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Ralph Sydney Brown
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Birth: Jun. 3, 1877
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1940, USA

Ralph was the child of William Wallace Brown and Grace E. Pray. His mother died May 16, 1886 and his father remarried. Ralph's step-mother was Emma Frances (Bailey) Brown (memorial #72181419). Ralph's father and Emma produced three sons who were half-brothers to Ralph: William Tristum Brown b. Oct 16, 1889 (memorial #106399445); Claude Wilbur Brown b. April 7, 1891 (memorial #73195193); Harold Maynard Brown b. Oct 4, 1896 (memorial #79751660)

Ralph married Louisa Gough in Lawrence, MA September 25, 1901. Louisa was born in England, the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Warrilow) Gough (who were residents of Lawrence, MA at the time of the marriage).

Ralph was living with his father, step-mother and half brothers in Lawrence City, MA in the 1900 US census. He was 20 years old and working as a switchman for the railroad.

By 1910 he was living with his wife in West Springfield, MA. He had two children, Grace and Warren. The census states he was working as a brakeman for the railroad.

The 1920 US census shows Ralph & Louisa living in West Springfield Town, MA with their son, Warren (b. July 10, 1904), and a daughter, Grace (b. 1 July 1903). Both children are listed as being born in Connecticut.

In 1930 the family continued to live in West Springfield, MA. The only child listed is Ralph S. Brown Jr.(b. 16 February 1920 in MA).

Ralph and his family were still living in West Springfield Town, MA in the 1940 US census. There are two sons listed, Warren Brown (born in NY instead of Connecticut) and Ralph (born in MA).

Ralph's WW1 draft registration states he was born June 3, 1877 and that he was a freight conductor for the B & A Rail Road. US census records show that he was a life-long railroad worker.

There is a Ralph S. Brown listed in the Massachusetts Spanish American War Records for Company L, Lawrence. Ralph enlisted 28 April 1898 and mustered out 28 April 1899. There are no family records confirming he served in this war so it is uncertain whether this Ralph is the Ralph Brown who is the subject of this memorial.

The metal grave marker reads "Union Defender" and there is a Masonic emblem inscribed on Ralph's gravestone.

(sources: Marriage record; WW1 draft registration, family records; 1900-1940 US census; Massachusetts Spanish American War Records on; marriage certificate of Louisa's sister, Alice) 
Family links: 
  William Wallace Brown (1853 - 1921)
  Grace E. Pray Brown (1857 - 1886)
  Louisa G. Gough Brown (1880 - 1957)*
  Warren Oliver Brown (1904 - 1949)*
  Ralph Sydney Brown (1877 - 1940)
  William Tristum Brown (1889 - 1965)**
  Claude Wilbur Brown (1891 - 1955)**
  Harold Maynard Brown (1896 - 1965)**
*Calculated relationship
Meeting House Hill Cemetery
West Springfield
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Maintained by: BLS
Originally Created by: carol smith
Record added: May 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69283701
Ralph Sydney Brown
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Ralph Sydney Brown
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To my granduncle - You are remembered and loved.
 Added: Mar. 6, 2013

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