The Brydons

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Janet Lillian Brydon, R. N.

Janet Lillian Brydon, R. N.

Female 1886 - 1982  (96 years)

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  • Name Janet Lillian Brydon 
    Suffix R. N. 
    Born 30 Sep 1886  Wellington City, Eramosa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1901  Eramosa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1956  London, Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 28 Oct 1982  Cambridge, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Johnson/Union Eramosa Cemetery, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1564  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2015 

    Father Robert Brydon,   b. 9 May 1844, Eramosa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1924, Eramosa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Mary Luttrell,   b. 19 Jan 1850, Kilberry, Athy, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1925, Guelph, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 27 Dec 1876  Eramosa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F512  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Sep 1886 - Wellington City, Eramosa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - Eramosa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1956 - London, Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Oct 1982 - Cambridge, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Johnson/Union Eramosa Cemetery, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Janet Brydon
    Janet Brydon
    "Sadie Lethbridge and Janet Brydon, two missionaries whose home had been stormed by a band of robbers."

    Headstones
    Brydon
    Brydon
    Janet Lillian Brydon

    photo by Tom Brydon

    Newspapers
    'An interesting ceremony was held today in Barrie Hill Church...'
    "An interesting ceremony was held today in Barrie Hill Church..."
    "...when Miss Janet Brydon was designated for work in the foreign mission field."

  • Notes 
    • She's a teacher in 1911.
      In Aug 1917 she goes overseas as a missionary to Henan, China. (its spelling at the time was'Honan')
      She stays there until 1939 when wartime conditions forced her to leave. She went to Smeaton, Saskatchewan to work in the United Church run WMS hospital.

      from http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/170/1/84.pdf
      On Mar. 17, 1920, Menzies was murdered while coming to the aid of Sadie Lethbridge and Janet Brydon, two missionaries whose home had been stormed by a band of robbers. Having heard a call for help, Menzies approached the women?s residence unarmed, and was beaten and fatally shot while Miss Lethbridge watched from a hiding spot on her verandah.

      from Healing Henan...
      Howard Parkinson and Rev. Doug Brydon gave insight into Janet Brydon.
      Jean Menzies? decision to return to Henan as a missionary nurse was admirable and courageous. It was also unusual: Jean would not only be working in the shadow of her murdered father at a new hospital erected in his name, but would be doing so under the daily supervision of Miss Janet Brydon, the nurse her father had rescued from bandits the night he was shot.
      In fact, China nurses Clara Preston and Janet Brydon worked at WMS hospitals in Canada when wartime conditions made China inaccessible ... Brydon at Smeaton, Saskatchewan. In both cases, the nurses found the Canadian settings lacking; Brydon described her working conditions at Smeaton as ?very bad; primitive.?
      In comparison with work in China, with its large population, ancient culture, and mission community, work in remote areas of Canada could be isolating and depressing.

      letter in Canadian Nurse Vol.33 Jan.1937
      OPPORTUNITIES IN CHINA
      We wonder why it is so difficult to find volunteers for work out here. There are wonderful opportunities for people with initiative and perseverance and, after all, the hardships are not perhaps as bad as some imaginations might picture them. Perhaps it is a case of dearth and surplus, and mis- connections somewhere. Within the last ten years China has made great strides in a new programme into oper ation in the medical world. The present policy aims towards State Medicine which presents many difficulties everywhere, but more especially in a place like this because modern medicine is newer here. It was only last year that we celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the introduction of modern medicine into China. The Government now wishes to register all nurses and nursing schools. They have given us a curriculum which at first looks impossible to us, because we are so far in the interior and are therefore somewhat iso lated and backward educationally. However they seem willing to be reasonable and con sider circumstances, so we hope to register with them. I am particularly interested in the Proposed Curriculum for Schools of Nursing in Canada because it was evidently planned to meet the needs of the worker. And I enjoy the Journal immensely.
      Janet L. Brydon,
      United Church of Canada,
      Hwaiking, Honan, China.

      from Nursing History Review this article...
      Neither Angels of Mercy Nor Foreign Devils: Revisioning Canadian Missionary Nurses in China, 1935-1947
      by Sonya J. Grypma, University of Alberta

      When writing this comment to the journal Canadian Nurse in 1937 Janet L Brydon - a missionary with the United Church in North Honan [Henan] Province, China - could not have foreseen the human tragedy that was about to unfold as the Japanese Imperialist[sic] Army invaded China in what was to become the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945.

      she was at home there with the family in 1901. It appears that she was living on Hospital Street (now Westmount) in 1915/16 and in 1917 was at 4 Division Street with widow Agnes JENKINSON (nee JACKSON of Paisley Block). . Janet did not marry and may have become a missionary. She was in London, Ontario, by 1956, was still there in 1962. In 1967 she was at Eventide, Salvation Army Home in Galt. ----source Stuart Clarkson