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Phillip & Margaret Brown’s Children: William Brown 1841 to 1922

William Brown was a son of Phillip Brown and Margaret McMurray and he was born 3 April, 1841 in Rawdon Twp., and was baptized at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville on 2 October, 1841.

William born 3rd April last, son of Philip Brown of the Twp. of Rawdon, & of Margaret, his wife was publicly baptized this 2nd day of October 1841 by me, John Grier, Rector, Parents Sponsors.

Source:  William Brown baptized 2nd Day of October, 1841, son of Phillip & Margaret Brown, 7-B-3, St. Thomas, Belleville, Anglican Diocese of Ontario in Kingston. 

He died in Hastings County, on 14 November 1922 and he is buried in Stirling Cemetery. His tombstone is a large obelisk. The writing and inscription are difficult to read. She Find A Grave for his stone in Stirling.

Wm. Brown and Emily Reid Inscription.

Wm. Brown and Emily Reid Inscription.

Source:  Ontario Canada Deaths, 1869-1938, William Brown, 14 November 1922, page 100, 30 Forin Street, Male, Irish, Married, 81 yrs, Rawdon Twp., 1841, retired, #015275, 10 yrs in place of death, lifetime in Ontario, father Phillip Brown, born Ireland, Mother Margaret M. Murray, born Ireland, Informant Erastus W. Brown of Thurlow Twp., son, Sterling, Ont. buried November 16, 1922, Belleville Burial Co., died Nov. 14, 1922, arteriosclerosis, 4 years, heart failure. F.W.  Hill of Belleville. 

He married Emily Reid on 1 December, 1868 in Rawdon Twp.. She was born 5 October 1850 in Rawdon to Elijah Reid and Isabella.

She died on 23 April 1936 in Rawdon and is buried in Stirling Cemetery.

County of Hastings, Twp. of Thurlow, Belleville, 23 yrs, life in Ontario, Brown, Emily, 30 Forin Street, Belleville, Female, Canadian, British, Widow, born Ontario, Oct. 6, 1849, age 86, yrs, 6 mo. 17 days, housewife, given name of husband Wm. Brown, Father Elijah Reid born Ontario, mother Isabel [McIroy] born Scotland, Informant: E.W. Brown, R.R. #6 Belleville, Buried Stirling, April 25, 1936, Died 23 April 1936, old age, G.S. Crank, Belleville. 

Source:  Ontario Canada Deaths, 1869-1939, 25 April 1936, Emily Brown Death Certificate, Died Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario #018305 pg. 240. 

William appears in the 1861 Canadian census with his parent’s family:

Line 1, Philip Brown, farmer, Ireland, C. England, age 45, male, married, log, 1 story, 1 family, all members of family. Margret Brown, Ireland, C. England, age 43, female, married. Wm. Brown, Laborer, born Canada, E. England, age 19 male, single, Francis Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 17, female, single, Elley Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 15, female, single, Henery Brown, laborer, born Canada, C. England, age 13 male, single, Diana Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 11, female, single, Matilda Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 9, female, single, Margret Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 7, female, single, Alvina Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 5, female, single, Hariet Brown, born Canada, C. England, age 1, female, single

Source:  1861 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, #26 page 12. 

In 1871 William has started his own family and he is living next door to his sister Fanny.

Line 91, 98 Brown, William, M, 29, All born in Ontario, all Church of England, Irish, Farmer, Married, Brown, Emily, 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

Line 8, 93, 100, Clements, Thomas, M, 25, born in Ontario, Ch. of England, Irish, Farmer, Single

Source:  1871 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, page 28, 62 North Hasting.

We find William again in Rawdon Twp. living next to his sister Fanny in 1881 and both have growing families:

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 Co., Ontario, page 18, District 122.

Life does change and in 1891 William has migrated to Thurlow Twp. in Hastings Co., Ontario. He was Church of England in 1881 but here we see he is now Methodist?

Line 14, Brown, William, M, 50, Married, Head, Born Ontario, all born Ontario, parents born Ireland, farmer, all Methodist:
Brown, Emily, F, 41, Married, Wife, father born Ontario, mother Scotland,
Brown, Erastus, M, 21, son, Born Ontario and all other children born Ontario,
Brown, George, M, 18, son
Brown, Edith, F, 16, daughter
Brown, Blanche, F, 15, daughter
Brown, Phillip, M, 12, son
Brown, William, M, 11, son
Brown, John, M, 8, son
Brown, Arthur, M, 5, son
Brown, Maggie, F, 10/12 , daughter

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, Thurlow Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, page 34, District 73, No. 4, 28th April 1891, U.N. Gould.

