Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Interesting Photograph of a Young Man IDed on Reverse as Percy Brown of Danielson, Connecticut

Note: The post has been amended with information provided by a reader.

Interesting photograph of a young man identified as Percy Brown of Danielson, Connecticut.  

He appears to be wearing a uniform of some sort, and there are some notations like "S.S." and "F.F" and, most intriguing of all, "Moosup ship".  I wonder if Percy was involved with a forest fire fighting unit?

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]

Percy Brown was born 15 December 1889 at Killingly, Connecticut, the son of William and Emma Lucinda (Rice) Brown, who were born in Rhode Island and Connecticut, respectively.  

According to information on the 1900 Census of Killingly, William and Emma were divorced by then.  My only clue that Percy's father's name was William was on the Massachusetts birth record of Percy's brother Chester Vernon [written incorrectly as Burnham] Brown.  Chester was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts on 13 November 1884.  William's occupation was given as boxmaker.

Percy and his mother lived at Killingly, Connecticut up to the time of the 1920 Census.  By 1928 he was at Danielson, Connecticut, with wife Dora, who was Dora M. (Duquette), daughter of William and Catherine (King or LeRoy) Duquette.  Since Danielson is a borough of Killingly, it's possible that he lived in the same home the whole time.

Percy worked as a chauffeur and bus driver.  From photographs I found online it appears that he might have had a farm.  He and Dora had, I think, four children.

Dora died in 1952 and Percy in 1968.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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  1. He was my grandfather, and your info is correct is far as I know... he lived on the farm from the 1920s on, and his wife's family used "Duquette".

  2. Thanks for your validation and clarification. I'm amending the post.