Edmund Boardman Dies at the age of 60!

Edmund Boardman lived to the age of 60 years old.  He passed on the 18th of October 1908 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  He is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg with other family members.

Edmund Boardman's Tombstone

I obtained Edmund’s death record from the Manitoba Vital Records Office in Winnipeg.  The handwriting on the death record was very difficult to read.  As you can see I cannot make out the place of birth.  It is either Lochester or maybe Gochester or even Rochester.  I consulted with the Family History Library volunteers and they think it reads Rochester.  Rochester is in Kent.  I have notes from my mother stating he came from Lancashire?  Now he was only about 4-5 years old when he immigrated to Canada so he might not have a clear picture of where he came from??

Edmund Boardman, died Oct. 28, 1908. Resided at 583 Logan Ave. Age 59 years old at death. Occupation was Coppersmith, religion Church of England born at [Lochester/Gochester/Rochester].  Cause of death cerebral hemorrhage. Name of Informant was Black Bros & Hughes, of Winnipeg.  #652, Reg. No. 1908-06-003669.

The Vital Statistics for Manitoba are online http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/Query.php  I have the link under Blogroll at the right side bar of this blog. 

Edmund had a will but his estate was simple because he gave everything to Charlotte, his wife.  Sometimes estates are helpful in identifying heirs but in this case the wife is the only one mentioned.


 The estate file consisted of the following documents:

1.  Search for Caveat Dec. 2, 1908

2.  Affidavit for Proof of Death – Edmund Boardman, City of Winnipeg, Oct. 28, 1908 in the Eastern Judicial District value of estate $4040.00.  Last Will and testament done on 8 Sep. 1902. Signed by C.A. Boardman. 

3.  Affidavit Appointing Charlotte Ann Boardman as the widow and sole executor of the estate.  He died at [560] Logan Ave. in the City of Winnipeg.

4.  Value of the estate – $4040.00 Lot 12 in Block 40, cash is $40.00

5.  Last Will and Testament of Edmund Boardman in writing:

This is the last will and testament of me Edmund Boardman of the City of Winnipeg, Coppersmith. I hereby revoke all wills by me at anytime heretofore made. I hereby give devise and bequeath to my wife Charlotte Ann Boardman all my property real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever it may be. I hereby appoint my said wife Executrix of this my will. Signed published and declared by the said Edmund Boardman as and ____last will and testament at Winnipeg, Manitoba. This eighth day of Sept. A.D. 1902 (___) in the presence of us presented at the same time who have all the ____and in the presence of each of other and in the presence inscribed our names as witnesses. [        ] Signed by Edmund Boardman.

6.  Proof that this is the will of Edmund Boardman by C.A. Boardman.

7.  Horace Victor Hudson Affidavit of Proof of Will

8.  Proof of Will by C.A. Boardman – Charlotte Ann Boardman

9.  Notice of Application in the estate of Edmund Boardman, the granting of probate.

Source:  Edmund Boardman Estate File #5283, Surrogate Court, Eastern Judicial District, Manitoba, Canada, Index Vol. 2 FHL#1381814 (1884-1930); Estate File #5283, FHL#1411690 (Estate Files 5114-5284, 1908). 

I do not have many photographs of my great grandfather Edmund Boardman.  Here is one with him enjoying a happy time at home with his family.  Unfortunately I do not know where it was taken and which of the children it is he is sitting with.  Edmund James (1878) and my grandfather Robert (1881) were born in New Brunswick.  They would put dresses on baby boys for that was the custom at the time.  William (1885) and John (1886) were born in Winnipeg.   It is difficult to pin down the time frame.

Edmund and baby on stairs


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