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Charles Stelle Brown (1851-1935)

Birth: March 19, 1851 (50), New York per 1870 and 1910 passports.

Lewis B [Blanchard] Brown married Emma Manning of New Durham, New Jersey the daughter of Stelle Manning of Methuchen. (The New Jersey Coast in Three Centuries: History of the New Jersey ..., Volume 2 edited by William Nelson, 1902)

The 1900 will of Lewis B Brown indicated he had a son, Charles S. Brown.

New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - Mrs. Emma (Manning) Brown

Mrs. Emma Brown, wife of Lewis B. Brown of Elberon, died suddenly of heart disease last Wednesday, aged 83 years. Mrs. Brown was the daughter of Rachel Renshaw and Stelle Manning and was born in New York. She married Mr. Brown October 10th, 1863. They had lived in the homestead where Mrs. Brown died, for 32 summers. At one time Mr. Brown owned nearly all the land in the vicinity of Elberon. The place was named from Mr. Brown's initials and a contraction of his last name. Mrs. Brown leaves four children. They are Mrs. Louis Gawtry, Mrs. Helen Coles, Lewis M. Brown and Charles S. Brown.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, October 4, 1899

In 1887 Charles S Brown was on the tennis tournament commette at Elberon.

Marriage: Lucy Nevins Barnes. 1880

Charles "L." Brown, Marriage, 03 Jun 1880, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States Age 30, Single Birthplace NYC Father's Name Lewis B. Brown, Mother's Name Emma Manning, Spouse's Name Lucy N. Barnes Spouse's Age 22 Spouse's Birthplace NYC Spouse's Father's Name Henry W. Barnes, Spouse's Mother's Name Mary Young

Occupation: Charles S Brown opened a real estate appraising business in Lower Manhattan in 1873. The company became Brown, Harris, Stevens which still exists today.


  1. Archibald Manning Brown (1881-1956)

    Birth: Archibald Manning Brown, May 23, 1881, NYC

    Occupation: Architect

    Designed Heinz Dome, 1939 Worlds Fair, New York.

    Harlem River Houses West 15st Street to West 153 rd Street, Macombs Place to Harlem River Drive Block/Lot: 2307/11; 2016/60 1936-37 Architect: Archibald Manning Brown, chief architect Landmark Status: New York City Landmark (1975), National Register (1979) The Harlem River Houses are the earliest example of public housing in the Harlem River area and are a New York City Landmark. Archibald Manning Brown designed the Harlem River Houses to provide quality affordable housing to African-American residents; the events following the 1935 Harlem Riots inspired city planners to build suitable housing for the city's African- American community, which was prevented from residing in certain areas. These are the first example of federally subsidized public housing in the country.

    Marriage: Helen born 19 October, 1882 Paris, France to American parents.

    She was: "Caroline Helen Parrish. She was the eldest child and only daughter of James Cresson Parrish and his wife Emma Thorn. Emma is buried in the Greenwood cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Emma Thorn, was a daughter of William Knapp Thorn (1807-1910) and her mother, Emily Almira Vanderbilt (1823-1896), was daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, by his wife Sophia Johnson." Charles E. G Pease, November 2013


    1. Helen circa 1905
    2. Lucy circa 1907
    3. Archibald Jr 1911
    4. Hope 1914
    5. Robert Peabody, October 19, 1916, Southampton, NY. (1931 sailing from Havana Cuba)

    Stoney Brook Country Estate of Archibald M Brown: East Farm. Built 18th Century, remodeled c. 1910 in the Long Island Farmhouse Style by Archibald M. Brown of Peabody, Wilson and Brown, architects. Harbor Rd., N side, at Shep Jones Ln., Head of the Harbor (310 acres, 7 buildings) Architect - Brown, Archibald M., Unknown Period of Significance: 1700-1749, 1750-1799, 1800-1824, 1825-1849, 1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1900-1924

    1920 Census: Manhattan, Archibald Brown, architect home, Helen P, Archibald Jr, Robert, Helen, Lucy, Hope and 5 servants

    1930 Census: Listed twice - Manhattan own $30,000 and Stony Brook on Stony Brook Road, Hear of the Harbor, own $100,000, Archibald, Helen P, Archibald Jr. Robert Peabody, Hope, with 4 servants

    Sailings: 1922 Archibald and Helen from Cherbourg to 140 E 39th Street NYC, 1926 Archibald from Nassau Bahamas to 943 Lexington Ave, NYC, 1927 Archibald and Helen to 943 Lexington Ave from Nassau Bahamas, 1931 Gotherburg Sweden Archibald alone to 943 Lexington Ave., 1931 Havana Cuba Archibald and Robert Peabody Brown to 943 Lexington, 1943 Archibald and Eleanor born St Louis Mo., 1936 from Le Havre Archibald and Eleanor age 46 born St Louis Mo February 21 1890 to 447 E 5th.

