Keel, Alfred John (1882-1958)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1919, page 625.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1919, page 625.

 

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

 

Family Background

Alfred John Keel was born in Milton, Kent, England, on March 15, 1882. His parents were Alfred Keel (1848-1917) and Ruth Gibson (1846-1893). Alfred Keel, Senior was a carpenter.

 

To Canada

It appears that Alfred arrived in Canada in 1906.

 

Ancestry.com. UK and Ireland, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: A J Keel; Gender: Male; Age: 23; Birth Date: abt 1883; Departure Date: 11 Jan 1906; Port of Departure: Liverpool, England; Destination Port: Halifax, Canada; Ship Name: Corinthian; Shipping Line: Allan Line; Master: T Pickering.

 

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.

 

Marriage to Kathleen Brown

On June 5, 1912, in Edmonton, he married Kathleen Margaret Brown. She was born in Windsor, England, on October 1, 1889. Her parents were Stephen Brown (1860-1939)  and Fanny Excell (1862–1934).

Edmonton Journal, June 6, 1912, page 14, columns 4-5.

 

Stephen Brown was baptized on March 25, 1860.

 

“England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KFG2-GH2 : 7 December 2017), Stephen Brown, 1860.

 

Fanny Excell was baptized on January 11, 1863.

 

Ancestry.com. Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1917 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Surrey History Centre; Woking, Surrey, England; Surrey Church of England Parish Registers; Reference: STK/4/3. Name: Fanny Excell; Baptism Date: 11 Jan 1863; Baptism Place: Stoke Next Guildford, St John the Evangelist, Surrey, England; Parish as it Appears: Stoke Next Guildford; Father: William Excell; Mother: Emma Excell.

 

Stephen and Fanny were married on April 27, 1885.

 

Ancestry.com. Surrey, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Surrey History Centre; Woking, Surrey, England; Reference Number: STK/2/7. Name: Stephen Brown; Gender: Male; Marriage Age: 25; Record Type: Marriage; Birth Year: abt 1860; Marriage Date: 27 Apr 1885; Marriage Place: Stoke Next Guildford, St John the Evangelist, Surrey, England; Parish as it Appears: Stoke Next Guildford; Father: John Brown; Spouse: Fanny Excell.

 

The Brown family remained in England until 1907. Stephen and some other members of the family arrived in Canada in June 1907. They were on their way to Newburgh, Ontario, where Stephen was planning to become a farmer.

 

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q3N-33L : 11 March 2018), Stephen Brown, Jun 1907; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-490, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

 

The Browns settled in Edmonton. They later lived in British Columbia.

Fanny died in Seattle, Washington on January 3, 1928.

 

 

Vancouver Province, January 6, 1928, page 28, column 5.

 

 

Edmonton Journal, January 4, 1928, page 12, column 1.

 

Stephen died in Saanich, British Columbia on September 11, 1939.

 

Victoria Daily Times, September 12, 1939, page 12, column 1.

 

Married Life in Edmonton

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

He and Kathleen remained in Edmonton until about 1918.

 

To Vancouver

About 1918, Alfred and Kathleen moved to Vancouver.

Alfred became a bookkeeper for Brown Brothers and Company, which was a florist company in Vancouver.

 

Brown Brothers and Company Limited, florists, 1922; 722 Granville Street – detail from Exterior of Mission Confectionery Company (728) and Brown Brothers and Company Florists (722) on Granville Street; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 371-885; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-mission-confectionery-company-728-and-brown-brothers-and-company-florists-722-on-granville-street.

 

From 1919 to 1921, the Keels lived at 1901 Beach Avenue.

In 1922, they moved to 3317 Rumble Street in Burnaby.

Alfred continued to work with Brown Brothers until the late 1920s. By about 1930, he was a clerk with the Municipality of Burnaby. He retired about 1948.

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

 

`Vancouver Sun, January 23, 1958, page 32, column 4.

Vancouver Sun, January 23, 1958, page 32, column 4.

 

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

 

Vancouver Sun, December 4, 1976, page 48, column 5.

 

Alfred and Kathleen had the following children.

 

Eileen Keel

Eileen Keel was born in Vancouver on October 13, 1918.

She was a talented student who won many awards for academic achievements.

 

Vancouver Sun, July 23, 1932, page 19, column 3.

 

About 1951, she married Roy Cassidy. He was born in Burnaby, British Columbia on January 10, 1927.

Roy died on November 8, 2014.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 21, 2014, page B11, column 1.

 

Eileen died in Coquitlam, British Columbia on January 27, 2017.

 

Eileen Cassidy; death notice, Vancouver Sun, published on February 3, 2017; https://vancouversunandprovince.remembering.ca/obituary/eileen-cassidy-1065943549.

 

Lawrence Albert Keel

Lawrence Albert Keel was born in New Westminster, British Columbia on August 28, 1929.

On November 9, 1954, in Burnaby, he married Jane Candy Stone, who was a registered nurse. Her parents were William George Albert Stone (1885-1979) and Ann Grange (1891-1979).

 

Vancouver Province, November 16, 1954, page 23, columns 5-6.

 

Lawrence died in Burnaby, British Columbia on September 27, 1994.

 

Vancouver Province, September 28, 1994, page C2, column 4.

 

 

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Alfred Keel (father of Alfred John Keel)

Alfred Keel (1848–1917); Birth: OCTOBER 1848, Milton, Kent; Death: 07 DEC 1917, East Grinstead, Sussex, England (ancestry.ca).

“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)

Ruth Gibson (1847–1893); Birth: 1847, Frinsted, Kent, England; Death: JULY 1893, Milton, Kent (ancestry.ca).

“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

Alfred John Keel (1882–1958); BIRTH: 15 MAR 1882, Sittingbourne, Kent, England; Death: 21 JAN 1958 (ancestry.ca).

“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 Brown, 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 delightful 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.”

“Canada, Prairie Provinces Census, 1916,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KM5F-PYK : 11 March 2018), Alfred J Keel, Alberta, Canada; citing p. 14, line 20; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,434,965.

“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.”

 

Stephen Brown (father of Kathleen Margaret Brown)

Stephen Brown (1860–1939); Birth: FEBRUARY 1860, Frant, Sussex, England; Death: 10 SEP 1939, Saanich, British Columbia (ancestry.ca).

Stephen Brown (25 March 1860 – Deceased); https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/MFC3-LGS.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JS5P-QXP : 21 March 2020), Stephen Brown, 1860.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MP-DT4X : 24 October 2019), Stephen Brown in household of John Brown, Tonbridge, Kent, 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.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KD8S-PSK : 25 April 2019), Stephen Brown in entry for John Brown, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q277-VRNL : 10 December 2017), Stephen Brown in household of Christopher Wrist, Guildford St Nicholas, Surrey, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 5, Piece/Folio 778/35, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,398.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DTP-PS4 : 22 May 2014), Stephen Brown, 1885; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1885, quarter 2, vol. 2A, p. 108, Guildford, Surrey, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QFXB-KMM : 2 May 2019), Stephen Brown, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Surrey county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS3V-WQ4 : 20 May 2019), Stephen Brown, Clewer, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Windsor subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-JL8B : 16 March 2018), Stephen Brown, 1911; citing Census, Edmonton Sub-Districts 62-75, Alberta, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,653.

Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 17; Census Place: Burnaby, New Westminster, British Columbia; Page Number: 5. Name: Stephen Brown; Gender: Male; Marital status: Married; Age: 61; Birth Year: abt 1860; Birth Place: England; Relation to Head of House: Head; Spouse’s name: Fannie Brown; Father Birth Place: England; Mother Birth Place: England; Year of Immigration: 1907; Racial or Tribal Origin: English; Province or Territory: British Columbia; District: New Westminster; District Number: 2; Sub-District: Burnaby; Sub-District Number: 46; City, Town or Village: Burnaby Municipality; Section Number: 3317; Municipality: Ward 1; Occupation: Bergone; Household Members: Stephen Brown: 61; Fannie Brown: 59.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVP-G9P : 8 November 2017), Stephen Brown, 1939.

 

Fanny Excell (mother of Kathleen Margaret Brown)

Fanny Excell (1862–1934); Birth: APRIL 1862, Deptford, Kent, England; Death: MAR 1934, Guildford, Surrey, England (ancestry.ca).

Fanny Excell (1862 – Deceased); https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/MXKR-3HH.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N8Q-827 : 1 October 2014), Fanny Excell, 1862; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Greenwich, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKTN-9JW : 19 March 2020), Fanny Excell, 1863.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRNN-JHF : 29 September 2019), Fanny Excell in entry for William Excell, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q277-V77C : 10 December 2017), Fanny Exell, Worplesdon, Surrey, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 19, Piece/Folio 773/37, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,396.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DT5-D15 : 13 December 2014), Fanny Excell, 1885; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1885, quarter 2, vol. 2A, p. 108, Guildford, Surrey, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QFX1-8MM : 2 May 2019), Fanny Brown in household of Stephen Brown, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Surrey county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS3V-WQH : 20 May 2019), Fanny Brown in household of Stephen Brown, Clewer, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Windsor subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-JL81 : 16 March 2018), Fanny Brown in entry for Stephen Brown, 1911; citing Census, Edmonton Sub-Districts 62-75, Alberta, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,653.

1921 Canada Census; Fannie Brown in household of Stephen Brown; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 17; Census Place: Burnaby, New Westminster, British Columbia; Page Number: 5. Name: Stephen Brown; Gender: Male; Marital status: Married; Age: 61; Birth Year: abt 1860; Birth Place: England; Relation to Head of House: Head; Spouse’s name: Fannie Brown; Father Birth Place: England; Mother Birth Place: England; Year of Immigration: 1907; Racial or Tribal Origin: English; Province or Territory: British Columbia; District: New Westminster; District Number: 2; Sub-District: Burnaby; Sub-District Number: 46; City, Town or Village: Burnaby Municipality; Section Number: 3317; Municipality: Ward 1; Occupation: Bergone; Household Members: Stephen Brown: 61; Fannie Brown: 59.”

“Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3PL-Q8P : 10 March 2018), Fanny Brown, 03 Jan 1928; citing Seattle, King, Washington, reference 14, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Olympia; FHL microfilm 2,022,479.

 

Kathleen Margaret Brown (wife of Alfred John Keel)

Kathleen Margaret Brown (1889–); Birth: OCTOBER 1889, Guildford, Surrey, England; Death: Unknown (ancestry.ca).

“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.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QFX1-LMM : 2 May 2019), Katherine M Brown in household of Stephen Brown, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Surrey county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS3V-WQ8 : 20 May 2019), Kathleen M Brown in household of Stephen Brown, Clewer, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Windsor subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Canada, Prairie Provinces Census, 1916,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KM5F-PY2 : 11 March 2018), Kathleen Keel in household of Alfred J Keel, Alberta, Canada; citing p. 14, line 21; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,434,965.

“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.

 

Eileen Keel (daughter of Alfred John Keel)

Eileen Cassidy (October 13, 1918 – January 27, 2017); death notice; published on February 3, 2017; Vancouver Sun https://vancouversunandprovince.remembering.ca/obituary/eileen-cassidy-1065943549: “Eileen Cassidy was born Oct 13 1918 in Vancouver and died Jan 27 2017 in Coquitlam. She survived by; her daughters Shawneen (Al) & Sherrill (Bruce), Grand hildren Leida (James) & Sean (Meghan), Great grandchildren Tavin, Riley & Wyatt, her special foster daughters Lan Chun & Mui Chun in Hong Kong & nieces, nephew & extended family here & the USA. In Eileen’s youth she was the proud recipient of the Governor General’s Excellence award & continued her education at UBC in the field of education. She was a long term resident of Coquitlam & a local high school & elementary school teacher for many years. Since retiring she dedicated her days to her family & her garden. She continued her love for dance by line dancing well into her 90’s. A celebration of Eileen’s life will be held on Sun Feb 12th from 11am-2pm at The Poirier Sports Complex 633 Poirier St.”

 

Lawrence Albert Keel (son of Alfred John Keel)

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1994-09-019267; Lawrence Keel; date of death: September 27, 1994; place of death: Burnaby; age at death: 65; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/9f3ffc98-366d-4847-8719-5ba6a42b0854; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/4b98ce87-e938-412d-a27d-f23e74e10f82.

 

Edna Givony (listed as daughter of Alfred John Keel in 1916 Canada Prairie census)

“Canada, Prairie Provinces Census, 1916,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KM5F-PYG : 11 March 2018), Edna Givony in household of Alfred J Keel, Alberta, Canada; citing p. 14, line 23; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,434,965.

 

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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