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Lee Brown & related families
Posted by: Barbara Chandler (ID *****8533) Date: January 23, 2007 at 13:14:59
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Surnames: Brown, Pratt, Morrison, Eidson, Warrell

I am seeking information on:

Vernon Lee Brown (went by Lee Brown) b. Unknown; d. September 1921 Flood of '21, San Gabriel River, Milam Co., Texas m. Ida Lee Pratt 7-16-1921 b.3-12-1906 Brady, McCulloch Co., Texas d. 12-4-1972 Austin, Travis Co., Texas. They had 1 child Vernon Lee Brown F. b 1-28-1922 Milam Co., Texas.

The following is all of the information that I have been able to find in regards to Lee Brown:

"The Cameron Herald, Thursday, September 22, 1921
In a message to The Cameron Herald Tuesday night Fred M. Herndon, editor of the Thorndale Champion, tells of the death of Mrs. M. L. Brown and son, Lee Brown, in the flood waters of Alligator creek Friday night. They resided at Redfield's gin, Lee Brown being engaged in running the gin. Mrs. Lee Brown was saved from the flood.
Mr. Herndon says that the damage to property and the loss of life in the country around Thorndale cannot be estimated at this time, but will be very heavy. There was only slight damage in the city of Thorndale.
Forty-five bodies were recovered in the streams about Thorndale.
The report says that the big steel bridge across the San Gabriel river on the Thorndale road has been washed away as has the Sheckles bridge on the Gabriel on the road to Rockdale.
Ely Cass of San. Gabriel is reported from Thorndale as having been drowned. A negro whose name is unknown is reported drowned."

From a phone conversation with a relative:
During the Flood of '21, when Lee drowned, their house washed away. Ida was pregnant with her first child Verna. To protect herself and unborn child, she climbed a tree and stayed there all night and the next day, before she was rescued.
The neighbors built three coffins and lined them with sheets. They used a horse drawn wagon to take the coffins to the cemetery. I don't know who the third coffin was for, Millie told me that Vernon Lee and his mother, who was living with them at the time, drowned in the flood.

I would like to be able to find more information regarding Lee's parents, siblings, etc.& hopefully his dob and place of birth. I went to Milam Co., to request a copy of his death certificate, but was told they did not have it on file because so many people drowned during the flood, all of the death information has been sent to Austin, Texas. Because I do not know his parent's name I can not request the death certificate from Austin.

Ida Pratt is one of the six children of George Anzel Pratt b. 8-9-1879 Kennedy, Tx. (I do not know if he was born in Kenedy Co., Texas or if he was born in Karnes Co., Texas.) d. 12-6-1933 San Gabriel, Milam Co., Texas burial unmarked grave Lilac Cemetery, Milam Co., Texas & Carrie Luecrecia Brown b. 8-15-1889 Texas d. 9-6-1969 Travis Co., Texas

Ida Lee Pratt m. (2)Olave Carl Morrison 2-14-1923 Williamson Co., Texas b. 7-14-1903 Milam Co., Texas d. 4-5-1979 Bexar Co., Texas. He is the son of Gilbert Morrison b. abt 1858 NC & Fanny A. Eidson b. 9-29-1876 Texas d, 12-23-1953 Bexar Co., Texas
Divorced 3-26-1944 Bexar Co., Texas
They had 8 children.

Ida Lee Pratt m. (3) Leo James Warrell 3-11-1946 Bexar Co., Texas b. 7-12-1913 Minnesota ? d. 3-20-1986 Kenedy, Karnes Co., Texas
No children by this marriage.

Any assistance on this family would be greatly appreciated.

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