Category Archives: George and Esther Brown

A place to pause for this blog….

It has been five years since I started this blog.  I have written about the families of my heritage and it has been amazing.

Me with George & Esther's Tombstone

Me with George & Esther’s Tombstone

I never thought I would get as far as I have on the Boardman and Brown side of the family. I knew very little about my mother’s family.  Of course, I have had help from many cousins and appreciate it more than they know.  I have also met some of my cousins in comments on this blog, in email and some in person.  I am so happy that we have connected.

This does not mean that the research is done. Genealogical research is never done, there is always something you can do.

On the top of this blog are PAGES in drop down menus that cover the posts written on this blog by surname and then they are broken down by children or other topics.  I hope this will help in understanding the families and finding the information.

I have had the good fortune to travel to Canada to do genealogical research three times in the last few years.  I have been to Canada many times in the past mostly to British Columbia on my own with friends, my husband and with my parents.  I learned to drive practicing on Vancouver Island.  Victoria was a place to visit for family day trips from Seattle.

The recent trips have been for genealogical purposes.  The first place was traveling to Kelowna, British Columbia in April of 2010 to learn about the Brown family history and visit my cousin who had done a lot of research on the families.  Hopefully I have honored him by adding more documentation to the families.

My second trip was to Ontario and Quebec in May 2010 which emphasized the Brown families of Hastings County, Ontario and a lot on my McD side. The third trip was to Ontario and Michigan to dig deeper into the Boardman and Brown families and visit areas where they lived.  Don’t forget to read the posts about my trips to Canada they can be of great help and I have a page of the table of contents of the posts written about all these trips at the top of this blog.

Me with Phillip Brown's and others tombstone

Me with Phillip Brown’s and others tombstone

I have reached a stopping point on this blog where I feel I have written as much as I can about each family. I have published about the Boardmans, the Browns, the Wards, the McMurrays and Jacksons and their allied families.

I do have more photos, documents and information that I could share but I feel that the posts written have given enough information to assist family members who come to this blog to either get started or add to their history. Hopefully, I can help others trying to make family connections.

I have done a little maintenance on the blog in the categories, and checked the links.  So things should work pretty good.  Links in posts might be out of date but just let me know and I will fix it if I can and I will take a look one of these days to make sure they are okay.

My focus now will be to get my binders organized, sourced and source documents printed. The binders contain copies of the posts written on this blog in Word.docx form.  I will then make sure my computer documents are also organized and in good order.  The most important is sourcing them to my Legacy database and making sure that is up-to-date so I can print out reports. I am making progress.

Once the binders are all updated and organized, I will focus on Irish and English research and if I do find anything of value I will share that with you. There are still a lot of questions about my family history that I have not solved.

Here are a few examples:

  1.  I still do not know what happened to Edmund Boardman’s parents who appear to have settled in London, Ontario. So far I have not found a burial in Middlesex County for Edmund and Zelia/Tycha. They seemed to have disappeared.  Edmund and his brother Thomas ended up in New Brunswick but did the parents go there as well?
  2. Where exactly did William and Alice/Elise Brown come from in Ireland and if I travel there can I learn more? I am told they came from Longford and Cavan.
  3. Are Benjamin and Sarah Ward truly the parents of Emma Ward Brown.  I think so but I would like a little more documentation to get that satisfied feeling.

Please remember to double-check the research, I did try to be accurate but it can get confusing because the names are so similar.  The census are just transcribed in a summary and you really need to study the actual page which means you need to get your copy.

Once again, if you have questions or just want to connect please leave a comment and I will be able to contact you.

Yours in genealogy Bonnie

Another option is to try me at:  bjmcdonell@gmail.com

George and Esther King Brown’s Children: Isabella Brown and William McIntosh

Isabella Brown was born 20 June, 1851 in Ontario. She died 24 March, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Isabella married a William McIntosh.  He was born 28 September, 1851 and died 10 December, 1919 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Source: Michigan, Marriage Records 1867-1952, Isobella Brown, born about 1853 in Canada married on 19 March 1871 in North Branch, Lapeer, Michigan at age 18. Residence was Burnside.  Spouse was William McIntosh, age 21 also born in Canada, residing in Burnside #637, Film 6, 1871 Jackson to 1872 Branch.

