Birch, Edmund Henry 1 2 3 4 5 6 7a

Birth Name Birch, Edmund Henry 8a 3a 9a
Gender male
Age at Death 93 years, 1 month, 29 days

Narrative

Edmund Henry, son of Thomas Birch and Agnes Ellis, was born in Birch Hill on March 1, 1851. He worked for Senator John Yeo until 1877, when he purchased a farm, which, against all predictions, he made prosperous. He married Elizabeth Ann Maynard in 1879. They had seven children, six of whom were recorded in the PEI Baptismal Index, all baptized in the Anglican church in Port Hill: James Russell (1881), Ernest Reagh (1882), Thomas Reagh (1884), Eliza Florence (1887), Percy Lawrence (1889) and Bertha Jane (1891). John Walter, baptized in 1880, was killed accidentally at two years.

In the 1911 census, Reg, Percy, Florence and Bertha were living at home.

"Edmund was constantly on the lookout for weeds, which he pulled by hand and destroyed. As he grew older he became almost completely blind. On one of his regular visits to the old homestead, he expressed his frustration in knowing the weeds were there and being unable to see in order to destroy them", from Leaves from the Birches of Avoca by Jeanette Birch.

Edmund's hard work was reflected in his obituary:

The death of the well known Edmund H. Birch of Birch Hill occurred on April 30 suddenly following an accident which resulted in breaking his leg. After a long and most useful life in the community where he was born and ever after lived and who will long be remembered as a man who devoted his entire life to the best and most promotive interests of the Island. He was a tiller of the soil and by the sweat of his brow accomplished much. Farm after farm came into his possession and unlike the present generation daylight savings held no horrors for him who in his early manhood never allowed the five a.m. hour to find him napping. His deliberate fellowship was not the least of his ambitions, his broad jolly smile and firm magnetic handshake will not be forgotten by those who enjoyed them. A man of deep moral philosophy, a kind respectful son, an ever faithful husband and a father whose deeds speak louder than words. He was a staunch member of the St. James Anglican Church, Port Hill. In his devout duties he served as Warden and warden emeritus and as a delegate. always an important consultant on matters of church interest.
He was the son of the late Thomas and Mrs. Birch of Port Hill. In his early manhood he married Elizabeth Ann Maynard, daughter of the late John and Mrs. Maynard, a popular family of Low Point, who predeceased him by two years.
He leaves to greatly mourn a family of four son and four daughters all located in close proximity, one brother and two sisters.

Guardian newspaper, May 10 1944, page 8 - the number of children must be an error

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth March 1, 1851 Port Hill, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   8b 3b 9b
Death April 30, 1944 Port Hill, 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, ThomasOctober 15, 1814January 29, 1894
Mother Ellis, AgnesJune 18, 1826February 1, 1909
    Brother     Birch, William Louis Lewis February 9, 1848 May 6, 1908
    Brother     Birch, James Edward July 29, 1849 December 6, 1941
         Birch, Edmund Henry March 1, 1851 April 30, 1944
    Sister     Birch, Sarah Jane March 27, 1853 1953
    Sister     Birch, Eliza Catherine October 3, 1856 January 10, 1943
    Sister     Birch, Susannah about 1858 December 10, 1859
    Sister     Birch, Letitia Caroline March 5, 1859 January 12, 1871
    Brother     Birch, David Ramsay January 14, 1861 July 11, 1933
    Brother     Birch, John Albert February 14, 1863 January 23, 1908
    Brother     Birch, Henry Birchfield Swabey May 17, 1865 August 4, 1955
    Brother     Birch, Dionysius April 11, 1867 April 11, 1867
    Brother     Birch, Robert Ellis April 11, 1867 April 11, 1867
    Sister     Birch, Damaris Louisa Annie August 18, 1869 January 30, 1954

Families

Family of Birch, Edmund Henry and Maynard, Elizabeth Ann

Married Wife Maynard, Elizabeth Ann ( * June 14, 1855 + May 1942 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage May 6, 1879 Port Hill, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada    
  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Birch, John Walter18791881
Birch, James RussellApril 7, 1881April 16, 1960
Birch, Ernest ReaghDecember 25, 1882September 19, 1951
Birch, Thomas ReginaldNovember 9, 1884October 19, 1980
Birch, Eliza FlorenceDecember 1, 1887August 18, 1970
Birch, Percy LawrenceNovember 15, 1889March 28, 1974
Birch, Bertha JaneDecember 8, 1891May 10, 1989

Source References

  1. Birch Hill W.I.: Climbing the Hill - A History of Birch Hill, Lots 13 and 14
  2. Jeanette Birch: Leaves from the Birches of Avoca
  3. 1881 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1854 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1852 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1854 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1852 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 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.
  5. Automated Genealogy: 1901 and 1911 census of Canada Indexing Project
  6. Port Hill Church of England Records
  7. Charlottetown Guardian
      • Date: 1944
      • Page: May 10 1944, page 8
  8. 1901 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1852 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 13, Prince (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1852 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 13, Prince (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

  9. 1911 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: March 1851 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: March 1851 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada