Category Archives: Rawdon Twp.

Phillip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s children: Alvina Brown Woodrow 1855 to 1943

Alvina Brown was born about 1855/1856 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario. She married a James Wallace Woodrow who was born on 7 May, 1854 in Athol Twp., Prince Edward Co., Ontario. He was the son of John W. Woodrow Jr. (1826 to 1900) and Adelaide Williams (1831-1878). John was born in Norfolk, England.

They married on 3 December 1879 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.

Alvina Brown, bp Rawdon, age 23, born about 1856, father Phillip Brown and mother Margaret Brown. Spouse Wallace Woodrow age 25, born about 1854, at Athol, father John W. Woodrow mother Adelaid. He is a bachelor, farmer. She is a spinster. Witnesses Richard and Dianna West Madoc. Groom is E. Methodist. Bride is E. Methodist, R.W. Marsh.

Source:  Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801 to 1928, Alvina Brown to Wallace Woodrow, 3 Dec. 1879, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario.

We find Alvina and Wallace living with his father in Prince Edward County in 1881:

Line 23, 112, 113, Woodrow, John, M. 56, England, Ch of Eng, England, Farmer, Widowed
Wood, Wallace, M, 27, born Ontario, Methodist for all the children, England, Married
Woodrow, Alvina, F, 25, born Ontario, C. Methd, Irish, Married
Woodrow, Addie, F, 3/12
Woodrow, Ella, F, 24
Woodrow, Marion, F, 20
Woodrow, Herman, M, 17,
Williams, Irena, F, 71
All born Ontario, 

 Source: 1881 Canadian Census, Athol Twp., Prince Edward Co., Ontario, Dist #114, SD #6, John Gibson, page 21:

Let’s take a look at Alvina’s and Wallace’s family in the 1891 census:

Line 15, B/11/10, 260, Woodrow Wallace, M, 36, M, born Ontario, father born England, mother born Ontario. Farmer. Woodrow, Alvina, F, 24, M, Wife, born Ontario, father born Ireland, mother born Ontario. Woodrow, Addie, F, 10, Daughter, born Ontario, Woodrow, Alice, F, 8, Daughter, born Ontario, 

Source: 1891 Canadian Census, Hallowell, Prince Edward Co., Ontario, Dist#112, Hallowell Twp. #12, page 62, enumerated, 28 April, 1891 by J.D. Marsh. 

In 1901 the Woodrow family is living in Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario. The writing on the census page is very difficult to read.

Line 27, 10, 10, Woodrow, Wallace, M, W, Head, M, 17 May, 1853, 47, all born Ontario, Woodrow, Alvina, F, W, wife, M, 17 January, 1854, 40, Woodrow, Addie, F, W, 17 June, 1884, 19, Woodrow, Alice, F, W, 18 September, 1882, 18, Woodrow, Fred, M, W, 24, November,1900, 4 mo. 

Source:  1901 Canadian Census, Ontario, page 1, Dist#109 Prince Edward, Dist #G, PSD#1, Picton, page 1, enumerated April 1 and 2, 1901 by ________________. 

They had the following children:

1. Addie Irene Woodrow was born 17 January 1881, Prince Edward Co., Ontario. Addie married a William Thomas Dowle on 4 February 1926. He was born about 1863. His parents were William Thomas Dowle and Eliza Illenden.  Addie’s parents were Wallace Woodrow and Alvina Brown as written on the marriage record.  William T. Dowle died in Toronto, York Co., on 10 November, 1936.  Addie was the informant on the death certificate. He is said to be buried in St. John’s at Prospect in Toronto.

Marriage of William Thomas Dowle to Addie Irena Woodrow. Witness Alvina Woodrow and Mary A. Thompson both of Toronto, in York Co., 4th of Feb. 1926. Grooms father William T. Dowle, mother Eliza Illenden. Bride’s parents are Wallace Woodrow and Alvina Brown. Added is listed a divorcee and age 45. The Groom is 63 years of age. He was born in England. #026228 Ontario Marriages. 

2.  Alice Woodrow was born 18 September, 1882. Alice Morion (probably Marion) married Duke Roberts on 4 October 1905 in Prince Edward County.  She was the daughter of James Wallace Woodrow and Alvina Brown Woodrow. Duke was born about 1880 in West Stafford, Quebec to Edward Lowther Roberts and Emily Cecelia Hungerford.  At the Glenwood Cemetery, Prince Edward Island there is a tombstone for a Alice Woodrow Roberts.  See Find A Grave for more information. Source: Prince Edward County Marriages page 537. 

Duke and Alice had at least one child a Woodrow Roberts for 27 August, 1911 in Winnipeg and died 31 October, 1986 in Peterborough.

3. Fred Stanley Woodrow was born 24 November 1900 in Ontario. He married Catherine Isabel Woodhull. Catherine was born on 1 September 1895 in Hartney, Manitoba. Fred died 15 August 1980 and Catherine Isabel died 18 January 1983. They had a least two children. Fred and Isabel are also buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, Prince Edward Co., Ontario. See Find A Grave for more information.

James Wallace Woodrow died in 1915 and Alvina lived to 1943 before she passed away.

James Wallace Woodrow died 30th September, 1915. He was 61 yrs, 4 months and 14 days in Athol Twp., Prince Edward. He was a farmer, married, his father was John Woodrow and his mother was Adelaide Williams, certified by Dr. M. Currie, Nick D. Gilbert, Picton, Ontario, Oct. 1, 1915. He died 30 September 1915 of laryngial Tuberculosis, four months and hypostatic congestions of lungs, 24 hours. Morley Currie, Picton, M.D. Ontario, registered 30th September, 1915. #027290, Ontario, Canada, Deaths from 1869 to 1938. 

There is a memorial for them at Find A Grave in the Glenwood Cemetery, Prince Edward Co., Ontario.  The person who took the photo has given permission to use it. The tombstone is very impressive.

James Wallace Woodrow and Alvina Brown Woodrow

James Wallace Woodrow and Alvina Brown Woodrow

There are pictures of the family at the Woodrow Family Tree at

More research on this family needs to be done. It would be interesting to find obituaries on these individuals, land records, probate and more. I have not done much research in Prince Edward County and please be careful that you do not confuse it with Prince Edward Island.

Here is a link to a map of Prince Edward County, Ontario:

Philip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s children: Matilda Jane Brown Downey 1851 to 1936

Matilda Jane Brown was born on the 7th of April 1851 in Stirling and was baptized on the 4th of August, 1852. Matilda Jane married a James Downey who was born about 1852.

Baptized Matilda Jane born April 7th 1851 daughter of Philip Brown of Twp. of Rawdon & Margaret his wife was baptized on this 4th day of Augst 1852 by me. F.L.S. Grives. 4-S-1, Stirling, Anglican Diocese of Ontario, Kingston, Ontario

They married on the 9th of April 1873 in Stirling.

James Downey, 29, Huntingdon, pofb Ontario, Bachelor, yeoman, father Andrew, mother is Martha M. Spouse, Matilda Jane Brown, 22, born Rawdon, Ontario? Single, father Phillip and mother Margaret Brown, Witness Thomas Brown, Rawdon, Hester Ann Downey, Huntingdon, Marriage April 9, 1873, Stirling, Ch of Eng. Rev. John [Hallworth].

Source: Ontario Canada, Marriages 1801-1928, James Downey to Matilda Jane Brown, 9 April 1873 in Huntingdon, Hastings Co., Ontario page 87 of Marriages. 

There is a James Downie living in Bruce West, Huron Twp., Ontario in the 1891 Canadian census.  My records mention the son Philip.

Bruce County is north of Huron County on the east shore of Lake Huron in western Ontario.

Bruce County, Ontario

Bruce County, Ontario

pg. 30, line 25, N2/9, 143, Downie, James M, all born in Ontario, parents born Ireland, all Meth, Farmer, page 31, Line 1, Downie, Matilda, F, parents born Ireland, Downie, Esther F, age 17, D. Downie, Mina F, age 15, D, Downie, Margaret F, age 11, D. Downie, Philip, M, age 5, S.

Source: 1891 Canadian Census, Huron Twp., Bruce West, Ontario, Dist# 53, page 30 and 31, enumerated 17 April, 1891 by [I S, Gamble]. 

I have Martha dying on 10 November, 1936 in Elgin, Ontario:

Ontario, County Elgin, Twp. Elgin, City Sparta, lived there 13 yrs, in province life, Downey, Matilda Jane, F. Canadian, irish, Widowed, Birth Sterling, Hastings Co., April 1, 1851, 85 yrs 7 no. 10 days, Housekeeping, 1925 last worked. Father Philip Brown, mother Margaret McMurray, Scotland, , Informant Phillip J. Downing, Sparta, Ontario, Son, Buried Ripley, Ont. Fi. Nov. 13, 1936. Died Nov. 10, 1936, myocarditis, old age, F. O. Lawrence, St. Thomas, Nov. 1936.

The burial is not yet online for Martha or James. Of course more could be done in the census and other records to learn about Matilda and her life.

Philip & Margaret McMurray Brown children: Diana Brown 1854..

Diana Brown was a daughter of Philip and Margaret Brown. She was born 9 January 1856.

From my findings she married a Richard West on the 2nd of April, 1877 in Hastings Co.

Marriage of Richard West age 27, born Hungerford, B., Farmer, father and mother John and Hannah West. Spouse Diana Brown, age 27, born Rawdon, S, father and mother Philip & Margaret Brown. Witnesses Philip Brown of Rawdon and James West of Madoc. Marriage date Rawdon April 2, 1877, Wesleyan Methodist, bridegroom, Ch of England Bride, Rev. F.L. Stephenson. 

Source: Ontario, Canada, Marriages 1801 to 1928, Richard West to Diana Brown, 2 April, 1877 Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, #03878

A search of the Huron West 1881 census showed that there were about 30 out of 98 pages of very faded handwriting so it was not possible to find them.


Township map of Huron Co. at Ontario Genweb page

Jumping ahead to 1891 we find Diana and Richard are living in Ashfield Twp., Huron. His name is under “Restiard” and hers is “Deana.” James, Richard’s brother, is living with them.

Line 8, W7, 192, West, Restiard, M, 35, M, Born, all born Ontario, parents Ireland, Meth, West, Deana, F, 33, M, W, parents father Ireland, mother Ontario, farmer. West, Maggie, F, 13, Da. West, James E, M, 30, Brother. 

Source: 1891 Canadian Census, Ashfield, #78 Huron West, Ontario, page 56, enumerated 1st of May 1891, A. C. [Marshfield]. 

They appear in the 1901 Canadian Census in Ashfield, Huron West.

line 50, 32/32, page 3, line 50, West, Richard M, W, Head, M, 12 Oct, 1854, age 47, born Ontario, English, Canadian, Ch. of England, farmer, page 4, line 1, West, Diana, F, W, wife, M, 9 Jan, 1856, age 45, born Ontario, English, Canadian, Methodist, occupation unreadable. 

Below Diana on the next line is a James West with family:

Line 2, 33/33, West, James, M, W, Head, M, 11 April, 1861, all born Ontario, English, all Meth., farmer, West, Mary, F, W, wife, M, 9 June 1872, Scotch, West, John, M, W, Son, S, 11, Dec. 1895, West, Hazel, F, W, Daughter, S, 21 April 1897, West, Elinor, F, W, Daughter, S, 20 Feb. 1899. 

Source: 1901 Canadian Census, #75 Huron West, SD#A, PDIv#7, Ashfield Twp., page 3 and 4, enumerated April 4 and 5, 1901, by John Jamison. 

With the very bad condition of the 1881 census I have not been able to figure out where Diana and Richard West were living in 1881.  They are just not appearing in Hastings nor Huron Counties.

This is only a beginning on researching this couple and I encourage you to make sure that the information is correct, more sources need to be checked to verify that it is truly Diana’s family.  I was having difficulty finding them in 1911. The County of Huron is north of Middlesex County and the city of London and borders Lake Huron on the east side.

Phillip & Margaret McMurray Brown’s children: Thomas Henry Brown 1846 to 1884

As I work on this family of Philip and Margaret McMurray Brown, I find that I need to be very careful because I am discovering that the information from cousins is not necessarily correct. This is not a criticism but more a cautionary statement.  Just be careful with the information that I give and make sure you double-check my results.  I am always willing to revisit the facts and make changes.

The list of Philip and Margaret’s children had them as follows, beginning with: William b. 1841, Frances b. 1843, Alice Marie (Elsa Maria maybe) 1845, Elizabeth 1845 but there is also another baptism of an Elizabeth in 1861 a daughter of Philip & Margaret Brown.  I have notes from my visit to Kingston in 2014 to the Anglican Diocese that have an Elizabeth Brown born 28 April 1861 to Philip and Margaret Brown, unfortunately, I did not get a copy of this source.  (#19 rS2).  So I have moved ahead to Thomas Henry Brown and we will see what happens as I dig further.

Thomas Henry Brown went by Henry or Henery sometimes.  He was born the 7th of December 1846 in Rawdon Twp. and was baptized on the 8th of January 1847 at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.

Thomas, born 27 December last, son of Phillip Brown and Margaret his wife, was baptized this 28th day of January 1847 by me, John Grier, Rector. Witnesses: Thomas Brown, Philip Brown for father and Mrs. P. Brown for mother.

He was with his parents in the 1861, 1871 Census in Rawdon, Hastings Co. using the name Henry in the 1861 census and Thomas in the 1871.  See the post about Philip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s descendants dated 5 June, 2015.

In the 1881 Canadian census Thomas Henry Brown is with his own family. We see that his wife is going by the name of Hester in this census.

Line 18, 16/16, Henery Brown, 34 yr. born Ontario, all Ch of Eng., farmer, married
Hester Brown, 24 years, born Ontario, married
Arthur Brown, M, 6 yr. born Ontario
Thomas Brown, M, 3 y, born Ontario
William Brown, M, 7 m. born Ontario

Source:  1881 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, Dist. #122, CDiv 3, page 4. 

Thomas married Hester Anne Downey about 1874. I cannot find a marriage record. She was born about 1856 in Hastings County.  I have seen her name as Esther Anne or even Hatie Anne and her last name as Deary or Dearing.

Family trees list her father as Andrew and mother as Martha Matilda Downey.  See Family Search genealogies for more information. She may have been the sister of James Downey who married her husband Thomas’ sister Matilda Jane. Hester appears on the marriage record as a witness using Hester Anne Downey.  This marriage was 9 April 1873.  I will post about James and Matilda in a future post.

Much to my delight I found Hatie/Hester in the 1891 Hastings North Canadian Census.

Line 6, ___, 32, Brown Hester/Hatie, F, 34, W, (a line – written where marriage status should be), born Ontario, parents born Ireland, all Ch. of England, Brown, Earnest, M, 16, W, S, born Ontario, all children’s parents born Ontario, farmer, Brown, Harry, M, 12, W, S, born Ontario, Brown, William M, 10, W, S, born Ontario, Brown Allice, F, 7, W, D, born Ontario, 

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, Ontario, District #74 N. Hastings, S. District #4 Rawdon, page 7, enumerated on 12 April, 1891, by John [Larsne].

