I do not know much about my great-grandmother Emma Ward Brown. She was born in Strathroy 13 March 1851 and died in Winnipeg on 20 April 1905. She is buried in the St. John’s Cemetery. She married Richard Brown in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan on 9 January 1874. Her first name is confusing because I have seen it as Emma and Emily. Her death certificate and tombstone say “Emma.” I am trying to determine who her parents area in the Strathroy area. There are lots of Wards buried in both Middlesex and Lambton counties.
I am pondering this but I have this faded very bad photo of an unknown woman in a lovely white dress among the collection of Brown and Boardman photographs my cousins gave me. Could this be Emma?
I recently tried searching newspapers in Winnipeg hoping to find out more about her death in 1905. I did find this and wonder who all these people are. The listings are from some of the work places of her sons Charles and Arthur.
The funeral of Mrs. R. Brown took place at 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon to St. John’s cemetery from the family residence, 175 Magnus avenue. The floral contributions were:
Cross, R. and F. Lough
Wreath, Clark, Bros. & Co., Ltd.
Wreath, employees Clark Bros. & Co.
Spray, Mr. and Mrs. Ruckle
Spray, Mrs. Bliss
Spray, Mr. and Mrs. II. Scott
Spray, Bertie and Edna Kirk
Spray, J.A. Thompson
Spray, Mrs. McCallum
Pillow, the family star W. Paine
Spray Mrs. and Miss Stobbs
Spray, Alice Holman
Crescent, R. Boardman
Spray, Mr. and Mrs. Bussell
Spray, Jos. St. Mars
Spray Mr. and Mrs. Osborne
Spray, Mrs. Newman
Wreath, Fellow Workmen
Spray, Fred J. Holland staff
Wreath, Miss Alice Denner
Source: Wed, April 26, 1905, Manitoba Morning Free Press (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) page. 2
The Winnipeg Free Press, had a little bit on her death on April 21, 1905,
Obituary for Emma Brown died yesterday, OBITUARY – Emma Brown, beloved wife of Richard Brown, of 175 Magnus street, died yesterday, aged 54 years. Besides her husband she leaves two sons and one daughter.
The Manitoba Free Press had another article dated April 22, 1905, pg. 7, col. 5
The late Mrs. R. Brown of 176 Magnus street, whose death was announced, in the Free Press yesterday morning, had been a resident of the city for the past twenty-four years, having come here from Strathroy, Ont. Her friends and acquaintances will no doubt learn with regret of her demise. Her illness has extended over a period of nearly thirteen months, during which time she has suffered constantly. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, two sons, Charles W. Brown of the Fred. J. Holland agency, limited, and Arthur Brown, of the staff of Clark Bros. & Co., limited; also one daughter, Ethel. The funeral will leave the family residence for St. John’s cemetery to-morrow afternoon at 4 o’clock.