To the best of my knowledge, Patrick was born in Murraugh Parish, County Cork, Ireland in February of 1841. He immigrated to the United States about 1851, along with his parents, James Brown and Johannah Murphy, as well as his sister, Ellen, and his three brothers, John, Michael, and James. The 1860 US Federal Census indicates that Patrick, his parents, and his sister Ellen could neither read nor write.
Patrick was 43 when he married Mary Watson in 1884 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg, New York. Mary died at home from Typhoid fever in 1899 at age 44. Tragically, Patrick died two years later at age 60.
The Ogdensburg Advance News reported that in the process of oiling a staging platform in the elevator of the Rutland Transit company, Patrick fell 14 feet and fractured his skull. He died shortly afterwards. Patrick left “a family of five children, the oldest a girl of fifteen years of age”. My grandfather, James Lawrence Brown, was eleven at the time of his father Patrick’s death.
Patrick Brown and Mary Watson are buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ogdensburg, New York.