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A place to pause for this blog….

It has been five years since I started this blog.  I have written about the families of my heritage and it has been amazing.

Me with George & Esther's Tombstone

Me with George & Esther’s Tombstone

I never thought I would get as far as I have on the Boardman and Brown side of the family. I knew very little about my mother’s family.  Of course, I have had help from many cousins and appreciate it more than they know.  I have also met some of my cousins in comments on this blog, in email and some in person.  I am so happy that we have connected.

This does not mean that the research is done. Genealogical research is never done, there is always something you can do.

On the top of this blog are PAGES in drop down menus that cover the posts written on this blog by surname and then they are broken down by children or other topics.  I hope this will help in understanding the families and finding the information.

I have had the good fortune to travel to Canada to do genealogical research three times in the last few years.  I have been to Canada many times in the past mostly to British Columbia on my own with friends, my husband and with my parents.  I learned to drive practicing on Vancouver Island.  Victoria was a place to visit for family day trips from Seattle.

The recent trips have been for genealogical purposes.  The first place was traveling to Kelowna, British Columbia in April of 2010 to learn about the Brown family history and visit my cousin who had done a lot of research on the families.  Hopefully I have honored him by adding more documentation to the families.

My second trip was to Ontario and Quebec in May 2010 which emphasized the Brown families of Hastings County, Ontario and a lot on my McD side. The third trip was to Ontario and Michigan to dig deeper into the Boardman and Brown families and visit areas where they lived.  Don’t forget to read the posts about my trips to Canada they can be of great help and I have a page of the table of contents of the posts written about all these trips at the top of this blog.

Me with Phillip Brown's and others tombstone

Me with Phillip Brown’s and others tombstone

I have reached a stopping point on this blog where I feel I have written as much as I can about each family. I have published about the Boardmans, the Browns, the Wards, the McMurrays and Jacksons and their allied families.

I do have more photos, documents and information that I could share but I feel that the posts written have given enough information to assist family members who come to this blog to either get started or add to their history. Hopefully, I can help others trying to make family connections.

I have done a little maintenance on the blog in the categories, and checked the links.  So things should work pretty good.  Links in posts might be out of date but just let me know and I will fix it if I can and I will take a look one of these days to make sure they are okay.

My focus now will be to get my binders organized, sourced and source documents printed. The binders contain copies of the posts written on this blog in Word.docx form.  I will then make sure my computer documents are also organized and in good order.  The most important is sourcing them to my Legacy database and making sure that is up-to-date so I can print out reports. I am making progress.

Once the binders are all updated and organized, I will focus on Irish and English research and if I do find anything of value I will share that with you. There are still a lot of questions about my family history that I have not solved.

Here are a few examples:

  1.  I still do not know what happened to Edmund Boardman’s parents who appear to have settled in London, Ontario. So far I have not found a burial in Middlesex County for Edmund and Zelia/Tycha. They seemed to have disappeared.  Edmund and his brother Thomas ended up in New Brunswick but did the parents go there as well?
  2. Where exactly did William and Alice/Elise Brown come from in Ireland and if I travel there can I learn more? I am told they came from Longford and Cavan.
  3. Are Benjamin and Sarah Ward truly the parents of Emma Ward Brown.  I think so but I would like a little more documentation to get that satisfied feeling.

Please remember to double-check the research, I did try to be accurate but it can get confusing because the names are so similar.  The census are just transcribed in a summary and you really need to study the actual page which means you need to get your copy.

Once again, if you have questions or just want to connect please leave a comment and I will be able to contact you.

Yours in genealogy Bonnie

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Matilda Jane Brown and William C. Clement’s children

Matilda Jane Brown and William C. Clements had migrated from Ontario to Manitoba in about 1881 and lived there till about 1897-1899 when they migrated again to British Columbia and settled eventually in the city of Kelowna on the shores of Lake Okanagan.  They had the following children, some born in Ontario, others in Manitoba.

  1. Charles George Clement was born 1 February, 1867 (family record) in Mt. Brydes, Ontario (west of London, Ontario) and died 17 May, 1962 in Vernon, British Columbia.

Charles was listed in the 1891 Canadian Census living in South Norfolk, Marquette, Manitoba on his own.

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, South Norfolk, Marquette, Manitoba, page 26, Dist#7, SD#S, enumerated by Peter G. Smith, Line 5, W/1/1, 127, Clement, Charles, M, 24, Born Ontario, parents born Ontario, Meth., Farmer, employed, read and write, PS.

Charles G. Clement

Charles G. Clement

He married a Alice Amey Baskerville born 20 August, 1879 and died 9 March, 1973 in Kelowna, British Columbia.

By 1901 Charles had migrated to British Columbia.

Source:  1901 Canadian Census, Charles Clement Family, Yale Cariboo, Kelowna, British Columbia, Dist# 5, SD #J, PSD#11, page 1, enumerated by Hugh S. Rose.

Line 17, 5, 5, Clement, Charles, G, M, W, Head, M, Feb 1, 1867, 34, born Ontario, English, Canadian, Baptist, occupation _______, 8, 800

Clement, Alice, F, W, Wife, M, Aug 20, 1879, 21, born Ontario, Irish, Canadian, Baptist. 

Alice and Charles Clement are residing in Kelowna in the 1911 Canadian Census.

Source:  Charles G. Clement Family, 1911 Canadian Census, Kelowna, Okanagan, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Dist#14, SD#1, ED#8, page 1, enumerated June 1-2, 1911, by W.C. Duggan.

Line 45, 14, 14, Clement Charles G, Pendoza St., M, Head, M, Feb 1867, 44, born Ontario, All Irish except lodger, all Canadian, all baptist, contractor, 4000, 44, 152

Clement, Alice, F, Wife, M, Aug 1882, 29, born Ontario, none

Clement, George, M, Son, S, Dec 1904, age 6, born British Columbia

Clement, Etta, F, Daughter, S, July 1906, 4, born British Columbia

Clement, Alice, F, Daughter, S, Aug, 1907, 3, born British Columbia

Gibson, Thomas, M, Lodger, W, July, 1863, age 47, born England, immigrated 1903, English, Anglican, laborer ______

Both Charles and Alice are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Kelowna.

Charles and Alice Clement's tombstone

Charles and Alice Clement’s tombstone

They had the following children:

  • Myrtle Alice Clement was born 14 July, 1902 in Kelowna and died 20 August, 1903 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
  • William George Clement was born 27 December,1903 in Kelowna and died 3 July, 1940 in Kelowna. He married to Sara Frances Harrison Briscoe.  They had four children: Frances Irene Clement, Ethel Viola Clement, Arnold Eldred Clement, and Emily Ruth Clement
  • Etta Viola Clement was born 3 July, 1905 in Kelowna and died 6 February, 2003 in Kelowna. She married 22 December, 1928 to Eldred Leander Adam born 24 October, 1905 and died 16 March, 1998 in Kelowna, British Columbia. They had at least two children: a baby, Alexander C. Adams.
  • Alice Eleanor Clement was born 4 November, 1906 and died 11 July, 2005 in Kelowna, British Columbia. She married 13 July, 1940 to George Keith Anderson born 21 September, 1903.  He died September 2000 in Kelowna.  They had one child.
  • Charles James Clement born 20 March, 1920 in Kelowna and died 20 December, 2003 in Delta, British Columbia. He married an Alexandrina Gillespie and three children. He is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Kelowna.
Charles James Clement's tombstone

Charles James Clement’s tombstone

2.  Clara Viola Clement was born 7 February, 1869 (family record) in Mt. Brydges, Ontario and died 10 December, 1925 in Neepawa, Manitoba.

Clara Viola Clement

Clara Viola Clement

She married on 5 January, 1899 in Cypress River, Manitoba to a William John Docking born 14 May, 1870 and died 11 September, 1950.

Clara Viola and Wm. John Docking are living with his parents and siblings in Manitoba in 1901.

Source: 1901 Canadian Census, William J. Docking Family, Lorne, Lisgar, Manitoba, pages 10-11, Dist#7, SD# C, PSD#3, enumerated April 13, 1901 by H. A. Holland.

Line 43, 105, 107, Docking, William J, M, W, head, M, 12 May 1869, 31, born Ontario, All English, All Canadian except father, farmer, all can read and write.
Docking, Clara V, F, W, wife, M, 7 Feb. 1869, 32, born Ontario
Docking, James S. M, W, Brother, S, 4 Sept. 1871, 29, born Ontario
Docking, Richard, M, W, Father, M, 20 Nov. 1836, 64, born England migrated 1844,
Docking, Elizabeth, F, W, Mother, M, 27 Dec, 1836, 64, born Ontario
Docking, George T., M, W, Brother, S, 20 March 1874, 27, born Ontario
Docking, Regina L, F, W, Sister, S, 12 March 1876, 25, born Ontario
Docking, Emily M. F, W, Sister, 16 March 1881, 20 born Ontario

They had three children.

  • Mabel Edna Docking born 14 January 1902 in Swan Lake, Manitoba and died 6 July 1954 in Winnipeg, Manitoba she married to Kenneth John Campbell born 20 March 1900 and died 24 November 1986 on 5 June 1929 in Holland, Manitoba. They had about four children.
  • Roy Docking born 3 February 1904, Swan Lake Manitoba and died 30 November 1999 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He married on 2 September 1944 in Winnipeg to Mary Elizabeth Kearns. She was born 23 December 1914. They had three children.
  • George Melvin Docking was born 31 October 1912 in Summerland, British Columbia and died 19 October 1986 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He marred on 3 October 1936 in Neepawa to Laura Evelyn Mikkelson who was born 13 September 1914. They had two children.

3.  William James Clement was born 15 March, 1872 (family record) in Caradoc Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario. He died on 19 August, 1950 in Summerland, British Columbia.  He is buried in the Peach Orchard Cemetery in Summerland.

William James Clement

William James Clement

William James Clement lived with his parents till the 1911 census.  In 1921 he was living in Greenwood, Yale, British Columbia which is really Penticton.

William J. Clement Summerland Cemetery

William J. Clement Summerland’s Peach Orchard Cemetery

He married on 13 January, 1900 in New Westminister, British Columbia to Harriette Lonsale Burrit. They had one child Ernest Burritt Clement . He remarried on 29 December, 1915 in Kelowna to Laura Alice Birch born 10 August 1883 and died 30 September 1923 in New Westminister, British Columbia. William had one child with each wife.

4.  Mabel Matilda Clement was born 13 January, 1875 (family record) in Caradoc Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario and died 8 August, 1923 in Kelowna, British Columbia. She did not marry.  She is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery near her parents.

Mabel M. Clement

Mabel M. Clement's tombstone, Pioneer Cemetery, Kelowna, BC

Mabel M. Clement’s tombstone, Pioneer Cemetery, Kelowna, BC

5.  Myrtle Louisa Clement was born 10 September, 1878 in Caradoc Twp. and died 25 August, 1880 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. She was about one year old at her death.

6.  John Percy Clement was born 16 August,1830 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and died 23 July, 1975 in maybe Victoria, British Columbia.

John Percy Clement

John Percy Clement

By 1911 John Percy had migrated to Vancouver, British Columbia. He was also married.

Source: 1911 Canadian Census, John Percy Clements, Vancouver, British Columbia, page 2, Dist#12, ED#31, enumerated by M. H. Crawford. 

Line 17, 15, 15, Clement, John Percy, 613, M, ____ Dr. M, Head, M, Aug 1880, 30, born Manitoba, Irish, Methodist, Stationery. 

Clement, Alice, F, wife, M, Sept 1881, 29, born England, immigrated 1905, English, Canadian, Anglican, Stationery, 2000, 13.00.

He married on 25 December, 1908 to Alice Wallis in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was born 18 September, 1861 and died 17 July 1951.

They had three children:

  • Vera Olga Clement born 17 October 1913 in Calgary, Alberta and died 21 February, 1931 in Grandview Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.  She died from an infected appendix.
  • Frederick William Clement was born 20 October,1914 in Calgary, Alberta and died 24 October 1914 in Calgary.
  • Beryl Iona Clement was born 20 October, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and died 14 December, 1993 in Duncan, British Columbia. She married a Stanley Glendower MacGregor who was born 1911 and died 11 November, 1985 in Duncan, British Columbia. They had two daughters.

J.P. Clement had the first stationery store in Kelowna.  Later on he sold it and moved to Vancouver. British Columbia.

J.P. Clement's Store

J.P. also wrote a brief history of the family, some of which I have featured in past posts.

7.  Ernest Leslie Clement was born 3 November, 1882 in Threherne, Manitoba and died 27 October, 1947 in Kelowna, British Columbia. He is buried in the Kelowna Municipal Cemetery.

Ernest Leslie Clement

Ernest Leslie Clement

Ernest L. Clement's tombstone

Ernest L. Clement’s tombstone and wife Margaret

He married on 22 December, 1909 to Margaret Annie Whelan in Kelowna. Margaret came from a large pioneer family and was daughter of George Whelan who was born about 1844, Clayhill, Hertfordshire, England and died 1927 at the Westholme Farm, Kelowna, British Columbia.  Lucy was born 1852 in Great Chesterford, Essex, England and died in 1911 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  They are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery.

There were seven children born to George and Lucy Whelan:  Nellie Florence (1883-1973), Margaret Annie wife of Ernest, Laura (1886-1919), Minnie May (1887-1986), Mary Ann (1889-1889), George James (1890-1890) and Robert James (1892-1944).

Ernest and Margaret Clements were living in Kelowna in the 1911 Canadian Census.

Source:  Ernest L. Clement Family, 1911 Canadian Census, Kelowna, Okanagan, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, page 1, Dist#14, SD#1, ED#8, enumerated June 9, 1911, C.C. Duggan. 

LIne 40, 41, 41, Clement, Ernest, Richld St., M, Head, M, Nov, 1882, 28, Manitoba, All English, All Canadian, All Methodist, carpenter, house building, 1000
Clement, Margaret, F, Wife, M, Sept 1891, 26, British Columbia, none
Clement, William, G. L., M, son, S, Nov. 1910, 6, British Columbia
[Wokman Commrade], M, Lodger, S, 1892, 19, New Zealand, immigrated 1909, Scotch, Anglican, book clerk, city bank, 600.

We find Ernest and Margaret still residing in Kelowna in 1921.

Source:  Ernest L. Clement Family, 1921 Canadian Census, Kelowna, South Okanagan, Yale, British Columbia, page 36, Dist# 25, ED#HC, enumerated by {Enis Jhaguire].

Line 2, 438, 438, Element, Ernest L., Kelowna, Richland St, O, Head, M2, M, 38, Manitoba, England, Irish, all Canadian, All English, yes, no, Ch of E, all yes, yes, Carpenter general, 100c
Clement, Margaret, wife, F, M, 36, Kelowna, England, England, C, all Methodist, none
Clement, Leslie G., son, M, S, 10, Kelowna, school
Clement, Clifford, son, M, S, 7, Kelowna, school

They had three children:

  • Leslie George William Clement was born 16 November, 1910  and died 6 March, 1998 in Kelowna, British Columbia. He married on 17 January, 1938 to Iris Williams. Iris was born 7 November, 1917 in Wales and died 12 December, 1981 in Kelowna.  He remarried to Eloise Lorranie Smith on 8 October, 1988 in Winfield, British Columbia. She was born 1919 and they had 5 children.
  • Clifford Delbert Clement was born 5 November, 1913 in Kelowa and died 11 November 2000 in Kelowna. He married on 27 February, 1935 in Washington State to Euphemia Mitchell born 18 June, 1912 in Kelowna and died 3 February, 2000 in Kelowna.
  • Wilma Doreen Clement was born 13 June, 1922 and died 15 October, 2004 in Kelowna. She married on 23 December, 1943 in Winfield, British Columbia to James Herbert Lewis Hayes born 28 February, 1919 in Rochester, Kent Co., England and died 3 October 2013 in Kelowna, British Columbia.  They had five children several of whom are living and one who has done a great deal of family research on the Brown family.  I have had the good fortune to meet and know some of these people.

As usual there is more that can be done on this family.  I feel this is a good summary of William and Matilda’s family.  My visit to Kelowna was a happy occasion and getting to know the Clement and meeting some of their descendants is always rewarding.  Kelowna is a beautiful city in a beautiful area of British Columbia.  I have written about my travels there on this blog.  If you go to the top of this blog there is page with a listing of the posts I have written on this blog about my Canadian travels.  You will need to scroll down the page to find them.

I have a memory that I have been to Kelowna before with my parents because the area looked very familiar to me.  I remember my father driving across the bridge and my mother in the car. This was back in the 1960’s when it was only the three of us on family vacations because other siblings were growing up. My mother didn’t know that her ancestors and relatives were there and that makes me sad and I wish I could share all discover of her heritage with her.

Again I thank my cousin, Bob, for his generosity and willingness to share.

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 about 1869.  They had at least one child:  Reginald Morrison born 1901 in 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 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.

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.