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Cornelius Brown


Mr. Cornelius Brown was born in February of 1855, the eldest son of Joshua and Elizabeth (Squirrel) Brown. They were both from prominent families in the County.

When he was a teenager, he moved in with a neighboring family and worked on their farm. Again, in 1880, he’s living out, working as a servant. Mr. Brown never had the opportunity to attend school.

In 1885, Mr. Brown married Ms. Anna M. Sides. They had one child that died in infancy, and never did have any other children. By 1900, the Browns were living on Union Street in a house that they owned. They lived next to his cousins and other family. He worked as a laborer on farms in the area.

By 1920, Mr. Brown was working at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel). At the age of 74, in 1930, he continued to work, as a day laborer working odd jobs around town. In 1932, Mrs. Anna Brown passed away. Mr. Brown continued to live in his home on Union Street, until his death on the 4th of July in 1945.

Mr. Cornelius Brown is buried next to his wife in Ellsworth Cemetery in Westminster, Maryland.

Maryland State Archives

Headstone at Ellsworth Cemetery

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