Brown of Winchester, Clark Co., KY

Cousin Liz (Brown) Price's contribution, wherein she says "I don't believe you & I have any family ties but some of the similar names are interesting." When I told her my grandmother was Nancy "Nannie" Frances (Brown) Thomson, she sent me copies of the (apparently, very large) Goodwin family Bible. :-)
And Cousin Liz and her sister, Jessie, got hooked on genealogy.

History of Kentucky by
William Elsey Connelley
E. M. Coulter Ph. D.


Joseph L. Brown. Because of the extent and quality of his usefulness, his commercial soundness and acumen, his public spirit, integrity and nearness to the fundamental principles of citizenship. Joseph L. Brown affords an encouraging example of success gained through honorable methods. During a long, diversified and always successful career, he has followed farming and banking, and is still the owner of a large and profitable property in Clark County, while discharging capably the duties of president of the Peoples State Bank and Trust Company, at Winchester.
Mr. Brown was born four miles southwest of Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, October 12, 1843, a son of Francis G. and Frances J. (Goodwin) Brown. His father was born near Culpeper Court House, Virginia, in 1804, and when a young man had started with his father's family from Virginia, with Missouri as the party's destination. While the family was passing through Kentucky the father suddenly sickened and died and was laid to rest in Fayette County. The family continued on to Missouri with the exception of Francis G., who remained in Kentucky, and the other sons went to California, after which naught was heard from them. While in this state, Francis G. Brown met and married Frances J. Goodwin, at Charlesburg, Fayette County, a daughter of Lloyd K. and Mary Jane (Graves) Goodwin, she being about eighteen years of age at the time of their marriage. Lloyd K. Goodwin owned 2,400 acres, of which 800 acres were in the home farm, and at his death left his widow $75,000, after having assisted each of ten children to the acquirement of a nice property. But one of his children, Mrs. Lucinda Victoria Hildreth, is living, she being the widow of Thompson Hildreth and a resident at Comb's Ferry Road. Mr. Goodwin died when eighty-six years of age and his wife at about the same age although ten years later. Mrs. Brown inherited from her father a part of the old Goodwin estate, which later passed to her children. Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Brown settled in Clark County on the property on which their son Joseph L. was born and there passed the remaining years of their lives, the father dying at the age of fifty-four years, in 1858, and the mother some twenty years later. Francis G. Brown had owned about 600 acres, from which his widow later paid off the indebtedness, and had added to his original home, which was a log-boarded structure. The farm is still in the family, being owned by the widow of Mr. Brown's son Russell. There were seven children in the family: Amanda Elizabeth, the widow of Ben Holliday, residing in advanced age near Germantown, Clark County; Joseph L.; Mary Hardena, the widow of Lewis Holliday, still residing at her home near the old Brown place; James Thomas, a farmer of near Charlesburg, who died in 1918, leaving a widow who is now residing with a daughter; Mrs. Frances Proctor, of Clark County; Benjamin, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Madison County; Russell, who was a partner with Joseph L.Brown in the ownership of the old home place for fifteen years, engaged in general farming, and with his brother owned some 400 acres, which was finally divided, Russell taking the old homestead, upon which he died, and which is now owned by his widow,, a resident of Winchester; and Nancy Frances, who married Lloyd Thompson (sic) and at this time is a resident of Saline County, Missouri.
Joseph L. Brown was educated in the public schools of Clark County and secured his present farm on the Lexington Pike, four miles north of Winchester, along with his wife's other property. He was united in marriage in 1886 with Mary B. Proctor, a daughter of George Washington Proctor, who at the time was living two miles from Winchester on the Lexington pike, the old home being at Thompson Station, Clark County, the Asa Barrer home. This was formerly the old Abe Van Meter farm, and originally the old Weathers tract, brought by Colby Quisenberry, who had started the erection of the present residence in 1859 and had burned the brick for the dwelling on the farm. He had inherited 600 acres and the house was erected in a way suitable to an estate of that size, but the expense of building in the midst of war conditions incurred such an expenditure and consequent in indebtedness that Quisenberry lost the entire property. The residence stands on a delightful location and is a notable example of Kentucky Blue Grass country homes.
When Joseph L. Brown acquired this farm it consisted of 680 acres, to which he subsequently added 150 on the opposite side of the Lexington pike, making 830 acres there. He also has 470 acres near the old Brown home. The present farm was all bought by his wife's interest in the estate. A general farmer, Mr.Brown was also a thoroughbred horse breeder. During his career he has bred trotting horses, has had them trained, and has followed the race courses for forty years. One of his animals sold for $6,500, which, with his year's earnings, brought in over $10,000. Mr. Brown has appreciated horses all of his life and has produced several noted animals. When he was only fourteen years of age he purchased for his mother a well-bred mare, which he accepted on a debt and, breeding it to a celebrated trotting stallion, produced a colt which as a one-year old won a stake for colts and was sold for $1,000. Later this animal became the property of General Custer and won the $20,000 stakes, standing in the same class as the noted "Dexter" and "Goldsmith Maid."
At the time of its organization, Mr. Brown was made president of the Peoples State Bank and Trust Company of Winchester, a position which he has retained to the present time and in which capacity he has directed the policy of this institution with judgment and ability. In company with his brother-in-law, G. M. Proctor, he built in 1904 the Brown-Proctoria Hotel at Winchester, which they still own, but in the conduct of which they have always depended upon the services of a manager. Mr. Brown was a stanch (sic) democrat up to the time of the candidacy of William Jennings Bryan. He has always favored the democratic party in his support, but is not himself an office seeker.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown are the parents of two children: Alice, the wife of J. O. Crutcher, who is an agriculturist in Clark County; and Margaret, the wife of Bronson McCord, of Winchester, manager of the home farm, who has two children, Joseph Brown and Mary Alice.