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AfriGeneas Canada Research Forum

Re: Charles Brown
In Response To: Charles Brown ()

Ross and Georgina;

I did some checking of several online databases and I'm unable to find a death or burial record for either Charles or Annie. The reason why this is important is that, in many cases, the city/state of birth is often noted on the death record. I did, however, find the death record of one Charles R. Brown, who died in 1903 in Norfolk County (same county as Port Ryerse and Woodhouse), at the age of 85 years, meaning he was born about the same time as YOUR Charles Brown. But, this Charles R. Brown was born in Rochester, NY, and based on the 1851 Canadian Census for Norfolk County, there was also a Charles R. Brown living there as an innkeeper, and I don't think this is your Charles Brown.

I did find a Charles Brown in the 1881 Canadian Census (Norfolk, Woodhouse Twp) as a 65-year-old widower, b. in the United States, Episcopal, but the online image doesn't show his ethnic origin so I cannot be sure it's YOUR Charles. His son, Theodore, however, was also listed in the 1881 Canadian Census (Norfolk, Woodhouse Twp) as 26, married, b. Ontario, Methodist, his wife, Theodora and their three kids, twins Minnie and Annie, and another daughter, Florence. I also found Theodore's and Theodora's marriage record as well as Theodore's death record in 1917, Woodhouse.

Is it possible that Charles and Annie left Canada and returned to the United States, where they died? Since they married prior to the collection of marriage records in 1869, and since I cannot get the 1871 Canadian IMAGE online (only a transcription which shows that he was 50 years old, b. United States, African origin, a caulker, living in Woodhouse, etc.), I cannot see whom else was living with him ... possibly a sibling, in-law, other relative who I could trace for additional information or records.

So, can you give me ANY additional about whether they left Canada?

- Lisa B. Lee
Oakland, CA


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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