THE DEMISE OF CHARLES LEONARD BROWN

A grave stone at the Alexander Cemetery tells but part of the story.

BROWN

Charles L. 1873 – 1950

Lizzie A. 1877 – 1941

Vattie 1894 – 1903

Hattie 1894 – 1894

Married October 25, 1893.

Charles Leonard Brown was born on March 8, 1873, fourth of five sons of Robert Clark Brown and Amelia Addie (Berry). He married Lizzie Abbott Frost, daughter of Thomas Bean Frost and Emeline (Johnson), on October 25, 1893.

He was involved in a partnership known as Brown Brothers for several years. Willard, Horace Abner, Charles and Harry were lumbermen, merchants and farmers. Charles later continued as a successful farmer at the Townsend place. He served as Town Clerk and as Secretary of Alexander Grange #304. He likely was best known as the owner/operator of a general store and as postmaster. Carleton Brown, Harry’s grandson, told that after Lizzie died, Carleton’s parents would take meals out to Charles. One day Carleton’s mother wanted a spool of thread of a special color. Charles charged for that! I remember he charged for paper and twine to wrap a pound of cheese. Charlie had a reputation of being close with the pennies.

Likely many Alexander widows had their sites set on Charlie after Lizzie died, but it was a stranger newly arrived in town who married Charles on July 29, 1948. She was Isabelle Kimond Richards from Gulfport, Florida. After the marriage she tended the store briefly, but isolated Charlie and herself from the community.

Isabelle and Charles turned his real estate into cash as indicated by the following deeds.

Book 493, page 225: Charles L and Isabelle K. Brown to Lyston Frost on September 14. 1949, a total of 120 acres known as the Manly Townsend Farm. CLB had purchased this from John Charles Freemont Stephenson on November 8, 1895. He and Isabelle moved into the apartment behind the store.

Book 495, page 65: Charles L and Isabelle K. Brown to Leon Scribner on February 24, 1950 the store, garage and 42 acres purchased from JCFS in 1895 excepting school lot, church lot and Grange lot.

Eventually Charles and Isabelle moved to Gulfport to the home pictured here. In 1950 Charles died, apparently of gunshot. Some say homicide, some claim suicide.

                     

Manly Townsend Home Florida Home