The research that I have on the Brown family is through the courtesy of my cousin Bob Hayes.  He has graciously given me permission to share his research.  I visited Bob in Kelowna, BC in 2012 and he shared his findings with me.

When I first started this blog, I did not know a lot about the Brown family and others, like Bob, had done research on them.  I did a series of posts about George Brown and Esther King on this blog and touched a little on their children.  I refer you to that post dated December 4, 2010 titled:  George and Esther Brown’s Children. It was basically an overview of their family.  I have yet to delve into the lives of the children and will do that in future posts.

Here is the link to the post I wrote about George and Esther’s children.

http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/george-esther-browns-children/

I would like to move forward and share what I know about Thomas Brown a brother to George.  What I have is a little of my own research and a lot of Bob’s.

It has been suggested that Thomas Brown was born on 20 March 1817 in Ireland to William and Elsie/Alice Brown. He married on 14 January 1841 to Mary Johnson in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario.

Source:  Baptisms, Marriages and Death Records of the St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville, Ontario, 1821-1874, McMillan University and Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, #486 Marriages. 

Nothing much is known about Mary Johnson other than she may have been born in Ireland about 1820 and died around 1886. I have also seen the name spelled “Johnston.”

Thomas died on 4 August 1848 in Hastings County, Ontario and he was buried in the St. Thomas Anglican Church cemetery in Belleville.  This church wanted to do some remodeling and they discovered in the excavation that there were many more graves than they had realized.  The church burial records were lost so McMillan University and the Quinte Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society set about putting together a record of the marriages, baptisms and births for that church.  This book is available at the Trenton Public Library in the Quinte room.

The Ghosts and Hauntings website has a very interesting article about the history of this the St. Thomas Anglican Cemetery.

http://www.torontoghosts.org/index.php?/20080822389/Eastern-Ontario/Belleville-St.-Thomas-s-Church-Cemetery.html

Based on the above information the chances of finding a gravesite for Thomas and for that matter his father William or other Browns, is probably nill for St. Thomas.  I plan to visit this church cemetery in Fall of 2014 and we will see what I find and will post about it.

The information for Thomas’ death was found at the Anglican Diocese for Ontario based in Kingston, Ontario on page 318 for the St. Thomas Anglican Church of Belleville records.

Death of Thomas Brown 1848

Death of Thomas Brown 1848

Unfortunately the 1851 Canadian Census for Rawdon Twp. did not survive. We would not find Thomas but we might find Mary Brown with her children if it had survived.

Since Thomas died in 1848 he is also not in the in the Illustrated historical atlas of the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward, Ont. Toronto : H. Belden & Co., for 1878.  Other Browns are easy to find at the Canadian Digital Archives project website:  http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/search.htm

After Thomas’ death Mary remarried to a Thomas Vance.  The marriage took place on 21 January 1851 in Belleville at the St. Thomas Anglican Church. The marriage  is in the book I have cited above as #914 – Brown, Mary to Vance, Thomas 21.01.51.   The photo below is the register found at the Anglican Diocese for Ontario in Kingston page 393 for the St. Thomas Church registers.

Thomas Vance & Mary Brown Marriage 1851

Thomas Vance & Mary Brown Marriage 1851

Mary and Thomas appear in the 1861 Canadian Census in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co.,, Ontario, page 26.

Line 18 Thomas Vance, farmer, Ireland, C of England, 44, male, M, 1 male
Mary Vance, Ireland, C of England, 40, female, M, 1 female
John Vance, born Canada, C of England, 8, male, S, 1 male
Robert Vance, born Canada, C of England, 6 male, S, 1 male
William Vance, born Canada, C of England, 4 male, S, 1 male
Margret J. Vance, born Canada, C of England, 2, female, S, 1 female
Henry Brown, labourer, born Canada, C of England, 19, male, S, 1 male
Elisabeth Brown born Canada, C of England, 18, female, S, 1 female
Phillip Brown, labourer, born Canada, C of England, 16, male, S, 1 male
Thomas Brown, born Canada, C of England, 14, male, S, 1 male. 

This gives us a great view of the whole family including the children from the first marriage of Mary.

There is more research to be done regarding this family such as probate/estates, land and cemetery work and determining what happened to the children, any further findings will be included in future posts.

Posted by: bonmac | August 1, 2014

The Origins of the McMurrays and Jacksons…

Last October 2013, I took a trip to Salt Lake City and attended the British Institute taking classes on English records research.  I also spent time in the Family History Library trying to find out more about the origins of my mother’s family.

I presented my research in England for the  Boardman’s in a previous post.  I found that they really did come from Lancashire, England.  I still have to do more confirming of the possible children I listed in my post but I find it very intriguing that the McMurray’s and Jacksons were also in Lancashire and came over to Canada about the same time?

Here is what I have found so far regarding the McMurray and Jackson connection.  I was inspired by cousins who have gone before me.  James and Mary are my 2nd great grandparents through their daughter my great-grandmother Charlotte Ann McMurray Boardman.

1.  The marriage of James to Mary Jackson took place on 25 January 1847 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

Source:  Church of England, Parish Registers for St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.  Marriage of James McMurray to Mary Jackson, 25 January 1847, St. Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, FHL#1656509 Marriages 1846 to 1849, pg. 233, Entry #465. 

2.  The birth of James, their son, 8 March 1849, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northampton Co., England. He was christened on 1 April, 1849 at All Saints, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northampton Co., England.

Source:  Church of England Parish Registers, Parish Registers of All Saints Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1600 to 1940, Baptism, 1844 to 1864. FHL#1068964, ITem 2 pg. 202 No. 1615, April 1, 1849.

3.  Source:  Anne Jackson Family 1851 Returns of England and Wales Census, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Civil Parish: Liverpool Ecclesiastical parish Pembroke Place St. Silas, Town: Liverpool, County Lancashire County, England, Reg. District Liverpool, Sub Reg Islington, ED 1k, Hse #41, Piece 2184, Folio 348, page 13. This census was difficult to read.

 41, 3 [Walkenson] Ann Jackson, age 67, Head, Widow, 67, occupation _____, born Lancashire, William Jackson, son, age 24, occupation ___________, born Cumberland, Longtown, Richard Jackson, son, age 21, occupation _________, born Cumberland, Longtown, Jame McMurray, son-in-law, age 25 stonemason, born Scotland, Mary McMurray, daughter, age 29, occupation _____________, born Cumberland, Longtown, James McMurray, grandson, age 2, Northampton Newcastle.

There is more to do on this family but I am not very hopeful for further research in England.

Posted by: bonmac | July 25, 2014

More about Emma Ward Brown!

I do not know much about my great-grandmother Emma Ward Brown.  She was born in Strathroy 13 March 1851 and died in Winnipeg on 20 April 1905.  She is buried in the St. John’s Cemetery.  She married Richard Brown in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan on 9 January 1874.  Her first name is confusing because I have seen it as Emma and Emily.  Her death certificate and tombstone say “Emma.”  I am trying to determine who her parents area in the Strathroy area.  There are lots of Wards buried in both Middlesex and Lambton counties.

I am pondering this but I have this faded very bad photo of an unknown woman in a lovely white dress among the collection of Brown and Boardman photographs my cousins gave me. Could this be Emma?

Unknown woman in white

Unknown woman in white

WomanwithUmbrellawhitedress - Copy

Unknown woman the full photo

I recently tried searching newspapers in Winnipeg hoping to find out more about her death in 1905.   I did find this and wonder who all these people are.  The listings are from some of the work places of her sons Charles and Arthur.

The funeral of Mrs. R. Brown took place at 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon to St. John’s cemetery from the family residence, 175 Magnus avenue. The floral contributions were: 

Cross, R. and F. Lough

Wreath, Clark, Bros. & Co., Ltd.

Wreath, employees Clark Bros. & Co.

Spray, Mr. and Mrs. Ruckle

Spray, Mrs. Bliss

Spray, Mr. and Mrs. II. Scott

Spray, Bertie and Edna Kirk

Spray, J.A. Thompson

Spray, Mrs. McCallum

Pillow, the family star W. Paine

Spray Mrs. and Miss Stobbs

Spray, Alice Holman

Crescent, R. Boardman

Spray, Mr. and Mrs. Bussell

Spray, Jos. St. Mars

Spray Mr. and Mrs. Osborne

Spray, Mrs. Newman

Wreath, Fellow Workmen

Spray, Fred J. Holland staff

Wreath, Miss Alice Denner

Source:  Wed, April 26, 1905, Manitoba Morning Free Press (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) page. 2

The Winnipeg Free Press, had a little bit on her death on April 21, 1905,

Obituary for Emma Brown died yesterday, OBITUARY – Emma Brown, beloved wife of Richard Brown, of 175 Magnus street, died yesterday, aged 54 years. Besides her husband she leaves two sons and one daughter.

The Manitoba Free Press had another article dated April 22, 1905, pg. 7, col. 5

The late Mrs. R. Brown of 176 Magnus street, whose death was announced, in the Free Press yesterday morning, had been a resident of the city for the past twenty-four years, having come here from Strathroy, Ont. Her friends and acquaintances will no doubt learn with regret of her demise. Her illness has extended over a period of nearly thirteen months, during which time she has suffered constantly. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, two sons, Charles W. Brown of the Fred. J. Holland agency, limited, and Arthur Brown, of the staff of Clark Bros. & Co., limited; also one daughter, Ethel. The funeral will leave the family residence for St. John’s cemetery to-morrow afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Posted by: bonmac | July 18, 2014

William Brown Revisited!