    Death: BROWN ARCHIBALD MANNING 1956-12-01 Lot 68 Section 98 Greenwood Cemetery.

  2. Lathrop Brown (1883-1959) and Helen Chamblet Hooper

    Birth: February 26, 1883, New York City

    Schooling: Groton School, Massachusetts, 1900 - Harvard University 1903 - college roommate of Franklin D. Roosevelt who was also his Groton classmate - best man at the wedding of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt in 1905.

    Frank Roosevelt and "Jake" Brown, both New Yorkers, had become close friends as students at Groton School. Frank Roosevelt at Harvard"
    Marriage: Apr 1911 in West Manchester, MA. to Helen Chamblet Hooper (born 5 May 1891 in Boston to Robert Chamblet Hooper).


    1. Halla born December 19, 1911. Married Arthur B Rosenbaum. Died 2 December 1993.
    2. Camilla born January 26, 1913. Married Matthew Comstock Jenkins. Deid & March 1995 Pebble Beach Ca.

    1906 sailing: Lathrop Brown age 23, Liverpool

    1914 Sailing: Hamilton, Bermuda, Lathrop Age 31 born 1883, New York Helen age 23 born 1891, Boston Mass. to St James Long Island.

    WWI Draft Registration: Lathrop Brown, St James Suffolk, New York, age 35, born February 26, 1883, can't read occupation, employer Interior Department, can't read address, Washington, D. C., wife, Mrs, Lathrop Brown of St James, tall, medium build, grey eyes dark brown hair.

    1920 Sailing: Lathrop age 37, born 1883, NY, Helen H age 29 born 1891, Boston, Mass. Hella age 8 born 1912, NY, Camilla age 7 born 1911, NY all to St James Long Island.

    1923 Sailing May from LeHavre: Lathrop age 40 born February 26, 1883, NY, Helen age 32, born March 5, 1891. boston, Halla, age 11, born December 19, 1911, NY, Camilla age 10 born January 26, 1913, all to St James New York

    1932 Sailing from Le Havre: Nathalie Brown, age 38, married, born Jan 22, 1893, NY City, Carolyn age 7 born Nov 8, 1925, NY City, Edward age 3, born Sept 19, 1929, NY City, to 380 Riverside Drive, NYC Lathrop age 49, born Feb 26, 1883, NY City, Helen H born Mar 5, 1891 Boston, Mass. Camilla ae 19, born Jan 26, 1913 New York City, to "Montank", New York. Eileen age 23 born Feb 7, 1909, New York City, to 4807 Woodmere Road, Beach Park, Tampa, Florida

    Note: The Browns had a "summer" home in Montauk. In 1922 the "Wainscott" windmill (originally erected in Southhampton in 1813) and incorporated in the Brown's summer cottage at Montauk.

    1933 Sailing Le Havre: Lathrop, Helen and Halla, information same as other sailings, going to "Montank" New York.

    1937 Sailing: Halla Brown, Lathrop Brown, Helen Hooper Brown, all other info the same to Montauk, New York

    California: In the 1920s Lathrop and Helen Brown purchased Saddle Rock Ranch from Christopher McWay at Waterfall Overlook on Mc Way Creek, Big Sur California. They built a house in what was then virtually a wilderness without roads. In 1961 Helen Hooper Brown donated 1,800 acres for a State Park. See and - Big Sur

    Death of Lathrop Brown: 28 November 1959

    US Congress Record: March 4, 1913

    a Representative from New York; born in New York City February 26, 1883; was graduated from Groton School, Massachusetts, in 1900 and from Harvard University in 1903; engaged in the real estate business; served in Squadron A, National Guard of New York, for five years; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); unsuccessfully contested the election of Frederick C. Hicks to the Sixty-fourth Congress; special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior from March 1917 to October 1918; served as a private in the Tank Corps during the First World War; joint secretary of President Wilson's Industrial Conference in 1919; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920, 1924, and 1936; studied monetary theory at the Graduate School of Harvard University 1928-1932; moved to California in 1946 and settled on a cattle ranch; elected to the sheriff's posse of Monterey County in 1947; member of committee to supervise Graduate School of Public Administration of Harvard University in 1954 and 1955; died in Fort Myers, Fla., November 28, 1959; cremated; ashes interred in Abbey of the Light, Manasota Memorial Park, Sarasota, Fla.