Both are buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There are photos of the tombstones and death certificates posted at the memorial for both Wm. and Isabella at Find A Grave.  Their daughter is also listed under the last name of Peterson.

William and Isabella appear in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census in Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan.

Source:  Wm. McIntosh Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan, pg. # 18, SD 3, ED 163, June 12, 1880, Alexander Sinclair.

Line 27, 158, 163, McIntosh, William, W, M, 28, Male, M, Farmer, born Canada, parents born Canada. McIntosh, Isabella, W, F, 28, Wife, M, keeping house, born Canada, parents born Ireland. McIntosh, Carrie, W, F, 6, daughter, S, at school, born Michigan.

When I was in Lapeer County last Fall of 2014, I found a great newspaper article that  I thought was very interesting.

Esther Brown article in the local newspaper

Esther Brown article in the local newspaper

Mrs. Esther Brown, the widow lady about 81 years of age, has a comfortable little property left her by her husband, the late George Brown, who died last Fall. Some of her friends thought the estate might be better managed if a guardian was appointed. Accordingly the matter came up in the probate court at Lapeer, last Friday, a large number of our town people being summoned as witnesses. Among those who went out on that day were C.E. Bruce, John E. Howe, Mr. and Mrs. John Henn, Will McIntosh, Jos. Lewis, Dr. Weed, Jas. Cooper and wife, Thos. Clement and wife, Jas. Riley and wife, Mrs. S.S. Bates, Jos. Kohler, Robt. Turnbull, Harvey Down and Sp. P. Gates. It was evident to Judge Hough, however, that Mrs. Brown was neither incompetent nor a spendthrift and therefore even though guardian might be to her advantage, he had no legal authority to make the appointment.

Source:  “County News,” County Clarion Newspaper, Lapeer, Michigan, Dated Feb. 17, 1892 about Mrs. Esther Brown. 

However, circumstances changed and on September 4, 1893 she was declared incompetent by the court due to extreme age and guardians were appointed,: Wm and Isabella McIntosh.

On Sept. 24, 1893 (Liber 20 pg. 344. Sept. 2, 1893) Isabella McIntosh asked that Wm McIntosh be appointed Esther’s guardian.

Esther died a year later on 13 August, 1895.

Petition for Appointment of Administrator – William McIntosh a son-in-law Twp of Burnside, County of Lapeer, State of Michigan, 20 of August 1893 value of personal property for a Sum of Fifteen and real estate the sum of three hundred. Heirs – at – law are as follows: William Henry Brown, Manitoba, nephews and nieces (this becomes the heirs of William H. Brown deceased son); Jeremiah Brown, son Wyoming, Ontario; John Brown, son, Manitoba; George Brown, son, Florida; Matilda Clement, daughter, Manitoba; Richard, son, Manitoba; Isabella McIntosh, daughter, residence Burnside Minor children of a deceased daughter Eliza Clement who resided at Burnside. Estate file of Esther Brown, Lapeer Co., Michigan. 

In the 1900 U.S. Census Wm. and Isabella McIntosh were residing in Burnside.

Source:  Wm. McIntosh Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan. SD 7, ED 32, Sht#17, 28-29 June, 1900, John Henn.

Line 84, 358, 358, McIntosh, William, Head, W, M, Sept. 1851, 48 M, 29, Canada, parents born Canada, 1868, 32 Na, Farmer, O, yes yes yes, O m, F, 307. McIntosh, Isabella, Wife, W, F, June 1851, 48, M, 29, 2, 1, Canada, parents born Ireland, 1864, 36, yes yes yes. McIntosh, Carrie, Daughter, W, F, Apr 1874, 26, S, Michigan, yes, yes, yes.

By 1910 William and Isabella had migrated to Sanilac, MIchigan

Source: William Mcintosh Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Marlette, Sanilac, Michigan, SD#7, ED*149, Sht#15 A, 9550, Peter Fox, 7th Day of May, 1910.  

Line 349, 359, McIntosh, William Head, M, W, 58, M1, 35, Can English, parents Can English, 1867 NA, English, Farmer, general farm, Emp. yes, yes, O, M, 7, 117. McIntosh, Isabella, wife, 7 W, 58, M1, 35, 2, 1, Can English, parents Ire, English, 1864, English, none. pg. 2, Bellnap, Thomas, Hired Man, M, W, 48, M1, Ohio, Ohio, PA, English, Farm Laborer, working out, W, No. O, yes, yes.

William and Isabella McIntosh had at least two children:

  1. Baby McIntosh unknown.
  2. Carrie E. McIntosh born April, 1874 in Michigan and died 25 July, 1936 in Grand Rapids. She married an Emil Peterson.

In 1920 Isabella was living with her daughter Carrie’s family, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Source: Charles Fisher Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, SD 5, ED 68, Ward 3, Sht 10A, January 13, 1920, J.H. Sullivan. 

Line 3, 601, 204, 234 Fisher, Charles A, Head, 0, M, W, 47, M, yes, yes, Michigan, Ohio, Ohio, yes, Barber. Fisher, Mary, A, Wife, F, M, 47, M, yes, yes, Michigan, Ohio, Ohio, yes, none. Petersen, Emil, Head, R, M, W, 38, M, yes, yes, Michigan, Sweden, parents Sweden, yes, Engineer. Petersen, Carie, Wife, F, M, 44, m, yes, yes, Michigan, Canada, Canada, yes, none. McIntosh, Isabella, Mother, F, M, 68 wd, [Na Na] yes, yes, Canada, English, Ireland, English, yes, none.

Isabella Brown McIntosh was the youngest and last child of George and Esther King Brown and therefore, I have come to the end of my posts on their children.

George and Esther King Brown’s children: Esther May Brown

Esther May Brown

Esther May Brown

Esther M. Brown was born about 1848 in Hastings Co., Ontario. She died 5 June, 1886 Michigan. According to online family trees she died 5 June, 1886 in Elmer, Sanilac, Michigan.

Esther (Ester) appears in the 1861 Canadian Census with, her father and mother. George and Esther Brown and other siblings.  She is listed as being 13 years old born in Upper Canada. This means she was born about 1848.

Esther married to James Basna in Lapeer Co. (Lapper), Michigan, per the Michigan Marriages 1822-1995 at FamilySearch (GS#974258, pg. 217).  Two marriage dates are given 1) 4 July, 1867  and 2) 1 January 1867. James may have been born in 1844 in Lapeer Co., and  died about 1875 in Michigan.  There is a James listed with a Peter and Mary Basna in Lapeer County in the 1860 census at the age of 6 years old.  One of his brothers was named Horace and Esther and James named one of their sons Horace.

There is not much information about James Basna but a Civil War Pension Index has a James Basna in the 8 Co., 2 Battln on 17 April 1866 another index has Co. G, Reg 7 Michigan Infantry, Private, Union Army.  (#M545 roll 3).  There are several listings for a James Basna so it would mean narrowing down to the correct individual. A look at his Civil War pension might be a good idea. If the Peter Basna in Lapeer is his father that might help with military records. So far I have not found James death information.

I have tried the 1860 and 1870 U.S. Census but I cannot find him at this time.  He is not listed with the Peter Basna family in 1860 but the other children are there.

James and Esther had the following children.

  1. Helena Basna born 14 January. 1869 in Michigan and died 15 February 1898 in Burnside, LaPeer Co., Michigan. Her married name was Brown. She is buried in the Fox Farm Cemetery in Burnside under the name Lena Brown.  Find A Grave has a memorial for her with a death certificate posted which is very difficult to read.  The links say that she was the daughter of George and Esther Brown but this is not true, she was their granddaughter. See below for a marriage for this person.
  2. Horace Basna was born 21 September, 1867 in Burnside, Lapeer Co.,  Michigan and it looks like he married a Florence Short on 20 June, 1922 in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, his first marriage. He was 50 years old and she was 43. His parents were listed as James Basna and Esther Brown.  Florence was born about 1879 in Aurora, Illinois, to James Wilson and ____Smith.  Florence was a widow.

