Birch, James Edward 1

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


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.

Groom's Name James E Birch
Groom's Residence Alberton
Groom's Status Bachelor
Bride's Name Isabel Currie
Bride's Residence Elmsdale
Bride's Status Spinster
Date of Marriage License or Bond 14 November 1901
Date of Marriage Ceremony 20 November 1901
Officiant's Name A. D McDonald
Source RG19, Series3, Subseries4: Marriage Licenses, 1901


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


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
         Birch, James Edward July 29, 1849 December 6, 1941
    Brother     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


Family of Birch, James Edward and Currie, Isabelle

Married Wife Currie, Isabelle ( * + 1950 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage November 20, 1901 Prince Edward Island, Canada