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Thomas Brown and Mary Johnston’s Children: Thomas Brown 1846 to after 1921

Thomas Brown was born 12 October, 1846 in Rawdon, Hastings County, Ontario and was baptized 28 January, 1847 at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.  This man has been mixed up with another Thomas Henry Brown who was a son of Phillip Brown. They were born months apart and all the family was there on the same baptismal date: 

Thomas, born 12th October last, son of Thomas Brown of Rawdon & of Mary his wife, was baptized this 28th day of January 1847 by me, John Grier, Rector, Philip Brown & Thomas Brown for father, Mrs. Thos. Brown for mother.

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.

Northumberland County

Northumberland County

It is my belief that this Thomas Brown married a Sarah S. Archer and moved to Colborne.

Thomas Brown, age 26, Residing Colborne, born Stirling C., Bachelor, commercial Traveller, father Thomas Brown and mother Mary Brown, Spouse Sarah S. Archer, age 20, residing Haldimand, born Campbellford, Single, daug. of James Archer, and Martha Archer, Witness W. H. Bidwell Cramache, C.P, Cameron of Haldimand, Sept. 15, 1875, Haldimand, Ch. of E. groom, Ch of E. bride, Rev. I. Morton.

Source: Ontario Marriages 1801-1928, Div. of Hallimand, Schedule B, Marriages, page 412 #007049. 

He and Sarah were living in Colborne in the 1881 Canadian Census.

Line 4, 164, 168, Brown, Thomas, M, 33, Irish, Commercial Traveller, Married.
Brown, Sarah S, F, 26, English, Married.
Brown, Charles, P. M, age 6, Irish
Brown, Edith, F, 3, Irish
All born in Ontario, all Ch of Eng.

Source:  1881 Canadian Census, Colbourne, East Northumberland, page 32, District 123. 

In 1901 Sarah and Thomas are

Line 6, 163, 162, Brown, Thomas, M, W, Head, M, 12 Oct. 1946, age 54, All born in Ontario, English, All Canadian, all Ch. of E., Genl Merchant, 6, 200
Brown, Sarah S, F, W, Wife, M, 15 June 1852, age 48, Irish
Brown, Charles P., M, W, Son, S, 25 July 1875, age 24, all English
Brown, Edith, F, W, daughter, S, 15 Sept 1878, age 22
Brown, J. Archer, M, son, 10 Jan. 1883, age 18
Brown, Beverly J. M, W, son, 1 Jan 1891, age 9
Cameron, Mary J., F, W, sister, W, 10 Nov. 1846, age 54, English
Can all read and write.

Source:  1901 Canadian Census, Colbourne, Northumberland, #95, SD A, SSD #1, page 15, 20 April 1901, Robert J. Rutherford.

In 1911 Sarah and Thomas are still in Colborne and their daughter Edith has married and had a son probably born in the United States not Greece as indicated below.

Line 19, 29, 29, Brown Thomas, 250 North, M, Head, M, October 1846, 64, born Ontario, Ireland, Merchant
Brown, Sarah S., F, wife, M, June, 1856, 55, born Ontario, England
Richardson, Edith, F, daughter, Married, September 1879, 32, born Ontario, Irish
Richardson, Eric A., M, grandchild, S, October 1907, 4, birthplace maybe Greece?, English

Source: 1911 Canadian Census, Colborne, Northumberland, Ontario, Dist#101, SD#27, 250 North residence, page 9, Sam Duuly.

Sarah and Thomas Brown after now aging but they are still living in 1921.

Line 2, 121, 120, Brown, Thomas, North St, Colborne, Head, M, M, age 74, born Ontario, Ireland, Anglican, retired. Brown, Sarah, wife, F, M, 67, born Ontario, England, Richardson, Eric, grand son, M, S, 13, born USA, England father, mother Ontario, student.

Source:  1921 Canadian Census, Colborne, Northumberland, Ontario, Dist#107, SSD#61, page 9, June ___ 1921, C.C. Phiep. 

Based on the census information given above it appears that Ruth married first to Ernest G. Richardson (b. 1868 London, England) on 26 September, 1906 in Colborne. They had one son Eric born in the United States.

Richardson, Ernest G., age 38, Marriage date 26 Sept 1906, residence Colborne, residence when married Denver, born London, England, Bachelor, Banker, father Joseph Richardson, mother reads Sarah Ann Archer?, Episcopalian, Bride: Edith Brown, 28, residence Colborne, born Colborne, S., father Thomas Brown, mother Sarah Archer, Episcopalian, Witnesses Alice Archer Campbellford, Geo. Archer, Bachelor, Toronto. Fidler A.J. L.

Source:  Ontario Marriages, Ernest G. Richardson to Ruth Brown, 26 September, 1906, Colborne, Northumberland, Ontario #014596, page 449. 

Something must have happened to Ernest because Edith remarries to a Frederick Wm. Higgenson by 1914 and she lists herself as a widow.

Groom, Frederick William Higginson, 46, resided Truia/Iruia, Alberta, born Hawkesbury, Ont. Bachelor, Engineer, Ch of Eng. father James Higginson, mother Eliza Fielde. Bride, Edith Richardson, 35, residing Colborne, Ontario, born Colborne, Widow, Ch of Eng. father Thomas Brown, mother Sarah Archer. Witness J.F. MacG…..68 Bartlett Ave. Toronto, Kate A [MacGoroace] same place. Married in Toronto.

Source:  Ontario Marriages, Frederick Wm. Higginson to Ruth Richardson, 21 April 1914, Colborne, Northumberland Co., Ontario.

It looks like Edith and Fred headed to Battle River, Alberta and Eric is enumerated twice in the 1921 census.

Line 46, 307, 309, Higgenson, F. W. 30, 45, 8, 4, Head, M, M, 53, Ontario, all Irish all Ch of Eng, farmer. Higgenson, Edith, wife, F, M, 41, Ontario, Richardson, Eric, stepson, M, S, 13, Alberta, Father England, mother Ontario, student.

Source: 1921 Canadian Census, Battle River, Alberta, pg. 33, Dist #1, SubD#34, July 6, 7, 8, 1921, W. J. [Foden].

Based on the above census we have four children for this couple:

  • Charles P. Brown born 25 July 1875 in Ontario
  • Edith Brown born 15 September 1878 in Ontario
  • James Archer Brown for 10 Jan 1883 in Ontario and married a Ruth Boyer on 19 September 1906 in Colborne.  She was born about 1881 and her parents were John Boyer and Amie Keeler.
  • Beverly Brown born 1 January 1891 in Ontario.

A Thomas and Sarah S. (Archer) Brown are buried in the Lakeport Cemetery in Haldimand, Northumberland, Ontario. This is according to the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid.  This cemetery is featured on Find A Grave but Thomas and Sarah are not yet added to the memorials at this time, so I cannot confirm.

This is a good start to the research on this couple.  Please review and make sure these findings are correct.

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