Revisiting George and Esther King Brown


George Brown 1801-1891

              George Brown 1801-1891

In past posts on this blog, I have shared about the lives of George Brown and his wife Esther King Brown.  Let’s review what has been written about this couple, who are my 2nd great grandparents. Their son Richard Brown married Emma Ward and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their daughter Ethel Adella Brown Boardman is my grandmother.

Here is a list of posts I have written that share information about George and Esther King Brown. You can review them by using the Archive box on the right of this blog and choose the month and year.


  • George and Esther Brown – A Long Life! September 26, 2010
  • Esther Brown Agrees to a Guardianship? October 9, 2010
  • Estate File for Esther Brown! October 25, 201
  • Esther’s Land in Burnside! October 29, 2010
  • George & Esther Brown of Burnside, Lapeer, MI, November 2, 2010
  • George & Esther Brown’s Children, December 4, 2010
  • Ontario Wanderings: Lambton County Archives, September 21, 2014
  • Michigan Wanderings: Lapeer County, Ontario, September 23, 2014
  • Michigan Wanderings: Fox Farm Cemetery, September 23, 2014


In 2012 and 2014 I traveled to Hastings County and did research at the archives in the area. Because George’s brothers Thomas and Philip stayed in Hastings Co. I found much more information about them and their lives then I did about George and Esther who migrated from the area and settled in Wyoming, Lambton County by 1858.

Apparently George was very restless and he again migrated to Lapeer County, Michigan and was there by the 1870 census.

What I would like to do in the following posts is share about the children of George and Esther King Brown, here is a quick summary of these children:

  1. William Henry Brown 1834-1892
  2. Margaret Ann Brown 1836-1879
  3. Jeremiah Brown 1837-1901
  4. John Brown 1838 to 1912
  5. Elizabeth Brown 1840-1893
  6. George King Brown 1842-1919
  7. Matilda Jane Brown 1844-1930
  8. Richard Brown 1846 – 1922: my line – Richard and his descendants have been featured in many posts on this blog.
  9. Esther M. Brown 1848-1886
  10. Isabella Brown 1851-1929

My research is a mix of a little of mine and several other cousins who have given me their consent to share. The children listed above eventually ended up in British Columbia, Manitoba, Florida, some remained in Lambton Co., Ontario and Michigan, and Oregon.

Before I start sharing, I have taken a break and traveled to southern California. This involves the other side of the family, my Dad’s old New England heritage. His Delano/Keller connection and then follow that up with some fun.  I will write about it in the blog titled:  Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. In Ohio.

Phillip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s Children: Elizabeth Brown Cooke

Elizabeth Brown was baptized on the 28th of April,1861 a daughter of Philip and Margaret Brown at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.  Her baptismal record appears in the Anglican Diocese of Ontario in Kingston.  I have that she died 20 Nov. 1821 in Hastings Co., but I have not checked that information yet because my information states she migrated to Manitoba.



Elizabeth married a William Henry Cooke on the 6th of September, 1880 in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario.  Their marriage is index only online, so further investigation would need to be made in order to confirm this information.

They appear in the 1901 Canadian census, living in Manitoba in the Lisgar District and sub-district of Turtle Mountain.

  • Wm. H. Cook 40
  • Elizabeth Cook 40
  • William E. Cook 14
  • Philip H. Cook 6, Jan. 26, 1895
  • Vena A. Cook 2
  • Vera M. Cook 1

In the 1906 Canadian Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta we find William H. Cook and Eliza Cook living in Souris, Twp. 1,2 Range 17-18, Manitoba, page 3, SD#3, enumerated June 26, 1906, by Robert Monteith.

Line 3, 21, Cook William H., Head, M, M, 45, born Ontario, address Lena. Eliza, wife, F, M, 45, born Ontario, Earl, son, M, S 19, born Ontario, Philip H, son, M, S, 11, born Ontario, Venna I., daughter, F, S, 7, born Manitoba, Vera M, daughter, F, S, 6, born Manitoba, Harold L., son, M, S, 3, born Manitoba, Britton, Richard, Hired man, M, M, 32, born England, emigrated 1906, 

They may have had the following children per the above above census but more would need to be done in the census to really get a good fit.

1.  Earl born about 1887 in Ontario.

2.  Phillip H. Cook born about 1895.

3. Venna I. born about 1899

4. Vera M. born about 1900

5.  Harold L. born about 1901

There is so much more work to do on this family.  I have not had much success in locating records for them online.

