Joseph Brown was born in 1879 in Gloucestershire to Charlotte Gay, age 22, and Joseph Brown, age 26. He was the 2nd of their children.
In the 1881 census, we find Joseph Jnr aged 1 living with his parents, his 3 year old brother Frank and a young uncle, William Perkins, aged 11 in Melbourne StBart St Mary, Gloucester. His father Joseph snr is a bricklayer.
The 1891 census finds Joseph Jnr living with a now larger family at 17 Wellesley St., Barton St Mary, Gloucester. He is now age 11 and a scholar.
The 1901 census finds the family in Birmingham. Joseph Jnr has followed his father into the building trade and he too is now a bricklayer. He is 21. They are living at 5 Harts Rd, Saltley Birmingham.
In 1903 Joseph marries Amy Phoebe Holmes.
The 1911 census finds Joseph Jnr, now married with a family, Living at St Margarets Rd., Washwood heath, Birmingham. He is now 31 and remains a bricklayer. He has 2 children. Horace born 1905 and Edna May born 1907.
In 1912 voters list show he is still there.
1914-1918 As yet there is no sign of any involvement in WW1
The electoral registers for 1922 show Joseph and his wife Phoebe still in the same house.
In 1933 catastrophe strikes. Joseph commits suicide. He takes Prussic Acid – Hydrogen cyanide. The death certificate states it is “self-administered” and “evidence insufficient to show his state of mind”. A post-mortem was carried out and an inquest held.
He died in the same house and the death certificate shows he was a “bricklayer at the gas works. (Birmingham Corporation).”
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