A place to pause for this blog….

It has been five years since I started this blog.  I have written about the families of my heritage and it has been amazing.

Me with George & Esther's Tombstone

Me with George & Esther’s Tombstone

I never thought I would get as far as I have on the Boardman and Brown side of the family. I knew very little about my mother’s family.  Of course, I have had help from many cousins and appreciate it more than they know.  I have also met some of my cousins in comments on this blog, in email and some in person.  I am so happy that we have connected.

This does not mean that the research is done. Genealogical research is never done, there is always something you can do.

On the top of this blog are PAGES in drop down menus that cover the posts written on this blog by surname and then they are broken down by children or other topics.  I hope this will help in understanding the families and finding the information.

I have had the good fortune to travel to Canada to do genealogical research three times in the last few years.  I have been to Canada many times in the past mostly to British Columbia on my own with friends, my husband and with my parents.  I learned to drive practicing on Vancouver Island.  Victoria was a place to visit for family day trips from Seattle.

The recent trips have been for genealogical purposes.  The first place was traveling to Kelowna, British Columbia in April of 2010 to learn about the Brown family history and visit my cousin who had done a lot of research on the families.  Hopefully I have honored him by adding more documentation to the families.

My second trip was to Ontario and Quebec in May 2010 which emphasized the Brown families of Hastings County, Ontario and a lot on my McD side. The third trip was to Ontario and Michigan to dig deeper into the Boardman and Brown families and visit areas where they lived.  Don’t forget to read the posts about my trips to Canada they can be of great help and I have a page of the table of contents of the posts written about all these trips at the top of this blog.

Me with Phillip Brown's and others tombstone

Me with Phillip Brown’s and others tombstone

I have reached a stopping point on this blog where I feel I have written as much as I can about each family. I have published about the Boardmans, the Browns, the Wards, the McMurrays and Jacksons and their allied families.

I do have more photos, documents and information that I could share but I feel that the posts written have given enough information to assist family members who come to this blog to either get started or add to their history. Hopefully, I can help others trying to make family connections.

I have done a little maintenance on the blog in the categories, and checked the links.  So things should work pretty good.  Links in posts might be out of date but just let me know and I will fix it if I can and I will take a look one of these days to make sure they are okay.

My focus now will be to get my binders organized, sourced and source documents printed. The binders contain copies of the posts written on this blog in Word.docx form.  I will then make sure my computer documents are also organized and in good order.  The most important is sourcing them to my Legacy database and making sure that is up-to-date so I can print out reports. I am making progress.

Once the binders are all updated and organized, I will focus on Irish and English research and if I do find anything of value I will share that with you. There are still a lot of questions about my family history that I have not solved.

Here are a few examples:

  1.  I still do not know what happened to Edmund Boardman’s parents who appear to have settled in London, Ontario. So far I have not found a burial in Middlesex County for Edmund and Zelia/Tycha. They seemed to have disappeared.  Edmund and his brother Thomas ended up in New Brunswick but did the parents go there as well?
  2. Where exactly did William and Alice/Elise Brown come from in Ireland and if I travel there can I learn more? I am told they came from Longford and Cavan.
  3. Are Benjamin and Sarah Ward truly the parents of Emma Ward Brown.  I think so but I would like a little more documentation to get that satisfied feeling.

Please remember to double-check the research, I did try to be accurate but it can get confusing because the names are so similar.  The census are just transcribed in a summary and you really need to study the actual page which means you need to get your copy.

Once again, if you have questions or just want to connect please leave a comment and I will be able to contact you.

Yours in genealogy Bonnie

Another option is to try me at:  bjmcdonell@gmail.com

Revisiting James and Mary McMurray’s Children…First Born James McMurray 1849 to 1933

On July 2, 2010, I wrote a quick summary about the McMurray Children of Kent County, New Brunswick. Their parents were James McMurray and his wife Mary Jackson.  That original post had several comments made on it so I suggest you go and review those comments. The original post was titled:  James and Mary McMurray’s Children, July 2, 2010.  For more posts written about the McMurrays and Jacksons see the page at the top of this blog by hovering with your mouse of the The Boardman Family Overview. 

