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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?

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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!


Charles Ward Brown Passes in 1935!

Charles worked in the insurance industry for many years and may have even owned his own agencies because they had the “Brown” name in the title, for a long period of time.  More research on my great-uncle needs to be done. 

He died on 21 July 1935 in Winnipeg and his wife Eva Nellie survived him by many years living to 89 years old.  Eva Nellie died on the 19th of April 1970 in Essondale, British Columbia (per my cousin R. Hayes).  A city directory listing has her in Winnipeg in 1936 living at the 134 Walnut street address.  In 1939 to 1951 she is listed as the widow of Charles W. or under Mrs. Eva N.

Charles is buried in the St. John’s Cemetery in Winnipeg although a stone or engraving was not done for Charles that I can see from the photos.

There were several notices about Charles’ death in the paper:

Brown – On July 21, at the Winnipeg General Hospital, Charles Ward Brown, 134 Walnut St., aged 60 years.  Funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the A.B. Gardiner Funeral home, 178 Kennedy St. Internment in the family plot in St. John’s cemetery.  Winnipeg Free Press, Tuesday July 23, 1935.

The Winnipeg Free Press also ran a photo on July 24, 1935 and on another page on July 23, 1935 they gave a very details obituary notice for Charles.  The obituary photo and notice were provided to me by my cousin Robert Hayes. 

Charles Brown ObituaryThe Rest of the Obituary for Charles Brown

The Rest of the Obituary for Charles Brown

In this article they state Charles was born in Lapeer Co., Michigan where his father Richard Brown and mother Emma Ward Brown lived with Richard’s parents.  His birth had not been confirmed by a study of the records.  The article lists his children:  Alvin, Marjorie and Charles all in Winnipeg.  His siblings are Arthur W. Brown of Winnipeg and Mrs. R. Boardman of Seattle, WA.  They name his wife as Eva Nellie Huffman.  I have her name spelled “Haffman.”

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Charles W. Brown Remarries 1909!

Several years later after the death of his first wife, Charles remarried to Eva Nellie Haffman (Huffman) on 14 October 1909 in Winnipeg (Manitoba Vital Records). 

They had three children  that I know about:

1.  Alvin Leslie Ward Brown born about 1910.  Alvin appears in the 1916 census and is found residing in 1935 in Winnipeg at his father’s death.

2.  Charles W. Brown Jr. born about 1913. He marries to a Victoria ______. 

3.  Marjorie Brown no information.

Charles and Nellie appear in the 1911 and 1916 Canadian Census as they build their life and family together.

Source:  Charles Ward Brown Family, 1911 Canadian Census, Winnipeg, Manitoba page 30, A.M. Leith ED#15

Line 21, 294, Brown Charles Ward, male, head, married, Jan 1875, 36.  Line 22, 294, Brown Eva Nellie, f, wife, married, Apr 1882, 29.  Line 23, 294, Brown Elvin Leslie Ward, male, son, single. Oct. 1910, 7 mos?.  24, 294, Smith Louisa, f, domestic, single, June 1893, 18.

Charles continues to work for the Brown – Clarke Agency from 1906 to 1926 per the city directories of Winnipeg.  He also moved from 153 Magnus Ave. to 134 Walnut St. 

Source: Charles W. Brown Family, 1916 Canadian Census, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada pg. 45, 15 Winnipeg S, ED 7.

Line 33, 402, 514/ Brown Charles W., #134 Walnut, Head, M, Married, age 38 born Ontario, Manager Insurance, Brown Eva, wife, female, married age 33, born Manitoba, Brown Alvin, son, [nw] single, age 5 born Manitoba, Brown Charles, [nw] single, age 4 born Manitoba, Lundslen, Charlotte, servant, female, single age 28 born Manitoba, servant private, All Cong’l, Servant is Presby., Charles lists himself as Scotch.  All speak and write English except for the 4-year-old.

According to the city directories of Winnipeg Charles started working for the Jamieson & Brown Ltd. company in about 1926 and continued their till 1930.  By 1935 he was the Manager at the Winnipeg Insurance Agency and he was still living at 134 Walnut Street.

The Browns: Richard and Emily’s Family

This photograph is one of may that I don’t know much about.  I do know that the young woman on the left is my grandmother Ethel Adella Brown Boardman.  She must be in her teens?  I do not know who the two other people are, the woman and the boy.  I do not have a lot of photos of the Brown side.  

Ethel on the Lawn


My grandmother Ethel’s parents were Richard Brown and Emily Ward.  

Richard and Emily had 4 children: 

1.  Charles Ward Brown was born 6 January 1875 in probably Michigan.  He died 21 July 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  He first married Annie Stobb on 10 July 1901.  She was born 15 December 1873 and died 4 October 1907 in Winnipeg.  He married a second time to Eva Nellie Haffman on 14 October 1909 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She was born about 1883 in Manitoba.  They had 3 children. 

2. Ethel Adella Brown was born 10 June 1881 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and died 25 February 1965 in Seattle, King Co., Washington.  She married Robert Boardman on 28 August 1905 in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota.  They had 3 children see the posted dated April 12, 2010. 

3.  Arthur Ward Brown was born 29 November, 1883 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and died 30 March 1968 in Winnipeg.  He married Teresa Ploeger on 10 June 1914 in Winnipeg and they had 3 children. 

4. Alvin Brown was born about 1895 and died 7 December 1895 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.   My grandmother was 10 years old at his death.  

What has been found on my Brown side has been through the help of a researcher at the Manitoba Genealogical Society who searched city directories, vital records indexes, newspapers and cemeteries.  He went out to the cemeteries and took photos for me.  I am very grateful for his help.  His name is Rick McLellan and he is still listed on the Manitoba Genealogical Society website under Research Services: