Notes on Families

Brittain

Photograph of the Brittain Family, Ottawa, Ontario

Photograph of the Brittain Family, Ottawa, Ontario 1914, Photo © CMC

Edwin Lester Brittain was a native of New Brunswick who enjoyed photography. In the late 1880s, he arrived in Ottawa, Ontario, where he built two summer homes just east of what is known today as Britannia Beach. Following his marriage in 1899, Brittain also maintained a winter home on Gilmour Street in Ottawa. Brittain held a position in the upper-middle rank of the “finance department”, possibly the federal government’s Department of Finance. Brittain and his wife, Sarah Louise Code, had four children: Code, Edith, Lester and Frances.

Hon. Erskine Henry Bronson, (Pres. Bronson & Weston Lumber Co.) Minister without Portfolio, Govt. of Ontario (b. Sept. 12, 1844) Ottawa, Ont.

Hon. Erskine Henry Bronson, (Pres. Bronson & Weston Lumber Co.) Minister without Portfolio, Govt. of Ontario (b. Sept. 12, 1844) Ottawa, Ont.Jan. 1895, Photo © CMC

Bronson

The Honourable Erskine Henry Bronson (1844–1920) was the eldest son of Henry Franklin Bronson, a lumber baron who settled in the Ottawa area. He was an alderman of the City of Ottawa (1886–1898) and a member of Ontario Premier, the Honourable Oliver Mowatt's cabinet (1872–1896).

Gowan

Ogle Gowan was a prominent Orangeman, journalist, farmer, and politician. He was born in Mount Nebo, County Wexford, Ireland in 1803: the sixth son of John Hunter Gowan, a prominent landlord, magistrate, and captain of the Wexford Yeomanry, and his second wife, Margaret Hogan. Gowan was married to Francis Anne Turner of Wexford (d. 1852) and had 11 children.

Graham

Dr. Charles Everett Graham was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1844. In early 1845, the family moved to Bytown (today’s Ottawa, Ontario), when his father was appointed customs and excise officer for the Port of Ottawa. Charles Everett Graham graduated from McGill University with a medical degree at the age of 20 in 1865, and worked as an assistant to Dr. James Grant of Ottawa until 1866, when he established his own practice in Hull (today’s Gatineau, Quebec). He married Florence Mildred Wright, and had two children Charles Kenneth (d. 1921) and T.G. Mayburry (d. 1970).

McNicol- Nairne

John McNicol Nairne was born in 1808 or 1809 at Murray Bay, Quebec — the son of Magdalen (Madie) Nairne (1767–1839) and Peter McNicol, and the grandson of Colonel John Nairne, the first seigneur of Murray Bay. John McNicol Nairne was heir to the seigniory, although it belonged to his mother during her lifetime. In 1834, when his father Peter McNicol died, John became seigneur. It seemed desirable that the name of the first seigneur should be continued and, in 1834, by royal warrant, John McNicol adopted the name and arms of Nairne. Shaw John Milton Shaw (1859–1926) was a Freemason born in Port Dover, Ontario, but later moved to Keene, Ontario to begin his medical practice. Shaw and his family moved to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1905.

Photograph of John Milton Shaw in his Freemason regalia

Photograph of John Milton Shaw in his Freemason regaliaca. 1900, Photo © CMC

Shaw

John Milton Shaw (1859–1926) was a Freemason born in Port Dover, Ontario, but later moved to Keene, Ontario to begin his medical practice. Shaw and his family moved to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1905.

Smith

Hon. Frank Smith, (Senator) (b. Mar. 13, 1822 - d. Jan. 17, 1901), Ottawa, Ont.

Hon. Frank Smith, (Senator) (b. Mar. 13, 1822 - d. Jan. 17, 1901), Ottawa, Ont. Apr. 1879, Photo © CMC

Sir Frank Smith (1822–1901) was a businessman and politician born in Richhill, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and was the son of Patrick Smith. He was married to Mary Theresa O’Higgins (d. 1896), and they had two sons and three daughters.

Upton

Colonel William R. Upton was born in 1811 in Birmingham, England. In 1827, he went to Russia with his parents, and in 1845 he married Charlotte Rowles, an Englishwoman who was living there with her parents. He left Russia with his family around 1855, during the Crimean War, and came to Canada shortly thereafter, settling near Ottawa, Ontario. He had one son, William R. Upton, and died in 1893 on the family farm near Ottawa.