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Phillip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s children: Alice Maria Brown Wellman

Tweflth Line Cemetery

Twelfth Line Cemetery Location in Hastings County, ON – Google Maps

Alice Maria Brown was born about 1845 in Rawdon Twp., She married a Gilbert Barton Wellman who was born 20 May, 1848. Alice died 20 November, 1921 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings County, Ontario.  She died on the 20th and was buried on November 22, 1921 in the Twelfth Line Cemetery in Hastings Co.,

Wellman, Alice Maria, Female, Married, White, 76 yrs 8 mos, 24, days, born Rawdon, Housewife, always in Ontario and area, father Phillip Brown, mother Margaret McMurray, Information W.A. Wellman, Bonarlaw, Ontario, son, 12th concession, date of burial Nov. 22, 1921, date of death 20 Nov. 1921, Senility, 2 yrs. and paralysis of the heart, J.R. Simmons, Spring Brook, Nov. 21, 1921,

Source: Alice Maria Wellman, Death Certificate, 22 November 1921, Rawdon, Hastings Co. #015986, Ontario Canada Deaths, 1869-1938 and Overseas

Gilbert Barton Wellman died on 4 January 1936 in Rawdon Twp..  His father was David Wellman and mother was Jane Barton.

Ontario, Hastings, Rawdon, 70 yrs, Wellman, Gilbert Barton, Lot, 21, 12 Con. Rawdon West, Male, Anglo-Saxon, British, widowed, born Rawdon, Ontario, May 20, 1848, 87 yrs, 7 mos, 8 days, farmer, retired 15 years, father David Wellman, Mother Jane Barton, both of Rawdon, Informant David Wellman Bonarlaw RR#1, son, Place of burial 12th Line Cemetery, Jan 6, 1936, Died Jan 4, 1936, pneumonia. Hamilton Crawford MD, Marmora. Reg. L.C. Bateman. 

Source:  Gilbert Barton Wellman, January 4, 1936, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, #018136, page 71. Ontario Canada Deaths and overseas 1869-1947

Alice and Barton Wellman appear in the 1881 Canadian Census:

Wellman, Barton, Male, age 31, born 1850, born Ontario, married, Farmer, English, Methodist,
Wellman, Alice, F, 36, born Ontario,
Wellman, Zora, F, 6 born Ontario
Wellman, Barton Edmond Wellman, M, 3 yrs.
Wellman, Margret Barton, F, 7m, born Ontario

Source: Barton Wellman Family, 1881 Canadian Census, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, Dist #122, C, pg. 8. 

They appear in the 1891 Canadian census they are in Rawdon Twp., and North Hastings:

Line 11, North 5, 88, Wellman, Barton, M 42, M, all born in Ontario, Farmer, Allas, F, 46, M, parents born Ireland, Zora, F, 16, Edmund, M, 13, Margaret, F, 10, David, M, 4

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, Rawdon Twp., North Hastings, page 19, enumerated on 18 April, 1891, by James McComb. 

The family appears in the 1901 census using initials:  E.B. Willman age 23, G.B. Willman age 53, AM Willman age 56, MM Willman age 20 and DA Willman age 14. They are in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co. and he is a carpenter. On line 34 page 5.

Things get real interesting in the 1911 Canadian Census for the Wellman family page 2, Rawdon, 80 Hastings West Co., Ontario

Line 6, 11, 11, Wellman, Barton G. con 11, Lot 2, M, Head, M, May 1868, 62, all born in Ontario, Alice M., F, Wife, M, Feb. 1875, Edward, M, Son, S, Sep. 1877, 33. McMullan, Mable, F, grand-daughter, S, Oct. 1900, 10, McMullen Hershine, M, grand son, S, Nov. 1901, 9, McMullen, Eveline, F, grand-daughter, S, July, 1903, 7, McMullen, Verna W. F, grad daughter, 5, May, 1906, age 4.

Line 13, 12, 12, Wellman. David A., Con 11, Lot 2, M, Nov. 1886, 24, Jennie, L, F, Wife, M, March, 1888, 23, David W., M, son, S, Dec. 1907, 3, Clarence, M, son, S, April 1909, 2

UPDATE: July 12, 2016 – A visitor to this blog shared additional information about the Wellman family.  There are two additional children I did not know about. There is a transcript to the Wellman bible with additional information that has errors. There is additional information about this family, I will only add some of it to the information below.  If interested leave a comment.  This will change the order of the children

  1.  Philip Brown Wellman, died young.  (NEW)

2.  Zora Wellman born about 1875 in Ontario. She married a Gilbert McMullen on 25 October 1889 in Hastings.  This means that Zora died before 1911 per the above census.

Zora Z. Wellman, age 25, born about 1874 in Rawdon, married on 25, Oct. 1899 in Hastings. Father Barton Wellman, mother Alice Brown. Spouse Gilbert McMullen, age 38, born about 1861 in Rawdon. Father Andrew McMullen and mother Catherine Wescott.  Source Ontario Canada Marriages 1801 to 1928

Update:  July 12, 2016 – Zora was in the Rockwell Hospital in Kingston, Ontario in the 1911 census and eventually recovered. In the 1911 Canadian census her children are living with her parents and brother in Rawdon Twp.  Her final fate is still unknown.

3.  Edward Barton Wellman born about 1876/8 and died 14 December, 1912 in Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario. He married a Katie Myrtle Eleanor Gifford on 26 June, 1912 in Hastings Co.  She was the daughter of Samuel Sterling Gifford and Precella Lidster.  Source was Ontario, Canada, Marriages 1801-1928

Wellman, Edward Barton, male, white, died Dec. 14, 1912, born 1876, 35 yrs. 5 mos, 5 dys, Lot 22 Con 11, farmer, married, father Gilbert Barton Wellman Rawdon, mother Alice Brown, Rawdon, Dr. Tolton, P.J. Belleville, Dec. 16, 1912. Died Dec. 14, 4:30 pm., suicide, Rifle Shot, Instantly, H. H. Alger, Striling Ont. Dec. 16, 1912.

Source:  Edward Barton Wellman, 14 Dec. 1912, Death, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, page 545 Deaths. #015464, Ontario Canada Deaths 1869-1938, Overseas 1939-1947.

Update: July 12, 2016 – Sadly Edward/Edmond tried to shoot his wife Katie and then shot himself.  Katie survived and remarried to a Myron Seymore.

4. Margaret Wellman born 1880. She may have married on 12 August 1884 but no name of spouse was given for it was only and index.  There are many references to a Margaret in the census for 1911 but not knowing her married name will take a bit of work to figure out what happened to her. Update: July 12, 2016 the name of her husband is Carl Wheeler Nixon.

5. Ethel Alvina Wellman – died young. (NEW)

6.  David Wellman about 1887.  The David listed in the 1911 Canadian census above might be a son of Barton and Alice Wellman appearing next door to them.  Update: July 12, 2016 – David married Jennie Gifford, sister to Katie see #3.

Once again, more research needs to be done on this family and the children.  A thorough census study, marriage, and burial records needs to be done to piece it all together.  It is time to move on to other family members.

Thanks to the visitor for sharing these updates.

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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.

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 & Alice/Elsie: Thomas Brown

The research that I have on the Brown family is through the courtesy of my cousin Bob Hayes.  He has graciously given me permission to share his research.  I visited Bob in Kelowna, BC in 2012 and he shared his findings with me.

When I first started this blog, I did not know a lot about the Brown family and others, like Bob, had done research on them.  I did a series of posts about George Brown and Esther King on this blog and touched a little on their children.  I refer you to that post dated December 4, 2010 titled:  George and Esther Brown’s Children. It was basically an overview of their family.  I have yet to delve into the lives of the children and will do that in future posts.

Here is the link to the post I wrote about George and Esther’s children.

https://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/george-esther-browns-children/

I would like to move forward and share what I know about Thomas Brown a brother to George.  What I have is a little of my own research and a lot of Bob’s.

It has been suggested that Thomas Brown was born on 20 March 1817 in Ireland to William and Elsie/Alice Brown.  UPDATE 3/7/2015:  There is some confusion on his birth, so in reviewing sources I would place it about 1810.  His death information does not give his age, only his date of death being 4 August, 1848.

He married on 14 January 1841 to Mary Johnson in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario.

Source:  Baptisms, Marriages and Death Records of the St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville, Ontario, 1821-1874, McMillan University and Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, #486 Marriages. 

Nothing much is known about Mary Johnson/Johnston other than she may have been born in Ireland about 1820 and died around 1886. I have also seen the name spelled “Johnston.”

Thomas died on 4 August 1848 in Hastings County, Ontario and he was buried in the St. Thomas Anglican Church cemetery in Belleville.  This church wanted to do some remodeling and they discovered in the excavation that there were many more graves than they had realized.  The church burial records were lost so McMillan University and the Quinte Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society set about putting together a record of the marriages, baptisms and births for that church.  This book is available at the Trenton Public Library in the Quinte room.

The Ghosts and Hauntings website has a very interesting article about the history of this the St. Thomas Anglican Cemetery.

http://www.torontoghosts.org/index.php?/20080822389/Eastern-Ontario/Belleville-St.-Thomas-s-Church-Cemetery.html

Based on the above information the chances of finding a gravesite for Thomas and for that matter his father William or other Browns, is probably nill for St. Thomas.  I plan to visit this church cemetery in Fall of 2014 and we will see what I find and will post about it.

The information for Thomas’ death was found at the Anglican Diocese for Ontario based in Kingston, Ontario on page 318 for the St. Thomas Anglican Church of Belleville records.

Death of Thomas Brown 1848

Death of Thomas Brown 1848

Unfortunately the 1851 Canadian Census for Rawdon Twp. did not survive. We would not find Thomas but we might find Mary Brown with her children if it had survived.

Since Thomas died in 1848 he is also not in the in the Illustrated historical atlas of the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward, Ont. Toronto : H. Belden & Co., for 1878.  Other Browns are easy to find at the Canadian Digital Archives project website:  http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/search.htm

After Thomas’ death Mary remarried to a Thomas Vance.  The marriage took place on 21 January 1851 in Belleville at the St. Thomas Anglican Church. The marriage  is in the book I have cited above as #914 – Brown, Mary to Vance, Thomas 21.01.51.   The photo below is the register found at the Anglican Diocese for Ontario in Kingston page 393 for the St. Thomas Church registers.

Thomas Vance & Mary Brown Marriage 1851

Thomas Vance & Mary Brown Marriage 1851

Mary and Thomas appear in the 1861 Canadian Census in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co.,, Ontario, page 26.

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. 

This gives us a great view of the whole family including the children from the first marriage of Mary.

There is more research to be done regarding this family such as probate/estates, land and cemetery work and determining what happened to the children, any further findings will be included in future posts.