Birmingham, John Alexander (1884-1969)

John Alexander Birmingham was a life insurance salesman. He lived at 1856 Barclay Street in 1918.

He was born on October 23, 1884, in Toronto, Ontario. His father was Henry Birmingham, who was a baker and confectioner. His mother was Susanna Carrick.

On October 24, 1910, in London, Ontario, John married Amelia Rosetta Coo. She was born on October 31, 1884, in London, Ontario. Her father was William Charles Coo, who was a court reporter; her mother was Eva Rosetta Harper.

He first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1916, and he worked in the life insurance business for the rest of his career. He died in Vancouver on December 20, 1969.

Amelia died in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 20, 1972.

 

John and Amelia had the following children

 

William Henry Birmingham

William Henry Birmingham was born in Toronto, Ontario on August 21, 1911. He was an architect in Vancouver. He died on August 30, 1997. His wife, Joan (born in 1925), died on November 28, 2010.

 

Virginina Susanna Birmingham

Virginina Susanna Birmingham was married to David Cleveland Carter. He was born in Vancouver on May 25, 1915. His father was Charles Cleveland Carter (1885-1956); his mother was Eva Burdis (1888-1936). David was an electrical engineering consultant. David died in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 21, 1984.

Virginia died in Prince George, British Columbia, on December 8, 2006.

 

Verna E. Birmingham

Verna E. Birmingham was born about 1918. She was married to J.A Newson.

 

 

Sources

John Alexander Birmingham

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMQP-PPD : accessed 01 Jul 2014), Henry Birningham in entry for John Alexander Birn, 23 Oct 1884; citing Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1845872.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWGF-SW9 : accessed 01 Jul 2014), John Birmingham, St Stephens Ward, Toronto City, Ontario, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148174.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHGV-PF7 : accessed 01 Jul 2014), Henry Birmingham, B, Toronto (west/ouest) (city/cité), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 5, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KSZY-P11 : accessed 01 Jul 2014), John Alexander Birmingham and Amelia Rosetta Coo, 24 Oct 1910; citing registration 015808, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1887241.

Ontario Marriage Registrations; Middlesex Co., 1910, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/msex10.htm; “15808-10 John Alexander BIRMINGHAM, 26, travelling secretary of Brotherhood of St. Andrew, s/o 59 Spadina Rd in Toronto, s/o Henry BIRMINGHAM, confectioner & Susan CARRICK, married Amelia Rosetta COO, 26, of London, d/o William Charles COO, official reporter & Eva Rosetta HARPER, witn: George Alexander SMITH & Ruby COO, both of London, 24 Oct. 1910 at London.”

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XGCK-4P6 : accessed 01 Jul 2014), John A Birmingham, 06 Nov 1914; citing “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” Ancestry.com; Ship , arrival port Buffalo, New York, , line , NARA microfilm publication M1480, roll 18, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X53V-G5Q : accessed 01 Jul 2014), John A Birmingham, Nov 1914; citing “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” Ancestry.com; Ship , arrival port Buffalo, New York, , line 23, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 273, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLBM-YSM : accessed 01 Jul 2014), John Alexander Birmingham, 20 Dec 1969; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13301, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2034112.

John Alexander Birmingham, death notice, Vancouver Province, December 22, 1969, page 30: “Birmingham – On Saturday, December 20, 1969, John Alexander, of 5614 Balsam St. Survived by his loving wife, Amelia Rosetta; 1 son, William H.; 2 daughters, Mrs. D.E. Carter and Mrs. J.A. Newson; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Kerrisdale, on Tuesday, December 23, at 2:30 p.m., Rev. George Kelly officiating. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations to the CNiB. Mount Pleasant Funeral, directors in charge.”

 

Amelia Rosetta Coo (wife of John Alexander Birmingham)

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMJX-D13 : accessed 01 Jul 2014), William Charles Coo and Eva Rosetta Harper, 02 Aug 1882; citing registration 008005, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1869759.

George J. Trumper and William C. Coo, The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Oct 5, 1950; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail (1844-2011), page. 8: “William C. Coo: Court reporter with the Ontario Municipal Board for some years, William Charles Coo died yesterday at his home, 235 Joicey Blvd. He was in his 90th year. Mr. Coo was born and educated in Toronto. As a young man he went to London, Ont., where he established a business college. He service for a time as alderman on the London City Council. He returned to Toronto 35 years ago and was at one time leader of the Ladies’ Bible Class of Howard Park United Church. He had travelled extensively. Mr. Coo was tice married. His first wife, Eva Rosetta Coo, died some years ago. He leaves his wife, Constance L. Coo; five daughters, Mrs. J.A. Bermingham [sic], Vancouver; Mrs. V.R. Miller, Miss Maude Coo and Lady Robinson, widow of Sir John Robinson, and Mrs. A.H. Smyth, all of Toronto, and one son, Cecil W., of Copper Cliff.”

William Charles Coo, death notice, The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Oct 6, 1950; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail (1844-2011), page 26: “On Wednesday morning, Oct. 4, 1950, at his home, 235 Joicey Blvd., Toronto, William Charles Coo, beloved husband of Constance L. Coo; dear father of Mrs. J.A. Birmingham of Vancouver; Mrs. V.R. Miller; Maud, Lady Robinson and Mrs. A.H. Smyth, all of Toronto and Cecil W. Coo, Copper Cliff. At the Turner & Porter Chapel, 436 Roncesvalles at Howard Park Ave. Funeral service at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. (London papers please copy.)”

Efa [sic] Rosetta Coo, death notice, The Globe (1844-1936); Sep 24, 1934; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail (1844-2011), page 4: “Coo, Efa Rosetta – At her residence, 154 Geoffrey Street, Toronto, on Sunday, Sept. 23, Efa Rosetta, beloved wife of Willliam Charles Coo. Funeral from the above address Tuesday at 3.30 p.m. Interment in Park Lawn Cemetery. London and Cobourg papers please copy.”

“Canadian Headstones”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJ88-9QLQ : accessed 01 Jul 2014), William Charles Coo, .

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLG8-K7X : accessed 01 Jul 2014), Amelia Rosetta Coo, 30 Oct 1883; citing Toronto, York, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1845866.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMQD-Y6J : accessed 01 Jul 2014), Amelia Rosetta Coo, 30 Oct 1883; citing Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1845866.

Ruby Miller, death notice, The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Jan 7, 1971; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail (1844-2011), page 42: “Miller, Ruby: On Monday, January 4, 1971, at Mississauga Hospital, Ruby Coo, beloved wife of the late Vernon R. Miller. Dear sister of Lady Maud Robinson, of Toronto, Mrs. J.A. Birmingham, (Amelia), of Vancouver, Mrs. Arthur Smyth, (Olive) of Santa Monica, California and Cecil W. Coo, Port Credit. A private family service was held at the turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery.”

Olive Elizabeth Smyth, death notice, The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Feb 17, 1971; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail (1844-2011), page 36: “Smyth, Olive Elizabeth: Late of 412 Mendoza Terrace, Corona del Mar, California, on February 11, 1971, in Santa Monica, California. Survived by one brother, Cecil W. Coo., Toronto and sisters, Ruby Miller, Toronto, Lady Maud Robinson, Toronto and Amelia Birmingham, Vancouver, B.C. Funeral service February 13, 1971, at Pacific View Chapel, Newport Beach. The Rev. Bruce Kurrie officiated. Interment in Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach, Interment directed by Pacific View Mortuary, Newport Beach.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYP-JXY : accessed 01 Jul 2014), Amelia Rosetta Birmingham, 20 Jul 1972; citing North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13318, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2050014.

Amelia R. Birmingham, death notice, Vancouver Province, July 21, 1972, page 28; Vancouver Sun, July 21, 1972, page 37: “Birmingham – Passed away on July 20, 1972, Mrs. Amelia R. Birmingham, 1495 West Keith Road, North Vancouver. Widow of John A. Birmingham. Beloved mother of Mrs. Verna E. Newson, Mrs. D.C. Carter (Virginia) and William H. Birmingham. She had 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 1 brother, Cecil Coo of Port Credit, Ontario and 1 sister, Lady Maud Robinson of Toronto, Ontario. Mrs. Birmingham was an active member of the Ladies Lion’s Club, and Alma College Alumnae. For many years she was on the executive of the Women’s Canadian Club and the Vancouver Musical Society. She was born in London, Ontario and has lived in Vancouver since 1915. Funeral service on Monday, July 24, at 2 p.m. in St. Mary’s Kerrisdale Anglican Church, 37th Ave. at Larch St., Rev. F.J. Boyd DD officiating. Cremation. Hollyburn Funeral Homer funeral directors. Flowers gratefully declined, donations would be appreciated to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.”

Lady Maud Eva Coo Robinson, death notice, The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Jan 21, 1983; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail (1844-2011), page C10: “Robinson, (Lady) Mau Eva Coo: At Toronto, on Saturday, January 15, 1983, widow of Sir John Beverley Robinson, 5th Baronet. Friends may call at the “Humphrey funeral Home – A.W. Mile Chapel”, 1403 Bayview Ave. (at Davisville Ave.) from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Service in Trinity College Chapel (Hoskin Ave.) 2 o’clock Friday. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Instead of flowers, a donation may be made to the Lady Robinson Scholarship Fund, Canadian Opera Foundation, 417 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto M5V 1A2.”

Sir John Beverley Robinson, 5th Bt., M, #560667, b. 12 February 1895, d. 6 November 1948; http://www.thepeerage.com/p56067.htm#i560667

Ontario Marriages, Toronto, 1924, part 4, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/tor1924p4.htm: 5286-24 Cecil William COO, 25, mining engineer, Ontario, 154 Geoffrey St., s/o William Charles COO (b. Ont) & Eva HARPER, married Madeline Mary DUDLEY, 24, graduate nurse, Ireland, 242 Dufferin St., d/o Guilford Moffat DUDLEY (b. Ireland) & Eva Margaret DICKSON, witn: David Lloyd Gerrard McKAY of Elmira Ont & Dorothy Edna LAWRENCE of 202 Westminster Ave., 10 Nov 1924.

 

William Henry (“Bill”) Birmingham (son of John Alexander Birmingham)

William Henry Birmingham (1911-1997), Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1126.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMH6-VMK : accessed 01 Jul 2014), William Henry Birmingham, 21 Aug 1911; citing Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 2424586.

William Henry Birmingham, death notice, Vancouver Sun, September 3, 1997, page B5 (source: Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada).

Joan Laird Birmingham (1925-2010), death notice, Vancouver Sun, December 11 and 12, 2010, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=joan-birmingham&pid=147090465&fhid=5840.

 

Virginina Susanna Birmingham (daughter of John Alexander Birmingham)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGX-T42 : accessed 01 Jul 2014), William David Burdis, 08 Feb 1933; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13147, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1952658.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL22-GMW : accessed 01 Jul 2014), Sarah Burdis, 02 Dec 1938; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13164, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1953197.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZJ-R8S : accessed 01 Jul 2014), Charles Cleveland Carter and Eva Burdis, 30 Sep 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983705.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLR6-63F : accessed 01 Jul 2014), Charles Cleveland Carter, 03 Mar 1956; citing North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13227, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033103.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2N-YFZ : accessed 01 Jul 2014), Eva Carter, 19 Feb 1936; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13155, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1953019.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1T-BNS : accessed 01 Jul 2014), David Cleveland Carter, 21 Jun 1984; citing North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13639, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2073192.

Virginia Susanna (Birmingham) Carter, death notice, Vancouver Sun, December 16, 2006, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=virginia-susanna-carter-birmingham&pid=20289487.

 

Verna E. Birmingham (daughter of John Alexander Birmingham)

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/24VY-F84 : accessed 01 Jul 2014), Verna E Birmingham, 1936.

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