This concludes the work I have done on Philip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s family.  I am rather frustrated with the results and feel that it is not at all complete by any means, so much remains to be done. So use what I have shared as a guideline and make sure you revisit the information to make sure it is accurate.  There are a lot of mysteries in the family yet to be solved. I did much better finding information for Thomas’ family, Philip’s brother.

It is time for me to move on and share the research for the George and Esther Brown family, which is my line.  Their son Richard is my great grandfather.  I have shared a lot about Richard, his marriage to Emma and his children on this blog.  Now I want to return to his parents and share about the siblings and the children of this couple.  It will take some time to pull the information together before I post so be patient with me.

Philip & Margaret McMurray Brown’s Children: Margaret and Harriett Brown, mysteries…

Map of Ontario

Map of Ontario

A Family Tree at Ancestry titled McMurray Family Tree has Margaret married to a Donald McTavish and they had about 8 children.  According to the 1891 and 1901 they were living in East Bruce, Greenock Twp.  I have not been able to find a marriage or death record for either Margaret or Donald and to really make sure this is correct.

According to this family tree Margaret and Donald had: Matilda, Annie, Christina, Alexander, Henery B. and Nellie.

This is the link to the family tree titled McMurray Family Tree which you may need a membership to see or use your library card at the library to access the library version:

My records show that Margaret was born 6 November, 1854 in Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario and that she died in Kingston. So I found as follows, another Margaret going by the name Bella Margaret who appears as a dressmaker living in Kingston, Ontario at the Rockwell Hospital. I had in my notes that she was living in Kingston.  This does not list her parents names unfortunately.  Rockwell might have records that could be studied for more clues.

Death, Brown, #013868, Bella Margaret, Rockwood Hospital, KIngston, Ontario. Female, White, Single, age 71, born Hastings Co., birthdate unknown, dressmaker, was in Kingston 18 years and life in Ontario name of father and mother unknown, Dr. Ryan, Lockwood Hospital, Kingston, date of death October 22, 1924, she died of pneumonia, with arterio sclerosis for several years. Recorded October 24, 1924.  Source: Ontario, Canada, Deaths 1869-1938.

There is a Bella Brown who is a patient at the Rockwood Hospital in the 1921 Canadian Census, she is listed as 68 years old with birth about 1853 in Ontario. This Bella is also listed there in the 1911 Canadian Census.

The above Family Tree using the census and my search using a death record and more census does in no way prove that this is the correct Margaret Brown.  Definitely more research will need to be done.  The OCFA has several Margaret McTavish’s passing in Bruce but this is only and index and more searching would need to be done.

As for the sister Harriett, I have not been able to find anything further on her at all. Her mother would have been 41 years old or older if this Harriet was born in 1860.

Phillip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s children: Alvina Brown Woodrow 1855 to 1943

Alvina Brown was born about 1855/1856 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario. She married a James Wallace Woodrow who was born on 7 May, 1854 in Athol Twp., Prince Edward Co., Ontario. He was the son of John W. Woodrow Jr. (1826 to 1900) and Adelaide Williams (1831-1878). John was born in Norfolk, England.

They married on 3 December 1879 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.

Alvina Brown, bp Rawdon, age 23, born about 1856, father Phillip Brown and mother Margaret Brown. Spouse Wallace Woodrow age 25, born about 1854, at Athol, father John W. Woodrow mother Adelaid. He is a bachelor, farmer. She is a spinster. Witnesses Richard and Dianna West Madoc. Groom is E. Methodist. Bride is E. Methodist, R.W. Marsh.

Source:  Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801 to 1928, Alvina Brown to Wallace Woodrow, 3 Dec. 1879, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario.

We find Alvina and Wallace living with his father in Prince Edward County in 1881:

Line 23, 112, 113, Woodrow, John, M. 56, England, Ch of Eng, England, Farmer, Widowed
Wood, Wallace, M, 27, born Ontario, Methodist for all the children, England, Married
Woodrow, Alvina, F, 25, born Ontario, C. Methd, Irish, Married
Woodrow, Addie, F, 3/12
Woodrow, Ella, F, 24
Woodrow, Marion, F, 20
Woodrow, Herman, M, 17,
Williams, Irena, F, 71
All born Ontario, 

 Source: 1881 Canadian Census, Athol Twp., Prince Edward Co., Ontario, Dist #114, SD #6, John Gibson, page 21:

Let’s take a look at Alvina’s and Wallace’s family in the 1891 census:

Line 15, B/11/10, 260, Woodrow Wallace, M, 36, M, born Ontario, father born England, mother born Ontario. Farmer. Woodrow, Alvina, F, 24, M, Wife, born Ontario, father born Ireland, mother born Ontario. Woodrow, Addie, F, 10, Daughter, born Ontario, Woodrow, Alice, F, 8, Daughter, born Ontario, 

Source: 1891 Canadian Census, Hallowell, Prince Edward Co., Ontario, Dist#112, Hallowell Twp. #12, page 62, enumerated, 28 April, 1891 by J.D. Marsh. 