Again William is still in Thurlow Twp. in 1901:

Line 9, 26, 29, Brown, William, M, W, Head, M, April 3, 1843, 58, all born Ontario, Irish, Methodist, Farmer:
Brown, Emily, F, W, Wife, M, Oct. 5, 1850, 50, German,
Brown, Eratus W. , M, W, Son, S, Jan, 20, 1870, 31.
Brown, Emma B, F, W, daughter, S, Feb, 1, 1877, 24
Brown, William E., M, W, son, S, April 6, 1880, 20
Brown, Wallice, A. M, W, son, S, Nov. 26, 1885, 15
Brown, Magie, M, F, W, daughter, SD, June 9, 1890., 10

All Children are listed as Irish. 

Source:  1901 Canadian Census, Thurlow Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, Dist. 70, SD#C, Polling#5, John L. Clopp, page 3.

By 1911 William and Emily have moved to Belleville. This census is very difficult to read:

Line 26, 8, 8 Brown William, M, Head, M, May 1836, 75, born Ontario Irish, Methodist
_______________Wife, M, June 1845, 66, born Ontario, Irish, Methodist

Source: 1911 Canadian Census, Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario, page 1, Dist#80, SD#5, Belleville Coleman Ward.

William and Emily are in Belleville in the 1921 census living on their own.  This is the first time I have ever seen mention of the birth of a parent “at sea.”

Line 33, 290, 294, Brown, William, 30 Foria St, Baldwin Ward, Head, M, Married, 80 Born Ontario, father Irish, mother born Atlantic Ocean, born at sea, Irish, yes, no, Methodist., yes, yes, Income, 4, B, Brown, Emily, wife, F, M, 70, born Ontario, father Ontario, mother Scottish, Race Dutch, Methodist, yes, yes, None.

Source:  1921 Canadian Census, Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario, Dist#90, SD#31, page 23, H.V. Clarke.  

Here are the children of William and Emily (Reid) Brown:

1. Erastus Walton Brown b. 20 January 1870 in Rawdon and died 12 July 1952.  He married Esther Mary Emma Hall of Segmour Twp. in Northumberland and Durham, Ontario. They had two children: Emily Isobel Brown b. 1904 married a Mr. Eggleton, and Annie Grace Brown b. 30 June 1908 and died 15 March 1971. She married a Mr. Davidson.

Here is Erastus’ and Esther’s marriage:

Name Esther Mary Emma Hall, age 28, born about 1873, Campbellford, Segmour, married 25 September, 1901 in Northumberland & Durham. Father James Hall and mother was Isabella Ingran.  Spouse: Erastus Walton Brown yeoman, age 31, born about 1870 in Rawdon Twp (Rawston) residence Thurlow Twp. father William Brown mother Emily Reid. Schedule B, pg. 281, 

Source: Ontario Canada Marriages 1801-1928, Esther M. E. Hall to Erastus Walton Brown, 25 September 1901.  

UPDATE 12/8/2015 – I discovered that Erastus was above Reuben Ketchpaw his brother-in-law in the census.  His name was spelled so badly I didn’t notice till recently.

Source:  Ketchpaw & Brown Families, 1911 Canadian Census, Thurlow Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, page 3, Dist#74, SD#12, ED#6, enumerator J.E. O Shouy.

Line 6, 25, 25, Brown, Erctic, Lot E 1/2 18 erd, M, Head, M, January 1870, 41, born Ontario, English all, Canadian, all, Methodist, farmer, yes, no, yes, Farm, 52, none, 60, none, $1300, $1000, 17, all yes, yes, English. Brown Ester, Lot E1/2 18 3rd, F, Wife, M, August 1873, 37, born Ontario. Spencer Jospeh, Lot E1/2183rd M, labormen, S, November 1886, age 14, born England, farm laborer, no, yes, no, farm, 52 none, 60 none, 20.0, Hall Bessie Lot e1/2 18 3rd, F, sister in law, S, August 1878, 37, born Ontario, Baptist. Brown Isabell, lot e1/2 18 erd, F, daughter, S, February 1904, 7, born Ontario. Brown, Ann, Lot e1/2 18 erd F, daughter S, June 1909, 1, born Ontario. 

