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Phillip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s Children: Frances Brown Clements 1843 to 1933

Frances Brown was born to Phillip and Margaret Brown on the 9th of January, 1843 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings County, Ontario.  She married James Clements about 1865. He was born 1838 in Ontario.  James was the son of Thomas Clements (1803-1891) and Christina King (11 June 1805, b. Northern Ireland and died 30 September 1901 in Rawdon).

James and Francis Clements burial information

James and Francis Clements burial information

James and Fanny lived next to her brother William for a while.  They were there in 1871:

Line 91, 98 Brown, William, M, 29, All born in Ontario, all Church of England, Irish, Farmer, Married:
Brown, Emila, F, 21, Scotch, Married
Brown, Walton, M, 1, Irish

Line 4, 92, 99, Clements, James, M.32, All born in Ontario, all Ch. of England, all Irish, Farmer, Married:
Clements, Fanny, F, 28, Married
Clements, Ann, F, 6
Clements, Matilda, F, 1

Source:  1871 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hasting Co., Ontario, page 28, #62 Hastings North. 

In the 1881 Census we find James and Fanny are still next door to her brother William:

Line 5, 74, 74, Brown, William, M, 40, Born Ontario, all Ch of England, Irish, Farmer, Married
Brown, Emily, F, 30, born Ontario, Scotch, Married:
Brown, Walton, M, 11, born Ontario, Children all Irish
Brown, Wilbert, M, 8, born Ontario
Brown, Isabella, F, 8, born Ontario
Brown, Blanch, F, 5, born Ontario
Brown, Phillip, M, 3 born Ontario
William, M, 1, born Ontario

Line 13, 75, 75, Clements, James, M, 41, all born Ontario, all Ch of England, all Irish, Farmer, Married:
Clements, Fanny, F, 30, married
Clements, Margret, F, 16
Clements, Matilda, F, 11
Clements, Clementine, F, 6

Source: 1881 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings North, page. 18, Dist#122. 

James and Fanny stay in Rawdon and are there in 1891.  William has left for Thurlow Twp.

Line 1, 3?, 44, Clements, James, M, M, 52, Married, born Ontario, father born Ireland, mother born Ireland, Ch of E, farmer:
Clements, Frances, F, 46, Married, Wife, born Ontario, parents, born Ireland,
Clements, Clementine, F, 16, S, Daughter, born Ontario
They can all read and write.

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., North Hastings, Ontario, page. 10, Dist. 74, April 16, 1891 by John Bateman.

By 1901 Fanny and James are getting up in years and living on their own.

Line 29, 6, 6, Clement James M, W, Head, born November 25, 1838, 62, born Ontario, Irish, Ch. of England, Farmer

Clement, Frances, F, W, wife, M, born January 9, 1842, 58, born Ontario, both Irish, Ch. of England

Source: 1901 Canadian Census, Rawdon, North Hastings, Dist. #71, 5, page 1, April 6th, 1901, J.W. Heagle. 

Frances and James Clement are buried in Stirling Cemetery. I did not get a photo of their graves although I tried very hard to find all of those interred.

James Clements appears in the Anglican Diocese of Kingston records as

James Clements 80, farmer Heart, Nov. 4, 1918. C. Ryan, Stirling Cemetery 

The Stirling Cemetery book reads:

#1210 CLEMENTS:  Clements/James/Born 1838-Died 1918/his wife Frances BROWN/Born 1843-Died 1933.

Francis died on the 2nd of August, 1933 in Northumberland, Ontario.

County: Northumberland, Township of Seymour, Village, Campbellford
Name: Frances, Clements, Female, Irish, Widowed, Birth: Rawdon Township Ontario, Dated of Birth January 9, 1843. Age 90, years, 6 mos 23 days. No occupation. Lived 2 years in city.
Father Philip Brown, Ireland, Margaret McMurray, Ireland, Informant: Mr.s Thomas Russell, Campbellford, Ont. daughter. Buried Stirling, Aug, 3, 1933, Undertaker, A.D. Bennett, Campbellford, Ont. Filed 11:30 am 3rd of Aug. 1933, J.F. McGregor. Dated of Death Aug. 2, 1933, July 12, 1993 to July 30, 1933 attended. Stroke, assisted with arteriosclerosis and hypertension. . E.A. Stuart, Campbellford, Aug. 2, 1933.

