Mann, Hannah Braidwood 1a 2 3a 4 5a

Birth Name Mann, Hannah Braidwood 5
Gender female
Age at Death about 72 years, 7 months, 14 days


The history of Irishtown/Burlington noted that Evangeline, a daughter of William and Sarah Mann, married a Mr. Brace of Summerside. This was actually their eldest child, Hannah Breadwood Mann, named after her father's mother, Hannah Braidwood. Hannah had left the area as a young woman, possibly to find work in Charlottetown, and the authors of the local history may have mixed up her name with that of her daughter, Sarah Evangeline; it is also possible that people interviewed for the local history remembered Hannah's son, John Albert Brace, a well-known Summerside businessman and his wife Eva. The name Evangeline appears elsewhere in the Mann descendants - it was either a popular name, or had some other significance ( for instance, Sarah Evangeline Brace, Hannah Evangeline Paynter, Catherine Eva Brace and Minnie Eva Brace).

Hannah reported that she was born in Newfoundland in 1816 on census forms and other official documents. In his response to the 1900 New York census, her son James Henry gave the intriguing response that his mother had been born at sea. This may indeed have been true: if her parents were married in Newfoundland in 1816, and William Mann's name is on a deed dated 1817, then the family could have been traveling to the Island at the time of Hannah's birth.

Her husband, George Brace, was born March 27 1809 in Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland, the son of Richard Brace and Mary Ashe, which made him Hannah's second cousin on her mother's side of the family. George came to PEI from Newfoundland in 1832, and in 1839, both Hannah Mann and George Brace were listed as members of Trinity Methodist Church in Charlottetown. They were married in that church by license on March 17, 1842. Hannah signed the form with an X, for her mark.

Examiner, Saturday March 19, 1842 MARRIED, . On Thursday last, by the Rev. L. C. Jenkins, Mr. Solomon Schurman‘, Bedeque, to Maria, second daughter of Mr, C, G, Davison, Charlottetown. . ' Same day, by the Rev. Wm. Smith, Mr. George Brace, to Miss Ellen Mann, both of Charlottetown.

George and Hannah had at least 6 children: Mary Hannah Jane (1844), William Edward (1847), James Henry (1848), Richard Knight (1850), Sarah Evangeline (1852), John Albert, (1855) and Walter Palmer (1860). By 1861, there were 11 people in the household: Hannah and George and two boys under the age of 5, 3 boys and one girl between 5-16, and one girl and one boy under 21. There was one additional woman between the ages of 21-45 - possibly a sister, a servant, or a lodger. The occupants' ages fit with those of George and Hannah's children: all professed to be Methodists. George stated that two family members were citizens of other British Provinces and the rest were natives of the Island. George gave his occupation as shoemaker. His business was listed in the 1864 Hutchinson's PEI Directory as being at the corner of Sydney and Pownell. (name is usually transcribed as Brasa or Brase for this census)

In the 1881 Canadian census, George and Hannah were still living in Charlottetown with their youngest son Walter and several lodgers. Their two daughters had predeceased them, Sarah Evangeline in 1875 and Mary Hannah in 1880. The two oldest sons, William Edward and James Henry had moved to the United States. Richard and John stayed on the Island and established businesses in Charlottetown and Summerside. Hannah was mentioned on passenger lists from Charlottetown to Boston with grandchildren in 1884 and 1885. She was named in George's will (1887).

George was listed in the 1887/88 Charlottetown directory as living at 54 Sydney, the same address as his son Richard K. Brace.

George Brace died in Charlottetown in 1887. His will stated: "shoemaker of Charlottetown now past 99 years of age. Wife Hannah gets property. Son Richard to be a tenant until mother and father are both dead. Property to be divided in 5 equal parts among sons William Edward, James Henry, Richard Knight, John Albert, and the 5th to be divided between Walter Palmer and grandson Ambrose (or Archie), the only son of daughter Mary Anna. Witnessed by Robert G. Nelson & Samuel A. Nelson. / wills Libre 11/ Folio 470. (Transcription of George's will from the Island Register - the age 99 is possibly a mistake)

DIED. At Kensington, on the 15th inst., Hannah Brace, the beloved wife of the late George Brace, of this city. Funeral leaves Kensington by train to- morrow, Aug. 17th, at 12.31 (Standard) arrives at cemetery 2:42 Examiner Thursday August 16, 1888

Neither George Brace nor Hannah were listed in the PEI cemetery transcriptions provided by the PEI Genealogical Society, but the Brace family gravestone in Sherwood Cemetery gave Hannah's date of death as 1888.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1816 Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada from census records 5
Death August 15, 1888 Kensington, Lot 19, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada gravestone in Sherwood cemetery says 1816-1888  
Residence 1881 Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   5


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Mann, William Sr.September 4, 1793March 6, 1871
Mother Efford, Sarah Knightabout 1792December 27, 1868
         Mann, Hannah Braidwood about 1816 August 15, 1888
    Brother     Mann, William Jr. 1818 July 9, 1878
    Sister     Mann, Elizabeth Hutchings about 1820 April 27, 1894
    Sister     Mann, Mary about 1822 before 1901
    Sister     Mann, Amelia about 1825 March 16, 1891
    Sister     Mann, Matilda March 12, 1830 November 17, 1904
    Brother     Mann, James May 20, 1831 November 24, 1914
    Brother     Mann, John June 6, 1834 December 5, 1905
    Sister     Mann, Sarah about 1834 before 1901


Family of Brace, George and Mann, Hannah Braidwood

Married Husband Brace, George ( * April 14, 1809 + March 2, 1887 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage March 17, 1842 Charlottetown, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada Trinity Methodist, Charlottetown; PEI Marriage Registrations  
Name Birth Date Death Date
Brace, Mary Hannah JaneMarch 18, 1844August 17, 1880
Brace, William EdwardDecember 23, 1846February 3, 1923
Brace, James HenryMarch 18, 1848June 13, 1930
Brace, Richard KnightAugust 25, 1850April 15, 1925
Brace, Sarah EvangelineDecember 15, 1852October 13, 1875
Brace, John AlbertDecember 28, 1855May 7, 1938
Brace, Walter PalmerJune 4, 1859October 2, 1943