F, b. 23 August 1842, d. 14 March 1919
Johanna Brassel Rushton Hayes, 1842-1919
- Johanna Brassel was born on 23 August 1842 in England according to her death record.
- Her name was recorded as Hannah Joanna, and Ann(a) in various records.
- There appears to be no Brassel in the 1861 census in any shape or form found in Bromley or Bromley St. Leonards, Poplar, London Middlesex, except Emily Brassel, visitor, age 4 years, born Taltham? [Waltham] Kent, visiting Hester Heaton.
- She married Francis Rushton, son of George Rushton and Ann Farnsworth, on 25 December 1862 in Bromley St. Leonard, London, Middlesex, England, at the Parish Church. At the time of their marriage she was a spinster and he a bachelor, both living in Bromley..
- Johanna Brassel became a widow at the 3 March 1868 death of her husband Francis Rushton.
- Johanna Brassel, accompanied by Mary Ann Rushton, Jane Rushton and George Rushton, emigrated circa 12 May 1869 from the Port of Liverpool, England, traveling in steerage, departed Liverpool aboard the Allan Line steamship Prussian (2,794 tons, carrying 1,110 passengers, master Joseph E. Dutton).
- She arrived in Canada at the Port of Quebec, Quebec, on 13 June 1869, accompanied by Mary Ann Rushton, Jane Rushton and George Rushton.
- She has not been found in the 1871 Ontario census, likely because she was in domestic service and overlooked in the household where she was employed; her three children are enumerated as inmates in the "Girls Home" in Toronto.
- She married Henry Hayes, son of Henry Hayes and Catherine (?), on 6 May 1874 in Toronto, York County, Ontario, Canada, at the Cathedral Church of St. James, with the Rev H. J. Grasett officiating..
- Henry Hayes and Johanna Brassel appeared in the 4 April 1881 census of Canada in Niagara Falls, formerly Clifton, Welland County, Ontario, Canada. Other members of the household included Mary Ann Rushton, Jane Rushton, George Rushton, Henry Hayes, Hannah Hayes and Louise Hayes.
- Henry Hayes and Johanna Brassel appeared in the 6 April 1891 census of Canada in Niagara Falls, Welland County, Ontario, Canada. Other members of the household included Henry Hayes, Hannah Hayes and Louise Hayes.
- Henry Hayes and Johanna Brassel appeared in the 31 March 1901 census of Canada in Niagara Falls, Welland County, Ontario, Canada, at McGrail. Other members of the household included Henry Hayes and Louise Hayes.
- Henry Hayes and Johanna Brassel appeared in the 1 June 1911 census of Canada in Niagara Falls, Welland County, Ontario, Canada, at 79 McGrail Avenue. Other members of the household included Henry Hayes.
- Johanna Brassel became a widow at the 10 December 1916 death of her husband Henry Hayes.
- She made a will on 7 March 1919 in the Surrogate Court, Welland County, Ontario, Canada, in which Jane Rushton, Henry Hayes, Hannah Hayes and Louise Hayes were listed as heirs.
- Johanna Brassel died on 14 March 1919 at age 76 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 461 5th Street at the home of her daughter Louise Hayes Wilson. . His death was officially witnessed by Henry Hayes. On her death certificate she was identified as Johanna Hayes, born 23 August 1842, parents Henry Brassel and Hanna Burston. It is quite likely that her son Harry was a less-than-reliable informant; Henry was his father's name, and "Burston" is quite like his mother's first husband's surname Rushton.
- She was interred at All Saints Church Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Welland County, Ontario, Canada.
- The following appeared on 15 March 1919 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: [Died] In this city, March 14, 1919, Johanna Hayes, aged 76 years, widow of the late Henry Hayes, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. M. Wilson, 461 5th St. Funeral Monday, March 17th at 2:00 p. m., at the home of her daughter, Rev. Canon Bevan, officiating. Burial All Saints cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ont.
- The following appeared in an Ontario newspaper: [Died] At Niagara Falls, N.Y, at the home of her daughter, on Friday, March 14th, 1919, Mrs. Johanna Hayes, aged 76 years, 6 months, 19 days.
The funeral will take place from the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. M. Wilson, 461 Fifth street, Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Monday, 17th, at 2 p.m. Burial at All Saints' Church Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ont. Rev. Canon Bevan will conduct the service. She leaves one son, Harry, Niagara Falls, N.Y; three daughters, Mrs. John Gorman, Niagara Falls, N.Y; Mrs. W. C. Wright, Toronto; Mrs. P. M. Wilson, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
It is worthy of note that there is no mention in the obituary of her son George Rushton, of Niagara Falls, or her daughter Mary Ann "Polly" Rushton Ross, in Cleveland, Ohio.
- A single grave marker identifies the graves of Henry Hayes and Johanna Brassel . At a gathering in 2000 of their Candadian and US descendants, it became clear that none of them has any idea who was responsible for erecting the relatively recent grave marker, nor did All Saints church records provide any information on the subject. This is especially noteworthy, since the birthdates of both are not in keeping with other records over the course of their lives; their official birth/baptism records have yet to be found.
- Last Edited: 22 Nov 2012
Family 1: Francis Rushton b. 24 August 1828, d. 3 March 1868
- Mary Ann Rushton+ b. 17 October 1863, d. 30 August 1953
- Jane Rushton+ b. 27 April 1865, d. 12 January 1947
- George Rushton+ b. 3 May 1867, d. 27 February 1948
Family 2: Henry Hayes b. 5 April 1836, d. 1 December 1916