Source: Francis Brown Clement’s Death Certificate, #225, 025164, Aug, 2, 1933, Campbellford, Northumberland, Ontario

Frances and James Clements had the following children:

1.  Margaret Christin Clements b. about 1864 in Ontario. She married a William J. Mumby of Rawdon.  They married on 20 December 1887 in Marmora. His parents were Joseph and Mary Mumby.

Wm. J. Mumby age 23, residence Rawdon, born Rawdon, Bachelor, Farmer, father Joseph Mumby and Mary. Spouse Margaret Christin Clements, age 23, residence Rawdon, born Marmora, S. father James Clements, mother Frances. Witness Thos Russell of Rawdon and Matilda Clements of Rawdon, married December 20, 1887 in Marmora. Ch of England, R.C.M. Harris, L.

Source: Wm. J. Mumby to Margaret Christin Clements, 20 December 1887, Hastings Co., Ontario, #004879 page 208 Schedule B Marriages, Marmora & Lake #12, Ontario Canada Marriages 1803-1938. 

Margaret and William John Mumby migrated to Brandon, Manitoba.  They are on Find A Grave buried in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.  They may have had three children: Ambrose, Ina and Clarence.

2.  Alice Matilda Clements was born about 1870 in Ontario and she married a Thomas Wellington Russell of Rawdon Twp. on 4 February 1891 in Hastings Co., Ontario.

Thomas Wellington Russell, age 23, residing Rawdon, PofBirth Rawdon, Bachlor, Farmer, father John B. and Annie Russell, spouse Alice Matilda Clements, 22, living Rawdon, born Rawdon, Single, parents James and Frances Clements, Witnesses George Russell and Clementina Clements both of Rawdon. Marriage February 4, 1891, Rawdon, both Ch of England, C.M. Harris

Source: Thomas W. Russell and Alice Matilda Clements, 4 February 1881, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, page 367, Schedule B – Marriages, #001808, Ontario Canada Marriages 1801 to 1928

There is a T. W. Russell born March 30, 1867 age 34 and an A.M. Russell his wife born January 11, 1869 age 32 living in Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario in the 1901 census. They have two children: Irene born Aug, 8, 1892 and John born June 11, 1895.

In 1911 Thomas and Matilda are now living in Northumberland East, in Seymour Twp. with two children Irene age 19, August 1892, and John age 16 June 1895.

A John and Mary Russell are below them on the 1911 Census. They are 49 years old and maybe be a brother to Thomas.

3.  Clementina Clements was born about 1875 in Ontario and she married to George Archibald Johnston on 31 January, 1900 in Hastings Co., Ontario.

George Archibald Johnston, 21 Campbellford residing, born Campbellford, B, Farmer, parents John Johnston and Mary Clements, Clementina age 24, Rawdon, born Rawdon, Single, farmers daughter, parents James and Fanny Brown,

Source: George A. Johnston and Clementina Clements, 31 January 1900, Hastings Co., Ontario, Ontario Marriages 1801-1928. 

There is a George W. Johnston and a Clementina living in Owen Sound, Grey North, Ontario in 1911. He is 33 years old and she is 36 being several years older than him. They have Wilhelmenia (10 yrs), Marjorie (9 yrs.) and Dorothy (3 yrs).

There is of course more research to be done on this family such as a thorough census search, and finding burial locations, but I think this is a good start for James and Francis (Brown) Clements and their family.

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Philip Brown and Margaret McMurray of Hastings County and their descendants

Thomas Brown (1817 to 1848) was the brother of Philip Brown (1817 to 1895).  They both settled in Hastings County and Rawdon Twp. and remained there till their deaths.

Philip & Margaret Brown, photo courtesy of Bob Hayes

Philip & Margaret Brown, photo courtesy of Bob Hayes

Philip Brown was born, according to cousins, on 29 March 1817 in County Longford, Ireland.  He died 7 April 1895 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings County, Ontario. He is buried in the Stirling Cemetery in Stirling, Hastings Co., Ontario there is a tombstone for him at Find A Grave. Philip’s name is spelled with one “l” and sometimes two.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GScid=2335486&GRid=141273758&

I refer you to my post dated August 27, 2014, The Children of William Brown and Elsie: Philip Brown.  In that post I wrote about Philip’s land in Hastings County along with other Brown family. I also talk about Margaret McMurray’s parents.

Here is a review of Philip and Margaret McMurray Brown.  It is interesting that this “McMurray” is Irish.  On the other side of my family the McMurray’s are considered Scottish.

Philip married Margaret McMurray about 1840. After a careful search of the records of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario in Kingston, I was unable to find a marriage record.

Mary was born about 1819 in County Longford, Ireland and died 10 February 1878 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings County, Ontario.  She is also buried in the Stirling Cemetery based on the cemetery book for Stirling Cemetery.  When I visited in September of 2014, I did not find a stone for her so I have created a Memorial at Find A Grave for her and linked her to Philip.

Here is a study of the Canadian Census for Philip and Margaret Brown:

1851 – There is no census for Rawdon in 1851, it does cover a few areas of Hastings.

1861 Canadian Census,  Phillip Brown Family, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, #26, page 12. 

Line 1, Philip Brown, farmer, Ireland, C. England, age 45, male, married, log, 1 story, 1 family, all members of family. Margret Brown, Ireland, C. England, age 43, female, married. Wm. Brown, Laborer, born Canada, C. of England, age 19 male, single: Francis Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 17, female, single; Elley Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 15, female, single; Henery Brown, laborer, born Canada, C. England, age 13 male, single; Diana Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 11, female, single; Matilda Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 9, female, single; Margret Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 7, female, single, Alvina Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 5, female, single; Hariet Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 1, female, single. 

1871 Canadian Census, Philip Brown Family, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, District 62, No. 2, Div. pg. 19.  It is interesting to see that the place of birth is Ireland for all of them in this census.  In the 1861 census the children are listed born in Canada.

Line 11, 15, 70, Brown Philip, M. age 55, born Ireland, C. England, Irish, farmer, M; Brown, Margaret F, age 52, born Ireland, C. England, M.; Brown, Thomas, M. age 24 born Ireland, C. of England, farmer; Brown, Diana, F, age 22, born Ireland, C. of England;  Brown, Matilda, F, age 20, born Ireland, C. of England; Brown, Margaret, F, age 18, born Ireland, C. of England; Brown, Alvina F, age 11, born Ireland, C. of England; Brown, [Eliza], F, age 10, born Ireland, C. of England

1881 Canadian Census, Philip Brown Family, Rawdon, Hastings, Ontario, Dist. No. 122, North Hastings, Rawdon Twp., Div. #3, page 3. 

Line 17, 15, 15, Brown, Philip, M. age 65, Ireland, Ch of Eng., farmer, Widowed. Line 18, 16, 16 Brown Henry, M. 36, born Ontario, Ch. of Eng., farmer, M;  Brown, [Hester] F, age 25, born Ontario, Ch of Eng., M; Brown, Arthur, M. age 6, born Ontario, Ch of Eng; Brown, Thomas, M, age 3, born Ontario, Ch of Eng. Brown, William, M, 7/12, born Ontario, Ch of Eng.

We see that Phillip is now widowed and his son Henry (Thomas Henry) is living with him. The older children are out of the house.

1891 Canadian Census, Philip Brown Family, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, District 74, North Hastings, SD N4, April 7, 1891 by a John _____, page 2. 

Line 9, W[ ] 9, Brown, Philip M, age 74, W, born Ireland, Parents born in Ireland, C. of England, Farmer, Read and write.

Philip's Death Announcement

Philip’s Death Announcement

Death of Philip Brown Obituary (probably the local paper)

On Sunday evening last Philip brown, one of the oldest residents of the township of Rawdon, came to his death under peculiar circumstances. About dusk on that evening a neighbor, Mr. Wright, called to see him at his house, where he was living alone, and on opening the door found the room full of smoke. He called to Mr. Brown, and getting no reply, groped his way to the bedroom where he found Mr. Brown lying on the bed, partly dressed, and in an unconscious condition.  Mr. Wright took him in his arms and carried him out, and calling other near neighbors to take care of Mr. Brown, he with others soon extinguished the fire. Mr. Brown, however, did not rally, and expired about ten minutes after being taken from the building. The cause of the fire is a mystery. The deceased was over 78 years of age. The funeral took place on Wednesday, and was largely attended, service being held in St. John’s Church, Stirling. 

Philip and Margaret had ten (10) children:

1.  William Brown was born 3 April, 1841 in Rawdon Twp., and was baptized at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville on 2 October,1841. He died in Hastings Co., on 14 November 1822 and he is buried in Stirling Cemetery. He was baptised on 2 October, 19841 at the St. Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.

He married Emily Reid on 1 December, 1868 in Rawdon Twp.. She was born 5 October, 1850 in Rawdon to Elijah Reid and Isabella. She died on 23 April 1850 in Rawdon and is buried in Stirling Cemetery.  They had nine children.

2. Frances Brown was born 9 January 1843 in Rawdon Twp. and she died 2 August 1933 in Northumberland, Ontario. She married a James Clements son of Thomas Clements (1803 to 1891) and Christina King (11 June 1805, Northern Ireland) and died 30 September 1901, Rawdon District. Frances and James had three children.

3. Alice Maria Brown  was born about 1845 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.  She married Gilbert Barton Wellman of Bonar Law, Hastings Co., Ontario who died 4 January 1936 in Hastings Co. They had about 4 children.  She died 22 November 1921 and is buried in the Twelfth Line Cemetery in Hastings County.

4. Elizabeth Brown was born 26 January, 1845 in Rawdon, was baptized 3 February 1846 was baptized on April 28, 1861 at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.  She died 20 Nov. 1921 in Hastings Co., She probably died in Manitoba. She married a William Cook of Rawdon and they had 4 six children.  NOTE:  These changes to her information moves Elizabeth from position four in the children list to the last child of Philip and Margaret, thus moving the others up. 

5. Thomas Henry Brown was born 27 December 1846 in Rawdon District and was baptized on 28 January 1847 at the St. Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville. He died 15 September 1884 in Rawdon Twp. and is buried in the Stirling Cemetery. He married Esther Ann Downey who was born about 1856 in Ontario and died in the Rawdon District. Thomas and Esther had at least three children.

6. Diana Brown was born about 1850 in Rawdon Twp., and died 11 February 1902 in Oxford, Ontario. She married a Richard West on 2 April, 1877 in Hastings. RIchard West was born about 1850 in Hungerford to John West and Hannah.

7. Matilda Jane Brown was born 1 April 1851 in Stirling and was baptized 6 August 1852. She died 10 November 1936 in Sparta, Elgin County, Ontario.  She married James Downy on 9 April 1873 in Stirling from Huntingdon Twp.

8. Margaret Brown was born 6 November 1854 in Rawdon Twp. and died in Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario.

9. Alvina Brown was born about 1855 in Rawdon Twp. and died in 1943 in Toronto, York Co., Ontario. She married a James Wallace Woodrow on 3 December, 1879 in Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario. He was born 17 May 1854 in Athol Twp., Prince Edward Island County, Ontario. He died 30 September 1915 in Picton, Ontario. They had 3 children. He was the son of John Woodrow Jr. (1826-1900) and Adelaide Williams (1831-1878).

10. Harriett Brown was born 1860 Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.

In the next posts I will dig a little deeper into the lives of the children of Philip and Margaret Brown.