Thomas and Hester had the following children from the census.

1. Earnest/Ernest Arthur Brown b. 10, January, 1875.  He lived in Harold, Ontario.

There is an Ernest Brown living in Rawdon, Hastings North with his siblings and his wife and baby daughter Annie in 1901:

line 35, 40/41, Brown Ernest, M, Head, M, 10 January, 1875, born Ontario. 26, all born Ontario, all Irish, farmer, Brown, Nancy F, wife M, 22 Febry 1875, 26, Brown Annie, F, daughter, 11 Febry, 1899, 2, Brown, Alice F, Sister, S, 12 April 1882, 19, Brown, Harry, M, Brother, S, 2 Aug, 1877, 23, laborer farm, Brown William, M, Brother, S, 14 Aug. 1879, 21, laborer mill.

Source:  1901 Canadian Census, Rawdon, #71 North Hastings, Ontario, page 4, PDiv 4, enumerated April 11 and 12, 1901, by Edmund Caverly. 

Ernest married Nancy McMaster on 25, May 1897 in Northumberland & Durham.

Marriage of Ernest Brown, age 22, born about 1875 in Rawdon, marriage 25, May 1897 in Northumberland & Durham, father Thomas Henery Brown, mother Hester Ann Dancey Brown, spouse Nancy McMaster, age 23, born about 1874 in Rawdon, father William McMartin and mother Margaret Lawder.

Source: Ontario, Canada Marriages 1801 to 1928, Ernest and Nancy McMaster, 25 May 1897 in Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario

2. Thomas Harry Brown born 2 August, 1877, in Hastings Co., Ontario.  Looks like he was called Harry but it is not clear if that is a nick name or not.

3. William James Brown born 14 August 1879, Hastings Co., Ontario. He married Jennie Miller on 22 April 1903 in Nipissing District.

Marriage of William James Brown, age 23, born about 1880, in Stirling, marriage date 22 April, 1903 in Nipissing District, father Thomas Henry Brown, mother Hester Ann Downey Brown, Spouse Jennie Miller age 32, born about 1871 in Renfrew, father William Miller and mother Catherine Hamilton.  

Source: Ontario, Canada, Marriages 1801-1922, William Brown to Jennie Miller, 22 April, 1903, Nipissing District and County #013458. 

4.  Alice Brown born 12, April 1882 in Hastings Co., Ontario. She married an Alex Fleming on 21 May 1901 in Hastings.

Marriage of Alice Brown, age 18, born about 1883 in Rawdon, married 21 May 1901, Hastings county, father Henry Brown, mother Hester Dearing, Spouse Alex Fleming age 22, born about 1879, in Huntingdon, father Robert Fleming, mother Samantha Reid.

Source: Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928, Alice Brown to Alex Fleming, 21 May 1901, Hastings Co., page 625.

I have found Hester’s death in Hastings but not her place of burial.

#16 Hesther A. Brown, died March 24, 1896 Female, 41 years, farmer’s wife, born Huntingdon, Ontario, died of Consumption 2 years, W. A. Sargent MD, witness Ernest Brown of Harold, registered May 12th 1896, Episcopalian, Thoms. C. McConnell.

Source:  Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869 to 1938 and Deaths Overseas, #004001

There is a broken and old tombstone in Stirling Cemetery with the name Thomas H. Brown and the date of death as September 15, 1884. It reads 37 years, 8 mos. and 19 days. See Find A Grave for more information.  He is listed in the Stirling Cemetery book #167. This stone is to the right of the large stone that has his father’s name inscribed on it.

Thomas H. Brown 1846 to 1874

Thomas H. Brown 1846 to 1874

DSC09106There is certainly more research to do on this couple of Thomas and Hester.  All the above needs to be verified, it has been difficult to find information on this family; hopefully one can dig further from this point and do census searches on the children.  Time to move on to other children.