There is a marriage of a Lena Basna to a Benjamin M. Brown on 4 April 1894 in Lapeer, Lapeer Co., Michigan.

Source:  Basna to Brown, Marriage 4 April 1894, Lapeer, Lapeer, Michigan, Record#832, film 52, 1894 Horon to 1894 Ottawa.

Lena Basna born about 1869 in Michigan, marriage date of 4 April 1894 in Lapeer Co., Michigan, Burnside, father James Basna, mother Esther M. Brown,

spouse Benjamin M. Brown, age 25, born Canada, living in North Branch, father Peter Brown, mother Elizabeth Sammons.

Esther remarried on 6 July, 1875 in Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan to a Mark Robson.  Mark was born in Canada in 1853 and died 19, July, 1912. He is buried in the Winterfield Twp. Cemetery in Clare County, Michigan, per Find A Grave where you will find a picture of his tombstone.

Death of Mark Robson

Mr. Mark Robson was born in Avon, Canada, September 11, 1853, and died at his home in Winterfield, Friday, July 19, 1912.  He moved to Sanilac County, Michigan and settled on a farm, where he was later married to Esther Basney, and this was their home for twenty-one years. They then moved to Arenac County, where he resided for twelve years. In 1894 he was married to Rosetta Cole and to this union were born five children, two of whom are living, aged 7 and 10. He leaves a wife, seven children, five of whom were by his former marriage, and one brother to mourn his departure.  The funeral was held at his late residence Sunday afternoon, Rev. C. A. Brown, officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Winterfield cemetery. Those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mrs. Chas. Hubble and family, Mrs. Robert Bennett, for Clare, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jury of Boon.  Source of newspaper unknown. 

Michigan Counties

Michigan Counties – Location of Sanilac and Arenac in relationship to Lapeer County.

Mark and Esther’s Children:

  1. Lila Robson was born 16 March, 1876 in Michigan and married on 24 August, 1895 in Burnside to a Arthur M. Stiles. She died 20 January 1924.
  2. Albert Robson born about 1875 in Michigan.
  3. William Robson born about 1880 in Michigan.
  4. Frank Robson born about 1882 in Michigan.
  5. George Robson born 28 January 1884 in Michigan and died 21 September 1953. He married in Brown City, Michigan to Elva Mae Gould.

It is has been very difficult to get information on James Basna, Esther, Lena and Mark.  The online family trees are very confusing so I advise caution.  The  records are not appearing as I would like and the search engines don’t like the last name of Basna.  It would take a great deal of work to figure out this family and what happened searching census again, land records, estate, obituaries, cemetery records and more.  Please double check all of the above information and keep a skeptical eye on it.  I am not totally satisfied with the results.

Matilda Jane Brown and William C. Clement’s children

Matilda Jane Brown and William C. Clements had migrated from Ontario to Manitoba in about 1881 and lived there till about 1897-1899 when they migrated again to British Columbia and settled eventually in the city of Kelowna on the shores of Lake Okanagan.  They had the following children, some born in Ontario, others in Manitoba.

  1. Charles George Clement was born 1 February, 1867 (family record) in Mt. Brydes, Ontario (west of London, Ontario) and died 17 May, 1962 in Vernon, British Columbia.

Charles was listed in the 1891 Canadian Census living in South Norfolk, Marquette, Manitoba on his own.

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, South Norfolk, Marquette, Manitoba, page 26, Dist#7, SD#S, enumerated by Peter G. Smith, Line 5, W/1/1, 127, Clement, Charles, M, 24, Born Ontario, parents born Ontario, Meth., Farmer, employed, read and write, PS.

Charles G. Clement

Charles G. Clement

He married a Alice Amey Baskerville born 20 August, 1879 and died 9 March, 1973 in Kelowna, British Columbia.

By 1901 Charles had migrated to British Columbia.

Source:  1901 Canadian Census, Charles Clement Family, Yale Cariboo, Kelowna, British Columbia, Dist# 5, SD #J, PSD#11, page 1, enumerated by Hugh S. Rose.

