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 Part 5: Edvart 'Edward' Hans Jørgen Schwartz (1858 - 1893)


Early life

Edvart Hans Jørgen Schwartz was born 19 June 1858 in Drammen, Norway. He was the eldest son of Wilhelm Anton Schwartz and Elisabeth 'Lily' Bryant. He was baptised 11 July that year with his grandmother Schwartz, aunt Hanna Cathrine Augusta and uncles Jens and Hans Jørgen Nicholai Mathias as godparents. It is fairly certain he followed the family to Quebec a year after them, arriving in Quebec 20 May 1876 on board the ‘Dominion’, from Liverpool. He lived with his family in Montcalm, even after his marriage. He anglicised his name to Edward and started as a clerk, then became a shipbroker with his own company, Hanson & Schwartz. He also became Vice Consul for Sweden, Norway and Denmark, as well as a Consular Agent for Italy.


 Marriage to Louisa Caroline Renfrew

Edward married Louisa Caroline Renfrew (1859 - 1930) 26 December 1887 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Quebec, where her family worshipped. (More information about her and her family appears in the Renfrew family history.) Her step-grandfather, Reverend Edmund Botterell performed the service. Edward and Louisa had two children: George Bryant and Olga Renfrew.

Edward contracted tuberculosis (or TB, which was referred to then as ‘consumption’) and travelled to Colorado Springs in Colorado State, USA. The town had been founded in 1871 for tourists wanting to see the ‘American West’. The dry climate and high altitude soon attracted those suffering from TB, like Edward, as it helped them to live longer. However, he died there 28 August 1893 aged 35 and was buried in Mount Hermon Cemetery 04 September. Louisa remarried in 1898 to clerk Thomas Harold Bertram Patton (1863 - 1937) and died in Toronto in 1930, aged 71. [1]


Edward, likely taken 1880 in Drammen, Norway



 Children of Edward and Louisa

More information about George Bryant (1890 - 1958) appears in Part 6.


Olga Renfrew (1892 - 1980) was born 09 May 1892. She married Major Thomas Geoffrey Leith 10 June 1913 in Toronto. Thomas was the son of Major Thomas Leith and Lady Mary Isabella Dalziel. They had two children, Phillip Edward Meric (1914 - 2006) and Thelma Olga (1916 - 1989) and during World War I, the family lived in Scotland. Prior to her marriage, Olga Renfrew had travelled frequently with her mother Louisa to England and after the war, she resumed her travelling with annual voyages throughout the 1920s to the Caribbean, Australia and back and forth across the Atlantic between England and Canada. Thomas died in 1969 and Olga died in 1980.


Next: George Bryant Schwartz



[1] Phillip Leith’s family tree notes; Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1621-1967, Canadian Passenger lists 1865-1935, Boston Passenger Lists 1820-1943 (; Census of Canada 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911; Quebec & Levis Directory; Norwegian digitised parish records (Norwegian National Archives); Norwegian Census 1865; Colorado Adventure Guide website (; Registre d'inhumation du Mount Hermon Cemetery 1848-1904 (BANC); IGI; Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition