Patrick GRIFFIN {M} = Helen (Nellie) RUSSELL {F}

Married 12 Feb 1890, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada1


Born ABT 1861, Almonte, Ontario
Died 11 August 1925, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada2
Buried St Mary's RC Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
age at death 64

owned a stable at 186 Henry, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Helen (Nellie)

Alias Nellie GRIFFIN
Born 1869
Died 13 January 1904, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada3
Buried 17 January 1904, St Mary's RC Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada4
age at death 35


James Patrick {M}

Born 10 October 1890, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada5
Died BEF 1964
1925 living in Winnipeg

Mary Winnifred {F} = Owen HARPER {M} > Family

Married 15 July 1914, Manitoba, Canada6

Mary Winnifred

Alias Mary Winnifred HARPER (15 July 1914)
Born 22 April 1892, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada7
Died 18 February 1964, Misericordia Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada8
Buried Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Son: Owen Harper
Daughter L. Naomi Pinder, Ottawa


Born 28 December 1891, Seacon, Chesire, England9
Died 19 September 1917, France
Buried Aux Rietz Military Cemetery, France10
Accidentally Killed in action 19 Sep 1917
Buried: Aux Rietz Military Cemetery, France Plot 1, Row H Grave #29

Charles Russell {M} = Alice M. (GRIFFIN) {F} > Family

Married BEF 1916

Charles Russell

Born 18 Oct 1892, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died 26 Sep 1916, Somme, France11
Buried Corcelette British Cemetery, Somme, France Plot VI D 412
Member of the 2nd Machine Gun Company (Canada).

The Battle of Thiepval Ridge was conducted from September 26 to 28 which was part of the Battle of the Somme on the Western Front during the First World War. [1]

Buried: Corcelette British Cemetery, Somme, France Plot VI D 4 [2] [3]

He was married to Alice Marie Griffin of 774 Winnipeg Avenue. His parents were Patrick and Nellie Griffin.


Alice M.

Alias Alice M. GRIFFIN

Naomi Margaret {F} = Frank SELLER {M} > Family

Married 28 Feb 1920, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada13

Naomi Margaret

Alias NAOMI Margaret SELLER (ABT 1920)
Born 26 Dec 1897, Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada14
Died 13 Dec 1985, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada15
Buried 21 Aug 1986, Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg Manitoba,Canada D2-1401-016


Born 17 Aug 1897, Parkside, Poole, England17
Died 23 Feb 1972, Laguna Beach, Orange Cnty, California, USA18
Buried 22 Mar 1972, Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada D2-1401-019
Occupation: Imperial Oil
1914 - living at 793 Bevereley Street, Winnipeg. Occupation Operator CPR Tels.

1949 - sales and exp analyst, Imperial Oil, home 284 Matheson, Winnipeg, MB - Henderson Directory, Winnipeg 1949

Frank was the youngest son of William Henry and Louisa Seller of Winnipeg, Manitoba. William and Louisa (née Morgan) were both born in the county of Dorset in England and they were married there in 1888. They had five children: Charles Morgan (1889), Mabel Louisa (1891), William Francis (1893), Dorothy (1895) and Frank (17 August 1897). They lived in Parkstone near the large coastal town of Poole and William had at a variety of jobs: ironmonger, shopkeeper, smith, water filler and plumber. In May 1913 their oldest son Charles Morgan died at age 23. In July 1913 William Francis immigrated to Canada, his destination listed as Winnipeg where he planned to find clerical work. Three months later the rest of the family joined him there, arriving in Quebec on the Empress of Britain on 25 October 1913.

By the fall of 1915 the war was in its second year and Frank enlisted in Winnipeg on 1 February 1916. He was 18 years old, living at home and employed as a clerk at the time. He joined the 107th (Timber Wolf) Battalion which had been organized in Winnipeg a few months earlier and was being recruited in the city. The battalion trained in Winnipeg and at Camp Hughes during the spring and summer then headed overseas in the fall, embarking from Halifax on the SS Olympic on 18 September and landing at Liverpool a week later.

