Category Archives: Ramsey County

The Browns: Richard and Emily’s Family

This photograph is one of may that I don’t know much about.  I do know that the young woman on the left is my grandmother Ethel Adella Brown Boardman.  She must be in her teens?  I do not know who the two other people are, the woman and the boy.  I do not have a lot of photos of the Brown side.  

Ethel on the Lawn


My grandmother Ethel’s parents were Richard Brown and Emily Ward.  

Richard and Emily had 4 children: 

1.  Charles Ward Brown was born 6 January 1875 in probably Michigan.  He died 21 July 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  He first married Annie Stobb on 10 July 1901.  She was born 15 December 1873 and died 4 October 1907 in Winnipeg.  He married a second time to Eva Nellie Haffman on 14 October 1909 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She was born about 1883 in Manitoba.  They had 3 children. 

2. Ethel Adella Brown was born 10 June 1881 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and died 25 February 1965 in Seattle, King Co., Washington.  She married Robert Boardman on 28 August 1905 in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota.  They had 3 children see the posted dated April 12, 2010. 

3.  Arthur Ward Brown was born 29 November, 1883 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and died 30 March 1968 in Winnipeg.  He married Teresa Ploeger on 10 June 1914 in Winnipeg and they had 3 children. 

4. Alvin Brown was born about 1895 and died 7 December 1895 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.   My grandmother was 10 years old at his death.  

What has been found on my Brown side has been through the help of a researcher at the Manitoba Genealogical Society who searched city directories, vital records indexes, newspapers and cemeteries.  He went out to the cemeteries and took photos for me.  I am very grateful for his help.  His name is Rick McLellan and he is still listed on the Manitoba Genealogical Society website under Research Services:


Two Families Merge – A Marriage

Courtship 1905

The story of the Boardmans and Browns starts with the marriage of my grandparents Robert Boardman and Ethel Adella Brown.

In the photo above, I think that the two individuals on the left are my grandfather Robert and my grandmother Ethel.  She is trying to avoid the photographer but I believe that is her in the white hat.  She was always very well dressed.  The man on the right in the hat might be one of my grandmother’s brothers.  It is hard to say.  The rest of the people in the photo are unknown.

Apparently they traveled down to St.Paul/Minneapolis to get married.  There are many Boardman’s living in that area of Minnesota per the census.  If there was a connection I don’t have that knowledge at this time.  Maybe Minnesota was like a “Gretna Green.”  This means that possibly the laws in Minnesota were less stringent than in Manitoba.

Marriage Certificate

This document looks like the Church record of the marriage of Ethel Brown to Robert Boardman on August 28, 1905 with a Samuel & Della Gibney as witnesses.  I do not know if the Gibney’s are members of our family or friends.  The marriage was recorded in St. Paul, Ramsey Co., Minnesota.  The pastor was Arthur D. Stroud of the M.E. Church in White Bear, which is very close to St. Paul and Minneapolis. This marriage record was among my mother’s possessions.

I also checked the marriage license information to verify my grandparents marriage when at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Their official license was listed in these films:  Marriage License & Certificate for Robert Boardman of Ramsey Co., Minnesota, Filed Sept. 5, 1905. Marriages 1850-1916 Ramsey Co., Minnesota No. 5, 1901-1907,  Boardman, Robert to Ethel Adela Brown FHL# Index to Marriages FHL#1314523 pg. 44.  Marriage Certificate – Book 37, pg. 571, FHL#1314523.

I am sure that the adventure of traveling to St. Paul was exciting for this young couple.  Why they chose to go there is a mystery.