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

Posted by: bonmac | February 4, 2014

July 4, 1941- A Marriage in Idaho

In genealogy we affectionately refer to some locations as “Gretna Green.”  It is a reference to the English town of “Gretna Green,” were the Brits would go to marry quickly.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gretna_Green

Coeur D’Alene, Idaho was such a place.  The laws in Idaho were less strict than in Washington State in 1941.  This appeared in the Seattle P.I. but I have never been able to find it in the paper and so I don’t know the exact date.

Cupid Lures them to Idaho

Cupid Lures them to Idaho

Justice of the Peace, Idaho

Justice of the Peace, Idaho, by K.B. MacDonald

The article above reads:  Seattle couples are taking advantage of a Northwest Gretna Green these days. And it appears that Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where there is no three-day marriage law, is on its way to new records. According to an Associated Press dispatch 112 licenses were issued in the first week of July and the monthly total may easily exceed the existing record of 295 licenses, set last August. Six Seattle couples traveled across the border to the lake-side city for licenses over the holiday according to Coeur d’Alene reports. Among them were Polly Ann Burgert, former University of Washington coed, and Robert R. Weston, former Repertory Playhouse actor. Others were: Keith Barclay MacDonald and Marjorie Fay Boardman; Harold Elmgren and Lola Noon; Ernest Harry Bull and Virginia Frieda Kalberg; John W. Andrus and Virginia Kidwell, and Grand Michale Hill and Vinka Randish.

This is one version of their marriage license but not the official one.

A Marriage in 1941

A Marriage in 1941

My father, Keith was into American Gothic. I have actually seen the original painting.  Here they are posing in Selah, WA on their way home from Idaho. There would be several more pictures through the years with this painting in mind.  They stopped to visit Keith’s family who had taken up permanent residence there.

Keith and Marjorie spoof a little 1941

Keith and Marjorie spoof a little 1941

Here they are cutting a cake and I think this is the wedding shower.

Cutting of the Cake

Cutting of the Cake

Marjorie's Shower

Marjorie’s Shower

This was probably their wedding shower in Seattle at their apartment on Capitol Hill before they bought a house out in north King County it wasn’t till the mid 1960’s that the house was within the Seattle city limits. Marjorie and Keith are in the middle of course with his arm around her.  The two ladies to their left are Eddie and Miriam, sister to the groom. Behind Miriam is Aileen sister to Marjorie of course, looking very serious.  The others are friends from nursing school.  Two of Marjorie’s best friends are Pat Smith is in the back on the right.  Unfortunately Gouldy (Beverly Gould)  is hiding behind the groom.

Posted by: bonmac | January 21, 2014

Marjorie becomes a Nurse!

As a child my mother, Marjorie or Marge as she was called, dreamed of becoming a nurse.  She worked through the 1930’s doing various jobs like being a waitress to earn the money to attend the Virginia Mason Nursing School in Seattle, Washington.

In those days the nurses had to live in the dorms provided and go to the nursing school.  I think this is the lodging location.

Virginia Mason Nurses School

Virginia Mason Nurses School

The Seattle City Directories at the Seattle Public Library show Marge as follows.  She first appears in 1930. Aileen, her sister, has been appearing since in 1928. Children do not appear in the city directories until they reach about 18 years old.

1930 – Boardman, Marjorie F. r 7022 46th Av SW (She is living with her parents)

1931 – Boardman, Marjorie F stdt r 7022 46th Av SW (Still living with parents)

1932 – Boardman, Marjorie F r 7022 46th Av SW (Living with parents)

1933 – Boardman, Marjorie F r 302 Crockett (Both Aileen and the parents are not listed)

1934 – Marjorie is not listed, Aileen and her parents are? The address changes for them to 5013 50th Av SW.

1935 – Boardman, Marjorie wtrs (waitress) r 7100 47th Av SW (She is not living with the parents at this time.)

1936 – (page 260) Boardman, Marjorie stdt r 5013 50th Av SW (This means she is living with the parents)

1937 – Boardman, Marjorie nurse VMH r 5013 50th av SW (She is a student nurse at this time graduating in 1939) VMH means Virginia Mason Hospital – All family members are present. She is living with her parents).

1938 – Boardman, Marjorie nurse VMH r 1101 Terry av (Student nurse – (I believe she had to live at the nursing school. All family members are present in the listing. Around this time Aileen gets married.)

1939 – Boardman, Marjorie nurse VMH r 5013 50th Av SW. (Family members are present except Aileen in the Boardman listing.)

1940 – Boardman, Marjorie nurse VMH r 1109 Terry Av. (All family members are present in the listing, except Aileen who is now with Verne.)

In the photos below, Marge, is the one in the middle.  I do not know the name of the person behind her or to the right.  It looks like a nun is also in the photo second from the right hiding behind the other lady.  She was known as Marge, Boardie and later Mac.

Majorie with 4 others

Majorie with 4 others

 In this following photograph Marge is the one on the far right.  The other two women are unknown to me.

Marjorie & Friends

Marjorie & Friends

Based on the city directory research that I had done, I took a trip over to the West Seattle area to identify the houses s that my family lived in.  When I saw this building near one of those houses I remembered these two photos that I present below.  This is the same building:  http://www.thekenney.org/  Perhaps my mother did her nurses training by working at the Kenney Home or maybe she worked there after she graduated?  I do not know how this location factors into her life.

The Kenney Home

The Kenney Home

Marge was interested in surgery.  These following photos are very faded.  Marge is the third one over from the right in a white turban.  Click the photo to make it bigger and then hit your back button to return.

Marjorie in Nursing School

Marjorie in Nursing School – Surgery Class?

In the following photo, Marge is the second from the right with the nurses hat on in the dark hair.

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She looks happy in the 2nd picture above.  She devoted 30-40 years of her life to being a Registered Nurse.  She retired many years later.  By the time she retired the training of nurses had been moved to the university or local college.  She briefly considered going back to school but decided against it, something about “It is all changed.”  Hospital corners anyone?

On April 8, 1939 Marjorie Boardman received her license to practice nursing.  That following May of 1939 she was awarded her Diploma from Virginia Mason Hospital which was dated April 1, 1939.

Be it Known that Marjorie Boardman as completed the Training Course of Instruction for Nurses prescribed by Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, King County.

Here is the graduation program for the Nurses for May 2nd, 1939 for Virginia Mason Nursing School:

1939 Virginia Mason Nursing School Graduation

1939 Virginia Mason Nursing School Graduation

I am not sure when this was taken probably years later for she returned to Virginia Mason Hospital in the 1950’s to resume her nursing profession after having children, me included.

Marjorie outside Virginia Mason

Marjorie outside Virginia Mason

Virginia Mason Hospital does not have any link to the history of their nursing school.  They do have an archive here in Seattle.   There has been a lot of change in the area around Virginia Mason Medical Center and a lot of growth, so things are very different and a lot of the buildings are gone to make room for the freeway.

She would take the bus from work on Capitol Hill in Seattle and stop at the Woolworths, which is no longer there, and either by a roasted chicken or glazed donuts and bring them home.  Woolworths had a soda fountain.  I remember riding the electric cars with her as a child and hiding behind among the material stacks at J.C. Penny’s in downtown Seattle when she was stocking up. All the major department stores like The Bon Marche and J.C. Penny’s had material in those days.  The face of downtown Seattle has changed so much.  This city has grown up.

My mother graduated from nursing school in 1939.  Her sister-in-law Edna McDonald graduated in 1928 from Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.  See “The Man Who Lived Airplanes” for Eddie’s adventures in nursing school.

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