In 2012 when I traveled to Ontario and Quebec, I made arrangements to visit the Anglican Diocese in Kingston, which they call the Diocese of Ontario, to search the records for the Brown family.

The post where I wrote about my visit was done on June 20, 2012 titled “Kingston, an Anglican Diocese office, the OGS Conference.” http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/kingston-an-anglican-diocese-office-the-ogs-conference/

William Brown is the progenitor of the Brown family that came to Canada in 1830.  John Percy Clement a descendant wrote about his knowledge of the family.  The reference is to George Brown a son of William and Elsie and the line I am descended from.  Bob Hayes another descendant and my cousin prepared a manuscript and here is some of what John wrote, the corrections are Bob’s:

I might say that my mother’s father, George Brown was born about 1803 [sic, 1801; son of William Brown and Alice/Elsie Tymond] in the county of Longford, Ireland. In 1830, he came to Canada [with his father and various siblings, his mother having died in Ireland] on board a sailing ship, the only means of crossing at that time and taking three weeks to make the journey.

When somewhere in the Atlantic, a faster vessel overtook them with the news that King George IV was dead and William IV had succeeded him. My grandfather Brown landed in Montreal with, as he said, “tin cents” in his pocket. Before long he moved to Ontario where, about 1831, he married Esther King who was born in Cavan, Ireland about 1814 [probably 1812]. 

According to my information King George IV died on June 26, 1830 at Windsor Castle, Windsor, United Kingdom, placing the Browns on the ocean about this time but we do not know where on the ocean.

We know that George came with his father.  We do not know for sure how many siblings came over.  It is generally believed that the children who were in Canada were:  George, Thomas, Philip and Henry.  There is strong evidence that a sister also came by the name of  Catherine.  It was thought a Jeremiah was part of the family but he is now suspect.  I will post about these findings in the future.

In my post dated December 23, 2010, I wrote about what was known about William and his wife Elsie (or Alice).  It was not much.  The post is titled:  “George’s Parents: William and Elsie Brown.”  I have made some revisions to the names of the children in that post which you can access on this blog.

What I learned at the Anglican Diocese of Ontario in Kingston was that William Brown died in Hastings County on 31 May 1848 and he was much older than was believed.  This is from the St. Thomas Anglican church records at the Diocese:

Brown Buried:  William Brown of Rawdon, who died on the 31st Ulto, aged eighty-seven years, was buried on the 2nd day of June 1848 by me John Grier, Rector, Present: Henry Brown and George Brown. #453. 

William is also listed in the “Baptisms, Marriage & Death Records of St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville, Ontario 1821-1874, McMasters University and Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society book.  He is buried in the church cemetery, however, his grave may have been lost because the upkeep had not been good and the records were difficult to compile.

This means that William was born about 1761 and he was 69 years old when he came to Canada. He was not a young man.  So far I have found no probate/estate file for William in Hastings County but that might mean he did not own the land.

His son Henry Brown was featured in the Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Lambton, Ontario, J.H. Beers., 1906:

pg. 128: Henry Brown father of Mrs. Yates, was born Nov. 5, 1820 in Ireland. He was of Holland descent, however, his ancestors having come over with King William through his parents, William and Alice (Tymond) Brown, were also born in Ireland, where the latter died. She was a granddaughter of John Tymond, the military engineer who built the Tymond iron bridge, in County Limerick, Ireland, which was name after him. After his wife’s death William Brown came to Canada with his family and settled in Hastings County, where his life closed. He was the father of a family of twelve children, all of whom have passed away. The father of Mrs. Yates was the youngest of this large family and he was afforded excellent educational advantages in Ireland. After coming to Canada he taught school for a short time, after which he engaged in farming. On Dec. 5, 1840, Henry Brown as married to Miss Margaret Orr, who was born in 1824, near the city of Belfast, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Carter) Orr, who were born and reared in Ireland, and died there. Henry Brown was a farmer in his younger days, and later on engaged in work as a clerk for the village of Sterling, Hastings County, and his penmanship may yet be seen in the old deeds and official papers of that time. During the Mackenzie rebellion he served as soldier for three years and was honorably discharged. In 1861 Mr. Brown removed to Lambton County and settled in Oil Springs, where he became interested in the handling of real estate and in the production of oil. In 1863 he was elected the first town clerk of Oil Springs, a position he held with the greatest efficiency for a number of years. He was foremost in all progressive movements here, was a charter member of the Masonic fraternity, and filled official positions in the lodge for a considerable period. During his whole life he was an upright, honorable, public -spirited man solicitous for the welfare of the community. The death of this good citizen took place Sept. 18, 1899, and that of his widow, in the following year, the only survivor of their family being their daughter Mrs. Yates.

There is also a biography of George C. Yates who married Henry’s daughter Anne Jane Brown.

So in summary what we know of William Brown is that:

1.  He was 87 years old at death in 1848 so that means he was born in 1761.

2.  His son George was born about 1801 in the county of Longford, Ireland.  It is believed that George was the oldest.

3.  That William married a Elsie or Alice Tymond,  A granddaughter of John Tymond, see bio of Henry Brown.  She died before he came to Canada.  I am not having much success at finding information about  John Tymond or about the bridge and his connection to it online, so I need to move to digging into Irish records.

4.  They came in through Montreal in 1830 about June.  Unfortunately few Canadian immigration records survived before 1865, so I have not had any luck determining the ship they came on.

5.  William died in Hastings County in 1848 and he is buried there.

6.  There were twelve children of which is looks like 4 were in Hastings County at the time of his death.  His son Thomas followed William and died in August of 1848 and is also buried in St. Thomas.

There is work to be done to learn more about William Brown and his other children, origins and wife.

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Please note:  They have a new website url for the Diocese: http://ontario.anglican.ca/wp/the-anglican-diocese-of-ontario-archives-adoa/

Posted by: bonmac | May 30, 2014

The Boardman’s of Lancashire, England

In October 2013, I took a trip to Salt Lake City to attend the British Isles Research Institute. The link shows you the new 2014 class list.  I took the class: “Pre-1850 English Records,” for the 2013 series.   I was there a week and took the time to do research at the Family History Library on the Boardman Family.

In the post dated December 12, 2012, New Info:  Thomas and Edmund Boardman are Brothers! I wrote about finding an 1851 English Census that was very burned but it was still enough to feature my family.  I learned that Thomas Boardman was an older brother to my great-grandfather Edmund Boardman.  Thomas Boardman kept appearing in records in New Brunswick and I knew there was some connection.

Their father was Edmund Boardman and the mother was probably Zelia, although her first name is not clear.  I had finally jumped the pond (Atlantic Ocean) to England. My mother, Marjorie, was correct they did come from Lancashire, England.

I am going to share with you what I have found, but, please understand that this is the beginning of the research in England and it all needs to be verified with original records and more.

Here is an abstract of the 1851 Census for England and Wales:

19th Century Districts

19th Century Districts

Edward Boardman, 42, Tycha Boardman 35, Thomas Boardman 16, Edmund Boardman 3, Elizabeth Ment (servant) 22.  Oldham, Lancashire, England (Oldham Below Town) St. Mary’s parish, ED 1h, House sched #42.  Image 785 Ancestry.com.

Based on my research at the Family History Library and at Ancestry, I have come up with the following children that might be members of this family.  The 13 years difference between Thomas and Edmund means there probably were more children in between and possibly after.

Edmund Boardman, 2nd great-grandfather, was possibly born in about 1811 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England and his wife Tycha (Zelia) possibly born in 1816 in Rochdale.

Second great-grandmother “Tycha” Boardman is a problem because I have found several possible variations in the spelling of her name:  Ozela, Ezilia, Nelia, Zela, Cecilia and Zelia. This is going to make it difficult to find her.  I place their marriage about 1831 give or take a few years. Now my great-grandfather and mother Edmund and Charlotte named a little girl of theirs: Ellen Zelia Alma C.  This child did not survive and is buried in the West Branch Presbyterian Cemetery in Weldford, Kent Co., New Brunswick.

The possible children are:

1.  Mary Boardman, christened 9 Sep 1832, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England. Died 7 December 1835, St. Mary, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Baptism: 9 Sep 1832 St Chad, Rochdale, Lancs.
Mary Boardman – [Child] of Edmund Boardman & Ezilia
Abode: Catches
Occupation: Butcher
Baptised by: W. H. Twemlow Curate
Register: Baptisms 1832 from the Bishop’s Transcripts, Page 78, Entry 620
Source: LDS Film 1342496

2. Thomas Boardman born 27 May 1834, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, Christened 10 July 1836, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.  Migrated to New Brunswick about 1851 and married Rebecca, had two children and then ended up in Massachusetts where I lose his trail, leaving Rebecca with his son William?

Source: Name: Thomas Boardman, Birth date: 27 May 1834, age 2, Baptism date 10 Jul 1836, Parish: Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Zelia Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/6, Item # 3, Archive Roll 644.

a.  William T. Boardman born about Dec 1857 in Quebec. He died about 1920 in Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Marshall Co. Iowa, he married Althea Sears 26 Jan 1878 in Moncton, Westmorland, New Brunswick.  Althea is buried near him b. Mar 1856 in New Brunswick, died about 1936 in Marshalltown, Marshall Co., Iowa.  They had Jennie, Bessie, Nellie, Fay L., Frank H.B.

b.  Samuel Boardman born about 1859 in New Brunswick and by 1881 he was in Lisgar, St. Clements, Manitoba, Canada and the trail goes cold.

