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Dr Charles DeCosta Brown
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Birth: Mar. 3, 1817
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 12, 1896
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Charles DeCosta Brown

Prominent dentist and head of the New York City Masonic Lodge #330 in the late 1850's. Dr. Brown a Dentist developed a process for embalming. He and his associate Dr. Alexander embalmed President Abraham Lincoln.


His obituary, New York Times, July 14, 1896:
Dr. Charles De Costa Brown.
Dr. Charles De Costa Brown, an old physician and dentist of this city, died at his home, 264 West Twenty-third Street, on Sunday evening. He was born in Philadelphia on March 3, 1817, and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He began to practice medicine in Philadelphia, and in 1840's he came to New-York. Here he confined himself principally to dentistry.
He paid a great deal of attention to embalming, and about 1862 he was appointed Government Embalmer. After the battle of Gettysburg he embalmed officers of both armies. When Gen. Philip Kearny was killed, near Chantilly, Va., on Sept. 1, 1862, he embalmed the body. He also embalmed the body of President Abraham Lincoln and accompanied it to Springfield, Ill. At that time Dr. Brown had his main office in Washington D.C..
Dr. Brown was a prominent Mason, having attained to the thirt-third degree, and he was one o the Trustees under whom the Masonic Temple, at Sixth Aveue and Twenty-third Street, was built. He was a member of Lafayette Lodge, No. 64, F. and A. M., and was one of those who built up the New-York Lodge. He conferred the third degree upon Edwin Booth in the New-York Lodge. He was also a Past President of the Masonic Veterans. He was school commissioner about twenty-seven years ago. Dr. Brown's death was due to heart disease. He leaves a wife and four children. The funeral services will be held at 264 West Twenty-third Street tomorrow evening at 8 o'clock.

New-York Daily Tribune, Thur, July 16, 1896 - Sixteen Pages

Dr. Brown's Funeral
the funeral of Dr. Charles De Costa Brown was held at his home, No. 264 West Twenty-third-st., last evening at 8 o'clock. The Rev. Dr. Belcher, of the Jane street Methodist Eqiscopal Church, conducted the service, assisted by the Rev. Dr. McIntyre, of Orange, N.J.
A Masonic service followed , conducted by Joseph H. Penny, master and W. C. Locharty, chaplain of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, the Masonic veterans and delegates from Lafayette Lodge were present.

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  Maria Louisa Knorr Brown (1819 - 1897)*
  Charles DeCosta Brown (1844 - 1931)*
*Calculated relationship
Charles DeCosta Brown
JULY 12, 1896
AGED 79 YEARS & 4 M 9 days
FEBRUARY 4, 1897
Green-Wood Cemetery
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Lot 14752 Section 163
Created by: Mona
Record added: Jun 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38430623
Dr Charles DeCosta Brown
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Dr Charles DeCosta Brown
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