Pueblo County, Colorado
Margaret J. Armstrong Brownlee
Contributed by Lois Brownlee
Death and Burial of
Margaret J. Armstrong Brownlee
Wife of Ebenezer Brownlee II
Born 9 August 1842
Died 20 September 1883 of "consumption" Pueblo, Colorado
Buried Pueblo Pioneer Cemetery, 20th-22nd Streets and Montezuma Lot 11
Cemetery was established 1870, and is reportedly the "oldest cemetery
Margaret Armstrong Brownlee died six months after her husband died, of
the same disease, tuberculosis.
Husband Ebenezer Brownlee is buried Mineral Creek Cemetery near
Mother of Harry S. Brownlee, my grandfather, who is buried in the North
Page Cemetery, Page County, Iowa
Three and a half months before her death Margaret Brownlee wrote her
sister Beulah she was suffering from chills, fever and smothering
feelings, common symptoms for TB patients near death.
Her postcard to Beulah was mailed from South Pueblo, which would have
been a short walk across the Arkansas River from where she lived, at
2nd and West streets in a house owned by a Mr. Bryson. He probably ran
a boarding house for "lungers" as tuberculosis victims were called in
The house at 2nd and West streets where she lived and died is no longer
there. Those streets are now part of a truck/railroad car loading area,
a busy commercial/industrial area just west of downtown Pueblo.
Margaret Armstrong Brownlee died at Mr Bryson's home 20 September 1883.
Her death was reported to authorities a week later on September 27,
1883, according to the local paper, the Pueblo Chieftain.
She likely died indigent. But because she apparently had relatives who
had fought in the Civil War her burial was looked after by the Grand
Army of the Republic (GAR) Women's Relief Corp, the women's auxiliary
of the GAR. They arranged for her to be buried in their plot in the
cemetery, then called Northside Cemetery, and later renamed the Pueblo
Pioneer Cemetery. It's located at 20th-22nd streets and Montezuma in
Margaret is buried in Lot 11, Block 16 according to information from,
among others, Mr. Marvin Stuart, Mountain View Cemetery, Pueblo,
Colorado. His information was gratefully received and proved to
valuable and reliable information of great help in locating where M.J.
Armstrong Brownlee is buried. He also offered maps of the plot where
she is buried. Records indicated there was a tombstone marking her
grave, but it has since been destroyed by vandals.
Margaret Armstrong Brownlee would have been fighting the disease that
took her life for years and had likely exhausted not only her body, but
her financial resources as well. She could have sold the Missouri farm,
Harry's inheritance, for money to live on till her death, but she did
not. She kept it for Harry to have when he was grown.
Margaret J. Armstrong Brownlee died alone in a rooming house for
"lungers" in Pueblo, Colorado 20 September 1883. The end of her life
would have been painful and unhappy. She died smothered to death by the
tuberculosis she had battled for years.
She was 41 years old.
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