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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.


Grandmother Ethel Brown Boardman and the early 1900’s!

The early 1900’s were very eventful for my grandmother Ethel Adella Brown.  I last featured her and some photographs in the post dated April 1, 2011 “Ethel Adella Brown – Growing Up!”

My grandmother always dressed well.  In digging deep into my memories I realize that she never looked rumpled or untidy.  Here she is about the age of 20 which would place the time about 1902.  This is a reprint.  The original is missing?

Photo:  Rarely do I do a large photo.  This is amazing and I am proud of my Grandmother.  This photo was given to me by her oldest daughter Aileen sometime in the 1980’s before my Aunt’s death. So it is very precious to our family.   I wish I had seen it as a child.  As a child I would have been fascinated.  The questions I would have asked?  I think that my grandmother Ethel looks absolutely amazing. 

Photo:  This photo is of Ethel with a friend? There is no writing on the back. It probably dates about the same time as the one above. 

Photo:  Here is another picture of Ethel with a friend.  This time it has the name Della Gibner written on the back.  If you study the photo above and compare it to this photo, I think you will agree that it is the same lady.   That must have been a wonderful friendship!

Photos:  In this photo Ethel is having  fun.  She looks happy and like she is enjoying herself.  The hair is still in the elaborate style.  I do not have dates written on the back of any of these photos so I am guessing that it was around the late 1890’s and early 1900’s and close to the first photo I presented.  Here she seems younger.   The stamp reads:  W.C. Woods [59 E.] Main St., Winnipeg.  I had a hairpiece and it would take me a good 2 hours to put my hair up.  I have very thick hair.  Can you imagine the time these hairdos took?

Over the course of the early 1900’s my grandmother would experience sad and happy times. 

Unfortunately Ethel’s mother Emma Ward passes on the 20th of April 1905.  Ethel was about 23 at the time of this event. 

Several months later in August on the 28th of 1905 my grandmother Ethel Adella Brown married Robert Boardman in St. Paul.  She was now a married lady. 

Robert and Ethel are living with her father Richard Brown 1906 per the census.  Ethel was the only girl in the family so maybe she took on the duties of caring for her father, brother, and her husband.

Following in 1907 Ethel’s brother Charles lost his first wife Annie Stobbs on 4 October 1907.  She is buried in the St. John’s Cemetery in Winnipeg.

Edmund James Boardman, brother of her husband Robert, gets married to Jesse in August of 1908.  This is followed by the death of her father-in-law Edmund Boardman who passes October of 1908. 

The next year there is a wedding in October of 1909 with the marriage of brother Charles to Eva Nellie. 

Photographs below:  Ethel in a straw hat and without.  Straw hats were apparently worn in the summer time according to the Hat History website: 

The other change is the style of her hair.  It is now curly. 

Photo above:  Here she is looking a little wistful.  Again she is dressed beautifully.  

Photo:  Once again she is having fun in this photo.  That coat is something to see.  I wonder what it was made of?  The pose is very reminiscent of my Aunt Aileen. 

Things were going to change for Ethel about 1907.  She would become a mother and she would migrate with her husband Robert to Vancouver, British Columbia about 1910 and eventually to the U.S.

Family Photos – Brown Family Memories?

I was very grateful to receive from my Boardman cousin a pile of family photographs.  These were the ones my Aunt Aileen shared with me back in 1987.  Upon her death they disappeared and apparently ended up with the daughter of my uncle.  Thank goodness. I had regretted not securing them at the distribution of Aunt Aileen’s estate, so I was very happy to become the owner of them. 

Like all family collections of photographs you have ones you can identify and ones think you understand or ones that are a total mystery! 

In the post dated:   September 28, 2011 “Richard Brown Dies – July 1922!”    I featured two photos.  One of Richard Brown from an obituary notice in the newspaper and a photograph of my grandmother Ethel with a man who closely resembled Richard in later years.  The fact she is laughing and beaming is very significant.  The familiarity of the older man with his arm around her planted a seed in me?  I really do believe it is Richard?

Tip:  To see more detail in the photographs below, click on the photo and it will open into a larger window.  Just remember to click your back button to return!

I featured this following photograph of my grandmother Ethel sitting on a lawn area in front of a house, she is on the left.  There is another lady and young boy.  At first I thought it might be my great-grandmother Emma (Ward) Brown on the who died in 1905?  The young boy’s age is confusing.  If he was one of Ethel’s brothers he would be about her age, not so small and young?  The other option is it could be Annie (Stobb) Brown, the older brother Charles’ first wife? I am not aware that Charles and Annie had any children.  She died 1907.   So who is the young boy?  The other possibility is that it is Eva (see last two photos in this post), Charles’ second wife so that means this photo is older than I think?  I am having trouble because my grandmother Ethel had left with her family and migrated to Vancouver, B.C. by around 1907, the year of Annie’s death.  She also looks too young? 

Ethel on the Lawn

Charles Ward Brown has been featured in past posts dated  June 20, 25, and July 10,  2011.  We know this photograph from the newspaper to be Charles Ward Brown. 

Obituary Photo - Charles W. Brown


This photo is in the collection and it is identified as “Charles” by handwriting that looks like my mother’s?

Charles with a dog!

This next photograph is from an obituary for Arthur W. Brown, which I have featured with the complete obituary in a past post dated September 15, 2011 and August 13, 2011.

Obituary Photo of Arthur W. Brown

In the following photograph Arthur is identified again, by handwriting on the back again it looks like my mother’s?  I am not entirely convinced and think it is Charles?

Arthur W. Brown Identified but maybe not?


The next photograph looks very much like the man above but he has a mustache?  It is not identified! However, in the last two photographs on this post Charles has a mustache!

Is this Arthur or Charles with a mustache?

Still another photograph that is not identified.  I am leaning toward Charles for the photo above and below?  I did feature this with Arthur in the posted dated September 15, 2011 but I am starting to think it is not him?

Again Is this Arthur or Charles?


 The next photograph is very difficult.  It could be Charles or it might be Arthur?  Again I think it is Charles?

Charles or Arthur?


This photo below is fun and I wonder what the story was?  I am not sure if they were really camping?  The man on the right makes me think it is Charles, which means that the young man on the left is probably Charles Jr. or maybe it is a young brother Arthur? Charles would be 8 years older?  Nothing was written on the back.  What was the dog’s name?

Two men by a Tent?

Does the young man on the left in the photograph above look like this man in the 3 photographs below? 

Maybe Arthur?


Arthur or one of the sons of a Brown Brother?

The following two photos look like Charles and Arthur with their wives.  I think that one of the ladies is Teresa (on the right) who was Arthur’s wife.  This means the other lady would be Eva (in back), Charles’ second wife?  Charles is the man on the left and Arthur is between him and Teresa.  Take a close look at the photographs above, who has the mustache?  I think that Arthur had more hair and was darker in completion than his older brother Charles.  

The Brown Brothers & Wives?

The Brown Brothers!

It is fun to speculate and ponder old photographs.  Sometimes you get lucky and make a discovery.  The more you look at a photographs the more you recognize similarities in clothing and surroundings.  You can always change your mind as you contemplate the photos.  Just because someone writes something on the back does not mean they really knew.  My mother Marjorie (b. 1911) and her sister Aileen (b. 1908) were their nieces.  There families had moved to Vancouver, B.C. and eventually migrated to the U.S. by 1917.  The chances that they really knew them are very slim unless the Brown brothers visited?  The above two group photos would have to be dated after Annie’s death in 1907  but closer to 1914 when Arthur married Teresa? 

Comments are regarding these photographs are most welcome!

Richard Brown’s Legacy!

The estate file of my great-grandfather Richard Brown has explained to me were my organizational skills have come from.  His estate file was a dream and all very clearly laid out as to whom his children where and who was to inherit what!

His son’s were the Executors of his estate which contained a will. 

Here is a summary of the documents in this file which I found in the films of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

1.  Search for Caveat, Sept. 6, 1922

2.  Application for Probate by Arthur Ward Brown in City of Winnipeg in the Province of Manitoba, Manager of a Wholesale Stationery and Charles Ward Brown, Insurance Agent.  Value of estate not more than $9,060.13.  Last will and testament of Feb. 22, 1922.  Died July 12th, 1922.  Signed and dated July 31, 1922.

