George and Esther King Brown’s children: Matilda Jane Brown and William Charles Clement

Matilda Jane Brown was born 11 February, 1844 in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario.  She was baptized 15 January, 1845 at the St. Thomas Church.

Matilda Jane Brown Clements

Matilda Jane Brown Clements

Source this: Index – Baptisms, Marriage & Death Records of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Belleville, Ontario 1821-1874, McMillan University and Quinte Branch of the OGS, #1404 Brown, Matilda, 2 11.02.44 1844 15.01.45 845. 

Matilda's birth record

Matilda’s birth record

Matilda married William Charles Clement on 23 January, 1866 in Caradoc, Middlesex Co., Ontario, Lapeer County, Michigan, USA, O.L. Eastman.

William C. Clements

William C. Clements

Source:  Family Record, Marriages – Province of Ontario, I Matilda Brown of the Township of Burnside, I do hereby certify that on the twenty third January eighteen hundred and sixty six, I married WIll C. Clement of the Township of Caradoc in the County of Middlesex. 

William Charles Clement was the son of Charles Clement and Martha Little.

Charles Little and Mary Jane Squance

Charles Clement & Martha Little

Charles Clement’s parents were William Clement and Mary Jane Squance.  In studying various family trees online, I see that there is a lot of confusion, my advice is to check everything.

William Clement and Mary Jane Squance.

William Clement and Mary Jane Squance

His brother Thomas had married Matilda’s sister Elizabeth.  William Charles Clement was born 15 June, 1838 in Port Hope, Ontario.  Port Hope is west of Cobourg on the north side of Lake Ontario.  The Clement family is very large.

We find William and Matilda Clement in Caradoc, Middlesex West in the 1871 Canadian census, they are next to his parents Charles and Martha and brother Ephraim.

Source:  William C. Clements Family and Charles Clements Family, 1871 Canadian Census, Caradoc, Middlesex Co., Ontario, Dist#Seven, SubDist#, II Division No. 1, page 43.

LIne 13, 143, 143, Clements, Charles, M, age 59, born England, CofEng, English, Farmer, Married

Clements, Martha, F, age 63, born Ireland, Presbyterian, Irish, married

Clements, Ephraim, M, 23, born Ontario, P. Methodist, English, farmer, 

Line 16, 144, 144, Clements, William C., M, age 32, born Ontario, E. Methodist, English, farmer, married. 

Clements, Matilda, F, 27, born Ontario, Irish, married

Clements, Charles G, M, 4, born Ontario, English

Clements, Clara V, F, 2, born Ontario, English 

They have migrated by the 1881 Canadian Census and William and Matilda are now in Mountain, Marquette, Manitoba.

Source:  William C. Clement Family, 1881 Canadian Census, Mountain, Marquette, Manitoba, Dist#186, SDist#3 or Mountain, page 26. 

Line 19, 140, 176, Clement, Wm, M. 43, born Ontario, Ch ofEng, all English, Farmer, married

Clement, Matilda, F, 37, born Ontario, Methodist the remaining family, married

Clement, Charles, M, 14, born Ontario, 

Clement, Viola, F, 12, born Ontario

Clement WIlliam, M, 9, born Ontario 

Clement Mabel, F, 6, born Ontario

Clement, Percy, M, 8, Augst, Manitoba

William and Matilda are still in Marquette, Manitoba in 1891. They are living in the Norfolk South area.

Source: William Clement Family, 1891 Canadian Census, Norfolk South, Marquette, Manitoba, Dist#7, page 22, enumerated 6 April 1891, by Peter Smith.

Line 18, SW 2/8, 109, Clement, William, M, 52, married, all born Ontario except last two children, father born England, mother born Ireland, Methodist all, farmer

Clement, Matilda, F, 47, married, W, parents born Ireland

Clement, Viola, F, 22, C.

Clement, William, M, 19, S.

Clement, Mable, F, 16, C.

Clement, Percy, M, 10, S, Manitoba

Clement, Earnest, M, 8, S, Manitoba

William and Matilda decided to migrate again by 1901.  William had TB and they thought the climate in British Columbia in would help his condition.

Source:  William C. Clement Family, 1901 Canadian Census, Yale East (Kelowna), Cariboo, British Columbia, Dist #5, SubDist Yale (East), SD J-11, pg. 3. 

Line 4, 20, 20, Clement, William C. M, W, Head, M, June 15, 1835, 65 Born O, English, All Canadian, All Methodist, Farmer. Clement, Matilda, F, W, wife, M, Feb 6, 1844, 57, born O, Irish. Clement, Mable, F, W, daughter, S, Jan 11, 1875, 26, born O, English, School Martin, 12, 600. Clement, John P., M, W, son, S. Aug. 16, 1880 20, born Manitoba, English, School Teacher. Clement, Ernest, L., M, W, son, S, Nov. 3, 1882, 18, Man, English, Baker. 

William & Matilda Clement Pioneer History.

William & Matilda Clement Pioneer History. Special Article of the Daily Courier in Kelowna.

William and Matilda are featured in the book:  Kelowna Street Names, Their Origins, A Brief History, 2nd Edition, by the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society, 2010, page  51-52. 

William and Matilda and family.

William and Matilda and family about 1906

The photo above LtoR: William C. Clement, Ettie Viola, Alice (Baskerville) Clement wife of Charles, Alice Eleanor Clement, William G. Clement, and Matilda Jane Clement.

Clement Avenue – North Kelowna area – between Water Street and Spall Road.

William Charles Clement was born at Port Hope, Ontario, in 1838, of English/Irish origins. In 1866 (at Caradoc Township, Middlesex County, Ontario), he married Matilda Jane Brown (born at Belleville, Ontario, in 1844, of Irish Origins). The Clement family moved to Manitoba, where they farmed, in 1880, and to Vernon in the fall of 1897. In March of 1898, the Clements located south at Kelowna. Their first home was the present-day location of the Keg Restaurant, and there Matilda operated Kelowna’s first commercial bakery. William Charles Clement worked as a builder, and eventually had a small orchard and garden at their home on the corner of Clement Avenue and Richter Street. He died in 1911. Matilda Jane Clement lived in Kelowna and Ellison until her death in 1930. Both are buried in the Kelowna Pioneer Cemetery. Seven children were born to William Charles and Matilda Jane Clement: Charles George, Clara Viola, William James, Mabel Matilda, Myrtle Louisa, John Percy and Ernest Leslie. Charles Clement was a contractor and owned the Kelowna Brick Yard; Clare (Clement) Docking and family lived at Trout Creek, where they had a farm and orchard; William Clement and his sister Mabel were early school teachers in the Central Okanagan; Myrtle Louisa Clement passed away at age two; Percy Clement owned and operated Kelowna’s first stationery store, and was one of the original (and last surviving) petitioners for Kelowna to become incorporated as a city; Ernest Clement was an early builder and storekeeper. There are still many Clement descendants living in the Okanagan Valley.  Copy in the possession of the writer of this post.

William C. Clement passed away on 25 March, 1911 in Kelowna, British Columbia. He is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery there.

Pioneer Cemetery in the forefront and Kelowna.

Pioneer Cemetery in the forefront and Kelowna all around.

WIlliam C. Clement's tombstone

William C. Clement’s tombstone

The Late Mr. W. C. Clement, Kelowna Courier and Okanogan Orchard Newspaper, Mar 3rd 1911, pg. 2. 

We regret to announce the death of an old and much respected resident Mr. W. C. Clement, who was stricken with paralysis on Friday morning and died on Saturday at 3:30 a.m. Mr. Clement was nearly 73 years of age, and was born in Ontario where he spent his young manhood, subsequently moving to Manitoba and farming near Treherne for 20 years. He came to Kelowna with his family 13 years ago, and was a quiet and unobtrusive citizen. The funeral took place on Sunday to the Cemetery. Service was held in the Methodist church, of which the deceased was a member, by rev. Messrs. J. W. Davidson and D. J. Welsh. The church was filled and many carriages went all the way to the cemetery. Mr. Clement is survived by a widow and six grown-up sons and daughters. Namely Mr. C.G. Clement, Kelowna; Mrs. W. J. Docking, Summerland; Mr. W. J. Clement, Kingston, Ont.; Miss M. Clement, Kelowna; Mr. J. P. Clement, Vancouver, and Mr. E. L. Clement, Kelowna. Card of Thanks Mrs. W. C. Clement and family beg to convey their most sincere thanks to the many friends who extended sympathy to them in their sad and sudden bereavement.

