|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1833|
|Death: ||Sep. 20, 1906|
James Brown was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 6, 1833, the son of James and Julia Brown. He arrived in America towards the end of the Civil War, residing in the state of New York and enlisted in U.S. Navy on March 1, l865 at New York City and served as a 2nd Class Fireman aboard the Union's USS "Buckthorn" at Potomac, Vermont; shoveling coal from the bunkers into the boilers with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the Civil War and participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. Records reveal Brown also served aboard the USS "Vanderbilt", the "Pensacola" and the "Massachusetts". He served 22 months aboard the "Buckthorn" but was not paid off until he was aboard the "Vermont".
James Brown received an honorable discharged at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York on March 28, 1867 and arrived in Australia in 1867 shortly after his discharge. After arriving he married Julia Williams, an Irish widow of Emerald Hill, today's South Melbourne, on July 26, 1869 in Sandridge, a suburb of Melbourne, and had four children between 1871 and 1889.
In Australia Brown worked as a fireman and according to the U.S. Pension list in Washington, received a military pension under certificate number 24915 of $6 (U.S.) a month which began on August 17, 1901; while living at South Yara; supposedly due to his partial inability to earn a living at manual labor. The pension began on August 17, 1901 but was increased to a rate of $15 a month in 1908. Unfortunately, Brown died on September 20, 1908 at 75 years of age while living in a boarding house at 621 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne which he and his wife owned; and was subsequently buried in the Footscray Cemetery. Buried in the same site are David Brown 2 years and six months old, buried June 1, 1878; Leslie Brown six months old, buried January 21, 1906; and Julia Brown buried October 15, 1923.
Footscray General Cemetery
Created by: James Gray
Record added: Oct 06, 2009
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