Brentnall, Ensor (1881-1937)

 

Ensor Brentnall - Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory - 1910 - Part 1 - page 564

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 1, page 564.

 

Ensor Brentnall was an engineer and a commercial traveller.

He lived at the rear of 2020 Beach Avenue in 1910.

 

Family Background and Early Life

Ensor Brentnall was born on October 4, 1881, in East London, South Africa.

His parents were William Smith Brentnall (1855-1923) and Ann Ford Pilling (1857-1940).

By 1891, Ensor was living with his family in Manchester, Lancashire, England.

In 1901, Ensor was with his family at 13 Hartington Road in Chorlton, Lancashire. He was working as an electrical engineer.

In 1902, Ensor became a member of the Manchester Geographical Society.

 

To Canada

By 1909, Ensor was living in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

He was working as an electrical engineer.

 

Marriage to Grace Ford

On July 24, 1909, in Salmon Arm, Ensor married Grace Eyre Ford. She was born on May 21, 1884, in Port Neuf, Quebec. Her parents were Roland Ford (1860-1932) and Susan Maud Vosburgh (1863-1934).

 

To Vancouver

By 1911, Ensor had moved to 1171 West Seventh Avenue in Vancouver. He was a commercial traveller.

Grace was a teacher with the Provincial Industrial School on Point Grey Road. According to the 1911 directory, Grace was living at the school.

In 1913, “Ensoll” Brentnall was living at 12 West Tenth Avenue; he was an electrician.

After 1913, Ensor and Grace no longer appeared in the Vancouver directories.

 

Possible Move to Vancouver Island and Military Service

In August 1915, in Vernon, British Columbia, Ensor enlisted to serve with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. He said that he was employed as an electrical engineer. His next-of-kin was Grace. Her address was “Puntledge, via Cumberland,” which is on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

About 1912 Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd. began to use Comox Lake and the Puntledge River to provide electricity for its coal mines in the Cumberland area. Since Ensor was an electrical engineer, it is possible that he was involved in the development of these electrical facilities. (There is no evidence of this besides Grace’s address in Ensor’s attestation paper for the Canadian Expeditionary Force.)

 

After the War

Ensor survived the First World War.

His marriage to Grace may have ended in divorce.

Grace died on July 31, 1935. She was buried in plot 41 in Woodend Cemetery in Portneuf, Quebec.

 

Grace Brentnall - burial date - 1935

Ancestry.com. Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2008. Institut Généalogique Drouin; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Drouin Collection; Author: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Name: Grace Brentnall; Event Type: Enterrement (Burial); Death Date: 1935; Burial Date: 1935; Burial Place: Portneuf, Québec (Quebec); Place of Worship or Institution: Church of England; Religion: Church of England.

 

Possible Second Marriage

In March quarter 1928, a person named Ensor Brentnall married Mabel Winsborough in Luton district, which is in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in England. (It is not certain that these people are connected to the Ensor Brentnall in Vancouver, but it is possible.)

 

Ensor Brentnall and Mabel Brentnall - electoral register - Bedfordshire - England - 1928

Ancestry.com. Bedfordshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1986 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017. Original data: Electoral rolls for Bedfordshire 1832-1986, Bedfordshire Archives, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. Name: Ensor Brentnall and Mabel Brentnall; Residence Year: 1928; Address: Gardenia Avenue, Denmore House; Residence Place: Luton, Bedfordshire, England; Parliamentary Division: Luton.

 

A man named Ensor Brentnall died in Kensington district of London, England in September quarter 1937. He was 57 years old, so he was born about 1880.

A woman named Mabel Brentnall died in March quarter 1955, also in Kensington district of London, England. She was 67 years old, so she was born about 1887.

It appears that Ensor and Grace did not have any children.

 

Sources

William Smith Brentnall (father of Ensor Brentnall)

William Smith Brentnall (1855–1923); Birth: 28 SEP 1855, Manchester, Lancashire, England; Death: 22 JAN 1923, Cheshire, England (ancestry.ca)

Descendants of Robert Brentnall, http://www.brentnall.com/Brent-Cheshire.pdf: “WILLIAM SMITH BRENTNALL, b. September 28, 1855; d. January 22, 1923; m. ANN FORD PILLING; b. February 14, 1857; d. February 16, 1940.”

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N4Z-GT9 : 1 October 2014), William Smith Brentnall, 1855; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Chorlton, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M78X-BXS : 24 October 2019), William S Brentnell in household of J B Brentnell, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; from “1861 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973”, database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ZGSS-B6W2 : 7 June 2020), William Smith Brentnall, 1879.

“England, Cheshire, Register of Electors, 1842-1900,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F12P-F61 : accessed 28 Jul 2014), William Smith Brentnall, ; citing Wilmslow, Record Office, Chester; FHL microfilm 1544632.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:4MHQ-GN2 : 5 May 2019), Wm S Brentnall, Heaton Moor, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Cheshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X92W-C3G : 21 May 2019), W S Brentnall, Chorlton cum Hardy, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Didsbury subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWS5-TWC : 3 July 2019), William Smith Brentnall, Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England, Cheshire, Register of Electors, 1842-1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NMQF-6M8 : 15 July 2017), William Smith Brentnall, ; citing Wilmslow, Record Office, Chester; FHL microfilm 1,544,692.

“England, Cheshire, Register of Electors, 1842-1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NMC9-YM9 : 15 July 2017), William Smith Brentnall, ; citing Wilmslow, Record Office, Chester; FHL microfilm 1,544,821.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVH9-5SRK : 4 September 2014), William S Brentnall, 1923; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Bucklow, Cheshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2WB-QCCT : 18 March 2020), William Smith Brentnall, ; Burial, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Metropolitan Borough of Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, Southern Cemetery; citing record ID 164433804, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/164433804: “William Smith Brentnall; Birth: 28 Sep 1855, Manchester, Metropolitan Borough of Manchester, Greater Manchester, England; Death: 22 Jan 1923 (aged 67), Cheshire, England; Burial: Southern Cemetery, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Metropolitan Borough of Manchester, Greater Manchester, England; Plot: BConsecrated 471; Memorial ID: 164433804.”

 

Ann Forde Pilling (mother of Ensor Brentnall)

“South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973”, database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ZGSS-B6ZM : 7 June 2020), Ann Forde Pilling in entry for William Smith Brentnall, 1879.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:4MH7-76Z : 5 May 2019), Anne L Brentnall in household of Wm S Brentnall, Heaton Moor, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Cheshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X92W-C3P : 21 May 2019), Annie Brentnall in household of W S Brentnall, Chorlton cum Hardy, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Didsbury subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWS5-TWZ : 3 July 2019), Anne Ford Brentnall in household of William Smith Brentnall, Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVHB-T228 : 4 September 2014), Annie Brentnall, 1940; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Bucklow, Cheshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK1V-CV86 : 15 December 2015), Annie Brentnall, 1940; Burial, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Metropolitan Borough of Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, Southern Cemetery; citing record ID 147189526, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/147189526: “Annie Ford Pilling Brentnall; Birth: 14 Feb 1857, Greater Manchester, England; Death: 16 Feb 1940 (aged 83); Burial: Southern Cemetery, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Metropolitan Borough of Manchester, Greater Manchester, England; Plot: BConsecrated 472; Memorial ID: 147189526.”

 

Ensor Brentnall

Ensor Brentnall (1881–1937); Birth: 4 OCT 1881, Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Death: 1937, London, England (ancestry.ca).

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/4MH7-KT2 : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Ensor Brentnall, England; citing “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 12, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X92W-C35 : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Ensor Brentnall, Chorlton Cum Hardy, Lancashire, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

The Journal of the Manchester Geographical Society (1902), volume 18, page 204, http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/The_Journal_of_the_Manchester_Geographical_Society_1902_1000047852/213https://archive.org/stream/journalmanchest03socigoog#page/n219/mode/1up: “Announcement of the election of the following new members was made: Ordinary: Mr. Ensor Brentnall and Mr. Ashton Kinder.”

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDD7-NRX : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Ensor Brentnall and Grace Eyre Ford, 24 Jul 1909; citing Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B12904, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032873.

“Canada Census, 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/27XB-JDX : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Ensar Brentnell, 1911.

Puntledge River, https://www.bchydro.com/community/recreation_areas/puntledge.html

Canadian Expeditionary Force, http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=62787: Name: BRENTNALL, ENSOR; Regimental Number: 463981; Date of Birth: 04/10/1881; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1044 – 7; Item Number: 62787

Private Ensor Brentnall, http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=119355

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZ1-NGGM : 8 October 2014), Ensor Brentnall and null, 1928; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1928, quarter 1, vol. 3B, p. 587, Luton, Bedfordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVHG-X82P : 4 September 2014), Ensor Brentnall, 1937; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Grace Eyre Ford (wife of Ensor Brentnall)

Grace Eyre Ford (1884–1935); Birth: 21 MAY 1884, Québec, Canada; Death: 31 JUL 1935, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“Canadian Headstones”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WMB5-6G6Z: 21 May 2019), Ensor Brentnall, .Event Place: Portneuf, Quebec, Canada; Cemetery: Woodend, Portneuf; Note: Grace Eyre Ford | Wife of | Ensor Brentnall |1884-1935; Source Reference: 1402849

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 117353055, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=117353055; Grace Eyre Ford Brentnall, Birth: May 21, 1884, Quebec, Canada; Death: Jul. 31, 1935; Burial: Cimetière Woodend, Portneuf, Capitale-Nationale Region, Quebec, Canada, Plot: 41. “Grace was the wife of Ensor Brentnall. He is not buried in this cemetery, it is not known where he is buried or where he died. They had no children.”

 

Mabel Winsborough (wife of Ensor Brentnall)

Mabel Winsborough (1888–1955); Birth: ABT 1888; Death: MAR 1955, Kensington, London, England(ancestry.ca).

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZ1-GDKD : 8 October 2014), Mabel Winsborough and null, 1928; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1928, quarter 1, vol. 3B, p. 587, Luton, Bedfordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVCD-SCPB : 4 September 2014), Mabel Brentnall, 1955; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

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