Emma Elizabeth Dawe1,2

(circa 1870 - October 1890)
FatherNathaniel Dawe1 (cir. Mar 1831 - Jan 1915)
MotherCatherine Watts1 (cir. 1831 - Nov 1921)
Relationship2nd cousin 3 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Emma Elizabeth Dawe was born cir. 1870 ENG.1
     Emma Elizabeth Dawe married Alexander Cowan on 14 Jul 1890 St James (Ang.), Montreal, QUE, CAN, entry reads: Alexander Cowan, clerk, and Emma Elizabeth Dawe, spinster both of the Ctiy of Montreal and Province of Quebec, Dominion of Canada, were duly married by authority of Licence on the fourtheenth day of July eighteen hundred and ninety By me John Walker, Curate
This marriage was solemnized between us (signed) Alex Cowan, Emma Elizabeth Dawe
In the presence of who have hereunder signed their names
J A Smart, Katie Smart.2
     Emma Elizabeth Cowan died in Oct 1890 Montreal, QUE, CAN; 29th may be dth or burial date, no further id, but is assumed to be this Emma given absence from further records.1,2,3
     The importance of checking witnesses!
Emma's family has been a bit elusive.
After finding them, some years ago, in the 1881 census of Montreal, they'd disappeared, apart from a 1901 census that might be her parents, if they'd significantly lied about their ages.
This time round, looking for Emma, the marriage of an Emma Elizabeth DAWE in Montreal was found, but with no parents noted. Witnesses J A & Katie SMART.
That surname sounded a bit familiar. Back in 1881 the family had a Julius SMART lodging with them. Given Emma's sister was Catherine, perhaps she had married Julius? And so it turned out, with her marriage to Julius helpfully naming her parents to definitively tie the family together.
All of this find just shifts the mystery as Alex and Emma weren't yet visible beyond this marriage.
Nathaniel's burial in Mt Royal provided the next lead with FindAGrave identifying several other burials that might account for most of the family, including an Oct 1890 death or burial of an Emma Bessie COWAN.
Alexander may, or may not, be the widower remarrying in 1898.
Would like to confirm the above if anyone has defnitive information to compare.4

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     Emma Elizabeth Dawe appeared on the census of 1881 Ste-Lawrence Ward, Montreal, QUE, CAN, in the household of Nathaniel Dawe and Catherine Watts as daughter of Nathaniel.1 Emma Elizabeth Dawe and Alexander Cowan were likely to be in 1891 not immediately obvious to date.


Alexander Cowan (say 1870 - )
ChartsMy direct DAWE line
Last Edited30 Aug 2013


  1. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), 1881 Canadian Census: Montreal, QUE FHL Film 1375856 NA Film C-13220 Dist 90 Sub-dist I Division 5 Page 37 Hsehold 189 (as initially found by Val S), extracted Aug 2005.
  2. Drouin Collection, 1621-1967 (QUE) online at http://ancestry.com, Marr. 14 Jul 1890 Emma Elizabeth DAWE & Alexander COWAN, St James the Apostle, Anglican, Montreal, QUE, extracted from image Jun 2013.
  3. Find A Grave online at http://findagrave.com, Dth/Bur. 29 Oct 1890 Emma Bessie COWAN, memorial 108127341, extracted Jun 2013.
  4. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Jun 2013.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.