|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1832|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 1921|
South Carolina, USA
Colonel Joseph Newton Brown died this morning at his home at 9 o'clock. Colonel Brown has been slowly dying for many months, not from any disease but just from the machinery wearing out. He was in the 89th year of his age and retired some years ago from the active participation in the business life of this city in which he had always been deeply interested. For Colonel Brown was a lawyer, a banker and a financier since the close of the war and was the pioneer rich man of Anderson County. It is said that Colonel Brown has had charge of the estate and been made guardian for more orphans than any other man in the state and that he had managed these testimonies of confidence in his honesty and ability in the most conscientious manner, which is proven by many them being worth double what they were when he took charge as a consequence of his keen insight into values and investments.
Colonel Brown was a son of Samuel Brown and Helen Turley Vandiver. The father of his mother, the Rev. Sanford Vandiver being the first pastor of the Baptist Church of this city. In this same church this grandson served for 49 years as a deacon and was always generous in his support of the church. In February, 1866, he was married to Miss Lizzie Bruce of Pickens, who died several years ago. One daughter, Miss Varina Davis Brown, who has been the most faithful companion of her father form many years, survives.
In the educational interests of the city, Colonel Brown has assisted in financing the system and has practically taken in all bonds for this purpose since the first were issued in 1903 and carried many of them to maturity. In this way he has been the means of building up the public schools and a factor in education.
Proving his interest in education, Colonel Brown made it possible for this city to secure a Carnegie library by giving $10,000 to be used as the nucleus. This has been of great benefit to every class of people in this city and this one act of benevolence will make him long remembered by coming generations. It is also said that Colonel Brown supports several missionaries in foreign lands. This, however, is not to be verified for he was one of the men who did not "let his right hand know what his left did" in respect to his charities.
That Colonel Brown was a gallant officer of the Confederate Army is shown by the official records and many times he faced death in the fiercest battles of the Confederate War.
All of the large Brown family has preceded Colonel Brown to the grave and his long life is attributed to the abstemious schedule which he has always maintained. He has several nieces and nephews, three nieces living in this city; Mrs. Emma Feaster Tribble, Mrs. D. A. Ledbetter and Mrs. Olive Brown Anderson. Others are Mrs. Alice Brown Gary, Mrs. Robert Smith and Mrs. Epps of Newberry; Mrs. Ella Brown Webb and Mrs. Boyce Craig of Columbia; Mrs. Carrie brown Haltiwanger of Charleston, Mrs. Daisy Brown Dean and Mrs. Mamie Brown Mattison of Montreat, Mrs. Lucy Brown Hughes of Dallas, Mrs. Nelle Brown Caruthers of New York and the nephews are Joseph Newton Brown of Mobile, Ala., Edward Brown of Waco, Texas and Frank Brown of Toccoa, Ga.
The funeral will be at the First Baptist church, Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock and will be conducted by the pastor, John E. White, assisted by Dr. James d. Chapman. The pall bearers will be Sidney Bruce, Hagood Bruce and Julius Boggs of Easley, Henry Cooke, Donald Brown William Tindal, B. B. Gossett and Basil Vandiver.
Joseph Newton Brown was a colonel of the Fourteenth regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, C. S. A. and is the last of the Confederate Colonels to pass to the Great Beyond. He has been for many years commander of the local camp, the Stephen D. Lee, U. C. V. In early manhood the parents of Colonel Brown moved from their home in Townville to Laurens. Here he studied law under Colonel James Henderson Irby in 1858 and practiced in partnership with him until Colonel Irby's death in 1860.
Obituary from State Paper, Jan. 25, 1921, provided by Anna O'Quinn Richter
Samuel Brown (1804 - 1862)
Helena Turley Vandiver Brown (1810 - 1895)
Elizabeth Louisa Bruce Brown (____ - 1917)*
Varina Davis Brown (1867 - 1947)*
Joseph Newton Brown (1832 - 1921)
Samuel Franklin Brown (1834 - 1864)*
Emeline Elizabeth Brown Feaster (1837 - 1855)*
John Peter Brown (1838 - 1879)*
Joel Milton Brown (1845 - 1874)*
Silver Brook Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Maintained by: John Burgess
Originally Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Dec 29, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17205142