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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 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:

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.


Philip & Margaret McMurray Brown children: Diana Brown 1854..

Diana Brown was a daughter of Philip and Margaret Brown. She was born 9 January 1856.

From my findings she married a Richard West on the 2nd of April, 1877 in Hastings Co.

Marriage of Richard West age 27, born Hungerford, B., Farmer, father and mother John and Hannah West. Spouse Diana Brown, age 27, born Rawdon, S, father and mother Philip & Margaret Brown. Witnesses Philip Brown of Rawdon and James West of Madoc. Marriage date Rawdon April 2, 1877, Wesleyan Methodist, bridegroom, Ch of England Bride, Rev. F.L. Stephenson. 

Source: Ontario, Canada, Marriages 1801 to 1928, Richard West to Diana Brown, 2 April, 1877 Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, #03878

A search of the Huron West 1881 census showed that there were about 30 out of 98 pages of very faded handwriting so it was not possible to find them.


Township map of Huron Co. at Ontario Genweb page

Jumping ahead to 1891 we find Diana and Richard are living in Ashfield Twp., Huron. His name is under “Restiard” and hers is “Deana.” James, Richard’s brother, is living with them.

Line 8, W7, 192, West, Restiard, M, 35, M, Born, all born Ontario, parents Ireland, Meth, West, Deana, F, 33, M, W, parents father Ireland, mother Ontario, farmer. West, Maggie, F, 13, Da. West, James E, M, 30, Brother. 

Source: 1891 Canadian Census, Ashfield, #78 Huron West, Ontario, page 56, enumerated 1st of May 1891, A. C. [Marshfield]. 

They appear in the 1901 Canadian Census in Ashfield, Huron West.

line 50, 32/32, page 3, line 50, West, Richard M, W, Head, M, 12 Oct, 1854, age 47, born Ontario, English, Canadian, Ch. of England, farmer, page 4, line 1, West, Diana, F, W, wife, M, 9 Jan, 1856, age 45, born Ontario, English, Canadian, Methodist, occupation unreadable. 

Below Diana on the next line is a James West with family:

Line 2, 33/33, West, James, M, W, Head, M, 11 April, 1861, all born Ontario, English, all Meth., farmer, West, Mary, F, W, wife, M, 9 June 1872, Scotch, West, John, M, W, Son, S, 11, Dec. 1895, West, Hazel, F, W, Daughter, S, 21 April 1897, West, Elinor, F, W, Daughter, S, 20 Feb. 1899. 

Source: 1901 Canadian Census, #75 Huron West, SD#A, PDIv#7, Ashfield Twp., page 3 and 4, enumerated April 4 and 5, 1901, by John Jamison. 

With the very bad condition of the 1881 census I have not been able to figure out where Diana and Richard West were living in 1881.  They are just not appearing in Hastings nor Huron Counties.

This is only a beginning on researching this couple and I encourage you to make sure that the information is correct, more sources need to be checked to verify that it is truly Diana’s family.  I was having difficulty finding them in 1911. The County of Huron is north of Middlesex County and the city of London and borders Lake Huron on the east side.