Category Archives: Ireland

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

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Thomas and Mary Brown’s Descendants: Elizabeth Brown Bateman

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 in Belleville.

Please note that this post was inadvertently published about two weeks ago unfinished.  If you received a copy of that unfinished post please discard it and replace with this updated and finished posting.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

The photo below is courtesy of Bob Hayes:

Thomas Bateman and Elizabeth Brown of Hastings Co., Ontario and Piatt Co., Illinois

Thomas Bateman and Elizabeth Brown of Hastings Co., Ontario and Piatt Co., Illinois

Elizabeth married Thomas Bateman who was born 18 June, 1837 in County Cork, Ireland.  They married on 3 November, 1864 in Toronto, York Co., Ontario according to another researcher.

Elizabeth is featured in the 1861 Canadian Census with the Thomas Vance family, along with her mother, siblings and half-siblings.  I have posted about this census in recent posts.

In 1871 Thomas and Elizabeth were in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.

Line 12, 43, 47, Bateman, Thomas, M, 34, Ireland, All C of Eng., All Irish, farmer, married.
Bateman, Elizabeth, F, 27, Ontario, married
Bateman, Thomas, M, 5, born O
Bateman, Jane, F, 4, born O
Bateman, Ann, F, 2, born O
Bateman, Samuel, 1/12 Mar, O

Line 18, 48, Bateman Samuel M, 77, Ireland, Ch of E, Irish, Farmer, Married, Bateman, Jane, F, 73, Ireland. 

Source:  1871 Canadian Census, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, page 13, 62 N. Hastings.

Piatt County Illinois

Piatt County Illinois

By 1880 Thomas and Elizabeth had made the migration to Illinois and you can see from the information below the children born in Canada and the ones born in Illinois.  Piatt County is east of Springfield, Illinois and after the city of Decatur.

Line 23, 51, 53, Bateman, Thomas, W, M, 42, married, Farmer, born Ireland, parents born Ireland; Bateman, Elizabeth, W, F, 36, wife, married, Keeping house, born Canada, parents Ireland; Bateman, Thomas, W, M, 14, son, S, born Canada; Bateman, Jane, W, F, 13, daughter, S, born Canada; Bateman, Mary A. W, F, 11, daughter, born Canada; Bateman, Samuel, W, M, 9, Son, S, born Canada; Bateman, Frederick, W, M, 7, son, S, born Illinois; Bateman, Elizabeth, W, F, 5, daughter, S, born Illinois; Bateman, John R, W, M, 3, son, S, born Illinois; Bateman, Margaret, W, F, 6/12, Dec. daughter, S, born Illinois.

Source:  1880 U.S. Federal Census, Blue Ridge Twp., Piatt Co., Illinois, page 6, SD#5, ED#176, enumerated 2 June 1880, Thomas Jones.

Thomas and Elizabeth are living in Blue Ridge Twp. in the 1900 census:

Line 42, 178, 181, Bateman, Thomas, Head, W, M, June 1837, 62, M, 35, born Ireland, parents born Ireland, farmer, 154; Bateman, Elizabeth, wife, W, F, July 1843, 56, M, 35, eleven children born, 11 alive, born Canada (Irish?), parents born Ireland; Bateman, John R, son, W, M, Feb. 1875, 25, S, born Illinois, father Ireland, mother born Canada, farm laborer; Bateman, Etta, Daughter, W, F, Dec, 1879, 20, S, born Illinois, servant; Bateman, Lillie, Daughter, W, F, Jan, 1882, 18, S, born Illinois; Bateman, Edna, Daughter, M,F, Mar, 1884, 16, S, born Illinois; Bateman, Harry, Son, W, M, April 1887, 13, S, born Illinois. 

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, Blue Ridge Twp., Piatt, Illinois, SD#7, ED#126, Sht 10, enumerated 12 June 1900, Jesse W. Klinger.

In the 1920 census Elizabeth age 76 is living in Blue Ridge, Piatt, Illinois on South Street, she is widowed and naturalized. Living with her is Etta, age 40, a daughter.  Also living with her is Lelia, age 20, granddaughter born about 1900.

Elizabeth and Thomas had the following children based on the census above and other researcher contributions.

1. Thomas Bateman Jr. born 14 Nov, 1865/66 near Toronto.  He married Cora Slater on 16 March, 1892/3. She was the daughter of William Slater and Mary R. Lyons. She was born 2 May, 1872. Thomas died 17 December 1939 and Cora died 26 Aug, 1905 in Mansfield, Illinois.