Line 17, 5, 5, Clement, Charles, G, M, W, Head, M, Feb 1, 1867, 34, born Ontario, English, Canadian, Baptist, occupation _______, 8, 800

Clement, Alice, F, W, Wife, M, Aug 20, 1879, 21, born Ontario, Irish, Canadian, Baptist. 

Alice and Charles Clement are residing in Kelowna in the 1911 Canadian Census.

Source:  Charles G. Clement Family, 1911 Canadian Census, Kelowna, Okanagan, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Dist#14, SD#1, ED#8, page 1, enumerated June 1-2, 1911, by W.C. Duggan.

Line 45, 14, 14, Clement Charles G, Pendoza St., M, Head, M, Feb 1867, 44, born Ontario, All Irish except lodger, all Canadian, all baptist, contractor, 4000, 44, 152

Clement, Alice, F, Wife, M, Aug 1882, 29, born Ontario, none

Clement, George, M, Son, S, Dec 1904, age 6, born British Columbia

Clement, Etta, F, Daughter, S, July 1906, 4, born British Columbia

Clement, Alice, F, Daughter, S, Aug, 1907, 3, born British Columbia

Gibson, Thomas, M, Lodger, W, July, 1863, age 47, born England, immigrated 1903, English, Anglican, laborer ______

Both Charles and Alice are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Kelowna.

Charles and Alice Clement's tombstone

Charles and Alice Clement’s tombstone

They had the following children:

  • Myrtle Alice Clement was born 14 July, 1902 in Kelowna and died 20 August, 1903 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
  • William George Clement was born 27 December,1903 in Kelowna and died 3 July, 1940 in Kelowna. He married to Sara Frances Harrison Briscoe.  They had four children: Frances Irene Clement, Ethel Viola Clement, Arnold Eldred Clement, and Emily Ruth Clement
  • Etta Viola Clement was born 3 July, 1905 in Kelowna and died 6 February, 2003 in Kelowna. She married 22 December, 1928 to Eldred Leander Adam born 24 October, 1905 and died 16 March, 1998 in Kelowna, British Columbia. They had at least two children: a baby, Alexander C. Adams.
  • Alice Eleanor Clement was born 4 November, 1906 and died 11 July, 2005 in Kelowna, British Columbia. She married 13 July, 1940 to George Keith Anderson born 21 September, 1903.  He died September 2000 in Kelowna.  They had one child.
  • Charles James Clement born 20 March, 1920 in Kelowna and died 20 December, 2003 in Delta, British Columbia. He married an Alexandrina Gillespie and three children. He is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Kelowna.
Charles James Clement's tombstone

Charles James Clement’s tombstone

2.  Clara Viola Clement was born 7 February, 1869 (family record) in Mt. Brydges, Ontario and died 10 December, 1925 in Neepawa, Manitoba.

Clara Viola Clement

Clara Viola Clement

She married on 5 January, 1899 in Cypress River, Manitoba to a William John Docking born 14 May, 1870 and died 11 September, 1950.

Clara Viola and Wm. John Docking are living with his parents and siblings in Manitoba in 1901.

Source: 1901 Canadian Census, William J. Docking Family, Lorne, Lisgar, Manitoba, pages 10-11, Dist#7, SD# C, PSD#3, enumerated April 13, 1901 by H. A. Holland.

Line 43, 105, 107, Docking, William J, M, W, head, M, 12 May 1869, 31, born Ontario, All English, All Canadian except father, farmer, all can read and write.
Docking, Clara V, F, W, wife, M, 7 Feb. 1869, 32, born Ontario
Docking, James S. M, W, Brother, S, 4 Sept. 1871, 29, born Ontario
Docking, Richard, M, W, Father, M, 20 Nov. 1836, 64, born England migrated 1844,
Docking, Elizabeth, F, W, Mother, M, 27 Dec, 1836, 64, born Ontario
Docking, George T., M, W, Brother, S, 20 March 1874, 27, born Ontario
Docking, Regina L, F, W, Sister, S, 12 March 1876, 25, born Ontario
Docking, Emily M. F, W, Sister, 16 March 1881, 20 born Ontario

They had three children.

  • Mabel Edna Docking born 14 January 1902 in Swan Lake, Manitoba and died 6 July 1954 in Winnipeg, Manitoba she married to Kenneth John Campbell born 20 March 1900 and died 24 November 1986 on 5 June 1929 in Holland, Manitoba. They had about four children.
  • Roy Docking born 3 February 1904, Swan Lake Manitoba and died 30 November 1999 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He married on 2 September 1944 in Winnipeg to Mary Elizabeth Kearns. She was born 23 December 1914. They had three children.
  • George Melvin Docking was born 31 October 1912 in Summerland, British Columbia and died 19 October 1986 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He marred on 3 October 1936 in Neepawa to Laura Evelyn Mikkelson who was born 13 September 1914. They had two children.

3.  William James Clement was born 15 March, 1872 (family record) in Caradoc Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario. He died on 19 August, 1950 in Summerland, British Columbia.  He is buried in the Peach Orchard Cemetery in Summerland.

William James Clement

William James Clement

William James Clement lived with his parents till the 1911 census.  In 1921 he was living in Greenwood, Yale, British Columbia which is really Penticton.

William J. Clement Summerland Cemetery

William J. Clement Summerland’s Peach Orchard Cemetery

He married on 13 January, 1900 in New Westminister, British Columbia to Harriette Lonsale Burrit. They had one child Ernest Burritt Clement . He remarried on 29 December, 1915 in Kelowna to Laura Alice Birch born 10 August 1883 and died 30 September 1923 in New Westminister, British Columbia. William had one child with each wife.

4.  Mabel Matilda Clement was born 13 January, 1875 (family record) in Caradoc Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario and died 8 August, 1923 in Kelowna, British Columbia. She did not marry.  She is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery near her parents.

Mabel M. Clement

Mabel M. Clement's tombstone, Pioneer Cemetery, Kelowna, BC

Mabel M. Clement’s tombstone, Pioneer Cemetery, Kelowna, BC

5.  Myrtle Louisa Clement was born 10 September, 1878 in Caradoc Twp. and died 25 August, 1880 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. She was about one year old at her death.

6.  John Percy Clement was born 16 August,1830 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and died 23 July, 1975 in maybe Victoria, British Columbia.

John Percy Clement

John Percy Clement

By 1911 John Percy had migrated to Vancouver, British Columbia. He was also married.

Source: 1911 Canadian Census, John Percy Clements, Vancouver, British Columbia, page 2, Dist#12, ED#31, enumerated by M. H. Crawford. 

Line 17, 15, 15, Clement, John Percy, 613, M, ____ Dr. M, Head, M, Aug 1880, 30, born Manitoba, Irish, Methodist, Stationery. 

Clement, Alice, F, wife, M, Sept 1881, 29, born England, immigrated 1905, English, Canadian, Anglican, Stationery, 2000, 13.00.

He married on 25 December, 1908 to Alice Wallis in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was born 18 September, 1861 and died 17 July 1951.

They had three children:

  • Vera Olga Clement born 17 October 1913 in Calgary, Alberta and died 21 February, 1931 in Grandview Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.  She died from an infected appendix.
  • Frederick William Clement was born 20 October,1914 in Calgary, Alberta and died 24 October 1914 in Calgary.
  • Beryl Iona Clement was born 20 October, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and died 14 December, 1993 in Duncan, British Columbia. She married a Stanley Glendower MacGregor who was born 1911 and died 11 November, 1985 in Duncan, British Columbia. They had two daughters.

J.P. Clement had the first stationery store in Kelowna.  Later on he sold it and moved to Vancouver. British Columbia.

J.P. Clement's Store

J.P. also wrote a brief history of the family, some of which I have featured in past posts.

7.  Ernest Leslie Clement was born 3 November, 1882 in Threherne, Manitoba and died 27 October, 1947 in Kelowna, British Columbia. He is buried in the Kelowna Municipal Cemetery.

Ernest Leslie Clement

Ernest Leslie Clement

Ernest L. Clement's tombstone

Ernest L. Clement’s tombstone and wife Margaret

He married on 22 December, 1909 to Margaret Annie Whelan in Kelowna. Margaret came from a large pioneer family and was daughter of George Whelan who was born about 1844, Clayhill, Hertfordshire, England and died 1927 at the Westholme Farm, Kelowna, British Columbia.  Lucy was born 1852 in Great Chesterford, Essex, England and died in 1911 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  They are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery.

There were seven children born to George and Lucy Whelan:  Nellie Florence (1883-1973), Margaret Annie wife of Ernest, Laura (1886-1919), Minnie May (1887-1986), Mary Ann (1889-1889), George James (1890-1890) and Robert James (1892-1944).

Ernest and Margaret Clements were living in Kelowna in the 1911 Canadian Census.

Source:  Ernest L. Clement Family, 1911 Canadian Census, Kelowna, Okanagan, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, page 1, Dist#14, SD#1, ED#8, enumerated June 9, 1911, C.C. Duggan. 

LIne 40, 41, 41, Clement, Ernest, Richld St., M, Head, M, Nov, 1882, 28, Manitoba, All English, All Canadian, All Methodist, carpenter, house building, 1000
Clement, Margaret, F, Wife, M, Sept 1891, 26, British Columbia, none
Clement, William, G. L., M, son, S, Nov. 1910, 6, British Columbia
[Wokman Commrade], M, Lodger, S, 1892, 19, New Zealand, immigrated 1909, Scotch, Anglican, book clerk, city bank, 600.

We find Ernest and Margaret still residing in Kelowna in 1921.

Source:  Ernest L. Clement Family, 1921 Canadian Census, Kelowna, South Okanagan, Yale, British Columbia, page 36, Dist# 25, ED#HC, enumerated by {Enis Jhaguire].

Line 2, 438, 438, Element, Ernest L., Kelowna, Richland St, O, Head, M2, M, 38, Manitoba, England, Irish, all Canadian, All English, yes, no, Ch of E, all yes, yes, Carpenter general, 100c
Clement, Margaret, wife, F, M, 36, Kelowna, England, England, C, all Methodist, none
Clement, Leslie G., son, M, S, 10, Kelowna, school
Clement, Clifford, son, M, S, 7, Kelowna, school

They had three children:

  • Leslie George William Clement was born 16 November, 1910  and died 6 March, 1998 in Kelowna, British Columbia. He married on 17 January, 1938 to Iris Williams. Iris was born 7 November, 1917 in Wales and died 12 December, 1981 in Kelowna.  He remarried to Eloise Lorranie Smith on 8 October, 1988 in Winfield, British Columbia. She was born 1919 and they had 5 children.
  • Clifford Delbert Clement was born 5 November, 1913 in Kelowa and died 11 November 2000 in Kelowna. He married on 27 February, 1935 in Washington State to Euphemia Mitchell born 18 June, 1912 in Kelowna and died 3 February, 2000 in Kelowna.
  • Wilma Doreen Clement was born 13 June, 1922 and died 15 October, 2004 in Kelowna. She married on 23 December, 1943 in Winfield, British Columbia to James Herbert Lewis Hayes born 28 February, 1919 in Rochester, Kent Co., England and died 3 October 2013 in Kelowna, British Columbia.  They had five children several of whom are living and one who has done a great deal of family research on the Brown family.  I have had the good fortune to meet and know some of these people.

As usual there is more that can be done on this family.  I feel this is a good summary of William and Matilda’s family.  My visit to Kelowna was a happy occasion and getting to know the Clement and meeting some of their descendants is always rewarding.  Kelowna is a beautiful city in a beautiful area of British Columbia.  I have written about my travels there on this blog.  If you go to the top of this blog there is page with a listing of the posts I have written on this blog about my Canadian travels.  You will need to scroll down the page to find them.

I have a memory that I have been to Kelowna before with my parents because the area looked very familiar to me.  I remember my father driving across the bridge and my mother in the car. This was back in the 1960’s when it was only the three of us on family vacations because other siblings were growing up. My mother didn’t know that her ancestors and relatives were there and that makes me sad and I wish I could share all discover of her heritage with her.

Again I thank my cousin, Bob, for his generosity and willingness to share.