Brace, John Albert

Birth Name Brace, John Albert 1a 2a 3a 4a
Gender male
Age at Death 82 years, 4 months, 10 days

Narrative

John Albert Brace was born on December 28 1855 in Charlottetown, the son of George Brace and Hannah Mann. He died in Summerside at the age of 82 years in 1938.

He came to Summerside at the age of 18 years, where he worked for the Island department store, R. T. Holman, in hardware. According to the Summerside papers, he left Holmans to form his own company, and in 1889 he established Brace, McKay & Company. He was President of the company until his retirement in 1914. As a well-known and respected merchant, he served on the Summerside Town Council, was a member of the Board of Trade, and served on the board of the Prince County Hospital.

He and Margaret Eva Howatt (or Eva Laird) of Tryon were married on June 29 1880 at the home of her grandfather by a minister of the Methodist Church, and in the 1881 census they were living with her grandparents in Summerside. They had two daughters and one son: Winnifred M. L. (Mrs. Lucas R. Allen) Summerside; George, a merchant and council-member in Tofield, Alberta; and Mary Irene, a teacher who died after a thyroid operation. John Albert's former home, at 159 Spring Street in Summerside, is a PEI Historic Property. At the time of his death, only his youngest brother, Walter, was named in his obituary as a surviving brother.

His widow Eva died in 1948, at age of 93 years. "Mrs. Brace was born in Tryon on October 12, 1855, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Howatt. After the death of her mother she lived with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James B. Leard. She left six grandchildren: George's son James S. Brace, of Edmonton, Alberta; and Winnifred's daughters - Irene (Mrs. Lachlan Macpherson) of St. John, N.B.; Florence (Mrs. Fraser Ross) Halifax, N.S.; Edith (Mrs. Manning Archibald) of Mount Royal, Quebec; Mildred (Mrs. D. F. Archibald) Halifax, N.S.; and Margaret (Mrs. Allan McColl) Montreal, Quebec; and nine great-grandchildren."

Summerside Journal, 1922 Reminiscences of Watson F. Clark (Oakland Maple Leaf):
"There is one other who I think is one of the old time bunch. If not, he is a close second. It is our old friend John A. Brace, one of the founders of the firm Brace, McKay & Co...Albert is, I think, the only one whats left of the original firm bearing his name. But he never found time to retire that I have heard of yet. He aint that kind uv a feller, no sir! as Hiram Hornbeam said. He has always been a hustler, made a financial success in life and has not been the sole beneficiary either. Many have tasted the fruits of his labor. He has always been foremost in every movement tending to the good of his fellow man and improvement of his home town, Summerside. Long life to him." (from PEI Ancestry)

The Westminster Chimes in Trinity United Church, Summerside were a gift to the church from George Brace and Winnifred Brace Allen in memory of their parents.

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth December 28, 1855 Linkletter Road, Lot 17, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada PEI Baptismal Index 1b 2b 3b 4b
Death May 7, 1938 Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada gravestone & newspapers  
Residence 1881 Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   2c
Residence 1891 Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   4c
Residence 1901     1c
Residence 1911 Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   3c

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Brace, GeorgeApril 14, 1809March 2, 1887
Mother Mann, Hannah Braidwoodabout 1816August 15, 1888
    Sister     Brace, Mary Hannah Jane March 18, 1844 August 17, 1880
    Brother     Brace, William Edward December 23, 1846 February 3, 1923
    Brother     Brace, James Henry March 18, 1848 June 13, 1930
    Brother     Brace, Richard Knight August 25, 1850 April 15, 1925
    Sister     Brace, Sarah Evangeline December 15, 1852 October 13, 1875
         Brace, John Albert December 28, 1855 May 7, 1938
    Brother     Brace, Walter Palmer June 4, 1859 October 2, 1943

Families

Family of Brace, John Albert and Howatt-Leard, Margaret Eva Roberta

Married Wife Howatt-Leard, Margaret Eva Roberta ( * October 12, 1855 + November 30, 1948 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage June 29, 1880 Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada at her grandfather's home; PEI Marriages, church records  
  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Brace, Mary IreneJuly 17, 1881October 13, 1933
Brace, Winifred M.July 17, 1883November 26, 1962
Brace, George BenjaminNovember 21, 1887September 27, 1963

Source References

  1. 1901 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1855 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Summerside (Town/Ville), Prince (east/est), Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1855 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Summerside (Town/Ville), Prince (east/est), Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1855 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Summerside (Town/Ville), Prince (east/est), Prince Edward Island, Canada

  2. 1881 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1856 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1856 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1856 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  3. 1911 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: October 1855 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: October 1855 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: October 1855 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, 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.
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        Birth date: abt 1856 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1856 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1856 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada