Category Archives: England

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

Another option is to try me at:  bjmcdonell@gmail.com

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.

http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/greenwoodontario/TwelfthCemetery1.html

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.

The Origins of the McMurrays and Jacksons…

Last October 2013, I took a trip to Salt Lake City and attended the British Institute taking classes on English records research.  I also spent time in the Family History Library trying to find out more about the origins of my mother’s family.

I presented my research in England for the  Boardman’s in a previous post.  I found that they really did come from Lancashire, England.  I still have to do more confirming of the possible children I listed in my post but I find it very intriguing that the McMurray’s and Jacksons were also in Lancashire and came over to Canada about the same time?

Here is what I have found so far regarding the McMurray and Jackson connection.  I was inspired by cousins who have gone before me.  James and Mary are my 2nd great grandparents through their daughter my great-grandmother Charlotte Ann McMurray Boardman.

1.  The marriage of James to Mary Jackson took place on 25 January 1847 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

Source:  Church of England, Parish Registers for St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.  Marriage of James McMurray to Mary Jackson, 25 January 1847, St. Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, FHL#1656509 Marriages 1846 to 1849, pg. 233, Entry #465. 

2.  The birth of James, their son, 8 March 1849, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northampton Co., England. He was christened on 1 April, 1849 at All Saints, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northampton Co., England.

Source:  Church of England Parish Registers, Parish Registers of All Saints Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1600 to 1940, Baptism, 1844 to 1864. FHL#1068964, ITem 2 pg. 202 No. 1615, April 1, 1849.

3.  Source:  Anne Jackson Family 1851 Returns of England and Wales Census, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Civil Parish: Liverpool Ecclesiastical parish Pembroke Place St. Silas, Town: Liverpool, County Lancashire County, England, Reg. District Liverpool, Sub Reg Islington, ED 1k, Hse #41, Piece 2184, Folio 348, page 13. This census was difficult to read.

 41, 3 [Walkenson] Ann Jackson, age 67, Head, Widow, 67, occupation _____, born Lancashire, William Jackson, son, age 24, occupation ___________, born Cumberland, Longtown, Richard Jackson, son, age 21, occupation _________, born Cumberland, Longtown, Jame McMurray, son-in-law, age 25 stonemason, born Scotland, Mary McMurray, daughter, age 29, occupation _____________, born Cumberland, Longtown, James McMurray, grandson, age 2, Northampton Newcastle.

There is more to do on this family but I am not very hopeful for further research in England.

The Boardman’s of Lancashire, England

In October 2013, I took a trip to Salt Lake City to attend the British Isles Research Institute. The link shows you the new 2014 class list.  I took the class: “Pre-1850 English Records,” for the 2013 series.   I was there a week and took the time to do research at the Family History Library on the Boardman Family.

In the post dated December 12, 2012, New Info:  Thomas and Edmund Boardman are Brothers! I wrote about finding an 1851 English Census that was very burned but it was still enough to feature my family.  I learned that Thomas Boardman was an older brother to my great-grandfather Edmund Boardman.  Thomas Boardman kept appearing in records in New Brunswick and I knew there was some connection.

Their father was Edmund Boardman and the mother was probably Zelia, although her first name is not clear.  I had finally jumped the pond (Atlantic Ocean) to England. My mother, Marjorie, was correct they did come from Lancashire, England.

I am going to share with you what I have found, but, please understand that this is the beginning of the research in England and it all needs to be verified with original records and more.

Here is an abstract of the 1851 Census for England and Wales:

19th Century Districts

19th Century Districts

Edward Boardman, 42, Tycha Boardman 35, Thomas Boardman 16, Edmund Boardman 3, Elizabeth Ment (servant) 22.  Oldham, Lancashire, England (Oldham Below Town) St. Mary’s parish, ED 1h, House sched #42.  Image 785 Ancestry.com.

Based on my research at the Family History Library and at Ancestry, I have come up with the following children that might be members of this family.  The 13 years difference between Thomas and Edmund means there probably were more children in between and possibly after.

Edmund Boardman, 2nd great-grandfather, was possibly born in about 1811 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England and his wife Tycha (Zelia) possibly born in 1816 in Rochdale.

Second great-grandmother “Tycha” Boardman is a problem because I have found several possible variations in the spelling of her name:  Ozela, Ezilia, Nelia, Zela, Cecilia and Zelia. This is going to make it difficult to find her.  I place their marriage about 1831 give or take a few years. Now my great-grandfather and mother Edmund and Charlotte named a little girl of theirs: Ellen Zelia Alma C.  This child did not survive and is buried in the West Branch Presbyterian Cemetery in Weldford, Kent Co., New Brunswick.

The possible children are:

1.  Mary Boardman, christened 9 Sep 1832, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England. Died 7 December 1835, St. Mary, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Baptism: 9 Sep 1832 St Chad, Rochdale, Lancs.
Mary Boardman – [Child] of Edmund Boardman & Ezilia
Abode: Catches
Occupation: Butcher
Baptised by: W. H. Twemlow Curate
Register: Baptisms 1832 from the Bishop’s Transcripts, Page 78, Entry 620
Source: LDS Film 1342496

2. Thomas Boardman born 27 May 1834, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, Christened 10 July 1836, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.  Migrated to New Brunswick about 1851 and married Rebecca, had two children and then ended up in Massachusetts where I lose his trail, leaving Rebecca with his son William?

Source: Name: Thomas Boardman, Birth date: 27 May 1834, age 2, Baptism date 10 Jul 1836, Parish: Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Zelia Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/6, Item # 3, Archive Roll 644.

a.  William T. Boardman born about Dec 1857 in Quebec. He died about 1920 in Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Marshall Co. Iowa, he married Althea Sears 26 Jan 1878 in Moncton, Westmorland, New Brunswick.  Althea is buried near him b. Mar 1856 in New Brunswick, died about 1936 in Marshalltown, Marshall Co., Iowa.  They had Jennie, Bessie, Nellie, Fay L., Frank H.B.

b.  Samuel Boardman born about 1859 in New Brunswick and by 1881 he was in Lisgar, St. Clements, Manitoba, Canada and the trail goes cold.

3. John Boardman was born 10 Apr 1836 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, christened the same day as Thomas 10 July 1836, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Name: John Boardman, Birth date: 10 Apr. 1836, age 0, Baptism date 10 Jul. 1836, Parish Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Zelia Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/6, Item Number 3, Archive Roll 644.

4. Samuel Boardman christened 7 Jan 1838, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Name: Samuel Boardman, Baptism Date: 7 Jan 1838, Parish: Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Nelia Boardman, Re# L48/1/3/7, Item 4, Archive Roll 644.

5. Maria Boardman born 26 Jul 1839, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, christened 18 Aug 1839, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, died 25 Jul 1841, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source:  Name:  Maria Boardman, Birth date:  26 Jul 1839, age 0, Baptisms Date:  18 August 1839, Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s Name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s Name, Ezela Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/7, Item 1, Archive Roll 645.

6.  Eliza Emma Boardman christened 24 Oct 1841, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, buried 3 Dec 1845, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source: Name: Eliza Emma Boardman, Baptism Date: 24 Oct. 1841, Parish Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s Name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s Name Zela Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/8, Item Number 2, Archive Roll. 645.

7. Cecilia Boardman christened 5 Nov 1843, St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, buried 24 Dec 1845 St. Chad, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Source – Name: Cecillia Boardman, Baptism Date 5 Nov. 1843, Parish: Rochdale, St. Chad, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Cecilia Boardman, Ref #L48/1/3/8, Item #2, Archive Roll 645.

8.  William Boardman:  The BMD as Birth 10/1851 Oct-Nov-Dec 1850.  So I need further information to confirm if he is a son of this couple.

9. Edmund Boardman born 23 May 1847, Oldham, Lancashire, England.  Christened 21 Nov 1847, St. Mary’s, Oldham, Lancashire, England.  Died 18 October 1908, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg.

Source – Name: Edmund Boardman, Baptism Date 21 Nov. 1847, Parish Oldham, St. Mary, Parish as it appears Oldham, Father’s name Edmund Boardman, Mother’s name Ozela Boardman. Parish: Oldham, St. Mary, Ref #GB127.L185/1/3/9

My search has used ages as a reference, names, location and so far only the Family History Library and Ancestry.  There is still more to do, so these children are tentative till I can prove them.

Did Edmund and Zelia (I am leaning towards this name) come to Canada, or did they stay in England?   In my previous post: “Great Grandfather Edmund Boardman and more news accounts of his death!” dated April 15, 2014, I learned that Edmund came to London, Ontario and then went to New Brunswick.

There is a 1861 Canadian census that has for London, Middlesex, Ontario  a listing as follows:

Ed. Boardman, Butcher, England, Ch. of England, age 55, 1 male, Frame, 1 story, 1 family, q. of land 18×100 ft.  L. Boardman, England, Ch. of England, age 46,Female. Ed Boardman, England, Church of England, 12, male, attended school, [Jos or Joh] Boardman 10. 

Source:  1861 Canadian Census, London, Middlesex, Canada West, C-1097-1908, page 137.

This is exciting news.  Now I can search for probate/estate, burial, land or other records to find my second great grandparents.

In searching for the older brother Thomas who would be 27 years old in 1861, I do find a Thomas in Algoma but I am not sure it is him in the 1861 Canadian Census. This man looks like he is married to an Eliza, working as a store clerk and his religion is Wesleyan Methodist.

It the 1871 Canadian Census there are two Thomas Boardmans, one is living in London, Middlesex, Ontario with Jane as his wife.  He is a butcher which is very interesting.  The one I know about is the Thomas who is living in Shediac, Westmorland, New Brunswick and his wife is Rebecca.  She could be Rebecca Jane? In the 1871 census the son is Henry for London and in Shediac there is a William and Samuel?   This implies that Thomas may have married his wife in London, Ontario.

Now I could do a page by page study of the 1861 London, Middlesex census but there are 2881 pages so I think I need to narrow things down.

At some point there was a family bible and there is family lore that Edmund had a family history, but apparently it is lost.  Charlotte my great grandmother has been implicated as the culprit, taking the bible with her from New Brunswick to Winnipeg.  My family does not have this information, if we did, I think they would have preserved it.  Wouldn’t that be great if it was found?

At this point my mind is wildly speculating about the possibilities for learning more about the family in London, Ontario and more.  As usual in genealogy, you answer one question and many more pop up.  This is where I am at this time and of course, there is more to do.