Stephanie, a friend of mine who grew up in New Liskeard, provided me with the following information about the Brittains:
I don't have the birth records for Temiskaming, but I think Cathy Blackburn in Kirkland Lake has them, and I will ask her if she can look up the Frederick Brittain birth.
I have the birth announcements for the "Temiskaming Speaker" newspaper, but there was no announcement ofr Frederick's birth. This would not be unusual if they lived in one of the rural districts north of New Liskeard. I did check the record for Mrs. Maddock's Maternity home, where many of the rural women went to give birth, but there are no records that early.
There were several other Brittain announcements in the "Speaker" about that time:
January, 1912. Married- Mr. T. Brittain to Miss Walker.
29 October, 1912. Born to Mr. & Mrs. T. Brittain, a son
17 May, 1916- Lillie Beatrice Brittain married Francis Morris Livingstone at Thornloe. (Thornloe is a small village about 15 miles north of New Liskeard in Armstrong Township.)
22 February, 1917. Born, to Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brittain, a son
24 February, 1917. Died, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Brittain
25 January, 1917. At Ramore, to Mr. & Mrs. Brittain a son. (Ramore is a village close to Matheson, on Highway 11)
The only cemetery MI that I could find is one in Milberta Cemetery (Kerns Township- West of New Liskeard) as follows:
In Memory of George Bunt
His beloved Wife
G. Herbert Bunt
The Haileybury Museum published book a few years ago about the Great Fire of 1922. In it, they mentioned that Mrs. Brittain, the Postmistress at Thornloe was burned out in that fire and found refuge with a neighbour. Also, I have a book (somewhere in my files) on the history of the Thib family (originally Dheeb- one of the Syrian families that migrated to Temiskaming around 1900). As I recall, Sadie Thib, the daughter of Elie Thib married a Brittain. I think they lived in Charlton, near Englehart. When I find the book, I will let you know if there is any info on the Brittain family.
I will let you know if I can dig up any more info on the family.