Submitted by Eileen Bremner - email@example.com
There are additional generations of this family to share. Please direct Queries and requests for source information to the email link above!
The Descendants of William Bremner and Sarah Bagnall
1. William BREMNER was born in 1771 in Elgin, Moray, Scotland. He died on 9 Sep 1821 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. He was buried on 11 Sep 1821 in Elm Ave Cemetery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
William Bremner stated he was born in Elgin Scotland and I believe it as I looked up Bremners in Elgin and found page after page of them including many many Williams. His death is listed in the 1st book of Burials
Charlotte Parrish 1st Book of Burials - Mr. William Bremner died on the 9th and buried on the 11 of September 1821 at 50 years of age
General notes relating to the name William Bremner
P.E..I. Register 14 Oct 1824 page 3 col.3
Notice all persons having demands against the Estate of W. Bremner, late of Charlottetown, deceased, are requested to tender them, duly attested, within eighteen calendar months from the date hereof, and all persons indebted to the said Estate are requested to make immediate payment. George H. Goodman Executor, Charlottetown, 1 Sept 1824
From a letter written by Gerold George Bremner's youngest son he stated in the letter that his family came from Elgin, Scotland in the late 1700s. He also said that the Bovyer's were Empire Loyalists from Connecticut or Rhode Island. He aid thay were originally from Wales from extremely good circumstances.
According to page 7 of Memories by Benjamin Bremner William was a Capt in the Charlottetown Militia. According to the fire report of 1812 the fire engine owned by Mr. Bremner came to rescue of Mrs. Bagnall - from the Island Register
To His Excellency Edmund Fanning, L. L. D. Lieutenant General of the Army, Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief in and over His Majesty's Island Prince Edward, and the Territories adjacent thereunto, Chancellor and Vice Admiral of the same, .
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY.
We His Majesty's Dutiful and Loyal Subjects the Inhabitants of Charlotte Town and Queen's County, having with deep regret been acquainted with his Majesty's appointment of a successor to your Excellency, in the Government of this Island, cannot but avail ourselves of this early opportunity, to present you with the tribute of our sincere acknowledgements for all the happiness and satisfaction we have enjoyed under your Excellency's mild and equitable administration. We, therefore, beg leave to assure your Excellency, we are as much above using flattery as you are above accepting it. But when we look back on the period of eighteen years, during which time your Excellency has wielded the sword which was committed to your hand with so much justice to the interest of the Crown, and the good of the Subject, we cannot entertain the idea of your retiring from us without lamenting that event. We are experimentally convinced that your Excellency has uniformly had in view, the honor of His Majesty's Government, the maintenance of Religion, and the general welfare of the Island. One satisfaction, however, we participate with your Excellency …. all faction has hid its head … you leave the Government here free from discontent, and the people at large in a condition of prosperity, far superior to any expectation when your Excellency assumed it. This state of the Colony we ascribe under Divine Providence to that temper of wisdom and moderation which has invariably directed your public conduct; and conscious that you has exerted yourself in all points to encourage amongst us, loyalty to our King and harmony amongst ourselves; we at present take our leave, earnestly beseeching your Excellency to lay us at his Majesty's feet as subjects devoted to his Royal Person, Family and Government, representing us in such a Character, as your Excellency's long residence amongst us has given you opportunity of knowing.
Thomas Hyde, Wm. Lusk, William Lawson, Alex McDonald, George Wright, John Wilson, Wm. Bremner, Angus Curry, W. Clark, J. B. Palmer, Theos. Chappell, Donald McMillan, Jno. Brecken, Robert Gray, Saml. Bagnall, jun. William Morris, Robt. Hodgson, John McDonald, Angus McAulay, John Costin, Ralph Brecken, John Howell, Robt. Stewart, George Hayden, Benjamin Coffin, Elisha Coffin, Joseph Beers, John Hayley, Hugh McCacharn, William Hyde, William Irving, J. McDonald, Sen. John McCacharn, William Wood, William Young, Richard Wisener, P. Macgowan, Francis Hyde, Thomas Mallish, John McLoud, Peter Stewart, Joseph Smith, William Keughain, Richard Myers, B. De St. Croix, William Bearsto, John McKinnis, Peter Bollom, Alex Howe, Thomas Alexander, Peter Munch, George Jenkins, Benj. Chappell, Joseph Robertson, Alexander Curry, Nicholas Jenkins, C. Stewart, Benj. Evans, Donald Fraser, Spencer Crane, James Williams, W. Townshend, Duncan Curry, John Clark, Theop. Desbrisay, Thos Desbrisay, jun. Cornelius Curry, Charles Page, Thos. DesBrisay, Colin McDonald, Roderic McIsaac, Nathl. MacDonneill, Francis Longworth, James Curtis, James Curry, James McDonniell, J. Webster, John J. Stowe, Donald McIsaac, Robert Fox, Joseph Coffin, Stephen Boyer, Angus McDonald, John McDonald,Charlotte-Town, Aug. 12, 1804
Source: Royal Herald, January 19, 1805, p. 3. Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island.