3. John Boardman was born 10 Apr 1836 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, christened the same day as Thomas 10 July 1836, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Name: John Boardman, Birth date: 10 Apr. 1836, age 0, Baptism date 10 Jul. 1836, Parish Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Zelia Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/6, Item Number 3, Archive Roll 644.

4. Samuel Boardman christened 7 Jan 1838, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Name: Samuel Boardman, Baptism Date: 7 Jan 1838, Parish: Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Nelia Boardman, Re# L48/1/3/7, Item 4, Archive Roll 644.

5. Maria Boardman born 26 Jul 1839, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, christened 18 Aug 1839, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, died 25 Jul 1841, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source:  Name:  Maria Boardman, Birth date:  26 Jul 1839, age 0, Baptisms Date:  18 August 1839, Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s Name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s Name, Ezela Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/7, Item 1, Archive Roll 645.

6.  Eliza Emma Boardman christened 24 Oct 1841, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, buried 3 Dec 1845, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Name: Eliza Emma Boardman, Baptism Date: 24 Oct. 1841, Parish Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s Name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s Name Zela Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/8, Item Number 2, Archive Roll. 645.

7. Cecilia Boardman christened 5 Nov 1843, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, buried 24 Dec 1845 St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source – Name: Cecillia Boardman, Baptism Date 5 Nov. 1843, Parish: Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Cecilia Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/8, Item #2, Archive Roll 645.

8.  William Boardman:  The BMD as Birth 10/1851 Oct-Nov-Dec 1850.  So I need further information to confirm if he is a son of this couple.

9. Edmund Boardman born 23 May 1847, Oldham, Lancashire, England.  Christened 21 Nov 1847, St. Mary’s, Oldham, Lancashire, England.  Died 18 October 1908, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg.

Source – Name: Edmund Boardman, Baptism Date 21 Nov. 1847, Parish Oldham, St. Mary, Parish as it appears Oldham, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Ozela Boardman. Parish: Oldham, St. Mary, Ref #GB127.L185/1/3/9

My search has used ages as a reference, names, location and so far only the Family History Library and Ancestry.  There is still more to do, so these children are tentative till I can prove them.

Did Edmund and Zelia (I am leaning towards this name) come to Canada, or did they stay in England?   In my previous post: “Great Grandfather Edmund Boardman and more news accounts of his death!” dated April 15, 2014, I learned that Edmund came to London, Ontario and then went to New Brunswick.

There is a 1861 Canadian census that has for London, Middlesex, Ontario  a listing as follows:

Ed. Boardman, Butcher, England, Ch. of England, age 55, 1 male, Frame, 1 story, 1 family, q. of land 18×100 ft.  L. Boardman, England, Ch. of England, age 46,Female. Ed Boardman, England, Church of England, 12, male, attended school, [Jos or Joh] Boardman 10. 

Source:  1861 Canadian Census, London, Middlesex, Canada West, C-1097-1908, page 137.

This is exciting news.  Now I can search for probate/estate, burial, land or other records to find my second great grandparents.

In searching for the older brother Thomas who would be 27 years old in 1861, I do find a Thomas in Algoma but I am not sure it is him in the 1861 Canadian Census. This man looks like he is married to an Eliza, working as a store clerk and his religion is Wesleyan Methodist.

It the 1871 Canadian Census there are two Thomas Boardmans, one is living in London, Middlesex, Ontario with Jane as his wife.  He is a butcher which is very interesting.  The one I know about is the Thomas who is living in Shediac, Westmorland, New Brunswick and his wife is Rebecca.  She could be Rebecca Jane? In the 1871 census the son is Henry for London and in Shediac there is a William and Samuel?   This implies that Thomas may have married his wife in London, Ontario.

Now I could do a page by page study of the 1861 London, Middlesex census but there are 2881 pages so I think I need to narrow things down.

At some point there was a family bible and there is family lore that Edmund had a family history, but apparently it is lost.  Charlotte my great grandmother has been implicated as the culprit, taking the bible with her from New Brunswick to Winnipeg.  My family does not have this information, if we did, I think they would have preserved it.  Wouldn’t that be great if it was found?

At this point my mind is wildly speculating about the possibilities for learning more about the family in London, Ontario and more.  As usual in genealogy, you answer one question and many more pop up.  This is where I am at this time and of course, there is more to do.

Edmund Boardman with one of the children

Edmund Boardman with one of the children

Newspaper research is time-consuming but can be very rewarding.  Just recently I found these articles in the Winnipeg Tribune.  This one is dated 29 October, 1908 on page 12.

