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George and Esther King Brown’s children: William Henry Brown

William Henry Brown was born about 1834 in Upper Canada to George and Esther Brown. He married an Isabella Chalmers on 15 January, 1861 in Lambton Co., Ontario.

Source: Index Only, Ontario, Canada Marriages 1801-1928 Ontario, Canada, County marriage Registers, 1858-June 1869 FHL #103005-1030068, Archives of Ontario MS248, Reel 8.

Marriage of Brown and Chalmers:  William Brown, born Ontario, Residence Wyoming, age 26, born about 1835, parents, George Brown and Esther Brown. Spouse Isabella Chalmers born Ontario, Residence Plympton Twp., Father James Chalmers, Mother Isabella Chalmers, Marriage date 15 January,1861, Lambton Co., Ontario. 

William Henry Brown son of George and Esther Brown

William Henry Brown son of George and Esther Brown

We find William and Isabella living in Plympton Twp. Lambton Co., Ontario in the 1861 Canadian Census.  George, his brother, is living with them.

Source:  1861 Canadian Census, Plympton, Lambton Co., Ontario, pg. 22.

Line 17, William W. Brown, Superintendent store, born Upper Canada, Church of Eng., age 27, male, married, frame house, two stories, 1 family.  Isabella Brown born Upper Canada, Bap, age 24, female, married. George Brown, born Upper Canada, Clerk, Ch. of Eng., age 19, single. 

They are living in Plympton Twp., Lambton Co., Ontario, again, in the 1871 Canadian Census.

Source: 1871 Canadian Census, Plympton, Lambton Co., Ontario, pg. 55, District # 4 Lambton, Plympton Div. No. 1, Ontario. 

Line 16, 180, 186, Brown, William H. M, age 36, born Ontario, CofEng, Irish, conveyancer, M. Brown, Isabella, F age 35, born O, Baptist, Scotch, M. Brown, Esther M. F, age 9, born O, Baptist, Irish, Brown, William J., M, age 7, born US, Baptist, Irish, Brown, Helena A, F, age 5, born O, Baptist, Irish. Brown, Wilhelmina F, age 3, born On Baptist, Irish. Brown, Henry, m 11/12 April, born O, Baptist, Irish. Cunningham, John, M, age 40, Irish, Cof E. Irish, Laborer.

Isabelle Chalmers Brown

Isabelle Chalmers Brown

In the 1881 Canadian Census they are now in Wyoming which is a town in Plympton Twp. just on the border of the township, Lambton Co., Ontario.  The following link has a map that gives the current area municipalities.

Source:  1881 Canadian Census, Wyoming, Lambton Co., Ontario, Dist. 179, SD. Wyoming, Village, pg. 14.

Line 15, 61, 61, Brown W. H., M, age ____, born O., CofE, Irish, Farmer, M. Brown, Isabella, F, 4?, born O, [ ] Scottish, M. Brown, Ettis, F age 19, born O, C of E, Irish, Brown, W. J., M, age 17, O, C of E, Irish, Brown, Hellana, F, age 15, O, C of E, Irish, Brown, Wilhelmina F, age 13, O, C of E, Irish, Brown, James, M, 11, O, C of E, Irish, Brown, Edith, F, age 9, O, C of E, Irish. Brown, Emily, F, age 4, O, C of E, Irish. 

By the 1891 Canadian Census they have migrated to Cornwallis, Selkirk, Manitoba.  There is a town of Selkirk and a municipality of Cornwallis which is the Brandon area.  So I am not exactly sure where they settled.

Southern Manitoba, Can Topo Maps

Southern Manitoba, Can Topo Maps

Source: W. H. Brown Family, 1891 Canadian Census, Cornwallis, Selkirk, Manitoba, Dist# 1 Selkirk, SD Cornwallis, Manitoba, 19 May, 1891, pg. 17,

Line 13, W 9, 74, Brown, W. H., M. age 56, M, born O, father and mother born Ireland, C of E, farmer, 1 employee, read and write. Brown, Isabella, F, age 53, M, W, born On, Father and mother Scotland, Baptist, Brown, Wilhelmina, F, age 23, D, born O, Brown, Henry, M, age 21, S, born O, Farmer, Brown, Edith, F, age 19, D, born O. Brown, Emily F, age 14, D, born O, Galbraith, C.A., M. age 18, [Dom], born O, Father Scotland, Mother O, Meth. Farm Laborer. All can read and write. 

