New Info: Thomas and Edmund Boardman are Brothers!

Good News!

I believe I have found the parents of Edmund Boardman, my great-grandfather, and solved the mystery of who Thomas Boardman was?  I have been very frustrated in finding out more on Edmund Boardman. has been adding more documents and I found an 1851 England Census at their website that has a family that really may fit Edmund’s.  The census page looks like it was burned because it is discolored and missing pieces.  I am so grateful it survived.

The top part of the census

The top part of the census

In the summary sheet that Ancestry gives we find this information about the family:

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.  

The Family names faded

The Family names faded

Source:  Oldham Below Town, Lancashire, England, St. Mary’s parish, ED 1h, House #42, Class HO107, Piece 2240, page 12, Census Returns of England and Wales 1851, Kew, Surrey, England, The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office,

The summary sheet that Ancestry provides help get a feel for the family,  however, they can be incorrect with the names.  So looking at the census image is very important.

The challenge is to manipulate the census page because it is so faded to see if I cannot read the names.  I see the name Edmund for the father not Edward.  I think the name for the mother reads Zelia, not Tycha, but it is difficult to read.  The Edmund and Charlotte’s baby girl who died was named Ellen Zelia Alma and is buried in the West Branch cemetery in Kent Co., New Brunswick.

There is a Thomas listed as son.  He is 13 years older than his brother Edmund.  The Thomas Boardman that I have discussed in past posts is about this age difference. I have his birth as 1835 taken from the 1871 census for Canada and Edmund was born 23 May 1848 which is a perfect 13 years.  The span between them suggests to me that there might be other siblings that are not listed.  See post dated: “Who is Thomas Boardman,” dated May 29, 2010:

The post “Land on Prince Edward Island!” dated June 7, 2010 describes a deed involving Thomas Boardman on land Edmund and Charlotte were living on.

The father Edward/Edmund was born in Rochdale per this 1851 census while the children were born in Oldham.  On Edmund’s death certificate from Manitoba  it reads something like Rochester/Bochester and I thought it might be Rochdale a large town in Lancashire.  I studied maps, gazeteers and consulted with the Family History Library on a visit there, but the handwriting was so bad it was difficult to verify.

See my post dated December 7, 2011 “Edmund Boardman Dies at the age of 60!” about the death of Edmund Boardman in 1907.

This clears up the confusion on his death certificate. It was his father Edward/Edmund who came from Rochdale.  Now I can do more digging and see if I cannot find the birth record, when they came to Canada and more.

The other is the occupation of Coppersmith.  It seems to run in the family.

This means that the children of Thomas, William and Samuel, are my cousins and it was a good thing I traced them out as far as I could to Iowa, at the time.  Now I can revisit them and dig deeper.

Well, I have officially jumped the pond (Atlantic Ocean) on the Boardman side.  It is a good thing.


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