C. N. BROWN, a farmer in the Ninth District, was born February 28, 1887, in Carter County. He received a good common-school education, was reared on a farm, and has since followed farming. He was thrown upon his own resources when of age. He was married in 1882 to Miss Nancy WORLEY, a daughter of James B. and Emaline (Shell) WORLEY natives of Washington County, Va., and Sullivan County, Tenn., respectively. Mr. WORLEY’S mother was of German descent. Mr. and Mrs. WORLEY were active workers in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a very successful and enterprising farmer, and accumulated property quite easily. To Mr. and Mrs. BROWN seven children have been born, viz.: Lilly, Laura (now Mrs. Williams), Charles, Eugene, Lola (deceased), Lela and Mamie.
Mr. and Mrs. BROWN are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, in which Mr. BROWN has been treasurer and deacon for several years. Mr. BROWN is a Democrat in politics. He is a Master Mason. He was the eldest of six children of L H. BROWN, an old resident of Carter County Tenn. Mrs. Emaline WORLEY was a daughter of Aaron and Catherine (Glover) SHELL, natives of Sullivan County, Tenn. Mr. SHELL was of English descent. He was a prominent minister of the gospel in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
I. H. BROWN, the father of our subject, was born March 4,1810, in Washington County, Tenn., and when fifteen years old came to Carter County, Tenn., and excepting six years be lived at Blountville, has since resided in Carter County. He is a carpenter and cabinet-maker by trade. He was married April 14, 1856, to Miss Ruth NAVE, a daughter of John and Lizzie (Carriger) NAVE, natives of Pennsylvania, and among the earliest settlers of Carter County, Tenn. They were of Dutch descent. Six children blessed this union. Mr. BROWN served Carter County two years as register, and two terms as trustee, being elected on a Democratic ticket in a county which usually went Whig by about 1,700. He was the youngest of six children of Jacob and Christina (Ramey) BROWN, natives of Germany and Rockham County, Va., respectively. Mr. BROWN was brought to the United States by his parents when quite small. He served as a solider in the Revolutionary war. Mrs. I. H. BROWN died October 6, 1858. Mr. BROWN was married December 2, 1855, to Mrs. Margaret M. WILLIAMS. Three children blessed the union. Mr. BROWN began life a poor man, and what he is now worth is the fruit of his own practical business ability.
Transcribed by Kris L. Martin
Source: Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of from Twenty-Five to Thirty Counties of East Tennessee. Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887.