Name: Brown, Thornton
Occupation: Hotel Waiter, Janitor at UVA Dispensary
Death: 12 Oct 1909
Spouse(s): Cornelia Brown
Children: John N. Brown, Richard F. Brown
Notes: Undertaker: Jas. Perley & Sons
Thornton and Cornelia (Sellers) Brown married and began their family just as the Civil War was ending, in 1865. They raised two sons—John, born in 1865 and Richard, born in 1867—in the Gospel Hill neighborhood at 318 Twelfth Street. Thornton Brown worked as a hotel waiter and later as a janitor at the University Dispensary, and his wife Cornelia worked as a laundress. Early in the afternoon of October 12, 1909, while walking across the railroad track on his way back to the Dispensary after lunch, Thornton Brown was hit by a passenger train and killed. Cornelia remained in their home in Gospel Hill until her death in 1915.
THE DAILY PROGRESS
Tuesday October 12, 1909
West Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia
The University Dispersary building, one of the original medical school facilities. Torn down around 1920 to make way for the George Rogers Clark Statue.
Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Virginia Library