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Thomas Allston BROWN
Husband:  Thomas Allstone / Allston BROWN, a.k.a., Col. T. Allston BROWN [title by popular acclamation, not military service]
Birth:  16 Jan 1836, Newburyport, Essex Co., MA
Death:  2 Apr 1918, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA
Disposition (paid for by New York Elks Club):  buried in New York City, New York Co., NY
Occupation:  American theater critic, newpaper editor, talent agent, talent manager, theater historian, author
Book:  1870:  History of the American Stage (Dick & Fitzgerald, NY)
Book:  1902:  A History of the New York Stage from the First Performance in 1732 to 1901 (Dodd Mead, NY)
Fraternal:  F&AM (Free & Accepted Masons):  Amity Lodge; BPO Elks (Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks of the World): Mecca Temple
Father:  Thomas BROWN
Mother:  Lucretia Hamsly MILTON
Marriage:  Sep 1862, New York City, New York Co., NY
Wife:  Frances "Fanny / Fannie" BECKLEY
Birth:  9 Jul 1842, NY
Death:  25 Jan 1899, New York City, New York Co., NY
Disposition:  buried in The Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY
Occupation:  actress, homemaker
Father:  John BLAKELY / BUCKLEY / BECKLEY (1809/10-1850s) Ireland to NYC
Mother:  Margaret __?__ (1801-1895) England to NYC
Child born in New York City, New York Co., NY:
1.  Thomas A. BROWN, b. 1871/2
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; IRL, Ireland; UK, United Kingdom, ENG, England; USA, US, United States, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania


1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Thomas A. BROWN (æ 14, b. MA) is living in Newburyport, Essex Co., MA, with his parents (q.v.).  Frances BLAKELY (æ 8, b. NY) is living in New York City (Ward 14), New York Co., NY (p. 163A), with her parents, John BLAKELY (æ 40, b. Ireland) & Margaret BLAKELY (æ 45, b. England).

3.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Thomas BROWN (æ 24, b. MA; reporter) is living in Philadelphia, PA, with his parents (q.v.).  Fanny BUCKLEY (æ 17, b. NY) is living in New York City (Ward 17), New York Co., NY (Roll M653_811, p. 645), with her mother, Marg. BUCKLEY (æ 58, b. England; seamstress), plus a boarder.

4.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 57):  New York P.O., New York City (Ward 8, 7th Dist.), New York Co., NY, Roll M593_981, p. 170A, PN 13, 46/110, enumerated 9 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Brown Allston 36 M W Agent Dramatic     Massachusetts
      Fanny 28 F W Keeping house     N York
Beckley Margaret 70 F W       England
        Carrie 14 F W       N York
Perry Rita 35 F W       England

5.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 18):  28 Seventh Avenue, New York City (Ward 9), New York Co., NY, Roll 874, p. 105A, PN 1, SD 1, ED 177, enumerated 1 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 21 22 23 24 25 26
* 28 6 7 Brown Thomas A W M 43     / Dramatic Agent       MA MA MA
      _____ Fannie W F 38 Wife   / Keeping House       NY Eng Eng
      _____ Thomas A W M  8 Son /   At School /     NY MA NY
      Robinson Sarah B F 26 Wife   / Servant   / / VA VA VA
      ________ Daniel B B M 10 Son /   Servant     / VA VA VA
*Seventh Avenue

6.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

8.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 18):  1319 Fracker Street, Philadelphia City (Ward 42), Philadelphia Co., PA, Roll T624_1411, p. 240A, SN 2A, SD 1, ED 1069, enumerated 15 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 28
* 1319 33 35 Brown George E Head M W 72 M1 38     MA MA MA Eng Watchmaker Jewelry Store W N 0 Y Y R H
      _____ George E Mrs Wife F W 50 M1 38 4 4 PA PA PA Eng None         Y Y    
      _____ Col T Alston Bro M W 74 W       MA MA MA Eng Own income         Y Y    
      _____ Annie B Dau F W 37 S       PA PA PA Eng Milliner   OA     Y Y    
      _____ Della H Dau F W 25 S       PA MA PA Eng Stenographer & Nurse Hospital W N 0 Y Y    
*Fracker Street
There once was a Fracker Street in Philadelphia; it no longer seems to exist.

9.  Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1962 (online at Ancestry.com indexed "Thomas Alberton Brown"):

How poignant, to have such fame and fortune, then die alone among strangers.

10.  Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records.  Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (online at Ancestry.com):

11.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Name Thomas Brown* Fanny Beckley Brown
Birth unknown 1843
Death Mar., 1918 Jan. 25, 1899
Manhattan, New York Co., NY
Note Date may be interment or re-interment  
Burial Green-Wood Cemetery
Brookyn, Kings Co., NY
The Evergreens Cemetery
Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY
Memorial # 109890710 134944962
*This may be our subject (one of his sisters-in-law appears to be buried here, too).

12.  Anon.  9 Feb 1895.  "Obituary."  The New York Dramatic Mirror (attached to a Public Member Tree at Ancestry.com):
Margaret Beckley, mother-in-law of Colonel T. Allston Brown, died in this city on Jan. 28, at the advanced age of ninety-four years and eleven months.  She was burried on Jan. 30.

13.  Anon.  4 Apr 1918.  "Obituary."  The New York Times (New York City, NY):

Theatrical Historian and Veteran Manager Dies at 82.

     T. Alston Brown, theatrical historian and retired manager, died at the home of his niece in Philadelphia on Tuesday.  Colonel Brown, as he was known to his friends, was born at Newburyport, Mass., on Jan. 16, 1836, and at the time of his retirment in 1906 was probably the oldest theatrical manager in America.  In the earlier part of his career Colonel Brown was the advertising agent for several circuses and was in 1860 manager of the famous Blondin, who crossed Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.
     During his long connection with the stage Colonel Brown was editor of several dramatic publications.  In 1858 he founded The Tatler, in Philadelphia, a weekly paper devoted to the theatre, and was dramatic editor of The New York Clipper from 1864 to 1870.  From 1870 to the time of his retirement Colonel Brown was the manager of a dramatic agency in New York.  At one time he was the manager of Dion Boucicault.
   Colonel Brown's first book, which appeared in 1869, was entitled "History of the American Stage."  His last book, "History of the New York Stage from 1732 to 1904," is said to be one of the most complete accounts of the development of the stage in America that has been written.
     Colonel Brown was a member of the Amity Lodge, F. and A.M., and Mecca Temple.  He was one of the oldest Elks.

14.  Joseph Jackson.  1931.  Encyclopedia of Philadelphia. The National Historical Assoc., Harrisburg, PA.  4 vols. 1243 pp. (online at Ancestry.com):
Vol. I, p. 195 Brown, Thomas Allston, historian of the American stage, theatrical manager; publisher of The Tattler, Phila. (1858), editor of the New York Clipper (1863) (1835-1918).

15.  Anon.  1900.  Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year, 1899.  Third Series, Vol. IV.  D. Appleton & Co., New York, NY (online at books.google.com):
p. 578 Beckley, Fanny (Mrs. Thomas Allston Brown), actress, born in New York city, July 9, 1842; died there, Jan. 25, 1899.  She first appeared as a member of the Marsh troupe of children at the age of sixteen.  After two seasons with this traveling company she was for a time a member of Laura Keene's Varieties Theater, from which she went to play juvenile female parts with Edwin Forrest.  During the years 1861 and 1862 she was a member of a pantomime and ballet company, and in September, 1862, she married Mr. Brown, a journalist of New York city, author of a History of the American Stage.  After her marriage Miss Beckley retired to private live.

16.  T. Allston Brown (online at Wikipedia).

17.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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