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Elizabeth Prowse (1864 - 1932)

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Elizabeth Prowse
Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Islandmap
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Died in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Islandmap
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Elizabeth Prowse was born on June 8, 1864.[1] She was the daughter of Joseph Prowse and Agnes Jarvis. In 1881, Elizabeth was living with her parents and siblings on the family farm on Brackley Pt. Road (Lot 33).[2]

On May 21, 1882, Elizabeth was baptized as an adult in the United Church. [3] Two of her siblings, Silas and Henry, were baptized on the same day.

At the end of 1889, Elizabeth's older brother Isaac's wife died. Elizabeth moved to Murray Harbour to take care of his two young children.[4].

About 1894, Elizabeth moved to the United States. In 1900, she and her younger sister, Agnes, were working as servants in the same household in Boston.[5]

By 1911, Elizabeth and Agnes were back in Charlottetown, running a small boarding house, with 1 lodger, in a house that they rented. Agnes's daughter, Bessie, lived with them as well.[6] By 1921, they owned a boarding house, with 5 boarders.[7]

Elizabeth never married. She died on December 21, 1932 in Charlottetown, at the age of 69.[8]


  1. Master name index of the Prince Edward Island Museum & Heritage Foundation
  2. 1881 census of Canada, Library and Archives Canada, PEI, Queens (District 2), Subdistrict K, Lot 33, Pg 42, Household 10382 - Joseph and Agnes Prowse plus 8 children.
  3. [PEI, Public Archives and Records Office, Baptismal Record, United Church, York, Book 1, Page 6 - Elizabeth Prowse, baptized as an adult, 1882
  4. 1891 Canada Census, Library and Archives Canada, PEI, Kings (District 133), Subdistrict U, Division 1 (Lot 64) Pg 36-37 - Isaac Prowse (Mistranscribed as Rowse), 2 children, sister Elizabeth
  5. "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (: accessed 04 Jul 2014), Massachusetts > Suffolk > ED 1263 Precinct 3 Boston city Ward 8 > image 18 of 21; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 – Elizabeth Prowse, Agnes Prowse
  6. 1911 Canada Census, Library and Archives Canada, PEI, Queens (141), Subdistrict 61, Charlottetown, Page 12 - Elizabeth, Agnes, Bessie Prowse plus 1 boarder
  7. 1921 Canada Census, Library and Archives Canada, PEI, Queens (148), Subdistrict 63, Charlottetown Ward 5 West, Page 28 - Elizabeth, Agnes, Bessie Prowse plus 5 boarders
  8. The Guardian, Charlottetown, Dec 24, 1932, Pg 15 – Death of Elizabeth Prowse.

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