Blowey, James Thomas (1853-1934)

 

James Thomas Blowey, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blowey

James Thomas Blowey, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blowey

James Thomas Blowey was a retired furniture dealer. He had been a city councillor in Edmonton, Alberta. He lived at 1847 Pendrell Street in 1911. Later he moved to 1037 Matthews Avenue in Shaughnessy Heights.

He was born on March 21, 1853, in Cornwall, England. It appears that his parents were James and Grace Blowey.

When James was young, he immigrated with his parents to Canada. He first lived in Ontario, and later moved to Manitoba.

By 1884, he was operating a furniture store in Nelson, Manitoba.

In 1890, he became a founding member of the Board of Trade in Morden, Manitoba.:

In the 1891 census, he was married to Alice Victor Grady and living in Morden, Manitoba. Alice was born on August 3, 1863, in Owen Sound, Ontario. Her father was John Grady; her mother was Mary Ann Mckay.

By 1893, James and Alice moved to Edmonton; James opened a furniture store.

Blowey Furniture Store, Edmonton, Alberta; [probably early 1900s] https://hws.alberta.ca/viewimage.aspx?img=PAA%5CImages%5CA4831.jpg&

Blowey Furniture Store, Edmonton, Alberta; [probably early 1900s] https://hws.alberta.ca/viewimage.aspx?img=PAA%5CImages%5CA4831.jpg&width=625

In 1901 and 1902, James was a member of the Edmonton City Council.

In 1906, James started a new furniture business with William Thomas Henry. The Blowey-Henry Ltd. stayed in business for many decades, apparently closing about 2012.

In 1911, he retired from the business and moved to Vancouver. The family travelled to Hawaii and to parts of the United States, especially California.

Alice died in Vancouver on January 9, 1927. She was buried in the Masonic section of Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

James died in Vancouver on August 1, 1934. He was buried in the Masonic section of Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

James and Alice had the following children.

 

James Carlton Fresno Blowey

James Carlton Fresno Blowey was born in Pasadena, California, on January 24, 1892.

He became a farming and property manager.

He married Gladys Kinistino Marshall. She was born in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 12, 1905. Her father was Henry Marshall; her mother was Agnes Mary Winterburn.

Gladys died in Victoria, British Columbia, on April 20, 1980.

Fresno died in Victoria on March 2, 1982.

 

Harry Albert Blowey

Harry Albert Blowey was born in Edmonton, Alberta, on March 18, 1896. On August 12, 1926, in Vancouver, he married Frances Mitchell Clark. She was born in Hamilton, Ontario, about 1898; her father was James Lawrence Clark; her mother was Isabel Jane Lawson.

Harry became a lawyer. He died in Vancouver on November 6, 1948.

 

Charles Alexander Blowey

Charles Alexander Blowey was born in Edmonton, Alberta, on August 6, 1897. He died in Vancouver on September 17, 1910.

 

Sources

 

James Thomas Blowey

James Blowey, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blowey

James T. Blowey, Edmonton Public Library, http://www.epl.ca/edmonton-history/edmonton-elections/biographies-mayors-and-councillors?id=B

City of Edmonton biography of James Blowey.

Free BMD Births, June quarter 1853, St. Austell district, Cornwall, volume 5c, page 131, James Thomas Blowey; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=19947340&d=bmd_1399917892.

St Austell, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Austell

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M7YX-T6H : accessed 18 Jul 2014), James T Blowey, St Andrew, Plymouth, Devonshire, 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. [possible connection.]

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M7C3-FMT : accessed 18 Jul 2014), James Blowey, Tywardreath, Cornwall, 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. [possible connection.]

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Nelson / Nelsonville Town Site (RM of Stanley); Historic Sites of Manitoba: Nelson / Nelsonville Town Site (RM of Stanley); http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/nelson.shtml; Henderson’s North West Gazetteer and Directory, 1884, page 264, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/848.10/93.html: “Blowey, J.T., furniture.”