In 1901 Isabella is living with her daughter Helena, William is not with her.  There is a mistake on the birth of Lawrence. His death certificates as his birth date Oct. 25, 1900 not 1890.  This was very confusing and took me a while to figure out the problem.

Source: James Leathorn and Isabella Brown Family, 1901 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dis 12, SD Winnipeg Quarter No. 2, SD# B-3, pg. 3, H. L. Lovering,  

Line 28, 17, 18, Leathorn, James, M, head, M, Oct 18, 1854 42, born Ont, English, Eng Ch, [con marclled], 12, 1200. Leathorn, Helena, F, Wife, M, Feb 20, 1869, 32, born Ont, Irish, Leathorn, Pearl, F, daughter, S Dec 6, 1891, 9, Manitoba, English. Leathorn, Olive, F, daughter, S, Feb 27, 1894, 7, Manitoba, English. Leathorn, Carmille, F, daughter, S, Mar 28, 1896, 6, Manitoba, English. Leathorn, Lawrence, M, Son, S, Oct 25, 1890, 5/12, Manitoba, English, Brown, Edith, F, S. law S, [Apr 11, 1876, 24, born Ont., Irish, Stenographer. Brown, Emily F, s-law, S, [Apr] 2, 1877, 21, born Ont., Irish. All Eng Ch., Brown, Isabella, F, M-Law, W, Feb 23, 1838, age 63, born Ont., Scotch, Baptist. All can read and write.

William Henry Brown was killed by drowning.  An article appeared in the Winnipeg Daily Free Press, Friday, May 5, 1898 no. 258.

Death of W.H. Brown in Brandon, Manitoba

The Mystery Solved, The Body of a Well-Known Brandon Farmer Found in the Assiniboine

Brandon, May 4, Late last fall W. H. Brown, a well-known farmer living a few miles east of this city, mysteriously disappeared, being seen the last time leaving Rapid City for here driving a single rig. The family though he would turn up on the coast, where he had expressed and intention of going in the near future. Yesterday when the ice went out of the Assiniboine, the body of the missing man was found some sixteen miles down the river.  There is no suspicion of foul play though, strange to say, there is no [      ] as to the whereabouts of the horse and buckboard.  The deceased was about sixty years old and leaves a highly respected Family. He had a married daughter who is residing in Winnipeg. 

Isabella continued to live with her daughter Helena and they appear in the 1921 Canadian Census living in the Point Grey area in Vancouver South, British Columbia having migrated there.  Helena’s family is also there with her husband James William Leatham age 64, daughter Olive 23, Laneille 21 and Lawrence Bran age 19.  Apparently Isabella’s parents were from Scotland.  Ancestry does not like the name Leathorn in the census so I am having trouble finding this couple.

Southern British Columbia,

Southern British Columbia,

Isabella died on the 28th of May, 1922 in British Columbia.  She is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery there. Following is a summary of her death certificate.

Source: In Municipality of Point Grey, Isabell Brown, 5826 Balsona St. Kerrisdale. Canadian, Widow, Lambton Co., Ont. Date of birth Feb 23, 1836, age 86 years, 3 mos. 5 days. Widow. Housewife, 4 years at place of death, 8 years in the province, Father is James Chalmers, born in Scotland, Maiden name of mother Isabella, born in Scotland. Information Helen Leathorn 5826 Balsom St. Kerrisdale, daughter. Place of burial Mt. View Cemetery, date of burial May 30, 1922. Undertake Tho. T. Edwards Co. 612 Main St. Date of death May 28, 1922, Died of generalized arteriosclerosis, partial paralysis left side, cardiac failure. District record number 48, Field 31, May, 1922 J. Mahoney. Certificate of Registration of Death for Isabell Brown #86719, May 28, 1922, Province of British Columbia, Division of Vital Statistics.

There is a memorial for her at Find A Grave at the Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, B.C. but there is no tombstone at this time.  Other family are also listed without tombstone photos.

According to my cousin’s research and information they had eight children:

  1.  Esther Mary Brown was born the 28th of January 1863. She married a Frederick  Bradwardine Woodhull on the 13th of March 1888 in Deloraine, Manitoba.
  • a. Vera Vivian Woodhull
  • b. Ruth Helena Woodhull
  • c. Winifred Grace Woodhull
  • d. Catherine Isabel Woodhull married Fred Stanley Woodrow,

This family has been featured in a past post on this blog titled Phillip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s children: Alvina Brown Woodrow 1855 to 1943, dated July 24, 2015. For more information on this whole family and her siblings please consult that post.  You can use the Archive box on the right of this blog to find this post.

2. William J. Brown was born about 1864 and died in Oregon.  He married a Mary E. born about 1876 in Canada and they had one child named Lester M. Brown born about 1905.

The 1891 Canadian Census for Marquette, Blanchard, Manitoba has a William J. Brown living next to a John Brown and Lydia.  This would be his uncle, a brother to his father. He is single at this time and a farmer.  I will share that census when I post about his Uncle John Brown who migrated to Oregon.

There is a marriage at the Manitoba Vital Statistics website that has a William Brown marrying a Mary Elizabeth Burns on November 17, 1904 in Winnipeg.  Lester was born in 1905.  This might be their marriage.  There is not much information given with the document at the Manitoba Vital Records website #1904-001759.   It is suggested by others that he married in Oregon?

I almost didn’t find William and Mary. They were there in Oregon.  He says he was married 2x’s and the name of this wife is Nellie E.?  Nellie is a nickname for Elizabeth or Ellen.

Source:  1910 U.S. Federal Census, Oregon, Benton Co., Fairmont Precinct, SD1, ED 5, Sht#2B, enumerated on 8-19 April, 1910 by a Bert L. Davis. 

Line 61, 317, 317, Brown William J., Head, M, W, 46, M2, 12, Can English, father born Canada mother born England. farmer, truck farm. Brown, Nellie E. wife, F, W, 33, M1, 12, one child born one living, Can English, father born Ireland, mother born England, Brown, Lester M. Son, M, W, 6 S, born in Oregon., parents born Canada, 

William and Mary are living in Lone Pine, Lane, Oregon with their son Lester in 1920:

Source:  1920 U.S. Federal Census, Wm. J. Brown Family, Oregon, Lane Co., Lone Pine Precinct, SD#1, ED#221, Sht# 2B, enumerated on 5 January 1920 by Roberts V. Rogers. 

Line, 84, 2m, 48, 47, River, Road, Brown William, J., Head, 0, H, M, W, 55, M, UN yes, yes, born Canada, English, father born Canada, mother born England, farmer, general farm, Brown, Mary E. wife, F, W, 43, M, UN, UN, born Canada, English, father born Canada, mother born England  Brown Lester M. Son, M. W, 16 S. born Oregon. 

In the 1930 U.S. Census, Wm. J. Brown appears living in Lane, Oregon. He has his wife, son, daughter in-law and granddaughter living with him.

Source:  Wm. J. Brown Family, 1930 Lone Pine, Lane, Oregon, ED 20-83, SD #6, April 4, 1930, C.B. {Llausgen] Sht#1-B #4251.

Line 87, 23, 23, Brown, William J. Head, O, yes, M, W, 66, M, 33, No, Yes, Canada English, Canada, England, 1902 NA, Farmer. Brown, Mary E., wife of h, F, W, 54, M, 19, No., Yes, Canada-English, Ireland, 1902, NA, Brown, Lester, M, son, M, M, 25, M, 24, No, Yes, Oregon, Cook, Restaurant. Brown, Opal, Daughter in law, F, W, 19, M, 18, No, Yes, Oregon, United Sates, Nebraska, Brown, Betty June, Granddaughter, F, W, 10/12 S, No. Oregon, Oregon, Oregon. 

It took a little digging because William and Mary/Nellie were not showing up in Oregon.  So I tried the son Lester and found them living next door to him and his family in the 1940 U.S. Census.

Source:  1940 U.S. Federal Census, Oregon, Lane Co., Springfield, Precinct 1, block 4-5-2, SD#4, ED 20-109, enumerated April 20, 1920, by Elsie L. Cornell, Sht #5B,  

Line 74, Mill, 1209, 102, 0, 500, No. Brown, Lester M. Head, M, W, 37, M. No. H-2, Oregon, Eugene, No, No, yes Lane, Oregon, Cook, WPA Project, E. Brown, Opal K. wife, F, w, 29, M, No, H-2, Nebraska, yes, Operator, Beauty. Brown, Betty J. daughter, F, W, 10, S, Yes, 5, Oregon, S. 

