Paris C and Margaret E Brown

From the Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, published by the John M Gresman Company, Chicago-Philadelphia 1896

PARIS C BROWN, Mayor of Newport, was born in Concord, Lewis County, Kentucky, May 3, 1838 and is a son of Thomas L and Mary (Rowland) Brown.  His father was a native of Washington, Mason County and died in DeWitt County, Illinois, in 1866.  His grandfather's name was James Brown, a well-known resident of Mason County.

Mary Rowland Brown (mother) was born in Adams County, Ohio, and died in Concord, Kentucky in 1845.  Her father's name was William Rowland.

Paris C Brown was educated in Concord where he attended the common schools and graduated from Smith's Commercial College in Cincinnati in 1854.  From 1859 to 1865 he was engaged in steam boating, first as a clerk and later as captain in charge of different boats running from Cincinnati to New Orleans and other points along the western rivers, and in this way became one of the best known and most popular men on the river.

In 1866 he abandoned the river proper and accepted a position as bookkeeper for the Consolidated Boat Store Company of Cincinnati, then known as Harry Davidson & Co, of which he has been the efficient manager since 1870.  He was married in 1864 and became a resident of Newport, since which time he as been one of the most progressive and enterprising citizens of that flourishing city.

He is no politician but has affiliated with the Democratic party, which has honored him by electing him to positions of honor and trust.  he was a member of the School Board, in which he served for two years.  In November, 1893, he was elected mayor of the city of Newport, an office for which he was chosen on account of his business ability and splendid character as an upright and honest man whose ideas of reform in municipal government were commended by the business men and substantial citizens.  During the two years or more of his administration he has conducted the affairs of the city on business principles and with credit to himself, and the expectations of those who elected him have been more than realized.  His official deportment has been characterized by a faithful and conscientious discharge of his duties and by excellent business judgment.

Mr. Brown was married January 17, 1864 to Margaret E Cummings, daughter of William and Eliza Cummings of Lewis County.  They have four sons and one daughter: Frank M, Thomas C, George W, James G and Nannie.

Additional information comes from the family files at the Campbell County Historical & Genealogical Society in Alexandria

Children of Paris C Brown and Margaret E Cummings

1. Frank M Brown b-Nov 1866 in Newport
2. Thomas C Brown b-15 May 1867 in Newport; d-16 May 1941 in Cincinnati; br-Evergreen; m-Jessie Brasher
3. George W Brown b-19 Nov 1869 in Newport; d-3 June 1961 in Newport; became a doctor; m-Jennie Belle Donaldson
4. Paris C Brown (adopted) b-20 May 1866 in Vanceburg KY; d-22 Sep 1908 in Chicago Ill; br-Evergreen
5. James G Brown b-1872 in Newport; d-Dec 1944 in Cincinnati; br-Evergreen
6. Nannie Brown b-1874 in Newport; m-John R Walters

Paris C Brown died 7 Sep 1911 at 130 E 3rd St in Newport of asthma and was buried 9 Sep in Evergreen Cemetery. At the time of his death he was a manager of the Consolidated Boat Store in Cincinnati. Margaret E was born 7 June 1837 in Lewis Co KY and died 19 Mar 1914 in Newport and was also buried in Evergreen.

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