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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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Thomas Brown and Mary Johnston of Hastings County, Ontario, Their descendants…

Thomas Brown came from Ireland, probably with his father William, and at least three brothers in about June of 1830.  It is said they came from County Longford and went through Montreal.  While visiting that old and amazing city in 2014, I tried to figure out where they would have come in and unfortunately they have not preserved their buildings that took  the immigrants.  I did learn that they could come to Quebec City or Montreal but once in Montreal they would have to go through the locks to go on the Ottawa River or locks to go further up the St. Lawrence, remember it flows northeast.  There are diaries or books about the early travels of the immigrants in Canada and they are fascinating.

It was written that there were eleven children born of the marriage of William to Elsie/Alice.  So far we, my cousins and myself, have identified only four brothers:

  • George Brown (my line) 1801-1891
  • Thomas Brown 1810 to 1848
  • Philip Brown 1817 to 1895
  • Henry Brown 1820 to 1899

There were two other potential siblings being researched.  A Catherine Bird whose maiden name was Gregg and a Jeremiah Brown.  They have been eliminated.  So that leaves us with the four brothers listed above.

What happened to the remaining seven children is unknown at this time. I have started to learn Irish research but it is slow going.  In the Commemorative Biographical Record of the County Lambton, Ontario history book, which I have shared in past posts, Henry indicated that they were all deceased by the time he made his statements for the book.  He died in 1899 and the book was published in 1906.

Unfortunately, the 1851 Canadian census there is no coverage for Rawdon Twp. so it makes it difficult to find Thomas and Mary Brown in early years and anyone else who lived there.  There is coverage for Belleville and a few other areas of Hastings in this census.

Some stones St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville

Some stones St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville

Thomas Brown remained in Hastings County, settling in Rawdon Township. He married Mary Johnston on 14 January 1841 in Belleville.  Mary was born about 1820 in Ireland. So far I have not been able to figure out who Mary’s parents are. A John Johnston and Thele Ward were witnesses at her wedding. A John Johnston is in the 1861 Rawdon Census at age 56 and married to Annis. I have seen Mary’s surname name spelled “Johnston vs. Johnson” in Hastings County.

I shared a little bit about Thomas and Mary Brown in my post on this blog dated 22 August, 2014 “The Children of William Brown and Alice/Elsie: Thomas Brown.”

In that post I covered his marriage to Mary at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church, his death and burial in Saint Thomas in Belleville and the sad condition of that cemetery.  See Find A Grave for more information about this cemetery.

After the death of Thomas Brown, Mary remarried to Thomas Vance on 21 January 1851 at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church and had several more children with this man.

Here are the descendants of Mary Johnston.  I have broken it down between Mary’s first marriage to Thomas Brown and then the second marriage to Thomas Vance.

As always please double check these findings, working with the surname of Brown can be very confusing and difficult so please do check the information given.

St. Thomas Church, in back, notice tombstones on wall, Belleville

St. Thomas Church, in back, notice tombstones on wall, Belleville

First Marriage of Mary Johnston to Thomas Brown: 

Thomas and Mary (Johnston) Brown had the following children. Here is a summary and what will follow are more in depth posts about each of these children.

1.  Henry Brown was born 6 November 1841 in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario.  Source:  Anglican Diocese of Ontario, Kingston, Ontario, St. Thomas Anglican Church registers #1098 Brown, Henry, 6 Nov. 1841. 

Henry married Catherine Mary Clark about 1863. She was born 25 May 1839 in England. They had the following children: Emma, John, Francis, Emily, Mary Matilda, Edith, William Chapman, Arthur V., Maud Mabel and Lulu.

2. Elizabeth Brown was born 6 July 1843 in Stirling, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, she was baptized 14 Feb. 1844 at Saint Thomas Anglican Church. She married Thomas Bateman who was born 18 June 1837 in County Cork, Ireland. They married on 3 November 1864 in Toronto, York Co., Ontario.  Elizabeth and Thomas had eleven children. They migrated to Illinois.

3.  Philip Brown was born 6th July 1845 in Rawdon, was baptized 3 February 1846 in the St. Thomas Anglican Church. He died in 1929.  He married on 24 December, 1869 in Rawdon Twp. to Elizabeth Matilda Patterson b. 1847 to Robert Patterson and Elizabeth.  She died in 1924. Both Philip & Elizabeth are buried in the Stirling Cemetery in Stirling, Hastings Co., Ontario.  I have posted their tombstone to Find A Grave.

Philip and Elizabeth had the following children: Thomas Patterson Brown, Elizabeth Artilla Brown, Henry McKenzie Brown and Margaret M. Brown.  Philip submitted a Heir Devise appeal regarding his father Thomas’ land and I will share in a future post.

4. Thomas Brown was born 12 October, 1846 in Rawdon and was baptized 28 January, 1847 at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.  This man has been mixed up with another Thomas H. Brown who was a son of brother Phillip Brown. This Thomas Brown married  Sarah S. Archer in 1874 and they moved to Colbourne, Northumberland Co., Ontario.

The second marriage of Mary Johnston Brown: 

After Thomas’ death in 1848, Mary remarried to Thomas Vance on 21 January 1851 in Belleville at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church.  He was born about 1820 in Ireland.

Thomas Vance died 29 August 1861 in Rawdon, Hasting Co., Ontario.

Please note that there are two deaths recorded in the Anglican Diocese of Ontario records for Thomas Vance. One Thomas Vance was 46 years old and died 29 August 1861 while the other was 85 years old and died 6 July 1865.  There is a Thomas Vance buried in the Thomasburg Cemetery per the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid but there are no gravestones online for me to verify if it is him.  So we need to remain open about this death date.

Mary died 30 April 1886 in Rawdon and is probably buried in the Marmora Cemetery although I have not yet verified that fact. Together Thomas and Mary Vance had the following children based on the 1861 Canadian Census, see below.

Here is a summary of their children. In a future post I will go into more depth on these children of Mary’s second family.

1. John Vance born 14 November, 1853.  He married on 22 December 1874 in Rawdon to Catherine Montgomery, who was born 14 March, 1856 in Rawdon. John headed to Manitoba and he and Catherine are buried there.  Catherine and John had three children.

2.  Robert Vance born about 1855 and he married on 23 March 1881 in Huntingdon Twp., Hastings Co. to Mary Blakely born 17 June, 1862 in Huntingdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario. He and Mary had six children. They are buried in the Stirling Cemetery in Hastings Co., Ontario.

Robert appears in the 1861, 1871 and 1881 Census. Mary his mother is with him in the 1881 census.

Line 6, 194, 196, Vance, Robert, M, 25, C. of England, Irish, farmer, M. Vance, Mary, F, 18, English, C of England, Irish, M. Vance, Mary, F, 65, [ ] C of England, Irish, W. Vance, Wm, M, 19, English, C of England, Irish.

Source:  1881 Canadian Census, Huntington Twp., Hastings North, Hastings Co., Ontario, Dist, #122, Sub. D #A, Div. 2, page. 41.

3.  William Vance born 30 August, 1857 in Ontario and died 16 July, 1930 in Chatham, Kent Co., Ontario.  William Vance married a Mary Ann Johnston on 23, November, 1881 in Huntingdon, Hastings Co., Ontario. William and Mary headed to Chatham in Kent County and lived out their lives there. They had three daughters.  I do not know if his wife is related to his mother. She might be a cousin.

4.  Margaret J. Vance was born 6 November, 1859 and died 26 December, 1930 in Ivanhoe, Hastings Co., Ontario. She is buried in the White Lake Cemetery in Ivanhoe. She married John George Wood, son of John Wood and Mary, on 14 September 1881 in Hasting Co., Ontario. They had six children.

1861 Canadian Census

All the children both Brown and Vance appear in the 1861 Canadian Census with Mary and Thomas Vance. We see a mixed family.

Line 18 Thomas Vance, farmer, Ireland, C of England, 44, male, M, 1 male
Mary Vance, Ireland, C of England, 40, female, M, 1 female
John Vance, born Canada, C of England, 8, male, S, 1 male
Robert Vance, born Canada, C of England, 6 male, S, 1 male
William Vance, born Canada, C of England, 4 male, S, 1 male
Margret J. Vance, born Canada, C of England, 2, female, S, 1 female

Henry Brown, labourer, born Canada, C of England, 19, male, S, 1 male
Elisabeth Brown born Canada, C of England, 18, female, S, 1 female
Phillip Brown, labourer, born Canada, C of England, 16, male, S, 1 male
Thomas Brown, born Canada, C of England, 14, male, S, 1 male

Source:  1861 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Canada West. C-1033, pg. 26. 

In the 1871 Canadian Census for Hastings there is a Vance family living in Rawdon with a Mary as head and the next house down is Phillip Brown with Matilda. There is a Thomas Vance born about 1847 in the household, which is before her marriage to Thomas Vance in 1851.  We do not know much about Thomas Vance, Mary’s husband’s family so this young Thomas is probably a nephew?

Line 7, 69, 74, Fance/Vance, Mary, F, 61, born Ireland, Ch of E, All Irish, Widow.
Vance, Thomas, M, 24, born Ontario, Merchant
Vance, John, M, M, 18, born Ontario, farmer
Vance, Robert M, 15, born Ontario
Vance, William M, 13, born Ontario
Vance, Jane F, F, 11, born Ontario

Line 14, 70, 75 Brown, Phillip, M, 26, born Ontario, C of E all, Irish all, Farmer, Married. Brown, Matilda, F, 23, born Ontario, married
Brown, Thomas, M 8/12, born Ontario

Source:  1871 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, page 20, 62 North Hastings, No. 2 Div.

In the following pages I will share more information about the children of Thomas and Mary Brown: Henry, Elizabeth, Phillip and Thomas. I will also discuss the Heir Devise application of Phillip Brown their son.  After I have completed these Brown children, I will share more about the Vance children: Thomas (no further info), John, Robert, William and Margaret.