name), as well as Dillard’s birth date, birth place, place of employment and home address at the time he applied for his SSN.