Chapter 8.4

Richard Thomas Bramhill - Leeds, England

By Alan Jack Bramhill


My great-grandfather Richard Thomas Bramhill was born in 1874 in Leeds, England where he grew up, married and raised his family. His parents were Thomas Bramhill and Mary (Bairstow) Bramhill who were married in 1862 in Rotherham, Yorkshire. Richard Thomas had three sisters all of who were born in Rotherham, Yorkshire. They were Emma Carr, Adah and Mary Ellen Hutchinson.


Emma Carr and Mary Ellen were both married at the turn of the 20th Century and moved to Pritchard, British Columbia to work on farms. Mary Ellen Bramhill married John Hutchinson in 1886 in Rotherham and they emigrated to Canada in 1887. Adah and Emma Bramhill married two brothers.  Adah Bramhill married Alfred Carr in 1890 in Rotherham (they remained in England).  Emma Bramhill married Alfred's brother Edmund Carr.  Edmund and Emma Carr emigrated to Canada around 1911.


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Richard Thomas Bramhill and Elizabeth Gilberthorpe Family

The photo is from about 1908.

Left to right: Elizabeth (Gilberthorpe) Bramhill, Adah (in Elizabeth's lap),

Richard Thomas, Isaac (Jack), Constance (in front of Isaac),

Gertrude and Richard Henry.


Richard Thomas Bramhill, married Elizabeth Gilberthorpe and they had six children...Gertrude, Adah, Constance (Connie), Isaac (Jack-my namesake), Richard Henry (my grandfather), and Edward. (Mark Peoples tells me that there was a seventh child called Isabel but that is yet to be confirmed).


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This is a photo from about 1904 - from left to right are: Constance, Gertrude, Isaac (Jack) and Richard Henry.





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My grandfather Richard Henry Bramhill was born June 25, 1900 in Leeds, England. He married Alice Mason in 1922 in Leeds, England. Alice was born March 21, 1906 in Blackpool, England. They had two children in England: Alan Richard Bramhill (my father) born in 1923 and Mary born in 1924.




This is another photo from around 1900 of Richard Thomas Bramhill (my great-grandfather).




Richard Thomas Bramhill was an Inventor. One of the items he invented and patented was a device to fix broken umbrella arms. He called it the The Gampclip”. Click here to see more about the Gampclip.



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The photo on the left from 1921 is of

Richard Henry Bramhill (my grandfather).


Our "Nana" had two maiden names. She was born Alice Aspinall, but her first Dad died when she was very small and her mother remarried a fellow called Mason. Thus she was Alice (Aspinall) Mason when she met our grandfather Richard Henry Bramhill. Nana had a sad childhood; she lost her first dad when she was small, then after she was Alice Mason, her full-blood-brother drowned. Then before she was even a teenager her mother died. So before she married granddad, she was a total orphan being raised by a stepfather and a stepmother. Nana loved her stepfather very much. Her stepmother was very mean to her though. She worked as a seamstress and then when she was a teenager her family moved from Blackpool to Leeds and that’s where she met our grandfather Richard Henry Bramhill.


They met soon after granddad returned from the First World War. He lied about his age so he could enlist in the Royal Flying Corp. He served from 1916-1918. In 1921 they were engaged. In 1922 they married. Our father, Alan Richard Bramhill was born in June 1923 and our Auntie Mary Bramhill was born in 1924.


Jack Bram5In 1926, our grandparents then emigrated to Canada leaving Liverpool on the SS Montcalm (which became a troop carrier the SS Wolfe during the Second World War) and arrived in Quebec City. There they hopped on a train for the long journey west to Pritchard, British Columbia.







Alice (Aspinall/Mason) Bramhill my grandmother and wife of Richard Henry Bramhill - taken in 1926.






My grandfather Richard Henry Bramhill came to Canada for economic reasons and to help his Uncle Edmund Carr and his Aunt Emma Carr (nee Bramhill - Richard Thomas Bramhill’s sister) on the Carr farm in Pritchard, British Columbia. Nana cried all the way from Leeds to Liverpool and even when she arrived in Canada, because her stepfather Mr. Mason was dying. He died soon after our grandparents arrived in Pritchard.


You can imagine what it was like to leave a cultured, civilized city like Leeds, England, to go to Pritchard in 1926: bush, no paved roads, no electricity, no running water, outhouses, hillbillies, native Indians for neighbours dropping by and scaring (they weren’t bad guys they were being neighbourly) Nana at first, until she got used to them. Plus there were wolves and coyotes, bears, hillbillies, moonshine stills...weekend dance hoedowns...I guess it wasn’t all was just a big culture shock for our little refined grandmother who became a mother at 17! My grandfather had another son, Kenneth Albert Bramhill who was born in April 1, 1929 in BC.


My father Alan Richard Bramhill married Constance (Connie) Connor in 1945 and they had eight children.


My Aunt Mary (deceased 1972) married Walter Tayler in 1953 and they had two children: Donna Tayler (of Vancouver, BC) and Gary Tayler (Penticton, BC).


My Uncle Kenneth Albert (deceased 1997) married Margaret Jean Webster (deceased 1988) in 1951 and they had four children: Richard Edward (of Fort Nelson, BC), Carol Anne (also of Fort Nelson), Kenneth Douglas (again Fort Nelson) and Barbara Jean (Chilliwack, BC).




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Alan Richard Bramhill married Constance (Connie) Connor in 1945 and they had eight children: Terrance (deceased 1966), Alana, Alice Darlene, Brian Thomas, Robert Edward, Alan Jack (me), Bruce Wayne and Keith Gregory.

Mr. Alan Richard Bramhill passed away at Mt. Cartier Court Extended Care of Queen Victoria Hospital, Revelstoke on Monday, February 27th, 2006 at the age of 82 years. A Celebration of Life Service was held from the Chapel of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home on March 3rd, 2006 — cremation with interment of the cremated remains at a later date in the family plot of Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the lllecillewaet Greenbelt Society care of the City of Revelstoke.

Alan was born in Leeds, England on June 8, 1923 and moved to Pritchard in 1926. He lived in Albert Canyon, moved to Revelstoke, married in 1945 and he and his family had a working farm with several animals on Loop Road, South Revelstoke. He held many jobs during his life, including working as a CPR fireman, a sawyer in sawmills, working for the Department of Highways and finally on road maintenance for Parks Canada for 36 years. Alan enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and trees. He was interested in people and liked talking about world events and politics. Alan especially loved camping and walking his dog Riley.








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Alan was predeceased by his son Terry in 1966, granddaughter Lisa Carachelo in 1985 and two siblings:
Kenneth Albert Bramhill and Mary Tayler. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Connie of Revelstoke; seven children: Alana (Butch) Carachelo of Revelstoke, Darlene (Wade) Pascoe of Calgary, Brian Bramhill of Salmon Arm, Bob (Julie) Bramhill of Edmonton, Jack (Lucero) Bramhill of Burnaby, Bruce (Linda) Bramhill of Edmonton and Keith Bramhill and good friend Vivian Mitchell of Revelstoke; four grandchildren: Melvin (Tracy) Carachelo of Revelstoke, Patrick Pascoe of Calgary, Leanne (Gary) Daw of Surrey and Tara (Cory) of Edmonton; five great grandchildren: Mitchell, Melanie, David, Kayla and Tyler as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.


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I married Lucero Chavez of Cali Colombia in October 1997. Lucero works as a federal public service civilian administrator for the RCMP. She knows of two RCMP members that live and work in BC and are Bramhill’s.

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I have discovered that I have two definite links to our branch of the Bramhill Family.


The first connection is with Mark Peoples of Montgomery, Alabama. It seems his maternal grandmother Constance Bramhill is the sister of my paternal grandfather Richard Henry Bramhill who both were from the Leeds, England branch of the family. I have already e-mailed both Will Bramhill of England and Mark Peoples of Montgomery, Alabama and I am awaiting a reply.



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The second connection was with Pat King of Kamloops, British Columbia. It appears that she is also related to my grandfather. It looks like Pat’s great-grandmother, Mary Ellen Bramhill, was my great-grand aunt. Her brother Richard Thomas Bramhill (yes his full name was Richard Thomas Bramhill) was my father’s father’s father. So, yes indeed it looks like we are third cousins. My grandfather, Richard Henry Bramhill was Mary Ellen Bramhill’s nephew. I have never seen the historical book of Pritchard "Pursuit of Memories" but I sure would like to see it. At the moment, I am in the process of putting together a photo scrapbook of photos of my branch of the Bramhill family dating from Leeds, England to Pritchard and up to the modern era.



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By Pat King

From a different viewpoint of the same family Pat King writes:


My first documentation of our Bramhill Family goes back to the marriage of Thomas Bramhill and Mary Bairstow in Rotherham, Yorkshire, on the 26th October 1862. The marriage certificate states that Thomas' age is 22 years at this time. It seems that both Thomas and Mary were born about 1840.  Thomas, a Cabinet Maker, was the son of John Bramhill. Thomas’ wife Mary, a Straw Bonnet Maker, was the daughter of Matthew and Ann Bairstow.


Thomas and Mary produced four children:

1. Mary Ellen Bramhill, born 20 October 1865, in Rotherham

2. Adah Bramhill, born 1867 in Rotherham

3. Emma Bramhill, born 15 October 1871 in Rotherham

4. Richard Thomas Bramhill, born 1874, in Rotherham.



1.  Mary Ellen Bramhill  (first child of Thomas and Mary Bramhill)

Hutch_Fam2Mary Ellen was my great grandmother.  On the 14th June 1886 she married John Thomas Hutchinson (JTH) in Rotherham.  At the time of their marriage, JTH was living in Rawmarsh.  He was the eldest child of Thomas and Mary Hutchinson and was born in Rawmarsh. It seems that the family originally came from the Timberland area of Lincolnshire and, after living in Rawmarsh for a few years, moved back to Timberland, where most of their other children were born.  John Thomas, it seems, returned to the area, probably to work in the coalmines.


John Thomas Hutchinson &

Mary Ellen Bramhill


John Thomas Hutchinson was a coal miner, as was his father, Thomas.  Family story explains that after JTH suffered an accident in the mine, his father suggested that they all pack up and leave for Canada.  It should also be noted that Thomas and Mary had lost four of their seven children, possibly to typhoid, and felt that life might be better for them elsewhere.


So, less than a year after their marriage, John Thomas and Mary Ellen, along with his parents Thomas and Mary, and his siblings, Francis and Susannah Hutchinson, the family left Liverpool on 17 March 1887.  They sailed on the SS Parisian and arrived in Halifax on 23 April 1887 - a 37-day voyage. The family then traveled by rail across Canada to Brandon, Manitoba.  Mary Ellen was pregnant at this time and within about two days of their arrival at their destination of Brandon, Mary Ellen gave birth to their first child, Mary Ellen ‘Nellie’, on 30 April 1887. JTH and Mary Ellen first moved to Little Souris south of Brandon before settling in a small farming community called Hayfield, which was not too far from Little Souris.  I believe that most of their children were born in Hayfield, although it seems that some of the younger family members were born in Brandon, in the years before their move west to British Columbia.


I believe it was in the latter part of 1910 that John Thomas and Mary Ellen packed up their family and moved to Pritchard, BC, a small community east of Kamloops, British Columbia.  It was here that their tenth child was born.


Family of John Thomas and Mary Ellen (Bramhill) Hutchinson

            Mary Ellen ‘Nellie’      Born 30 April 1887                  Brandon, Man

                                                            Died 13 November 1953, Kamloops, BC

            Adah Sushannah          Born 22 February 1889           Hayfield, Man

                                                            Died 25 February 1973, Vancouver, BC

            Edith                            Born 19 Sept. 1891                 Hayfield, Man

                                                            Died 15 Apr 1967, Vernon, BC

            Ruth                             Born 30 June 1892                  Hayfield, Man

                                                            Died 28 Jan. 1967, Vancouver, BC

            Jessie                           Born 27 June 1894                  Hayfield, Man

                                                            Died 13 Sept. 1993, Clearbrook, BC

            John Thomas               Born 6 Nov. 1895                    Hayfield, Man

                                                            Died 13 May 1986, Vancouver, BC

            Dorothy                       Born 27 Mar 1900                  Hayfield, Man

                                                            Died 16 June 1995, Burnaby, BC

            Hugh                            Born 26 Feb. 1902                   Brandon, Man.

                                                            Died 14 Sep. 1959, Vancouver

            Leonard                       Born 22 Aug. 1906,                 Brandon, Man

                                                            Died 5 Sep. 1987, Kamloops, BC

            Gertrude Ethel            Born 18 Mar. 1911                 Pritchard, BC

                                                            Died 24 Aug. 1996, Burnaby, BC


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John Thomas & Mary Ellen Hutchinson and Family – About 1902

Back Row Standing (L to R):  Mary Ellen "Nellie" & Adah Sushannah

Middle Row:  John Thomas Jr., John Thomas, Edith, Dorothy, Hugh,

Mary Ellen (Bramhill)

Front Row Sitting:  Ruth and Jessie


John Thomas and Mary Ellen purchased land on the South Thompson River and in the spring of 1911, opened a general store within their home, selling groceries and dry goods.  Unfortunately, John Thomas died at the early age of 48 years, about two years after their arrival, and Mary Ellen was left with the store to run.  Nellie, who would have been about 25 years of age by this time, helped her mother, Mary Ellen, and together they ran the store for several years.  In later years, Nellie and her husband, Bert Boyde, would take over the responsibilities of the store and post office. Sometime later Mary Ellen moved to Vancouver as several of her children were living there by that time.  Although she was still living in Vancouver, Mary Ellen was on an extended visit with her daughter Nellie in Pritchard, when she passed away 20 May 1937.  She is buried in Vancouver.


2. Adah Bramhill (second child of Thomas and Mary Bramhill)

Adah married in 1888, in Rotherham, to Fred Carr.


3. Emma Bramhill (third child of Thomas and Mary Bramhill)

Emma married in 1890 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, to Edmund Carr, brother to her sister’s husband, Fred.  Emma and Edmund immigrated to BC about 1912, settled and farmed in the Pritchard area.  It is most likely that they chose this place to settle, as it was where her sister, Mary Ellen and her family had moved to about two years previously.  Emma died 31 Mar 1929 in Pritchard.  Edmund died on 21 December 1930.


4. Richard Thomas Bramhill (fourth child of Thomas and Mary Bramhill)

Richard is the great grandfather of Jack Bramhill of Burnaby. My grandmother, Adah Sushannah Hutchinson, was the second child of JTH and Mary Ellen.  She came with her family from Manitoba and married my grandfather, Rowland Joshua Denney_3Denney, on January 31, 1911.  Rowley had known the Hutchinson family in Brandon before he purchased property at Pritchard. It is likely that the Hutchinsons chose Pritchard for their move as they had known Rowley previously and he was probably engaged to be married to their daughter Adah by that time. Rowley and Adah farmed in the area for a few years as well as raising turkeys. 




Rowland Joshua, Adah Sushannah (Hutchinson) Denney with Joshua Rowland

Taken 1913



My father, Joshua Rowland Denney was born in Pritchard 13 August 1913.  The family of three then moved to Sooke, BC where Rowley worked on the fish traps.  They then moved to Victoria where their second son John Henry Tomlin Denney was born in 1919.  Soon after, the family moved back to Pritchard for about five years and, during this time, was very involved in the affairs of the community.  They then moved to the Vancouver area where they raised their two sons farmed and raised chickens and had an egg route. 



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They spent the rest of their lives in Vancouver with my grandfather, Rowley, passing away in 1958 and my grandmother, Adah, passing away in 1973. My father, Joshua Rowland Denney, married Eileen M. Walls on the 29 June 1938 and they had two children, a son, Raymond R. Denney and myself Patricia M Denney. My father lived in Vancouver until he passed away in 1996 and my mother has since moved to Kamloops.


Standing:  Rowland Joshua Denney

(Left to Right):  Joshua Rowland, John Henry, Adah Sushannah (Hutchinson) Denney

Taken 1923






Bob & Pat King

Taken 1988




My husband, Robert V. King and I married in September 1961 and have three children, Catherine, Douglas and Steven.  Cathy has two children, Cheryl and Trevor.  Bob and I were both born and raised in Vancouver and moved to Kamloops in 1979 when the company that Bob worked for as an accountant moved their head office to the interior of BC.



Richard Thomas Bramhill

By Mark Peoples


Richard Thomas Bramhill was born in 1874 in Leeds, England. His parents were Thomas Bramhill and Mary (Bairstow) Bramhill who were married in 1862 in Rotherham, Yorkshire. Richard Thomas had three sisters all of who were born in Rotherham, Yorkshire. They were Emma Carr, Adah and Mary Ellen Hutchinson.


Richard Thomas Bramhill, married Elizabeth Gilberthorpe and they had six children...Gertrude, Ada, Constance (Connie), Isaac, Richard Henry, and Edward (Eddie).


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Constance Bramhill's Wedding Photo

From left to right: Eddie Bramhill (about age 12), Elizabeth Bramhill,

Gertrude Bramhill (Wade), Francis Edwin Barrett (my grandfather - the groom), Constance Bramhill,

Alfred Wade (Gertrude's husband), Ada Bramhill,

Richard Thomas Bramhill








                                                Mark Peoples





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Sisters - Constance & Ada Bramhill




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Constance's Daughter

Audrey Constance Barrett

(now Audrey Constance Peoples

 - my mother)




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Ada & Audrey








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Gertrude, Audrey & Ada










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