Barrs, Frank Arthur Anderson (1871-1963)

Frank A. Barrs, detail from [The Vancouver Exhibition Association near Hastings Park], about 1910, Port P1221, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-exhibition-association-near-hastings-park-2.

Frank A. Barrs, detail from [The Vancouver Exhibition Association near Hastings Park], about 1910, Port P1221, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-exhibition-association-near-hastings-park-2.

 

Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs was an architect and cricket player who lived at 1819 Robson Street in 1919 and 1920.

 

Family Background

Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs was born on April 24, 1871, in Repton, Derbyshire, England. His parents were Henry Barrs (1834-1893) and Elizabeth Ann Grace Davy (or Davey) (1839-1923). Henry Barrs was a farmer and horse-breeder.

 

Frank Arthur Barrs - baptism date - May 24 1871

Ancestry.com. Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1916 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017. Derbyshire Record Office; Matlock, Derbyshire, England; Diocese: Diocese of Derby; Reference Number: D 638 A/PI. Name: Frank Arthur Barrs; Baptism Date: 24 May 1871; Baptism Place: Repton, Derbyshire, England.

 

Early Life

Frank studied architecture in England. He was a pupil of Thomas Gibbs of Burton on Trent. He later worked with Tomlinson and Company, which was a firm of architects and engineers in Derby. Joseph Tomlinson (1823-1894) was an engineer who was president of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 1890-1891: http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Joseph_Tomlinson.

 

Marriage to Georgina Lake

In 1898, Frank married Georgina Lake. She was born in Lincolnshire on December 7, 1873. Her parents were James Lake (1826–1882) and Fanny Shillaker (1836–1890).

 

Frank Arthur Barrs and Georgiana Lake - marriage date - June 1 1898

Ancestry.com. Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1912 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Northamptonshire Record Office; Northampton, England; Register Type: Parish Registers; Reference Numbers: 208P/8. Name: Frank Arthur Barrs; Gender: Male; Age: 27; Event Type: Marriage; Birth Year: abt 1871; Marriage Date: 1 Jun 1898; Marriage Place: Maxey, Northamptonshire, England; Register Type: Parish Registers; Parish as it Appears: Maxey; Father: Henry Barrs; Spouse: Georgiana Lake.

 

To North America

Frank and his family came to North America in August 1907.

 

Frank Arthur Barrs - immigration - New York - 1907

“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXK4-623 : 20 August 2019), Frank Arthur Barrs, 1907.

 

They moved to South Dakota in 1908, although they stayed there only a short time before moving to Vancouver.

 

Business and Sport in Vancouver

Shortly after the Barrs family arrived in Vancouver, Frank established himself in business and sporting activities.

He had been a cricket player in England, and he continued to play cricket while he was in Vancouver.

 

CVA 99-730 - Mr. F.A.A. Barrs, Cricket Club, 1915-1917, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/mr-f-a-barrs-cricket-club

CVA 99-730 – Mr. F.A.A. Barrs, Cricket Club, 1915-1917, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/mr-f-a-barrs-cricket-club.

 

 

F A A Barrs - captain of Vancouver cricket team - Vancouver Sun - April 7 1918 - page 11 - column 2

Vancouver Sun, April 7, 1918, page 11, column 2.

 

Frank became a member of the Hastings Park Exhibition Association in 1908.

In 1910 he was the superintendent at the exhibition grounds, and he was living at 1169 Parker Street.

By 1912, he had established an office in the Bank of Hamilton Building.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory - 1912 - Part 1 - page 551

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory – 1912 – Part 1 – page 551

 

In 1913, he was in an architectural and engineering firm with Samuel Bernard Dean Shewbrooks.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory - 1913 - Part 1 - page 595

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory – 1913 – Part 1 – page 595

 

From 1914 to 1928 he was the director of the Vancouver School Board, and he designed many of the city’s schools.

 

Later Life

Frank retired about 1929.

Georgiana died in Coquitlam, British Columbia, on March 16, 1949. She was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

 

Georgiana Barrs - death notice - Vancouver Sun - March 19 1949 - page 31 - column 4

Vancouver Sun, March 19, 1949, page 31, column 4.

 

Frank died in Vancouver on December 16, 1963. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby.

 

Frank and Georgiana had the following children.

 

Grace Emily Mildred Barrs

Grace Emily Mildred Barrs was born about 1899 in Ticknall, Derbyshire.

On June 15, 1926, in Vancouver, she married Joseph Wallace Weeks. He was born on March 3, 1896, in Toronto, Ontario. His parents were Caleb Weeks and Mary Dorothy Dunne. He had served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Both Joseph and his father were plumbers.

Joseph died in Vancouver on July 10, 1958. He was buried in Masonic Cemetery in Burnaby, British Columbia.

 

Frances Evelyn Barrs

Frances Evelyn Barrs was born in March 27, 1901 in Repton, Derbyshire.

She married William Paul Falconer.

Frances died in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on December 15, 1956. She was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby.

William Paul Falconer later married Elva Ellen Litherland (1924-1976).

 

Margaret Barrs

Margaret Barrs was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on May 3, 1903.

On February 6, 1937, she married Ralph Edwin William Gwyther. He was born in India on December 24, 1893. His parents were Henry Thomas Gwyther and Elizabeth Mary William.

Ralph worked as an insurance underwriter and banker. He died in Vancouver on August 31, 1955.

Margaret died in Delta, British Columbia on June 27, 1983.

 

Annie Lake Barrs

Annie Lake Barrs was born on December 27, 1908 in Redfield, South Dakota.

On September 6, 1936, Annie married Frederick James Wood. He was a professional golfer, who was born in New Westminster, British Columbia on February 10, 1906. His parents were Frederick William Arthur Wood and Vivian McKie.

Frederick died in Vancouver on November 2, 1984.

Annie died in Vancouver on March 25, 1992.

 

 

Sources

Henry Barrs (father of Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs)

Henry Barrs (1834–); Birth: ABT 1834, Houghton on the Hill, Leicestershire; Death: Unknown (ancestry.ca).

The English Cart-Horse Stud Book 5th Volume, 1884, page 19, [Derbyshire Conqueror]; https://books.google.ca/books?id=7RMFAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA19#v=onepage&q&f=false.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2D7F-7KV : accessed 26 May 2014), Henry Barrs, 1864.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5TJ-TFF : 28 September 2019), Henry Barrs, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27V-NWP1 : 13 December 2017), Henry Barrs, Repton (Derby), Staffordshire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 17, Piece/Folio 2756/69, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,940.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:W351-PW2 : 5 May 2019), Henry Barrs, Apeton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Staffordshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2JKR-QGD : 31 December 2014), Henry Barrs, 1893; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPZZ-7875 : 25 September 2019), Henry Barrs, 16 May 1893; citing 16 May 1893; citing Burial, Repton, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom, Derbyshire Record Office, England.

 

Eliza Ann Grace Davey (mother of Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs)

Eliza Ann Grace Davy (1839–); Birth: ABT 1839, Leicester, England; Death: Unknown (ancestry.ca).

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27V-NW55 : 13 December 2017), Eliza A G Barrs in household of Henry Barrs, Repton (Derby), Staffordshire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 17, Piece/Folio 2756/69, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,940.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:W3RM-MW2 : 5 May 2019), Eliza A G Barrs in household of Henry Barrs, Apeton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Staffordshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS7J-L7R : 21 May 2019), Eliza Barrs, Repton, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Repton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X7TG-KG8 : 15 July 2019), E A Grace Barrs, Derby, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVH3-FC46 : 4 September 2014), Eliza A G Barrs, 1923; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs

Frank Arthur Barrs (1871–1963); Birth: 24 APR 1871, Repton, Derbyshire; Death: 16 DEC 1963, Vancouver, British Columbia (ancestry.ca).

Frank Barrs, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Barrs.

Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs, http://www.dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/1053.

Frank Arthur Ambrose [sic] Barrs, Building the West: Early Architects of British Columbia, Donald Luxton, editor, Vancouver, Talon Books, 2003, pages 453 and 491.

Samuel Bernard Dean Shewbrooks, http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/node/439

“Tops among Vancouver cricket players in 1910 was Frank A. Barrs,” Vancouver Sun, May 27, 1955, page 5 (includes photograph of Frank A. Barrs).

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2X46-7W9 : accessed 25 May 2014), Frank Arthur Barrs, 1871.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NYGR-YLV : accessed 25 May 2014), Frank Arthur Barrs, 24 May 1871; citing REPTON,DERBY,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 498118.

