George Arnold Brinton1,2

#89, (1875 - 1935)
Charts5 Generations of Descendants of Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle (1791-1847)


Fanny May Bonnycastle (1878 - 1955)

Life Events

CalledGeorge Arnold Brinton often went by the name of Arnold. 
BirthHe was born on 6 Jun 1875 in Southampton, England. He was the son of George and Annie C Brinton.1,2,3 
1881 CensusGeorge A Brinton appeared on the 1881 Census of Southampton, Hampshire, at 4 Rockstone Terrace, enumerated 3 Apr 1881. He was 5 years old and born in Sholing, Hants. In the household were his parents George, a builder, and Annie C, younger siblings Mabel, Elsie, and Cecil, a nurse and a general servant.4 
1891 CensusHe appeared on the 1891 Census of Lancing, Sussex, at St Nicholas College. He was 15, a student, born in Southampton, Hants and lived with about 80 boys there.5 
EducationHe entered St Nicholas in January 1890 and left in July 1893.3 
Passenger ListMr G.A. Brinton was listed on a manifest dated 9 Apr 1893 for the SS Vancouver, arriving in Halifax from Liverpool. He was single, age 29, a Farmer, and contracted to take the CPR to Winnipeg.6 
MarriageHe married Fanny May Bonnycastle, daughter of Harold John Bonnycastle and Fanny Jane Skinner.2
(Subject) Photograph Arnold was likely in this photograph of the Katepwa cricket team.7
The Katepwe Cricket Team
Identifed members include
Jack Bonnycastle (2nd row, 2nd from left)
Roland Barwell (2nd row, 3rd from left)
Charles Green Bonnycastle (2nd row, right side)
Carl Channing Bonnycastle (3rd row, left side)
Tom Bonnycastle (3rd row, 3rd from left)
Note: an 1898 report in the Qu'Appelle Vidette of a match between Katepwe and Indian Head lists the Katepwe team members as CG Bonnycastle, S Trask, A Vidal, W Govan, A Brinton, T Groves, J Bonnycastle, RC Barwell, T Bonnycastle, G Bonnycastle, and G Ferguson.
Land Record On 21 Feb 1899, George Arnold Brinton received a Western Land Grant in Saskatchewan, signifying that he had improved the land [over several years] and now held the title. A quarter section was 160 acres and Brinton's land was very near the homesteads held by Fanny May's father and uncle in NE 1/4 Section 6, Township 20, Range 11, W2.8 
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.2 
Passenger ListGeorge Arnold Brinton was listed on a manifest dated 1 Aug 1903 for the SS Philadelphia, arriving 8 August 1903 in New York from Southampton. He was 28, married, a farmer, last residence Hampshire, final destination Indian Head NWT Canada, has a ticket and $50.9 
Passenger ListHe was listed on border crossing records for Canada to the United States at Sumas, Washington, dated Dec 1904. Details from the record: age 30, married, farmer, English nationality, last residence Southampton, final destination Riverside, California to join wife Fanny at Camp Osborne, carrying $40, previously in the United States for 4 months at Camp Osborne Cal, arrived in New York on the SS City of Paris [sic] in Aug 1903.10 
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.11 
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.12 
CEFGeorge Arnold Brinton volunteered for the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 30 Jun 1915 at Sewell Camp, Manitoba. He completed his Officers' Declaration Paper & was assigned to 10th Overseas C.M.R.R[?]. with rank of Lieutenant. He answered the questions as follows: born June 6th 1875 in Southampton England, present address Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Farmer, Church of England, presently a member of the 16th Light Horse, formerly served with 2nd Vol Batt Hampshire Reg. ENG, next-of-kin wife Mrs. G.A. Brinton of Indian Head, signed G Arnold Brinton.1 
Passenger ListCaptain George Arnold Brinton of the 3rd Divion Cavalry was listed on a manifest dated 23 Apr 1919 for the SS Belgic, departing with other officers from Liverpool. His next-of-kin was his wife and his Canadian address was Indian Head, Saskatchewan.6 
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].13 
Passenger ListHe was listed on a manifest for the Empress of France, leaving Southampton on the 26th of June and arriving in Quebec on the 3rd of July, 1926. He was travelling First Class and was listed as George Arnold Brinton, age 51, born in Southampton, was in Canada 1893-1926, destination Indian Head, Sask via CPR, intends to reside permanently in Canada, Farmer, nearest relative in England was wife Mrs G.A. Brinton, "Halcote", Queen's Grove, Parkstone, Dorset.14 
Newspaper Published 29 Jul 1926 in the Wetaskiwin [Alberta] Times.