2.  Wilbert George H. Brown b. 21 June 1872 in Rawdon. He married Isabella Dean Cumming born about September 1880.  They had Walter Brown born January 1903 and Mira/Mina Brown born December 1905.

They married on 3 July 1901 in Northumberland and Durham Co., Ontario:

W. G. Henry Brown, age 29, born about 1873, Merchant, Married 3 July 1901 in Northumberland and Durham to Isabella Dean Cumming, age 21, born about 1880 in Campbellford, Canada,  W.G.’s father was William Brown and mother was Emily Reid. Her parents were Robert A. Cumming and Harriet E. Hermestone Cumming. 

Source:  Ontario Canada Marriages 1801-1928, W.G. Henry Brown to Isabella Dean Cumming, 3 July 1901 in Northumberland and Durham page 281, Schedule B.

In the 1911 census we find that W.G. Henry has started his own family and he has migrated:

Line 44, 26, 26, Brown, W.G. H., W.S. Adelpha, M, Head, M, June 1872, 38, born Ontario, Irish, Methodist all, Agent, Insurance, Brown, Bella, F, Wife, M, Sept, 1880, 30, born Ontario, Scotch, Brown, Walter, M, Son, S, Jan, 1903, 8, born Ontario, Irish, Brown, Mira (Estirca), F, Daughter, S, Dec 1905, 5, born Ontario, Irish.

Source: 1911 Canadian Census, W.S. Adelphe, Napanee, Lennox & Addington, Ontario, page 2, 92 Lennox, ED East Ward, Napanee Town, by Patrick Gleason on June 6, 7 & 8, 1911. 

Once again Wilbert G. has moved in 1921 and this time we find him in Toronto:

Line 43, 106, 128, Brown, Wilbert G., Jerome St., #47, R, Head, M, M, 48, born Ontario, Real Estate, $1200. Brown, Isabell, wife, F, M, 40, born Ontario, Brown, Walter, son, M, S, 18, born Ontario, clerk, Brown, Mina, daughter, F, S, 15, born Ontario, student. All parents born Ontario, all Canadian, Father is Irish, mother is Scotch, yes, no, Methodist 

Source: 1921 Canadian Census, pg. 10, Ontario, Dist. 113, ED#130, Parkdale, 47, Toronto, H.Ray Bullmen. 

3.  Edith Isabella Brown, b. 15 April 1874 in Rawdon. She married a William D. Morton on 1 January 1894.

Wm. A. Morton, 31 years, residence Belleville, Ont., born Ogdensburg, U.S.  Bachelor, Police Constable, father Albert Morton and mother Elizabeth. Spouse Edith J. Brown, 19 years, residence Thurlow Twp., born Rawdon, Spinster, Father Wm. and mother Emily Brown, Witnesses Lyman Moore, Belleville, Blanche Brown, Thurlow Tp. married 1 Jan 1894, Thurlow Twp., both Methodist, Rev. D. Obrosley. 

Source:  Ontario Canada Marriages 1801-1928, Edith J. Brown to Wm. A. Morton, 1 January 1894, page 362, Schedule B. Marriages, Hastings Co., Thurlow. #004926 No. 11. 

We find Edith and William living in Belleville in 1901.

Line 46, 313, 323, Morton, William, M, W, Head, M, Oct. 30, 1863, 38, US 1860, Irish, Canadian, Meth. Policeman. Morton, Edith, F, W, Wife, M, April 12, 1874, 27 born Ontario, Irish, Meth. Morton, Elizabeth, F, W, Dau, S, Jan 23, 1895, 6, born Ont, Irish, Meth, Morton, Vera F, F, W, Dau, S, Jan. 12, 1900, 1, born Ont., Irish, Meth. 

Source: 1901 Canadian Census, Bellevue, Hastings West, Ontario, District A, SD#6, enumerated April 30th, 1901 by J.W. Malloy, page 26.

4.  Emma Blanche Brown was born 1 February 1877 in Rawdon. She married a Reuben Ketchepaw on 7 December 1904 in Hastings Co., Thurlow Twp.

Ketchepaw, Reuben 40, living Thurlow, born Thurlow, Bachelor, Yeoman, father Abram Ketchpaw, mother Catherine. Spouse Blanche Brown age 28, residence Thurlow, born Rawdon, Single, Parents: William and Emily Brown. 

