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

Map of Ontario

Map of Ontario

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

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

This is the link to the Ancestry.com family tree titled McMurray Family Tree which you may need a membership to see or use your library card at the library to access the library version:  http://person.ancestry.com/tree/9807004/person/-497599555/facts

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

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

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

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

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

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Philip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s children: Matilda Jane Brown Downey 1851 to 1936

Matilda Jane Brown was born on the 7th of April 1851 in Stirling and was baptized on the 4th of August, 1852. Matilda Jane married a James Downey who was born about 1852.

Baptized Matilda Jane born April 7th 1851 daughter of Philip Brown of Twp. of Rawdon & Margaret his wife was baptized on this 4th day of Augst 1852 by me. F.L.S. Grives. 4-S-1, Stirling, Anglican Diocese of Ontario, Kingston, Ontario

They married on the 9th of April 1873 in Stirling.

James Downey, 29, Huntingdon, pofb Ontario, Bachelor, yeoman, father Andrew, mother is Martha M. Spouse, Matilda Jane Brown, 22, born Rawdon, Ontario? Single, father Phillip and mother Margaret Brown, Witness Thomas Brown, Rawdon, Hester Ann Downey, Huntingdon, Marriage April 9, 1873, Stirling, Ch of Eng. Rev. John [Hallworth].

Source: Ontario Canada, Marriages 1801-1928, James Downey to Matilda Jane Brown, 9 April 1873 in Huntingdon, Hastings Co., Ontario page 87 of Marriages. 

There is a James Downie living in Bruce West, Huron Twp., Ontario in the 1891 Canadian census.  My records mention the son Philip.

Bruce County is north of Huron County on the east shore of Lake Huron in western Ontario.

Bruce County, Ontario

Bruce County, Ontario

pg. 30, line 25, N2/9, 143, Downie, James M, all born in Ontario, parents born Ireland, all Meth, Farmer, page 31, Line 1, Downie, Matilda, F, parents born Ireland, Downie, Esther F, age 17, D. Downie, Mina F, age 15, D, Downie, Margaret F, age 11, D. Downie, Philip, M, age 5, S.

Source: 1891 Canadian Census, Huron Twp., Bruce West, Ontario, Dist# 53, page 30 and 31, enumerated 17 April, 1891 by [I S, Gamble]. 

I have Martha dying on 10 November, 1936 in Elgin, Ontario:

Ontario, County Elgin, Twp. Elgin, City Sparta, lived there 13 yrs, in province life, Downey, Matilda Jane, F. Canadian, irish, Widowed, Birth Sterling, Hastings Co., April 1, 1851, 85 yrs 7 no. 10 days, Housekeeping, 1925 last worked. Father Philip Brown, mother Margaret McMurray, Scotland, , Informant Phillip J. Downing, Sparta, Ontario, Son, Buried Ripley, Ont. Fi. Nov. 13, 1936. Died Nov. 10, 1936, myocarditis, old age, F. O. Lawrence, St. Thomas, Nov. 1936.

The burial is not yet online for Martha or James. Of course more could be done in the census and other records to learn about Matilda and her life.