This image from the G. M. Hopkins 1878 Atlas of fifteen miles around Washington, includes Mount Vernon and Taylor Blunt's property near Muddy Hole Farm,  sold to him by Lovelace Brown

Lovelace Brown

Douglas Lovelace Brown: A Life Unveiled:

Douglas Lovelace Brown's journey encompassed family, community [5], and real esetate entrepreneurship. A devoted husband to Emily Botts, Brown raised five children and played a crucial role in the Mount Vernon community. His dominance in real estate, participation in the Joint Stock Club, and later involvement in a tragic shooting that led to his own murder charge, all contribute to a complex and limited narrative that reflects the challenges and triumphs of a man deeply embedded in local history.

Website Layout:
This site embarks on a digital exploration of Douglas Lovelace Brown's life through a thoughtfully organized website. Begin by diving into his personal life on the Family page, explore his real estate ventures with a timeline of his transactions and records in the Real Estate section, and unravel his community contributions through the " Lovelace Brown's Philanthropic and Dark History" section. While confronting the darker aspects of his story as well, and conclude your journey with the "Works Consulted" section, listingthe sources that have shaped this narrative. Each page provides a details a distict part of Brown's life, inviting you to engage with his contributions in history.


Emily's Death in the Newspaper

Emily Botts was born in 1833 in Virginia. She married Douglas Lovelace Brown on April 3, 1864. They had five children in 19 years. She died on March 20, 1897, at the age of 75.

Born in 1830 in Virginia to Netty Brown at the age of 50, Douglas Lovelace Brown's family narrative begins with relationships, joys, and sorrows. At 19, in 1849, he welcomed his son James Oliver, marking the inception of a his new family.  Just 7 years later was the birth of his daughter Susan F in 1857, the last child he will have before marriage. 

In 1864, at the age of 34, Brown exchanged vows with Emily Botts on April 3. The union grew into a family of five children over the course of 19 years. Maria, born in 1865, Grant in 1867, and Alicious in 1868, adding more to the Brown family story.

Residing in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in 1870, Brown's home was rich with history, community ties, and of course children. However, the family faced the sorrowful departure of Netty, Brown's mother, in 1870, a testament to Brown's mental resliance after just having 3 kids. This strength would be tested further in 1897 when Emily, Brown's wife of 32 years, passed away [6] at the age of 64. The end to their partnership and is the last information about Brown's family life. 

[1] Hopkins, Griffith Morgan, Jr. Atlas of fifteen miles around Washington, including the county of Montgomery, Maryland. Philadelphia: G.M. Hopkins, 1879, 1879. Map.
[2] “Preserving African American Heritage: Gum Springs.” The Zebra--Good News in Alexandria, February 7, 2020.
[3] Table of Tracts, Page 66, Lovelace Brown, Row 3 in 1894
[4] Coroners Inquests, Folder CI-005, Lovelace Brown, January 19th, 1898
[5] “Preserving African American Heritage: Gum Springs.” The Zebra--Good News in Alexandria, February 7, 2020. 
[6] Yvette Yancey 21 Dec 2020 from
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