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Philip Brown and Margaret McMurray of Hastings County and their descendants

Thomas Brown (1817 to 1848) was the brother of Philip Brown (1817 to 1895).  They both settled in Hastings County and Rawdon Twp. and remained there till their deaths.

Philip & Margaret Brown, photo courtesy of Bob Hayes

Philip & Margaret Brown, photo courtesy of Bob Hayes

Philip Brown was born, according to cousins, on 29 March 1817 in County Longford, Ireland.  He died 7 April 1895 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings County, Ontario. He is buried in the Stirling Cemetery in Stirling, Hastings Co., Ontario there is a tombstone for him at Find A Grave. Philip’s name is spelled with one “l” and sometimes two.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GScid=2335486&GRid=141273758&

I refer you to my post dated August 27, 2014, The Children of William Brown and Elsie: Philip Brown.  In that post I wrote about Philip’s land in Hastings County along with other Brown family. I also talk about Margaret McMurray’s parents.

Here is a review of Philip and Margaret McMurray Brown.  It is interesting that this “McMurray” is Irish.  On the other side of my family the McMurray’s are considered Scottish.

Philip married Margaret McMurray about 1840. After a careful search of the records of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario in Kingston, I was unable to find a marriage record.

Mary was born about 1819 in County Longford, Ireland and died 10 February 1878 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings County, Ontario.  She is also buried in the Stirling Cemetery based on the cemetery book for Stirling Cemetery.  When I visited in September of 2014, I did not find a stone for her so I have created a Memorial at Find A Grave for her and linked her to Philip.

Here is a study of the Canadian Census for Philip and Margaret Brown:

1851 – There is no census for Rawdon in 1851, it does cover a few areas of Hastings.

1861 Canadian Census,  Phillip Brown Family, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, #26, 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, C. of 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, C. 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. 

1871 Canadian Census, Philip Brown Family, Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario, District 62, No. 2, Div. pg. 19.  It is interesting to see that the place of birth is Ireland for all of them in this census.  In the 1861 census the children are listed born in Canada.

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

1881 Canadian Census, Philip Brown Family, Rawdon, Hastings, Ontario, Dist. No. 122, North Hastings, Rawdon Twp., Div. #3, page 3. 

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.

We see that Phillip is now widowed and his son Henry (Thomas Henry) is living with him. The older children are out of the house.

1891 Canadian Census, Philip Brown Family, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, District 74, North Hastings, SD N4, April 7, 1891 by a John _____, page 2. 

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

Philip's Death Announcement

Philip’s Death Announcement

Death of Philip Brown Obituary (probably the local paper)

On Sunday evening last Philip brown, one of the oldest residents of the township of Rawdon, came to 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, and 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. 

Philip and Margaret had ten (10) children:

1.  William Brown was born 3 April, 1841 in Rawdon Twp., and was baptized at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville on 2 October,1841. He died in Hastings Co., on 14 November 1822 and he is buried in Stirling Cemetery. He was baptised on 2 October, 19841 at the St. Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.

He married Emily Reid on 1 December, 1868 in Rawdon Twp.. She was born 5 October, 1850 in Rawdon to Elijah Reid and Isabella. She died on 23 April 1850 in Rawdon and is buried in Stirling Cemetery.  They had nine children.

2. Frances Brown was born 9 January 1843 in Rawdon Twp. and she died 2 August 1933 in Northumberland, Ontario. She married a James Clements son of Thomas Clements (1803 to 1891) and Christina King (11 June 1805, Northern Ireland) and died 30 September 1901, Rawdon District. Frances and James had three children.

3. Alice Maria Brown  was born about 1845 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.  She married Gilbert Barton Wellman of Bonar Law, Hastings Co., Ontario who died 4 January 1936 in Hastings Co. They had about 4 children.  She died 22 November 1921 and is buried in the Twelfth Line Cemetery in Hastings County.

4. Elizabeth Brown was born 26 January, 1845 in Rawdon, was baptized 3 February 1846 was baptized on April 28, 1861 at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.  She died 20 Nov. 1921 in Hastings Co., She probably died in Manitoba. She married a William Cook of Rawdon and they had 4 six children.  NOTE:  These changes to her information moves Elizabeth from position four in the children list to the last child of Philip and Margaret, thus moving the others up. 

5. Thomas Henry Brown was born 27 December 1846 in Rawdon District and was baptized on 28 January 1847 at the St. Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville. He died 15 September 1884 in Rawdon Twp. and is buried in the Stirling Cemetery. He married Esther Ann Downey who was born about 1856 in Ontario and died in the Rawdon District. Thomas and Esther had at least three children.

6. Diana Brown was born about 1850 in Rawdon Twp., and died 11 February 1902 in Oxford, Ontario. She married a Richard West on 2 April, 1877 in Hastings. RIchard West was born about 1850 in Hungerford to John West and Hannah.

7. Matilda Jane Brown was born 1 April 1851 in Stirling and was baptized 6 August 1852. She died 10 November 1936 in Sparta, Elgin County, Ontario.  She married James Downy on 9 April 1873 in Stirling from Huntingdon Twp.

8. Margaret Brown was born 6 November 1854 in Rawdon Twp. and died in Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario.

9. Alvina Brown was born about 1855 in Rawdon Twp. and died in 1943 in Toronto, York Co., Ontario. She married a James Wallace Woodrow on 3 December, 1879 in Rawdon, Hastings Co., Ontario. He was born 17 May 1854 in Athol Twp., Prince Edward Island County, Ontario. He died 30 September 1915 in Picton, Ontario. They had 3 children. He was the son of John Woodrow Jr. (1826-1900) and Adelaide Williams (1831-1878).

10. Harriett Brown was born 1860 Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario.

In the next posts I will dig a little deeper into the lives of the children of Philip and Margaret Brown.

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The Brown Families of Hastings County, Ontario

Sign Post entering Hastings County on the Trans Hwy

Sign Post entering Hastings County on the Trans Hwy

On this blog I have shared some information about the Browns who settled in Hastings County, Ontario.  I have focused on George Brown because he was my line.  I then shared about his son Richard Brown who married Emma Ward and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

George and Esther Brown migrated from Hastings County to Lambton County and then onto Lapeer County in Michigan and died there.  I traveled to these locations in the Fall of 2014 and shared about those visits in this blog.  They had at least 10 children and I only come down from one line: Richard the 8th child.  There is quite a bit more to share on other collateral lines and it is truly a Canadian Story.

A brother, Henry Brown also migrated to Lambton County, Ontario and settled there.  He and his family are buried in Oil Springs which is south of Petrolia.  I have shared about Henry and Margaret (Orr) Brown’s family and featured their tombstones on this blog.  I feel that I have covered Henry Brown and his life pretty well.

I have not really shared about the families of the other two brothers that we know about out of the 11 children that are supposed to have been born to William and Elsie/Alice Brown.  I have shared the burial information about William Brown in past posts.

Hastings County Views

Hastings County Views

The two other brothers are Thomas and Phillip Brown, who settled in Hastings County and stayed there are buried there in the St. Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery (destroyed) and Stirling Cemetery.  I have placed memorials and tombstones when possible on Find A Grave at both Stirling Cemetery and the Saint Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery in Belleville.

Thomas Brown married Mary Johnston lived and stayed in Hastings County.  They had four children.  After Thomas died in 1848 Mary remarried to Thomas Vance and had four more children.

North of Stirling

North of Stirling

Phillip Brown also stayed in Hastings County marrying Margaret McMurray. They had about 10 children.

I cannot claim credit for all this research because my cousin Bob a descendant of one of George and Esther’s children and sister to my Richard by the name of Matilda Jane Brown was his inspiration for digging and finding these Browns. I would not have had the patience and I am so very grateful he has been very kind and shared his research with me and given me permission to share.  I have taken it and expanded it and added in other researchers.  Bob did this all by correspondence and I have found evidence of his paper trail as I made my way across Ontario.

It has not been easy, the surname of Brown can be very difficult to research because of the use of repeated first names like: Thomas.  Hopefully I have cleaned up the confusion and found enough information that further research can be done by descendants.  The loss of earlier records has also made the process difficult.

I do want to encourage that you take what has been shared and revisit it and double check it.  I am also willing to make changes and updates so if you think I have not quite gotten the information correct please contact me via the comments and let’s make it right.