“England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KBXC-24J : accessed 26 May 2014), Frank Arthur Barrs, 24 May 1871; citing Christening, Repton, Repton, Derbyshire, England, Record Office, Matlock; FHL microfilm 1042136.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X3K3-MKV : accessed 26 May 2014), Frank A Barrs in household of Henry Barrs, Repton (Derby), Staffordshire, England; citing “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk(www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/, p. , The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/W3RM-X6Z : accessed 26 May 2014), Frank A Barrs, England; citing “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 12, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2699-B1B : accessed 25 May 2014), Frank Arthur Barrs, 1898.

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JXK4-623 : accessed 25 May 2014), Frank Arthur Barrs, arrived at New York, 23 Aug 1907, on the Arabic; citing National Archives, Washington D.C.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLTN-5J9 : accessed 25 May 2014), Frank Barrs, 16 Dec 1963; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13264, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033687.

 

James Lake (father of Georgiana Lake)

James Lake (1826–1882); Birth: ABT 1826, Deeping St. James, Lincolnshire; Death: 15 JUL 1882, Peckleton, Leicestershire (ancestry.ca).

 

Fanny Shillaker (mother of Georgiana Lake)

Fanny Shillaker (1836–1890); Birth: APRIL 1836, Market Deeping, Lincolnshire; Death: 4 OCT 1890, Peterborough, Northamptonshire (ancestry.ca).

 

Georgiana Lake (wife of Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs)

Georgiana Lake (1874–); Birth: MAR 1874, Deeping St. Nicholas, Lincolnshire; Death: Unknown (ancestry.ca).

Thomas Marshall Lake, http://genforum.genealogy.com/lake/messages/1302.html

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5X-WB3 : accessed 25 May 2014), Georgiana Barrs, 16 Mar 1949; citing Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13200, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032570.

Georgiana Barrs, death notice, Vancouver Sun, March 19, 1949, page 31; Vancouver Province, March 19, 1949, page 23.

 

Grace Emily Mildred Barrs (daughter of Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs)

“England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KB6F-RJ4 : accessed 25 May 2014), Grace Emily Mildred Barrs, 17 Sep 1899; citing Christening, Ticknall, Ticknall, Derbyshire, England, Record Office, Matlock; FHL microfilm 1042131.

“Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2PJ-1RJ : accessed 26 May 2014), Joseph Wallace Weeks, 03 Mar 1896; citing Toronto, York, Ontario, 03 Mar 1896, reference cn 44752; FHL microfilm 1846559.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8L-HNB : accessed 25 May 2014), Frank Arthur Barrs in household of Joseph Wallace Weeks and Grace Emily Mildred Barrs, 15 Jun 1926; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13751, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2074504.

Weddings, Weeks – Barrs, Vancouver Province, June 16, 1926, page 10.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRM-JL4 : accessed 26 May 2014), Joseph Wallace Weeks, 10 Jul 1958; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13237, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033178.

Joseph W. Weeks, death notice, Vancouver Sun, July 11, 1958, page 32; Vancouver Province, July 12, 1958, page 33.

 

Frances Evelyn Barrs (daughter of Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs)

“England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KBFD-7L8 : accessed 25 May 2014), Frances Evelyn Barrs, 26 May 1901; citing Christening, Hartshorne, Hartshorne, Derbyshire, England, Record Office, Matlock; FHL microfilm 2082207.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRK-RZ9 : accessed 25 May 2014), Frances Evelyn Falconer, 15 Dec 1956; citing North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13230, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033146.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLBT-XR1 : accessed 25 May 2014), Elva Ellen Falconer, 01 Dec 1976; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13357, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2050570.

 

Margaret Barrs (daughter of Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs)

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number 1937-09-444522, Ralph Edwin W. Gwyther and Mararet Barrs.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5F-TZQ : accessed 26 May 2014), Ralph Edwin William Gwyther, 31 Aug 1955; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13225, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032986.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1T-M85 : accessed 26 May 2014), Margaret Gwyther, 27 Jun 1983; citing Delta, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13631, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2073148.

 

Annie Lake Barrs (daughter of Frank Arthur Anderson Barrs)

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number 1936-09-439804, Frederick James Wood and Annie Lake Barrs.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1V-4PR : accessed 26 May 2014), Frederick James Wood, 02 Nov 1984; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13643, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2073301.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number 1992-09-005893; Anna Lake Wood; place of death: Vancouver; date of death: March 25, 1992.

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