“Genealogical and Personal History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania”
Editor: John W. Jordan, LL. D.
Illustrated. Volume 2.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1913
Pgs. 924, 925 BROWN
The name of BROWN occurs in both English and German speaking countries, differing slightly, however, in form, the German name being BRAUN. This was probably the spelling of the family name of the branch treated of in this review, but years of residence in America changed the spelling to BROWN.
CHARLES BROWN was born in Baden-Baden, Duchy of Baden, Germany, at that time the boundary line of France being only three miles distant. He was a gardener and the owner of a small farm which he utilized chiefly for the cultivation of a fine vineyard. With the exception of the time he spent in military service, his life was passed in this place. He served in the cavalry regiment under Napoleon, and took part in the famous retreat from Moscow. His death occurred at the age of 59 years. He had brothers and sisters: JOSEPH, THOMAS, GEORGE and ELIZA, all belonging to the class of small, prosperous farmers, and GEORGE were the owner of a wine-press. CHARLES BROWN and his family were members of the Roman Catholic Church. He married CATHERINE DIETRICH, who died at the age of 76 years. They had children: CHARLES, JR., died in Germany, where he was a farmer; FEDORA, ROSANNA, JOSEPHINE, DETLIEB, LUDWIG, JOHN, CONRAD.
CONRAD BROWN, son of CHARLES and CATHERINE (DIETRICH) BROWN, was born in Baden-Baden, Germany, Feb. 19, 1834. He attended the public schools of his native province for a period of three or four years, and was then sent to a boarding school in Belgium, where he remained until he was 16 years of age. The Revolution then broke out, and MR. BROWN was appointed a second lieutenant in the army. The force with which he was identified was overpowered by the Prussians, and MR. BROWN, then 18 years of age, emigrated to America. He stayed but a short time in New York City, the port of his arrival, and went to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he found employment in a woolen mill. At the end of one year he moved to Cannelton, Beaver County, Pa., where he obtained a position in the coal mines, and has been connected with this line of industry since that time. For 27 years he was pit boss in the mines, and since 1906 has lived in retirement. He and his wife are Roman Catholics. MR. BROWN married CAROLINE KLINEHAUS, born in Ambeil, Navarre, Germany, Aug. 29, 1833, died in Beaver County, Pa., Oct. 10, 1882, who came to this country when she was four years of age with her parents who also settled in Beaver County. They had children: JOHN, CATHERINE, who died in September, 1912, married JAMES KENNY, and lives with her father; MICHAEL, a coal miner, unmarried.
JOHN BROWN, eldest child of CONRAD and CAROLINE (KLINEHAUS) BROWN, was born in that part of Pittsburgh called Burlington, June 26, 1854. He was eighteen months of age when his parents moved to Cannelton, Beaver County, Pa., and attended the schools at the latter place. At the age of 14 years he commenced the serious business of life by working in the coal mines, and has been engaged in them in various capacities up to the present time. At one time he was boss driver. In 1903 he purchased a farm 123 acres, and two of his sons cultivate this while he continues with his mine labors. Like his forebears he is a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church. He is a Republican. MR. BROWN married, Dec. 25, 1875, ANNA KENNEDY, born in Llanerckshire, Scotland, Sept. 18, 1852, a daughter of THOMAS and BRIDGET (MANN) KENNEDY, both born in county Clare, Ireland. He was a coal miner, and was employed in the capacity in Scotland when MRS. BROWN was born. In March, 1873, he emigrated to America with his family, where MRS. BRIDGET KENNEDY is now living in Sebring, Ohio, at the age of 80 years. JOHN and ANNA (KENNEDY) BROWN have had children: 1. MICHAEL, a coal miner at Cannelton; married KATE LYNCH; six children: LEONARD, MARIE, ERNESTINE, ELIZABETH, JEROME, OSCAR. 2. RAYMOND J., a railway conductor; married DELIA CONNELLY; three children: GERTRUDE, MARY, ANNIE. 3. WILLIAM A., of Cannelton; married PEARL McCOWIN; two children: VINCENT and GRACE. 4. MARGARET. 5. THOMAS F. 6. ALBERT LEO. 7. EDWARD J. 8. ELLEN E.
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