Billings, William Hobart (1877-1933)

William (“Bill”) Hobart Billings was an insurance agent who worked with H. Bell-Irving & Company Ltd.

He lived at 1851 Comox Street from 1902 to 1904, at 1860 Nelson Street from 1905 to 1906, and at 1017 Denman Street from 1907 to 1916.

 

Early Life

William Hobart Billings was born in Hamilton, Ontario, on August 15, 1877. His parents were John Billings and Annie Hobart.

William went to Upper Canada College and later to McGill University.

 

To British Columbia

William arrived in British Columbia in 1895.

 

Marriage to Maud Burrows

On October 29, 1901, in Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, William married Maud Eleanor (or Elenore) Burrows. She was born in the United States in February in 1879 or 1884. Her parents were William Boswell Burrows and Louise Powell.

 

Social Life

Maud participated in many Vancouver society events.

 

The Week (Victoria and Vancouver); June30, 1906, page 8, column 2; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/pwv/items/1.0344207#p7z-2r0f:

 

William and Maud travelled away from Canada from time to time, including trips to Washington State, California, and Hawaii.

William was a member of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. On February 5, 1903, he attended the first meeting to organize the yacht club. He owned a Columbia River sloop with a 27-foot waterline, called “Mischief.” He was also a member of a syndicate that bought the “Onoma” in 1913.

William and Maud moved to 1017 Denman Street at the end of November 1906.

In 1917, the Vancouver directory listed William at 3498 Marine Drive in Vancouver.

 

Separation

Beginning in 1917, the Vancouver society columns indicated that Maud and William were living apart.

 

 

Vancouver Province, October 8, 1917, page 10, column 2.

 

Vancouver Sun, April 8, 1918, page 4, column 1.

 

Vancouver Daily World, August 23, 1921, page 7, column 4.

 

 

Re-Marriage

By 1921, William and Maud were divorced.

On July 22, 1921, in Bellingham, Washington, William married Cecilia Howard Johnston. She was born in Scotland on June 17, 1888. Her parents were William G. Johnston and Isabella Duncan. Cecilia was an admitting nurse in the Vancouver General Hospital.

 

Ancestry.com. Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: nwwtcmr5409. Name: William Hobart Billings; Marriage Age: 43; Birth Date: abt 1878; Birth Place: Canada; Marriage Date: 22 Jul 1921; Marriage Place: Whatcom, Washington, USA; Date Recorded: 27 Jul 1921; Father: John Billings; Mother: Annie Billings; Spouse: Cecilia Howard Johnstone.

 

On September 21, 1921, in Seattle, Washington, Maud married John Hamilton Young.

 

“Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKNY-1ZD2 : 3 November 2017), John Hamilton Young and Maud Eleanore Billings, 19 Sep 1921, King, Washington, United States, Washington State Archives, Olympia; FamilySearch digital folder 004213262.

 

By 1923, William and Cecilia were living at 3519 West 38th Avenue.

William died in Vancouver on June 20, 1933. He was buried in Bellingham, Washington.

 

Vancouver Province, June 21, 1933, page 1, column 1.

 

Cecilia died in Nanaimo, British Columbia, on December 25, 1983. (Her death certificate says December 25; a published death notice says December 24.)

 

Nanaimo Daily News (Nanaimo, British Columbia), December 29, 1983, page 13, column 9.

 

William had three children: a daughter with Maud Burrows and a son and daughter with Cecilia Johnston

 

Elizabeth Hobart Billings

Elizabeth (“Betty”) Hobart Billings was born in Vancouver on November 6, 1905.

She became a nurse. She never married.

She lived in Toronto, Ontario in 1975.

She died in Vancouver on February 5, 1982.

 

John C. Billings

John C. Billings was born in Vancouver on April 17, 1922.

In 1946, he married Hilda (“Billie”) Louise Barbour. She was born in Balmoral, Manitoba, Canada on June 20, 1922.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 3, 1946, page 11, column 2.

 

John died in Calgary, Alberta on October 12, 1975.

 

Calgary Herald, October 14, 1975, page 54, column 3.

 

Billie later married John Leonard Van Diesen (1929–1985).

 

Calgary Herald, November 20, 1985, page 52, column 6.

 

Billie died in Calgary on July 8, 2003.

 

Calgary Herald, July 12, 2003, page C17, column 1.

 

 

Nancy Isobel Billings

Nancy Isobel Billings was born about 1928.

 

Vancouver Province, May 28, 1936, page 17, column 5.

 

She married Ted Pearson.

Ted and Nancy were living in Nanaimo, British Columbia in 1983.

 

 

Sources

William Hobart Billings

William Hobart Billings, Who’s Who in Western Canada, 1911, page 110.