Source: Ontario Canada Marriages 1801-1928, page 483, Schedule B, no. 48, 7, Dec. 1904

We find Reuben and Emma in Thurlow Twp., Hastings East in 1911. They are next door to Erastus Brown.

Line 12, 26, 26, Ketchpaw, Reuben, Lot 1 W 1/2 18 3rd, Head, M, April 1864, 49, born O, English, Canadian, Methodist, farmer, yes, no, yes, Farm, 52 weeks, none, 60, $1000, can read and write. Ketchpaw, Emma B. Lot W 1/2 18 3rd, F, wife, M, Feb. 1876, 36, born O, English, Canadian, Methodist, no occupation.  Ketchpaw, Luella P. Lt W 42 18 3rd, F, Daughter, Single, July 1908, 2, born Ontario, Ketchpaw, Hattie Lot 2 W 1/2 18 3rd, sister, Single, June 1867, 43. Born Ontario, English, Canadian, Methodist, no occupation.  Klunghell, Fred Lot 1 1/2 18 3rd, M, laborer, S, July 1840, age 70, born Germany, 1842, German, Canadian, Presby. Farmer, farm, $100.

Source: 1911 Canadian Census, Thurlow Twp., Hastings East, Ontario, Dist. #79, SD#12, ED#6, page 3, by J.E.O. Shorey.

The remaining children of William and Emily have little information.  Records have been looked at for marriage, death and census and the OCFA but online sources do not reveal these individuals fate at this time.

5.  Phillip Elijah Brown was born 27 April 1878 in Rawdon.

6.  William Ernest Brown was born 6 April 1880 in Rawdon.

7.  John Burton Brown born 23 June 1882 in Rawdon.

8.  Wallace Arthur Brown born 26 November 1885 in Rawdon.

9.  Maggie Matilda Brown born 9 June 1890 in Thurlow Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.

This family will require a lot more research to learn more about the rest of William and Emily’s children especially the last five. I suspect that Philip and John maybe not have survived and possibly others but have not been able to find them in cemeteries online.  A really good obituary notices of the parents might be of help.


Thomas and Mary Brown’s Children: Henry Brown 1841- before 1920

Henry Brown was born 6 November 1841 in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario a son of Thomas and Mary Johnston Brown.

Source:  Index  – Baptisms, Marriage & Death Records of St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville, Ontario, 1821 to 1874, by McMillan University and the Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. Sex 11, birth 11/6/1841, year 841, baptism 30 June, 1842. 

Henry married Catherine Mary Clark about 1863. I have not been able to locate a marriage for them in the records for the area.

Catherine was born 25 May 1839 in England. She immigrated from England about 1845 per the census.  It looks like her mother Anne was living  next to them in 1871 as a widow.

Henry and Catherine had the following children, see the census listed below for more details of this family.

  1. Emma P. Brown born about 1864 in Rawdon. She married a Bryon O. Lett born about 1855 in Sidney, probably the township in Hastings?  His parents were Andrew Lett and Sarah M. Baker.

    Byson O. Lett, 29, Residence Rawdon, born Sidney, Bachelor, Farmer, father Andrew O. Lett, mother Sarah M. Baker. Spouse Emma P. Brown, 20 yrs, living Rawdon, born Rawdon, Spinster, father Henry Brown and mother Catherine Mary Clark. Witness Sarah Mukejohn and Ella Lott and Wilbert Gavinson and John Brown of Rawdon. Marriage Dec 21, 1884, St. Mark Church 12 Con. Rawdon. Groom Methodist. Bride Ch of Eng. Charlotte Harris.

    Source:  Ontario Canada Marriages 1801-1928, Brown and Lett Marriage, page 104, Schedule B – Marriages, #004273, No. 11.

  2. John Brown born 28 September 1866, he married an Olive Beatrise Gunter born 18 March 1873 in Ontario, Canada. They had one son, Arthur Ross Brown.

Brown John, age 29, living Rawdon, born Rawdon, Bachelor, farmer, father Henry Brown, mother Mary C. Clark. Olive Beatrice Gunter, age 24 living Trenton, Ont, born Cashel Twp., Single, school teacher, father P.M. Gunter, mother Nancy.

Source: Ontario Canadian Marriages 1801-1928, John Brown to Olive Beatrise Gunter, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, page 541, Schedule B. 

