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The descendants of
George Flint and Elizabeth (Lee) Flint,
of Holbeach, Lincolnshire

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Chapter 20
Juliet (Parsons) O’Brien, of Stouffville, Whitchurch Tp., York Co., Ontario

Juliet (“Julia”) Matilda Parsons, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Flint) Parsons, of Holbeach, Lincolnshire, and of Stouffville, Whitchurch Tp., York Co., Ontario (see Chapter 19), was b. 7 June 1837, and bapt. 17 June following in Holbeach P.C., d. 30 April 1924, aged over 86 years, at Stouffville,[1] and buried beside her husband in Stouffville Cemetery. She m. 18 Oct. 1858 in York Co., according to Wesleyan Methodist rites, James O’Brien,[2] b. in Nov. 1835 in Pickering Tp., d. 6 Jan. 1917, aged over 81 years, at Stouffville, having fallen into a coma after breaking his thigh-bone in a fall,[3] and buried in Stouffville Cemetery, son of Daniel Edmund A. and Ann (Sypher) (Trumbull) O’Brien, of Pickering Tp., Ontario Co.[4]
    By the age of thirteen Julia Parsons had become her mother’s assistant in her academy at Holbeach. She was brought by her parents to Stouffville. She was a pupil at the original school-house on Church Street (which in 1865 was converted into the Methodist church).[5] Later she worked as a spinster (i.e. a spinner). The witness to her marriage was a World War Anderson, of Stouffville. Her husband, who was raised as a Catholic, is said to have converted to Methodism before their marriage; and she at least was a member of the Stouffville Circuit Methodist Church, founded by Cornelius Flummerfelt, to the congregation of which George Flint, Julius and Eleanor (Forsyth) Breuls, and David and Ellen (Parsons) Stouffer, also belonged.[6]
    James O’Brien had apprenticed as a cabinet-maker in Oshawa, and moved to Stouffville in 1855. For some time he worked for George Flint, Sr., his wife’s cousin. By 1869 he was in business for himself as a cabinet-maker.[7] Later he worked for J.A. Barkey, who conducted a hardware, tinware and furniture store on the southeast corner of Main and Church Streets. When Barkey died O’Brien took over the business and operated it for many years. He spent much time travelling in Western Ontario selling hay rakes, reapers, and other farm im-plements. By 1884 he had become an auctioneer,[8] and in latter life he was a tax-collector and conveyancer of deeds. He was for some time Stouffville’s Assessor, and he was its third constable.[9] As Stouffville grew, O’Brien laid out many of the new additions, and O’Brien Avenue was named for him. He was a frequent chairman of public meetings and organizer of public celebrations and theatrical performances. In the centennial festivities of 1867 he led a band of youths who re-enacted the coming of the settlers.[10] He was the E-flat cornetist in the village band, which played for Edward VII when as Prince of Wales he visited Whitby during a tour of Canada.
    O’Brien was one of the promoters of Jackson’s Point, a summer resort on Lake Simcoe developed by people from Stouffville, and originally known as Stouffville-on-the-Lake. As a contractor he built many of the first cottages, and W.B. Sanders, husband of George Flint’s granddaughter Mabel Flint, owned the Lakeview Hotel.
    James O’Brien and his wife were Wesleyan Methodists, and later (after church union in 1874) Canadian Methodists. In politics he was a Liberal, and his hobbies included hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Stouffville Dramatic Society.[11]
    The fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration of Julia and James O’Brien at Stouffville in 1908 was a huge event, attended by all their surviving children.[12]
    James O’Brien’s obituary praises his joviality and generosity, stating that he “had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances among the farmers,” and suggesting that “no man that ever lived in Stouffville knew more people in the surrounding country or in the neighbouring towns.”
    An account by Julia O’Brien of her reminiscences of early Stouffville has already been mentioned. She passed her last days at the home of her daughter Laura. Her obituary says, “Mrs. O’Brien witnessed the transition of Stouffville from a mere country corners … to its present flourishing state. She saw the first steam train that ever passed this way and witnessed … the advancement when the tallow candles gave way to the lamp, and the mechanical light illuminated the streets at night. All these thing she remembered from the days of her youth, but one thing more, she never forgot God, and served him faithfully through all her long life.”
    The familial tendency toward extreme longevity which has been noted in the account of Julia’s mother is also worthy of remark here. Julia herself reached the age of 86, her son Edmund Augustus O’Brien appears to have reached the age of 90, her daughter Cora Blanche O’Brien (Brace) reached at least the age of 83, her son Charles Herbert O’Brien the age of 81, her granddaughter Florence (Stouffer) Henry the age of 98, her granddaughter Norah Louise (O’Brien) Dunham the age of 99, her granddaughter Edna Jean (O’Brien) Scott the age of 94, and her grandson Franklin Parsons O’Brien the age of 91, while another granddaughter, Henrietta Beulah Belle (O’Brien) Meier, recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

  1. Henry Sypher O’Brien, b. 3 June 1859 at Stouffville, d. 1 Jan. 1937, aged 77 years, at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He m. in 1881-89, Helen (“Nell”) Smith, daughter of James and Julia Marguerita (McDonald) Smith; b. 23 March 1868, d. 11 May 1953, aged over 85 years. In 1881 he was living unmarried with his parents, and was a school-teacher. By 1891 he had left their home; and he went to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was editor of the commercial pages of the Indianapolis News, a large daily paper.
    1. Marguerita (“Rita”) O’Brien, b. ____, d. unmarried ____.
    2. Edna Jean O’Brien, b. 17 Jan. 1890, d. 29 Dec. 1984, aged over 94 years. She m. 14 Feb. 1920 at Indianapolis, Ralph Andrew Scott, d. 7 Oct. 1988, son of James Little Scott and Nancy Ruff.[13]
      1. William Ralph Scott, b. 23 Dec. 1920. He m. 30 Jan. 1950, Mary Catharine Bracken. Their winter address (1990) is 216 Martin Avenue, Stuart, Florida 34996, and their summer address is Kin Cove, Route 1, Box 210-A, Brevard, NC 28712.
        1. Taggart Andrew Ray Scott, b. 19 Feb. 1952, d. next day.
        2. Nancy Helen Scott, b. 19 June 1953; m. 17 Feb. 1979, Jeffrey Baird Millar.
          1. Andrew Bracken Millar, b. 4 June 1981.
          2. Taryn Brianne Millar, b. 19 July 1983.
        3. George William Brock Scott, b. 20 Aug. 1954, living Jan. 2007. He m. (1) ____, but subsequently divorced, Elizabeth Sluter. He m. (2) __ Oct. 1989, Mary Leidig. He is living (2007) at Knoxville, Tennessee.
          1. Ralph Gideon Scott, b. 22 June 1979.
        4. Loring Jean Scott, b. 24 March 1956; m. 3 Dec. 1973, David Gordan Freeman.
          1. Christina Shriawa Freeman, b. 25 Dec. 1981.
          2. Portia Lynn Maria Freeman, b. 13 Jan. 1984.
          3. Gordon Loring Ralph Freeman, b. 20 March 1987.
        5. Catharine Amy Scott, b. 23 March 1958; m. (1) but subsequently divorced, 12 May 1978, Joseph Lee Weinand. She m. (2) Mike Schlafer. She and her husband are living (2007) at Prospect, Kentucky.[14]
          1. Jared Lee Weinand, b. 28 Feb. 1981. He has one child, b. in 2006.
          2. Catharine Leigh Weinand, b. 11 March 1983; m. 2006, ________.
        6. Portia Beth Scott, b. 18 Nov. 1960; m. Troy McDonald.
      2. James Henry Scott, b. 21 Oct. 1923, living 2007. He m. 12 Aug. 1950, Ruth Margaret Jennings, living 2007. They are living (2007) at Charlotte, North Carolina.[15]
        1. James Henry Scott II, b. 2 Nov. 1945; unmarried.
        2. Thomas Brian Scott, b. 8 May 1954, d. 200_ (?). He m. , but subsequently divorced, Isabel Castro.
        3. Lawrence (“Larry”) Jennings Scott, b. 1956; m. before 1985, Laura Louise Cone. They are living (2007) at Charlotte, North Carolina.[16]
          1. Sarah Jennings Scott, b. 20 Aug. 1985.
          2. Daniel Windsor Scott, b. 19 May 1988.
    3. Norah Louise O’Brien, b. 14 Feb. 1892, d. in Jan. 1992 in Florida, aged nearly 100 years.[17] She m. 30 Nov. 1935, Curtis Dunham, d. ____. She is living (1990) at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. No children.
    4. Harold Douglas O’Brien, b. 25 Jan. 1894, d. s.p. 18 Oct. 1982, aged over 88 years. He m. 14 Feb. 19__, Dessie Altopp, d. ____.
    5. Helen Ruth O’Brien, b. 4 Feb. 1898, d. 14 Dec. 1972, aged over 74 years. She m. 19 Oct. 1917, Wallace C. Walls. They lived at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
      1. Donald Edward Walls, b. 10 Dec. 1924. He m. 29 July 1945, Emily Belle ____. They are living (2007) in Texas.
        1. Donald E. Walls, Jr., b. 6 Oct. 1949; m. 6 June 1971, Carol ____. They are living (2007) in Texas.
          1. Daron E. Walls, b. ____.
          2. Darcy E. Walls, b. ____.
      2. Kenneth Wallace Walls, b. 4 Dec. 1928; m. 19 March. 1978, ____. He is living (1990) at Atlanta, Georgia.
    6. James Henry O’Brien, b. 25 Oct. 1899, d. s.p. 30 March 1965, aged 65 years. He m. ____, Edith Litheraud.
    7. Dorothy Rae O’Brien, b. 1902; m. ____, Paul Davis. They were living at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1990.
      1. Mary Ellen Davis, b. 26 March 1927; m. 27 Aug. 1946, Howard Chapman, d. 13 Sept. 1987.
        1. Gary Lee Chapman, b. 1950.
        2. Peggy Ellen Chapman, b. 1952.
        3. Richard Allen Chapman, b. 1955.
      2. Dorothy Jean Davis, b. 17 Feb. 1933; m. 16 June 1953, Robert V. Roberts.
        1. Robert V. Roberts, Jr., b. 9 Nov. 1956.
        2. Terri Sue Roberts, b. 4 July 1959.
        3. Paul Brien Roberts, b. 9 March 1962.
      3. Norma Lee Davis, b. 1936. She m. (1) 1958, ____ Kahlenberg. She m. (2) 1970, Robert Rich.

        (by first husband:)

        1. Sharon Lee Kahlenberg, b. 8 Nov. 1959.
        2. Karl Davis Kahlenberg, b. 19 June 1961.
        3. Steven Bruce Kahlenberg, b. 14 Sept. 1963.

        (by second husband:)

        1. Karen Louise Rich, b. 15 Sept. 1972.
    8. Henrietta Beulah Belle O’Brien, b. 27 Dec. 1906, d. 3 Sept. 2008, aged well over 101 years.[18] She m. Victor Meier, d. ____. There was no issue of this marriage. Beulah Meier was living in 1988 at 94 93rd Street N.E., Miami, FLA, and in Jan. 2007 and at the time of her death at Brevard, Transylania Co., North Carolina.[19] Her grandnephew, George W.B. Scott, informs us that she worked as a volunteer for Veterans Affairs for about 50 years, retiring at the age of 82, and that her 100th birthday was attended by 30 people from seven states.[20] A death notice refers to her as “a volunteer extraordinaire” who “gave 62,038 tabulated hours to the VA Medical Center, retiring at age ninety” and “received many local, state and national awards including the JC Penney award for the top Miami-Dade volunteer.”[21]
  2. Edmund Augustus O’Brien, b. 20 May 1861 at Stouffville, d., it is said, ca. 1952 (and if so then aged over 90 years). It is said that he was in his youth a professional baseball player.[22] Edmund O’Brien was living unmarried with his parents in 1881, when he was a painter, but he left their home by 1891. He m. (1) after 1880, and divorced, Carrie Tucker. He m. (2) ____, Charlotte (“Lottie”) May Ellis, b. 6 Dec. 1875. In 1908 he was living at Walkerville (now part of Windsor), in Essex Co., Ontario. and in 1924 at Dennisport, Massachusetts. For a time he had a small business called “Uncle Ed’s Chicken Pies” at Hyannis, Barnstable Co., Mass. In his last years he ran a roadside fried chicken stand near Chatham, Cape Cod, Mass., called “Pop’s Place,” which was so widely-known that cars would line up until his daily supply was exhausted. He had one daughter by his first wife and two by his second.
  3. Charles Herbert O’Brien, b. 14 Feb. 1863 at Stouffville, d. s.p. 22 Aug. 1944, aged over 81 years, probably at Newmarket, Whitchurch Tp. He m. ____, Kitty Foley, d. by 1924. Herbert O’Brien was living unmarried with his parents in 1881, when he was a farm labourer; but he left their home by 1891. He was interested in horses, and after many years of wandering finally settled, by 1908, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked as a groom. After his wife’s death, he returned by 1924 to Ontario, and spent his last years with his sister Laura and her husband at Newmarket.
  4. Lilian (“Lily”) May O’Brien, b. 8 Feb. 1865 at Stouffville, d. 5 March 1895, aged 30 years, at Newmarket, and buried in Stouffville Cemetery. She m. (as his first wife) by 1890, Andrew Stouffer, son of Christian and Jane (Macklem) Stouffer, of Ringwood, Whitchurch Tp.,[23] and nephew of David Stouffer below; b. 1864, d. 1956, aged at least 91 years, (having m. secondly Florence M. Parsons, below, with further issue), and buried beside his first wife in Stouffville Cemetery. Her husband was a musician and music-teacher. They lived at Stouffville, and later at Newmarket. See below for the account of his second family.
    1. Arthur Bertram Stouffer, b. 7 March 1891 in Whitchurch Tp., d. 11 Nov. 1958 at Vancouver, aged 67 years. He m. 13 Nov. 1912 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan., Gladys Margaret Lemon, b. 2 Jan. 1895 in Whitchurch Tp., d. 7 Oct. 1971 at Surrey, B.C. They lived at Bateman, Saskatchewan, where he was a wheat farmer and grain buyer.
      1. Dorothy Velma Stouffer, b. 18 June 1913 at Bateman, d. 1 March 1919.
      2. James Andrew Stouffer, b. 5 March 1921 at Bateman, d. 18 March following.
      3. Eleanor Stouffer, b. 14 Sept. 1923 at Bateman. She m. 11 Dec. 1943 at Moose Jaw, Oliver Cochrane, b. 15 July 1915 at Paisley, Scotland. Her husband worked for 18 years with the Canadian Pacific Railway, for ten years as a mink rancher, and lastly as a hardware merchant. They were living at Sardis, B.C., in 1988. No children.
    2. Florence Stouffer, b. 11 May 1892 in Canada, d. 17 April 1991 at Santa Clara, California, aged nearly 99 years.[24] She went to the U.S. in 1909, and m. 28 Oct. 1916 at the home of her uncle, James F. O’Brien, at Evanston, near Chicago, Illinois, Frederick (“Fred”) Henry, b. 21 Dec. 1890 in Illinois, d. 5 Dec. 1970. She and her husband are found in Oak Park Tp., Precinct 12, Cook Co., Illinois, in the 1921 census, in which he is called a manager in a financial institution.[25] They are found at Burlingame, San Mateo Co., California, in the 1930 census, in which his occupation is similarly given.[26] Florence Henry was probably the eldest living member of the family at the time this work was originally published in book form in 1989. Her address in 1989 was Apt. 227, Redwood Villa, 1981 Montecito Avenue, Mountain View, California 94043, U.S.A.[27]
      1. Rowenna A. Henry, b. 6 Aug. 1919, d. 10 Sept. 1996 at Elmira, Chemung Co., New York, aged over 77 years.[28] She m. 13 Dec. 1944, Lawrence Creighton, b. 21 Feb. 1916. They were living in 1989 at 406 Hillbrook Road, Elmira, N.Y. 14905, U.S.A.
        1. Catharine Creighton, b. 21 Sept. 1946; m. 24 May 1969, Frank Edward Saal, b. 26 April 1947. She works for the Department of Health and Education of the State of Kansas, and her husband is a professor at Kansas State University.
          1. Kiersten Jennifer Saal, b. 15 Jan. 1972.
          2. Kaele Jacqueline Saal, b. 16 Feb. 1976.
          3. Kevin Jonathan Saal, b. 1 Aug. 1977.
        2. Ellen Creighton, b. 4 Aug. 1949; m. 7 Sept. 1974, Frank Montemarano, b. 15 July 1944. Both hold management positions in the head office of Aetna Insurance at Hartford, Connecticut.
      2. Grace Kathryn Henry, b. 4 Jan. 1923, d. 15 Oct. 1993 at Mountain View, Santa Clara, California, aged over 70 years.[29] She m. 7 Sept. 1957, William S. MacNamara, b. 31 Oct. 1959.
        1. Laurie Marie MacNamara, b. 24 Oct. 1958.
        2. Bradley MacNamara, b. 19 Dec. 1960.
    3. Carl Gordon Stouffer, b. 8 Jan. 1894, d. 7 March 1958, aged 64 years. He m. 6 Jan. 1926, Jean Lightbody, b. 25 Jan. 1900. His widow was living in 1988 in a retirement home at Shaunabon, Saskatchewan.
      1. Shirley Margaret Stouffer, b. 5 June 1927; m. 12 May 1948, Donald John Ross, b. 30 Nov. 1925.
        1. Kathryn Laverne Ross, b. 21 April 1950; m. 16 May 1970, Gary Coleman Theis, b. 23 March 1947. They were living in 1978 at North Delta, B.C.
          1. Tamara Jean Theis, b. 24 April 1976.
          2. Lindsay Jean Theis, b. 24 March 1978.
        2. Karen Margaret Ross, b. 5 Nov. 1952; m. 4 Sept. 1972, Darrell Marvin Rivers, b. 20 Nov. 1952.
          1. Ronald John Rivers, b. 8 Sept. 1976.
        3. Jean Marie Ross, b. 23 July 1984.
        4. Victor Carl Ross, b. 1 June 1959.
  5. James Franklin O’Brien, b. 31 Aug. 1867 at Stouffville, d. 13 Oct. 1940, aged 73 years, at Evanston, Illinois. Franklin O’Brien left his parents’ home in 1887 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, where his younger brother Arthur joined him in 1892. The year of his arrival he went to work for year with Selz, Schwab & Co., a large firm of shoe-manufacturers at Chicago, where he continued until his retirement in 1928. Though he had been raised as a Methodist, he became a Baptist on his marriage. He m. 26 June 1894 at Western Avenue Baptist Church, Chicago, Lillias Christian Chalmers, daughter of the late James Chalmers, of Chicago; b. 20 Feb. 1871, d. ____. He and his wife made their home at Evanston, near Chicago. He is remembered by his son Franklin as “outstanding in dignity, generosity, Christianity, humor, and family pride and loyalty.” He was the author of a valuable record in manuscript of his branch of the family.
    1. James Chalmers O’Brien, b. 27 May 1895, d. s.p. 26 June 1966, aged 71 years. He graduated from Cornell University in the class of 1917.[30] He enlisted the same year in the U.S. Army, and was discharged in 1919 as a first lieutenant, the war ending before he was sent overseas. He subsequently worked for the firm of Carson, Pirie, & Scott in Chicago. He m. Hazel Chapman Finch, and they had a foster son, George.
    2. Lillias O’Brien (twin), b. 11 Aug. 1896, d. same day.
    3. Agnes O’Brien (twin), b. 11 Aug. 1896, d. same day.
    4. Franklin Parsons (“Obie”) O’Brien, b. 18 March 1899, d. 1 Feb. 1990, aged nearly 91 years, at Delray Beach, Palm Beach Co., Florida.[31] He graduated from Cornell University in the class of 1919.[32] In 1918 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was discharged in 1919 as a second lieutenant, the war ending before he was sent overseas. He m. (1) 29 June 1929, as her second husband, Katherine (Cody) McCormick, b. ____, d. 1 July 1978. He m. (2) 1979, Shirley Hansen Hanson. Franklin O’Brien was Senior Vice-President of G.D. Searle & Co., Chicago, pharmaceutical manufacturers, until his retirement in 1968. He is a Baptist, and his wives were or are both Episcopalians. He has no natural children, but adopted those of his first wife by her first husband. For some time he lived at Linville, N.C. In 1988 he and his second wife moved to 1171 Ocean Boulevard N., Gulf Stream, Florida 33483.
      1. (adopted child) Shirley McCormick, b. ____, m. Gene Drake, killed in combat in Feb. 1943.
      2. (adopted child) George McCormick, b. ____, m. Caroll Falley. He served in the Korean War.
    5. Lillias Elizabeth O’Brien, b. 12 Sept. 1907, d. 29 Sept. following.
  6. Frederick (“Fred”) Parsons O’Brien, b. 12 July 1869 at Stouffville, d. s.p. 16 Oct. 1940 at South Hanson, Mass., aged 71 years. He m. ____, Alice Benton. Frederick O’Brien left his parents’ home between 1881 and 1891 and moved by 1908 to Boston, Mass., and by 1924 to Brockton, Mass., where he was a wholesale candy merchant.
  7. Arthur Wellesley O’Brien, b. 20 Dec. 1871 at Stouffville, d. unmarried, v.p. and v.m. 8 Aug. 1896, aged only 25 years, at Beaver Lake, Wisconsin, after a fall from a bicycle occasioned by heat prostration.[33] He was living unmarried with his parents in 1891, when he was a boot and shoe clerk. He moved to Chicago in 1892 to be near his elder brother J. Franklin O’Brien, and was on holiday, cycling with a group of friends, when he “was suddently overcome with the exceedingly hot rays of the sun and fell off his wheel and expired instantly.” His obituary laments the premature severance of his “vigorous and prosperous career.” There is a memorial to him in Stouffville Cemetery, erected by the Choral Union of Western Avenue Baptist Church, Chicago, of which he had been a member.[34]
  8. George Sylvester O’Brien, b. 4 April 1874 at Stouffville, d. 10 Feb. 1890 at Stouffville, aged 15 years.
  9. “Bertie” O’Brien (male), b. 23 Sept. 1875 at Stouffville, d. 12 March 1876 at Stouffville, aged 3 months.
  10. Cora Blanche O’Brien,[35] b. 12 May 1877 at Stouffville, d. 1961, aged at least 83 years. She m. in July 1904, (Captain) The Rev. Dr. Prof. Albert (“Bert”) James Brace, F.R.G.S.,[36] b. 16 May 1877 at Dorking, Surrey, d. 16 Dec. 1949 at Preston (now Cambridge), Wentworth Co., Ontario, of heart failure, and buried at the Necropolis, Toronto, son of the Rev. Adam Howe Brace and Charlotte Jane (Devonald) Brace, of Toronto, later of Gravenhurst, Ontario.[37] Blanche Brace attended Stouffville Public School. She became a musician, and published compositions for the piano.[38]
        A.J. Brace had been brought to Canada at the age of seven years, and recieved his elementary education at Dufferin Public School, Toronto, before entering Markham High School in 1894, whence he was graduated in 1896.[39] He spent the next two years as a student preacher in Methodist mission fields in the Sudbury District of Northern Ontario. In 1901 he enrolled in Theology at Victoria University, a Methodist institution (now affiliated with the University of Toronto), where he was awarded advanced standing and admitted into the second year; but his studies were interruped by his enlistment in the Boer War (1899-1902), in which he served as a trooped with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles (“Fort Garry Horse”), was wounded, taken prisoner, and set loose in the desert, where he passed three days without resuce, and contracted osteo-myelitis from the cold.[40] These experiences would later serve as the basis of a series of public lectures on the war.
        On his return to Canada, Brace resumed his studies at Victoria Univeristy, graduated with a 3-year B.A. in 1903, and was ordained a minister in the Canadian Methodist Church in June 1904 at Toronto.[41] His first pastorate was at Second Church, Sixth Avenue, New Westminister, B.C., from 1904 to 1906. Accepting an invitation to become General Secretary of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at Victoria, B.C., he moved there in 1906, and became pastor of the Metropolitan Church (1906-12). While awaiting a missionary appointment, he spent 1911 as Secretary of the Laymen’s Missionary Movement at Hamilton, Ontario.[42]
        Sponsored by the Church and the YMCA, the Braces left Victoria in March 1912 to join the Canadian Methodist Church’s West China Mission in Szechuan.[43] They were stationed at the mission’s headquarters in the capital city of Chengtu, 1100 miles up the Yangtze River from Shanghai on the coast; in one of his letters Brace tells how they carried a piano with them on the two-month voyage by houseboat.[44] Arriving after the 1911 rebellion, they were spared many of the troubles faced by the first missionaries, but in 1913 Brace had to go to the front to do Red Cross work.[45] Blanche Brace seems to hae fallen seriously ill some time between late 1912 and the Summer of 1914, for a photograph of her taken in the latter year reveals much strain and fatigue.
        A.J. Brace, following what was apparently the susual pattern, spent his first few years in China taking language lessons. He was a member of the executive council of the YMCA there from 1912 to 1914, and General Secretary from 112 to 1936. He also taught at the Canadian School, established for the children of the missionaries.[46] Blanche Brace taught piano at the school, where she was the director of musical education.[47] Brace became a professor of Modern History in the Provincial University of Szechuan. He was a personal friend of Generalissimo and Madam Chiang Kai-shek.[48]
        In 1917 the Braces were given leave for military duty, and went in September to France, where Brace served as a captain in the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC), comprised of Chinese who had been brought to France during the war to perform menial work. There they had been assigned the heaviest and most unpleasant duties, so the War Office had finally to call in Chinese-speaking missionaries to prevent rebellion. The missionaries had been promised that they would be allowed to minister to the Chinese’s spiritual needs, but in fact they were regarded by the British rather as law-keeping agents. Theis was hardly their intention, and not only was Brace himself personally sympathetic toward the Chinese, but he specially requested the transfer to his corps of James G. Endicott, who was subsequently to suffer vilification in Canada for defending China’s interests against U.S. foreign policy.[49]
        The Braces returned to Canada after the war, and spend a year on furlough at Toronto, during which Brace served as a secretary in the military department of the YMC demobilization camp at the Exhibition Grounds.[50] They returned in June 1919 to China, where Brace was appointed superintendent of the Sutherland Memorial Church, one of the Methodist Church’s two missions in Chengtu.[51]
        In 1925, while the Braces were again on furlough in Canada,[52] anti-foreign sentiment in China generated by the Nationalists led to rebellions, first in the south and then in the west; and there was an uprising in Szechuan in October 1926 which required the evacuation of missionaries, which was completed in May 1927. This unrest proved to be the preamble to a general rebellion, in which a number of the missionaries were murdered, and many others experience considerable suffering and lossof personal proerty. Becausse of this situation, the Braces were unable to return to China for some time, and so in 1926 Brace accepted an appointment as Secretary of the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions in Canada, at Toronto.[53]
        The Braces returned to China in 1929 with their two younger sons, the elder two remaining behind in college.[54] Brace came back to Canada on furlough in 1926, his wife and son Julian having preceeded him the previous year.[55] Due to ill health, he decided not to return to China thereafter, and tendered his resignation. He and his family settled at Toronto, where Brace served as Travelling Secretary with the International YMCA Committee on World Service from 1936 to 1944, and from March 1944 to December 1945 in the Program Department of the YMCA War Services Headquarters, for which he lectured in camps across Canada.[56] He was also active in Chinese Aid societies, being chair of the Canadian branch of Chinese Industrial Co-operatives (centered at New York), and an executive member of the Canadian Aid to China Committee (Toronto).[57]
        Although he officially retired from the ministry and the YMCA in 1947 at the age of 70, Brace continued his work for both, and remained an active public speaker in Canada and the U.S. until the end of his life, lecturing on his experience in the East.[58] He died on 16 December of that year at the Preston Springs Hotel, 71 Sheldrake Boulevard, Preston, Ontario, where he and his wife had been staying since September.
        Brace was a member of the North China branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, the Institute of Pacific Affairs, and the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.[59] He was Secretary and later President of the West China Border Research Society, and for his exploration and mapping of the Tibetan frontier, he was awarded the fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society, London, in 1921, under the sponsorship of his friend Gen. George Pereira.[60]
        Brace devoted two hours a day for most of the last twenty years of his life to the study of the Chinese and Tibetan languages. Apart from shorter writings already referred to, and papers contributed to the Border Research Society’s journal, Brace was the author of at least two translations, one of Chinese proverbs[61] and the other on some poetical works of Tu Fu,[62] many of which had never previously been translated. For these he was awarded an honory doctorate in Divinity from Union College, Vancouver (now part of the University of British Columbia). He was a Scottish Rite Mason (33º),[63] and established at Chengtu the first Lodge in West China. He was a member of Eglinton United Church, Toronto.
        Blanche Brace, acording to a document in the United Church Archives, “had musical gifts of an uncommon order.” “She composed original Chinese songs, used them in China, and after retirement introduced them to Canadian audiences.”
        The Braces’ sons, having been raised in China, spoke fluent Chinese. Carman and Wilford accompanied their father on one of his trips to the Tibetan frontier.
    1. Carman Sutherland Brace,[64] b. 6 March 1907 at Victoria or at new Westminster, B.C., d. ____. He m. ca. Oct. 1933, at the Canadian School Chapel, Chengtu, Pearle Miller. He remained in Canada to study Electrical Engineering when his parents returned to China in 1929. In 1933 he brought his fiancée, a Canadian, to Chengtu, where he began working for the Canadian Press Electric Light Department and for the X-ray Department of the Canadian Hospital. He soon after became Technical Adviser for Transportation to Chiang Kai-shek. When rebellion broke out in 1938-39, his wife returned ahead of him to Toronto, where their third child was born.
      1. Georgina Brace, b. 1934 in China; married and had issue.
      2. Carman Garnet Brace, b. ca. 1938 in China. He received a B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 1960. He m. ____, Joanne Elizabeth Jermyn, b. ____, daughter of Eric Percival Jermyn and Clara Rachel Anningson.[65] They had three children:
        1. Jennifer Joanne Brace.
        2. David Garnet Brace.
        3. Michael Joseph Caer Brace.
      3. Ronald (“Ronnie”) Brace, b. 1939 at Toronto.
    2. Wilford Parsons Brace,[66] b. 22 June 1909 at Victoria or at New Westminster, B.C., living Oct. 1989. He remained in Canada when his parents returned to China in 1929. He attended Vctoria University, Toronto, from 1930 to 1931, then studied Commerce and Finance at Queen’s University, Montréal, from 1931 to 1933. He married, and he and his wife adopted a child. They were living at Ajax, Ontario, in 1949. In the 1950s he was living at 353 Allard Street, Dorval, near Montréal, Québec. He recently suffered a stroke, and is now (1989) living in a hospital at Kingston, Ontario.
    3. David Griffith Brace, b. 15/16 Oct. 1912 in a temple at Kuling, Kiagsi, China, on his parents’ way to Chengtu, d. 6 Sept. 1915 in China, of dysentery, and buried at Chengtu.
    4. Egerton Brockman Brace,[67] b. 24 June 1915 at Kwahsien, near Chengtu, China, still alive in 1974 but almost certainly dead by 1989. He left China in June of 1933 to attend university. From 1934 to 1937 he attended Victoria University, Toronto, without graduating. He was still living at Toronto in 1949. In 1956 he was living at 300 Lakeshore Avenue, Centre Island. He was the editor of The Canadian School in West China (Canadian School Alumni Association, 1974). We are informed that he married a widow with children by a previous marriage, but had none of his own.
    5. Arthur Julian Brace, b. 5 Oct. 1919, perhaps in China, d. 20 March 2006, aged over 86 years, after a short illness due to Altzheimers disease, and buried at Warkworth, Ontario. He passed almost all his youth in China, only returning finally to Canada with his mother in 1935. He was the author of a poem entitled “The Christ Child,” which his mother set to music and published in 1949. He m. before 1950, Norma Augusta Roberts, d. 1988, daughter of W. Charles Roberts, accountant/actuary for the Canadian National Railway. By 1961 they had moved to Englehart, Ontario, where they had a farm on the south half of lot 5, concession 4, Evanturel Tp., in the Cochrane District. In their retirement years, Julian and Norma did extensive missionary outreach work and were very active with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), and lived and ministered in Seoul and Pusan, Korea, in the early 1980s, following which they both embarked on board the Heavenbound Ship Ministry - Youth Directions Inc. out of Stouffville. Julian was Chaplain and Electrical Engineer and they both lived on the former Canadian Coast Guard vessel for a number of years. Following his wife’s death, Julian Brace first moved in Oct. 1989 to Oshawa, then spent his last years at Englehart, near the family of his son Paul. Issue:
      1. Julie-Anne Brace, b. 17 May 1950. She m. before 1976, but was subsequently divorced from, Jerry Gareh. She was a school teacher at Englehart, Ontario for many years, and since her retirement has graduated from Tyndale College in Toronto with a Masters Degree in Theology. She is now (2006) working as a teacher just outside of Beirut, in Lebanon. Issue:
        1. Alison Gareh, b. 24 Feb. 1976, of Toronto (2006).
        2. Jonathan Gareh, b. 18 Nov. 1979, of Toronto (2006).
      2. Paul Brace, b. 15 Nov. 1952. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1987. He m. by 1973, Lorraine Campbell, a contributor to these notes. He graduated in Urban Planning from Western University in 1987. He is working for the Board of Education at Cobourg, Ontario, in charge of transportation and planning for the Northumberland District. Issue:
        1. Marcie Brace, b. 2 Nov. 1973. Marcie Anne (Brace) Simpson graduated from Durham College (Oshawa) in Sports and Recreation Marketing. She m. in 1999, Reese Simpson, of Alderville, Ontario and they have three children:
          1. Duncan Simpson.
          2. Colin Simpson.
          3. Mya Olina May Simpson.
        2. Erin Brace, b. 15 Jan. 1976. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario and later travelled and worked in finance at various places across the world, including Sydney, Australia; Edinburgh, Scotland; aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia; and Galway, Ireland. She m. in Dec. 2006, Blair Burchill, an Australian, and they are currently (March 2007) living at Brisbane, Australia.
  11. Laura Lorne O’Brien,[68] b. 29 April 1879, probably at Stouffville, d. 1943 at Newmarket, Whitchurch Tp., of diabetes (for which she had refused treatment). Laura O’Brien attended Stouffville Public School. It was at Stouffville that she met her husband, who was working there for Canada Packers as a salesman. She m. in 1908, William Jay Thompson, b. 1873 at Flesherton, Ontario, d. 1955 at Newmarket, of a ruptured appendix. According to one of their grandchildren, “Grandpa was a rather wild young man — liked to drink, etc. When he met Grandma he fell in love immediately and when he found out she was a member of the United Church and the WCTU [Women’s Christian Temperance Union] he swore that if she loved him he would never take another drink — and he never did.” After their marriage he had his own abbatoir and retail butcher shop in Stouffville but they moved to Newmarket about 1931, where they spent the rest of their lives.
    1. Harold Gordon Thompson, b.__. He served in World War II. He m. (as her first husband) by 1927, and divorced 1946, Lillian Grace Comber, living 1988, who m. secondly, Ernest S. Rank. He and his wife lived at Newmarket. After their divorce he remarried, moved to Toronto, and had three more children, but separated again. In 1989 relatives did not know if he was still alive. His first wife lived with her second husband at 239 Avenue Road, Newmarket, until Jan. 1988, when she suffered a stroke and had to enter a nursing home.
    2. Dorothy Phyllis Thompson, b. 16 Sept. 1927. She m. by 1953, Dr. Leonard John (“Jack”) Sullivan, a urologist. They were living at Toronto in 1988.
      1. Diane Barbara Sullian, b. 1953. She m. by 1988, Cameron Sutherland, and had issue.
      2. John Anthony Sullivan, b. 1954, d. unmarried and v.m. 1980 from injuuries sustained in an automobile accident.
      3. Deborah Sullivan, b. 1955; m. Stephen Dunn, and had issue.
      4. Paul Sullivan, b. 1956; m. Rowan Amott. No children as of 1988.
      5. Mark Sullivan, b. 1960, d. v.m. 1973 of a degenerative brain disease.
      6. Andrea Sullivan, b. 1962; m. Terrence Killackey. No children as of 1988.
      7. Marlane Sullivan, b. 1965; unmarried in 1988.
    3. Barbara Joyce Thomspon, b. 21 May 1931. She m. by 1955, Ronald Alan McFarland. They are living (1989) at 577 Johnson Street, Midland, Ontario L4R 2Z4.
      1. Mary Patricia McFarland, b. 1955, d. unmarried and v.m. 1974, of cancer.
      2. Maureen Anne McFarland, b. 1959. she m. (as his second wife), Malcolm Mckinnon, and is stepmother to his daughter Megan. They had further issue.
      3. Stephen Michael McFarland, b. 1964.
      4. Meegan Lillian McFarland, b. 1967.
      5. Martha Dian McFarland, b. 1968.
    4. Frederick (“Fred”) Thompson,[69] b. ____, d. ____. He m. Minnie Wilson, living 1988. They lived at Preston (now Cambridge), near Kitchener, Ontario.
      1. William Frederick Thomspon, b. ____. His address in 1988 was 1228 King Street E., Cambridge, Ontario.
      2. Robert James Thompson, b. ____.
      3. Donald Thompson, b. ____. He fought in the Korean War.
      4. Shirley Thompson, b. ____. She m. Michael Tomlinson, and they were living at Revelstoke, British Columbia, in 1988.
    5. Dorothy Thompson, b. ____.[70] She m. John Edward (“Ted”) Kershaw.
      1. Barry Kershaw, b. ____. He m. (1), but subsequently divorced, Janet ____. He m. (2) Lenore ____. He is living (1989) at 46 Olive Street, Holland Landing, on the King-East Gwillimbury townline, York Co., Ontario L0G 1H0. Issue by both wives.
      2. Sheila Kershaw, b. ____. She m. (1) ____ James and (2) ____ Doland. Issue by first husband only.
      3. Dianne Kershaw, b. ____. She m. ____ Gomes, and has issue.
      4. Judith Kershaw, b. ____, unmarried in 1988.
  12. Oscar (“Ott”) David O’Brien, b. 23 Nov. 1882 at Stouffville, d. probably about 1945. He m. Dorothy Hill, b. in the U.S. He was living by 1908 at Chicago, where he was in the insurance business. His wife was from Iowa.
    1. Elsie O’Brien, b. ca. 1905, d. s.p. 1987, apparently aged at least 80 years. She m. Gene F. Knight, a haberdasher in Chicago.
    2. Baldwin (“Bud”) O’Brien, b. ca. 1907, d. ca. 1963. He married, was widowed, and remarried. It is believed that he has one or two children by his first wife.


1Obituary, Stouffville Tribune, 8 May 1924 (courtesy of Franklin P. O’Brien).
2He appears in a group portrait reproduced in Jean Barkey, Stouffville 1877-1977 (Stouffville Historical Committee, 1977), pp. 50-1.
3Obituary, Stouffville Tribune, 11 Jan. 1917 (courtesy of Franklin P. O’Brien).
4His father, Daniel O’Brien was b. at Tralee, Co. Kerry, Northern Ireland, the son of ____ O’Brien, a sea captain, who drowned when he was thrown overboard by his crew during a mutiny. His mother also dying soon afterward, he was raised by two aunts and trained for the Catholic priesthood; but he did not like it, and at the age of 18 years left Ireland to settle at New Brunswick. He went into business at Mirimichi, Hardwicke Tp., Northumberland Co., N.B., but was burnt out in the great fire of 1825. He became Secretary to the Governor of the Province, and worked in a stone quarry on the property of a Mr. Sypher, the father of his future wife.
    Ann Sypher is known to have been born about 1807 at or near Grande Lake, Queen’s Co., New Brunswick, of parents who were Loyalists from Pennsylvania; and she was thus almost certainly the daughter Ann, bapt. 19 Oct. 1806 in St. John’s Anglican Church, Gagetown, of John and Elizabeth (Albright) Sypher(s) or Cypher(s), of Grande Lake and Waterborough. On this family see Esther Clark Wright, The Loyalists of New Brunswick (Frederickton, N.B., 1960), and Frank J. Doherty, Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York, vol. 3 (Pleasant Valley, New York, 1995), pp. 898-905, at p. 902. Ann Sypher had two sons by her first marriage to a Mr. Trumbull. A Mrs. L. Cypher attended James O’Brien’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 1908.
    Daniel and Ann O’Brien later came to Pickering Tp., where he worked as a school-master. He died at New Castle, Ontario, and she at Orillia. Their children were:

(a) Edmund O’Brien, b. at Grand Lake, N.B.
(b) John O’Brien, b. at Whitby, Ontario.
(c) “Libbie” O’Brien, b. at Whitby.
(d) James O’Brien, of the text.
(e) Annie O’Brien, b. at Pickering, d. ____, aged 95 years; she m. Dennis Brennan, and was living at Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1917.
(f) Charles O’Brien, b. at Port Grandby, Ontario.
(g) Daniel O’Brien, b. at Newcastle, Ontario.
(h) Harry O’Brien, b. at Port Hope, Ontario.

5For the date of the conversion see Barkey, op. cit., p. 140, which reproduces a photograph on p. 116.
6See the document reproduced in Barkey, op. cit., p. 141.
7Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory for 1869 (Toronto: Robertson & Cook), p. 456; Ibid. for 1871 (Montréal: John Lovell), p. 787.
8He is so called in the Ontario Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1884-5 (Toront: R.L. Polk & Co.), p. 845; in Ibid. for 1892-93 (Toronto: Might’s Directory Co.), p. 1091; and in the Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory…, 1895 (Toronto: Might’s), p. 727. he identified himself as an auctioneer during this period, and regularly advertised as such in the Stouffville Tribune.
