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I have been checking the Thornton in Craven Parish registers and there is only one burial for a Christopher Brown and that was on 15/7/1891. His birth date is given in the baptism register as 17/6/1802 and his baptism 29/8/1802, so the age of 89 fits perfectly.
There is only one death for a Christopher Brown registered in the area between 1890 and 1900 and that is the one in 1891. Sorry but I'm afraid your family story is looking a bit dodgy!
The 1891 census was taken on the 5th April, and he didn't die till June, so he would be on it.