John Louis Brown

John Louis Brown

Birth
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 8 Sep 1931 (aged 91)
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Ridgeside, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 66488409 · View Source
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John Louis Brown is the Great-Grandfather of singer-songwriter Lionel Ritchie. John Louis was born Oct. 25, 1839 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was the son of Dr. Morgan Brown or his son, Morgan W. Brown and was born in Tennessee to Mariah, unknown last name, who was a slave. Dr. Morgan owned a slave Plantation on the Cumberland River in Nashville, TN.

From the will of Dr. Morgan Brown in August 1839 he releases Mariah and her child from slavery and makes them free. John Louis died of pneumonia on 8 September 1931 in Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennessee (This death date was taken from the death certificate) Maggie Smith was the informant. He was buried 12 September 1931. Records showed that John Louis Brown enlisted in the Civil War 20 May 1861 at the age of 22.

John Louis Brown was the founder and SGA of "Knights of Wise Men", a Fraternal Order helping with finances for African Americans. He wrote the rules, laws and regulations for this organization.

He married Volenderver Towson on 6 April 1890 who was born in Nashville, Tennessee. John and Volenderver were divorced in 1897 in Hamilton County, Tennessee.


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  • Created by: Norma (Kudsk) Jones
  • Added: 4 Mar 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 66488409
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Louis Brown (25 Oct 1839–8 Sep 1931), Find a Grave Memorial no. 66488409, citing Pleasant Gardens Cemetery, Ridgeside, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Norma (Kudsk) Jones (contributor 47390935) .