Christopher Brown

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Christopher Brown
Profession circus director
Personal details
Born ? in United States
Dead ? in United States
Country United States

Work locations
Title director 1819-1822
Location at Bailey & Finch in United States

Biography details

Christopher Brown , circus director in United States

Born ? in United States dead ? in United States , son of other Isaac Brown and Amy Brown .

The brothers Benjamin Brown, Christopher Brown and Herschel Brown, cousins to J. Purdy Brown, were involved with the menagerie business in the early 1820's. Benjamin Brown (1799-1881) worked for Hachaliah Bailey in the exhibition of Little Bet in 1823. He was employed by J.Purdy Brown and Lewis Bailey in 1825, the season that the first canvas tent was introduced. In 1826 Benjamin and Hershel operated the Royal Pavilion Circus, (pavilion - being a euphemism of the time for the canvas tent). Benjamin, Christopher and Hershel operated a circus for their cousin, J. Purdy Brown, in 1828. Brown's company was in South Carolina performing when Charles Wright, another Somers native famed as a lion tamer, came into town with his menagerie troupe. The two companies appeared together, and as it seemed to be successful, they performed the rest of the season together becoming the first traveling combination of a menagerie and circus.

Records about Christopher Brown from A History of the Traveling Menagerie at
Finch, in 1819 was exhibiting a caged African lion in Ohio and it would appear that it was the animal from the William. In 1820, Finch traveled with the lion and Hachaliah Bailey’s elephant Betty, the second of the name Benjamin Brown, an old showman, said in an 1879 interview that “Hachaliah Bailey and Ed Finch had an elephant and lion, which they used to show through the country.” Brown’s brother, Christopher, was in charge of the exhibition. The combination was on tour at least through 1822.

Stuart Thayer, A History of the Traveling Menagerie


Siblings through the father Isaac Brown (1772-03-31-1842-04-24):

  1. Benjamin Brown
  2. Herschel Brown

Christopher Brown s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Christopher Brown
Born: ?

Isaac Brown

Born: 1772-03-31

Paternal Grandfather:
Christopher Brown

Born: 1736
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Hackaliah Brown
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anna Kniffen
Paternal Grandmother:
Lucy Gregory

Born: ca 1744
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Paternal Great-grandmother:

Amy Johnson

Born: 1775-03-16

Maternal Grandfather:

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). director Christopher Brown in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 3 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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