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Robert and Ethel Boardman’s first child?

Robert and Ethel (Brown) Boardman married in August of 1905 but their first child Hazel Aileen Boardman was not born till the 23rd of May 1907 in Winnipeg.  There was 21 months between the marriage date and Aileen’s birth.  Since there is no evidence of another child born during that time period maybe I am just being suspicious?

My mother’s sister and my Aunt was always Aileen to us, until one day she giggled and told me her first name was Hazel.  I giggled back and said “I know.”

Photo:  Unfortunately this photo is very dark even though I tried to lighten it up.  It obscures my grandmother Ethel’s face.  The baby is my Aunt Hazel Aileen in 31 August 1907.  This is probably at the time of the christening. 

I do not have my Aunt Aileen’s birth record only the online version of the index at the Manitoba website for vital records.  It is something I plan to get someday.  I am content at the moment to know that she was born in Winnipeg. 

There is a baptismal record of my Aunt at the St. George’s Church in Winnipeg for the 13th of October 1907 and signed by a J.J. Roz (Rector).   This was obtained by a researcher I hired so I don’t have all the source information.  I assume it was found in the records of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.  

The Manitoba Historical Society website has an old postcard of what may be the church at:


Photo:  A portrait of Hazel Aileen. She looks so happy and I can see the smile that I would come to know as my Aunt Aileen’s.  Maybe grandfather Edmund Boardman got a chance to know one Aileen before he passed in October 1908.


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.”

The Brown Family Plot in the St. John’s Cemetery, Winnipeg!

Brown Family Plot in St. John's Cemetery, Winnipeg

Richard and Emma Ward Brown are buried in the St. John’s Cemetery in Winnipeg.  Thanks to the assistance of Rick McLellan I have photographs of the tombstones and permission to share them.  Emma shares the stone with her husband Richard who would live another 17 years before he joins her. 

Emma Brown

On the side of the stone is the son Alvin Brown who did not survive. 

Alvin Brown 1891-1895

Alvin was only 3 years old at the time of his death.  Richard and Emma had 4 children that I am aware of: Charles 1875, Ethel 1881, Arthur 1883 and Alvin 1891.

Other side of Tombstone - Annie Brown and Arthur Brown

Annie is listed on this side of the stone at the top (see above photo).  She was Charles W. Brown’s first wife.  Arthur W. Brown is below her.  The base features Teresa Brown’s inscription, Arthur’s wife.

Arthur and Teresa Brown's epitaph

Unfortunately, I do not have a photograph of Charles W. Brown’s tombstone or epitaph?  It is indicated that he was buried there in St. John’s in the family plot per his obituary notice but perhaps a tombstone was not supplied or they did not add the inscription?  Mr. McLellan could not find it.  So something happened?  At the lower base is the family name of “BROWN.”

Here is another view of the cemetery with the Brown tombstone and family plot in the foreground and the lovely church in the background. 

View of St. John's - Brown Family Plot

A grateful thanks to Rick McLellan for his assistance.  Rick is a researcher through the Manitoba Genealogical Society.