Edmund Boardman, one of Winnipeg’s most respected citizens and an old-timer, passed away at his residence, 583 Logan avenue, yesterday morning.  His genial disposition and kindly actions will be remembered for a long while, not only at St. George’s church, where he was a life-long worker, but in the C.P.R. shops, where he spent 26 years as a coppersmith.  The late Mr. Boardman was born in Rochester, Eng., 59 years ago, and lived for a while in London, Ont. Afterward he resided in Shediac, N.B., then he settled in Winnipeg.  He leaves a wife and four sons, Dr. E. J., Robert and John of Winnipeg, and William of Vancouver.  The funeral will take place tomorrow from the above address, where a private service will be held at 2 p.m., after which a service will be held in St. George’s church at 2.30, to St. John’s cemetery. Rev. J.J. Roy will officiate. 

This article was in the Winnipeg Tribune 31 October, 1908 is a funeral notice on page 12.

The funeral of the late Edmund Boardman took place at 2.30 yesterday afternoon from his late residence, 582 Logan avenue to St. John’s cemetery.  Rev. J.J. Roy officiated at the service, which was held in St. George’s church.  The pall bearers were as follows:  T. Boyd, J. Dunn, W. Powles, S. Pentland, B. Hutchinson and W. Lockhart.  

There is new information in the above obituary notice.  I knew that great-grandfather Edmund Boardman was born in the Rochester area of Lancashire in fact he was born in Oldham.  I did not know he was in London, Ontario before going to Shediac, New Brunswick.

Posted by: bonmac | April 1, 2014

The Robert Boardmans’ final resting places!

Boardman Family 1941

Boardman Family 1941

The above photograph is one of my favorites and it presents the Robert and Ethel Boardman Family in about 1941 in West Seattle. Left to Right:  Ruth, Uncle Boardie, Ethel, Robert, Aileen. In front: Marjorie, unknown doggy and Verne.  Ruth and Boardie are maybe just married.  Aileen and Verne married in 1938.

Grandfather Robert Boardman passed in 1945 and it wasn’t until 1965 that Ethel Adella Brown Boardman also succumbed.  They are buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Seattle next to eat other.  These photos are not very good.

Robert Boardman 1881 to 1945

Robert Boardman 1881 to 1945

Ethel Boardman 1881 to 1965

Ethel Boardman 1881 to 1965

Verne C. Cahan and Hazel Aileen Cahan are buried in Forest Lawn as well and not to far from Robert and Ethel, Aileen’s mother.  For some reason my photos of their tombstones are missing but I do have a couple of things.  I just might have to go and redo.

Verne’s tombstone reads:  Verne C. Cahan, Washington, PVT BTRY D 146 Field Arty, WWI, Feb. 17, 1897 (Masonic sign) Aug 31, 1963.

This is a very bad photo of Aileen and Verne’s tombstone and only shows the location. Aileen was born May 23, 1907 and died Dec 30, 1988.

Aileen and Verne's tombstones and me.

Aileen and Verne’s tombstones and me.

John Henry Boardman and his wife Laura Cuthbert Boardman, a brother of my grandfather, are right next to Robert & Ethel.

John's headstone in Forest Lawn West Seattle

John’s headstone in Forest Lawn West Seattle

Laura E. Boardman's headstone

Laura E. Boardman’s headstone

Marjorie F. Boardman and Keith B. MacDonald are buried in the Acacia Memorial Park in Lake City a part of north Seattle, Washington.

Marjorie & Keith MacDonald - Acacia

Marjorie & Keith MacDonald – Acacia

All the above are in King County and are featured on Find A Grave except for the one below.

Robert Brown Boardman (Uncle Boardie) and his 2nd wife Blanche (Jerry) are buried in Abbey View Cemetery in Brier, Washington.  It is just up north of Seattle in Snohomish County a couple of miles from my location.  I do not know where Ruth is buried Boardie’s first wife.

Boardie & Jerry's tombstones in Abbey View

Boardie & Jerry’s tombstones in Abbey View

As a descendant of this family, I do have more pictures, stories, experiences and documents about the family from about 1945 onwards but this is where I draw the line for publishing personal stuff.  There are living descendants of Marjorie and Uncle Boardie so if you are a cousin and would like to know more, I would be happy to share offline, just leave a comment and I will contact you.

My focus now is to go back in time to learn more about the origins of both of the Boardmans and Browns.  The Boardman and Mc/MacMurrays will take us back to Lancashire, England.  The Browns came from Ireland about 1830, they settled in Hastings and Lambton County, Ontario and some stayed but others headed to LaPeer County, Michigan and more. Still others migrated to Winnipeg and further west to British Columbia.  Emma Ward Brown, my great-grandmother came from Strathroy, Ontario and is of English descent I think?  I am hoping to see if I cannot connect her to her parents and take that line back to the British Isles.

Posted by: bonmac | March 18, 2014

Grandfather Robert Boardman passes!

Grandpa Robert Boardman 1944

Grandpa Robert Boardman 1944

It was 1945 and my grandfather passed on 27 Nov 1945.  He died in Steilacoom, Pierce Co., Washington where he had been residing at the hospital there. In those days people with conditions associated with aging would be placed in the state hospital for care.  Today, there are more options and we understand some of the conditions better.

As far as I can figure out, grandfather had no estate.  I have checked in both Pierce and King Counties at the Washington State Archives.  The only thing I have not done is look at deeds or court documents to see if he sold his business to his son.

A curious thing happened when I looked at the Seattle newspapers for grandfather’s obituary notice.  The newspapers in Seattle had gone on strike and the issues stopped.  They did try to catch up but I never did find an article in the Seattle papers.  So I went to a neighborhood newspaper the West Seattle Herald and found this piece.

Robert Boardman's obituary 1945

Robert Boardman’s obituary 1945

Obituary for Grandfather in the West Seattle Herald, Thursday Nov. 29, 1945 front page middle area.

Robt Boardman Funeral Friday – Robert Boardman, 5013 50th Ave. SW, well know for 29 years in West Seattle, in the Boardman Plumbing Service, passed away at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, following a heart attack. He had been ill for several weeks. Funeral services will be held at the St. John Episcopal Church, California and Hanford Streets, at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Cremation will follow. Surviving are his wife, Ethel; a son, Robert; two daughters, Aileen and Marjorie; and a brother John H., all of Seattle.

Here is one of his many ads in the newspaper. It is the ad in the middle.

Grandfather's plumbing business 1940

Grandfather’s plumbing business 1940

A city directory ad in 1922 at the bottom:

AdvertismtRBoardman

Grandfather’s death certificate for Washington State Reads:

This death certificate indicates that Grandfather died at the Western State Mental Hospital at Ft. Steilacoom, WA on November 27, 1945. He was living at 5013 50th Ave. SW prior to his admittance. He had been in the USA about 28 years. He was born on September 8, 1881 in Shediac, New Brunswick. His father was Edmund Boardman whose birthplace was England. His mother was Charlotte MacMurray, born in New Brunswick. The death certificate states he did not serve in the military. He was 64 years, 2 months and 19 days old when he died. His occupation was “plumber.” There is a correction record done by Aileen Boardman Cahan, his daughter, that states he was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Seattle not at Washelli.

There is a Facebook site for the history of the Western State Hospital

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Historic-Western-State-Hospital/332975883480219

With the passing of my grandfather Robert, whom I never knew, we come to probably the end of the migration of the Boardman family.  I named this blog the Boardmans & Browns of Winnipeg A Canadian Story because they were the kind of people who built Canada creating the great nation it is today.  He was born in Shediac, New Brunswick and migrated with this family to Winnipeg where he met up with the Browns and married Ethel Adella Brown.  Both family worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. The Browns had come from Ontario migrating to Winnipeg.  Of course, from Winnipeg these families have dispersed to other parts of Canada and the United States.  My family left Winnipeg around 1908 and headed to Vancouver, British Columbia and from there to Seattle, Washington in 1917.  I don’t think grandfather ever did complete his naturalization process, perhaps his heart was still in Canada.

Posted by: bonmac | March 4, 2014

Boardie Get’s Married November 1941!

Uncle Boardie having fun!

Uncle Boardie having fun!

The photo above is one of my favorites of my Uncle Boardie (mid 1950’s).  He grabbed one of our tricycles and zoomed around.  He was one of those persons who knew how to make a quarter appear from behind your ear.

More Tricycle Tricks

More Tricycle Tricks

On a more serious side, he did marry.

With the marriage license obtained on the 6th of November, 1941 the ceremony took place on the 8th at the St. John’s Church in Seattle.

Robert B. Boardman of the county of King joined with Ruth Davidson in Lawful Wedlock. The witnesses were Vern C. Cahan and Helen Davidson.  E. C. Schimeirer was the clergman.

From this marriage they had one daughter who was born in 1943.  She is still living.

Uncle Boardie's First Marriage

Uncle Boardie’s First Marriage

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Boardie's Marriage

Boardie’s Marriage

From L to R – Verne Cahan, Robert Brown Boardman (Uncle Boardie), Ruth Davidson, Unknown lady and man in wheel chair.  I suspect that the one on the right of Ruth is her sister and the man is her father.

The marriage did not survive and they divorced in 1949.  It was not a happy split.  I was very young when the divorce took place and didn’t really know Ruth.

However on the 28th of April 1950, Boardie remarried to Blanche Alma Butler who was born 22 May 1914.  We knew her as “Jerry.”  My Uncle found his soul mate and remained with Jerry his whole life. They did not have any children. Boardie’s daughter would stay with them through the years.

Uncle Boardie continued in the business of plumbing.  He took on his father’s business, eventually he and Jerry moved up to the Silver Lake area near Everett and remained there.  We would go visiting them often.  I believe they had a monkey for a while.

Here Uncle Boardie is helping my father Keith remodel our house.  The goal here was to raise it up and build a basement.

Boardie helps with remodeling our house

Boardie helps with remodeling our house

Raising our house

Raising our house

Grandpa Robert checks in at the remodeling

Grandpa Robert Boardman checks in at the remodeling

In this last picture you see Uncle Boardie peering around the corner and then Keith, my dad, and Robert Boardman, my grandfather, Boardie’s father, who was a plumber himself.

Posted by: bonmac | February 18, 2014

The Boardman Sister’s Naturalize!

Both Aileen and Marjorie decided to become naturalized citizens of the United States about the same time. Remember Aileen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Marjorie was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.  I have not found any naturalization papers for their brother Uncle Boardie (Robert Brown Boardman).

Marjorie applied for her Declaration of Intention on 6 March, 1939.  She did this under her maiden name.

Marjorie's Declaration of Intention Photo

Marjorie’s Declaration of Intention Photo

Address 5_____50th Ave., Seattle, King, Washington
Occupation: Student Nurse
Age 27
Sex Female
Color White
Complexion Fair
Color of eyes: Blue
Color of hair: Brown
height 5 feet 2 and 1/2 inches
weight 100 pounds
no visible marks
race English
nationality British
Born in Vancouver, B.C.
September 22, 1911
Is not married, has no children
Has not made a previous declaration
Last foreign residence – Vancouver, B.C.
Came from Vancouver, B.C.
To Seattle, WA
under the name of Marjorie F. Boardman
on February 13, 1917
SS Prince Victoria
#20——- Certification No.
Signed by Elmer Dover, Deputy Clerk
No. 154—- on the side to the left.

Between her Declaration of Intention and the Petition for Naturalization a letter came in 1941 about her naturalization process.  I have pages of her typed answers but only the carbon imprints show.

Marjorie's Naturalization Picture

The letter from Immigration 1941

In December 22, 1941 she filed her Petition for Naturalization.  This time Marjorie completes her naturalization process but did it under her married name:

Marjorie's Naturalization Picture 1941

Marjorie’s Naturalization Picture 1941

No. 32…Petition for Naturalization, U.S. District, W. Dist. of Wash., Seattle, WA. Marjorie Fay MacDonald, 942 –Seattle, WA, occupation Nurse, age 30, born 9/22/1911 in Vancouver BC, Canada, female, white, fair, blue, brown, 5 ft 2.5 inches weight 100 lbs., British.  Married to K. B. MacDonald on July 4, 1941 in Idaho…..She came from Vancouver B.C., Canada to Seattle, WA under the name of Marjorie F. Boardman on February 13, 1917 on the SS Princess Victoria.  Signed by her.  Here witnesses were Patricia Smith and Beverly Gould (friends from nursing school), etc. 

Here is her Certificate of Arrival.  It has the same date on it that Aileen’s does.

Marjorie's Certificate of Arrival 1917

Marjorie’s Certificate of Arrival 1917

We were out camping years later and wanted to cross the border to Canada.  I was told to be quiet and not tell the custom’s officer that she had been born in Canada.  I was puzzled so I asked why and she replied that it would be too complicated.  Apparently she didn’t have her papers with her. I was about 7 years old at the time.  Today, we would not be able to cross the border in this manner.  My parents were honest and law-abiding people so this was a very rare situation and surprised me.

Sister Aileen applied for her Petition of Naturalization on February 19, 1942.  There is no Declaration of Intention only her Petition for Naturalization which is interesting.  Usually it is a two-step process 1st the Declaration of Intention and then the Petition for Naturalization.

Petition for Naturalization, U.S. Dist., W. Dist. of Wash, Seattle, WA #32…., Hazel Aileen Cahan, 4728…..Seattle, King County, Stenographer, age 34, born May 23, 1907 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Female, white complexion, complexion medium, eyes blue, hair drk. brown, height 5 feet 2 inches and weighs 100 lbs. Race white, British.  Married to C. Verne C. Cahan Mar. 18, 1938 in Seattle, WA.  He was born in Tekoa, WA on Feb. 17, 1897, now reside in Seattle WA.  Last place of foreign residence was Vancouver, BC, Canada, left there and entered into Seattle, WA under the name of Aileen H. Boardman on Feb. 13, 1917 on the CPRR SS Princess Victoria.  I have resided continuously in the US of America for 3 year at least since Feb. 13, 1917. I have not heretofore made petition for naturalization….Signed Hazel Aileen Cahan.

Affidavit of Witnesses

Margaret Zuhlke, Stenographer, reside at _______Seattle, WA.  and Juanita Fredericks, Stenographer reside in ____________Seattle, WA.  I know Hazel Aileen Cahan since 9/9/1938. Signed by both persons on 10 Sept. 1941 etc. 

Here is Aileen’s Certificate of Arrival:

Aileens Certificate of Arrival

Aileen’s Certificate of Arrival

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