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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Ellice [Ellis] Brown (1846-1918)


Born at County Fermanagh, Ireland, on 20 March 1846, son of Richard Brown (1808-1884) and Elizabeth Ellis (1807-1895), he immigrated to Upper Canada [now Ontario] in 1850 and married Annie McDougall (1860-1949) on 25 December 1879. They had eight children: Albert John Ellis “Bert” Brown (1881-1958), Myron James Brown (1883-1973), Oliver Henry Brown (1886-1954), Howard Duncan Brown (1888-1946), Ethel Elizabeth Brown (1891-1957, wife of Robert Benjamin Cochrane), Duneda [May/Mae] Brown (1895-1982, wife of Wilfred Wright Huestis), Grace Brown (1898-?), and Jessie McDougall Brown (1898-1899). He worked as a schoolteacher in Ontario and across western Canada before settling in Manitoba some time after 1901. While at Zion, Ontario, he was chaplain of the local Orange Lodge.

His teaching career in Manitoba included service at South Plympton School (1910-1912), Good Hope School (1913), Suthwyn School (1914-1916), and Wentworth School where he taught (1916-1917) and was its first Principal (1917). When not residing alone in rural teacherages or lodging with residents in various school districts, he lived with his family at 461-463 Balmoral Street (c1908-1912), 169 Hargrave Street (c1913), 40 Knappen Avenue (c1914), 459 Sherbrook Street (c1915), and 361-363 Edmonton Street (c1915-1918). He was an active member of the Methodist Church.

He died at his Winnipeg residence, 363 Edmonton Street, on 5 August 1918 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 & 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force [Oliver Henry Brown & Howard Duncan Brown], Library and Archives Canada.

Marriage [Ethel Elizabeth Brown & Robert Benjamin Cochrane, Duneda May Brown & Wilfred Wright Huestis] and death [Richard Ellice Brown] registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations [Annie Brown, Albert John Ellis Brown, Ethel Elizabeth Cochrane, & Howard Duncan Brown], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Richard Ellice Brown], Manitoba Free Press, 6 August 1918, page 31.

Death notice, Manitoba Free Press, 8 August 1918, page 20.

“Mrs. Richard E. Brown,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1949, page 23.

Obituary [Wilfred Wright Huestis], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 1963, page 30.

St. Vital Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

Hawarden Cemetery [Saskatchewan] burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

Forest Lawn Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 24 February 2023

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