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Birth: Jan. 7, 1831
Northamptonshire, England
Death: Jun. 30, 1906
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

JUNE 30, 1906


Pioneer Resident of Carthage Passed away this morning

Established the Largest Wagon and Carriage Shop Carthage Ever Had -- Death Was Unexpected.

The death of John H. Brownsill occured this morning at 5:00 o'clock at his home at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, after a three day illness of congestion of the bowels. Last winter Mr. Brownsill had a serious from which he never fully recovered and when he was last Monday stricken with a sever attack of stomach trouble his system was in no shape to throw it off The attack passed off the following day but on Wednesday it took the form of congestion of the bowels and from tht day until the end he sank in spite of all that medical attention could do for him.
The deceased was one of the prominent pioneer residents of this city. He was born in Northhampton, England in 1830, coming to America with his parents when but a lad of 11 years. The family settled in New York, from which sttate they went to Burlington, Wisconsin in 1853. In 1855 he was married to Miss Della Warner, who survives him. They moved with their two sons to Carthage in 1860, where they have since resided. Mr. Brownsill was a carriage maker by trade and at one time conducted in this city the largest carriage and wagon works in the southwest. On account of ill health and his advanced age he has not been engaged in any active business for some years.

Mr. Brownsill was largely identified with every public movement in the early days of Carthage and continued his interest in public affairs in after years, although not taking a leading part. He was widely known and highly respected by all. While not a charter member of the Carthage lodge of Masons, he was one of it's oldest members.

Besides his widow and a large number of intimate personal friends, he leaves to mourn his loss two sons, Fred E. and Frank H. the former being a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas and the latter residing in Kansas City. Both has been notified of their father's death and no funeral arrangements will be made until they arrive in the city.


First Ad pictured at the right is taken from
October 1871

Second Ad taken from
Week of January 29, 1885
both newspapers were located in Carthage, Missouri

Archive excerpt from


First Presbyterians Decide to Clear East End of New Church Lot

At a congregational meeting held at the First Presbyterian church last night the people of that church decided to tear down the old house on the east end of the lot on which they are now excavating for the erection of their new church. The building committee was instructed to proceed with the necessary arrangements to that end. It is probable that the house will be sold to the contractor who will use the brick in the old house for "backing up" in the walls of the new church and will also make such use as he canof other portions of the old structure.
The hosue to be torn down was long occupied by the late John Brownsill as his residence and was built something like 45 years ago. It faces on Main Street. The new church faces on Chestnut Street, and is to be built on the west two-thirds of the lot. The removal of the old house will give considerable space between main Street and the east line of the new church, which will, for the present at least, be made into an attractive lawn.

Newspaper Archive


Brownsill House, Now Being Remodeled
Was Build 45 Years Ago

The former Brownsill residence at the corner of South Main and Chestnut streets which was recently sold to the Long Wrecking Company of Webb City and which is now being torn down and remodeled incidental to the erection of the new First Presbyterian Church on the Brownsill lot, is one of the oldest residences in Carthage.
The records show that the lots on which the house was built were purchased on July 11, 1871 by John Brownsill from the Carthage board of education of which J. W. Young was then president. According to the remembrance of Judge McGregor, who is thought to have continuously resided in Carthage longer than any other person now here, Mr. Brownsill began the erection of the residence immediately after its purchase. If this is correct the house was built something over 45 years ago.
The brick of which it is constructed, was made in Carthage, Judge McGregor thinks, probably by G. W. Gates or W. F. Steinmetz, early day brick manufacturers here, and he thinks more than likely the house was erected by Mr. Gates who did much contracting in brick work. The house was a mansion in its day, and was well built throughout. Over one of the windows on the south side is a cap of Carthage stone on which was carved two Masonic emblems, proclaiming the owner's loyalty to that order.
The frame work of the house is of oak and much of the other woodwork is of clear, white pine, of a quality seldom seen now a days.
The Long Company is selling off certain parts of the house and the remainder will be hauled to Webb City where the material will be worked into houses now under construction there. Mr. Long plans to have the work completed within a few weeks after which the grounds will be cleaned up and graded and made into a portion of the church lawn.
Judge McGregor recalls that the sale of the lots along South Main street between that street and the park, all of which were owned by the school board as a part of the present High and Central school grounds, was by auction. South Main street then ended at the edge of the school grounds on Seventh street, but with the sale of these lots it was opened to Chestnut street. The platting of the Lamb addition later opened it further south.
Family links: 
  Cordelia C. Warner Brownsill (1831 - 1911)*
  Frank Herbert Brownsill (1857 - 1914)*
  Fred E. Brownsill (1860 - 1918)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional Section Bl 15 Lot 18
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Oct 17, 2009
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John Brownsill
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John Brownsill
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John Brownsill
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"He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows; he breathes, but does not live." - Sanskrit proverb
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