Jesse Furman Brown, Sr. - Glendale Merchant
Furnished by Clarence Crocker
The Glendale native, Jessie
F. Brown, son of Joseph A. (Joe) and Margaret
Crocker Brown, was born July 17, 1877. Joe was Postmaster at Glendale,
1901-1919. Jessie’s sister, Blanche, served as Postmaster for a short
while following their father’s death. Census records show that Jessie
had eight siblings, 2 unnamed dead, 6 living; William C., Eddie F.,
Albert A., Blanche, Mintie and Mallie Brown.
He married Miss. Katie Pearl Burnett from Laurens and they became the
parents of at least three children. Jessie owned and operated a
meat/vegetable market for a number of years in the Glendale area.
The 1910 Glendale Census shows they had been married 5 years.
The household was listed as;
Jessie F. Brown, 22, husband, market owner/operator
Wife; (Katie) Pearl 20.
Mattie J. 3. Joseph P. 2. Dean H.
The 1920 Glendale Census listed the household as;
Jessie F. Brown 34, husband, farm owner/operator.
Wife; Katie (Pearl) 32.
Mattie J. 13. Joseph P. 12.
Dean H. 10 *Furman Jr. 8
(Asterisks indicate more information to follow.)
Excerpts from the obituary of Jessie Furman Brown Sr. published
September 21, 1955;
“Jessie Furman Brown, 68, died Monday night at the
General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at the Glendale Baptist
Church by Rev. Timothy H. Hottel.
Burial will be in the Glendale
Cemetery. Pallbearers are; Farrell Sams,
Ed Walden, Clarence and Paul
Crocker, John T. Varner and Harry
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Kate P. Brown; three sons, John F. and
Dean H., both of Spartanburg and J. P. of Asheville, N. C; two sisters,
Mrs. H. M. Branch and Mrs. Blanche Crocker, both of Glendale.”
Excerpts from the obituary of Katie Pearl Burnett Brown published
November 27, 1963;
“Katie Pearl Burnett Brown died in the Spartanburg
General Hospital at the age of 76. She was a native of Laurens County
and a daughter of the late Joseph H. and Mattie Burnett. She lived most
of her life in Spartanburg County and was of the Methodist faith. Her
husband was Jessie F. Brown who died in 1955. Survivors are; three
sons, J. F. Brown of Asheville, Dean Brown of Spartanburg and
John(Furman) Brown of Baton Rouge; 14 grandchildren and 22 great
Both are buried in the Glendale Cemetery.
Their grave marker.
Ada Louise Brown, the wife of John Furman Brown, died and was buried in
the Glendale Community Cemetery.
Grave Marker; Ada Louise Brown-February 26, 1911 = November 26, 1963
The grave marker also has the name of her husband inscribed as;
John Furman Brown-September 13, 1911 = no date of death is inscribed.
Herald death index shows he died at the age of 65 in
Louisiana in October 1976.
Federal Census records and Spartanburg
courtesy of Spartanburg County Library. Census dates and names were
recorded as the Enumerator understood the informer which oft times led
to errors. I have tried to copy the census as recorded. Where such
errors occur, I apologize.
Jessie Brown’s mother, Margaret Elizabeth (Mollie) Crocker Brown, was
the great Aunt of this writer, which makes Jessie my second cousin.
More stories about the Brown brothers forthcoming.
Clarence E. Crocker, July 2012
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