Matilda lived another 19 years before she passed.  We find her living with two of her children in Kelowna in the 1911 Canadian Census.

Source: Matilda Clement Family, Yale & Cariboo, Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia, Dist#14, SD#43, ED#8 page 17, enumerated June 16, 1911 by W.C. Duggan. 

LIne 1, 185, 185, Clement, Matilda, Kelowna, BC, F, Head, widowed, Feb. 1844, age 67, all born Ontario, all Irish, all Canadian, all Methodist, can’t read or write

Clement, William James, Kelowna, M, Son, widowed, March 1872, age 39, occupation [painter], no, no, yes, can read and write.

Clement, Mabel (Maddie), F, daughter, S, Jan 1875, age 36, can read and write.

Mabel kept her aging mother company and we find them living in Kelowna in the 1921 Canadian Census.

Source: Matilda Clement Family, 1921 Canadian Census, Kelowna, South Okanagan, British Columbia, Dist#25, ED&SD#110, page 35. 

Line 46, 414, ____, Clement, Matilda, Kelowna, Richld St. O, RB, S, 15, 6, Head, F, 15, W, age 77, born Ontario, parents born Ireland, Canadian, Irish, yes, no, Methodist. yes, yes, no occupation. 

Clement, Mabel M., daughter, F, S, 41, born Ontario, yes, no, Methodist, yes, yes, no occupation. 

Matilda Clements is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Kelowna, BC. She died 2 October, 1930.

Matilda Jane Clements Tombstone

Matilda Jane Clements Tombstone

Obituary: Mrs. Matilda Clement, Kelowna Courier and Okanagan Orchardist

Through the death on Thursday last of Mrs. Matilda Clement, who passed away at the home of her son, Mr. E. L. Clement, Ellison, Kelowna lost one who had been a resident here prior to the advent of the twentieth century — an esteemed lady who pioneered to the West in the late seventies and endured the hardships that all settlers of a new country must face with a smile. The late Mrs. Clement was born near Belleville, Ontario 86 years ago. In the year 1866 she was married to the late Mr. W. C. Clement, of Caradoc Township, Middlesex Co., Ontario, who predeceased her in 1911. They resided in Ontario until 1878, when they made their first move westward to Manitoba where thy took up a homestead in what later became known as the Treherne district. Deceased was one of the first four white women to go into that section of the country, where, with her husband and family, she remained until 1897, when they came to British Columbia. After residing in Vernon for one winter, they came to Kelowna. Passing through all of the hardships and struggles of the pioneer — traveling by ox-cart, camping on the roadside in a temperature as low as twenty degrees below zero, crowded in small houses with her family suffering with cold and hunger–she never murmured. The late Mrs. Clement was of a retiring nature, having a few friends of her choice and devoting her entire life to her family and home. She was possessed of a fervent religious spirit and almost her last words were in communion with her Maker. A member of the United Church, she was a faithful attendant as long as she was able. She leaves to mourn her loss four sons, Mr. C.G. Clement, Kelowna; Mr. E. L. Clement, Ellison; Mr. W. J. Clement, Osprey Lake; and Mr. J. P. Clement, Vancouver. Two daughters deceased her. The funeral service was held on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. from the residence of Mr. E. L. Clement to the Kelowna Cemetery, the Rev. A. K. McMinn conducting. The pall bearers were: Messrs. Geo. McCurdy, J.J. Staples, W. Lloyd-Jones and M.J. Curtis.

I dedicate this post to the memory of James Hayes and Wilma D. Clement’s the parents of my cousin Bob Hayes.  I thank him for his kindness and willingness to share photos and sources.

In April of 2012, I traveled up to Kelowna and spent some time with my cousin Bob.  The posts I wrote about this trip are listed on the page at the top of this blog under Trips to Canada 2012 and 2014.  You will have to scroll down a little but you will a listing with the dates of the posts under Kelowna.

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