Fanny May Bonnycastle1

#71, (1878 - 1955)
FatherHarold John Bonnycastle1 (1851 - 1917)
MotherFanny Jane Skinner1 (1859 - 1931)
Relationship2nd great-granddaughter of John Bonnycastle
Charts5 Generations of Descendants of Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle (1791-1847)


George Arnold Brinton (1875 - 1935)

Life Events

CalledFanny May Bonnycastle went by the name of May. 
BirthShe was born on 20 Dec 1878 in Seymour Township, Northumberland County, Ontario.
Information from certificate: daughter of Harold John Bonnycastle & Fanny Jane Skinner, father a Farmer, informant Harold John Bonnycastle of Tp Seymour, registered 17 Jan 1879, attended by Dr Pettigrew.1 
(with Parents) 1881 CensusMay Bonnycastle appeared on the 1881 Census of Seymour Township, Northumberland County, Ontario with her parents. She was 2 and born in Ontario.2 
(with Parents) 1891 CensusMay Bonnycastle appeared on the 1891 Census of Qu'Appelle, Assiniboia, Northwest Territories with her parents, Harold John Bonnycastle and Fanny Jane Skinner. She was 12, born in Ontario, parents born in Ontario, and religion Church of England.3 
MarriageFanny May Bonnycastle married George Arnold Brinton.4
1901 CensusGeorge A and Frances M Brinton appeared on the 1901 Census of Kenlis, Assiniboia, North West Territories, at Township 20 Range 11 W6, enumerated 24 Apr 1901. They lived in a 4 room wood house, and owned 320 acres, 1 house, and 4 outbuildings. George was 25, born in rural England 6th June 1875, immigrated in 1892, of English origin, religion Episcopal, and worked as a Farmer. Frances was 22, born 20th December 1879 in urban Ontario, and of Scotch origin. Their children Dorothy Maud and Frances Annie were living with them, as well as Fanny's brother Harry who worked as a farm laborer.4 
1906 CensusGeo A and May Brinton appeared on the 1906 Census of Qu'Appelle District, Saskatchewan, enumerated 27 Jun 1906. George was 32, born in England, and immigrated in 1893. May was 28 and born in Canada. They lived at Section 2 Township 19 Range 13 W2 and their nearest post office was Indian Head. The Brintons had 15 horses, 1 milch cow, no other cattle or sheep, and 6 hogs. Their children Dorothy Maud and Frances Annie were living with them, as well as a hired girl and 2 hired men.5 
1911 CensusArnold and May Brinton appeared on the 1911 Census of Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, at Section 2 Township 19 Range 13 W2, enumerated 1 Jun 1911. Arnold was 35, born June 1875 in England, immigrated in 1893, of English origin, Anglican, and was a farmer who had $7000 of life insurance costing $210. May was 32 and born in December 1878 in Ontario. Their children Dorothy Maud and Frances Annie were living with them, as well as a domestic servant & 2 farm laborers.6 
(Next-of-kin) CEFMrs. G.A. Brinton, wife, of Indian Head, Saskatchewan was listed as next-of-kin on the Canadian Expeditionary Force attestation papers of George Arnold Brinton on 30 Jun 1915.7  
(Mentioned) ObituaryShe was mentioned in Harold John Bonnycastle's 1917 obituary as daughter Mrs. G. Arnold Brinton, Dorset, England.8 
Passenger ListFanny Brinton was listed on a manifest of Military Dependents dated 11 Jun 1919 for the Melita, arriving in Quebec City from Liverpool. She was 40, a returning natural born Canadian, destination Indian Head, Sask. Listed on a different page were her daughters Dorothy (21) and Frances (19).9 
Passenger ListFanny May and George A Brinton were listed on an incoming passenger list dated Jan 1925 for the SS Montnairn, arriving in Liverpool from St John, New Brunswick. [The St Lawrence would have been frozen at that time of year]. George was a farmer, 50, and Fanny May a housewife, 44. Their U.K. address was Halcote, Queens Grove, Parkstone, Dorset. Their last permanent residence was Canada and their future intended residence was British possession [Canada].10 
(Mentioned) Passenger ListMrs G.A. Brinton was mentioned on a passenger manifest for George Arnold Brinton travelling to Canada on 26 Jun 1926. She was listed as nearest relative in England, address "Halcote", Queen's Grove, Parkstone, Dorset.11 
Note.The Brintons lived in the Agents House (later known as Parkside), Weeting. It was built in 1908 and contained a drawing and dining room, kitchen, scullery on the ground floor, with three bedrooms on the first floor. Outdoors was a washhouse, woodhouse, WC and well. The grounds contained a summerhouse, loosebox, stall and coach house.12
Agents House
Weeting, Norfolk
(Admon) ProbateFanny May Brinton was granted administration of George Arnold Brinton's estate on 29 Mar 1935.13 
DeathFanny died on 22 Mar 1955.14
BurialGeorge Arnold and Fanny May were buried in Weeting, Norfolk, where they lived.15
The Arnold's grave in Weeting, Norfolk
(apparently granite with lead lettering)
In loving memory of
Lt Col George Arnold
Late 16th Canadian
Light Horse
Died Feb 5th 1935
Aged 59
"Thou wilt keep him
in perfect peace."
and of
Fanny May
his wife,
Died March 22nd 1955,
Aged 76
Last Edited2 Oct 2013


  1. Birth Registrations of Ontario, 1869-1913. Image viewed at Fanny May Bonnycastle, #020688-79.
  2. Online image of the 1881 Census for Canada (viewed at, Ontario, Northumberland East (123), Seymour Township (G-1), page 30.
  3. Online image of the 1891 Census for Canada (viewed at, The Territories, Assiniboia East (198), Qu'Appelle (b-11), page 4 [poor image].
  4. Online image of the 1901 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada,, Assiniboia E (203), Kenlis (g-2), page 6, line 32.
  5. Online image of the 1906 Census for Northwest Provinces (Library and Archives Canada,, Saskatchewan, Qu'Apelle (15), subdistrict 34, page 1.
  6. Online image of the 1911 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada,, Saskatchewan, Qu'Apelle (213), subdistrict 24, page 20.
  7. Canadian Expeditionary Force Attestation Papers & Enlistment Forms. Library and Archives Canada, (, online images, George Arnold Brinton (officers did not have regimental numbers).
  8. Obituary of Harold John Bonnycastle in Chilliwack Progress, 13 Sept 1917 (Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, microfilm).
  9. Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Library and Archives Canada (images viewed at "SS Melita, arrived in Quebec in June 1919."
  10. UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 (images viewed at Original data: The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26."George & Fanny Brinton, January 1925."
  11. Index to Passenger Lists, Leaving the UK, 1890-1960, compiled by, London, England, 2007.
  12. E-mails from Jenny Arnold, England, to J Kolthammer, Description of the house from Weeting History Group, from notes compiled by Gerry Moore.
  13. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858-1966. Images viewed at George Arnold Linton, 1935.
  14. Photograph of the George Arnold & Fanny May Brinton gravestone at Weeting, Norfolk, taken by Jenny Arnold, November 2011.
  15. E-mails from Jenny Arnold, England, to J Kolthammer.
  16. Saskatchewan Vital Statistics Indexes to Births, more than 100 years ago (online,, Reg No 9805 (Dorothy Maud, 1897/10/8, Saskatchewan, d/o Fanny May Bounycastle & George Arnold Brinton).
  17. Saskatchewan Vital Statistics Indexes to Births, more than 100 years ago (online,, Reg No 167 (Francis Annie, 1899/9/9, Saltown, d/o Fanny May Bonnycustle & George Arnold Brinton).