The Brown and Boardman Families Arrive in Winnipeg!

I think it is so amazing how lives can be intertwined and in the case of the Boardmans and the Browns this is true.  They came from far distances in Canada to Winnipeg.  Several of the Brown family of George and Esther Brown migrated from Ontario and headed for Manitoba and beyond. Update 9/3/2016:  The Boardmans came London, Ontario and went to Shediac, New Brunswick and finally to Winnipeg to live and work.

One reason was the railroad which came in 1881.  They all worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway and even their children.  A little history of this Railway:

Updated: Check out CPR website at:  They change their website a lot so you might have to do a Google search.  Under About CP is a section titled history and down at the bottom they discuss their archives and leave an email.

BROWNs Arrive!

George and Esther’s son Richard left Michigan and Ontario about 1881.  He and his wife Emma (Ward) Brown and their son Charles migrated to and were in Winnipeg by about 1881.

Using city directories helps to pin down ancestors between census.  There is a delay in a city directory of about 1 year or so for a name to appear and then disappear or change.  Here are some interesting early highlights for Richard and his family:

These are from the Henderson Directories at the Manitoba Genealogical Society:

1.  1882

  • Brown, R. carpenter Pt Douglas bet Main & River
  • Brown, Richard butcher City Meat

2. 1883

  • Brown, Richard, wood dealer, brds 194 Ross Ave.

3. 1884 – 1890

  • Brown, Richard, carpenter, Magnus Ave east of Main St.


Edmund and Charlotte Boardman were living in Charlottetown, PEI in 1881.  They returned to New Brunswick for a while before heading to Winnipeg.

1.  1884-1890 Edmund Boardman appears in the City Directory working in the C.P.R. blacksmith shop and residing at Common W.

2.  1885 Boardman, E. again in the C.P.R. Blacksmith Shop

3. 1887 No mention of Boardman

Both families appear in the 1891 Canadian census which I will discuss in the next post.  I will also reveal more city directory listings for these families in future posts.   The city directory work was done by a Rick McLellan who you can find at the Manitoba Genealogical Society.   Rick put most of his efforts into the Boardman names because the Browns were so numerous and I did not have enough information at that time regarding Richard Brown’s family.  It would be very interesting to review the city directories for Winnipeg again and seek out more sibling names for the Browns.   So we put that on the To Do list for future research.


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