James KINSMAN Alexander Duncan KINSMAN Beatrice Mary Forrester KINSMAN Elizabeth Louise KINSMAN Elizabeth Ann Hamilton BROWN Elizabeth KINSMAN Agnes Mair KINSMAN Helen Douglas KINSMAN Elizabeth KINSMAN Agnes King DUNCAN Mini tree diagram
1885 Alexander Kinsman 1918 MI

1885 Alexander Kinsman 1918 MI

Alexander KINSMAN

20th Oct 18851,2 - 13th Sep 1918

Life History

20th Oct 1885

Born in Burntisland, Fife.1,2

5th Apr 1891

Recorded in census in Lasswade, Midlothian (Pentland Row #75).1

31st Mar 1901

Recorded in census in Newcraighall, Midlothian (Second Avenue #35).2

15th May 1909

Emigrated from Glasgow, Lanark

Travelling Steerage on the TSS Hesperian of the Allan Line. recorded as beign a Miner by trade.

23rd May 1909

Immigrated to Quebec, Ontario, Canada

Miner, intended destination Lethbridge, Alberta

13th Oct 1911

Married Elizabeth Ann Hamilton BROWN in Hosmer, British Columbia, Canada.3

The following is quoted from a letter written by Elizebeth Anne Hamilton [Brown] Kinsman to Agnes [Kinsman] Hardiman about November 1917.

"Your letter has just arrived after following us half around Canada. Alick had only left Fernie for Nordegg when that dreadful explosion which wipped out nearly 50 men it would have been his shift of men that was in and the place where he worked the men are not out of it yet.

Well it was four months before I was able to follow Alik to Nordegg. I was so sick though you would hardly think so by the enclosed photo. Well after going away up North I had only landed two weeks and my furniture was not all uncrated when Alex got a wire to come down here to Three Hills where he is manager of quite a decent little mine."

Alexander and Elizabeth both caught the Spanish Flu and died with six weeks of each other. After the death of Alexander and Elizabeth, the three children were sent back to Elie, Scotland to live with Elizabeth's parents. Alexander's sister Agnes and her hausband Harry Hardiman in Nova Scotia had offered to raise the children, however their offer was declined. Since Elizabeth was the last to die, custody of the children went to her parents in Scotland.

[rmfleming89 originally shared this to Mike Fleming Family Tree at ancestry.com]


Birth of son Alexander Duncan KINSMAN in Hosmer, British Columbia, Canada


Birth of daughter Beatrice Mary Forrester KINSMAN in Hosmer, British Columbia, Canada

19th Jun 1916

Birth of daughter Elizabeth Louise KINSMAN in Hosmer, British Columbia, Canada

13th Sep 1918

Died in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada


  • Alexander was very tall and bald.  When Alexander decided to marry Elizabeth, her mother's parents objected. Grandma Brown seems to have cauused them problems for a fair length of time. Eventually Alexander went to Canada with two of his sisters. He later sent for Elizabeth and when she joined him they were married in Canada.He was a Manager in the mining company in Three Hills. He invented a lamp for the men to use underground. This is where he made his money.

    10 Sep 1910 received his first class certificate in mining
    Fireboss #5 Mine Coal Creek
    1913 Competencey in Mine Rescue #164
    Fireboss #3 Mine
    Nothing listed 1916 and 1917
    Listed in MEM Annual Report

    (? his children ended up in an orphanage for a year waiting for the result of the court case about them).

    He had bought 8 cottages in Elie, Fife, which were left to Alice (as she never married) and rented out as holiday homes. They were gradually sold off when nobody wanted to rent them. Alice lived in one until she died. The children never got a penny of Alexander's money.

    Died of late onset Diabetes in same year insulin was discovered.

    [lisapurves350 originally shared this to Fergus Family Tree at ancestry.com]

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