Morden, Manitoba, Chamber of Commerce, http://www.mordenchamber.com/about-us/history

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKH-11J : accessed 18 Jul 2014), James Blowey, Morden, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148098.

Spurr’s Edmonton District Directory, 1895, page 19; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/2234/20.html: Blowey, James T., furniture dealer and agent for sewing machines and organs, Jasper ave, resides Second st., H B R. (Hudson’s Bay Reserve).

Lowe’s Directory of the City of Edmonton, 1899, page 8, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/2459/21.html: Blowey, J.T., furniture, carpets and musical instruments, Jasper avenue, resides on 2nd st., H.B.R. (Hudson’s Bay Reserve).

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHRN-CR5 : accessed 18 Jul 2014), James T Blowey, N1, Alberta, The Territories, Canada; citing p. 13, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 2 Vancouver City, page 31, family 302, lines 7-11.

“Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV9Z-4WQ2 : accessed 18 Jul 2014), James S Blowey, 1913-1914.

“Hawaii, Honolulu Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos, 1900-1952”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDRN-TF9 : accessed 18 Jul 2014), James S Blowey, 1918.

“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XCVV-DX8 : accessed 18 Jul 2014), James T Blowey in household of Harry E Armbuster, Los Angeles (Districts 0251-0500), Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0350, sheet 26A, family 113, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 146.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGG-KHM : accessed 18 Jul 2014), James Thomas Blowey, 01 Aug 1934; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13151, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1952857.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 26301298, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26301298; James Thomas Blowey, Birth: unknown; Death: Aug. 1, 1934; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Plot: MASONIC/*/*/004/0010/

“James T. Blowey Dead,” Vancouver Sun, August 2, 1934, page 7: “James Thomas Blowey, 82, well known business man of Western Canada, died Wednesday at his home, 1037 Matthews Avenue. Until his retirement he was president of Blowey, Henry, Ltd., furniture dealers, Edmonton. He was born in Cornwall, England, and came to Vancouver 25 years ago. Surviving are two sons, Harry A. Blowey, Vancouver, and J.C.T. Blowey, St. Alberta, Alta.; one sister, Miss [sic] Oliva Mark, Toronto; and one niece, Mrs. Gordon F. Magee, Winnipeg. Funeral services will be conducted in Nunn & Thomson’s chapel Saturday at 1 p.m. by Rev. Gordon Dickie. Interment will be in Masonic section, Mountain View Cemetery.”

James Thomas Blowey, death notice, Vancouver Sun, August 2, 1934, page 16; Vancouver Province, August 2, 1934, page 13; Vancouver Province, August 3, 1934, page 17.

Funeral of J.T. Blowey, Vancouver Province, August 4, 1934, page 34.

Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Archive: August 9, 1934 – Page4; http://newspaperarchive.com/ca/alberta/lethbridge/lethbridge-herald/1934/08-09/page-4: “James Thomas Blowey, 82, pioneer Alberta merchant and retired president of Blowey-HenRy Limited, Edmonton furniture dealers, died at Vancouver.”

 

Alice Victoria Grady (wife of James Thomas Blowey)

“Canada Census, 1871,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4QH-G5L : accessed 18 Jul 2014), Alice V Grady, Sydenham, North Grey, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 47, line 8; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9954, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4396339; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396339_00165.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKH-11V : accessed 18 Jul 2014), Alice Blowey, Morden, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148098.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2F-M8X : accessed 18 Jul 2014), Alice Victoria Blowey, 09 Jan 1927; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13131, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927350.

“Mrs. Alice V. Blowey Died Suddenly Here on Sunday,” Vancouver Province, January 10, 1927, page 4: “Death occurred suddenly on Sunday of a well-known resident of this city in the person of Mrs. Alice V. Blowey, wife of J.T. Blowey, 1037 Matthews avenue, Shaughnessy Heights. Mrs. Blowey was a prominent social service worker and was interested in many organizations of the city. She is survived by her husband and two sons. The remains are resting at Nunn & Thomson’s chapel. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.”