Line 72 Mill, 103, 1000, No. Brown W, John, Head, M, W, 76, M, No. 8, Canada, Junction City, Lane, Oregon, No, No, No, No, U. Brown, Nellie wife, F, W, 64, M, No. 8, Canada, No, No, No, No, H. 

3. Helena Alexandra Brown was born 20 February 1867, in Ontario and she died 2 April 1952 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Source: Death Certificate, Province of British Columbia. Royal BC Museum  Click on search the BC Archives.

Place of Death: Vancouver, B.C., Vancouver General Hospital, resided in area 40 years. Helena Alexandra Leathorn, West 35th Ave. House #3341. Canadian, Irish, Widow, born Ontario. birth Feb. 20th 1867, 85 yrs. 1 mo. 13 days, profession at home, husband James WIlliam Leathorn, father Brown not known, mother Chalmers, Isabella, bp of father Ontario, bp of mother Ontario. Informant D. Hollingum, daughter, 3341 West 35th Ave. Burial April 4, 1952, Vancouver, B.C., Mountain View Cemetery, Simmons & McBride Lt. Undertaker. Date of death April 2, 1952, cerebral hemorrhage since March 1952, arteriosclerosis generalized years. Signed by R. U. Marshal, MD. #1308. 

James William Leathorn, born 1855 died 6 December 1929 in Kerrisdale in Vancouver, #23393

Vancover, BC, Kerrisdale Private Hospital, James William Leathorn, 2609 45th Ave. W., male, Welch, married, born Wingham, Ontario on Oct. 14, 1855, age 74 years, manufacturers agent. Died Dec. 6, 1929, Cerebral Hemorrhage. One week at the place of death and 18 years in BC. father John Leathorn born England, mother not known born England, Informant Lawrence Leathorn 2609 45th West, son. Mountain View Cemetery Dec. 9, 1929, Nunn & Thomason in Vancouver,

Both Helena, James and their son Lawrence are buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, B.C. and are listed on Find A Grave.  There is no tombstone photo at this time.

In the 1901 Canadian Census that I have shared above. They were living in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the time and the grandmother Isabella was living with them.  In the 1921 census they have migrated to British Columbia.

The name Leathorn is not liked by the Ancestry search engine so I was only able to find them In the 1921 Census they are living in Point Grey, British Columbia.

Source:  James William Leathorn Family, 1921 Canadian Census, Point Grey, British Columbia, Dist#23, page 2, SubDist#3, enumerated June 1, 1921, by John W. Whitelaw. 

Line 4, 16, 16, Leathorn, James William 5826 Baker St., O, BB 3, W, 6, Head, M, 2M, 64, Born Ontario, Father born England, Mother born Scotland, yes, no for all, yes, yes for all, ____Agent. Leathorn, Helena, wife, F, M, 50, born Ont, Irish. Leathorn, Olive, Daughter, F, 6, S, (23), born Manitoba, Stenographer. Leathorn, Camille, Daughter, F, 6, S, (21), born Manitoba, _____salesperson. Leathorn, Lawrence Ivan, Son, M, 1st, (19), born Manitoba. Brown, Isabella, Mother in law, M, 2M, 84 born, Ontario, parents born Scotland.
All Canadian, English, except Isabella Scotch.

  • Pearl Leathorn born 6 December, 1891. She is listed in the 1901 Canadian Census. Unfortunately, it looks like Pearl died on 16 September 1901 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she was 11 years old at the time.
  • Olive Leathorn born 27 February, 1894 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She married a Horace Josiah Hollingum on 15 December 1923.

Source:  Olive Leathorn marriage to Horace Josiah Hollingum, 15 December 1923, Vancouver, BC, #1923-09-258396.

Vancouver, B.C., Horace Josiah Hollingum, Printer, Bachelor, age 27, Ch of Eng., 1632 36th Ave. E, City, born Essex Co., England, Name of Father Charles Josiah Hollingum, born England, mother Rebecca Best born England. He can read and write. Olive Leathorn, office clerk, Spinster, age 27, Chof E, 5826 Balsam St, City, born Winnipeg, father James Leathorn born Ontario. Mother Helena Brown born Ontario. She can read and write. Married 15 Dec. 1923 at St. Mark’s Church, Lice #81920, signed by Horace Josiah Hollingum and Olive Leathorn. Witnesses Eric Hollingum 1632 36Ave E., Camille Leathorn 5826 Balsam, Clergyman A.H. Sovereign, 24 26 2nd Ave. W., Vancouver, B.C. Ch of E. filed 17th of Dec, 1923, J. Mahoney District Register.

Source:  Death of Olive Hollingum, Dec 7, 1967, Vancouver, BC #67-09-016083

Died Vancouver, B.C. in the Vancouver General Hospital. 56 years in the area, life for Canada. Hollingum Olive Chalmers, Residence in Vancouver, B.C., West 41st Ave. #1136. Female, Canadian, English, Married, Born Winnipeg, Manitoba on Feb. 27, 1894, age 73 yrs. at home, Husband Horace Josiah Hollingum. Father was William James Leathorn, mother was Helena Brown. Father born Manitoba mother born Canada. The Informant was her husband, 11 36 West 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC. Cremation, Dec. 9, 1967, Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, B.C., Nunn & Thomason, Ltd, Funeral Directors.

She had cancer of the colon and they tried to remove it and the intestines perforated and she got peritonitis as a result.

  • Camile Leathorn 28 March, 1896. She married to a John Morely Treleaven on 14 November 1925 in Vancouver.

Source:  Camille Leathorn to John Morley Treleaven, Marriage 14 November 1925, Vancouver, B.C. #56-T-25.

Treleaven, John Morley, Electrician, Bachelor, age 30, Methodist, 3522 43rd Ave W, City, Born Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Father William Henry Treleaven, Father born Ontario, Mother Mary King born Ontario, he can read. Leathorn, Camille, clerk, spinster, age 27, Ch of E. 5826 Balsam St., City, born Winnipeg, Manitoba, father James Wm. Leathorn born Ontario, Mother Helena Alexandra Brown born Ontario. She can read and write. Married 14 Nov. 1925 at St. Marks Church Lic#91006, signed by groom and bride. Witnesses L. Leathorn 5826 Balsam St. and J.W. Leathorn same. Clergyman A.H. Sovereign, 2436 2nd Ave. W, Ch of E., Registered 25th November 1925, J. Mahoney.

Source:  Death of Camille Treleaven, October 15, 1990 in Richmond, B.C. #018115.

Treleaven, Camille, died 10/15/90 Richmond General Hospital, Richmond, BC 15015, Resident, 7711 Moffatt Road, Richmond, Widowed, Morley Treleavan, homemaker, Born March 28, 1896, 94 years, born Winnipeg, Father James William Leathorn, born Ontario, Mother Helena Brown born Ontario, Signed 10/19/1990 by Nephew _____Treleaven, 13762 72nd Ave, Surrey BC. North Shore Crem, North Vancouver, BC, First Memorial services. She died of a heart attack, arterio sclerotic heart disease, malnutrition and fractured left humerous.

  • Lawrence Leathorn:  Lawrence’s birth has been a little mixed up but I believe that he was the youngest of this family and born 25 October, 1900 in Manitoba.

Source: Lawrence Ivan Leathorn, Death Certificate, Died April 3, 1974 in Vancouver. #1974-09-005613

Lawrence Ivan Leathorn died April 3, 1974 and was born October 25, 1900 to a James Leathorn, mother unknown. He lived in Vancouver and had married an Elizabeth Young. The informant was his daughter Gail Schuss, 378-54th St. Delta, B.C. #1974-09-005613.

Source:  Betty Elizabeth Leathorn death, 18 December 1950 in Ocean Falls, B.C. #50-09-011665. British Columbia Vital Records. 

Ocean Falls, B.C., Unorganized Territory, Fifth Street, Apt. 6, In area 3 years 6 mos, in Province 14 years, 45 years in Canada. Betty Elizabeth Leathorn, resided Ocean Falls, B.C. Female, Canadian, Scottish, married, born Scotland on June 30, 1901, age 49 yrs, 5 mos. 18 days. Housewife, at home. Husband Lawrence Ivan Leathorn. Father J.D. Young, born in Scotland, mother unknown born in Scotland. L. I. Leathorn P.O. Box 326, Ocean Falls, B.C. husband. Buried December 21, 1950 in Vancouver, Ocean View Cemetery, William Ford undertaker in Ocean Falls. Died of Cardiac arrest and coronary occlusion.

4. Wilhelmina F. Brown was born 26 February 1869 in Ontario and died on 15 September, 1953 in Vancouver, B.C.  British Columbia Vital Records.

Source:  Wilhelmina Morrison, Death 19th September, 1953, Vancouver, B.C. #53-09-009214.

Vancouver, B.C., Vancouver General Hospital, in are 4 years, in Province 6 years Canadian for life. Morrison, Wilhelmina, resided Vancouver, B.C., Blenheim Street #5649. Female, Canadian, Scottish, Widow, Born Ontario, Feb. 26, 1869, age 84, yr, 6 mos, 24 days, at Home. Husband Thomas Andrew Morrison. Father William Brown born in Ontario, Mother Isabella Chalmers born Ontario. Informant R.G. Morrison, 5649 Blenheim St, Vancouver, B.C., Son, Buried 21 Sept., 1953 in Burnaby B.C. Ocean View Burial Pk. Simmons and McBride Ltd., Died Sept. 19th 1953 Bronchopneumonia, generalized arteriosclerosis and senility.

She married a Dr. Thomas Andrew Morrison who was born 24 June, 1869 in Kinloss Twp. Huron Co., Ontario. Thomas is shown in the 1871, 1881 and 1891 in Kinloss Twp.. He was a teacher in public schools. His parents were Samuel Morrison and Isabella Moore. Thomas graduated as a medical doctor (M.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1897.  They had at least one child:  They had two children: Reginald Morrison born 15 August, 1900 in Manitoba. He died 27 Jan 1983 in Vancouver General Hospital.  The daughter was Willemina Edna Morrison b. 1913 in Saskatchewan, Canada and d. 1994.

Additional census are 1901 in Holland, Manitoba.

They appear in the 1906 Canadian Census in Manitoba:

Source:  1906 Canadian Census, Thomas A. Morrison Family, 1906, Souris, Manitoba, Line 12, 80, Morrison, Thomas A., H, M, M, 37, Ont., Belmont, Lot 1 Second St. B7, Morrison, Wilhelmina, W, F, M, 37, Ont. Morrison, Reginald, S, M, S, 5, Man. Mills, George, S, M, S, 27, Ont.

There is a family with a Reggie Morrison age 12 a birthplace of Manitoba living with a Minnie age 34 and a Thomas age 38.  They are in the Battleford district, North Battleford in Saskatchewan.

In 1907 they resided in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and in 1911 they are still there.

In the 1921 Canadian Census a Thomas Andrew Morrison is with a Wilhelmina in Saskatchewan living in the Regina City and District. He is a Medical Doctor with an income of $3000.  In addition to Wilhelmina, Reginald is now 19, a Wilma age 8, a Jennie McNabb age 51 and an Eva McNabb age 16 are living with them. Also a John McIntyre Douglas age 42 is present.

Source:  Reginald Samuel Morrison, Death, January 27, 1983 in Vancouver, B.C., B.C. #83-09-002122.  British Columbia Vital Records.

Morrison, Reginald Samuel, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver B.C., address 7-1419 Beach Ave, Vancouver, B.C., married, Florence Morris Nelson. Occupation RCMP Officer, Retired. Born August 15, 1900, age 82 in Holland, Manitoba. Father Thomas Andrew Morrison, Lucknow, Ontario. Mother Mina Browne, Sarnia, Ontario. ____Morrison, Son, 33755 3rd Ave., Mission, B.C., Jan 28, 1983. Cremated Feb. 1, 1983, North Shore Crematorium, N. Vancouver, B.C. Died Jan 27, 1983 of Pulmonary Fibrosis and pneumonia.

Additional information about Mina’s family was supplied by D. L. Morrison July 29, 2018 via email.

5. Henry Brown whose middle name might be James. Henry was born in Lambton Co., Ontario on April 11, 1870 to Wm. H. Brown and Isabella Chalmers. He may have moved to Melfort, Saskatchewan.

Source: April 11, 1870, Henry, Father Wm. Henry Brown and mother Isabella Chalmers, Conveyancer, by Letter Wm. Henry Brown, Wyoming, May 14, 1870, Mrs. M. Connell. Registrar Tos. R. K. Scott, Plympton, Lambton Co., Ontario. Henry Brown Birth, April 11, 870, Plympton, Lambton Co., Ontario. 

6. Edith Brown was born 6th April 1872 in Lambton Co., Ontario. She married a David Ross McIntyre b. 1861 and died 1949.  Edith died 22 July, 1949 in Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia.

Source:  Births, County of Lambton, April 6th 1872, Edith Brown female born to William H. Brown and Isabella Chalmers, General No. 1034, April 6th 1872, Edith, Female, Father William H. Brown, mother Isabella Chalmers, Occupation Conveyancer, Signed by William H. Brown, registered July 11, 1872, D. Mott, Thos. R. K. Scott Registrar, Township of Plympton.

In the 1921 Canadian Census we have a D.A. McIntyre age 50 living with an Edith age 49, a Helen age 17 and a Frederick age 15.  They are at 2350 Trent St,, Victoria, British Columbia.  He was born about 1871 in Ontario. His father was born in Ontario and his mother was born in Scotland.

Source:  Edith McIntyre, Death 2 July 1949, Victoria, B.C., #49-09-007196. British Columbia Vital Records.

Victoria, B.C., St. David Street #1377, in area 28 yrs, in province 31, Canadian life, McIntyre, Edith, resided Victoria BC, Oak Bay, St. David Street #1377. Canadian, N.K. Widowed, born Wyoming, Ont. April 7th, 1872, age 77 yrs, 3 mos, 15 days. Husband was David Ross McIntyre. Father William Henry Brown born NK. Mother Chalmers, Isabella, born NK. ___ McIntyre, son, address Saanichton, B.C., Burial July 26, 1949, Royal Oak Burial Park, Saanich, B.C.. McCall Bros of Vancouver. Died July 22, 1949. Sudden death of natural causes, myocarditis.

7. Nellie Brown – Nellie’s birth record born August 5, 1875 in Lambton Co., Ontario.

Source: Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913 – Brown Family, August 5, 1875, Nellie, F. Father Wm. Henry Brown, Mother Isabella Chalmers, Conveyancer and Merchant, Informant Wm. H. Brown The Father, Wyoming, Sept. 16, 1875, D. N H Beemer, John B. Dale. #9142?.  #012575, No. 24,

I have tried to find out what happened to Nellie and I get the feeling she died but that has not been confirmed.  She is not in any census nor in the death records at this time.

8. Emily Isabella Brown was born 19 May, 1877 in Lambton Co., Ontario. She married a George H. Funk a native of the United States.

Source: Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913 – Brown Family, 2nd April, 1877, Emily Isabella to Wm. H. Brown and Isabell Chalmers, Potash Manufacturer, Wm. H. Brown the father Wyoming, 19 May, 1877. Dr. N.H. Beemer, John B. Dale.

There is a marriage of a George Henry Funk to an Emily Elizabeth Browne on 29 November 1905 in Winnipeg, Manitoba vitals, Index only.

I found Emily and George Funk in Manitoba in the 1916 Census.  They had several children by then.

Source: George H. Funk Family, 1916 Canadian Census, Selkirk, Manitoba, Dist. #10, pages 2-13. 

Line 3, 227, 238, Funk, George H., Reid Ave., Head, M, M, 52, USA, He is Congressional all others Ch of E., na 1909, al, American, Scotch all, yes, no, English, yes, yes, Real Estate, O.A. 10-0-12. Funk, Emily, wife, F, M, 33, Ontario, Canadian. Funk, George C., Son, M, S, 9, USA, American. Funk, Gordon, D.W., Son, M, S, 7, USA, American. Funk, Kathleen E., Daughter, F, 4, Manitoba, Canadian. Funk, Marjory I. Daughter F, S, 2, Manitoba, Canadian. Servant, MacLean, Christina 22, Scotland, Presbyterian.

There is so much more that could be done researching this family. I was having trouble finding them in the census so it will take a bit more digging.  I think this is a good start, please double-check me for it was confusing I found mistakes in births, problems with family groupings, not enough information in the marriages, too many choices for a person like Thomas Morrison. Many other records need to be consulted like obituaries, all the vitals etc., so use the above as a guideline and let me know if I need to update.

There seems to be a restlessness about this and other children of George and Esther Brown.  The father George was said to have been in many places and a restless man till he finally settled in Lapeer Co., Michigan.


Phillip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s Children: Elizabeth Brown Cooke

Elizabeth Brown was baptized on the 28th of April,1861 a daughter of Philip and Margaret Brown at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.  Her baptismal record appears in the Anglican Diocese of Ontario in Kingston.  I have that she died 20 Nov. 1821 in Hastings Co., but I have not checked that information yet because my information states she migrated to Manitoba.



Elizabeth married a William Henry Cooke on the 6th of September, 1880 in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario.  Their marriage is index only online, so further investigation would need to be made in order to confirm this information.

They appear in the 1901 Canadian census, living in Manitoba in the Lisgar District and sub-district of Turtle Mountain.

  • Wm. H. Cook 40
  • Elizabeth Cook 40
  • William E. Cook 14
  • Philip H. Cook 6, Jan. 26, 1895
  • Vena A. Cook 2
  • Vera M. Cook 1

In the 1906 Canadian Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta we find William H. Cook and Eliza Cook living in Souris, Twp. 1,2 Range 17-18, Manitoba, page 3, SD#3, enumerated June 26, 1906, by Robert Monteith.

Line 3, 21, Cook William H., Head, M, M, 45, born Ontario, address Lena. Eliza, wife, F, M, 45, born Ontario, Earl, son, M, S 19, born Ontario, Philip H, son, M, S, 11, born Ontario, Venna I., daughter, F, S, 7, born Manitoba, Vera M, daughter, F, S, 6, born Manitoba, Harold L., son, M, S, 3, born Manitoba, Britton, Richard, Hired man, M, M, 32, born England, emigrated 1906, 

They may have had the following children per the above above census but more would need to be done in the census to really get a good fit.

1.  Earl born about 1887 in Ontario.

2.  Phillip H. Cook born about 1895.

3. Venna I. born about 1899

4. Vera M. born about 1900

5.  Harold L. born about 1901

There is so much more work to do on this family.  I have not had much success in locating records for them online.

This concludes the work I have done on Philip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s family.  I am rather frustrated with the results and feel that it is not at all complete by any means, so much remains to be done. So use what I have shared as a guideline and make sure you revisit the information to make sure it is accurate.  There are a lot of mysteries in the family yet to be solved. I did much better finding information for Thomas’ family, Philip’s brother.

It is time for me to move on and share the research for the George and Esther Brown family, which is my line.  Their son Richard is my great grandfather.  I have shared a lot about Richard, his marriage to Emma and his children on this blog.  Now I want to return to his parents and share about the siblings and the children of this couple.  It will take some time to pull the information together before I post so be patient with me.

Philip & Margaret McMurray Brown’s Children: Margaret and Harriett Brown, mysteries…

Map of Ontario

Map of Ontario

A Family Tree at Ancestry titled McMurray Family Tree has Margaret married to a Donald McTavish and they had about 8 children.  According to the 1891 and 1901 they were living in East Bruce, Greenock Twp.  I have not been able to find a marriage or death record for either Margaret or Donald and to really make sure this is correct.

According to this family tree Margaret and Donald had: Matilda, Annie, Christina, Alexander, Henery B. and Nellie.

This is the link to the family tree titled McMurray Family Tree which you may need a membership to see or use your library card at the library to access the library version:

My records show that Margaret was born 6 November, 1854 in Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario and that she died in Kingston. So I found as follows, another Margaret going by the name Bella Margaret who appears as a dressmaker living in Kingston, Ontario at the Rockwell Hospital. I had in my notes that she was living in Kingston.  This does not list her parents names unfortunately.  Rockwell might have records that could be studied for more clues.

Death, Brown, #013868, Bella Margaret, Rockwood Hospital, KIngston, Ontario. Female, White, Single, age 71, born Hastings Co., birthdate unknown, dressmaker, was in Kingston 18 years and life in Ontario name of father and mother unknown, Dr. Ryan, Lockwood Hospital, Kingston, date of death October 22, 1924, she died of pneumonia, with arterio sclerosis for several years. Recorded October 24, 1924.  Source: Ontario, Canada, Deaths 1869-1938.

There is a Bella Brown who is a patient at the Rockwood Hospital in the 1921 Canadian Census, she is listed as 68 years old with birth about 1853 in Ontario. This Bella is also listed there in the 1911 Canadian Census.

The above Family Tree using the census and my search using a death record and more census does in no way prove that this is the correct Margaret Brown.  Definitely more research will need to be done.  The OCFA has several Margaret McTavish’s passing in Bruce but this is only and index and more searching would need to be done.

As for the sister Harriett, I have not been able to find anything further on her at all. Her mother would have been 41 years old or older if this Harriet was born in 1860.

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: