Brown Family History

This website is dedicated to my ancestors who came to Canada from countries all around the world in search of a better life. Thanks to their hard work and dedication Canada is now widely recognized as one of the best places in the world in which to live. My great grandfather William Brown immigrated to Canada from Stirlingshire, Scotland in 1867 when he was 18 years old. He married Agnes Bryce on June 18, 1873 in Dunblane, Saugeen Township, Bruce County, Ontario. William bought a sawmill and gristmill in Massie, Holland Township, Grey County, Ontario and moved there with Agnes to start a family. In 1883, William and Agnes returned to Bruce County where William purchased the Lockerby Grist Mill in Lockerby, Elderslie Township. Thomas Wilson Brown, the fourth child of William and Agnes, was born in Massie, Ontario on September 16, 1879. At the turn of the century he picked up his belongings and moved to Saskatchewan (known as the “Northwest Territories” at the time) to start a new life. On September 4, 1907 Thomas married Martha Helen Murray in Balgonie, Saskatchewan. He briefly operated a general store in Fillmore before relocating to his newly acquired farm in Lafleche around 1913. In 1918, Thomas and his family moved to Moose Jaw where he resided until his death in 1942. John Grunewald immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1855 when he was 12 years old and settled in East Troy, Walworth County, Wisconsin. He married Elizabeth Dietz after the American Civil War on November 8, 1865. John turned his attention to farming where he was the owner of a 160-acre farm in Spring Prairie Township, Walworth County. He had one of the best farms in the township where he enjoyed a great deal of success as a general farmer and stock raiser. On June 2, 1874 John Grunewald and Elizabeth Dietz had their fourth child William Arthur. William “Bill” moved west to Bozeman, Montana and then onto Kooskia (then known as Stuart), Idaho in 1899 where he took up farming on 2500 acres that he rented from the First Nations People. On September 2, 1900 William married Canadian-born Catherine Craig Robinson. Bill was also in the business of buying and selling stock and made numerous trips to Portland, Tacoma, and Seattle. It was during these trips that he heard about the great opportunities and good farmland in Alberta, Canada so he decided he would some day go to Alberta. In 1918 William and Catherine moved to Coaldale, Alberta with their 5 children - Barnette, Eileen, William Homer, Beulah, and Wally. William enjoyed much success in both business and farming. I hope you find this web page interesting and enlightening and please email me if you find a family connection.


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