Isabella Brown


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Byron John Bird Williams

Isabella Brown 2,169

  • Born: Mar 1867, Scotland 684,2005
  • Marriage: Byron John Bird Williams on 4 Dec 1884 in Deloraine, Manitoba, Canada 169
  • Died: 1916 at age 49 169

bullet   Another name for Isabella was Isabella M. C. Brown.684


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Family History, 1884. 2004 Swaffam, Cameron, Manitoba, Canada
The land directly south of Mr. Williams was held by an absentee owner . who hired J. O. Brown, a homesteader in the Westhall district ten mi les to the south, to break the land for him. There was a sod shack o n this farm and J. O. Brown was living in it when word reached him tha t his mother and two sisters, Mary and Isabel, had arrived in Brando n from Edinburgh, Scotland. He drove to Brandon for them, and they rea ched the sod shack one evening just as rain began to fall. J. O. Brown 's father had, until his death, been a successful artist and portrai t painter in Edinburgh. His mother and sisters were accustomed to comf ort and refinement in their surroundings. They must have viewed the so d shack with considerable misgiving, particularly, as the rain that be gan on the night of their arrival, continued for several days and th e sod-thatched roof dripped water so constantly that they spent most o f their first week inside the shanty under two umbrellas. Before J. O . Brown, his mother and sisters went south to J. O.'s Westhall farm, I sabel met Barney Williams. Within two years she married him an d returned to his farm (10-7-22). She soon adapted herself to the pion eer surroundings and interested herself in her neighbors and their pro blems. Mrs. Williams helped to nurse a Patton girl who was il l with tuberculosis. Barney Jr. recalls that when the girl die d in 1892 her empty coffin was upended and taken to her room on the se cond floor of the house, but the stairs would not permit it to be take n down in a horizontal position so it was removed through an upper win dow before the long funeral procession wound the twelve miles to Souri s for her burial. Mrs. Williams had a sweet flexible voice an d her willingness to sing at neighborhood gatherings endeared her to h er listeners. She was in demand as a soloist not only in her own distr ict, but often in Hartney and other nearby towns. Barney recall s Sunday School held at the home of Henry James on 10-6-22. Mr. Jame s was a Quaker, and was interested in the religious life of the commun ity, especially that of the children. His home, and that of the Barcla y family, where Presbyterian students frequently came to hold services , were social and church centres until the school was built. After tha t, services were held in the school.

Immigration, 1884. 684 Canada

1906 Census of Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta): Sec. 2, Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1, 25 Jun 1906. 684 Hartney, Grassland, Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Glenwood Mun., p. 1, lines 36-40, household 1 0;
Isabella M. C., age 39, with husband Byron, age 46, and children Benja min B., age 20, and John O., age 17, and servants James Fraser, age 31 , and Emma Fraser, age 29.

1911 Census of Canada: Twp. 7, Rge. 22, W1, 1911. 2005 Souris, Manitoba, Canada
Manitoba, Brandon Dist., Glenwood Mun., p. 4, lines 6-9, household 31;
Isabella, age 44, with husband Benjamin J. B., age 50, and son John A. , age 21, with domestic Thomas Smith, age 30.

Family History: Plum Creek in the Sifton District near, 1884. 683 Souris, Manitoba, Canada
Sod Shanties Leaked; Young
Women Wept
(By G. A. McMorran)
The Following is an excerpt from this story:

In June 1884 a Mrs. Brown with her two daughters Isabella (18) and Ma ry (20) arrived at Plum Creek from Edinburgh, Scotland. They were me t in Brandon by the young ladies' brother, and made the trip to Plum C reek in a wagon drawn by his oxen at a maximum speed of about three m iles per hour, along a winding prairie trail, to a point southwest o f where Souris is today. Their brother was living in a sod shack whil e he broke the virgin prairie with the same oxen with which he had me t them in Brandon. It started to rain shortly after they reached thei r destination. For one whole week they spent the days under a couple o f umbrellas inside the hut; at night they sat or tried to sleep, stil l under an umbrella that protected only a portion of their bed. The yo ung 18 year old Isabella (and perhaps the others too) was so lonesom e and despondent that her tears are said to have all but matched the " tears" of the leaking roof. Two years later she was Mrs. B. J. William s and the mother of "Barney" Williams. Her sister became Mrs. W. T. We ightman. Their brother was J. O. Brown of the Elgin district.


Isabella married Byron John Bird Williams, son of B. B. Williams and Unknown, on 4 Dec 1884 in Deloraine, Manitoba, Canada.169 (Byron John Bird Williams was born in Feb 1861 in Neath, Glamorgan, Wales 169 and died in Nov 1922 169.)

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