William Bremner was a store owner. "The old form was Brabener, 'the Brabander', i.e. a native of Brabant. In the Caithness pronunciation of the name, the medial b is sometimes heard. Artificers and traders from the Low Countries of the continent settled in Aberdeenshire and elsewhere on the East Coast at an early date. " The braboner, or webster craft, or weaver trade, holds the eighth place amongst the nine trades" of Dundee (Warden, Burgh Laws of Dundee, p.503). The name was common in East Ross, Mar and Strathdon in the sixteenth century. Walter Brabounare held a tenement in Irvine, Ayrshire, in 1418 - 1426 (Irvine, I, 126 130) and Gerard de Brabancia medicus, held a tenement in Glasgow, 1486 (REG., p.450). Agnus Brebner witnessed an Elgin document of 1489 (Laing, 235), Alexander Brabanar was tenant of the Twa Half Dawakis ( i.e. davochs), (Scot., Davache; which is equal to four plough-gates, or "as much land as four ploughs could till in a year.") Ardamanoch, 1504 (ER.,xii, p. 660), and Thomas Brabnair is mentioned in a precept of 1521 (Cawdor, p.143) . Andrew Brabnere was admitted burgess of Aberdeen, 1507 (NCSM., p 44), Patrick Brebner is recorded in Strathdee, 1527, and John Brabonar was tenant of Dalmoloak in 1539 (ER., xvii, p. 671). William Brabner was a "quhytfischer" in Futtie, 1601 (CRA., p. 217), Dod McAllister vic finlay Brembner is in record 1649 (IDR., p 367), and James Brimner was servitor to John, Earl of Atholl, 1630 (RPC., 2.ser iii, p. 559). Alexander Brymner, burgess of Stirling, 1775(Stirling) Brabanere 1565, Brabiner 1595, Brabnar 1550, Braboner 1653, Brabuner 1541, Braymer 1681, Brebener, 1641, Breboner 1540, Brember 1685, Brimmer 1760, Brobner 1662,; Brabanner, Brabener, Brabin, Braibner, Brebiner, Brebner, Bremner, Brender, Brymer 1681. " from "The Surnames of Scotland" George F. Black 1993 ISBN 1 874744 07 6
The name also appears in England, documented as early as 1372, where Sir Nicholas Brembre , a grocer of London became Lord Mayor of that city in 1377. After a great deal of unsavory behaviour, including the beheading of a rival in 1384, he was re-elected for a second term, during which his misdeeds included the beheading of 22 prisoners awaiting trial in the Newgate gaol. This resulted in his being charged with treason and in his own execution in 1388.
There are over 80 different spelling variants of the Bremner/Brebner name throughout Scotland. Some of these are more common in certain areas than others. The spelling was usually determined by the pronunciation of the name, hence the different areas having different spellings, and there was certainly less emphasis on spelling consistency in the earlier times. In the old parish records up to 1855, there was little standardization, and the name would generally be spelled as the Church clerk saw fit. In most cases, that spelling mirrored a previous spelling of the name, so that if all previous births in a family had been recorded in one spelling, it was likely that that spelling would continue. A change in Church clerk often brought about a change in spelling, as did a move to another parish.
Of all the variants, the Bremner spelling is by far the most common, and is found in all parts of Scotland, but especially in Caithness. Aberdeen sees the Brebner spelling, I think primarily because the Brebner families were merchants and civic officials held in high regard during the 18th century, and church officials were more accustomed to that spelling.
William married Sarah BAGNALL daughter of Samuel BAGNALL Cabinet Maker and Elizabeth WHITEHOUSE on 11 May 1805 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. Sarah was born in 1786 in Staffordshire, Derby, England. She died on 26 Apr 1813 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. She was buried on 29 Apr 1813 in Elm Ave Cemetery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Sarah was only 27 years old when she died.
Sarah born in 1785 or 1786 died in Charlottetown, 26 April 1813, age 27 years; married by Rev DesBrisay, 11 May 1805, William Bremner born in 1771; died 9 Sept 1821 age 50 merchant of Charlottetown. Death and burial date taken from records of St. Pauls Church records of Death
William and Sarah had the following children:
+ 2 F i. Elizabeth Isabella BREMNER was born on 11 May 1806. She died on 18 Dec 1848.
3 M ii. William Samuel BREMNER was born on 7 Feb 1808 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was christened on 28 Feb 1808 in St. Pauls Church, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. He died on 16 Feb 1848 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was buried in Elm Ave Cemetery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
St Pauls Birth, burial and marriage records
From Newspaper clipping: The Constitutionalist 27 June 1846 page 3: "The Lt. Govenor of P.E.I. Canada appointed Mr. Wm Bremner landwaiter and a preventive officer for the District of Charlottetown under the authority of the Act for the better prevention of Smuggling.
The Islander 23 Feb 1848 page 3 col 2: On Friday evening the 16th Mr William Bremner , Broker of her Majesty's Customs died aged 40 years
Passenger lists:: William Bremner arrived 18 Aug 1842 on St. George from Picuou (R.G.) W. Bremner arrived 11 July 1844 on St George from Picuou (.G.) W.H.Bremner arrived 30 July 1844 on St George from Pictou
Royal Gazette, Tuesday, May 25, 1847.
Council Office, May 21, 1847.
His Excellency, the Lieutenant Governor in Council was this day pleased to appoint the following persons to be Landwaiters and Preventive Officers for the Harbours, Ports and Places undermentioned in the terms of the act passed in the last session of the General Assembly of this Island, intituled "An Act for the better prevention of Smuggling."
William Bremner, Charlottetown. John Ings, Point Prim. Richard Gill, Belfast, Alexander Macmillan, Cove Head. Jerome Duronel, Rustico. William Adams, New London and Ponds. William Inman, De Sable. Michael Clark, Crapaud. Arthur Irving, Tryon. John M'Rae, Cape Traverse and Seven Mile Bay. Daniel Green, Bedeque Harbour. David Betts, Lot 11, Linkletter's Shore. Simon Fraser, Grand River, Lot 16. David Ramsay, Lot 13. John Forsyth, Cascumpec. Thomas Costin, Lot 3, Big Meminegash. John M'Neill, Lot 19, Head of Richmond Bay. George Thomson, sen., Princetown and Darnley. Benjamin Coffin, (son of Andrew Coffin) Savage Harbour. Charles Anderson, St, Peter's. Angus Beaton, East Point. John Frost, Grand River.
+ 4 M iii. John Samuel BREMNER was born in 1810. He died on 20 Jan 1864.
2. Elizabeth Isabella BREMNER (William) was born on 11 May 1806 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She was christened on 6 Jul 1806 in St Paul Church, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. She died on 18 Dec 1848 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She was buried on 20 Dec 1848 in Elm Ave Cemetery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Personal journals and vital records researched by Betty Jean Beers. St. Pauls Baptism and Burial records
Elizabeth married George Richard GOODMAN son of Fredrick GOODMAN on 25 May 1820 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. George was born in 1796 in Sussex, England. He died in 1870 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was buried in Elm Ave Cemetery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Betty Jean Beers
George and Elizabeth had the following children:
5 F i. Harriet Elizabeth Sarah GOODMAN was born on 18 Mar 1821 in
Charlottetown, Queems, P.E.I., Canada. She was christened on 18 Mar 1822 in St. Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, Queens, PEI.
Harriet married Francis Crosby COLGOHOUN on 5 May 1854 in Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada.
6 M ii. Charles GOODMAN was christened on 5 Aug 1825 in St.Pauls Anglican Church, Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada. He died on 22 Jan 1833 in Charlottetown, Queens, PEI, Canada. He was buried in Charlottetown Anglican Cemetery.
7 M iii. Fredrick Richard GOODMAN was christened on 12 Apr 1826 in St.Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada. He died on 4 Aug 1859 in St.Peters Is, Canada.
From the book Island Memories by Benjamin Bremner:
I remember, when a child of eight years of the great shock I received when told by my parents of the death by drowning of my cousin, Frederick R. Goodman, son of the late Hon. George R. Goodman, at one time Surveyor of Shipping for the Island. Fred as he was called by those who knew him well was a great favorite with my father and mother. He was a fine looking gallant gentleman of the English type, and fond of sport. He loved hunting, fishing and boat sailing and one of his favorite haunts was St. Peter's Island. His last and fateful exploit took place when he left the latter place for Charlottetown in a small sail boat, and accompanied by a Miss Maloney who wished to go to the city. They set sail on a beautiful morning on the 4th of August 1859 and before going foar a terrific squall overtook them too sudden to allow time to lower the sail. As Goodman endeavored to do so, the waves engulfed the boat and both occupants who were drowned. A monument to his memory stands in the old Prostestant Cemetery, with the following inscription: Sacred to the memory of Fredk R Goodman Esq Died 4 th of August 1859 Aged 34 years
Fredrick married Louisa Emma COOKE on 28 Jul 1852 in St.Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada
8 F iv. Mary Francis GOODMAN was christened on 9 Sep 1827 in St. Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada
9 F v. Amelia Adelaide GOODMAN was born on 2 May 1829 in Charlottetown, Queens, PEI, Canada. She was christened on 30 Sep 1830 in St.Paul's Anglican Church, Queens, P.E.I., Canada.
Baptismal records St. Paul's Anglican Church
Amelia married Thomas Brunswick HARVEY on 20 Jul 1852 in St.Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada
10 M vi. George William GOODMAN was christened on 27 Jan 1832 in St.Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada. He died on 21 Jan 1833 in Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada.
Betty Jean Beers
11 F vii. Caroline Jane Elizabeth GOODMAN was christened on 4 Sep 1837 in St.Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada
Caroline married George R. LLOYD on 22 Oct 1865 in St.Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada
4. John Samuel BREMNER (William) was born in 1810 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He died on 20 Jan 1864 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was buried in Elm Avenue Cemetery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada.
Buried in the Elm Ave Cemetery their stone is erected by their son Benjamin. Chtn C1 St 395
From Olive Bovyer Bremner- his great grandaughter: John Samuel Bremner was from Elgin Scotland and in the book binding business, he was well to do but above work. He was a Sportsman and married Sarah Beer who was English. She was killed by a train in So. station, Boston.
John married Sarah BEER daughter of George BEER and Sarah DRYER on 1 Jan 1838 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Sarah was born on 21 Feb 1813 in Barnstaple, Devon, England. She died on 29 Sep 1869 in Boston, Mass, U.S.A.. She was buried in Elm Street Cemetery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada.
The Islander 1 Oct 1869 page 2: We exceedingly regret to learn that the Bremner brothers of this City received a telegram from Boston yesterday (Wed.) stating that their Mother was killed the day previously, somewhere near that City, by a Railway accident. Mrs. Bremner, whom since her husband's death, has been the proprietress of the Prince Street Bookstore, was on a tour to the United States, where she has unfortunately met an untimely end. The deceased was an exemplary Christian and her fate will be deplored by many sincere friends. We deeply sympathise with her family in their affliction-Islander 19 Nov 1869 p 1.
All persons indebted to the Estate of the late Mrs Sarah Bremner are hereby notified to make immediate payment to the undersigned and all persons having demands against said Estate are requested to present the same forthwith, duly attested, to the undersigned Geo Bremner Excutor Charlottetown Oct 15
Sarah was baptised at Barnstaple, Devon and would have been nineteen when the Family emigrated. She married John Samuel Bremner on 1 Jan 1838. They lived on Prince Street just north of Grafton Street, where John is listed in Hutchinson's 1864 Directory as "Bookseller and Stationer, Prince near Grafton" also "Asst. Collector Import and Excise Office Charlottetown, Colonial Building." There are advertisements as follows:
Royal Gazette, 1 July 1834-Land Agent
Royal Gazette, 7 January 1835- Sheriff
The Constitutionalist, 27 April 1846- General Agent for the Constitutionalist.
Also general Store north side of Queen Square (or/also Queen Street). After Johns death in 1864 aged 54, Sarah continued to run the Prince Street Bookstore, until her untimley death.
Sarah and John had nine children and only raised to adulthood four of them, the others died before they were three.
John and Sarah had the following children:
12 F i. Sarah Dryer BREMNER was born in Oct 1838 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She died in Aug 1839 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. She was buried in Elm Ave Cemetery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Royal Gazette Aug 1839 page 3 Daughter of J.S.Bremner died aged 10 months
+ 13 M ii. George BREMNER was born on 20 Jan 1840. He died on 18 Aug 1900.
14 M iii. William Henry BREMNER was born on 25 Feb 1841 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was christened on 13 Oct 1841 in Trinty United Ch, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. He died in 1891 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. He was buried in Sherwood Cem, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Baptisimal records from Trinity United Church Baptismal Records
Cemetary records source Heritage Foundation Oct 1988
Survey of P.E.I.
Cemeteries Charlottetown and Royalty
15 F iv. Sarah Elizabeth BREMNER was born on 15 Mar 1844 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She was christened on 9 May 1844 in Trinty United Ch, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. She died on 15 May 1844 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Trinty United Church Baptismal records
16 M v. John Westly BREMNER was born on 6 Jan 1846 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was christened on 10 Apr 1846 in Trinty United Ch, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. He died on 7 Aug 1847 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. He was buried in Elm Ave Cemetery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Obit appeard in the Islander 9 April 1847 page 3 on a Friday: On Wednesday morning last the 7th John Wesley, third son of Mr John Samuel Bremner aged 15 months Died
Baptisimal record appears in the Trinity United Baptismal Records source page 1: 23 9 1988
17 M vi. Charles de Wolfe BREMNER was born on 2 Nov 1847 in Queens, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was christened on 31 Jan 1848 in Trinty United Church, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. He died on 31 Jan 1848 in Charlottetown, Queens, PEI, Canada.
His baptismal record appears in the Trinty United Church records
18 M vii. Robert Alexander BREMNER was born on 18 Apr 1849 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was christened on 24 Jun 1849 in Trinty United Church, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. He died on 27 Sep 1849 in
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was buried in Elm Ave Cemetery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Islander 28 Sept 1849 page 3 col 2
On Thursday morning 27th at Charlottetown, Robert Alexander fifth son of John S. Bremner aged 5 mons 9 days
Trinty United Church Baptismal records
+ 19 M viii. Benjamin Armitage BREMNER was born on 20 Mar 1851. He died in 1938.
20 F ix. Ann Grace BREMNER was born on 23 Oct 1853 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She was christened on 26 Dec 1853 in Trinty United Ch, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Trinty United Church Baptismal Records
13. George BREMNER (John Samuel, William) was born on 20 Jan 1840 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was christened on 22 Mar 1840 in Trinty United Ch, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. He died on 18 Aug 1900 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was buried in Sherwood Cem, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
St Pauls burial record from 6-1- 1873 to 9-30-1919
St Pauls marriage records: George Bremner to Annie Bovyer, married 1 March 1870, Witnessess Stephen Bovyer and William Bremner. Stephen is Annie's father and William is George"s grandfather. Marriage Licence granted 26 Feb 1870
Trinty United Church Records for Baptism
George and Annie Bremner are buried in the Sherwood Cemetery with one of John Samuels sons. Cemeteries Survey Charlottetown and Royalty Source Heritage Foundation Oct 1988
From Olive Bovyer Bremner: I do not know when George or Annie were married or when they died although I was present when grandfather died. They are buried in North Wiltshire Cemetery, Milton, PEI (this is different information then I have from the Cemeteries Survey.) Only men were allowed to go to the funeral and they walked behind the hearse. I was told that the Bremners originally had a Kings grant of land in Canada but that they lost it because it was not cultivated satisfactorily (even thouh this was not possible in winter.) I was told about some big fire in which much was lost.(This would go along with the report in Benjamin Bremners book) Grandfather worked for the customs service in PEI.
From the Daily Examiner, Feb. 2, 1897
An Eye-Opener for Country Districts
Sir - The following list from the Dominion Civil Service Report, A. D., 1896, shows who hold the principal Dominion offices at Charlottetown. The amount received annually, and the date of appointment.
CUSTOMS (INSIDE SERVICE)
James Currie, Collector and Registrar, 10th May, 1880 $1,800.
