top of page

Braunds in Canada

We are currently looking for a volunteer to co-ordinate the Braunds and Braund descendants in Canada. If you are a Braund or Braund descendant living in Canada, or are related to the Canadian Braunds, please contact us if you'd like to be our Canadian co-ordinator.

More Braunds left England for Canada than any other destination. Some of them did so because of their connections to the fishing or shipbuilding industries, others were part of part of a widespread movement by members of the Bible Christian church. For more information see the article North Devon Exodus by Arthur Dark, or the thesis Faith, Fish, Farm or Family by Braund Society historian Janet Few, chapter 6 in particular.

Here is a list of Braund and Braund descendants who emigrated to Canada, before 1920. They represent almost every branch of the family, coming from branches 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 15 and 18. There is information about Braund branches here. Many of these emigrants have descendants who are still in Canada. There are also those living in Canada today, who emigrated more recently. The majority settled in what is now Ontario, although it might have been called Upper Canada or Canada West, when they arrived. Braunds went to other provinces too, establishing the clan in Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec.

Branch 1

In the 1820s, John and Grace Heysett née Braund took their family from Clawton, Devon to Quebec.

Samuel Braund Mary Ann Braund née Newcombe, with their five children, left Tavistock, Devon in the 1840s and settled in Dunnville, Ontario. Their story is told in Was the Grass Greener?. The article John Thomas Braund: how many lies can one man tell on a census return?, which is available on the Braund Stories page, relates to this family.

In 1849, John Braund and his wife Ann née Glanvill, left Black Torrington, Devon, to settle in Aurora, Ontario. Several of John's siblings emigrated to Australia.

Marwood Ashton, whose mother was a Braund, moved from Holsworthy, Devon to Ontario in the 1860s.

In the1880s James Ori Braund spent time in Montreal, Quebec, where he worked for a bank. He later returned to London.

Branch 2

In 1836, William and Harriet Braund née Eliott and family left Bucks Mills, Devon for Port Hope, Ontario. Members of Harriet's family also emigrated. Their story is told in Was the Grass Greener?.

Joseph and Charlotte Braund née Bond and family, moved from Clovelly, Devon to Newcastle, Ontario in 1868. Their story is told in Was the Grass Greener?.

In 1869, Thomas and Elizabeth Braund née Ford left north Devon for Halton, County, Ontario.

Robert Braund moved from Clovelly, Devon to Clarke, Ontario c.1870.

In 1889, William Found, whose mother was a Braund, moved from Bucks Mills, Devon to Canada in the 1910s.

In 1911, Leonard Braund left Bucks Mills, Devon for Haney, Vancouver, travelling on the Southwark.

Branch 3

Samuel and Eliza Braund née Abbott, with their son John, moved from Buckland Filleigh, Devon to Oshawa, Ontario c.1856.

Branch 4

John Braund, from Hartland, Devon, emigrated to Cobourg, Ontario, probably on the Alsace Lorraine in the 1840s. His story is told in Was the Grass Greener?, although much more has been discovered about John since that was written.

in 1907, brothers William James and Lewis William Braund, emigrated from Liverpool on the Victorian, leaving Bridgerule, Cornwall for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They return to England to encourage their younger brother Owen Harris Braund and some cousins on their mother's side, to join them. In 1912, they left for Canada. Lewis and Owen Braund were travelling on the Titanic and never arrived. After the tragedy, William James (Jim) returned to Cornwall to support his parents. Their story is told in Was the Grass Greener?.

In 1908, Florence Mary Heatley née Braund followed her husband Arthur to Hamilton, Ontario.

Branch 5

In the 1830s, William and Christian Johns née Braund and family of Buckland Brewer, Devon, moved to Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario.

Three sisters, daughters of William and Mary Oke née Braund, together with their brother, Hugh, who were born in Bradworthy, Devon, went to Port Hope and Mariposa, Ontario. 

Caroline Buley née Braund, who had been born in Bideford, Devon, emigrated, together with her husband, Thomas and at least one child, to York, Ontario.

Branch 6 

Brothers, Francis James and Charles Braund, grew up in Northfield, near Birmingham. Francis went to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1889 and Charles followed two years later on the Carthaginian.

In the 1890s, James Braund and his wife Ellen, née Hoskyn, left Exminster, Devon to settle in Calgary, Alberta.

Branch 7 

At least three children of George and Ann Braund née Balsdon of Black Torrington, Devon emigrated to Ontario. Dorothy, or Dolly, left in the 1840s, with her husband, Thomas Shute and went to Usborne Township. In 1852, her brother John went to London, Middlesex County, with his wife Elizabeth, née Metherell. Their brother, Digory, also left in the 1850s and went to Exeter in Huron County.

Branch 9

John and Hannah Braund or Brawn, took their son William Henry Grigg Brawn to live in Huron County, Ontario, probably in the 1850s.

Branch 12

John Braund, or Brawn, took his family to Reach Township, Ontario from Milton Damerel, Devon about 1857. There is an article, John Braund aka Brawn 1807-1881, Milton Damerel Devon, To Reach Township, Ontario, Canada on the Braund Stories page. His story is also told in Was the Grass Greener?.

Branch 13

In 1868, Susan Hill née Braund took her children from Northlew, Devon to join her husband, John, in Mariposa, Canada. For more about this family, see the article John Hill and Susan Braund: a life in Canada on the Braund Stories page. 

Branch 15

In the 1840s, Edward Braund and at least one of his children, left Tiverton, Devon  for Lambton, Ontario

Sydney Herbert left Ilfracombe for Vancouver, British Columbia in 1905, travelling on the Lake Manitoba. He later settled in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Branch 18

In the1880s, Edward Francis Braund moved from Lambeth, south London to Whitemouth, Manitoba.

bottom of page