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© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Toy Mansel Brown, son of John and Mary Emma (Barber) Brown, was born 26 Aug 1875 in Texas. He married Henrietta “Bessie” Elizabeth KELLEY, daughter of Mansel Pinkney and Elizabeth "Eliza" Ann Rebecca (THOMPSON) KELLEY on 18 Aug 1898 in Mt. Pleasant, Titus Co., Texas. He died 29 May 1853 in Avery, Red River Co., Texas and is buried beside Bessie in the English Cemetery in Red River County, Texas.

When he saw his daughter Nina’s son, for the first time he said, “Now I can die in peace. Finally, there is a baby in the family that looks like my mother.” The baby had red hair and green eyes like Mary Emma (Barber) Brown Lain.

Obituary of Toy Mansel Brown published in The Clarksville Times, on Fri., 5 June 1953:

Toy Brown Buried Sunday at English. Toy M. Brown, farmer at Avery, died at his residence May 29 at 5 a.m.

His funeral was conducted May 31 in the English Methodist Church by the Rev. O.B. Rogers, former pastor. Interment was in the English cemetery, Clarksville Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers were Charles J. Williams, Bryant Grant, Luther Giles, Olan Markham, Delbert Gortney and Mr. Stinson.

Mr. Brown was born in Jacksonville, Texas, August 26, 1875, and had been a resident of Red River County forty years. He was married August 18, 1898 to Bessie Kelley at Mt. Pleasant. She survives.

Other survivors are twenty-six grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and three sons and daughters:
Homer L. and Nelson K. Brown, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Warner Brown, Schroup, Idaho; Mrs. W.S. Chapman and Mrs. Alma McCain, Avery; Mrs. H.H. Lane, Witchita Falls, and Mrs. Richard Hughes, Arlington, Texas.
[Source:  The Clarksville Times; Clarksville, TX;  Fri., 5 June 1953.]

Obituary of Bessie Brown published in The Clarksville Times, on 14 Oct 1971:

Mrs. B. Brown. Mrs. Bessie Brown, 96, of Avery died Saturday, October 9, in Live Oaks Convalescent Center. Services were conducted Monday, October 11, at 3 p.m. in Williams Chapel United Methodist Church by Rev. O.B. Rogers, assisted by Rev. Clarence Snodgrass. Clarksville Funeral Home directed burial in English cemetery.
Pallbearers were Alvie Markham, Delbert Gortney, Dewitt Lennon, Marvin Stinson, Homer L. Brown and Carl D. Lane.
Born August 15, 1875, at Camden, South Carolina, she was the daughter of Pink and Eliza Ann Thompson [sic]. Mrs. Brown had lived in Red River County for 57 years. She was a member of the English Methodist Church. She married at Mt. Pleasant August 18, 1898.
Surviving are sons, Homer Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Nelson Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Werna Brown, Terrell, Tex.; daughters, Mrs. Bertha Chapman, Avery; Mrs. Erma Lane of Wichita Falls, Mrs. Alma Dorrough of Carrolton, and Mrs. Nina Flynn of Medford, Ore.; 33 grand children, 47 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren.
[Source: The Clarksville Times; Clarksville, TX; Thrus., 14 Oct 1971, p. 4]

Census records for Toy Mansel and Elizabeth “Bessie” (Kelley) Brown:

9 June 1900, Just Pct #2, Titus County, Texas, p. 202A:

Brown, Tory M. Head W M Aug 1875 24 M-1 b. TX fb. NC mb. AL
-----Bessie Wife W F Aug 1875 M-1 1-1 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----Bertha Dau W F June 1899 S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC

6 May 1910, Twp 4, McCurtain Co., OK, p. 136:

3 - 3  BROWN, Toy M. Head M W 34  M1-12 b. TX fb. AL mb. NC
-----, Bessie E.  Wife F  W  34  M1-12 5-5 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----, Bertha Dau M W  10  S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC
-----, Hood Son M W 9  S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC
-----, Irma Dau  F W 7  S  b. TX fb. TX mb. SC
-----, Alma Dau F  W 4  S b. OK fb. TX  mb. SC
-----, Homer Son M W 1 S m. OK fb. TX mb. SC

6 Jan 1920, Prct #7, Red River Co., TX, p. 29:

49-49  BROWN, Toy M. Head M W  44 M b. TX fb. NC mb. AL
-----, Besie Wife F W 44 M b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----. Bertha Dau F W 20 S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC
-----, Hood Son M W 18 S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC
-----, Erma Dau F  W 16 S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC
-----, Alma Dau F W 13 S b. OK fb. TX  mb. SC
-----, Homer Son M W  11 S b. OK fb. TX mb. SC
-----, Nelson Son M W  8 S b. OK fb. TX mb. SC
-----, Warner Son M W  5 S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC
-----, Verna Dau F W  5 S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC
-----, Nina Dau F W 1 S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC

7 Apr 1930, Prct #7, Red River Co., TX, p. 260:

Brown, Toy Head M W 54 M-23 b. TX fb. NC mb. AL
---, Bessie Wife F W  54 M-23 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---, Nelson Son M W 19 S b. OK fb. TX  mb. SC
---, Wirner Son M W  15 S fb. TX mb. TX fb. SC
---, Vernia Dau  F  W 15 S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC
---, Nina Dau F  W 12 S b. TX fb. TX mb. SC
McCain, Alma Dau F  W  23 Wd b. OK  fb. TX mb. SC
---, Mary F. g-dau F W 5 S b. TX fb. TX mb. OK
---, _____ J. g-dau  F  W  3 7/12 S b. TX fb. TX mb. OK
---, Ruth g-dau F  W 1 1/12  S b. TX fb. TX mb. OK

22 April 1940, Prct 7, Red River Co., TX:

Brown, Toya Head M W 64 M 4th grade b. TX same house in 1935
----Bessie Wife F W 64 M 4th grade b. SC same house in 1935 seamstress, sewing project

Left to right, front: Wade Lennon (boy), Bertha (Brown) Chapman, Toy M Brown, and Henrietta Elizabeth (Kelley) Brown. Left to right, back: Werna Brown and Homer Brown (standing),Erma (Brown) Lane and Nelson Brown (sitting).

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