Ashdown, Sydney (1866-1957)

Sydney Ashdown was a music publisher and inventor. He lived at 1102 Denman Street from 1908 to 1912.

He was born on May 21, 1866, in Regent’s Park, London, England. His father was Edwin Ashdown (1827-1912), who was a music publisher. Sydney’s mother was Elizabeth Sarah Arnsby.

Bonnie Scotland - Fantaisie brillante for the Harp - Charles Oberthür - London - Edwin Ashdown - Hanover Square; https://archive.org/stream/bonniescotlandfa00ober#page/n0/mode/2up.

Bonnie Scotland – Fantaisie brillante for the Harp – Charles Oberthür – London – Edwin Ashdown – Hanover Square; https://archive.org/stream/bonniescotlandfa00ober#page/n0/mode/2up.

About 1884, he moved to Toronto, Ontario, to work in a branch of Edwin’s music publishing company.

In mid-1889, in Hendon district, England, Sydney married Ella Julyan Scott. She was born on September 28, 1863, in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Her father was Robert Scott, who was born about 1835 in Scotland; her mother was Sarah Julyan, who was born about 1836 in England.

About the same time, Sydney became the manager of his father’s Canadian publishing firm in Toronto, Ontario. He later became the director of Anglo-Canadian Music Publishers Association.

He returned to London in 1896, where he stayed until about 1906, when he moved to Vancouver to work with Montelius Piano House.

Montelius Piano House Ltd -interior - 1909 - Vancouver Public Library - VPL Accession Number 7497

Montelius Piano House Ltd -interior – 1909 – Vancouver Public Library – VPL Accession Number 7497

Apparently while he was watching land-clearing in the Shaughnessy district of Vancouver, he devised a plan for a self-releasing choker hook; he later received several patents for variations on these types of devices. Although the choker hooks were useful in clearing trees from forested land, Sydney had several challenges in earning money from his inventions.

About 1914, he retired, and he and his family moved to Victoria, British Columbia. Sydney’s wife, Ella, died in Victoria on March 27, 1948, and Sydney moved back to Vancouver.

Sydney died in Vancouver on January 20, 1957.

Sydney and Ella had the following children.

Ella Winnifred Ashdown

Ella Winnifred Ashdown was born on May 15, 1891, in Toronto, Ontario. She died in Toronto on September 9, 1891.

Doris Scott Ashdown

Doris Scott Ashdown was born in Toronto, Ontario, on December 29, 1895. She was an office stenographer for the Canadian Red Cross. Later, she was the proprietor of Ashdown Reflective Armbands. She never married, and she died in Vancouver on November 15, 1984.

Sources

Edwin Ashdown (father of Sydney Ashdown)

“England and Wales Census, 1841,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MQJD-9HM : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Edwin Ashdown, St George Bloomsbury, Finsbury, Middlesex, England; citing “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M7RK-LF5 : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Edwin Ashdown, St Pancras, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1861 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 9, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRJ7-CXH : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Edwin Ashdown, Marylebone, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1871 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 10, folio 95, p. 27; Marylebone registration district, St John subdistrict, ED 13, household 113, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 823309.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X32P-FZF : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Edwin Ashdown, Hendon, Middlesex, England; citing “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/1367 / 47, p. 16, The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 1341332.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X9CY-2NK : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Edwin Ashdown, Hampstead, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, London, Middlesex county, Hampstead registration district, Hampstead subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XWLV-YJD : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Edwin Ashdown, Hampstead, Nw, London, England; citing “1911 England and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 14, London county, Hampstead registration district, Hampstead subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales, Death Registration Index 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2N1Z-54H : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Edwin Ashdown, 1912.

Sydney Ashdown

Sydney Ashdown, Vancouver City Archives, microfiche # AM0054.013.00100 (1954).

Edwin Ashdown Ltd., http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/edwin-ashdown-ltd-emc/.

Sydney Ashdown, Music Trade Review, August 15, 1896, http://mtr.arcade-museum.com/MTR-1896-23-4/MTR-1896-23-4-09.pdf.

Canadian Patent Office Record, Volumes 17-18, Canada. Patent Office, Copyrights, February 1889, page 67, songs published by Sydney Ashdown, Toronto, Ontario.

Sydney Ashdown, Automatically-releasing hook, Publication number: US992746 A, 1910, http://www.google.com/patents/US992746.

Sydney Ashdown, Means for removably attaching logs or the like to hauling-tackle, US 957297 A, http://www.google.com.br/patents/US957297.

Sydney Ashdown, Automatic releasing choker hook, United States Patent 1643361, http://www.freepatentsonline.com/1643361.html.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NPQP-3BR : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Sydney Ashdown, 22 Jul 1866; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 580916, 580917.

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2X9Y-1CY : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Sydney Ashdown, 1866.

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRJ7-CXV : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Sydney Ashdown in household of Edwin Ashdown, Marylebone, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1871 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images,findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 10, folio 95, p. 27; Marylebone registration district, St John subdistrict, ED 13, household 113, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 823309.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X32P-FZP : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Sydney Ashdown in household of Edwin Ashdown, Hendon, Middlesex, England; citing “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk(www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/1367 / 47, p. 16, The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 1341332.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2D6W-2BV : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Sydney Ashdown, 1889.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWGX-G32 : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Sydney Ashdown, St Patricks Ward, Toronto City, Ontario, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148174; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148174-00299.pdf

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X9NM-XZ6 : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Sydney Ashdown, St Lawrence Intra, Kent, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, Kent county, Thanet registration district, Ramsgate subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, Vancouver City, page 39, family 399, lines 43-45.; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63730&highlight=43&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Sydney+Ashdown.

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JJQD-9PF : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Sydney Ashdown, arrived at New York, 26 Jun 1914, on the Aquitania; citing National Archives, Washington D.C.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5Q-28L : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Sydney Ashdown, 20 Jan 1957; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13231, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033147.

“Music expert who hit on logging aid dies,” Vancouver Province, January 23, 1957, page 22.

“Ashdown Memorial Rites Held,” Vancouver News-Herald, January 22, 1957, page 9.

Ella Julyen Scott (wife of Sydney Ashdown)

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQ7G-C79 : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Ella J Scott in household of Robert Scott, Lambeth, Surrey, England; citing “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/625 / 14, p. 22, The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 1341144.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2D6C-T9L : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Elia Juliyan Scott, 1889.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X9NM-XZX : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Ella J Ashdown, St Lawrence Intra, Kent, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, Kent county, Thanet registration district, Ramsgate subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLPD-6RR : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Ella Julyan Ashdown, 27 Mar 1948; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13196, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032480.

Ella Julyan Ashdown, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, March 28, 1948, page 21; Victoria Daily Colonist, March 29, 1948, page 13; Victoria Daily Colonist, March 30, 1948, page 13.

Ella Winnifred Ashdown (daughter of Sydney Ashdown)

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMZ7-926 : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Ella Winndfred Ashdown, 15 May 1891; citing Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, registration number 2924; FHL microfilm 1846441.

“Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2LQ-33J : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Ella Winndfred Ashdown, 15 May 1891; citing Toronto, York, Ontario, 15 May 1891, reference cn 2924; FHL microfilm 1846441.

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLLC-NM4 : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Ella Winndfred Ashdown, 15 May 1891; citing Toronto, York, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1846441.

The Colonies and India, May 23, 1891, page 32: BIRTHS. Ashdown.—May 15, at Toronto, Canada, the wife of Sydney Ashdown (née Ella Scott), of a daughter.

“Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JKD7-83F : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Ella Winnifred Ashdown, 09 Sep 1891; citing York, Toronto, Canada, 21445, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1853539.

Doris Scott Ashdown (daughter of Sydney Ashdown)

Ontario Archives Birth Index: 1969-1899, MS 931, Reel 1: Ashdown, Doris Scott, born December 29, 1895, Toronto, Registration No. 244095.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X9NM-XZF : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Doris Ashdown, St Lawrence Intra, Kent, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, Kent county, Thanet registration district, Ramsgate subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1V-8B2 : accessed 14 Mar 2014), Doris Scott Ashdown, 15 Nov 1984; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13643, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2073301.

Doris Scott Ashdown, death notice, Vancouver Sun, November 19, 1984, page C1.

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