William Hobart Billings, Northern Who’s Who (Who’s Who and Why), 1916, Vancouver, Western Press Association, page 60, https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/60/mode/1up

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMQQ-BMZ : accessed 11 Sep 2014), William Hobart Billings, 1877.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZBN-FC9 : accessed 11 Sep 2014), William Hobart Billings and Maud Eleanor Burrows, 29 Oct 1901; citing registration , Hamilton, , Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1871082.

Society, Vancouver Province, November 24, 1906, page 12: “Mr. W.H. Billings has purchased from Mrs. S.B. Rogers the pretty bungalow occupied by her on Denman street.”

“Canada Census, 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV95-MPZ1 : accessed 11 Sep 2014), William Hobart Billings, 1911.

“Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KYKT-JVW : accessed 11 Sep 2014), Wm H Billings, 1914.

“Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV9Z-H45T : accessed 11 Sep 2014), William H Billings, 1914-1915.

“Hawaii, Honolulu Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos, 1900-1952”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDRN-TWJ : accessed 11 Sep 2014), William H Billings, 1915.

Society, Vancouver Province, May 6, 1916, page 8: “Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Billings have returned from a two month’s trip to Honolulu and San Francisco.”

Annals of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 1903 to 1965, Vancouver, Evergreen Press, 1971, pages 5 and 51.

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Vancouver_Yacht_Club.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL54-4ZL : accessed 11 Sep 2014), William Hobart Billings, 20 Jun 1933; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13148, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1952855.

“Old-time Resident Claimed By Death; funeral Thursday,” Vancouver Province, June 21, 1933, page 1:  “William H. Billings, aged 56, of 3519 West Thirty-eighth, well known insurance man and resident of Vancouver thirty-five years, died on Tuesday at the General Hospital following a two years’ illness. The deceased was a native of Ontario. Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter and son at home, and a daughter in Hongkong, China. Funeral services will be held in the T. Edwards Co. chapel on Thursday at 2 p.m. Archdeacon F.C.C. Heathcote will officiate.”

William H. Billings, death notice, Vancouver Province, June 21, 1933, page 17; Vancouver Sun, June 21, 1933, page 16: “Billings – Passed away on June 20, 1933, at the Vancouver General Hospital, William H. Billings of 3519 W. 38th Ave., in his 56th year. Survived by his loving wife, son and daughter at home. Also one daughter in Hongkong, China. Funeral on Thursday, June 22, at 2 o’clock, from the T. Edwards Company’s chapel, 10th Ave. and Granville St., Ven. Archdeacon F.C.C. Heathcote officiating. Cremation.

 

Eleanor Maud Burrows (wife of William Hobart Billings)

“Canada Census, 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV95-MP8M : accessed 11 Sep 2014), Eleanor Maude Billings in entry for William Hobart Billings, 1911.

Cecilia Howard Johnstone (wife of William Hobart Billings)

“Scotland Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KSDF-CKM : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Cecilia Howard Johnstone, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; citing “1891 England, Scotland & Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, 2012.); GRO6/275, p. 10, New Register House, Edinburgh; FHL microfilm 208670.

Washington State marriage registrations; William Hobart Billings and Cecilia Howard Johnstone; date of marriage: 22 Jul 1921; place of marriage: Whatcom.

 

Elizabeth Hobart Billings (daughter of William Hobart Billings)

“Canada Census, 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV95-MP89 : accessed 11 Sep 2014), Elizabeth Billings in entry for William Hobart Billings, 1911.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1D-7GY : accessed 11 Sep 2014), Elizabeth Hobart Billings, 05 Feb 1982; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13617, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2051674.

 

John C. Billings (son of William Hobart Billings)

John C. Billings (1922–1975); BIRTH 17 APRIL 1922, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Death: 12 OCTOBER 1975, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (ancestry.ca).

Birth announcement, Vancouver Sun, April 19, 1922, page 12: “Billings, on April 17th at Bute Street Hospital, to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Billings, a son.”

 

Hilda Louise Barbour (wife of John C. Billings)

Hilda Louise Barbour (1922–2003); Birth: 20 JUNE 1922, Balmoral, Manitoba, Canada; Death: 08 JULY 2003, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (ancestry.ca).

 

John Leonard Van Diesen (husband of Hilda Louise Barbour)

John Leonard Van Diesen (1929–1985); Birth: 25 JANUARY 1929, Oirschot, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands; Death: 09 OCTOBER 1985, Ryley, Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada (ancestry.ca).

 

Nancy Isobel Billings (daughter of William Hobart Billings)

She was born about 1928.

She married Ted Pearson.

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