Category Archives: BOARDMAN Surname

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

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Ontario Wanderings: Kingston & The Diocese of Ontario revisited

My route to Kingston was from Tweed to Napanee.  From Napanee I headed east to Kingston on Hwy 2.  I was familiar with Kingston from my last visit in 2012 when I attended the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference held there.

Kingston's Water Tower

Kingston’s Water Tower Almost the same photo as 2012

See my posts dated June 22, 2012, June 21, 2012 and June 20, 2012 on the blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes for my trip in 2012 to the Kingston area.  Use the Archive list box or find the Kingston category.

As usual travel can take more time than you think. and it was fast approaching 1 pm and I was not yet in Kingston.  I stopped at the Denny’s in Napanee (or was that Great Napanee) to get some lunch. It is important to have a full tummy when you do research.

My original plan was to check in and park at the Confederation Place Hotel but I didn’t have time so I sought out on street parking.  This time I was across the street on Wellington Ave.  A big semi was backing into the lot on the other side of the street. I yelled “NO” when he got too close to my car.

Anglican Diocese Sign

Anglican Diocese Sign

You enter the Diocese archives through the bookstore in the back.  They have open hours and this was Thursday so I was good.  This is an awesome bookstore but I didn’t have time to dally.

Through the Bookstore

Through the Bookstore

Down the stairs

Down the stairs

Lisa Russell is the contact person and she greeted me as I came down the steep stairs. I paid my $15.00 for the day. This Diocese has indexed their records so you use the index first and then with that information you obtain copies from the registers.  Some registers have been  photocopied so you get a copy of a copy.  I had made three spreadsheets of baptisms, marriages and deaths of my Brown family.  I worked through them writing down what I found on the index as requested by Lisa who gave me a very thorough review of how to use the index.

The Diocese Archive Room

The Diocese Archive Room

Lisa began pulling the copies of the registers from my list.  You don’t usually get an original register but this time I did at least get to look at one.  Lisa is very fast and had all my copies to me within minutes.

I returned to feed the meter and while I was walking back I called my friend Elaine Brown to make arrangements for dinner at the Keg which was an easy walk from the hotel.

I didn’t find all the Brown information that I wanted.  I double checked and Richard Brown my great-grandfather is just not there in the baptisms.  So I have not been able on this trip to find his baptismal record.  I did baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials.  I will refer to my findings in other future posts.  I have eliminated the church records of this diocese and the St. John’s of Petersborough.

I was done about 4 pm and had arrived around 1:45 pm.  I paid for my copies at $.50 a sheet.  Fortunately no one else came to do research so I was able to work quickly and efficiently with no interruptions.  I was happy.

I thanked Lisa and headed out, wishing her the best.

This was my second visit to this archive and it was a good visit. The picture below is of Lake Ontario the eastern end of it.  I have almost circumnavigated this lake except of the area on the south side that is in Ohio.

The Wharf at Kingston

The Wharf at Kingston almost through my hotel window…

It was not hard to find the Confederation Place Hotel on Ontario Street. I checked in and moved my car to the underground parking.  It made it so much easier to unload and take my stuff to my room which was #511 and it was on the harbour side with a view of Lake Ontario. If you read that they had a bit of a problem with the underground parking that is all taken care of now.  It was a bit tricky to get into the garage and out but make sure you get the instructions.  It was a wonderful view of the lake, wharf with the boats and the park.  I watched the sunset and sunrise from my window.  I did take pictures through the window but there was a lot of reflection.

Ontario Street

Ontario Street – Confederation Place Hotel

About 5:30 pm I headed to the Keg for dinner.  I did not know it was one of the best restaurants in town.  It is very fancy in there and they take good care of you.  My friend Elaine and I had a grand time.

The Keg Restaurant in Kingston

The Keg Restaurant in Kingston

My journey had come to end for my mother’s side of the family the Boardmans, Wards, and Browns an associated surnames.  The Browns did go through Montreal when they arrived and most families probably did.  Of course I have had successes and also still have tough problems on my ancestry to solve but I do know now what the lay of the land is like and it will help me in my searches.  It was a big job this trip but I am happy and content.

It is now time to head over to my other blog and share about the remainder of my journeys and adventures on The Man Who Lived Airplanes blog.

Ontario Wanderings: Hamilton Cemetery

About six months ago I learned that my great-grandfather Edmund Boardman had lived in London, Ontario before he went to New Brunswick.  He and his parents were listed in the 1861 census for Canada.  I started searching for their burial location but so far has not be successful.

I did discover that a great many Boardmans were in the Hamilton area of Ontario.  Hamilton is a fairly good-sized city on the western end of Lake Ontario.  I was coming from St. Catharines using Hwy 50 and 20 and made my way to Hamilton entering that city by heading up Upper St. James to York.  The Hamilton Cemetery is in the upper left of the city so I had to go through the downtown area.  It was good because I got to see the main part of this city.,_Ontario)

Statue in Downtown Hamilton

Statue in Downtown Hamilton – Sir John A. Macdonald

I found my way to the Hamilton Cemetery and entered the office and asked about the Boardman graves.  The receptionist took my OCFA papers and headed through the doors behind her to the back area making the comment that they must be old graves and this would take some time.  About 30 minutes later this very smart-looking woman came out of the back area and gave me her assessment of my OCFA list.  I usually have a cemetery listing and know more about my subjects in this case Boardmans but was winging it this time.  I do not advise this sort of preparation especially in a large cemetery.

Hamilton Cemetery sign on York Ave.

Hamilton Cemetery sign on York Ave.

Now the OCFA is a list you get from the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid and it is set up to feature the cemetery reading books by the individual chapters of the Ontario Genealogical Society.  So the numbers on the side are for these books not for graves.  She made a comment that they were of no value to her or them.

Cemetery Map inside the entry way.

Cemetery Map inside the entry way.

Parking is on the other side of this building which has the office for the cemetery.

Hamilton Cemetery Office

Hamilton Cemetery Office

Fortunately several of the Boardmans where just behind the office building.  I walked the area carefully but could not find any tombstone with the names.  I saw a lot of lack of care and many of the flat stones were covered with debris and others were broken or semi=buried in the ground.

An overview photo

An overview photo

The next stop was the Sunken garden which required that I drive down this narrow road down a sizeable hill to another area of the cemetery.  I thought it was this one area but it was really the large tombstone section and I did find a stone with BOARDMAN on it but nothing else.

Sunken Garden area

Sunken Garden area

The area behind the Sunken Garden, I think?  Maybe the whole area is the Sunken Garden?

Area behind the Sunken Garden?

Area behind the Sunken Garden?

When I return from my trip I will provide more details of the persons I found in this cemetery with the surname of Boardman. I do not know if they are my Boardman line but they are of that surname.  There were other cemeteries in the area with more Boardman names which I will need to do more research on.

This was the only tombstone I found and there was nothing written on it or around it.

Boardman Stone

Boardman Stone

I had thought of going to the Hamilton Public Library which had some interesting genealogy that I could have studied.  I also could have gone to the Hamilton Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society but I chose to keep going and really did not provide enough time for digging in. It was time to head for my hotel in Brantford, Ontario and get out of Hamilton which was a little tricky but I made it.

More about Emma Ward Brown!

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?

Unknown woman in white

Unknown woman in white

WomanwithUmbrellawhitedress - Copy

Unknown woman the full photo

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.