Margaret <I>Burt</I> Brown

Margaret Burt Brown

Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland
Death 12 Mar 1920 (aged 71)
Kossuth County, Iowa, USA
Burial Algona, Kossuth County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 40849784 · View Source
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Mrs. Margaret Brown, Pioneer Lady, Burned To Death Friday.
Lived in House Near Son, A. J. Brown, South of City. – Evidently Poured Kerosene on Hot Stove
An awful occurrence took place Friday when Mrs. Margaret Brown, an aged lady, was burned to death at her home south of this city. Mrs. Brown has made her home with her son A. J. Brown, since the death of her husband. A Small house was furnished and at her will and during the summer months, much time was spent there by Mrs. Brown. In cold and inclement weather she had her room at her son's home very near. Last Friday all preparations were completed for moving her effects to her winter quarters where she would be more comfortable and better cared for by the son and family. Mr. Brown was at her cottage with her and started a fire in the stove. He left her with the understanding that she was to go right over to his home. How the fire started will never be known but it is presumed the unfortunate woman threw oil in the stove and in so doing her clothing became saturated and caught fire. About three o'clock a grandson, in passing the house saw smoke coming out of the door and gave the alarm but it was too late. She was found lying across a table and was carried out but life was extinct. Her clothing was almost completely burned off and the body was badly burned. The fire was soon extinguished and the home saved.
Margaret Burt was born at Kelty, Scotland, August 18, 1845. She came to America with her parents when seven years of age. They lived near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, where they resided until the early sixties when they came to Kossuth county and settled on a farm in Union township. They later moved to Oregon. On March 25, 1868, she was united in marriage to Alexander Brown, he being one of the early settlers, coming here in 1855. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Brown: Mrs. Rosa, Brown Barr, deceased; A. J. Brown on the home place where the death of his other occurred; Mrs. Agnes Seeley of Algona and T. W. [Wilson] Brown of Judson, Minnesota. Mrs. Brown also reared her grandson, Walter Barr, who was left a babe of four weeks of age at the death of his mother. One sister, Mrs. McArthur of New Era Oregon and a brother Peter Burt of Montana also survive. Mrs. Brown had lived in the old home for fifty-two years and enjoyed being alone in the place where she met her death, a few hours each day. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday, Rev Southgate officiating. The children, with the exception of T. W. who is ill, were present at the funeral. Other relatives were: Mrs. T. W. Brown and son and daughter of Judson, Minnesota; John Altwegg, a nephew from Lakota and a cousin Mrs. Will Thompson, of Lone Rock. Burial was made in Riverview.

"Algona Upper Des Moines", Wednesday, November 17, 1920, Algona, Iowa

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  • Created by: Nathan Haines
  • Added: 19 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40849784
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Burt Brown (18 Aug 1848–12 Mar 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40849784, citing Riverview Cemetery, Algona, Kossuth County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Nathan Haines (contributor 46775496) .