Thomas Henderson Brown, born 1881, was the fifth of six brothers and he’s the final one I’m featuring in my blog. The sons of Joseph and Alice Brown, in order, were JJ Hedley, Michael, James Denholm, William Hindmarsh, Thomas and Albert.
In 1910, at the age of 28, Thomas was a witness at his younger brother Albert’s wedding to Miss Fanny Swallow. Fanny was the third of six sisters: Amy, Ethel, Fanny, Clara, Ida and Elsie. Ten years later in December 1919, by then aged nearly 40, he married Fanny’s younger sister Clara.
My Dad and I are currently playing photo detective with a couple of wedding photos. I’m sure Thomas’ older brother (my great-grandfather) Michael is the man in the black hat – he was obviously very fond of that hat as he’s wearing it in other photos! So there we go, another photo of Michael, and also perhaps my great-grandmother Sallie next to him, although in most of her photos she looks wistful rather than happy so I’m not 100% sure.
And I think that Thomas may be the groom, although I would appreciate views of any historical clothes experts out there in case it’s actually the 1910 wedding of Albert and Fanny. Although two of the men are in military uniform they were reservists so would have had uniforms before the war.
I don’t know what happened to them after their wedding, no clue!
© Text copyright Lynne Black 14 December 2014
First published: https://starryblackness.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/thomas-henderson-brown/