George Bremner, Chief Clerk, April 1867 $1,200.
From The Examiner, April 29, 1867
His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor in Council has been pleased to make the following appointment,
Joseph Ball, Esquire to be Surveyor-General of this Island in connection with the Office of Commissioner of Crown and Public Lands.
Mr. George Bremner, to be Assistant to the Collector of Impost and Light Duty and Controller of Customs and Navigation Laws at Charlottetown in terms of the Act of 18 Victoria, cap 16.
George married Annie BOVYER daughter of Stephen BOVYER and Catherine Jemina Murray NORTON on 1 Mar 1870 in Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada. Annie was born on 16 Mar 1847 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She died on 20 Aug 1920 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She was buried on 28 Aug 1920 in Peoples Cemetary, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Personal Knowledge, family records and interview with Gerold Percy Bremner This is Ricks great grandmother
George and Annie had the following children:
21 M i. Wilfred Bovyer BREMNER was born in 1871 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He died in Jul 1923 in Boston, Mass.. He was buried in Old Prot. Cemetery, University, Charlottetown, P.E.I.,cananda.
Betty Jean Beers, vital records, journals, bibles
Wilfred Bovyer Bremner was the oldest of seven children of Annie and George and was born in Prince Edward Island and attended Prince of Wales College locally. Around 1894 he married Augusta Henrietta Hunter. Winfreds family consisted of three children plus twins born first who died at birth because no one was there to attend their birth. The doctor said they would not be born for a few days yet and Wilfred had gone off to a ball game. Augusta was all alone when the twins came and they died within a few hours of birth, almost taking their mother with them.
This is from Olive "My Dad was a handsome and brillant man but started to drink about 1904. He was told to quit or die. He quit for awhile but then started again and eventually died from it. He was Ass't Treasure of the Equitable life for many years. He was an entertaining talker and drinking never made him stagger but he did loose his sense of kindness and good judgemnet and often failed to pay his bills.
At one time we had a gorgeous home and four servants. Besides this he supported his family in Prince Edward Island much of the time. About 1917 he lost his job and disappeared. My mother lost everything and went to work, she did very well in interior decorating. Some years later he reappeared working in Canada and wanted to rejoin the family. This resulted only in more heartache, he finally died in the summer 1923 in a Boston Hospital from the results of drinking.
Olive Barton Bremner
Seattle, Washington 1923 City Directory Page 0398
Wilfred married Augusta Hennrietta HUNTER in 1894 in Philadelphia, Penn. Augusta was born on 24 Sep 1871 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She died in 1952 in Westfield, New Jersey. She was buried in Boston, Mass.
Betty Jean Beers
The following comes from Olive Barton Bremner
Augusta Henrietta Hunter was the daughter of an English Physician and while born in Cincinnati, Ohio on 24 Sept 1871 was brought up in Ottawa in high society Canadian circles. She had two sisters, Alice who married a Harry Nrummel and Ethel who married Theodore Hitchcock plus a brother King Barton who became a Westinghouse engineer. Her family was large and full of successful and prominent people. The Hunter family history has been published. Augusta had a set of twin boys who died for there was no one to attend her birth. The Doctor told them the babies would not be born for a few days so Father went off to a ball game with his brother to pass the time and the twins came, Augusta had them by her self and they were born and died very quickly afterward.
22 F ii. Mable BREMNER was born in 1872 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She died on 29 Jul 1938 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She was buried in N. Wilshire Cem, Milton, Prince Edward Is, Canada.
From Olive Bovyer Bremner: Auntie Mable birth and death dates I don not know. She was next younger then my dad and qutie a favorite in the family. Eventually she developed water on the knees and was crippled. She is buried in North Wilshire Cemetery, Milton, P.E.I Mable never married.
23 M iii. John George BREMNER "Jack" was born in 1878 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He died in Cranford, New Jersey.
Betty Jean Beers vital records
Olive calls him Uncle Jack she states she never heard him called John in her lifetime. He married Bessie Plummer in Cranford New Jersey. They had one daughter, Marie who married Don Loomis an Attorney for the Eastern District Railroad and lived in the Middle West somewhere.
John married Elizabeth PLUMMER in 1903 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. Elizabeth was born in 1882 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada.
Oakland Temple File
24 F iv. Adele BREMNER was born in 1881 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She died in Western Canada.
See notes on parents
From Olive Bovyer Bremner:Auntie Adele disappeared into the wilds of Canada, she did some teaching and married and had a daughter. We never heard from either of them so have no details on their lives.
25 M v. Frank Ernest BREMNER was born on 17 Nov 1883 in Charlottetown, Queens, PEI, Canada. He died on 1 May 1941 in Tompkinville, Staten Island, New York.
Betty Jean Beers
Charlottetown Examiner 27 Jan 1914 page 4
The marriage took place at Tompkinsville, Staten Island New York, January 16th inst of May Clothilde Barrington, to Mr. Frank Ernest Bremner of the Equitable Trust Co. New York City, son of Mrs. George Bremner of Carvell Bros. It has been some nine or ten years since Mr. Bremner left Charlottetown and his many friends will join in extending to him the very best wishes upon the important step he has taken. It's pretty clear that Frank must have gone to New York to take a job with his brother's company as they both worked for equitable life. From a letter from Olive Bovyer Bremner: Uncle Frank Ernest was my favorite uncle he lived with us quite awhile in New Jersey. He married Mary Worms Barrington-a widow. They lived in Fanwood, New Jersey and had two children Mary and Frank Jr. Mary married Carl P. Walter and are living in California. Frank Jr. I believe is in the San Francisco area but have no definite information. Uncle Frank became a Vice President of the Chase National Bank in New York City.
Frank married May Coltilda BARRINGTON on 27 Jan 1914 in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York. May was born in 1893 in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York.
Family temple records Oakland
26 M vi. Fredrick Arthur BREMNER was born on 17 Nov 1883 in Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada. He died after 1940.
Fredrick Bremner was one of a set of twin boys. They were born in Canada and were identical. (see picture) Their parents were Annie Boyer and George Bremner who lived on Prince Edward Island in Southern Canada. Fredrick left Art and his mother when Art was around five years of age. They nearly starved to death a couple of times. Art could never play with the other children because he had to sell bread from door to door and pies and pastries his mother made. Fredrick was heard from once or twice over the years both times we know of he was asking his twin brother for money. The last time was in 1940 when he told his twin he had cancer and needed money for treatment. No one heard from him again.
Personal records, Township records, information supplied by his brother Gerald. The following is from Olive Barton Bremner who remembered with affection. She remembers him sending Tropical fruits from the Bahamas, she thought he was there on business but she was unsure. He disappeared from their lives when she was still living at home, but remembers her father saying he had called for money because he was ill. He was in Western Canada.
Fredrick married Laura Amelia HORNER daughter of Simpson HORNER and Hannah WILLOUGHBY on 30 Jan 1913 in Wesley Church, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Laura was born on 9 Feb 1877 in Sutton West, Ontario, Canada. She died on 27 Sep 1952 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon.
Death Cert. says she was born in 1875 rather then 1877 which is what Art told us. met a new cousin on web said the following in 1906 Laura accompanied her older brother Simpson and his wife Ada May to Sintaluta, Sask. She then relocated to Kelowna, British Columbia in 1907 or 08. I really admire this woman, she went to work to support herself and her son after her husband left them. When her son started getting into trouble she quit working and stayed home, even though it was a hardship on both of them, to raise him. She baked pies and breads and Art sold them door to door. It was a hard life for both of them but she managed to raise a son with ambition and a work ethic, who in turn had sons who were also very successful. Good going Laura!!
27 M vii. Gerold Percy BREMNER was born on 19 Sep 1890 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He died after 1961 in Mass.
Beety Jean Beers, Records from Laura Amelia Horner Fredricks wife and information Rick received in a visit with him in 1963.The following came from a letter written to Rick while he was in the Army in Vietnam in 1968. "I was born in Charlottetown in 1890, and came to the Boston area in 1918. My business was restaurant management, from which I retired in 1941. We have two daughters, both married with children and grandchildren of their own.We developed a nice home in Hopkinton, Mass which we sold in 1959 and bought a Cape Cod cottage in New Hampshire, which we are busy restoring and improving at present, besides carrying on an antique business, which rather keeps us out of mischief.
---------Love Uncle Gerold
Gerold married (1) Susan CROSSKILL on 30 Sep 1914 in Charlottetown, Queens, PEI, Canada. Susan was born in 1893 in Charlottetown, Queen, Prince Edward Is, Canada.
Gerold married (2) Susan HAY .
19. Benjamin Armitage BREMNER (John Samuel, William) was born on 20 Mar 1851 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He died in 1938 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. He was buried in Elm Ave Cemetery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Benjamin Bremner was quite the writer and wrote a lot about the times and people of Prince Edward Island
The Daily Examiner 26 Feb 1892 page 2 col 6: Report of a vocal solo at Firemen's Grand Concert by Benjamin Bremner
Maple Leaf Oct 1930 page 303: Benjamin Bremner mentioned as author of Booklet "Memories of Long Ago" being a series of sketches pertaining to Charlottetown of the past, and published by Irwin Printing Co. Available from Carters BookStore or the author 23 Fitzroy Street prince $ 1.00
Cemeteries Survey: People's Cem Benjamin Bremner 1851-1938 and Mary Jane Webster his wife
L33 c12 St
Benjamin was a singer, poet, writer and artist. Benjamin was 3 weeks old when his home caught on fire. The neighboors were deciding to save it or not when they realized Benjamin was still in the house so they saved the house and him.
Benjamin married Mary Jane WEBSTER daughter of Charles Robert WEBSTER and Catherine ROSS on 24 Sep 1879 in Marie, St. Peters Bay, P.E.I., Canada. Mary was born on 6 Nov 1854 in Marie, St.Peters Bay, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She died in 1926. She was buried in Peoples Cem, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
In the Gazette
Bremner Mary Jane Webster,Dearly Beloved Wife of Benjamin Bremner 1853 to 1926 Benjamin Bremner 1851 1938. People's Cemetery Charlottetown. Note she was daughter of Charles Robert and Chatherine Ross Webster of Marie, P.E.I. and grandaughter of William and Mary McEwen Wester of Marie P.E.I.
Benjamin and Mary had the following children:
28 F i. Maude Lillian BREMNER was born on 5 Aug 1880 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She died in Cape Town, South Africa.
Betty Jean Beers from Vital records from the records and writings of Benjamin - An Island Scrap Book by Benjamin Bremner
Page 130 Canadian Teachers for South Africa, Miss Maude Lillian Bremner was one of several teachers from P.E.I. sent to the Conccertration Camps of South Africa.... to instruct the Dutch and British children whose male relatives were at war with each other.
Page 139 W.H.Bremner member of the Charlottetown Orchestral Club
Note from Eileen This would have been the Boar War
Daily Examiner, March 8, 1902:
Miss Laura Scott and Miss Grace Dutcher, two of the efficient lady teachers of Prince St. School, intimated their intention of making application to the Dominion Government for appointment on the staff of 40 teachers that is going to the concentration camps in South Africa. The period of service is one year with free transit and £ 100. Other teachers applying: Maud Bremner, City FannyWise, City Tena Long, City Gladys Lord, City Annie Rodd, Brackley Point Road Bessie E. Haslam, Springfield Irene Mcbeth, Marshfield Gertrude Arbuckle, Summerside and Adele McLeod, Summerside Messrs. Peter A. Hugh(e)s, Mount Pleasant A. B. Campbell, Souris William Bradley, City Horace E. Wright, Stanley Bridge.
Daily Examiner, March 11, 1902:
Miss Maud Bremner and Miss Grace Dutcher have been accepted for South Africa.
Maude married John DE CASTELLA .
29 F ii. Edith Lorna BREMNER was born on 27 Mar 1882 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She died in 1943 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada. She was buried in People's Cem, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.
Betty Jean Beers and family records
Cemeteries Survey Charlottetown and Royalty Source Heritage Foundation Oct 1988
Edith married D. A. MACKINNION Lt. Col. D.S.C. . D. A. MACKINNION Lt. Col. D.S.C. was born in 1876 in Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada. He died in 1964.
Buried in L 33 C 1-2 St 764
I believe the D.S.C. after his name means Distinguised Service Cross
30 F iii. Hazel Beatrice BREMNER was born on 12 Feb 1886 in Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Is, Canada. She died in Fitchburg, Mass.
Betty Jean Beers and family records
Hazel married G. Burton LORD .
Appendix A - Sources
1. Microfilm #1630129, Records of St. Pauls Anglican Church - Charlotte Town PEI Canada.