They had one son a William Bateman born 28 January, 1893 in Blue Ridge Twp. who married Irene Vance 28 January, 1893 in Farmer City, DeWitt Co., Illinois. He died Feb 1933.  William and Irene had three daughters.

Thomas remarried to Flora Watson and in the 1910 U.S. Census we find him living with her:

Line 19, 49, 50 Bateman, Tom, Head, M, W, 43, M2, 2, born Canada, Immigrated 1873, Naturalized, Farmer, general farm; Bateman, Flora, wife, F, w, 35, M1, 2, one child born 1 living, born Illinois, father born Ireland, mother born Ohio; Bateman, William, son, M, W, 16, S, born Illinois. Bateman, Lucile, daughter, F, W, 14/12, born Illinois.

Source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Blue Ridge Twp., Piatt Co., Illinois, SD #18, ED 148, Sht #3A, enumerated 20 April, 1910, Frederick A. [Nash]. 

Thomas and Flora Bateman had Callie Bateman born about 1913.  She appears in the 1920 U.S. Census for Piatt County along with William and Lucile.

Thomas Bateman Jr. is featured in the book:  Past and Present of Piatt County etc…, by Charles McIntosh, 1903, pages 383 to 384.  This book can be found at Internet Archive and is pretty detailed about the rest of the Bateman family.

Thomas and his second wife Flora are buried in the Farmer City Cemetery in DeWitt, Illinois. Cora Slater Brown, his first wife, is buried in the Mansfield Cemetery.  Find A Grave has a picture of Cora’s tombstone at the Mansfield Cemetery along with other Bateman stones. William and his sisters are buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Farmer City, Illinois.  Find A Grave has memorials for all three of these children but no tombstone photos at this time.

2.  Jane (Jennie) Bateman was born 25 May, 1867 and died 2 July, 1934. She married an Alvin Thomas Smothers 7 November, 1889.  Alvin died 25 December, 1935. They had one child:  Edith Smothers.  Find A Grave has the tombstones for the Smothers family at the Mansfield Cemetery in Illinois.

3.  Mary Ann Bateman born 29 July, 1869 and died 24 April, 1944.  She married an Enoch Chase on 7 September, 1887. They had the following children:  Frank, Clyde, Clair, Myrtle, Lucas, Eleanor, Ruth and Gladys.  Mary and Enoch lived in Tonkawa, Oklahoma.  They are buried in the Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery, in Kay County, Oklahoma. Find A Grave has photos of their tombstones.  There may be another son named Elmer E. born 1896 to 1911.

4.  Samuel Bateman was born 1 April, 1871 and died 13 October, 1940. He married and was widowed by 1900. The name of his first wife is not clear. In the 1910 census he is with his second wife Belle and children, Bernice, Frank, Edwin and Lois.  Abner is missing and he and Bernice are probably the daughter of the first wife.

5.  Charles Frederick Bateman was born 13 February, 1873 and died 12 February, 1908.  He was married to Ella by the 1900 census and they were living in Bellflower, McLean Co., Illinois.  They may have had two children:  Elwood and Ella.

6.  John Russell Bateman was born 6 February, 1875 and he married Anna B. Firke (b. Feb 6, 1879, d. 16 Sep. 1911). She is buried in the Mansfield Cemetery in Piatt Co., Illinois. John R. Bateman is inscribed on this tombstone but there is no death date. The FAG#23119360 in the Mansfield Cemetery was added 9/4/2016 and I prepared this post in 2015. John R. is buried in Pritchard with his second wife Lena, see below.

In the 1910 census John R. Bateman is living in Rocky Ford, Otero Co., Colorado with Anna and John R. Jr.

By the 1920 they had Eleanor, Florence, Byron and were living in Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Co., Michigan on Franklin St. The name for John’s wife is Lena in this census.

In 1930 they were living in Seville, Gratiot Co., Michigan with Elenor, Florence, Byron, Eugene, and Edwin.

John R. and Lena are buried in the Pritchard Cemetery in Elwell, Gratiot Co., Michigan.  John’s dates are 1874 to 1953 and Lena’s are 1879 to 1956. Find A Grave has a picture of their tombstone #40399826.

UPDATE 6/4/2017:  The information above about John Russell Bateman has been updated based on new information received from a cousin and verified with bible records.  It is now believed that John R. was married twice first to Anna and then to Lena.

7.  Elizabeth Bateman was born 28 October, 1877 and died 31 October, 1947. She married Layton Smith.  In the 1900 census they are in Bellflower, McLean Co., Illinois. They had married in 1899.  Layton was born June 1876 and is 23.  He was born in Illinois, his father was born in Ohio and his mother in Indiana. He is farming.  In 1910 they are still living in Bellflower, McLean Co., Illinois and they now have LuVerne age 6, and Delas age 4 male. Elizabeth has listed that she has 3 born and 2 living children.

In 1920 Layton and Elizabeth have made the migration to Union, Van Wert Co., Ohio. They have Luverne E. with them and Delmar V.  Also in the household are Pauline L. Stulz, Ruth M. Magruder and Merle E. Whitlock.  The last three are listed as Boarders.

Find A Grave has a memorial to Layton D. Smith 1876 to 1945 and one for Elizabeth Smith with the dates of 1877 to 1947, but no tombstone photos.  They are at the Woodland Union Cemetery in Van Wert Co., Ohio.

8. Margaret Etta Bateman was born 23 December, 1879 and died 29 August, 1945. She had one daughter named Lelia.  Etta is with her mother in the 1920 census and her daughter Lelia.  Etta is buried in Mansfield Cemetery and Find A Grave has a photo of her tombstone and an obituary notice.  Apparently she did spend time in the Peoria Hospital for she was living there in the 1940 census.

9.  Nellie Lillie Bateman was born 18 January, 1882.  In the 1910 U.S. Census there is a Thomas A. Skeels and his wife is Nelle. They are living in Blue Ridge Twp., Piatt Co., Illinois and they have one child, Charles R. age 2.  Thomas was born about 1881 in Illinois. Nelle indicates she has one child born and one living.  Thomas is a teacher. Written by Nelle’s name is the word “music” for an occupation. They may have had other children: Eldon, Bernardine and Raphael.

10.  Edna Bateman was born 3 March 1884 and died August 1977. She married Herbert Warren of Elwell, Michigan and had Ralph and Lola.

UPDATE:  Edna Bateman is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Van Wert Co., Ohio. Find A Grave has her tombstone #32902048 and her name as Edna Warren Robey with links to two husbands and one child.  Herbert James Warren is FAG#21450927 with links in the Mansfield Cemetery, Piatt Co., Illinois. Her second husband was Wm. Quinn Robey #33194986 FAG. Thanks to a cousin M. West.

11.  Harry Brown Bateman was born about 1887 and died 1962.  He married Jessie Weedman born 1886 and died 1967.  They had Philip, Amos, Jack and Richard.

Thomas and Elizabeth Brown Bateman are buried in the Mansfield Cemetery in Mansfield, Piatt Co., Illinois.   Find A Grave has pictures of their tombstones.

Thomas Bateman died 24 December, 1906 in Mansfield, Illinois.  He was featured in the location paper:

Pioneer Article on Thomas Bateman

Pioneer Article on Thomas Bateman

Pioneer Called – Thomas Bateman Passed Away at his Home Monday Evening, A Blue Ridge Early Settler.

Thomas Bateman was born June 18, 1837 in county Cork, Ireland. His parents were Samuel and Jane Bateman who reared a family of ten children. Moved by the spirit of the mighty emigration which has directed so many million of the old world’s population toward the brighter promises of success and happiness in the new, his parents came to America when Thomas was but a lad of 13. Fifty six years ago, the ocean was much wider than now, especially to the poor emigrant, and the voyage made in a sailing vessel, lasted six weeks. They settled in Ontario near Toronto where they lived for 21 years. Here Thomas worked for four dollars per month to help in the daily support. On Nov. 3, 1864 at the age of 27, Mr. Bateman was joined in marriae to Miss Elizabeth Brown, also of Canada. In 1871 with his wife and….missing parts – They lived in the home of their ___the father _____On coming to this state he bought land on Blue Ridge where he has made his home for thirty five years, known and respected by his neighbors for his uprightness of character. To him and his faithful wife were born a family of 11 children who honored and comforted him while he was living and now cherish with tender regard his memory in the hour of death. They are Thomas, Mrs. Jennie Smothers, Mrs. Mary Chase, Samuel, Charles F., John R., Mrs. Lizzie Smith, Etta, Mrs. Nellie Skeels, Mrs. Edna Warren and Harry B., all of whom reside in the vicinity of the old home except Mary Chase, who lives in Okla., and John R. in Rocky Ford, Colo.

From this large family circle the father is the first link to be removed by the hand of death. After a physical decline of several years, a fatal illness laid hold upon him some four weeks ago and on Christmas Eve, there came a swift summons from the skies and without a word the spirit of our brother departed for the eternal home at the hour of 7 o’clock. By industry and business ability the subject of this brief life history was enabled to accumulate considerable property; the home place of 200 acres being one of the tiniest country homes in the community. He was the last survivor of the old settlers in this neighborhood.

His early education was received in Ireland and he was reared in the communion of the church of England. Some fifteen years ago he united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Lindsey Chapel. Mr. Bateman was strictly honest in all dealings with his fellow-men kind to his family considerate of their welfare and in short, honorable in every relationship of life. Besides the wife, children and grandchildren there survives him, one sister Mrs. Bessie Tanner, 80 years of age, residing in Canada. These with other relatives and many friends mourn his sudden departure. Funeral services were held Thursday at 11 o’clock a.m. at the home, conducted by Rev. Gooding assisted by Rev. McGhee. A large number of relatives and friends attended the services and followed the remains to Blue Ridge cemetery for interment. The widow and children have the sympathy of all in this affliction.

Elizabeth lived till 31 March, 1923 and died in Mansfield, Illinois, unfortunately her death was a terrible accident.  Here is the article from the Mansfield Express of April 6, 1923:

Mrs. Elizabeth Bateman Fatally Burned, Saturday April 6, 1923:

Clothing Caught Fire While Burning Trash at Rear of her Home in South Part of Town

The people of the village were thrown into a state of excitement Saturday morning, when the news spread about town that Mrs. Elizabeth Bateman was fatally burned when her clothing caught fire while burning trash at the rear of her home on south street.

Mrs. Bateman and her grand-daughter, Miss Lee Bateman went to the rear of the lot to burn trash. After working a while, Miss Lee returned to the house. In a short time Mrs. Bateman’s clothing caught fire and she rolled on the ground in an effort to extinguish the flames.

She was first seen by Paul Albert Vaughan, a neighbor boy, who gave the alarm, but before help could arrive her clothing was almost burned from her body. She was carried to the house and medical aid summoned but she was so badly burned that death relieved her of her suffering about 3 o’clock in the afternoon and was conscious until the last.

Verdict of Accidental Death
A verdict of accidental death, caused by burning was returned by a coroner’s jury Saturday evening.

Elizabeth Batemen, daughter of Thomas and Mary Brown, was born at Sterling, Ontario, Canada, July 6, 1848, and died at her home in Mansfield, Illinois, March 31, 1923 at the age of 70 years 8 months, and 25 days. Mrs. Bateman was one of a family of four children, and was but five years of age when her father died. She grew to womanhood in her native land, where she received a common school education. She was married to Thomas Bateman, also of Canada, Nov. 3, 1864, where they continued to live until 1871, when they with their four children moved to Illinois. Soon after their arrival they purchased a farm in Blue Ridge Twp. where their son Harry B. now lives. Here they settled and reared their family of eleven children, who are as follows: Thomas, near Farmer City, Illinois; Mrs. Jennie Smothers and Harry, of this vicinity; Mrs. Mary Chase of Toukawa, Oklahoma, Samuel of Clyde, North Dakota; Charles F, deceased; John R. Bateman of Breckenridge, Michigan; Mrs. Layton Smith, VanWert, Ohio. Mrs. Edna Warren, Elwell, Michigan; Mrs. Nellie Skeels, Villa Grove, Illinois and Miss Etta at home.

Mrs. Bateman was brought up in the Episcopalian faith, but upon their coming to Blue Ridge, united with the Methodist Church of Lindsey Chapel, where the family regularly attended during their residence there. She still retained her membership in that church at the time of her death. Mr. Bateman died at the old home, December 24, 1906.

Soon after his death, Mrs. Bateman purchased the home on South street where she was living at the time of her death. Mrs. Bateman possessed a kind and cheerful disposition and had a large circle of relatives and friends. She leaves ten children, thirty-two grand-children and thirteen great grandchildren to mourn her departure and were all in attendance at the funeral except Samuel and Mrs. Nellie Skeels. She will be greatly missed in the home and community. Funeral services were held at the ME. Church ___ o’clock Tuesday morning. The Rev…..Evans _________the pall bearers were W.H. Firke, J. J. Swartz, J.B. Douglas, Bert Howe, J.J. Warren and John Gardiner. The flower girls were the Misses Agnes Bateman, Beulah Walker, Mary Bateman and Daisy Bateman. The large attendance at the funeral and the bountiful floral offering ___of the high esteem in which the deceased was held in the community. At the close of the service, the remains were laid to rest in the Mansfield cemetery.

There is a lot more information and research to be done on this family but I feel that this is a good summary of the Thomas and Elizabeth Bateman’s Family.  There would be estates, deeds, more census research done on the children, cemetery searches and other research to be done to complete the family. Because there are many living descendants of Thomas and Elizabeth (Brown) Bateman in Illinois, I have chosen to do a summary of the information that was shared with me by my cousin Bob Hayes a descendant of Matilda Brown Clements daughter of George Brown brother to Elizabeth’s father Thomas. If you would like more information please leave a comment.

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.

The Children of William Brown & Elsie: Phillip Brown

Brown Land in Rawdon Twp. 1871

Brown Land in Rawdon Twp. 1878

Phillip Brown was a son of William and Elsie/Alice Brown and he settled in Hastings County and remained there after migrating to the area from Ireland.  Please verify the information presented below, it has been handed from researcher to researcher and I am slowly finding documentation that shows it is correct.

It is stated that he was born 29 March 1817 in County Longford, Ireland.  He died on 7 April 1895 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario and is buried in the Stirling Cemetery.

Philip married Margaret McMurray about 1840 in Hastings.  She was also born in Longford, Ireland about 1819 and died in Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario on 10 February 1878 and is buried in the Stirling Cemetery.

When I visited that cemetery in 2012, I did not get a picture of their tombstones but hope to remedy that soon.  I was having trouble finding graves and trying to figure out the published cemetery book.

It is suggested that Mark McMurray and Diana/Diane Leggett/Legate were her parents. Another Brown researcher Mrs. Freddie Knight who descends from this family provided a great deal of this information. I have to give her credit for this information. Unfortunately, we lost Freddie awhile back but I am grateful for her research. There is a 1993 letter she wrote to Bob Hayes about the family of Richard Brown and it is really well done and it was interesting to see her find the same things that I had 10 years later.

Mark McMurray was born about 1786 in Crossmachihilly, Seagoe Parish, Armagh, Northern Ireland and died about 1845 in Rawdon District, Hastings Co., Canada West.

Diana/Diane Leggett/Legate McMurray was born about 1876 in Seagoe Parish, Northern Ireland and died about 1871 in Rawdown District, Hastings Co., Canada West.  I have not verified this information.

I found reference to a Diane McMurray in the 1861 Canadian Census in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, C-1033, page #26.  This Diana appears below the Thomas Vance Family information on Line 18. The age is difficult to read and might be 45 years old rather than 75? So it might be the daughter?

Line 49 Diana McMury, Ireland, C of England, [75], female, widowed, 1 female
Mark McMurray, Canada, C of England, 14, male, S, 1 male

Margaret had about 7 siblings:  William McMurray (1815-1868), Fanny (Francis) Ann McMurray (1821 to 1874), Maria McMurray (1822-1906), Mark McMurray (1825 -_), Diana McMurray (1827 -1892), Elizabeth or Matilda Jane McMurry (1832 to 1904), and Lucinda McMurray (1832 to ____)

Philip & Margaret Brown, photo courtesy of Bob Hayes

Philip & Margaret Brown, photo courtesy of Bob Hayes

Philip Brown does appear in the Canadian County Atlas Digital Project:

You can pull up a list of those in Hastings County under the Brown name at this link:

E 1/2 lot 5, Concession 8, 12 Mar 1839, Record CCB3, Vol. 025, page 343.

W 1/2 lot 5, Concession 8, 7 Mar 1851, CCB3, volume 025.

N 1/2 Lot 4, concession 9, February 1865, Record CCB3, volume 035.

S 1/2 lot 2, Concession 9, 13 April 1870, Record 01C1113, Volume 002

All in Rawdon Twp., Hastings County, Ontario.

This is the Atlas featured on the above website.  Placing the time period of the link above at 1878.

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties (Ontario Map Ref #28 and #29)
Illustrated historical atlas of the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward, Ont.
Toronto : H. Belden & Co., 1878.

Phillip and his family appear in the 1861 Canadian Census, in Rawdon, Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario #26 on page, 12.

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, E. 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

Phillip and family are present in the 1871 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., District 62, No. 2, Div. page 19.

Line 11, 15, 70, Brown Philip, M. age 55, born Ireland, C. England, Irish, farmer, M. Brown, Margaret F, age 52, born Ireland, C. England, M. Brown, Thomas, M. age 24 born Ireland, C. of England, farmer. Brown, Diana, F, age 22, born Ireland, C. of England, Brown, Matilda, F, age 20, born Ireland, C. of England, Brown, Margaret, F, age 18, born Ireland, C. of England, Brown, Alvina F, age 11, born Ireland, C. of England, Brown, [Eliza], F, age 10, born Ireland, C. of England

Another decade later he is still in Hastings County, Ontario.  Phillip Brown Family, 1881 Canadian Census, Dist. No. 122, North Hastings, Twp. Radown, Div. #3, Ontario, page 3.  Unfortunately, he is now a widow but he is living with his son Thomas Henry and his wife Esther.

Line 17, 15, 15, Brown, Philip, M. age 65, Ireland, Ch of Eng., farmer, Widowed. Line 18, 16, 16 Brown Henry, M. 36, born Ontario, Ch. of Eng., farmer, M. Brown, [Hester] F, age 25, born Ontario, Ch of Eng., M. Brown, Arthur, M. age 6, born Ontario, Ch of Eng. Brown, Thomas, M, age 3, born Ontario, Ch of Eng. Brown, William, M, 7/12, born Ontario, Ch of Eng.

In the 1891 Canadian Census Phillip is alone and age 74.  Phillip Brown Family, 1891 Canadian Census, Dist. 74, North Hastings, SD N4 Rawdon, April 7, 1891, John ____, Ontario, pg. 2.

Line 9, W[ ] 9, Brown, Philip M, age 74, W, born Ireland, Parents born in Ireland, C. of England, Farmer, Read and write.

Margaret Browns death record is with the Schedule C of Deaths, County of Hastings, Div. Rawdon, at

No. 7. Margaret Brown, Feb. 10, 1878, Female, age 59, profession Spinster, born Ireland, died of consumption, Dr. Spragg, Informant, Phillip Brown, Farmer Rawdon, April 5, 1878, C. of England, Registrar Joseph Hogle #[134799] No. 7, pg. 290. 

Phillip appears several years later in the same record.

Philip Brown, April 7th, 1895, Male age 78 yrs, farmer, born Ireland, Cause of death suffocated by smoke, no physician, Informant Ernest Brown Harold, June 21, 1895, Ch of England, Registrar Thos. C. McConnell. #007063, page 145. 

A brief mention of Philip’s death was in the local paper:  Brown – In Rawdon, On April 7, Phillip Brown, age 78 years and 8 months.  There was no further information as to the name of the newspaper and the date this was published.

Another obituary was given to me, but I do not have the date or paper it was published in:

“Death of Philip Brown.”

On Sunday Evening last Philip Brown, one of the oldest residents of the township of Rawdon, came ot his death under peculiar circumstances.  About dusk on that evening a neighbor, Mr. Wright, called to see him at his house, where he was living alone, and on opening the door found the room full of smoke.  He called to Mr. Brown, and getting no reply, groped his way to the bedroom where he found Mr.Brown lying on the bed, partly dressed, and in an unconscious condition.  Mr. Wright took him in his arms and carried him out, calling other near neighbors to take care of Mr. Brown, he with others soon extinguished the fire. Mr. Brown, however, did not rally, and expired about ten minutes after being taken from the building.  The cause of the fire is a mystery. The deceased was over 78 years of age. The funeral took place on Wednesday, and was largely attended, service being held in St. John’s Church, Stirling. 

I recommend the Woodrow Family Tree at under public trees as a good source.  This tree was created by Mrs. Freddie Knight the person I mentioned above.  Remember she has passed away so if you go to this tree I suggest you document it for it may be removed at some point.  There are other trees that you can also study at Ancestry regarding this family.

As you can see more research and verification of the documentation needs to be done on this family of Philip Brown and Margaret McMurray Brown.  At some point I will present what I know about their ten (10) children: William Brown (1841 to 1922), Frances Brown (1843 to 1933), Elizabeth Brown (1845 to 1921), Thomas Henry Brown (1846-1884), Diana Brown (1850-1902), Matilda June Brown (1851-1936), Margaret Brown (1854 to ____), Alvina Brown (1855-1943), Harriett Brown (1860 to ____) and Elsie Brown (unknown).

I think this is very interesting that this surname of McMurray is Irish.  On my mother’s Boardman side her grandmother Charlotte was also a McMurray but it is listed as Scottish.