Brace, Nelson Talmage

Birth Name Brace, Nelson Talmage 1a 2a 3a 4a
Gender male
Age at Death 69 years, 10 months, 3 days

Narrative

Nelson Brace served in the Boer War. There is a paragraph in the Summerside paper in 1900 about Nelson returning from the War. He emigrated to the United States in 1903, where he married Catherine McLellan from Charlottetown in 1905.

from PEI Archives:
Nelson Talmadge Brace was baptized in Hampton, Prince Edward Island on 24 September 1883, the son of Richard Knight Brace, merchant, and Mary Olivia Schurman. As a young man he was part of the first Island contingent (named the Second (Special Service) Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment) to be sent to the Boer War. The contingent of 31 men left Charlottetown in October of 1899, arriving in Capetown on 29 November. They did not see active combat however until February of 1900 at the battle of Paardeburg where Brace was wounded. The contingent returned home in November of 1900 but Brace reenlisted and returned to South Africa.
Following the war, Nelson Brace married Catherine A. McClellan of Charlottetown and moved to the United States. They settled in the greater Boston area of Massachusetts where Nelson pursued a career in the transportation industry with the R.S. Brine Co. The Braces had two sons who survived childhood, Richard Nelson (1910 -1991) and Bruce Albert (1916- ) and a daughter Eleanor (1906-1964).
Nelson Brace died in 1953.

"Nelson T. Brace, aged 24, is the son of R. K. Brace of this town. He went to the front with the First Contingent and was wounded in the last fight at Paardeberg. Notwithstanding his wound, with invincible determination, he clung to the regiment and with it marched victoriously into Bloemfontein. In the general advance, he endeavoured to keep his place but finally succumbed at Winberg. However, after a short rest, he and Hedley McKinnon started north and the "Boys" who entered Pretoria, were astonished to find "Nelson and Hedley" bobbing up serenely the second day after the occupation of that city; they had defied the orders of Lord Roberts that no details should go farther than the Vaal and with consummate pluck, and perseverance, had almost been in at the death."

1910 US census: Nelson, Catherine, Nellie (Eleanor) and mother Olivia in Massachusetts.

Strangely enough, this is the family:

name: Norm T Beau (on the written form this could be Norman or Nelson Brace)
birthplace: Canada
residence: Everett Ward 2, Middlesex, Massachusetts
marital status: Married
immigration year: 1904
father's birthplace: Canada, mother's birthplace: Canada
family number: 514
page number: 30
Household Gender Age Birthplace
self Norm T Beau M 27y Canada
wife Catherine Beau F 26y Canada
dau Nellie Beau F 4y Massachusetts (Eleanor)
mother Olivia Beau F 55y Canada
Annie Mutch F 47y Canada
Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2VC-YSH : accessed 05 Dec 2012), Norm T Beau, Everett Ward 2, Middlesex, Massachusetts; citing sheet 30B, family 514, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374610.

In the 1920 census, three children were with their parents - Richard, Bruce and Eleanor.
In the 1930 census:
Nelson T Brace M 47
Catherine A Brace F 46
Richard N Brace M 19
Bruce A Brace M 13
Charles O'Brien M 24
Eleanor O'Brien F 24 (daughter)

for Nelson in the Boer War see The Island Scrapbook by Benjamin Bremmer Charolottetown, Prince Edward Island: Irwin Print. Co., 1932 came from the website "Our roots/nos racines"
http://www.nosracines.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=6068
Islanders and the Boer War by Darin MacKinnon and Boyd Beck in the Island Magazine.
Military databases on the National Library website

The sketch of Nelson Brace came from the website http://vre2.upei.ca/islandmagazine/
the Island's Florence Nightingale by Boyde Beck, also from the Island Magazine. The caption under the picture reads:
Technically,Pope and her Canadian nurses were only to nurse Canadian troops in South Africa, but once on the scene, that regulation was ignored.Nevertheless, it is unlikely Pope ever got to nurse any of the Island wounded, such as Nelson T. Brace.
From Annie B. Mellish, Our Boys Under Fire (Charlottetown,1900).

assembled by Jane Dyment

 

 

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth April 19, 1883 Charlottetown, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada PEI Baptismal Index, middle name also spelled Talmaje 1b 2b 3b 4b
Death February 22, 1953 Readville, Massachusetts    

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Brace, Richard KnightAugust 25, 1850April 15, 1925
Mother Schurman, Mary OliviaSeptember 5, 1855October 27, 1924
    Sister     Brace, Bertha Braidwood August 23, 1880 1909
         Brace, Nelson Talmage April 19, 1883 February 22, 1953
    Brother     Brace, Roland Baxter 1885 1886
    Sister     Brace, Daisy Wesley August 19, 1888 July 1909

Families

Family of Brace, Nelson Talmage and McLellan, Catherine Alma

Married Wife McLellan, Catherine Alma ( * + April 6, 1933 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage September 11, 1905 Massachusetts, United States    
  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Brace, Eleanor A. NellieMarch 7, 19051964
Brace, Olivia19071907
Brace, Richard NelsonOctober 20, 1910December 29, 1989
Brace, Bruce AlbertJune 21, 1916September 25, 2000

Source References

  1. 1930 United States Federal Census
      • Page: Year: 1930; Census Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: 953; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 664; Image: 421.0; FHL microfilm: 2340688.
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1883 Birth place: Canada Residence date: 1930 Residence place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Arrival date: 1903 Arrival place:

      • Page: Year: 1930; Census Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: 953; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 664; Image: 421.0; FHL microfilm: 2340688.
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1883 Birth place: Canada Residence date: 1930 Residence place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Arrival date: 1903 Arrival place:

  2. Ancestry.com: 1940 United States Federal Census
      • Page: Year: 1940; Census Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1674; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 15-540.
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1884 Birth place: Canada Residence date: 1 Apr 1940 Residence place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

      • Page: Year: 1940; Census Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1674; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 15-540.
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1884 Birth place: Canada Residence date: 1 Apr 1940 Residence place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

  3. 1901 Census of Canada
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1881 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Charlottetown (City/Cité), Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1881 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Charlottetown (City/Cité), Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

  4. Library and Archives Canada: 1891 Census of Canada [database on-line]Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427.
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1882 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1882 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada