Bernard, Alexander

Birth Name Bernard, Alexander 1a
Gender male
Age at Death about 79 years, 5 months, 15 days


Alexander was born about 1811 in Prince Edward Island, the eldest son of John Bernard, a tavern keeper in Wilmot Creek, and Margaret Catherine Waugh. He was the descendant of French Huguenots, who had settled in England and then New York. In 1787, Alexander's grandfather Samuel Bernard and his family left New York, not wanting to take up arms against the British King, and moved to what is now Prince Edward Island. Alexander Bernard died in 1890 at the age of 79 years and was buried in St. Thomas Cemetery, P.E.I.

Father: John BERNARD b: 10 NOV 1789 in Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Mother: Margaret Catherine WAUGH b: 1788 in Prince Edward Island, Canada

Although Alexander gave his status as single when he married Amelia Mann, there is a record for an earlier marriage between Alexander Bernard and Catherine B. Graham on 24 December 1842. Witnesses were Rachel Bernard and James Bernard.

A number of local histories in PEI mention the loyalist roots of the Bernard family, dating back to Samuel Bernard.

From The History of Baltic, Lot 16:

"The Bernards are United Empire Loyalists. Samuel left Normandy France on account of religious persecution, crossed to Holland and then to England. He settled for a time in Yorkshire where he was well received and liked the place and people, but hearing favorable stories of America he decided to go where there would be more advantages for his then large family. He settled in New State, was only there a short time when he was asked to take up arms against England. This he did not wish to do and in the 1798 Census, it reports, Samuel Bernard, his wife and five sons and two daughters settling in French River. Five children were born after their arrival. His grandson John Bernard married Barbara Champion and settled in Long River while James Bernard settled in the Baltic Lot 18. "

A similar story is recounted in The History of Long River.

"The story of P.E.I. Loyalists is extremely obscure, but it would seem that the New London Bernard and Cousins families belonged to that steadfast company." (History of New London Parish)

Some branches of the Bernard family spelled their name Barnard, or pronounced the name "Ber' nard".

In his will, Alexander left the bulk of his estate to his wife, Amelia. He left $1.00 each to the following children:
John, Daniel, Watson, Margaret Jane, Catherine, Adeline, Eliza, Russell, Cameron, and Hubert.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1811 Prince Edward Island, Canada date and place of birth from census records  
Death June 16, 1890 Lot 19, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada at 78, buried in Margate record from St. Mark's Anglican  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Bernard, JohnNovember 10, 17891871
Mother Waugh, Margaret Catherine17881875
         Bernard, Alexander about 1811 June 16, 1890
    Brother     Bernard, John 1819 1871
    Sister     Bernard, Rachel 1823 August 16, 1880
    Brother     Bernard, James about 1813 May 29, 1903


Family of Bernard, Alexander and Mann, Amelia

Married Wife Mann, Amelia ( * about 1825 + March 16, 1891 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage March 17, 1855 Prince Edward Island, Canada PEI Marriage Registrations 1852-1857 page 442 by Hugh Dunbar  
Name Birth Date Death Date
Bernard, Margaret JaneMarch 1, 18561947
Bernard, Catherine Helen KatieMay 3, 1857October 1945
Bernard, William Watson1859before 1950
Bernard, Rachel AdelineSeptember 5, 1860March 16, 1940
Bernard, Eliza BakerSeptember 5, 1862March 29, 1950
Bernard, Russel GeorgeJune 4, 1865September 16, 1950
Bernard, James Alexander CameronJune 27, 1866January 6, 1955
Bernard, Richard Herbert ReidFebruary 8, 1868July 2, 1950

Family of Bernard, Alexander and Graham, Catherine

Married Wife Graham, Catherine ( * about 1815 + before 1855 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage December 24, 1842 St. Eleanors, Lot 17, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada    
Name Birth Date Death Date
Bernard, Johnabout 1843
Bernard, Danielabout 1844
Bernard, James1845

Source References

  1. 1861 Census of Canada
      • Source text:

        Residence date: 1861 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada