Alexander, Richard Henry (1844-1915)

Richard Henry Alexander (detail) Howay and Scholefield - British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present - 1914 - volume 3 - page 829; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/829/mode/1up

Richard Henry Alexander (detail) Howay and Scholefield – British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present – 1914 – volume 3 – page 829; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/829/mode/1up

Richard Henry Alexander was a lumberman and the assistant general manager of British Columbia Mills, Timber and Trading Company. He lived at 1000 Gilford Street from 1906 to 1913.

He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 26, 1844. His father was James Alexander, who was a wine merchant; his mother was Elizabeth Scott. In 1855, the family moved to Toronto, where James Alexander continued his wine business. Elizabeth died in Toronto, and James returned to Scotland, where he died at the age of 50.

Richard went to school at Edinburgh Academy; after arriving in Canada, he went to Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto.

In the early 1860s, there were reports of gold discoveries on the Saskatchewan River and in British Columbia. In 1862, Richard joined a group of adventurers who went on an overland trip to the gold fields. After a long and dangerous journey, including the head waters of the Fraser River, Richard and three remaining companions reached Fort George (now Prince George), and then went down the Fraser River to Quesnel Mouth (now Quesnel), and then overland to New Westminster.

In British Columbia, Richard took on a series of jobs related to lumbering and mining. Like most people, he was not successful in mining, but he did better in working for businesses that supplied the mines.

On January 30, 1867, in Victoria, British Columbia, Richard married Emma Helen Tammadge. Emma was one of about 60 unmarried women who had arrived in Victoria on September 17, 1862, aboard the “bride-ship” S.S. Tynemouth. Emma was born in London, England on July 29, 1844. Her father was Joseph Tammadge; her mother was Emma Osborne.

He arrived in Vancouver in 1870, where he started working as an accountant for the Hastings Saw Mill Company. He became the manager of the company in 1882.

Richard H. Alexander, R E Gosnell - History of British Columbia (1906), pages 490-491, https://archive.org/stream/historybritishco00gosnrich#page/n592/mode/1up

Richard H. Alexander, R E Gosnell – History of British Columbia (1906), pages 490-491, https://archive.org/stream/historybritishco00gosnrich#page/n592/mode/1up

At the first election for the City of Vancouver, he was a candidate for mayor, but he was not successful: Malcolm Alexander MacLean, a Vancouver realtor, won by 17 votes. In the second city election, he was elected as an alderman. He was also a trustee and secretary of the first school board, and the only member of the local board of health. He was a notary public and justice of the peace. From 1883, he was the chairman of the pilotage board, and for two years was president of the Board of Trade. For some time he was also the Vancouver agent for Lloyds of London. In 1895, he became the consul for the Peruvian government.

He belonged to the Vancouver Club, the Union Club of Victoria, and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (he was the commodore of the yacht club in 1906 and 1907).

R H Alexander - B C Mills - Timber and Trading Co - Vancouver - British Columbians as we see 'em - 1911; by Newspaper Cartoonists Association of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., unpaged, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbian00newsrich#page/n84/mode/1up.

R H Alexander – B C Mills – Timber and Trading Co – Vancouver – British Columbians as we see ’em – 1911; by Newspaper Cartoonists Association of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., unpaged, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbian00newsrich#page/n84/mode/1up.

He died in Seattle in 1915 while visiting his son, Frederick. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Emma died in Point Grey, British Columbia on June 3, 1916. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Richard and Emma had the following children.

Richard Henry Hancock Alexander

Richard Henry Hancock Alexander was born in Victoria, British Columbia, on November 16, probably in 1867. He graduated from Upper Canada College in Toronto in 1883. He became the secretary of BC Lumber and Shingle Manufacturers, Ltd.

He was married twice. His first marriage was to Gertrude Helena McWhinney on August 14, 1889, in Vancouver. Gertrude was born in Sarnia Ontario, about 1865. Her parents were William Henry and Lucy McWhinney. (Gertrude’s sister was Eliza Mahon MacWhinney, who married Donald Brims Charleson.) Gertrude died in Vancovuer on June 5, 1890. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Richard Henry Hancock Alexander’s second marriage was to Isabel Phillipa Cartwright on November 21, 1906. Isabel was the daughter of Bishop Conway Edward Cartwright (1837-1920).

Richard died in Vancouver on July 12, 1928. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Isabel died in Vancouver on August 30, 1947. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Frederick Whiting Alexander

Frederick Whiting Alexander was born on December 19, 1869, in Victoria, British Columbia. He worked in a series of lumbering and mining. Later he became a lumber merchant in Seattle, as well as the Secretary and Manager of the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau in Seattle.

He married Martha McVay in Seattle.

Frederick died in Seattle in 1941.

Martha died in Seattle in 1951.

Eliza Scott Alexander (wife of John Louis Grahame Abbott, of Vancouver)

Eliza Scott Alexander was born in Victoria, British Columbia on June 30, 1871. On June 30, 1896, she married John Louis Grahame Abbott. He was born on December 26, 1870 in Brockville, Ontario. His father was Harry Braithwaite Abbott (1829-1915); his mother was Margret Amelia Sicotte (1838-1903).

John Louis Grahame Abbott (son of Harry Braithwaite Abbott and Margret Amelia Sicotte) was born December 26, 1870 in Brockville, Ontario. John died on February 19, 1927, in Seattle, Washington.

Eliza died in Vancouver on March 12, 1957.

Henry Osborne (“Harry”) Alexander

Harry was born in what was then called Hastings Sawmill (later Vancouver), on December 16, 1873.

He became a lawyer, and later a judge in the Court of Small Debts and the Official Guardian for British Columbia.

On April 22, 1903, he married Anna Euphrosyne Rouleau. She was born on January 16, 1879, in Alymer, Quebec. Her father was Charles Borrome Rouleau (1840-1901); her mother was Elvina DuMouchel (1840-1901). (Anna’s sister, Marie Berthe Rouleau, married Eustace Haveland Grubbe in Vancouver on May 3, 1905.)

Harry died on Gambier Island, British Columbia, on April 18, 1930. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Anna died on December 15, 1953, in Edmonton, Alberta. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

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Richard Henry Hancock Alexander

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Emma Helen Alexander (née Tammadge)

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British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1928-09-402317, Richard Henry Handcock Alexander

Frederick Whiting Alexander

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Elizabeth Scott Alexander

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Henry Osborne Alexander

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British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1930-09-435764, Henry Osborne Alexander.

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