James Brown

Male Abt 1821 - Abt 1850  (~ 29 years)


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  • Name James Brown 
    Born Abt 1821  Ballyhahill, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1850  Stormont Dundas & Glengarry United Counties, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Buried in a common grave on the north bank of the Desjardins Canal, Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2582  Default
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2016 

    Father Edward Brown,   b. 17??, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1850-1854, Stormont Dundas & Glengarry United Counties, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Margaret Kelly,   b. Abt 1797, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 26 Aug 1866, Ellis Township, Wartburg, Perth County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married Abt 1820  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F873  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1850 - Stormont Dundas & Glengarry United Counties, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Buried in a common grave on the north bank of the Desjardins Canal, Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Desjardins Canal, near Dundas, Ontario, Canada
    Desjardins Canal, near Dundas, Ontario, Canada
    James Brown born about 1821 and died about 1850 near Dundas, Ontario. James was buried in a common grave on the north bank of the Desjardins Canal.
    Appears to be a peaceful place to rest. RIP James.
    The Desjardins Canal, named after its promoter Pierre Desjardins, was built to give Dundas, Ontario, easier access to Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes system of North America. The Canal opened in 1837. Although a technological achievement and a short term commercial success, the canal was soon eclipsed by the railway, and Dundas by neighbouring Hamilton.

  • Notes 
    • Edward Brown and Margaret Kelly June 2015 - Page 29
      James Brown
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      Generation 1
      1. JAMES1 BROWN was born about Abt. 1821 in Ballyhahill, County Limerick, Ireland. He died about Abt. 1850 in Around Dundas, Ontario, Canada. James Brown was buried in Common grave on the north bank of the Desjardins canal.

      Picture this, it is 1848 you are living in Ireland on a ten acre farm in a small, beat up shack with your mother, father, three brothers, and four sisters. The potato crop is
      ruined from blight and the little money you make from fishing is not enough to support your family. Everyone in the area is susceptible to disease and you have heard about a place called Canada that claims to have miles of unmarked land, better living conditions, and plenty of money to be made. You know you can not survive in your present conditions but you don't know what to do. There is also a long boat ride that ends with many people being quarantined for health reasons. If you make it past this you are left
      without work and shelter and have only the few goods you brought with you. You decide that Canada can be no worse than your present conditions so you decide to make the trip
      across the Atlantic and try your luck in this land of opportunity. This is what Jimmy faced and though each family's story is different this one of Jimmy's is similar to what the majority of Irish immigrants had to deal with.
      Being the oldest son of Edward Brown and Margaret Kelly, Jimmy was able to survive the trip and landed at present day Dundas, Ontario. After securing work with the Desjardins Canal in Dundas, Jimmy found shelter and sent letters back to Ireland. In these letters he urged the rest of the family to come and in 1851 they arrived in Dundas.
      Upon arrival they were shocked to hear that Jimmy had died of what was then called "ships fever" but what may have been malaria. He was one of many immigrants who died while working on the canal. He was buried between four large trees to the north of the canal bank. This was a common sight of burial and those buried there never had their
      names recorded.
      The above is an excerpt from "Brown Family History, The First 145 years, 1854-1999" a 10th grade school project Kevin Brown project paper Kevin Brown did in 1999. The basis of the project was a similar project prepared by Ben Brown in 1973.
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