    Project Lathrop Brown

  3. Charles S Jr. and Mary Schieffelin (1885-1976)

    Birth: Aug 4, 1885 New Jersey per passport application.

    1920: CHARLES STELLE BROWN Born Elberon, N. J., Aug. 4, 1887. Parents Charles Stelle Brown, Lucy Nevins Barnes. School Groton School, Groton, Mass. Degrees A.B., 1908. Unmarried Occupation Real estate. Address (home) 247 Lexington Ave., New York. N. Y. (business) 14 Wall St., New York, N. Y. After leaving college, I travelled around the world with Clarence Pell, Griswold Lorillard and Charlie Leonard, all 1908. I then went into the real estate business with Douglas Robinson (Charles S. Brown Co., New York). The firm name is now Brown, Wheelock Co. (Inc.). I remained here until June, 1916, when I went to McAllen, Texas, with the 12th N. Y. Infantry, of which I was a member. I returned to New York in March, 1917. In September I went to Camp Wadsworth with the same regiment, which later became the 52d Pioneer Infantry. With them I saw service in France from August, 1918, to April, 1919, returning home with the rank of Major. I am again, after just three years' absence, with the Brown, Wheelock Co., renewing acquaintance with real estate in New York. Member: Harvard Club of New York; Union Club, New York; Racquet & Tennis Club, New York; Down Town Association, New York. (Secretary's third report By Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1908)


    Mary Jay Schieffelin, President of the National Board of the Junior League to Charles Stelle Brown. Mary Schieffelin was a great-great-granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, and of John Jay, first Chief Justice of the U. S.

    Charles Stelle Brown, partner in Brown Harris Stevens, the real estate company in Manhattan. Mary Jay Schieffelin Brown, chairwoman of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York


    1. Charles Stelle Brown (1926)

    2. Shepard 1927

    3. Mary Lathrop 1930

    1930 Census: Charles S Brown Own $25,000, age 39 born NJ vice president real estate, MS Brown age 34, born NY, CS 3rd son age 4, S son age 2, and 3 servants.

    1937 Sailing; Charles S Brown age 51 born Aug 4, 1885 Elberon NJ and Mary S age 41 born January 5, 1896 NYC to 133 E 80th Street NYC

    1940: 174 East 80th Street, Charles S J Brown 54, born New Jersey, executive real estate, Mary Brown 44, Charles S Brown 14 Shepard Brown 12 Mary L Brown 9 Elizabeth Bell 52, governess born Northern Ireland, Ida Halmes 55, cook

    Death: Charles Stelle Brown, Birth Date: 4 Aug 1885, Age at Death: 91, Death Date: 3 Oct 1976, Burial Place: Bedford, Westchester County, New York, USA

  4. Lucy Brown and William L'Engle

    Birth: Born 28th September 1889, New York per 1910 passport

    William L'Engle graduated Yale in 1906. He lived in Paris from 1909 to 1914, where he studied at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Academie Julian. He met and married the artist, Lucy Brown, in Europe. When WWI broke out the L'Engles returned to America.

    For more information on Lucy and William l' Engle and images of Lucy, William and their paintings go to William and Lucy L'Engle - Selected Works from the Estate

Mrs. Charles S. Brown, golfer: Mrs Charles S Brown won the first US Women's Amateur Golf Championship in 1895.

1910 Census: Armounk (?) Road, New Castle, Westchester, New York, Charles S Brown, head age 59, married 29 years born New York, real estate, Lucy B wife, age 51 4 children 4 still living, Archibald, son age 28, married 7 years, real estate, born NY, Helen daughter in law, age 25, married 7 years, born France, Helen granddaughter age 6 born France, Lucy granddaughter age 4, born France, Lathrop son age 26 born NY real estate, Charles S Jr. son age 24 born NJ, Lucy daughter age 2 born NY, and 4 servants.

1920 Census: Lexington Ave, NYC, Charles S Brown, head age 65, Lucy B wife, age 60, Charles son age 34, real Estate, Lucy Brown L'Engle daughter age 30 artist, William J L' Engle son in law, age 35, artist, Madeleine L' Engle granddaughter age 4 years and 10 months, Camille granddaughter age 2 years and 11 months and six servants.

Death of Lucy Nevins Barnes Brown:

Death of Charles Stelle Brown: 28 Nov 1959 in Fort Myers, FL.

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