Brace, Bertha Braidwood

Birth Name Brace, Bertha Braidwood 1a 2 3a 4
Gender female
Age at Death 28 years, 4 months, 9 days

Narrative

Bertha, daughter of Richard Knight Brace and Olivia Schurman, is in the PEI Baptismal Record as Bertha Bread; however, on her death certificate her name is given as Bertha Breadwood Brace, and from her baptismal record it seems clear that the minister used abbreviations, like Geo, Chas, Richrd, Wm, etc, quite frequently. Breadwood, or Braidwood, was a family name. Bertha joined the Salvation Army as a young woman, and had moved to Sarnia in the Spring of 1909. Her sister Daisy, who had been working as a secretary in Boston, was visiting in July 1909. They had planned to celebrate their August birthdays together. They were on an outing to a spot beside the St. Clair River, and had gone in for a swim. Daisy was an excellent swimmer, but Bertha did not swim at all. While wading, she slipped into a deep channel, and in spite of Daisy's best efforts to save her they were both swept downstream. It took awhile for their friends on the shore to realize that they were in danger, and rescue attempts by workers in a nearby chain factory failed.
"Not realizing their danger, went to death laughing" was the rather sensational headline in the Detroit Free Press.
Daisy's body was found a week later and Bertha's soon after that. They were identified by their father who had arrived from Charlottetown the day before. A double funeral was held for the two sisters.

Summerside Journal, 1909:
Two Island girls, Bertha and Daisy Brace, daughters of R. K. Brace of Charlottetown, were drowned in the St. Clair River, just below Sarnia, Ont., last week. Miss Bertha Brace arrived in Sarnia this spring. Her sister came from Boston two weeks ago.
(from PEI Ancestry)

See also
SISTERS DROWNED WHILE BATHING
Bertha and Daisy Brace Caught by Swift Current in River at Sarnia.
Detroit Free Press (1858-1922) - Detroit, Mich.
Author: Special to The Free Press
Date: Jul 17, 1909
Start Page: 1
Pages: 1
Text Word Count: 286

See http://sarniaontarioheritage.blogspot.ca/2009/11/little-mystery-solved.html, Sarnia Ontario Heritage Blog.
and
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/34370769@N07/tags/gravestones/

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth August 23, 1880   tombstone has name as Beatrice Breadwood 1880-1909 1b 2 3b 4
Death 1909 Sarnia, Ontario death certificate has name as Bertha Breadwood 1c
Residence 1881 Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   4
Residence 1891 Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   3c
Residence 1901     2
Residence   Ontario, Canada   1d

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
         Brace, Bertha Braidwood August 23, 1880 1909
    Brother     Brace, Nelson Talmage April 19, 1883 February 22, 1953
    Brother     Brace, Roland Baxter 1885 1886
    Sister     Brace, Daisy Wesley August 19, 1888 July 1909

Source References

  1. Ancestry.com: Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947
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        Birth date: abt 1881 Birth place: Charlottetown Death date: 16 Jul 1909 Death place: Lambton Residence date: Residence place: Ontario, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1881 Birth place: Charlottetown Death date: 16 Jul 1909 Death place: Lambton Residence date: Residence place: Ontario, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1881 Birth place: Charlottetown Death date: 16 Jul 1909 Death place: Lambton Residence date: Residence place: Ontario, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1881 Birth place: Charlottetown Death date: 16 Jul 1909 Death place: Lambton Residence date: Residence place: Ontario, Canada

  2. 1901 Census of Canada
  3. 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 1881 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1881 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1881 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  4. 1881 Census of Canada