In 1901 the Woodrow family is living in Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario. The writing on the census page is very difficult to read.

Line 27, 10, 10, Woodrow, Wallace, M, W, Head, M, 17 May, 1853, 47, all born Ontario, Woodrow, Alvina, F, W, wife, M, 17 January, 1854, 40, Woodrow, Addie, F, W, 17 June, 1884, 19, Woodrow, Alice, F, W, 18 September, 1882, 18, Woodrow, Fred, M, W, 24, November,1900, 4 mo. 

Source:  1901 Canadian Census, Ontario, page 1, Dist#109 Prince Edward, Dist #G, PSD#1, Picton, page 1, enumerated April 1 and 2, 1901 by ________________. 

They had the following children:

1. Addie Irene Woodrow was born 17 January 1881, Prince Edward Co., Ontario. Addie married a William Thomas Dowle on 4 February 1926. He was born about 1863. His parents were William Thomas Dowle and Eliza Illenden.  Addie’s parents were Wallace Woodrow and Alvina Brown as written on the marriage record.  William T. Dowle died in Toronto, York Co., on 10 November, 1936.  Addie was the informant on the death certificate. He is said to be buried in St. John’s at Prospect in Toronto.

Marriage of William Thomas Dowle to Addie Irena Woodrow. Witness Alvina Woodrow and Mary A. Thompson both of Toronto, in York Co., 4th of Feb. 1926. Grooms father William T. Dowle, mother Eliza Illenden. Bride’s parents are Wallace Woodrow and Alvina Brown. Added is listed a divorcee and age 45. The Groom is 63 years of age. He was born in England. #026228 Ontario Marriages. 

2.  Alice Woodrow was born 18 September, 1882. Alice Morion (probably Marion) married Duke Roberts on 4 October 1905 in Prince Edward County.  She was the daughter of James Wallace Woodrow and Alvina Brown Woodrow. Duke was born about 1880 in West Stafford, Quebec to Edward Lowther Roberts and Emily Cecelia Hungerford.  At the Glenwood Cemetery, Prince Edward Island there is a tombstone for a Alice Woodrow Roberts.  See Find A Grave for more information. Source: Prince Edward County Marriages page 537. 

Duke and Alice had at least one child a Woodrow Roberts for 27 August, 1911 in Winnipeg and died 31 October, 1986 in Peterborough.

3. Fred Stanley Woodrow was born 24 November 1900 in Ontario. He married Catherine Isabel Woodhull. Catherine was born on 1 September 1895 in Hartney, Manitoba. Fred died 15 August 1980 and Catherine Isabel died 18 January 1983. They had a least two children. Fred and Isabel are also buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, Prince Edward Co., Ontario. See Find A Grave for more information.

James Wallace Woodrow died in 1915 and Alvina lived to 1943 before she passed away.

James Wallace Woodrow died 30th September, 1915. He was 61 yrs, 4 months and 14 days in Athol Twp., Prince Edward. He was a farmer, married, his father was John Woodrow and his mother was Adelaide Williams, certified by Dr. M. Currie, Nick D. Gilbert, Picton, Ontario, Oct. 1, 1915. He died 30 September 1915 of laryngial Tuberculosis, four months and hypostatic congestions of lungs, 24 hours. Morley Currie, Picton, M.D. Ontario, registered 30th September, 1915. #027290, Ontario, Canada, Deaths from 1869 to 1938. 

There is a memorial for them at Find A Grave in the Glenwood Cemetery, Prince Edward Co., Ontario.  The person who took the photo has given permission to use it. The tombstone is very impressive.

James Wallace Woodrow and Alvina Brown Woodrow

James Wallace Woodrow and Alvina Brown Woodrow

There are pictures of the family at the Woodrow Family Tree at

More research on this family needs to be done. It would be interesting to find obituaries on these individuals, land records, probate and more. I have not done much research in Prince Edward County and please be careful that you do not confuse it with Prince Edward Island.

Here is a link to a map of Prince Edward County, Ontario: