Brentnall, Ensor (1881-possibly 1937)

Ensor Brentnall was an engineer and a commercial traveller. He lived at the rear of 2020 Beach Avenue in 1910.

He was born on October 4, 1881, in East London, South Africa. His father was William Smith Brentnall (1855-1923); his mother was Ann Ford Pilling (1857-1940).

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

In 1901, Ensor was living 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.

By 1909, he was living in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, and working as an electrical engineer.

On July 24, 1909, in Salmon Arm, he 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).

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 appear in the Vancouver directories.

In August 1915, in Vernon, British Columbia, Ensor enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. He said that he was 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 to operate 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, although there is no evidence of this besides Grace’s address in Ensor’s attestation paper for the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

It appears that Ensor survived the First World War. His marriage to Grace may have ended in divorce. In March quarter 1928, a person named Ensor Brentnall married Mabel Winsborough in Luton district, which is in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in England.

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

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 is not certain that these people are connected to the Ensor Brentnall in Vancouver, but it is possible.

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

No further information is available for Ensor, Grace or Mabel.

 

Sources

Vancouver directories.

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, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2N4Z-GT9 : accessed 28 Jul 2014), William Smith Brentnall, 1855.

“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, 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XWS5-TWC : accessed 28 Jul 2014), William Smith Brentnall, Stockport, Stockport, Cheshire, England; citing “1911 England and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 14, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“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

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.”

Free BMD Marriages, March quarter 1928, Luton district, volume 3b, page 587, Ensor Brentnall and Mabel Winsborough; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=157711339&d=bmd_1399917892; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=157792748&d=bmd_1399917892.

Free BMD Deaths, September quarter 1937, Kensington district, volume 1a, page 179, Ensor Brentnall, age 57, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=174582688&d=bmd_1399917892.

Free BMD Deaths, March quarter 1955, Kensington district, volume 5c, page 1393, Mabel Brentnall, age 67, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=209568962&d=bmd_1399917892.

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