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.


Richard Thomas Bramhill and Elizabeth Gilberthorpe Family

        The photo to the right is from about 1908 - from left to right are: 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). 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 a photo from about 1904 - from left to right are: Constance, Gertrude, Isaac (Jack) and Richard Henry.


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


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 thatís 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.

        In 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. 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 Bramhillís 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.

        This photo on the right, taken in 1926, is Alice (Aspinall/Mason) Bramhill my grandmother and wife of Richard Henry Bramhill.

        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 werenít 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 wasnít 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.

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

Alan Richard Bramhill

        Alan Richard Bramhill married Constance (Connie) Conner 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 ó 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.

        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.


Alan Jack Bramhill

      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.

        The second connection was with Pat King of Kamloops, British Columbia. It appears that she is also related to my grandfather. It looks like Patís 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 fatherís fatherís father. So, yes indeed it looks like we are third cousins. My grandfather, Richard Henry Bramhill was Mary Ellen Bramhillís 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.
   I married Lucero Chavez in October 1997. 


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).

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

Sisters - Constance & Ada Bramhill


Constance's Daughter
Audrey Constance Barrett (now Audrey Constance Peoples - my mother)


Ada & Audrey


Gertrude, Audrey & Ada

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