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Bessie Selina Prowse (1896 - 1999)

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Bessie Selina Prowse
Born in Brackley Point Roadmap
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Daughter of [father unknown] and
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Died in Prince Edward Islandmap
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Bessie Selina Prowse was born on May 31, 1896 at Brackley Point Road and was baptized on January 26, 1899 at the York United Church.[1] She was the daughter of Agnes Prowse.

In 1901, Bessie was living with her uncle Phillip Prowse and his family on their farm on Brackley Point Road.[2] Her mother was living in Boston.[3] By 1911, Agnes had returned to Prince Edward Island. Bessie was living with her mother and her aunt, Elizabeth, in Charlottetown.[4] She was living with them as well in 1921 and working as a teacher.[5]

Bessie never married. She lived to be 102 years old. She died on February 1, 1999.[6]


  1. PEI, Public Archives and Records Office, Baptismal Record, United Church, York, Book 1 - Bessie Selina Prowse
  2. 1901 Census of Canada, PEI Queens East (#135), Lot 33 (B-1), Page 1 On same page, William Prowse & 4 children, Philip & Maggie Prowse plus 2 children, mother Agnes, niece Bessie.
  3. "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
  4. 1911 Canada Census, Library and Archives Canada, PEI, Queens (141), Subdistrict 61, Charlottetown, Page 12 - Elizabeth, Agnes, Bessie Prowse plus 1 boarder
  5. 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
  6. Gary Carroll, "Centenarians Who Resided on PEI", The Island Register - Bessie Prowse

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