Astell, Godfrey Blacker (1883-1967)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 469 [edited image].

Godfrey Blacker Astell was a surveyor and civil engineer.

He lived at 1890 Comox Street from 1916 to 1918.

Family Background and Early Life

Godfrey Blacker Astell was born on January 9, 1883, in Richmond, Virginia. His parents were William Wynyard Astell (1856-1934) and Rosa Murray Blacker (1860-1902).

To Vancouver

Godfrey arrived in Vancouver about 1911. He worked as building contractor for a short time.

By 1912, he was a civil engineer with H. Sydney Hancock, who operated a consulting engineering firm in Vancouver.

Marriage to Theresa Graburn

On November 7, 1915, in Vancouver, Godfrey married Theresa Bromehead Graburn. She was born on March 1, 1895 in Montreal, Quebec. Her parents were Nelson Graburn (1864-1942) and Agnes Jamieson Shaw (1860-1948). (The Graburn family lived at 1012 Denman Street in 1912.)

Vancouver Sun, March 28, 1916, page 3, column 3.

Godfrey and Theresa frequently travelled in western North America.

Ancestry.com. Alaska, Passenger and Crew Manifests, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger & Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Ketchikan, Alaska.; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85. Name: Godfrey Blacker Astell; Birth Date: abt 1880; Birth Place: VA Richmond; Gender: Male; Race: English; Nationality: Canadian; Arrival Date: 1 Jul 1918; Arrival Place: Ketchikan, Alaska, USA;Age: 38; Vessel: Princess Alice.

Godfrey and Theresa had no children.

Godfrey died on March 12, 1967, in Vancouver. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby.

Vancouver Province, March 13, 1967, page 28, column 1.

Theresa died on November 22, 1969, in Vancouver. She was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby.

Vancouver Province, November 25, 1969, page 29, column 2.

Sources

William Wynyard Astell (father of Godfrey Blacker Astell)

Genealogy of the Thornton and Astell Families, http://www.bernardoconnor.org.uk/Everton/Thornton%20and%20Astell%20geneailogy.htm

“Astell,” Armorial Families, Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, Seventh edition, 1929, http://archive.org/stream/armorialfamilies01foxd#page/n10/mode/1up; http://archive.org/stream/armorialfamilies01foxd#page/58/mode/1up

William Wynyard Astell, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=t_h_davies&id=I383702

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NDH4-ZF7 : accessed 05 Aug 2013), William Wynyard Astell, 18 Dec 1855.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JS1C-SM9 : accessed 05 Aug 2013), William Wynyard Astell, 13 Dec 1855.

FreeBMD, Wylliam Wynyard Astell, born March quarter, 1856.

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFX5-8M8 : accessed 05 Aug 2013), William W Astell, 1871.

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCPF-DV2 : accessed 05 Aug 2013), William W. Astell, 1880.

“Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRNX-98W : accessed 06 Aug 2013), Wm. W. Astilt and Rosa M. Blacker, 15 Jun 1881.

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J6YX-WM9 : accessed 05 Aug 2013), William W. Astell, 27 Oct 1893; citing Germanic, United States National Archives, Washington, D.C.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X7GF-LXS : accessed 05 Aug 2013), William W Astell, 1911.

FreeBMD, Wylliam Wynyard Astell, married June quarter, 1904, [spouse is Blacker, Francesca Elizabeth].

FreeBMD, Wylliam W. Astell, death September quarter 1934 .

FreeBMD, Francesca E. Astell, death March quarter 1920.

Godfrey Blacker Astell

“Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XTHW-FJY : accessed 05 Aug 2013), Godfrey Astell, 09 Jan 1883.

“Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:236K-PXW : 13 March 2018), G B Astell, 1901; citing Immigration, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, NARA microfilm publication T843 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,404,172.

“Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2362-2QD : 13 March 2018), Godfrey B Astell, 1902; citing Immigration, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, NARA microfilm publication T843 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,404,174.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-S187 : 16 March 2018), Godfrey B Astell in entry for John Mutes, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

1911 Census of Canada, 1911 / British Columbia / Vancouver / 76 Vancouver City / page 23, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63624&highlight=20&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Godfrey+B.+Astell

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZJ-4LN : accessed 06 Aug 2013), Godfrey Blacker Astell and Theresa Bromhead Graburn, 1915.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYM-YDK : accessed 06 Aug 2013), Godfrey Blacker Astell, 1967.

Godfrey Blacker Astell, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 13, 1967, page 28: “Astell — Passed away March 12, 1967, Godfrey Blacker Astell, of 1878 Robson St., and formerly of Richmond, Virginia, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Theresa Astell, of 2423 Cornwall St., Vancouver, and brother of Mrs. Mabel Raymond, Belchamp Hall, Sudbury, Suffolk, England. Funeral service Wednesday, March 15, at 11 a.m., St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Pendrell at Jervis St., Rev. J.W. Ellis officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Forest Lawn Mortuary, funeral directors in charge.”

Theresa Bromehead Astell (née Graburn)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYC-NZ7 : accessed 06 Aug 2013), Theresa Astell, 1969.

Theresa Astell, death notice, Vancouver Sun, November 24, 1969, page 41: “Astell — Passed away November 22, 1969, Theresa, widow of Godfrey Blacker Astell, of 1878 Robson St., Vancouver. Funeral service Tuesday, November 25, at 10 a.m. in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Jervis and Pendrell St., Vancouver. Interment in the family plot, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Forest Lawn Mortuary, Royal Oak Ave, at Canada Way, funeral directors in charge.” [Similar notice in Vancouver Province, November 25, 1969, page 29.]

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