BROWN, Edward

Edward Brown, a superintendent and general manager of the N. & T., Narrow Gauge Railroad, was born in Lynchburg, Va., June 11, 1834, being one of the family of seven brothers and three sisters of Edward and Martha Anne (Rucker) Brown. The father was a native of Birmingham, England. He was a watchmaker and jeweler, who lived and died in Virginia; his death occurred in 1851. The mother was a native of Amherst County, Va., died in 1847. The immediate subject of this sketch was reared in Lynchburg, securing a common school education. At the age of seventeen years he served an apprenticeship in the machine shops on the old Virginia & Tennessee Railroad. At the age of twenty he began running an engine on the same road and continued to do so steadily till 1869, when he engaged in same vocation on the East Tennessee & Georgia Road for ten months. From that time till 1879 he was engineer on the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad. Since June 16, 1879, he has efficiently served his present trust to the complete satisfaction of all parties concerned. In 1856 he was united in marriage to Miss Susan W. Peters, of Sussex County, Va., the result of this union being one daughter,Edmonia P., now the wife of William S. Scott, of Dickson. This wife died in 1859. Mr. Brown then chose and wedded Anna McDaniel, of Lynchburg. This union has been blessed by a charming family of six children, viz.: Dollie W.Lizzie C., L. LeftwichAlice H., Emma L. and John ECapt. Brown and family are members of the Episcopalian Church. He is a member of the F. & A. M., K. of H., K. & L. of H., A. O. U. W. and Good Templar organizations. Politically he is of old line Whig ancestry, and he himself cast his first presidential vote for John Bell; since the war has been a Democrat. He is too thoroughly known as a most valuable citizen of Tennessee, for us to do other than speak of him as a very moral, upright and energetic man, who has made success by diligent and steady application to his trust.