When I attended the British Institute Course in Salt Lake City in 2013, I did a little searching for the records of the McMurray and Jackson family at the Family History Library after my class on Pre-1850 English Records.  I presented those findings in the posts titled:

The Origins of the McMurrays and Jacksons, August 1, 2014

This is what I wrote about James McMurray the son of James and Mary Jackson McMurray in first mentioned post above.

1.  James McMurray born about 1849 in England in Newcastle. James appears in the 1861 and 1871 census with his parents.  This means the family emigrated to New Brunswick sometime between 1849 and 1852. 

I believe I have found out more about James the son and his life in New Brunswick.

James the son was baptized on 1 April, 1849 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northampton County, England and born 8 March 1849.

James' Baptism in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

James’ Baptism in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Source:  Parish Registers of All Saints Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1600 to 1940, Church of England Parish Registers, Baptisms 1844 to 1864, FHL#1068964, Item 2, pg. 202, No. 1615, April 1, 1849. April 1, 1849, James so of James & Mary McMurray, Pilgrims Head, Mason, W G. Henderson. 

James appears in the 1861 Canadian Census of New Brunswick with his parents and other siblings.  He is 12 years old and born in England, Newcastle.  James the father may have been born in Ben Lomond (Beulowman might be a mixed up version of that area).

Line 15, James McMurray, w, head of the Family, age 30, Scotch Beulowman, mason and farmer, Presbyterian, 3 children in school, no defects. Mary Jackson McMurray, f, wife, age 33, English, Longtown, Presby., no defects. James McMurray, m, son, age 12, English, Newcastle, Presby, no defects; Ed Wm. McMurray m, son, age 10, native, Presby, no defects; Robert Carson McMurray, m, son, age 8, native, Presby., no defects; Charlotte Anna McMurray, f, daughter, age 6, native, Presby, no defects; John Jackson m, son, age 4, native, Presby., no defects; Mary Elizabeth, f, daughter, age 2, Presby, no defects.

Source: James McMurray Family, 1861 Canadian Census, Weldford Parish, Kent Co., New Brunswick, pg. 15. 

He is with his parents and family in the 1871 Canadian Census.

James McMurray, F#159, Male, age 52, birthplace Scotland, Religion Presbyterian, origin Scotch, occupation farmer, M/W M, birth year 1819.
Mary McMurray, F#159, F, age 52, birthplc England, Presbyterian, English, M, Birth year 1819
James McMurray, F#159, M, age 22 birthplc England, Presbyterian, Scotch, farmer, birth year 1849. 
Edmand McMurray F#159, M, age 19, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, farmer, birth year 1852. 
Robert McMurray F#159, M, age 17, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, farmer, birth year 1854.
Charlotte McMurray, F# 159, Gender F, Age 14, Birth Place New Brunswick, Religion: Presbyterian, origin Scotch, occupation scholar, birth year 1857.
John McMurray F#159, M, age 12, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1859.
Mary McMurray F#159, F, age 10, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1861.
Richard McMurray F#159 M, age 8, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1863.
Thomas McMurray F#159 M, age 6, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1865.

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1871 Canadian Census, Kent County, New Brunswick, Film C-10390, pg. 51, Parish Weldon.

This is where it gets interesting and I believe that this is the son, James, with his own family appearing in the 1881 Canadian census in Glomely, Northumberland, New Brunswick.  He is the same name, right age and born in England.  I am not sure about the “Glomely” it was hard to read.

New Brunswick Counties 1873 to present

New Brunswick Counties 1873 to present

Wikipedia has a description of the parishes of New Brunswick in Northumberland:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenelg_Parish,_New_Brunswick

Source:  James McMurray Family and Donald Cameron Family, 1881 Canadian Census, Parish of Glenelg, Northumberland, New Brunswick, page 8-9,

line 10, 31, 31, Cameron, Donald, M, 71, born NB, all Presbyterian, All Scotch, Farmer
Cameron, Flora, F, 55, born PEI, weaver
Cameron, Catherine, F, 25, Children born NB
Cameron, Margery, F, 20
Cameron, Archibald, M, 17
Cameron, Alexander, M, 14
McMurray James, M, 33, born England – Labour
McMurry, Ann, F, 29, born NB
McMurray, Am. Ellen, F, 9/12, Born NB

We find this same James McMurray and Annie still in Northumberland Co. in 1891.