3.  Naming of the Executors – Arthur Ward Brown – Verifying Richard’s Death.

4.  Affidavit of the Value of Property not more than $9060.13

5.  General Distribution of Property – Money and Real estate.

6.  Statement of Relationship – Arthur Ward Brown, son, 106 Magna Dr., Property described and value $2200.00 plus $4393.65. Charles Ward Brown, son more property, 134 Walnut Drive, $700, 1766.48.  Ethel Boardman, daughter of Seattle, WA, some items given.

7.  The Succession Duties Act – description of interment lot.

8.  Affidavit of Value and Relationship

9.  Last Will and Testament of Richard Brown, transcribed from typed copy of the court.


This is the last will and testament of me, Richard Brown, of the City of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba, Carpenter, I hereby revoking all former wills at any time and by me.  I direct that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid and satisfied by my Executors hereinafter named, as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

I Direct my Executors to divide my personal property and household effects amongst my children Arthur W. Brown, Charles W. Brown and Ethel Boardman, wife of Robert Boardman, in such manner as may to my Executors seem best.

I give, Devise and Bequeath to my son Arthur W. Brown all moneys due owing and payable to me under an Agreement to sell the lands and premises described as follows:  Being in the City of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba, and being the West half of Lot Eighteen (18) which Lot is shown on a plan of survey of a portion of Lot Thirty-nine (39) of the Parish of Saint John, registered in the Winnipeg Land Titles Office as Plan No. 46, subject to such encumbrances as may be registered against the same at the time of my decease.

 I Give Devise and Bequeath to my son Arthur W. Brown, all my interest in house No. 106 Niagara St. in the City of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba, and the lands usually enjoyed therewith and appertaining thereto on which it is situated. 

I appointed my sons, Arthur W. Brown and Charles W. Brown, hereinafter called my Trustees to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will,

I Give all the residue of my property both real and personal unto my Trustees in Trusts, to convert the same into money as soon as possible after my decease, but such conversion to be entirely at the discretion of my Trustees as to the time for the said conversion; and upon the sale of any or all my said property to divide the proceeds of the sale equally amongst my said three children, Arthur W. Brown, Charles W. Brown and Ethel, wife of Robert Boardman, and I empower my Trustees to postpone the conversion of any part of my property for so long as they shall think fit, and the income of any property remaining unconverted shall, from the time of my death, be paid and applied in the same manner as the income of the proceeds thereof would have been payable and applicable for the time being if the same had been converted. 

In witness whereof I have set my hand this 22nd day of February A.D. 1922.

 Signed, published and declared by the above name Richard Brown, testator, as and for his last Will and testament, in the presence of us both present at the same time, who, at his request, and in his presence, have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses.  Hattie Le Grant, S.R. Laidlaw.  Signed by Richard Brown.

10.  Proof of Will by S.R. Laidlaw and Hattie L. Grant

11.  Names of the Heirs – Charles Ward Brown, Arthur Ward Brown and Ethel Boardman wife of Robert Boardman.

12.  Proof of Will by Charles Ward Brown, son.

13.  Proof of Will by Arthur Ward Brown, son

14.  Grant of Probate on Sep. 22, 1922 City of Winnipeg.

In summary about the Brown family:

What is so very exciting about finding this amazing file is that it really identifies those who are the descendants of Richard Brown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Source:  Family History Library films, Salt Lake City, Utah. Estate files 1871-1930, Index ca. 1884-1930, Manitoba, Canada.

1.  Estate Files 1871-1930; index ca. 1884-1930, Surrogate Court of Manitoba, Eastern Judicial District, Index Vols. 1-5, FHL#1381814, Vol. 4 (1921-1922).

2.  Estate Files 1871-1930; index ca. 1884-1930, Surrogate Court of Manitoba, Eastern Judicial District, Estate Files #14633, FHL#1411851 (Estate files 14595-14751, 1922).  Copy in possession of the compiler of this blog.