3. Francis Brown born about 1869.  She is in the 1871 census but missing in 1881.

4. Mary Matilda Brown born about 1870.  She married an Angus Carmichael on 24 Nov. 1891 in Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario per index only.  So the Maud Carmichael in the 1911 census is probably her child.  I cannot get a fix on them in the census but I have found an Angus and Mary Matilda Brown Carmichael buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Belmont, Peterborough Co., Ontario.  No tombstone is online at this time to verify.

5.  Emily Brown born 1870.  She is 1-year-old in the 1871 census but by the 1881 she is 16 years old.

6. Edith Brown born 1 April, 1871 married John Gay. They settled in Campbellford, Northumberland, Ontario.  See census information below for more information.

John Gay, 28, married Rawdon, PofB Huntingdon, Bach. Merchant & Cheesemaker, Father John Gay, mother Jane, spouse Edith Brown, 25, lives Rawdon, born Rawdon, Single. Father Henry Brown and Catherine Mary Clark. Witness J.A. Johnston, Billa Gay of Rawdon. Dof Marriage June 18th, 1896, Rawdon, Ont. Episcopalian, Rev. C.M.Harris.

Source: Ontario Canada Marriages, John Gay to Edith Brown, June 18, 1896, pg. 458 Schedule B. Marriages – #005452.

7. William Chapman Brown born 23 May 1874 in Ontario. He became a physician and is listed on his father and mother’s death certificates as their physician and on his mother’s as the informant.

He married Whilellmina Matheson in Toronto on 6 May 1908.

Brown, William Chapman, age 34, Marriage May 6, 1908, Toronto, Bachelor, Physician, father Henry Brown, mother Catharine Clark, Ep. Spouse Whilellmina, Matheson, age 32, born Ontario, single, father James Matheson, Mother Hannah Betts, Meth. Witnesses R.D. Collins of Toronto and Christine Cairncross Toronto, married by E.A. Chown, L. Registered May 7, 1908.

Source:  Ontario Canada Marriages, Wm. C. Brown to W. Matheson, May 6, 1908, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, page 307, Marriages, No. 914, #001921

8. Arthur Brown born 13 Jan 1876 in Ontario. He married C. Grace MacDonald and had three children: Eva (1915), Ronald (1917) and Margaret (1919). They are buried in the Twelfth Line Cemetery in Rawdon Twp., but no stone has been posted. Their daughter Margaret is also buried there.

9. Maud Mabel Brown born 8 Jan 1879 in Ontario, she married James Robert Gay on 21 August 1907.

Gay, James Robt, 28, Aug 21, 1907 Belleville, PofB not given, Bachelor, Bookkeepr, father John Gay mother Jane Shaw, Methodist. Brown, Maud Mabel, 28, Belleville, birth place not given, Single, Professional Nurse, Father Henry Brown, mother Katherine Clarke, C of E. Witnesses: L.G. Green, Belleville, Lulu Brown, Belleville, Ont. Rev. A.S. Dickinson L, Oct. 13, 1910.

Source:  Ontario Canadian Marriages, James R. Gay to Maud M. Brown, August 21, 1907, Belleville #010963. 

In 1911 she was with her parents in Rawdon. She had her son Lorne with her. Later in the 1921 census she was with James and they had migrated to Essex, Essex Co., Ontario.  They had the following children: Sterling (1915) and Grant (1920). See census below for more detail.  It looks like they are buried in the Greenhill Cemetery in Essex but no tombstone has been posted for James, Maud and their son Stirling at this time.

10. Lulu Brown born 12 May 1881 in Ontario. She was a nurse. Lulu was living with her mother in 1921.

Let’s take a further look at Henry and Catherine in the census:

Henry Brown appears in the 1861 Canadian Census with his mother Mary and step-father Thomas Vance.  He is also with his other siblings both Brown and Vance. He is listed as being 19 years old.  See the preceding post for details of this census.

Henry is living in Rawdon Twp., Hastings County in the 1871 Canadian Census:

page 28, Line 18, 108/109 110, Brown, Henery, M, 28, born Ontario, C of England, Irish, Farmer, M; Brown Mary, F, 30, M, born England, C of England, English, no occupation, M. Brown, Emma, F, 6, born Ontario, C of England, Irish.

Line 4, ____, 111, Clark, Anne, F, 50, born England, English, widowed. Clark, Emma, F, 12, born Ontario

Source:  1871 Canadian Census, Rawdon, North Hastings, Ontario, 62 N. Hastings, No. 3/B Div. enumerated by James Cooke, page 28 and page 29.

The following decade later in 1881 Henry is still living in Rawdon Twp.

Line 6, 80, 84, Brown Henry, M, 40, born Ontario, all C of England, Irish, farmer, M
Brown, Mary, F, 41, born England, English, M
Brown, Emily, F, 16, all children born Ontario, Irish
Brown, John, M, 13, listed as farmer but crossed off.
Brown, Matilda, F, 11
Brown, Edith, F, 10
Brown, William, M, 6
Brown, Arthur, M, 5
Brown Maud, F, 3,

Source:  1881 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings North, Ontario, page 19, District 122 North Hastings,

Henry is still in Rawdon Twp. in 1891:

Line 9, 3?/44/42 Brown, Henry, M, 49, M, born Ontario, parents born Ireland, CofE, farmer.
Brown, Catherine M., F, 51, M, Wife, born England, parents born England, C of E.
Brown, John, M, 23, S, Son, Born Ontario all children born Ontario, all children father born Ontario, mother England. All children C of E.
Brown, William, M, 16, S, son, farmer
Brown, Arthur, M, 14, S, son
Brown, Matilda, F, 21, S, daughter
Brown, Edith, F, 20, S, daughter
Brown, Maud, F, 12, S, Daughter
Brown, Lulu/Huler, F, 9, S, daughter
All can read and write.

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings North, Ontario, Page 9, No. 5 Rawdon, enumerated 16 April, 1891, by John Bateman.

Moving on to 1901 we find that Henry and Catherine have remained in Rawdon Twp. Their son, John Brown, has established a family near them.

Line 23, 124, 180, Brown, Henry, M, W, Head, M, Nov. 6, 1841, 59, born Ontario, Irish, C of E for almost all, farmer, 12, 184
Brown, Catherine M, F, W, wife, May 25, 1839, 61, born England, English.
Brown, William C. M, W, son, May 25, 1874, 26, All born Ontario, All Irish, student.
Brown, Arthur, M, W, son, June 13, 1876, 25
Brown, Maud, F, W, daughter, Jan. 9, 1879, 22
Brown, Lulu, F, W, daughter, May 12, 1881, 12
Burkins George, M, border, Dec 25, 1877, 23, English, Presby, operator

line 30 125, 181, Brown, John, M, W, Head, Sept. 28, 1866, 34, Irish, farmer, 2, 460. 
Brown, Olive B., F, W, wife, March 18, 1873, 28, German
Brown, Arthur Ross, M, W, son, April 11, 1899, 1, Irish

Source: 1901 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings North, Ontario, page 13, District 71, S Dist# M, PD #5, enumerator J. W. Heagle.

Life gets very interesting for Henry and Catherine in 1911 and we have daughters who have moved in with their children:

Line 38, 40, 40, Brown, Henry, Con 12, Lot 12, M, M, Head, married, Nov. 1861, 69, Irish, all Anglican, farmer, 3000, 25.35.
Brown, Catherine M. F, wife, married, May, 1839, 72, English, occupation unreadable, 81,80
Below all listed as single, all born Ontario, and all Irish.
Brown, Arthur, M, son, Jan 1870, 35, farmer, 1000, 12.96,
Gay, Maud, F, daughter, Jan, 1879, 32
Brown, Lulu, F, daughter, May 1891, 30
Carmichael, Maud, F, grand-daughter, Jan. 1906, 5
Gay, Lorne, M, grandson, Feb. 1909, 2.

Source: 1911 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings West, Ontario, page 4, 80 Hastings West, SD#25, ED# 6, enumerated by D. W. Robbins

We have some interesting developments in this family. We have a daughter living at home and several grandchildren. What happened?

It looks like Maud Brown Gay returned home with her son Lorne.  She did marry a James Robert Gay on 21 August 1907 in Belleville – see above.

Her sister Edith also married a John Gay, who is the brother of James. See the above marriage information.

Edith and John Gay are in the 1901 Canadian census with two children:

Line 27, 6, 6, Gay, Jno. M, Head, M, 27 Feb. 1867, 34, Cheeseman
Gay, Edith, F, Wife, M, 1 April 1871, 24,
Gay, Lulu, F, daughter, S, 9 July 1898, 3
Gay, Henry S, M, Son, S, 10 Nov. 1899, 2
All born Ontario, All Irish, All Canadian, Methodist

Source: 1901 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, 71 Hastings North, SDist M, Polling 4, Rawdon Tp. page 1, Edmund Canerly, April 8, 1901.

We also find them in Campbellford, Northumberland, Ontario in the 1911 census:

Line 32, 63, 65, Gay, John, Front St., M, head, M, Jan 1848, 43, born Ontario, grocery store, $3000, $48.00
Gay, Edith, F, wife, M, April 1871, 40, born Ontario, none
Gay, Lulu S, daughter, S, July 1892, 18, born Ontario, student
Gay, Henry J., son, S, Nov. 1898, 12, born Ontario, student
Gay, James A., son, May 1903, 7, born Ontario, student
All Irish, Methodist

Source: 1911 Canadian Census, Campbellford, Northumberland, Ontario, Dist#101, SubD#32, Front St., Ernest F. Skitch, page 6.

Returning to the parents in 1921 we find Catherine is alone and widowed, however, her son Arthur is nearby.

Line 20, 23, 76, Brown Arthur, O, BB, —, B, 6, Head, M, married, age 45, all others are born in Ontario, All C of E. farmer, own farm.
Brown, Grace, wife, F, married, 30
Brown, Ronald, son, M, Single, 4
Brown, Eva, F, daughter, Single, 6
Brown, Margaret, daughter, Single, 2

Line 24, 77, Brown, Catherine, Head, F, Widowed, 82, born in England parents born in England, came in 1845, no occupation
Brown, Lulu, daughter, F, S, 40, nurse.

Source: 1921 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., Hastings, Ontario, page 7, 90 Hastings, ED#15, enumerated by W. S. Stiles

Henry Brown and Catherine Mary Clark Brown are buried in the Twelfth Line Cemetery in Rawdon Twp., no tombstone has been posted online at this time.  This information is per the Angelfire Hastings County cemetery website.  This website has pop up ads that are annoying, but it is a helpful website:   The website has been removed from the internet.

Henry Brown died on 28 June 1920 in Rawdon Twp.

Brown Henry, Male, Irish, married, 78 years 7 born, Nov. 6, 1841, Farmer, farming, 40 years at place, 78 years in Ontario. Father Thomas Brown, Ireland, mother Mary Johnston, Ireland, name of informant Mrs. John Wood, Ivanhoe, sister. PofB Con. 12, Rawdon, date of b. 6 Nov. 1841, W. H. Litt, Marmora, date of death June 28, 1920, sick from 1919 to June 21, 1920, cirrhosis of the liver and Chronic Nephritis, pardence failure. W. Chapman Brown M.D. 386 Blvd St. W. Toronto.

Source:  Ontario Deaths, page 379, Deaths, #018510, No. 1

Catherine followed on 12 March 1928 in Rawdon.

Brown, Catherine Mary, Con 12, Female, English, Widowed, 88 yrs, 9 mos. Born England, May 25, 1839, Farmer’s wife, Farming, 60 years at place of death, 84 years in Ontario. father John Clark, England, Mother Anne [Uncles], England, informant W. Chapman Brown 386 Bloor St. W. Toronto, Son, 12th Con. Rawdon, buried Mar 15, 1928, Maratt & Co., Marmora, died March 12, 1928, sick from Feb 23 to Mar 8 with Angina Pectoria and influenza 14 days. Physician W. Chapman Brown M.D.

Source:  Ontario Deaths, page 142 Deaths, #017378, No. 2.

There is more to do on this family of Henry and Catherine Brown such as follow the children out on the census, obtain further information about the cemeteries and make sure these are the correct children especially for the ones that do not have enough information and only appear in the census.  I think this is a good start.

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.

Ontario Wanderings: The Ontario Genealogical Society and North York Library (Updates)

The next day Tuesday September 16th I was going to the Ontario Genealogical Society holdings at the North York Branch of the Toronto Library system.

UPDATE: As of May 2, 2016 the holdings of the Ontario Genealogical Society are being moved to the Toronto Library branch.  They will not be accessible till summer 2016.  They have also moved their offices to buildings near the York University, so check their website for information 4/17/2016.

This was my experience in 2014. It has all changed now – I needed a Staples to print out more of my booklets, this time the McDonald booklet based on my blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes.

Heading east on Steeles I kept an eye out and spotted one just after Keele and before Tandem.  It was on the left side but at least Tandem had a light. It took me a good hour to print off six copies.  I can’t make them before because they take up too much room and are heavy.

Once I was done with my task I headed out and lo and behold I spotted at least two more Staples on my way to Yonge Street. There was even one just across the street from the North York Library. Why is that, you can’t find what you are looking for and then once you do you see it everywhere.

It was not to hard to find Park Home Avenue and turned right off of Yonge. They have a parking garage. Just as I entered this car was right on my tail.  I had trouble at the ticket machine….yeah again and didn’t get a ticket. Something about pushing the button.  I was now worried I would get another ticket on the rental car and I didn’t want that.

It turns out that it read my Visa and all I had to do was put it into the machine at the exit and it would charge it.  There was even a lost ticket box.  The funny thing was no one in the North York Library the receptionist nor the Security guard had any idea about the Parking garage and how it worked.  Another thing is that they may have a security speaker box on the parking floor and if you find that push the button and ask your questions.  I did that and it really helped.

The North York Library is on the main floor of the city center area.  The Novotel Hotel is also part of this shopping center. I had thought of staying there but it is not cheap.  The library is in the northeast corner.

North York Library

North York Library

To find the elevators to the 6th floor where the Canadiana Room is located this is what you do.  You go into the doors from the shopping area and walk down till you get across from the main doors, go to your left and inside the library and then turn to your right and you will find the elevators.  Do not go down the hall to the single elevator it will not let you up to the top floors.  The receptionist at the initial desk when you enter knew nothing.

The Reference desk area

The Reference desk area


Microfilm of Newspapers

Microfilm of Newspapers

Looking down at the library

Looking down at the library

The Canadiana Room is on the 6th floor and it is divided by the stairs with tables and computers on one side and the reference desk.  On the other side is the microfilm and readers.  There are some stacks but not everything and you may have to order from their closed stacks.

I was interested in Renfrew County, Horton Twp. cemetery records and Hastings County Cemetery records.  The reference librarian filled out some order forms for me and went to retrieve them.  I went over to their stacks (book shelves) and did some investigating.

It was about 10 minutes later and he returned with my order.  I spent the time studying the contents of the files.  I was not finding what I wanted in the Horton Twp files but then I wasn’t expecting it the dates I want are for people whose tombstones are probably long gone.

I wanted to take a look at the Stirling Cemetery Book and again I got irritated with the maps not matching the contents and just do not understand the format of this book.  I decided I would figure it out when I returned to that cemetery in Hastings County the next day.

My worry about my car and a ticket propelled me to leave probably earlier than I really wanted to.  If I had been able to figure out about the parking situation earlier I would have been able to stay longer.

I was a little disappointed that there were no volunteer OGS – Ontario Genealogical Society) members there and wonder if they even have them cover at the library?

The area for the Canadiana Room is very small and I had been looking forward to wandering a large amount of stacks.  It didn’t happen.  I am a member of OGS and plan to continue being a member.

In many ways I ran out of time planning this trip and in some ways the visit the to the Archives of Ontario and the North York Library reflect that lack of really digging in.  I did leave both a Boardman and Brown and The Man Who Lived Airplanes at the North York Library.  The Archives is no longer accepting family histories.

Once I was back on Yonge Street I just headed to Steeles and then headed to the Super 8.  It was too complicated to try to find a nice restaurant to have a nice dinner.

Yonge Street in Toronto

Yonge Street in Toronto


Looking back at Toronto

Looking back at Toronto

When I returned to the Super 8 I decide to try one of the three restaurants and chose the Japanese and was pleasantly surprised.  I got the special a shrimp stir fry on rice and it was good. It was a little early so I stopped at the McDonald’s for a hamburger for later.  I had a microwave so I could warm it.

I was done with Toronto and was looking forward to heading east to familiar territory and where I had been on my last trip in 2012.

Before I leave Toronto I do want to state that it has a lot of other archives to explore.

1.  The main Reference Library in the downtown area.  This goes to the genealogical area of their website:

2.  They also have the Anglican Diocese of Toronto or go to the archives page:

I emailed to them what I was looking for and they suggested the St. John’s Anglican records held at Trent University in Peterborough were the oldest they had in the Peterborough County area.  I was looking for a baptism for my great grandparent Richard Brown because he was not showing up in Hastings County.

3.  The UEL or United Empire Loyalist Association is located in Toronto.

The next two depend on where and whom you are researching.

4.  The York Region Branch of the OGS

5. The Toronto Branch of the OGS –

I am sure there are more and one could spend a lot of time exploring.