CARL H. BROWN is proprietor of one of the oldest undertaking services in the City of Cleveland, a business that
was established more than eighty five years ago, and in which the Brown family has been continuously active for
over sixty years.
Carl H. Brown was born at the Brown family home in Cleveland, on old Dodge Street. His father, Jacob H. Brown,
was born at Utica, New York, in 1843. The grandfather, Charles H. Brown, was also a native of Utica, New York,
and in one branch his ancestry ran back to the Mayflower. Charles H. Brown was a tailor by trade, and about 1860
came to and established his home at Cleveland, where he was engaged in business for several years and lived retired
until his death at the age of eighty four. Charles H. Brown married Susan Hayes, who reached the age of eightytwo.
Jacob H. Brown was reared and received his early education in Utica, and was about seventeen years of age when
he came to Cleveland. He soon became associated as a partner with Daniel Doty, a pioneer undertaker of Cleveland,
who had established his business prior to 1837, since in the city directory of that year his place of business
is noted as occupying the site of the Rose Building on East Ninth Street. Jacob H. Brown was actively identified
wth the undertaking business until 1911, when he retired and his death occurred in January, 1921. He married Frances
Van Ness, who was born at Utica, New York, in 1845. Her father, John Van Ness, was also a native of Utica, and
of old Holland Dutch ancestry. John Van Ness established his home at Cleveland about 1865, and for some years was
associated with Jacob H. Brown in the undertaking business, and afterward lived retired. John Van Ness married
Catherine Cutler, and both of them reached a good old age. Mrs. Jacob H. Brown died in 1899, having reared four
children, Ida, Bessie, Carl H. and Ralph. Ida, now deceased, married Frank Neff. Bessie died at the age of eighteen
years. Ralph is in the real estate business at Cleveland.
Carl H. Brown attended the public schools of Cleveland, including the University School, and as a young man began
assisting his father in the undertaking business. When his father retired he was well qualified both in a technical
and in a business way to be his successor, and under him the service has been continually improved and its facilities
measure up to the reputation the firm has so long enjoyed.
In 1901 Mr. Brown married Miss May Clements, daughter of Robert J. and Catherine Clements. Their two children are
Frances and Carl, Jr. Mr. Brown is prominently known among Ohio funeral directors, being a member of the Ohio State
Undertakers' Association. He is active in the various Masonic bodies, including the Scottish Rite Consistory, and
belongs to the Exchange Club, the Acacia Country Club and the Athletic Club and Civic Club.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to G
Names H to P
Names Q to Z
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