Category Archives: Westmorland

Grandfather Robert Applies for Naturalization

On the 16th of June 1924, grandfather Robert, applied for Naturalization or what they call “Declaration of Intention,” 1st papers.

It is interesting that he writes they came in 1915 and not 1917 which is the date I know about.  In the description, he is missing part of his fingers.  He was not the only person in my family to have suffered that type of injury. 

So far I have not been able to find a final “Naturalization” or 2nd paper for my grandfather which would have taken place about 5 years later about 1929.  They are usually filed together.  It did some of this research at the National Archives at Seattle branch  using the finding aid binders and indexes.  Ancestry now has many of these Naturalization indexes and documents online as well.  It was one of the reasons I was able to find the 1st paper and was finding him in the film indexes but not the papers. 

I mentioned that I cannot find any 2nd papers.  It is looking like he never completed the process.  In the 1940 U.S. Census he is listed as an Alien. 

A Declaration of Intention – partial view

Source:  Declaration of Intention June 16, 1924, Robert Boardman, #22101, pg. 493, NARA Film M1542 Roll 17, U.S. District Court, Western District, Western Washington, Seattle V47 (21110) 1924 to V50 (23109) 1925.

  • Name: Robert Boardman
  • Age: 42
  • Occupation: Plumber
  • Color: White
  • Complexion: Fair
  • Height 5 feet 7.5 inches
  • Weight 150 lbs.
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Gray
  • Distinctive Marks: 2 & 3 fingers off at 2nd joints
  • Born: Shediac, Canada 
  • 8th day of Sept. 1882
  • Residence: 7205 Wright Ave., Seattle, WA
  • Emigrated from Vancouver, B.C. CP Boat
  • Married, Ethel she was born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • With me
  • Arrived at Seattle, WA Sept 1915.
  • Signed 16 June 1924

F.M. Harshberger, Clerk of the District Court, by P.A. Page, Deputy Clerk.

Note:  Grandfather filled this out and signed this form so he is stating he was born in Shediac, Canada which is in New Brunswick.  I have tried to find his birth record but Westmorland Co., NB is very thin in this type of record per the New Brunswick archive.  I have been informed by a cousin that there was a Boardman family bible but it has disappeared with great-grandmother Charlotte?

Here is a link to a listing of NB Parishes which might be interesting.  You have to learn the timeline of an administrative area like a county, province, state to know where the records are:

Try this link for further information on this topic of Immigration and Naturalization research:



Grandfather Robert Boardman learns his trade in Winnipeg!

My grandfather Robert Boardman was born in Shediac, Westmorland, New Brunswick, according to his death certificate and other sources.  I have not been able to find a birth record.  The  New Brunswick Provincial Archives were very kind but they could not find any record and I was told it would be difficult.  I have tried seaching some of  the Family History Library records but so far no luck.

Robert Boardman

Photo:  This is a cropped photo of another larger photo taken around 1915.  I do not have any earlier photos of my grandfather Robert Boardman.  Gazing upon his face I see someone very close to me who is still living.  The resemblance is amazing even the scowl!  He looks very dapper in this photo.

As I have written before, the Boardman family came to Winnipeg after 1881 and by 1883.  Robert was born 8 September 1881 so he was a baby when they made this move and his memories were probably of Winnipeg only.  His older brother Edmund James was 5 years old and he might have had memories of the trip although it is a very young age.

I return to the Winnipeg city directories and in 1897 Robert is listed as an apprentice but it does not give the business name.

Several years later, we  find him working as a clerk for the W. L. MacKenzie & Co. manufacture agents from 1902 to 1903.  The Manitoba Historical Society series of  “Historic sites of Winnipeg” shows the former building where this business was conducted.

He was a steam fitter for the Canadian Pacific Railroad in Winnipeg living at 573 Logan Avenue in 1904-1905.

Robert and Ethel had married in St. Paul, Minnesota on 28 August 1905.  I featured this marriage in the post dated April 5, 2010 “Two Families Merge – A Marriage.”  Why they went to St. Paul to get married I do not know.  There are alot of Boardman’s living in that city.  I ponder that there was a really good story that will never be told.

Ethel and Robert were living with her father Richard Brown in 1906 according to the Canadian census.  See the posted dated: August 5, 2011 “Richard Brown After Emma.”

From 1907 to 1908 Robert is Manager of the NW Brass and Copper Works in Winnipeg.  He would be about 26 years old.   Several events took place about this time:  a child was born in May of 1908 and his father Edmund passed away a year later in October of 1908.

I cannot find anything online for this NW Brass company.  Businesses are usually very hard to research.  Sometimes their papers are left with the nearby college or university, historical society or local library.  City Directories might have their advertisements.

By the year 1909, the city directories have Robert back working with the Canadian Pacific Railroad as a coppersmith.   This was his father Edmund’s profession.

Unfortunately, the CPR does not allow access to employee records per their website.  I actually called them several years ago and was told to call back.  Maybe it is time to try again?

We see from the city directories that grandfather Robert Boardman was on the path of a tradesman like his father Edmund Boardman.  This path would take him to Vancouver, British Columbia and eventually to the U.S. permanently.

Edmund James Boardman Marries!

Edmund James Boardman, the oldest son of Edmund and Charlotte Boardman,  was married in RM Louise, Manitoba on the 14th of August 1908 to Jesse Potter Duncan.  He was thirty years old.  Jesse was 26 years old at the time.

The Manitoba Historical Society gives a description of what “RM Louise” refers to.  See the link below.  It is a rural municipality along the border between North Dakota and southern Manitoba.

James Boardman & Baby?

Is this Jesse & Others?

Photos:  There was no writing identifying these photos but I believe the man above is Edmund James Boardman and the woman on the grass is Jesse his wife?  Compare these photos with others in this and the next post and see what you think?

James and Jesse had 3 children that I know about.

1.  Alice Jean Halley Boardman was born June 6, 1909 and died 22 September 1988 in Winnipeg.  She married April 18, 1931 in Winnipeg to a Peter Duncan Campbell.  He died about 1956 in Winnipeg.  They had Gail, James (Perry Sound, Ontario), Bruce, Peter and Blair?  The information for Alice Jean was found in an obituary notice in the Winnipeg Free Press of September 24, 1988 for Jean Campbell, the Manitoba Vital Records online database and Canadian census.

2. Edmond J. Boardman was born February 28, 1911 and died 28th of December 1990 in Winnipeg.  He married a Norma Slater  whose birth is unknown.  She died 28 November 1989 in Winnipeg.  There was an infant that died 15 October 1940.  There other child’s name was Alexis (Allie) who married a John and had at least 2 children.  The infant is buried in the family plot in the Elmwood Cemetery.  Sources used were obituaries found on Edmund in the Dec 28, 1990 Winnipeg Free Press issue and his wife Norma in the Thursday Nov. 30, 1989 Winnipeg Free Press issue, the Vital Records for Manitoba online database and Canadian census.  His daughter wrote a loving tribute.

3. Betty’s birth and death are unknown at this time.  At the death of her brother’s wife Norma, she was living in Toronto, Ontario (1989). She married a D. John Dalton and had at least one child named Sheri.   Betty’s information is from the obituaries of her sister and brother.

Jesse and her daughters?

Photo:  There was no writing on this photo but I believe it is Jesse with her daughters.  Jesse is on the left, then Betty with her daughter Sheri?  Alice Jean is probably the one on the right!

The 1911 Canadian Census for Edmund James Boardman for Winnipeg, Manitoba gives the following information:

Line 36, [ ], 218, Boardman, Edmund, 563, M, Head, M, June 1878, 32, NB, English, Canadian, Anglican all except the lodger, Boardman, Jesse, F, wife, M, Oct. 1882, 28, Man, English, Canadian, Scotch. Boardman, Alice, F, daughter, S, June 1909, 1, Man. Boardman, Bomad 6/12, son S, Feb 1910 6/12, Man. Boardman, Charlotte, F, mother, W, Sept. 1852, 58, N.B. Scotish. [Peterson, Holly] F, Lodger, S, June 1892, 18, US, 1909 [ ] [Canadian] [ Scotch ] maid, 2/9/09/98. 

Source:  1911 Canadian Census, Winnipeg, Manitoba,  Dist#24, SubDist #51, p of habitation 563 Logan Ave, pg. 20, William Orr Mulligan enumerator, Note:  This census is very difficult to read the ink is thick and the page is faded. 

Jean, Ed and Jesse and unknown child

Who is Thomas Boardman?

1871 Canadian Census – Boardman

In seeking the family of Edmund Boardman I found a Thomas Boardman also living in Shediac in 1871.   There are lots of Boardman’s in other counties in New Brunswick but so far any connection has eluded me.  I keep digging.

The census of 1871 for Shediac Parish, Westmorland Co. and Dundas Parish, Kent Count of New Brunswick in transcribed in a book by a Tony A. LeBlanc.  FHL#971.52 X29L 1871 or FHL#1425090 Item 1.  Line 17: Boardman, Thomas, M, age 36, born England, C of E, English, Copp Smith SH3-59 M. Boardman, Rebecca, F, age 40, born Ireland, C of E, Irish.  Boardman, William, M, age 13, born Q, C of E, English. Boardman, Samuel, M, age 12, born Q, C of E, English.

The picture above is from the 1871 Canadian Census for Thomas Boardman on pg. 58.

Could he be Edmund’s brother or is he too old? This Thomas is about 36 years old which means he was born about 1835.  In comparing Edmund’s birth year which is 1848 we find that there is a 13 year difference in their ages.  It is not unusual.  My hubbie is 13 years older than his little sister and they have the same parents.

In the 1881 Canadian Census, Thomas is not with Rebecca.

1881 Canadian Census – Bordman

We find William Bordman the son, living in the Moncton District #3 of Westmorland, New Brunswick, GE 10, pg. 13.  Line 12, 41/52 changes to 57, Bordman, William, m, age 24, born Q, Methodist, English, Copper Smith, married.  Bordman, Althea, F, age 24, born NB, Methodist, English. Bordman, Jane, F, age 2, born NB, Methodist, English.  Rebecah, F, age 60, born Ireland, Methodist, English.

Rebecah is now 60 when she was 40 in 1871.  That is a 20 year difference.  Is it possible she was the mother and not the wife as implied in 1871? It just might be a mistake. Meanwhile where is Thomas Boardman?

Thomas Boardman may have gone to Massachusetts.  There is a man living in Boston there who may fit his description.

1880 US Census – Boston, MA

Massachusetts, County of Suffolk, [   8] Precinct, [Boston] 1, 3 June, 1880, George [Bartlett].  On line 22 we find a Thos. Boardman, W, M, age 43, lodger, married, Copper smith, born England, parents born England.  He is living with family #142, on line 19, William Chewster, w, m, age 55, married, Wksas Baker, born Mass, father Scotland, mother Mass.  Carrie Chewster, w, f, age 26, wife, married, keeps home, born N. Scotia, father Ireland, mother N. Scotia.  Nellie Chewster, w, f, 5/12 (Jan), daughter, single, born Mass, father born Mass, mother born N. Scotia.  They are living at Emmett Place.   There are other families listed #141, on line, 16, Morris, James age 34.  On line 10 is Morrison, Hiriam age 35 and wife Helen age 30.  On line 8 is listed house number 7, dwelling 64, family #140.

So in this one house there are 3 families.  They are born in Mass., NB, and N. Scotia.  Are these relatives?

The other son Samuel Boardman of Thomas Boardman may be living in Manitoba in 1881

1881 Canadian Census, Province of Manitoba, District No. 185 Lisgar, S. District: B. St. Clements, pg. 36.  [1] Family 167 line 7, Boardman, Samuel, M, age 22, born Que, Ch of Eng., English, Copersmith. Enumerated April 4, 1881.

Apparently Samuel Boardman is the only Boardman listed in the 1881 Canadian Census for Manitoba all others are in New Brunswick or Ontario.   Edmund Boardman does not appear in Winnipeg till 1884-1885 where we find him in the city directories.  Edmund is definitely there by 1891 as we have seen in a previous post dated May 16, 2010.

We jump ahead to the 1900 U.S. Census and we find William Boardman living in Iowa?

1900 U.S. Federal Census, Iowa, Marshall Co., Marshalltown, SD#5, ED#122, Ward #4, Sht# 7, 6 June 1900, Mary C. [Heriffaker], enumerator. Line 26, SW1/2/124/135/4, Boardman, William, Head, W, Ma. born Dec 1857 age 42, married 22 yrs, born Canada Eng., father born England, mother born Ireland, immigrated to US 1880, here 19 years, mail carrier, 0, yes, yes, yes, R, H; Boardman, Althea, wife, w, f, born Mar, 1856, 44 yrs old, m. 22 yrs, 9 children born 5 living, born New Brunswick, father born New Brunswick, mother New Brunswick, immigrated to US 1880, 19 yrs in US, yes, yes, yes; Boardman, Jennie, daughter, w,f, born Oct. 1878, age 21, single, born NB, father born Canada E., mother born NB, clk Tea Store, 0, yes, yes, yes.  Boardman, Bessie, daughter, w, f, born Aug. 1881, 18 yrs, single, born in Boston, father born Canada E, mother NB, in School, 9, yes, yes, yes; Boardman, Nellie B., daughter, w, f, born Aug 1884, age 15, single, born Iowa, father Canada E, mother NB, in school, 9, yes, yes, yes; Boardman, [Lulu], daughter, w, f, born July 1891, age 8, single, born Iowa, father Canada E, mother NB, in school, 9, yes, yes, yes; Boardman, Francis, son, w, m. born July 1891 age 8, Single, born Iowa, father Canada E, mother NB, in school, 9, yes, yes, yes.

William and Althea Boardman are also living in Marshall Co., Iowa in 1910.  Of course, using the census only to track someone does not guarantee that they are the correct family so I still have more work to do on these families.

There are many interesting trends in these families.  The occupation of Coppersmith.  The birth of the two men Edmund and Thomas in England.  Edmund named one of his sons “William Thomas.”  The locations of Shediac and Moncton also are of interest.  The connection to Boston.  I keep digging for clues.   I am aware that a lot of Boardman’s lived in Massachusetts and have wondered about the connection.

Thomas Boardman’s son’s William and Samuel are listed as being born in Quebec.  Did the Boardman’s come in to Canada via Quebec and then migrated to New Brunswick and if so why?

Another interesting event is a deed found by one of my clients who helped me with my research while I assisted him in his in Washington State.  He lives in PEI.  This is where Edmund and Charlotte were living in 1881.  He could not find a deed for Edmund in Charlottetown, but he did find a deed for a Thomas Boardman.  More on this deed in the next post.

UPDATE December 12, 2012:  New information has been found about Thomas Boardman.  He is the brother of Edmund Boardman.  See the posted dated December 12, 2012, “New Info:  Thomas and Edmund Boardman are Brothers!