Line 22, 1 1/1/2/10, 10, McMurray James, Male, 42, born England, father born Scotland, mother born England, farm labourer
McMurray, Annie, F, 39, wife, born NB
McMurray, Annie E, F, 11, Daughter, born NB
McMurray, Mary C, F, 2, Daughter, born NB

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1891 Canadian Census, Glenelg Div, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Dist#17, page 2-3, enumerated 7 April 1891, James Cameron

He is still there in the 1901 Canadian Census.

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1901 Canadian Census, Glenelg Parish, Northumberland, New Brunswick, page 1, Dist#19, SD#2, enumerated by Archibald Cameron, April 1,2,and 3, 1901.

line 32, 6, 6, McMurray, James, M, W, Head, M, 8th march 1849, 52, England, No. immigrated 1851, Scotch, Canadian, Presbyterian, 12, 240 (can’t read his occupation), read write etc.
McMurray, Annie, F, W, Wife, M, 15 Nov, 1852, 49, NB r
McMurray Katie C, F, W, daughter, S, 12 Dec. 1888, 12, NBr, 9 months school

Annie and James are living in Chatham Parish in the 1911 Canadian Census.

Source: James McMurray Family, 1911 Canadian Census, Chatham Parish, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Dist#31, SD #10, ED#19, page 9, enumerated by H. Melbourne Russell

line 38, 71, 85, McMurray, James, M, head, M, March 1849, 62, England, 1851, Scotch, Canadian, Presbyterian, no occupation, 1000, 36.00, all can read and write and speak.
McMurray, Annie, F, Wife, M, Nov. 1851, 59, NB
McMurray, Katie, F, Daughter, S, Dec 1888, 22, NB

James and Annie are in Loggieville in 1921.

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1921 Canadian Census, Loggieville, Chatham, Northumberland, New Brunswick, page 10-11, Dist#44, ED#29, enumerated by Arnold Torrent/Forest. 

Line 49 pg. 10 – 95, 95, McMurray, James, Township Chatham, Loggieville, BO, S, W, 6, head, Male, Married, 72, born England, father born Scotland, mother Born England, immigrated 1851, Canada, English, speaks English, no French, Presbyterian, laborer, odd jobs, $900
McMurray, Annie, wife, F, M, 69, born NB, father born NB, mother ???
Line 1 page 11.
McMurray Katie, all Chatham, all Loggieville, daughter, F, S, 32, all born NB, Presbyterian, read and write.
McNaughton, Grace, lodger, F, S, 20, school teacher, grade school, $800.
Cameron Crystinia, lodger, F, S, 22, school, public school, $720.

James died on 11 September 1933 in Loggieville.

Source:  James McMurray, Death Certificate #069487, September 11, 1933, Loggieville, NB

Northumberland, Village of Loggieville, Sub Chatham parish, James MacMurray, Loggieville, NB, Male, Scotch, Married, birthplace England, date of birth 1849, 84 years 6 months. Labourer, General, Married Annie Cameron, 30 years in place of death, in province 75 years, father James McMurray, born Scotland, mother Mary Jackson born England. Informant: Mrs. Donald MacNaughton, Black River, NB daughter. Buried in St. Stephens, Sept 13, 1933. Undertaker W.LL. D. Russell, Loggieville, NB. Attended deceased from Sept 10 to Sept 11. Death pneumonia, No autopsy, Dr’s information is smudged. Filed Dec 16, 1933 by E.L. Morris.

I also found Annie’s death certificate and it just adds to the information about James and Annie:

Mrs. Annie MacMurray, Loggieville, Chatham parish, Northumberland, New Brunswick, female, Canadian, Scotch, Widow, born NB, age 84, 8 months, died 20 August, 1936, cardiac failure, father Donald Cameron, Black River, NB, mother Flora McIntyre PEI Prince Edward, Informant Katie MacMurray, Loggieville, daughter, buried St. Stephens, Aug 28, 1936. undertake W. L.D. Russell of Loggieville.

Source:  Mrs. Annie MacMurray, Death Certificate #7834, Loggieville, Chatham, Northumberland, New Brunswick. 

I do believe that this is definitely James McMurray’s family, the son of James McMurray and Mary Jackson McMurray and my great-grandmother Charlotte’s older brother. Of course more research is always needed.

George and Esther King Brown’s Children: Isabella Brown and William McIntosh

Isabella Brown was born 20 June, 1851 in Ontario. She died 24 March, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Isabella married a William McIntosh.  He was born 28 September, 1851 and died 10 December, 1919 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Source: Michigan, Marriage Records 1867-1952, Isobella Brown, born about 1853 in Canada married on 19 March 1871 in North Branch, Lapeer, Michigan at age 18. Residence was Burnside.  Spouse was William McIntosh, age 21 also born in Canada, residing in Burnside #637, Film 6, 1871 Jackson to 1872 Branch.

Both are buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There are photos of the tombstones and death certificates posted at the memorial for both Wm. and Isabella at Find A Grave.  Their daughter is also listed under the last name of Peterson.

William and Isabella appear in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census in Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan.

Source:  Wm. McIntosh Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan, pg. # 18, SD 3, ED 163, June 12, 1880, Alexander Sinclair.

Line 27, 158, 163, McIntosh, William, W, M, 28, Male, M, Farmer, born Canada, parents born Canada. McIntosh, Isabella, W, F, 28, Wife, M, keeping house, born Canada, parents born Ireland. McIntosh, Carrie, W, F, 6, daughter, S, at school, born Michigan.

When I was in Lapeer County last Fall of 2014, I found a great newspaper article that  I thought was very interesting.

Esther Brown article in the local newspaper

Esther Brown article in the local newspaper

Mrs. Esther Brown, the widow lady about 81 years of age, has a comfortable little property left her by her husband, the late George Brown, who died last Fall. Some of her friends thought the estate might be better managed if a guardian was appointed. Accordingly the matter came up in the probate court at Lapeer, last Friday, a large number of our town people being summoned as witnesses. Among those who went out on that day were C.E. Bruce, John E. Howe, Mr. and Mrs. John Henn, Will McIntosh, Jos. Lewis, Dr. Weed, Jas. Cooper and wife, Thos. Clement and wife, Jas. Riley and wife, Mrs. S.S. Bates, Jos. Kohler, Robt. Turnbull, Harvey Down and Sp. P. Gates. It was evident to Judge Hough, however, that Mrs. Brown was neither incompetent nor a spendthrift and therefore even though guardian might be to her advantage, he had no legal authority to make the appointment.

Source:  “County News,” County Clarion Newspaper, Lapeer, Michigan, Dated Feb. 17, 1892 about Mrs. Esther Brown. 

However, circumstances changed and on September 4, 1893 she was declared incompetent by the court due to extreme age and guardians were appointed,: Wm and Isabella McIntosh.

On Sept. 24, 1893 (Liber 20 pg. 344. Sept. 2, 1893) Isabella McIntosh asked that Wm McIntosh be appointed Esther’s guardian.

Esther died a year later on 13 August, 1895.

Petition for Appointment of Administrator – William McIntosh a son-in-law Twp of Burnside, County of Lapeer, State of Michigan, 20 of August 1893 value of personal property for a Sum of Fifteen and real estate the sum of three hundred. Heirs – at – law are as follows: William Henry Brown, Manitoba, nephews and nieces (this becomes the heirs of William H. Brown deceased son); Jeremiah Brown, son Wyoming, Ontario; John Brown, son, Manitoba; George Brown, son, Florida; Matilda Clement, daughter, Manitoba; Richard, son, Manitoba; Isabella McIntosh, daughter, residence Burnside Minor children of a deceased daughter Eliza Clement who resided at Burnside. Estate file of Esther Brown, Lapeer Co., Michigan. 

