Keel, Alfred John (1882-1958)

Alfred John Keel was an accountant for a florist company. He lived at 1901 Beach Avenue from 1919 to 1921.

He was born in Milton, Kent, England, on March 15, 1882. His father was Alfred Keel (1848-1917), who was a carpenter. His mother was Ruth Gibson (1846-1893).

Alfred John Keel arrived in Canada about 1905. He appeared in the city directories for Edmonton, Alberta, from 1910 to 1917. He was an avid amateur gardener who won prizes at the local exhibitions for his roses and other flowers.

On June 5, 1912, in Edmonton, he married Kathleen Margaret Brown. Her father was Stephen Brown (1860-1939), who was a grocer. It appears that her mother was Fanny Excell.

Alfred became a bookkeeper for Walter Ramsay’s greenhouses in Edmonton.

About 1918, Alfred and his family moved to Vancouver. Alfred became a bookkeeper for Brown Brothers and Company, which was a florist company in Vancouver.

From 1919 to 1921, Alfred appeared in the Vancouver directories at 1901 Beach Avenue. In 1922, he moved to 3317 Rumble Street in Burnaby.

Alfred died in Burnaby on January 21, 1958. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

Kathleen died in New Westminster, British Columbia, on December 2, 1976. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

 

Alfred and Kathleen had the following children.

 

Eileen Keel

Eileen Keel was born in British Columbia about 1919, probably in Vancouver. She married Mr. Cassidy. She was living in Coquitlam, British Columbia, in 1958 and 1976.

 

Lawrence Albert Keel

Lawrence Albert Keel was born after 1921, probably in British Columbia.

He was living in Burnaby, British Columbia in 1958 and 1976.

 

 

Sources

 

Alfred Keel (father of Alfred John Keel)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NWZ-SRH : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, 1848; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Milton, Kent, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1851,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGL8-5KN : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, ; from “1851 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M75W-5SG : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, Sittingbourne, Kent, England; 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.

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VF6R-LQ2 : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel in household of Frances Keel, Sittingbourne, Sittingbourne, Kent, England; from “1871 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 10, folio , p. ,  registration district,  subdistrict, ED , household , The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DG9-JYV : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, 1873; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Milton, Kent, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQHK-Z8K : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, Sittingbourne, Kent, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 28, PRO RG 11/976 / 64, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 1,341,232.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKLC-ST2 : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Kent county,  registration district, MILTON subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9FB-4M9 : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, Milton Next Sittingbourne, Kent, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing  county,  registration district, Milton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWQX-P2B : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, Dibden, Dibden Southampton, Hampshire, England; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14,  county,  registration district,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2JC3-P52 : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, 1917; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, East Grinstead, Sussex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Ruth Gibson (mother of Alfred John Keel)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26RQ-W22 : accessed 22 July 2015), Ruth Gibson, 1846; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Hollingbourne, Kent, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DGM-PYF : accessed 22 July 2015), Ruth Gibson, 1873; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Milton, Kent, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQHK-Z82 : accessed 22 July 2015), Ruth Keel in household of Alfred Keel, Sittingbourne, Kent, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 28, PRO RG 11/976 / 64, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 1,341,232.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKLC-WPZ : accessed 22 July 2015), Ruth Keel, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Kent county,  registration district, MILTON subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2J2S-N6K : accessed 22 July 2015), Ruth Keel, 1893; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Milton, Kent, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Alfred John Keel

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XK3-H6T : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred John Keel, 1882; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Milton, Kent, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKLC-CN2 : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Kent county,  registration district, MILTON subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9FB-4M3 : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred Keel, Milton Next Sittingbourne, Kent, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing  county,  registration district, Milton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Good Templars Meet,” The Edmonton Bulletin, November 11, 1911 (Morning Edition), Page 8, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1911/11/11/8/Ar00812.html?query=newspapers%7C%22a+j+keel%22%7C%28publication%3AEDB%29%7Cscore: “The adjourned meeting of “Pride of the West” Lodge, I.O.G.T., was held in old McDougall Church last night as arranged. . . . After the lodge business is over, however, at each session the remainder of the evening is devoted either to some educational lecture or discussion or to social intercourse and entertainment, as one of the ideals aimed at is to make each lodgeroom a counter attraction to the bar room. The fees and dues are very small, only just so much as is necessary to pay the working expenses of the lodge. Those interested are asked to communicate with the secretary, Alfred J. Keel, 1155 Sixth street, who will gladly give all necessary information.”

Wedding notice, In the Realm of Women, The Edmonton Bulletin, June 7, 1912 (MORNING EDITION), Page 3, In the Realm of Women, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1912/06/07/3/Ar00303.html?query=newspapers%7Ckeel+AND+brown%7C%28publication%3AEDB%29%7Cscore: “An interesting and unique wedding took place on Wednesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen BVrown, 1155 Sixth St., when Mr. A.J. Keel and Miss Kathleen Brown were united in marriage, Rev. H.E. Gordon officiating.

The bride, who was attractively gowned in white silk with fringe trimmings, was attended by her sister, Miss Elsie Brown, who wore yellow silk, and little Miss Alberta Mischael in white.

The bride was given away by her father, Mr. Stephen Brown, who is one of the senior deacons of first Congretational Church. [Includes further description of guests.] About forty guests were present to extend good wishes to this popular young couple.

Delicious refreshments were served and dlightful musical numbers rendered by the Brown family and guests.”

Agriculture and Horticulture, The Edmonton Bulletin, August 13, 1915, Page 7, column 3, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1915/08/13/7/Ar00703.html?query=newspapers%7C%22a+j+keel%22%7C%28publication%3AEDB%29%7Cscore: “Roses, 7 each, of not less than 3 distinct colors, . . . 3 Alfred J. Keel, Edmonton.:

“Floral and Vegetable Show Opened with Finest Display of Exhibits Yet Seen in City,” The Edmonton Bulletin, August 19, 1916, Page 6, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1916/08/19/6/Ar00602.html?query=newspapers%7C%22a+j+keel%22%7C%28publication%3AEDB%29%7Cscore: “Pot Plants (Amateur) . . . 3 A.J. Keel.”

1921 Canada census, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 17; Census Place: Burnaby, New Westminster, British Columbia; Page Number: 5; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Society, The Edmonton Bulletin, August 10, 1921 (CITY EDITION), Page 4, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1921/08/10/4/Ar00402.html?query=newspapers%7C%22a+j+keel%22%7C%28publication%3AEDB%29%7Cscore: “Mr. and Mrs. Maurice L. Brown of Edmonton are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Keel of Alta Vista, at their summer camp at Crescent Beach. Vancouver Province.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLP6-BBL : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred John Keel, 21 Jan 1958; citing Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13235, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,176.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLP6-BBP : accessed 22 July 2015), Alfred John Keel, 21 Jan 1958; citing Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13235, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,176.

Alfred John Keel, death notice, Vancouver Province, January 23, 1958, page 30; Vancouver Sun, January 23, 1958, page 32: “Keel – Passed away January 21, 1958, Alfred John Keel in his 76th year, late of 3317 Rumble St., Burnaby. Survived by his loving wife, Kathleen; 1 son, Lawrence Albert, Burnaby; 1 daughter, Mrs. Eileen Cassidy, Coquitlam, 2 grandchildren, 1 brother, Albert, Toronto; 2 sisters, Mrs. K. Martin, Burnaby, Mrs. C. Moore, England. Funeral service Saturday, January 25, at 10 a.m. from Royal Oak Funeral Chapel, Kingsway at Royal Oak Ave., Burnaby, Rev. R.S. Faulks officiating. Interment Ocean View Burial Park.”

 

Kathleen Margaret Brown (wife of Alfred John Keel)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XYM-5J9 : accessed 22 July 2015), Kathleen Margaret Brown, 1889; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Guildford, Surrey, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBT-XC8 : accessed 22 July 2015), Kathleen Keel, 02 Dec 1976; citing New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13357, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,050,570.

Kathleen Keel, death notice, Vancouver Sun, December 4, 1976, page 48: “Keel – December 2, 1976 Kathleen Keel, aged 87 years, of Central Park Manor, 3730 Burke St., Burnaby. She is survived by her loving son, Lawrence, Burnaby and daughter, Eileen Cassidy, Coquitlam; 5 grandchildren; also her brother, Maurice Brown, Calgary, Alta. Funeral service Monday, December 6 r 1 p.m. from Royal Oak Funeral Chapel, 5100 Kingsway, South Burnaby, Rev. H. Irwin officiating. Interment Ocean View Cemetery.

 

Harold Percy Brown (brother of Kathleen Margaret Brown)

Harold Brown, University of Alberta Centenary, http://www.ualbertacentennial.ca/cgi-bin/people/displaybio.php?bio_id=747: “Harold Percy Brown was born March 22, 1886 in Guildford, Surrey, England to parents Fanny (Excell) and Stephen Brown. He was educated at Becckles College in Suffolk and worked as an accountant in England until moving to Canada in 1908.

Brown worked as an accountant in 1908-09 before moving to Alberta, where he continued his career in accounting until joining the University of Alberta as director of the Division of Visual Instruction with the Department of Extension. In 1927, he became the first program director and announcer at CKUA (“UA” for “University of Alberta”) radio.

An executive member of the Canadian Red Cross Society, Brown was also a founder of the Jasper Place Community League, the first such community league in Edmonton. In 1921, he became the first secretary of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, which, in 1960, awarded him a lifetime membership.

From 1936-55, Brown was secretary of the National Film Board of Canada’s Edmonton branch. In 1957, he received a certificate of commemoration at the Canadian Film Awards. He is also the recipient of a 1960 recognition award from the National Recreation Association of America and of a 1983 recognition award from the Edmonton Historical Board.

Brown married his first wife, Evelina Mann, in 1911. His second wife was a woman by the name of Jean. He had four children, Percy, Leslie, Ronald, and Margaret.

Brown passed away November 17, 1965 in Edmonton, Alberta.”

 

Maurice L. Brown (brother of Kathleen Margaret Brown)

MAURICE L. BROWN, Alberta, past and present : historical and biographical, volume 2, by John Blue, Chicago, Illinois, Pioneer Historical Publishing Company, 1924, Page 247, https://archive.org/stream/albertapastprese02blue#page/247/mode/1up; Page 248, https://archive.org/stream/albertapastprese02blue#page/248/mode/1up

One of the substantial men of Edmonton is Maurice L. Brown, who has worked his way steadily upward in the business world until he is now secretary and treasurer of the Hook Signs, Limited, and judged by the past his future career will be well worth watching. He was born at Windsor, Berkshire, England, May 22, 1895, a son of Stephen and Fannie (Excell) Brown, who were also natives of that country and are now residents of Vancouver. They came to Canada about 1880 and the father was for many years engaged in the grocery business, but is now living retired, enjoying in well- earned rest the fruits of his former toil. He and his wife are members of the Church of England. They became parents of six children, four of whom are living: Harold P., who is visual instructor at the University of Alberta; Elsie, the wife of E. F. Peacock, a contractor of Los Angeles, California; Kathleen, the wife of A. J. Keel, an accountant of Vancouver; and Maurice L.

Maurice L. Brown pursued his education in the schools of Windsor and of eastern Canada and became a newsboy in Kingston, Ontario, at a very early age, since which time he has provided for his own support. He arrived in Edmonton in 1912, when a youth of seventeen and here studied accounting, after which he followed the business for a short time. He then became connected with the Hook Signs, Limited, and working his way upward with the corporation was eventually elected secretary and treasurer of the company, which does a very large sign painting business. The excellence of its work and the probity of its business methods have secured for the firm an extensive patronage and its work is found in various parts of the province. The firm belongs to the Outdoor Advertising Association of Canada and the United States and has widely distributed outdoor painting displays for Edmonton.

In 1916 Mr. Brown was married to Miss Luella Catherine Clyde, who was born in Valleyfield, Quebec, They have one child, Phyllis Luella, who is three years of age. The parents are members of the Presbyterian church and take an active and helpful interest in its work. Mr. Brown belongs to the Edmonton Beard of Trade and to the Edmonton Rotary Club and of the latter he is now a director, while for two years previous he was chairman of the entertainment committee. He finds recreation in golf and tennis but the major part of his time and attention is devoted to his business, which is steadily growing in volume and importance. His course has ever been a forward one since he started out to earn his living as a newsboy and as the years have passed he has advanced step by step until his position in commercial circles is a most creditable one.”

 

Ronald Christopher Brown (brother of Kathleen Margaret Brown)

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Brown, Ronald Christopher; Regimental Number: 432010; Date of Birth: 14/11/1895; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1176 – 42; Item Number:70136; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=70136. Digitized service file – PDF format; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B1176-S042.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, In memory of Ronald Christopher Brown, June 3, 1916, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/922480?Ronald%20Christopher%20Brown.

“In Memory of Gallant Dead,” Bulletin Snapshots of Edmonton and District, The Edmonton Bulletin, July 8, 1916, Page 4; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1916/07/08/4/Ar00402.html?query=newspapers%7C%22a+j+keel%22%7C%28publication%3AEDB%29%7Cscore: “A very impressive memorial services was held on Wednesday evening at St. John’s church, Jasper Place, in memory of Ronald C. Brown, the 19-year-old bugler of the 49th Battalion, who was killed in action on June 3rd. The relative[s] present included Harold P. Brown, brother; Maurice L. Brown, brother, and Mrs. A.J. Keel., sister, a large number of friends being also present. . . .[Includes further description of ceremony.]”

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