Fifty-five young fellows who have been prepared for Canadian farming at the British Ministry of Labor's centre at Brandon, England, arrived in Canada recently on the Canadian Pacific SS "Empress of France." They came to this country, accompanied by Lt.-Col. G.A. Brinton, under the auspices of the Canadian Government and the CPR.15
Passenger ListGeorge A Brinton was listed on a manifest dated 8 Aug 1926 for the Minnedosa, arriving in Southampton from Montreal. He was 51, a farmer, and traveling alone in cabin class. His proposed address in the UK was Govt Training Centre, Weeting Hall, Brandon, Norfolk. His last permanent residence was Canada and future residence England.16 
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.17
Agents House
Weeting, Norfolk
DeathGeorge died on 5 Feb 1935.18,19
ProbateHis estate was proved on 29 Mar 1935. Entry from the probate calendar:

BRINTON George Arnold of Weeting Hall Weeting Brandon Suffolk, died 5 February 1935 at 77a Newmarket-road Norwich. Probate London 29 March to Fanny May Brinton widow. Effects £3348 14s.20
BurialGeorge Arnold and Fanny May were buried in Weeting, Norfolk, where they lived.21
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
Note.Veterans Affairs records indicated that L/Col Geo A Brinton of Reserve Unit (15 Li Horse), died 5 Feb 1935 in Norwich England.19 
Last Edited23 Nov 2012


  1. Canadian Expeditionary Force Attestation Papers & Enlistment Forms. Library and Archives Canada, (, online images, George Arnold Brinton (officers did not have regimental numbers).
  2. Online image of the 1901 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada,, Assiniboia E (203), Kenlis (g-2), page 6, line 32.
  3. "A register of S Nicholas college, Lancing, from its foundation at Shoreham in August, 1848 to the commencement of the month of November, 1900". Copy available at the Internet Archive.
  4. Online image of the 1881 Census for England & Wales (,, RG11/1212 folio 15.
  5. Online image of the 1891 Census for England & Wales (,, RG12/824 folio 125.
  6. Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Library and Archives Canada (images viewed at
  7. E-mails from Bryan Campbell-Hope to Jennifer Kolthammer.
  8. Index to Dominion Land Grants, Western Canada, 1870-1930, compiled by Library and Archives Canada, <>, "George Arnold Brinton."
  9. New York Passenger Arrivals, images ( "George Arnold Brinton, 1903."
  10. Border Crossings: from Canada to U.S., 1895-1956, images ( "George Brinton, Sumas, Washington, Dec 1904."
  11. Online image of the 1906 Census for Northwest Provinces (Library and Archives Canada,, Saskatchewan, Qu'Apelle (15), subdistrict 34, page 1.
  12. Online image of the 1911 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada,, Saskatchewan, Qu'Apelle (213), subdistrict 24, page 20.
  13. 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."
  14. Index to Passenger Lists, Leaving the UK, 1890-1960, compiled by, London, England, 2007.
  15. Wetaskiwin [Alberta] Times, 29 July 1926, Page 3. Digital copy online at Peel's Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
  16. UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 (images viewed at Original data: The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26."George A Brinton, SS Minnedosa, 8 August 1926."
  17. E-mails from Jenny Arnold, England, to J Kolthammer, Description of the house from Weeting History Group, from notes compiled by Gerry Moore.
  18. Photograph of the George Arnold & Fanny May Brinton gravestone at Weeting, Norfolk, taken by Jenny Arnold, November 2011.
  19. First World War Veterans Death Cards. Library and Archives Canada, (…), L/Col Geo A Brinton.
  20. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858-1966. Images viewed at George Arnold Linton, 1935.
  21. E-mails from Jenny Arnold, England, to J Kolthammer.
  22. 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).
  23. 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).