In the 1900 U.S. Census Wm. and Isabella McIntosh were residing in Burnside.

Source:  Wm. McIntosh Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan. SD 7, ED 32, Sht#17, 28-29 June, 1900, John Henn.

Line 84, 358, 358, McIntosh, William, Head, W, M, Sept. 1851, 48 M, 29, Canada, parents born Canada, 1868, 32 Na, Farmer, O, yes yes yes, O m, F, 307. McIntosh, Isabella, Wife, W, F, June 1851, 48, M, 29, 2, 1, Canada, parents born Ireland, 1864, 36, yes yes yes. McIntosh, Carrie, Daughter, W, F, Apr 1874, 26, S, Michigan, yes, yes, yes.

By 1910 William and Isabella had migrated to Sanilac, MIchigan

Source: William Mcintosh Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Marlette, Sanilac, Michigan, SD#7, ED*149, Sht#15 A, 9550, Peter Fox, 7th Day of May, 1910.  

Line 349, 359, McIntosh, William Head, M, W, 58, M1, 35, Can English, parents Can English, 1867 NA, English, Farmer, general farm, Emp. yes, yes, O, M, 7, 117. McIntosh, Isabella, wife, 7 W, 58, M1, 35, 2, 1, Can English, parents Ire, English, 1864, English, none. pg. 2, Bellnap, Thomas, Hired Man, M, W, 48, M1, Ohio, Ohio, PA, English, Farm Laborer, working out, W, No. O, yes, yes.

William and Isabella McIntosh had at least two children:

  1. Baby McIntosh unknown.
  2. Carrie E. McIntosh born April, 1874 in Michigan and died 25 July, 1936 in Grand Rapids. She married an Emil Peterson.

In 1920 Isabella was living with her daughter Carrie’s family, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Source: Charles Fisher Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, SD 5, ED 68, Ward 3, Sht 10A, January 13, 1920, J.H. Sullivan. 

Line 3, 601, 204, 234 Fisher, Charles A, Head, 0, M, W, 47, M, yes, yes, Michigan, Ohio, Ohio, yes, Barber. Fisher, Mary, A, Wife, F, M, 47, M, yes, yes, Michigan, Ohio, Ohio, yes, none. Petersen, Emil, Head, R, M, W, 38, M, yes, yes, Michigan, Sweden, parents Sweden, yes, Engineer. Petersen, Carie, Wife, F, M, 44, m, yes, yes, Michigan, Canada, Canada, yes, none. McIntosh, Isabella, Mother, F, M, 68 wd, [Na Na] yes, yes, Canada, English, Ireland, English, yes, none.

Isabella Brown McIntosh was the youngest and last child of George and Esther King Brown and therefore, I have come to the end of my posts on their children.

George and Esther King Brown’s children: Esther May Brown

Esther May Brown

Esther May Brown

Esther M. Brown was born about 1848 in Hastings Co., Ontario. She died 5 June, 1886 Michigan. According to online family trees she died 5 June, 1886 in Elmer, Sanilac, Michigan.

Esther (Ester) appears in the 1861 Canadian Census with, her father and mother. George and Esther Brown and other siblings.  She is listed as being 13 years old born in Upper Canada. This means she was born about 1848.

Esther married to James Basna in Lapeer Co. (Lapper), Michigan, per the Michigan Marriages 1822-1995 at FamilySearch (GS#974258, pg. 217).  Two marriage dates are given 1) 4 July, 1867  and 2) 1 January 1867. James may have been born in 1844 in Lapeer Co., and  died about 1875 in Michigan.  There is a James listed with a Peter and Mary Basna in Lapeer County in the 1860 census at the age of 6 years old.  One of his brothers was named Horace and Esther and James named one of their sons Horace.

