William Brown Revisited!

In 2012 when I traveled to Ontario and Quebec, I made arrangements to visit the Anglican Diocese in Kingston, which they call the Diocese of Ontario, to search the records for the Brown family.

The post where I wrote about my visit was done on June 20, 2012 titled “Kingston, an Anglican Diocese office, the OGS Conference.” https://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/kingston-an-anglican-diocese-office-the-ogs-conference/

William Brown is the progenitor of the Brown family that came to Canada in 1830.  John Percy Clement a descendant wrote about his knowledge of the family.  The reference is to George Brown a son of William and Elsie and the line I am descended from.  Bob Hayes another descendant and my cousin prepared a manuscript and here is some of what John wrote, the corrections are Bob’s:

I might say that my mother’s father, George Brown was born about 1803 [sic, 1801; son of William Brown and Alice/Elsie Tymond] in the county of Longford, Ireland. In 1830, he came to Canada [with his father and various siblings, his mother having died in Ireland] on board a sailing ship, the only means of crossing at that time and taking three weeks to make the journey.

When somewhere in the Atlantic, a faster vessel overtook them with the news that King George IV was dead and William IV had succeeded him. My grandfather Brown landed in Montreal with, as he said, “tin cents” in his pocket. Before long he moved to Ontario where, about 1831, he married Esther King who was born in Cavan, Ireland about 1814 [probably 1812]. 

According to my information King George IV died on June 26, 1830 at Windsor Castle, Windsor, United Kingdom, placing the Browns on the ocean about this time but we do not know where on the ocean.

We know that George came with his father.  We do not know for sure how many siblings came over.  It is generally believed that the children who were in Canada were:  George, Thomas, Philip and Henry.  There is strong evidence that a sister also came by the name of  Catherine.  It was thought a Jeremiah was part of the family but he is now suspect.  I will post about these findings in the future.

In my post dated December 23, 2010, I wrote about what was known about William and his wife Elsie (or Alice).  It was not much.  The post is titled:  “George’s Parents: William and Elsie Brown.”  I have made some revisions to the names of the children in that post which you can access on this blog.

What I learned at the Anglican Diocese of Ontario in Kingston was that William Brown died in Hastings County on 31 May 1848 and he was much older than was believed.  This is from the St. Thomas Anglican church records at the Diocese:

Brown Buried:  William Brown of Rawdon, who died on the 31st Ulto, aged eighty-seven years, was buried on the 2nd day of June 1848 by me John Grier, Rector, Present: Henry Brown and George Brown. #453. 

William is also listed in the “Baptisms, Marriage & Death Records of St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville, Ontario 1821-1874, McMasters University and Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society book.  He is buried in the church cemetery, however, his grave may have been lost because the upkeep had not been good and the records were difficult to compile.

This means that William was born about 1761 and he was 69 years old when he came to Canada. He was not a young man.  So far I have found no probate/estate file for William in Hastings County but that might mean he did not own the land.

His son Henry Brown was featured in the Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Lambton, Ontario, J.H. Beers., 1906:

pg. 128: Henry Brown father of Mrs. Yates, was born Nov. 5, 1820 in Ireland. He was of Holland descent, however, his ancestors having come over with King William through his parents, William and Alice (Tymond) Brown, were also born in Ireland, where the latter died. She was a granddaughter of John Tymond, the military engineer who built the Tymond iron bridge, in County Limerick, Ireland, which was name after him. After his wife’s death William Brown came to Canada with his family and settled in Hastings County, where his life closed. He was the father of a family of twelve children, all of whom have passed away. The father of Mrs. Yates was the youngest of this large family and he was afforded excellent educational advantages in Ireland. After coming to Canada he taught school for a short time, after which he engaged in farming. On Dec. 5, 1840, Henry Brown as married to Miss Margaret Orr, who was born in 1824, near the city of Belfast, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Carter) Orr, who were born and reared in Ireland, and died there. Henry Brown was a farmer in his younger days, and later on engaged in work as a clerk for the village of Sterling, Hastings County, and his penmanship may yet be seen in the old deeds and official papers of that time. During the Mackenzie rebellion he served as soldier for three years and was honorably discharged. In 1861 Mr. Brown removed to Lambton County and settled in Oil Springs, where he became interested in the handling of real estate and in the production of oil. In 1863 he was elected the first town clerk of Oil Springs, a position he held with the greatest efficiency for a number of years. He was foremost in all progressive movements here, was a charter member of the Masonic fraternity, and filled official positions in the lodge for a considerable period. During his whole life he was an upright, honorable, public -spirited man solicitous for the welfare of the community. The death of this good citizen took place Sept. 18, 1899, and that of his widow, in the following year, the only survivor of their family being their daughter Mrs. Yates.

There is also a biography of George C. Yates who married Henry’s daughter Anne Jane Brown.

So in summary what we know of William Brown is that:

1.  He was 87 years old at death in 1848 so that means he was born in 1761.

2.  His son George was born about 1801 in the county of Longford, Ireland.  It is believed that George was the oldest.

3.  That William married a Elsie or Alice Tymond,  A granddaughter of John Tymond, see bio of Henry Brown.  She died before he came to Canada.  I am not having much success at finding information about  John Tymond or about the bridge and his connection to it online, so I need to move to digging into Irish records.

4.  They came in through Montreal in 1830 about June.  Unfortunately few Canadian immigration records survived before 1865, so I have not had any luck determining the ship they came on.

5.  William died in Hastings County in 1848 and he is buried there.

6.  There were twelve children of which is looks like 4 were in Hastings County at the time of his death.  His son Thomas followed William and died in August of 1848 and is also buried in St. Thomas.

There is work to be done to learn more about William Brown and his other children, origins and wife.


Please note:  They have a new website url for the Diocese: http://ontario.anglican.ca/wp/the-anglican-diocese-of-ontario-archives-adoa/


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