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New Info: Thomas and Edmund Boardman are Brothers!

Good News!

I believe I have found the parents of Edmund Boardman, my great-grandfather, and solved the mystery of who Thomas Boardman was?  I have been very frustrated in finding out more on Edmund Boardman.

Ancestry.com has been adding more documents and I found an 1851 England Census at their website that has a family that really may fit Edmund’s.  The census page looks like it was burned because it is discolored and missing pieces.  I am so grateful it survived.

The top part of the census

The top part of the census

In the summary sheet that Ancestry gives we find this information about the family:

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.  

The Family names faded

The Family names faded

Source:  Oldham Below Town, Lancashire, England, St. Mary’s parish, ED 1h, House #42, Class HO107, Piece 2240, page 12, Census Returns of England and Wales 1851, Kew, Surrey, England, The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Ancestry.com.

The summary sheet that Ancestry provides help get a feel for the family,  however, they can be incorrect with the names.  So looking at the census image is very important.

The challenge is to manipulate the census page because it is so faded to see if I cannot read the names.  I see the name Edmund for the father not Edward.  I think the name for the mother reads Zelia, not Tycha, but it is difficult to read.  The Edmund and Charlotte’s baby girl who died was named Ellen Zelia Alma and is buried in the West Branch cemetery in Kent Co., New Brunswick.

There is a Thomas listed as son.  He is 13 years older than his brother Edmund.  The Thomas Boardman that I have discussed in past posts is about this age difference. I have his birth as 1835 taken from the 1871 census for Canada and Edmund was born 23 May 1848 which is a perfect 13 years.  The span between them suggests to me that there might be other siblings that are not listed.  See post dated: “Who is Thomas Boardman,” dated May 29, 2010:  https://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/who-is-thomas-boardman/

The post “Land on Prince Edward Island!” dated June 7, 2010 describes a deed involving Thomas Boardman  https://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/land-on-prince-edward-island/ on land Edmund and Charlotte were living on.

The father Edward/Edmund was born in Rochdale per this 1851 census while the children were born in Oldham.  On Edmund’s death certificate from Manitoba  it reads something like Rochester/Bochester and I thought it might be Rochdale a large town in Lancashire.  I studied maps, gazeteers and consulted with the Family History Library on a visit there, but the handwriting was so bad it was difficult to verify.

See my post dated December 7, 2011 “Edmund Boardman Dies at the age of 60!” about the death of Edmund Boardman in 1907.


This clears up the confusion on his death certificate. It was his father Edward/Edmund who came from Rochdale.  Now I can do more digging and see if I cannot find the birth record, when they came to Canada and more.

The other is the occupation of Coppersmith.  It seems to run in the family.

This means that the children of Thomas, William and Samuel, are my cousins and it was a good thing I traced them out as far as I could to Iowa, at the time.  Now I can revisit them and dig deeper.

Well, I have officially jumped the pond (Atlantic Ocean) on the Boardman side.  It is a good thing.


Edmund Boardman Coppersmith!

My mother left a handwritten note among her papers that stated that Edmund was born in Lancashire, England.  At this point I have briefly studied the Lancashire area for a possible connection to Boardman’s in that part of England.  My focus has been on finding Edmund in New Brunswick and connecting him to the many Boardman families in that province.    

I first found Edmund and Charlotte Boardman in the 1881 Canadian Census for Prince Edward Island.  

1881 Canadian Census PEI


This census shows that they are at the bottom of the page.  It starts 75/78 Boardman, E., male, age 30, born in England, religion Church of England, of English decent, occupation Coppersmith.  Next is Boardman, Charlotte, female, age 25, born in NS (Nova Scotia), religion is Presbyterian, of Scottish decent, no occupation listed.  Boardman, Edmund J., male age 3 born in NB, religion Church of Eng., of English decent.  Very carefully listed on the following page we find a Boardman, Zelia A., female, white, age 1, born P.E.I., religion Church of England, English descent.  

Apparently moving back and forth from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island was not to difficult because of the ferries.   

Edmund is 30 in this census so that means he was born about 1851? Charlotte is 25 in this census places her birth about 1856.  Charlotte is listed as being born in Nova Scotia which is interesting.   This makes them slightly younger than the information I have about their birth dates from death and other documentation.  

The next Canadian census was for 1891 and in that census I find them living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  There is no Zelia listed. My Aunt Aileen, their granddaughter, stated that there was a little girl.  She didn’t say much more. 

1891 Canadian Census - Manitoba


In this census we have first W1/3/21 Boardman, Edmond, male, age 41, married, born England, parents born in England, occupation copper smith.  Next is Boardman, Charlotte, female, age 36, married, W – wife, born N.B., father born in Scotland, mother born in England, no occupation.  Boardman, Edmond, male, age 13, son, born NB, father born in England, mother born in NB. Boardman, Robert, male, age 10, son, born in NB, father born England, mother born NB.  Boardman, William, male, age 7, son, born in Man, father born in England, mother born in NB. Last is John, male, give years old, son, born in Manitoba, father born in England, mother born in N.B.  All are listed as Church of England.  

We now have the complete Boardman family of Edmund and Charlotte Boardman.  In this census we have Charlotte now being born in NB, not NS.  

The drive to build the railroad across the Canadian landscape sent many to Winnipeg in the 1880’s and 1890’s.  Being a coppersmith my great-grandfather had skills that were needed.  

My Aunt Aileen gave me a silver bowl for a present one time and told me to turn it over and there etched on the bottom was the name “Boardman DA17.”  She giggled.  I still have that bowl even though it is a little tarnished.  As to whether we are a member of that Boardman side of the family I do not know at this time.  I am aware that there are many Boardman’s in the New England area.