There is not much information about James Basna but a Civil War Pension Index has a James Basna in the 8 Co., 2 Battln on 17 April 1866 another index has Co. G, Reg 7 Michigan Infantry, Private, Union Army.  (#M545 roll 3).  There are several listings for a James Basna so it would mean narrowing down to the correct individual. A look at his Civil War pension might be a good idea. If the Peter Basna in Lapeer is his father that might help with military records. So far I have not found James death information.

I have tried the 1860 and 1870 U.S. Census but I cannot find him at this time.  He is not listed with the Peter Basna family in 1860 but the other children are there.

James and Esther had the following children.

  1. Helena Basna born 14 January. 1869 in Michigan and died 15 February 1898 in Burnside, LaPeer Co., Michigan. Her married name was Brown. She is buried in the Fox Farm Cemetery in Burnside under the name Lena Brown.  Find A Grave has a memorial for her with a death certificate posted which is very difficult to read.  The links say that she was the daughter of George and Esther Brown but this is not true, she was their granddaughter. See below for a marriage for this person.
  2. Horace Basna was born 21 September, 1867 in Burnside, Lapeer Co.,  Michigan and it looks like he married a Florence Short on 20 June, 1922 in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, his first marriage. He was 50 years old and she was 43. His parents were listed as James Basna and Esther Brown.  Florence was born about 1879 in Aurora, Illinois, to James Wilson and ____Smith.  Florence was a widow.

There is a marriage of a Lena Basna to a Benjamin M. Brown on 4 April 1894 in Lapeer, Lapeer Co., Michigan.

Source:  Basna to Brown, Marriage 4 April 1894, Lapeer, Lapeer, Michigan, Record#832, film 52, 1894 Horon to 1894 Ottawa.

Lena Basna born about 1869 in Michigan, marriage date of 4 April 1894 in Lapeer Co., Michigan, Burnside, father James Basna, mother Esther M. Brown,

spouse Benjamin M. Brown, age 25, born Canada, living in North Branch, father Peter Brown, mother Elizabeth Sammons.

Esther remarried on 6 July, 1875 in Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan to a Mark Robson.  Mark was born in Canada in 1853 and died 19, July, 1912. He is buried in the Winterfield Twp. Cemetery in Clare County, Michigan, per Find A Grave where you will find a picture of his tombstone.

Death of Mark Robson

Mr. Mark Robson was born in Avon, Canada, September 11, 1853, and died at his home in Winterfield, Friday, July 19, 1912.  He moved to Sanilac County, Michigan and settled on a farm, where he was later married to Esther Basney, and this was their home for twenty-one years. They then moved to Arenac County, where he resided for twelve years. In 1894 he was married to Rosetta Cole and to this union were born five children, two of whom are living, aged 7 and 10. He leaves a wife, seven children, five of whom were by his former marriage, and one brother to mourn his departure.  The funeral was held at his late residence Sunday afternoon, Rev. C. A. Brown, officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Winterfield cemetery. Those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mrs. Chas. Hubble and family, Mrs. Robert Bennett, for Clare, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jury of Boon.  Source of newspaper unknown. 

Michigan Counties

Michigan Counties – Location of Sanilac and Arenac in relationship to Lapeer County.

Mark and Esther’s Children:

  1. Lila Robson was born 16 March, 1876 in Michigan and married on 24 August, 1895 in Burnside to a Arthur M. Stiles. She died 20 January 1924.
  2. Albert Robson born about 1875 in Michigan.
  3. William Robson born about 1880 in Michigan.
  4. Frank Robson born about 1882 in Michigan.
  5. George Robson born 28 January 1884 in Michigan and died 21 September 1953. He married in Brown City, Michigan to Elva Mae Gould.

It is has been very difficult to get information on James Basna, Esther, Lena and Mark.  The online family trees are very confusing so I advise caution.  The  records are not appearing as I would like and the search engines don’t like the last name of Basna.  It would take a great deal of work to figure out this family and what happened searching census again, land records, estate, obituaries, cemetery records and more.  Please double check all of the above information and keep a skeptical eye on it.  I am not totally satisfied with the results.