Birch, Thomas Reginald

Birth Name Birch, Thomas Reginald 1a 2a 3a
Gender male
Age at Death 95 years, 11 months, 10 days

Narrative

THOMAS REGINALD BIRCH, b. November 09, 1884, Birch Hill, Lot 13, Prince Co., P.E.I. Canada; d. October 19, 1980, Tyne Valley, Prince Co., P.E.I. Canada; m. (1) MARY KATHLEEN ADAMS, October 01, 1924; b. May 31, 1889; d. January 09, 1944, Birch Hill, Prince Co., P.E.I., Canada; m. (2) LULU CONSTANCE YEO, September 24, 1947; b. 1889; d. January 29, 1981, Tyne Valley, Prince Co., P.E.I., Canada.

Reg went to work for Senator John Yeo as a store clerk at the age of 16. He also loaded ships with oats. The hours were long and the work hard, but "I guess it didn't hurt me", said Reg.

As one of the oldest residents of Lot 13, Reg was often interviewed and quoted in local histories of the area. After marrying Mary Adams in 1924, he lived on her farm in Tyne Valley. According to Reg, he "hauled many the load of mussel mud from the river bed between Low Point and Bird Island, and spread it by hand on the fields to improve them." On a 1928 map of Lot 13, Reginald Birch is shown on 100 acres on the bank of Trout River, in roughly the same spot occupied by the Humphrey Dyment Sr. farm in 1878.

Mary died in 1944, and the farm went to her sister. Three years later, Reg married Lulu Yeo, the daughter of John Edwin Yeo and Mary Jane MacKay. Reg and Lulu lived in Northam on her father's farm, and later they moved to Tyne Valley. I remember hearing that Lulu was an old sweetheart of Reg's. Certainly, Lulu Yeo and Reg Birch were the bridesmaid and best man at a family wedding in 1912.

Reg died at the age of 96. Other than losing his sight, he had a keen mind and memory in his later years.

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth November 9, 1884 Port Hill, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   1b 2b 3b
Death October 19, 1980 Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada    

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Birch, Edmund HenryMarch 1, 1851April 30, 1944
Mother Maynard, Elizabeth AnnJune 14, 1855May 1942
    Brother     Birch, John Walter 1879 1881
    Brother     Birch, James Russell April 7, 1881 April 16, 1960
    Brother     Birch, Ernest Reagh December 25, 1882 September 19, 1951
         Birch, Thomas Reginald November 9, 1884 October 19, 1980
    Sister     Birch, Eliza Florence December 1, 1887 August 18, 1970
    Brother     Birch, Percy Lawrence November 15, 1889 March 28, 1974
    Sister     Birch, Bertha Jane December 8, 1891 May 10, 1989

Families

Family of Birch, Thomas Reginald and Adams, Mary Kathleen

Married Wife Adams, Mary Kathleen ( * May 31, 1889 + January 9, 1944 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage October 1, 1924      

Family of Birch, Thomas Reginald and Yeo, Lulu Constance

Married Wife Yeo, Lulu Constance ( * March 19, 1889 + January 29, 1981 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage September 24, 1947      

Source References

  1. 1901 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1885 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 13, Prince (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1885 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 13, Prince (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

  2. 1881 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: abt 1885 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1885 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  3. 1911 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: November 1886 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: November 1886 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada