Parken Brailsford Family Tree

Created; 2001, Revised; 27/10/2020, 12/10/2021

My Grandparents Edgar W Parken and Dorothy Francis (Brailsford). I believe it is there wedding photo December 1919, Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Jean Lohmann (my mum) gave me most of the information.

  • Elizabeth Parken has given me a little more or correct some detail.

I have periodically receive email corrections that have inspired me to ask mum a bit more thank you to;

See earlier generations on these pages; Brailsford Family Tree Parken Family Tree

My grandparents and many of my aunties, uncles and cousins are or were photographers. Until film photography was displaced by digital photography. Having said that some of the children of my cousins do have some training in photography.

Family Tree-Parken Brailsford.pdf

Picture; Family Tree-Parken-Brailsford PDF GRAMPS 5 software.

Edgar William 1885-1969 {Photographer} married Dec.1919 to (Dorothy Frances Brailsford [Queenie])

    • Children;

      • Edgar Francis Parken Dec. 1919-2010 married to Pluxie

        • Children;

          • Phylis

          • Alice

          • Jean

      • Florence Mary Blasiak June 1922 - 2016?, married 1941 to John Blasiak

        • Children;

          • Helen Parken married to Errol Manook

            • Children;

              • Errol

              • Veroneque

          • Victor Parken 1945?-195? married to

            • Children

              • Caroline

              • Samantha

          • Eva Parken married to Martin Cutler

            • Children;

              • Jenny Blackpool, married - one son.

              • Nicky, to be married to Richard in June 2019

      • Arthur William June 1923-2008

      • Dorothy Winfred Dec. 1924-1988? married to Roger 19??-1970?

      • Wilfred Charles ? Apr 1926-2009

      • Tom David Dec. 1931- 2015? married to Elizabeth Mc Phie 1935-2021

        • Children;

          • Anne Alvi, 1955?, married to Jay (John) Alvi.

            • Children;

              • Andrea Alvi-Moskop married 2014 to Chris Hinkel

              • John

          • Linda Stevenson, 1957?, married to Bob Stephenson 19?? - 2021.

            • Children;

              • Melissa married to Blaine Rollins

              • Michael

          • David Edgar Parken 1966, married to Sherry.

            • Children;

              • Amanda Stewart, married to Dave Stewart.

              • Matthew

      • Jean Helen June 1933 married to John Lohmann 1929-2002

        • Andrew

        • Avril

        • Also see Lohmann family tree

  • Phylis May Parken 1940, married to; Gilbert Anderson 19??-2017?

        • Phylis

        • Susan

        • Peter

        • Robert


Photographer and Photographic business

The Parken photographic business was established in many shops and located in Cobourg, Ontario in about 1955 till 2000.

More detail see; Parken Family Tree


Edgar & Pluxie Parken;

Edgar Frances Parken (Ted) immigrated to South Africa in the 1950′s.

  • Served his national service as a SAPPER (engineer) in South Africa - building pontoons for example.

  • He design a road in South Africa which he showed mum when she visited some time in the 2000'

Arthur William Parken;

Art (name used in Canada) but also known as His father gave him the nickname Titus after a Cornish poet. His father apparently liked giving people nick names my mum says.

Kings own Scottish Boarders, seconded into the Palestine (mounted) Police until the formation of Israel in 1948. After that served in the Hong Kong Police.

I was also talking to mum about the Israel situation many people say that the conflict was a problem primarily created by the British. I told mum about speaking to a chap who had served in the British forces throwing Arabs out of there home in 1948 delousing them and manhandling them on to tramp ships – he hated what he had done for his country. Mum told me that just prior to that her brother Arthur was in the British Armed forces protecting Palestinians from Jews come in to the Country in ship loads. – The British ~

Arthur immigrated to Canada in 1957/8?

Dorothy Winifred Parken

Dot married to; Roger Arnold;

Her father bought her a house in Gravesend, Kent, UK she never moved from because she was the black sheep and should never do photography. Consequently was a WAAF photographer with husband Roger. Roger was killed at road junction on bicycle by a car in 1970. He had worked at the Paper Mill near the dock yards in Gravesend, Kent. He was teased for his posh voice at work at first but later well regarded. Mum tells me her sister Dot was sent to her in-laws in Graves End, Kent because she was not liked. Her Father told her to pack her case and he went with her on the Train to Kent.

Roger had a twin brother named John and his older brother Leslie was the Bishop of Manchester. My auntie Dot was loudly critical of Roger's brother Leslie because he was, she believed, to be gay. Dot was very loud generally about everything and had a powerful voice.

Wilfred Charles Parken

Wilf. Farm worker before emigrating to Canada in 1952, Drove lorries, and lived under the counter of his photographic shop on baked beans.

My uncle joined up to fight in World War 2 when he was under age (15). He fraught at El Alamein (the film A Bridge too far) deeply shocked to find himself left beside his dead serving mates in a creator then found wondering around three days possibly the sole survivor of his regiment. He saw the bodies in Belsen piled up. He saw the survivors who stank but feared being washed put in the river. This was of cause very risky those survivors being so frail but the soldiers were young and terribly in shock.

Thomas David Parken

Tom Parken married to; Elizabeth

Immigrating to Canada in 1966.

Jean & John Lohmann;

Jean Helen Parken (My mum) went to Canada in 1955 for a year and worked in many places travelling light with her Hudson Bay Company reference. Prior to that mum had a year in hospital treated for TB using antibiotics which were quite new then. This beautifully engineered at minimum cost Radio was given to mum for her 21st birthday by her dad in 1954 (cost £16).

Cruise to Canada for £60.

I asked how mum got into Canada in 1955 having had TB?

Jean was not allowed to immigrate so she went in on a visitor visa, though she was not allowed in to Canada under any circumstance. But after that entry to Canada at the end of April 1955 mum was on the list and that is why she had to come back the immigration was so close (4hr.s travel away). Mum returned on The Empress of Scotland for Glasgow at the beginning of November 1955 this was an old ship to be scrapped which did not dock at Glasgow and was not scrapped but sold.

Two of mums brothers, Arthur and Wilfred met her at Port Hope Ontario at 8pm. The ship had taken two days travelling up the St Lawrence. Mum said the ship, Empress of France, carried immigrants and was a luxury, ship not like a bus which I was asking about trip cost £60.

Although mum was not supposed to work she did not say anything. Secretarial work was well paid and she moved on and worked for the Hudson Bay Company in Winnipeg for Three months. She also worked in Calgary but by September she got to Vancouver but there was no work. People came into the towns to work in the winter.

RMS Empress of Japan (1930) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I found the passenger list it recalls mum sailed on 29th April and returned at the beginning of November. Mum also recalls that the ship had previously be called the Empress of Japan. When mum returned to Brighton she was offered work for £3/10s a week but negotiated £5 a week.

The ships were at that time owned by Canadian Pacific. Mum remembers the banging on the side of ship by the ice as the outgoing ship travelled up the St. Lawrence. The train to Cobourg was also Canadian Pacific, the other company being Canadian Nation used to run the rail line in parallel but now both companies are replaced by VIA Rail.

Phylis May Parken 1940, married to; Gilbert Anderson 19??-2017?

Phylis emigrated to Canada in 1954. From my auntie's perspective she was sent to Canada by her mum in order to carry money to invest for her mum. Quite telling this statement as it quite accurately illustrates how my granny controlled things for her family's good but not by consent.

Gilbert Anderson died when they were on a cruise so the costs were all picked up by the insurance/holiday and my auntie continued with the cruise home.

Live in; Vancouver, Canada.

    • Children;

      • Phylis *

      • Susan *

      • Peter *

      • Robert