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Phillip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s Children: Elizabeth Brown Cooke

Elizabeth Brown was baptized on the 28th of April,1861 a daughter of Philip and Margaret Brown at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.  Her baptismal record appears in the Anglican Diocese of Ontario in Kingston.  I have that she died 20 Nov. 1821 in Hastings Co., but I have not checked that information yet because my information states she migrated to Manitoba.



Elizabeth married a William Henry Cooke on the 6th of September, 1880 in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario.  Their marriage is index only online, so further investigation would need to be made in order to confirm this information.

They appear in the 1901 Canadian census, living in Manitoba in the Lisgar District and sub-district of Turtle Mountain.

  • Wm. H. Cook 40
  • Elizabeth Cook 40
  • William E. Cook 14
  • Philip H. Cook 6, Jan. 26, 1895
  • Vena A. Cook 2
  • Vera M. Cook 1

In the 1906 Canadian Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta we find William H. Cook and Eliza Cook living in Souris, Twp. 1,2 Range 17-18, Manitoba, page 3, SD#3, enumerated June 26, 1906, by Robert Monteith.

Line 3, 21, Cook William H., Head, M, M, 45, born Ontario, address Lena. Eliza, wife, F, M, 45, born Ontario, Earl, son, M, S 19, born Ontario, Philip H, son, M, S, 11, born Ontario, Venna I., daughter, F, S, 7, born Manitoba, Vera M, daughter, F, S, 6, born Manitoba, Harold L., son, M, S, 3, born Manitoba, Britton, Richard, Hired man, M, M, 32, born England, emigrated 1906, 

They may have had the following children per the above above census but more would need to be done in the census to really get a good fit.

1.  Earl born about 1887 in Ontario.

2.  Phillip H. Cook born about 1895.

3. Venna I. born about 1899

4. Vera M. born about 1900

5.  Harold L. born about 1901

There is so much more work to do on this family.  I have not had much success in locating records for them online.

This concludes the work I have done on Philip and Margaret McMurray Brown’s family.  I am rather frustrated with the results and feel that it is not at all complete by any means, so much remains to be done. So use what I have shared as a guideline and make sure you revisit the information to make sure it is accurate.  There are a lot of mysteries in the family yet to be solved. I did much better finding information for Thomas’ family, Philip’s brother.

It is time for me to move on and share the research for the George and Esther Brown family, which is my line.  Their son Richard is my great grandfather.  I have shared a lot about Richard, his marriage to Emma and his children on this blog.  Now I want to return to his parents and share about the siblings and the children of this couple.  It will take some time to pull the information together before I post so be patient with me.


Edmund Boardman Dies at the age of 60!

Edmund Boardman lived to the age of 60 years old.  He passed on the 18th of October 1908 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  He is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg with other family members.

Edmund Boardman's Tombstone

I obtained Edmund’s death record from the Manitoba Vital Records Office in Winnipeg.  The handwriting on the death record was very difficult to read.  As you can see I cannot make out the place of birth.  It is either Lochester or maybe Gochester or even Rochester.  I consulted with the Family History Library volunteers and they think it reads Rochester.  Rochester is in Kent.  I have notes from my mother stating he came from Lancashire?  Now he was only about 4-5 years old when he immigrated to Canada so he might not have a clear picture of where he came from??

Edmund Boardman, died Oct. 28, 1908. Resided at 583 Logan Ave. Age 59 years old at death. Occupation was Coppersmith, religion Church of England born at [Lochester/Gochester/Rochester].  Cause of death cerebral hemorrhage. Name of Informant was Black Bros & Hughes, of Winnipeg.  #652, Reg. No. 1908-06-003669.

The Vital Statistics for Manitoba are online http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/Query.php  I have the link under Blogroll at the right side bar of this blog. 

Edmund had a will but his estate was simple because he gave everything to Charlotte, his wife.  Sometimes estates are helpful in identifying heirs but in this case the wife is the only one mentioned.


 The estate file consisted of the following documents:

1.  Search for Caveat Dec. 2, 1908

2.  Affidavit for Proof of Death – Edmund Boardman, City of Winnipeg, Oct. 28, 1908 in the Eastern Judicial District value of estate $4040.00.  Last Will and testament done on 8 Sep. 1902. Signed by C.A. Boardman. 

3.  Affidavit Appointing Charlotte Ann Boardman as the widow and sole executor of the estate.  He died at [560] Logan Ave. in the City of Winnipeg.

4.  Value of the estate – $4040.00 Lot 12 in Block 40, cash is $40.00

5.  Last Will and Testament of Edmund Boardman in writing:

This is the last will and testament of me Edmund Boardman of the City of Winnipeg, Coppersmith. I hereby revoke all wills by me at anytime heretofore made. I hereby give devise and bequeath to my wife Charlotte Ann Boardman all my property real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever it may be. I hereby appoint my said wife Executrix of this my will. Signed published and declared by the said Edmund Boardman as and ____last will and testament at Winnipeg, Manitoba. This eighth day of Sept. A.D. 1902 (___) in the presence of us presented at the same time who have all the ____and in the presence of each of other and in the presence inscribed our names as witnesses. [        ] Signed by Edmund Boardman.

6.  Proof that this is the will of Edmund Boardman by C.A. Boardman.

7.  Horace Victor Hudson Affidavit of Proof of Will

8.  Proof of Will by C.A. Boardman – Charlotte Ann Boardman

9.  Notice of Application in the estate of Edmund Boardman, the granting of probate.

Source:  Edmund Boardman Estate File #5283, Surrogate Court, Eastern Judicial District, Manitoba, Canada, Index Vol. 2 FHL#1381814 (1884-1930); Estate File #5283, FHL#1411690 (Estate Files 5114-5284, 1908). 

I do not have many photographs of my great grandfather Edmund Boardman.  Here is one with him enjoying a happy time at home with his family.  Unfortunately I do not know where it was taken and which of the children it is he is sitting with.  Edmund James (1878) and my grandfather Robert (1881) were born in New Brunswick.  They would put dresses on baby boys for that was the custom at the time.  William (1885) and John (1886) were born in Winnipeg.   It is difficult to pin down the time frame.

Edmund and baby on stairs

Edmund and Charlotte Boardman in 1906!

It is time now to return to the Boardman side of the family.  When I get the chance I will dig further into the Brown side but that might be awhile. I am trying to catch up.  There is a lot to do regarding Emma (Ward) Brown my great-grandmother.  I do not know much about her.

Edmund and Charlotte Boardman/Bordman are still living in Winnipeg in the 1906 Canadian Census their name is spelled “Bordman.”  I have seen this spelling before.

Source:  Edmund Bordman Family, 1906 Canadian Census, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Sub-District Ward Five, 5D

Line 4, 152, Edmond Bordman, Male, Married, birthplace England, age 57, Immigrated 1855, logan 563, Charlott Bordman, wife, female, married, age 47 born NB, Edmond J. Bordman, son, male, single,  age 27 Born NB, Robert Bordman, son, male, single, age 24 born NB, [Vellon] H. Bordman, son, male, single, age 20 born Manitoba.  

1906 Edmond Bordman Family

It is interesting that Robert is listed here.  He is also listed living with the Richard Brown family in Winnipeg with his wife Ethel in 1906.  I described this in the post dated August 5, 2011 “Richard Brown After Emma!” These two individuals are my grandparents.  Here he is “single?”  William the younger brother is missing.  He would be about 21 years old.

I do not know who Vellon H. Bordman is?  This is on the summary sheet that Ancestry has created and they interpret the name in this manner.  I believe it should be “John H.” the younger brother.  The age of 20 would match.  The first letter looks like a “J.”

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.