Birch, James Edward 1a 2

Birth Name Birch, James Edward
Gender male
Age at Death 92 years, 4 months, 8 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth July 29, 1849 Port Hill, Lot 13, Prince Edward Island bap. St. Eleanor's church records 1849
Death December 6, 1941 Prince Edward Island, Canada  


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Birch, Thomas
Mother Ellis, Agnes
    Brother     Birch, William Louis Lewis
         Birch, James Edward
    Brother     Birch, Edmund Henry
    Sister     Birch, Sarah Jane
    Sister     Birch, Eliza Catherine
    Sister     Birch, Susannah
    Sister     Birch, Letitia Caroline
    Brother     Birch, David Ramsay
    Brother     Birch, John Albert
    Brother     Birch, Henry Birchfield Swabey
    Brother     Birch, Dionysius
    Brother     Birch, Robert Ellis
    Sister     Birch, Damaris Louisa Annie


    Family of Birch, James Edward and Currie, Isabelle
Married Wife Currie, Isabelle
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage November 20, 1901 Prince Edward Island, Canada  


BIRCH, JAMES EDWARD, merchant; b. 29 July 1849 in Port Hill, son of Thomas Birch and Agnes Ellis; m. 20 November 1901 Isabel Currie of Elmsdale, and there were no children; Anglican and Episcopalian; d. 6 December 1941 in Alberton.
Birch, a Conservative, was elected to the Legislative Assembly for Is' Prince in the 1897 general election. He was defeated in the general elections of 1893 and 1900.
After finishing his education in Port Hill, Birch moved to Alberton. In the partnership of Birch and Dyer he opened a general store in Alberton, which he operated for 40 years. He was secretary of the West Prince Board of Trade for three decades and participated in the Associated Board of Trades in the province for many years.
Birch devoted much time and energy to the temperance movement. A Son of Temperance and a lifelong abstainer, he was widely known for his efforts to curtail alcohol consumption. He was also a Forester and a Member of the Masonic Order. In 1935 he received a gold emblem in recognition of his long membership in the Masonic Lodge. An avid reader, Birch possessed an extensive library, which included volumes on history and the classics. James Birch died 6 December 1941.
Birch's father was born near Vale of Avoco in Ireland. His mother was born on the Island. Isabel Birch died 27 August 1950.

from Prince Edward Island Legislative Documents Online

James Birch worked for the Yeo family in the 1870s.


  1. Birch, Thomas
    1. Ellis, Agnes
      1. Birch, William Louis Lewis
      2. Birch, James Edward
        1. Currie, Isabelle
      3. Birch, Edmund Henry
      4. Birch, Sarah Jane
      5. Birch, Eliza Catherine
      6. Birch, Susannah
      7. Birch, Letitia Caroline
      8. Birch, David Ramsay
      9. Birch, John Albert
      10. Birch, Henry Birchfield Swabey
      11. Birch, Dionysius
      12. Birch, Robert Ellis
      13. Birch, Damaris Louisa Annie

Source References

  1. Dyment, Jane: Ancestry Family Trees
      • Page: Ancestry Family Trees
  2. McKinnon & Warburton: Past and Present of Prince Edward Island