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January 9, 2014

Traces of Laurel: Judge W. L. Brown

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Before I tell you about Judge W. L. Brown I want to add something to the information I gave last week on Edward Parker.  Remember that I couldn’t give his death date nor explain why he wasn’t buried in the same plot as his wife and daughter.  Turns out there was a good reason.  Thanks to Beuna Bishop and Renee Beets, two of my co-workers at the Laurel County Historical Society, I now know a bit more.

Parker and his first wife divorced and Parker later married Mrs. Julia Litton whose maiden name was (possibly) Bryant.  They moved to Yakima County Washington where Parker died on April 16, 1926.  Both he and Julia are buried there in the Tahoma Cemetery.  It seems that Parker continued his public service in Washington state, being elected to Congress while a resident there.  As for donating the family cemetery where his daughter was buried to the community, Renee found records that show him selling lots in the area. I’ve always been told that he donated the land that became A.R. Dyche Cemetery but could be that’s just folklore.

 

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Judge W. L. Brown

 

Kellogg writes:  “W. L. Brown, son of George P. and Eveline Hopkins Brown, was born in London, KY, April 3, 1841.  His early life was spent in his father’s store and in trading in stock, the latter often occasioning trips south.

He was married young and has six children, three by his first wife and three by his present wife.  (Remember that Kellogg’s sketches were written in 1895 and most of his subjects were still living.)  In 1860 he (Brown) was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the State Militia in Laurel County and was appointed delegate to represent the 8th Congressional District to the National Convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln the second time for the Presidency.”

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