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Re: Algernon Julius Brown-1882 Florida


I wonder what research you've already done on your own ... we're more than happy to help you at AfriGeneas, but it doesn't make sense for us to retrace steps you've already taken.

Okay, here's what I found in a quick online search:

In 1900, Algernon Brown was 14 years old, the son of Robert and Julia Brown, living at 63 Governor Street, Tampa, FL. Per the 1900 census, he was born in Aug of 1885 in Florida, and both of his parents were born in Florida as well. His siblings were: Gertrude 12, Eva 10, Ada 8, Pearl 3, and Robert 1. His parents had been married for 15 years. His father, Robert, worked as an Iceman, could read and write, didn't know where HIS father had been born, but his mother was born in South Carolina. Julia's parents were both born in Florida. She'd borne a total of 8 children, though only six were still living.
[US Census, FL, Hillsborough, Tampa, 2nd Ward, ED 67, penned sheet 37B, dwelling 719]

In 1918, Algernon Julius Brown registered for the Selective Service (from online database). He registered on Sept 12, 1918, was living at 1905 Highland Avenue, Tampa, was 34 years old, born Aug 8, 1882, and worked as a laborer [unable to read the name of the company for whom he worked] and he was married to Virginia Brown.

By 1920, Algernon 30, was married to his wife, Virginia 28, at 1905 Highland Avenue, a home he rented (probably from his mother, who was living next door at 1901 Highland Avenue, a home she owned). Algernon worked as a laborer in a wholesale grocery and could read and write. Virginia was born in SC, as were both of her parents. They had one daughter, Ernestine 5, who was born in Florida.

Living next door to Algernon and Virginia were his mother Julia 53, who was listed as married and head of household, which implies that her husband, Robert, was still alive ... or perhaps the census enumerator simply failed to list her as a widow. Virginia was a corsets agent. Algernon's siblings livine with Julia were: Ada 23 (single, public school teacher), Othello 15, and Roberta 12. Julia owned her home free and clear.
[US Census, FL, Hillsborough, Tampa, 4th Ward, ED 43, penned sheet 9A, dwelling 210]

1962 - From an online Florida Deaths Index (, Algernon J. Brown, black male, died in Hillsborough County, FL in January 1962. You'd need to order the actual death certificate to confirm that this is your Algernon Brown.

I don't know if any of this is helpful, but if not, please let us know.

Good luck in your search, my friend.

- Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS
Oakland, CA

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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