Overseas service: -the recruits were sent to Witley Camp for five more months of training -in February 1917 the 107th was re-designated as a Pioneer Battalion -on 25 February the unit embarked from Folkestone for Boulogne, France -they proceeded to the area west of Arras where their work began immediately -the men dug and repaired trenches, buried cables and worked on tunnels, railways and roads as well as having a few rotations in the front line -effective 5 May Frank was on command as a signaller with the 1st Canadian Division -signallers worked with engineers to install, repair and maintain telephone, telegraph and wireless equipment; they also provided visual signaling and the pigeon service -in January 1918 Frank had two weeks leave in the UK; when he returned he was transferred to the Canadian Signal Pool -on 30 November, three weeks after the Armistice, he was attached to the 1st Canadian Division Signal Company -he joined them in early December in Belgium and a few days later they moved into Germany where they spent a month -in mid-January 1919 the unit returned to Belgium and on 20 January Frank was given another two weeks leave in the UK -the 1st Canadian Division Signal Company embarked from Le Havre on 29 March, landing at Plymouth and proceeding to Bramshott Camp -the men had several periods of leave in April before returning to Canada in early May -Frank embarked on the Scotian, arriving in Quebec on 15 May and getting demobilized in Toronto on 18 May; his intended address was listed as Winnipeg

His brother William Francis Seller also enlisted. He signed up with a field ambulance unit in April 1916 and served for three years, arriving back in Canada in March 1919.

After the war Frank returned to Winnipeg and he was married there on 28 February 1920 to 22-year-old Naomi Margaret Griffin. Naomi was born and raised in Winnipeg and she worked as a dressmaker. Her brother Charles Russell Griffin had been killed in September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. Frank and Naomi had two children, Eleanor and Frank Charles Morgan. When the 1921 census was taken they were living in Kenora, Ontario and over the years they also lived in Fort Frances, Winnipeg and Selkirk. In Winnipeg Frank worked as sales analyst and auditor. His son joined the air force during the Second World War, at age 18, and trained as a wireless operator. Afterwards he had a long career with Imperial Oil.

Frank passed away in Laguna Beach, California on 23 February 1972, at age 74 and he's buried near his parents in Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg. Naomi moved to Saskatoon in 1972 and she died there in 1985. She is buried in Brookside beside her husband. D2-1401-0.
Naomi & Frank spent their winters in Florida, USA,
They lived at the cottage he built in the 1920's at Granite Lake, Ontario

Seller, Frank - WWI Attestation paper P1
Seller, Frank - WWI Attestation paper P1

Seller, Frank - WWI Attestation paper P2
Seller, Frank - WWI Attestation paper P2

Arthur Clifford {M}

Born 2 February 1899, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada20
Died 11 August 1900, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada21


1 : "Manitoba Vital Statistics"; Primary evidence
Manitoba Marriage Registration Number: 1890-001673

2 : "Manitoba Vital Statistics"
Manitoba Vital Stats death reg# 1925-035120

2a: "Griffin, Patrick obit 1925 WPG Tribune"

3 : "Manitoba Vital Statistics"
Manitoba Vital Stats reg #1904-002827

Morning Telegram, 1904-01-18 (Page 5)

4 :

5 : "Manitoba Vital Statistics"
Manitoba birth reg # 1890,001618

6 : "Manitoba Vital Statistics"
Manitoba Marriage reg # 1914-114031

7 : "Manitoba Vital Statistics"
Manitoba birth Registration #1892,21017338

8 : "Harper, Mary W obit 1964 WPG Tribune"

8a: "Griffin, Mary W. obit 1964"; Primary evidence

9 :
attestation papers WWI

10 :
Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War
Mikan record: 46246
Volume Number: 31829_B016683
Page 503

11 : ; Primary evidence

12 :,-charles-russell/

13 : "Seller, Frank - Griffin, Naomi Marriage registration"; Primary evidence

14 : "Manitoba Vital Statistics"; Primary evidence
Manitoba birth registration number: 1897-19814831

15 : "Griffin, Naomi obit 1985"; Primary evidence

16 : "Seller, Frank, Naomi gravestone"; Primary evidence

17 : "Victoria Birthday book - Seller family"

17a: "Seller, Frank_Birth"; Primary evidence

17b: "Seller, Frank Attestation Paper 1916"; Secondary evidence

18 : "Frank Seller obit 1972"

18a: ; Secondary evidence
"California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch ( : 26 November 2014), Frank Seller, 23 Feb 1972; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

19 : "Seller, Frank, Naomi gravestone"; Primary evidence

20 : "Manitoba Vital Statistics"
Manitoba birth registration number: 1900-006737

21 : "Manitoba Vital Statistics"
Manitoba death registration number: 1900-001563