“Woman Pioneer Passes Away,” Vancouver Sun, January 11, 1927, page 1: “Alice V. Blowey, wife of J.F. [sic] Blowey, 1937 [sic] Matthews avenue, Shaughnessy Heights, passed away Sunday. Mrs. Blowey had been a resident of this city for 35 years and was well known in Vancouver. Mrs. Blowey is survived by her husband and two sons. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 1:30 o’clock from Nunn & Thompson’s chapel, Rev. P.T. Pilkey officiating. Interment in the Masonic cemetery, Burnaby.”

“Funeral of Mrs. Blowey To Be Held Wednesday,” Vancouver Province, January 11, 1927, page 10. [similar to Vancouver Sun article dated January 11, 1927.]

Alice V. Blowey, death notice, Vancouver Province, January 10, 1927, page 11; January 11, 1927, page 15.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 26301299; Alice Victoria Blowey, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26301299; Birth: unknown; Death: Jan. 9, 1927; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Plot: MASONIC/*/*/004/0011.

 

James Carlton Fresno Blowey (son of James Thomas Blowey)

“Hawaii, Honolulu Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos, 1900-1952”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDRN-TFM : accessed 18 Jul 2014), Fresno Blowey, 1918.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1D-6X6 : accessed 18 Jul 2014), James Carlton Fresno Blowey, 02 Mar 1982; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13618, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2051675.

“BillionGraves Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJDL-PZPD : accessed 18 Jul 2014), J. C. Fresno Blowey, 1982; citing Royal Oak Burial Park Cemetery, Saanich, British Columbia.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1C-7V5 : accessed 18 Jul 2014), Gladys Kinistino Blowey, 20 Apr 1980; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13603, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2051387.

“BillionGraves Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJDL-PCDC : accessed 18 Jul 2014), Gladys K. Blowey, 1980; citing Royal Oak Burial Park Cemetery, Saanich, British Columbia.

 

Harry Albert Blowey (son of James Thomas Blowey)

Canadian Expeditionary Force, http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=49508; Name: BLOWEY, HARRY ALBERT; Rank: GNR; Regimental Number: 339329; Date of Birth: 18/03/1896; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 829 – 45; Item Number:49508.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD82-NKV : accessed 18 Jul 2014), Harry Albert Blowey and Frances Mitchell Clark, 12 Aug 1926; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13751, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2074504.

“Miss Frances Clark and Mr. H. Blowey Principals at Wedding,” Vancouver Province, August 12, 1926, page 8.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLPV-F9N : accessed 18 Jul 2014), Harry Albert Blowey, 06 Nov 1948; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13199, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032569.

Harry Albert Blowey, death notice, Vancouver Province, November 8, 1948, page 15: Vancouver Sun, November 8, 1948, page 21: “Blowey – Passed years. Survived by his loving wife, Frances, and one brother, J. C. F. Blowey of Victoria, B.C. Private funeral service was held on Monday Nov. 8, at 4 p.m., in Simmons and McBride Funeral Chapel, Broadway at Maple St., Rev. George Tuirpin officiating. Cremation. No flowers by request.”

 

Charles Alexander Blowey (son of James Thomas Blowey)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLLG-5M7 : accessed 18 Jul 2014), Charlie Alexander Blowey, 17 Sep 1910; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13097, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927125.

Find a Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 26301301, Charles Alexander Blowey, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26301301; Birth: unknown; Death: Sep. 17, 1910; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Plot: MASONIC/*/*/004/0012.

 

Emily Blowey (sister of James Thomas Blowey)

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMND-TTY : accessed 18 Jul 2014), James Blowey in entry for Henry Edworthy and Emily Blowey, 15 Apr 1875; citing registration 010474, Barton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1862897.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL24-SD9 : accessed 18 Jul 2014), Emily Edworthy, 16 Jul 1925; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13126, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927303.

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