Charles Augustus Brown

Charles Augustus Brown

Columbia, Tuolumne County, California, USA
Death 2 Apr 1946 (aged 75)
Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, USA
Burial Columbia, Tuolumne County, California, USA
Plot Odd Fellows Plot 156
Memorial ID 66202174 · View Source
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Age 75
Mother's Maiden Name: Gould
Brother of John Frederick Brown.

Charles A. Brown was a native of Columbia and was one of seven children born to James and Elizabeth Brown. His parents were pioneers of Columbia, settling there in 1865.

A retired miner, Brown had made his home during his last few years with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George Griffin.

Besides Mrs. Griffin, Brown was survived by three sisters, Mrs. C. H. Helm of San Francisco, Mrs. J. Clooney of Oakland, and Mrs. Robert Thom of Sonora. He was preceded in death by his father in 1898, his mother in 1901 and his brothers, John (Fred), James and William.

Officers and members of Tuolumne Lodge No. 21, I.O.O.F. of Columbia and officers and members of Tuolumne Lodge No. 8, F. & A. M. conducted the final rites. Interment was in the Columbia City Cemetery.

Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. at the Burden Chapel for Charles A. Brown, 76, who passed away Tuesday evening at a Sonora Hospital following a long illness.

James Brown was born about 1830 in Sweden. He settled permanently in Columbia and worked as a miner. Nine children were born to him and his wife, Elizabeth P. Brown, and they raised them all in Columbia.

Elizabeth was born in New York in April 1842. Her father was born in England, and her mother was born in Scotland.

The Brown family's value of real estate was $500 in 1870. The value of their personal property was $1,000.

Other Household Members in 1870 were:
James H. Brown, age 7, was their eldest child. He was born in California as was his siblings. John Frederick Brown, age 4, was their second son. Charles Augustus Brown, age 10 months, was their third son and child.

J B Robbins, age 29, was a cabinet maker from Switzerland. He was living with the Brown family in 1870.

Seven of the nine children had been born by the 1880 census. They were James H., John F., Charles A., William A., Ellen E., Henrietta L., and Laura G.

Their eldest son, James H., was 17 and living alone, separate from his family in 1880. He was a farm laborer.

On October 16, 1898, James Brown passed away at age 75.

In 1900, Elizabeth and her nine children were alive. Six of them were living with her. They were as follows:
John was born Sept. 1867. He was a day laborer.
Charles was born Aug. 1869. He was a cook.
William A. was born June 1871. He was a teamster.
Ellen E. was born Dec. 1873. She was a stenographer.
Lillian C. was born Jan. 1881. She was attending school.
Edith A. was born Mar. 1883. She was attending school.
On April 15, 1901, Elizabeth Brown passed away.

In 1910, John and Charles Brown lived together in Columbia. Their divorced sister, Laura Harper, and her two children, Edna L. and Dorothy C., lived with them. Laura was born about 1879. Edna was born about 1899, and Dorothy was born about 1901. They were all born in California.

In 1910, John worked at the marble quarry in Columbia. Charles was a miner. In 1920, both men worked at the marble quarry in Columbia. In 1930, John labored steadily doing odd jobs while Charles was a miner.

The two brothers continued to live together through the years in Columbia. They owned their home, which was valued at $250, but did not own a radio in 1930.

In November 1933, Fred Brown and his brother Charles Brown of Columbia were guests at the homes of their sisters, Mrs. Robert Thom and Mrs. George Griffin of Sonora over the Thanksgiving holiday.


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