Monday, June 25, 2018

Found Family Images

I have been working on the next installment of the blog which covers James Brown, the third surviving son of Timothy and Hannah Kelly Brown; however, I have been stalled waiting on additional information.  In the meantime, I had a visit from another cousin who found a box of old photos, (many of them identified), which I quickly scanned.  I thought I would share a couple of them with you.

The first photo is of David Brown, the sixth child of John and Ellen
Younger David Brown
Burns Brown.  We looked at David in the post for Steam and Saloons. (Steam and Saloons)  He was just seven years old when his father, John, was killed by a train in 1873.  David homesteaded in Nebraska before 1889 probably with his uncle, Patrick Brown, and some of Patrick’s sons.  David was also an engineer for the railroad until 1900 when he and his family returned to Columbus, Ohio where he was first a fireman for the city, then ran the Brown Bros saloon until his death in 1914.  A purported photo of David was included with the original blog, but, this photo, a much younger David, is definitely identified as him. 

The next photo is of Ellen, Ellie, Ella, Nellie Brown, eighth child of John and Ellen Burns Brown.   Ellie was only eight years old when
Ellen Brown, early 1880s
she was orphaned and went to live with her mother’s sister, Martha Burns.  She never married and worked at the state asylum until she was seventy years old.  Ellie died in 1960 at the age of 91 in Columbus, Ohio.  She bears a striking resemblance to the photo of David above.  More information about Ellie can be found on the blog post for More Brown Children.  (More Brown Children)

The final photo I will share was something of a surprise.  It is of Martha Burns who
Martha Burns, early 1880s
took in John and Ellen Brown’s children, (except for William), when they both died.  The photo was probably taken in the early 1880s as well as the photo of Ellie above.  (Both were taken at the same studio and have the same stamp on the back.)  Martha and her husband, Peter Burns, were evidently very close to John and Ellen Brown.  Peter and John were in business together and their families even lived next door to one another.  Martha is a sister of both Ann Burns who married Patrick Brown and Ellen Burns who married John Brown.  (Patrick and John were brothers.)  From this photo, we can get a very good idea of what all three sisters looked like.  Information about Martha has been given in several previous blogs.   (See Brown-Burns ConnectionsJohn and Peter, John and Ellen, and John Edward Brown.)   

Hopefully, you will find these photos as interesting as I did.  Until the next post . . .

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