9Barkey, op. cit., p. 45.
10Barkey, p. 127.
11Barkey, p. 95.
12See the article by her brother, R. Henry Parsons, in the North Ontario Observer, 6 Aug. 1908 (courtesy of Franklin P. O’Brien).
13James Scott was a son of Gideon Scott and Agnes Cairns; and Nancy Ruff was a daughter of Hiram Ruff and Mary Ann Stoffer.
14George W.B. Scott, personal communication dated 3 Jan. 2007.
15George W.B. Scott, personal communication dated 3 Jan. 2007.
16George W.B. Scott, personal communication dated 3 Jan. 2007.
17Social Security Death Index.
18George W.B. Scott, personal communication dated 12 Nov. 2008; Social Security Death Index; death notice cited below.
19Social Security Death Index.
20George W.B. Scott, personal communication dated 3 Jan. 2007.
21Death notice, Miami Herald, 17 Sept. 2008.
22But the family tradition that he went to Buffalo, N.Y., and became a catcher for its team in the International League, is almost certainly incorrect. All the players from 1880 to 1885 are listed in The Baseball Encyclopedia … (Macmillan, 1969), which makes no mention of him. Neither is he mentioned in Joseph M. Overfield, The One Hundred Seasons of Buffalo Baseball, nor in the Local History File on cards at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (information from Mrs. Barbara M. Soper, of the History Department there.)
23On Andrew Stouffer and his descendants see The Reesor Family in Canada (Markham, 1980), pp. 68-9. His father, Christian Stouffer (1839-1924), was a son of Abraham, Jr., and Esther (Lehman) Stouffer, and a grandson of Abraham Stouffer the elder (1780-1851), founder of Stouffville, and his wife Elizabeth Reesor. This Abraham Stouffer was a son of Abraham Stauffer, of Staufferstown, near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; see Canadian-German Folklore, 6 (1977): 77-8, and Markham 1793-1900 (Markham, 1979), p. 55.
    Elizabeth Reesor (aunt of the senator David Reesor) was a member of a prominent York Co. pioneer family that had come from Franklin Co., Pennsylvania, in 1804; see Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario (Toronto: J.H. Beers, 1907), pp. 75-6; and The Reesor Family, pp. 24, 42, 67.
    These Pennsylvanians were mainly of Swiss (and not, as usually stated, German) descent. Through the Reesors Andrew Stouffer was a third cousin of Eli Ramer, and through the Lehmans a third cousin of J. Frederick Ramer, both mentioned elsewhere in this work.
    Andrew Stouffer’s mother, Jane Macklem (1838-1913), was a daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Weidman) Macklem, of Ringwood, and a granddaughter of William and Ann (____) Macklem, also of Ringwood. Catherine Weidman was a daughter of Philip Weidman (d. 1833), of Whitchurch Tp., who came from Upper Mt. Bethel Tp., Northampton Co., Pennsylvania; see History of Toronto and [the] County of York (Toronto, 1885), 2:464-5, and Markham 1793-1900, pp. 56, 190. All these people are buried in Dixon Hill Cemetery, near Ringwood.
    Catherine Weidman’s brother, Ludwig Weidman (1781-1837), the only man killed in the Mackenzie Rebellion, was an ancestor of Ida Spragge, wife of the famous novelist Thomas B. Costain; part of this line is traced in Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York…, p. 287. Philip Weidman was a son of Jacob Heinrich Weidmann (d. 1793), of Upper Mt. Bethel Tp., Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, who was an ancestor through his daughter Catherina of the Bartholomew family appearing earlier in this work. There is a valuable but very incomplete account of these Weidmans in Norman E. Wideman, The Wideman Family: A Genealogical Record, 1803-1955 (1956), pp. 242 ff.; the same author also prepared in 1960, in collaboration with Thorald Lehman, a manuscript chart of this family, a copy of which was kindly communicated by Mrs. Jean Barkey.
24California Death Index; Social Security Death Index.
251920 U.S. Federal Census, Illinois, Cook Co., Oak Park Tp., Precinct 12, enumeration district 154, sheet 4A; roll: T625_361. The entry reads:
Fred Henry      head 28   Illinois  Scotland Ireland
  manager finance
Florence Henry* wife 24   C.E.      C.E.     C.E.
Rowena Henry    dau. 5/12 Illinois  C.E.     C.E.
* immigration date: 1909
261930 U.S. Federal Census, California, San Mateo Co., Burlingame, enumeration district 7, sheet 11B; roll 216. The entry reads:
Fred J. Henry     head 39 *    Illinois Scotland N.Ireland
  manager finance concern [sic]
Florence S. Henry wife 32 **   Canada  Canada    Canada
Rowena A. Henry   dau. 10      Illinois Illinois Canada
Grace C. Henry    dau. 7 6/12  Illinois Illinois Canada
* age at first marriage: 26
** age at first marriage: 19
27Social Security Death Index.
28Social Security Death Index.
29California Death Index; Social Security Death Index.
30Cornell Alumni News, vol. 19, no. 6 (5 April 1917), p. 306, available online at http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/3534/15/019_26.pdf.
31Social Security Death Index.
32Cornell Alumni News, vol. 29, no. 12 (16 Dec. 1926), p. 158, available online at http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/3544/29/029_12.pdf.
33Obituary, Claremont Free Press, 14 Aug. 1896, p. 4, col. 4 (microfilmed with the Stouffville Tribune). Parts of this copy, the only one known to be in existence, are obliterated; and it is unclear whether he was buried at Chicago or his body returned to Canada.
34This is the church in which his brother Franklin was married in 1892.
35She appears in a group portrait reproduced in Jean Barkey’s Stouffville 1877-1977 (Stouffville, 1977), p. 48, and there are three good portraits of her and her family in the Missionary Bulletin (Toronto), vol. 8, no. 3 (June-Sept. 1912), p. 1363; vol. 10, no. 4 (March-June 1914), p. 269, and vol. 15, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1919), p. 469. There is also a very small and unclear portrait of her in Our West China Mission… (Toronto: The Missionary Society of the Methodist Church & The Young People’s Forward Movement for Missions, 1920), p. [8]. She and her husband appear in a group photograph reproduced in The New Outlook (Toronto), 1 July 1925, p. 10.
36Most of the following information on his career comes from Who’s Who in Western Canada, vol. I (Vancouver, 1911), p. 117; the China Mission Year Book, 4th ed. (Shanghai, 1913), Appendix, pp. xxii, clxvii; Our West China Mission… (cited above), pp. 172, 376, 465, 473; his autobiogaphical writings published in the Missionary Bulletin, vols. 8-11 passim; and the collection of newspaper clippings on him in the alumni papers of the University of Toronto Archives. There are editorial obituaries in the Toronto Globe, in the Toronto Star (19 DEc. 1949, p. 21, cols. 3-4), in the Toronto Telegram (19 Dec. 1949), in the Observer, 1 April 1950, and in the British Columbia United Church Conference Minutes of 1950. There is large collection of unpublished material by and about him in the United Church Archives, Toronto. The best individual portraits of Brace are in the Missionary Biulletin, vol. 11, no. 2 (March-June 1915), p. 221, with a clearer copy in vol. 12, no. 3 (June-Sept. 1916), p. 445; and in the Toronto Globe, 22 May 1926; the Toronto Telegram, 24 Sept. 1937; and Ibid., 19 Dec. 1949.
37On the Rev. Adam Brace (1845-1927), a Baptist minister, and sometime Superintendent of the Fegan Boys’ Home, Toronto, see the a memoir in Morgan’s Canadian Men and Women of the Time, 2nd ed. (Toronto, 1912), p. 133, where however his name is incorrectly given. The son of John and Eldya (____) Brace, he was born at Monmouth, and came to Canada in 1885 with his wife Charlotte Jane Devonald, b. 18 Aug. 1845 at Bristol, Gloucester, and bapt. 21 Sept. following in St. Paul’s Church (IGI), daughter of Philip David Devonald, of that place, by the latter’s wife Charlotte ____. Brace had an only brother, the Rev. James Brace, of Toronto (d. 1927). Brace’s children (of whom the position of the daughter is uncertain) were: (a) The Rev. A. Philip Brace, of Toronto, a United Church minister, d. by 1949; (b) Dr. Albert James Brace, of the text; (c) Dr. William D. Brace, M.D., of Biggar, Saskatchewan, and later of Delisle in the same province; (d) E. Garfield Brace, of Seattle, Washington; (e) H. Lincoln Brace, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, later of Hamilton, Ontario (who married Katherine Burkholder, of Hamilton); and (f) a daughter who m. J. Arthur Black, of Chatham, Ontario.
38Her first published compositions, “Loveliest Night” and “the Christ Child,” were included in 1946 in the Christmas music series put out by the Waterlook Music Company of Waterloo, Ontario. The lyrics of the second song were by her son, A. Julian Brace.
39He was only one year behind his future wife’s relative, Charles Wesley Flint, treated earlier in this work; and the two men later attended Victoria University at the same time.
40For part of this story see the Toronto Star, 15 Aug. 1925; obituaries in the Observer and in the British Columbia Conference Minutes, as cited above; C.B. Sissons, A History of Victoria University (Toronto, 1952), p. 246.
41In 1925 the Canadian Methodist Church merged with several others to become the United Church of Canada, but the nature of its missionary work remained essentially unaffected.
42Obituaries in the Observer and in the B.C. Conference Minutes, as cited above.
43For his own acount of his arrival and early experience in China see Missionary Bulletin, vol. 8 (1911-12) [?], pp. 1361-8, 1567-72; vol. 9 (1912-13), pp. 251-58, 485-92, 619-24; vol. 10 (1913-14), pp. 267-72; vol. 11 (1914-15), pp. 221-24. A group photograph of the members of the West China Mission appears in new Outlook, vol. 1, no. 1 (10 June 1925), p. 17, in which the individuals are not named; it seems however to have been taken while the Braces were away on furlough.
44Missionary Bulletin, vol. 9, pp. 486-87.
45Ibid., vol. 10, pp. 111-12, 114, 271.
46Moose Jaw Times Herald, 11 April 1939, and unpublished materials.
47Toronto Mail, 2 June 1925; Toronto Globe, 3 June 1925; Our West China Mission, p. 376.
48Brantford Expositor, 17 Jan. 1944, and unpublished materials.
49Stephen Endicott, James G. Endicott: Rebel out of China (Toronto, 1980), p. 27. See also the papers by Gewurtz and Mitchell in China Insight [proceedings of the Canadian Asian Studies Association Conference, 1982-1984], ed. Chen & Shya (Ottawa, 1985). Brace’s participation in the Chinese Labour Corps is mentioned in University of Toronto Roll of Service, 1914-1918 (Toronto, 1921), p. 201.
50Toronto Mail, 12 May 1919; Toronto Star, 15 Aug. 1925.
51Our West China Mission, p. 172.
52Toronto Telegram, 2 June 1925; Toronto Globe, 3 June & 18 Aug. 1925; New Outlook, 14 Aug. 1929.
53Toronto Mail, 7 May 1926; Toronto Globe and Toronto Star, 22 May 1926; New Outlook, 21 Aug. 1929; and unpublished materials.
54Clipping from the Globe in the U. of T. alumni archives, which has been marked with the erroneous date of 6 Aug. 1929; the true date has not yet been determined.
55The Toronto Star of 22 April 1936 is wrong in numbering them among the families that had to be evacuated in 1936.
56New Outlook, 25 March 1937; Observer obituary; Alan M. Hurst, The Canadian Y.M.C.A. in World War II (1946?), pp. 55, 213.
57Observer obituary.
58Three of his public address are described in detail in the Star, 15 Aug. 1925; the Telegram, 13 Jan. 1936; and the Globe, 15 Aug. 1927.
59Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 11 April 1939; Toronto Star obituary.
60Obsever obituary; Brace’s own note in The Christian Guardian (Toronto), 20 Sept. 1922, p. 4; Toronto Star, 15 Aug. 1925; Toronto Telegraph, 13 Jan. 1926; and files of the Royal Geographical Society.
61Tu-Fu, China’s Great Poet, the Bard of T’sao T’ang Ssu: A translation of some of Tu-Fu’s poems written in Szechuan, translated with the hope of interesting Chinese students of English in studying English from Chinese sources (Chengtu: Rih Hsin Press, 1934), 72 pp. An article in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald of 11 April 1939, closely based on one of Brace’s own press releases, states hat he had also translated Chinese “philosophers” and the “teachings of Confucius,” but not published versions of such translations have been traced.
6228. Five Hundred Proverbs commonly used in China (Chengtu: Chentu YMCA, 1923), 83 pp.
6329. He joined in Nov. 1902 at the Richardson Lodge no. 136, Stouffville.
64He was perhaps named for the Rt. Rev. Dr. Albert Carman (1823-1917), General Superintendent of the Methodist Church in Canada.
65For her and their issue see Wendy Cosper, Thomas Downs [RTF], formerly available online at http://www.restigouchekemptroad.com/Thomas_Downs.rtf, and now apparently available only in the Internet Archive, at http://web.archive.org/web/20070206090432/ http://www.restigouchekemptroad.com/Thomas_Downs.rtf.
66He was perhaps named for Dr. Edward C. Wilford (1884-?), who joined the West China Mission in 1901, subsequently went to the Western Front with A.J. Brace, and eventually became Professor of Surgery at West China University, where Brace taught History.
67He was presumably named for A. Egerton Ryerson (1803-1882), first President of Victoria University, and for Fletcher S. Brockman, Nantional Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. for China and Korea, the latter a man much admired by A.J. Brace, as evidence by his tribute in Missionary Bulletin, vol. 8 (1911-12), p. 1567.
68She appears in group portraits reproduced in Jean Barkey, Stouffville 1877-1977 (Stouffville, 1977), pp. 50-51 and 130-31.
69He appears in a school-class portrait reproduced in Jean Barkey, Stouffville 1877-1977, p. 164.
70She appears in a school-class portrait reproduced in Jean Barkey, Stouffville 1877-1977, p. 154, but the persons shown therein cannot be identified from the caption.

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