Ella BREWIN 
- Born: 24 Mar 1871, Isleworth MDX
- Marriage: Rev Maurice Ingram HOLME  on 27 Jun 1909 in Brighton SSX
- Died: 27 Feb 1952, Wreccclesham SRY aged 80
Between 1901 and 1906, before she married, Ella travelled twice to Canada (1901 and 1902) and to several times to Jamaica to visit relatives. Her brother Francis (Frank) married, Amea, the daughter of Hon. Andrew George Blair (Canadian Minister of Railroads & Canals) and his wife Annie Elisabeth (nee Thompson).These are Ella's letters to her mother.
James Holme 2018.
James has published his grandmothers letters from these visits to Nth America see:
These are also on on this website see Home Page - Books - My Dearest Mother Canada 1901 or 1902
Julius Jottings June 1901 No 5.
Miss Brewin is at present in Ottawa, on a visit to the Blairs.
Julius Jottings Jan 1902 No 6.
Ella Brewin writes at great length about her trip to Canada, she crossed on the Corinthian arriving in Quebec 5 May 1901. Continuing on to Montreal she was met by her sister-in-law Amea Blair where they took a train to Ottawa, "I had my first experience of a Canadian train, which is most luxurious after our English carriages. In the Parlour Car you have a comfortable armchair, a pillow, and footstool; also you could buy papers, books, fruit, sweets, and even chewing gum, to while away the time". She was met by her hosts, the Hon A G and Mrs Blair with a hearty welcome "which is ever accorded to, and so much appreciated by all English people visiting Canadians, whose kindness and hospitality are proverbial". With her hosts she travelled extensively in eastern Canada and the USA, sometimes in Mr Blair's private car, "The Ottawa" which was attached to the end of an ordinary train. She commented on the USA, "From a tourists point of view, I cannot say I liked Boston at all, or ever wish to go to an American town again. The paths are very crowded with a pushing, rushing, twangy set of people, who all seem to be shopping in their enormous stores, which have all the things piled on the counters like an inferior Whiteleys at sale times. Servers who do not trouble to do anything, or care whether you buy or not, and awful lifts, which dropped from one story to another at a rate which makes you feel as if you had been for a week at sea in a fearful storm!" . . . . .
Ella enjoyed a stay at and the grandeur of the Niagara Falls "We dined at a charming hotel (though the waiters were all nigger's), and had frogs saddles for one of our many courses."
She travelled with Amea to St John New Brunswick, which delighted her, staying at Fredericton on the banks of the St John River. She mentions the enormous 25ft. tides of the Bay of Fundy, and the picturesque scenery. Then up to Quebec, finding French cooking "too greasy" to her taste, a trip on the Saguenay River. Other highlights included "a grand display of the Northern Lights, one evening", and being driven from the garden by a skunk.
Finally "I stayed with Mr and Mrs Thompson, in their country house, just on the banks of the Kennebecasis, with a most lovely view down this beautiful river. There, I spent a most delightful 10 days in perfect weather, yachting, sailing, canoeing, bathing, picnicking, and driving, and I must frankly own that I was very sorry when at Rimouski, on July 28th, I went on board the "Tunisian" with the mail's for England. I had a fair passage home, fog for 48 hours, but no icebergs, to my sorrow and the Captain's joy" . . . . .
Your affectionate cousin,
A grave containing twins adjoins that of Maurice & Ella, they were probably lost at birth.
Image courtesy of James Holme 2018
1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Somers Villa Isleworth MDX. Ella is shown at her fathers house aged 1 month born Isleworth
2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 78 Church Rd Richmond SRY. Ella is recorded as a daughter aged 10 scholar born Isleworth MDX
3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 19 Strawberry Hill Rd Twickenham MDX. Ella is recorded as a daughter single aged 20 born Isleworth MDX
4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 19 Strawberry Hill Rd Twickenham MDX. Ella is recorded as a daughter single aged 30 born Isleworth MDX
5. Family Group, Abt 1902, St Paul Minnesota USA.
Ella wrote from North America 1st October 1902:
"We reached St Paul, Minnesota about 11 & went into the city. Mr Blair took us into several furniture & picture shops, then he left May1, Audrey2, Dr MacCarthy3 & me, & we had this awful photo taken. Dr MacCarthy is really rather like Cousin Monty, pleasant face, blue eyes & fair curly hair. The photographer put his hat like that & said "the two in front must sit close together", which upset us & then there was a notice in front of us "Gentlemen, please not spit, others must not" which was very upsetting."
1. May is a daughter of the Hon George Blair.
2. Kathleen Audrey Blair 1881 - 1948
3. Dr MacCarthy seems to be the family physician who is always a member of the party.
Ref. James Holme.
The question is are these the person's in this photo, if so who is who, can you help ?
6. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Bishopston Bristol. Ella is recorded as married 1 year aged 40 no children born Isleworth MDX
Ella married Rev Maurice Ingram HOLME  [MRIN: 340], son of Rev Robert HOLME  and Elizabeth LYON , on 27 Jun 1909 in Brighton SSX. (Rev Maurice Ingram HOLME  was born on 16 Dec 1878 in Brighton SSX, christened on 23 Jan 1879 in St Peter Brighton SSX and died on 5 Jul 1944 in Salisbury WIL.)