Bonnycastle, William Robinson (1874-1951)

William Robinson Bonnycastle, Station Normal: The Power of the Stave River, by Meg Stanley and Patrick Wilson; Vancouver, B.C., Douglas & McIntyre, 2001, page 22.

William Robinson Bonnycastle, Station Normal: The Power of the Stave River, by Meg Stanley and Patrick Wilson; Vancouver, B.C., Douglas & McIntyre, 2001, page 22.

William Robinson Bonnycastle was an electrical engineer. He lived at 1950 Haro Street from 1914 to 1922. He also lived at 1950 Robson Street from 1942 to 1948.

He was born in Louisville, Kentucky on October 18, 1874. His father was John Bonnycastle; his mother was Harriet Everett.

On April 28, 1908, in Manhattan, New York, William married Ida Jane Henderson. She was born in Quebec on November 25, 1890. Her father was Charles A. Henderson (about 1868-1904), who was an accountant; her mother was Rose Wills (about 1871-1937), who was a social reformer and peace activist.

By 1909, William was living in Vancouver, where he worked as an engineer until the 1940s. He lived in a series of places in the West End, before moving to 1950 Haro Street about 1914; he stayed at 1950 Haro Street until 1922, when he moved to 3437 West First Avenue. From 1928 to 1941, he was at 2535 Southwest Marine Drive.

By 1942, he was in living in apartment 101 at 1950 Robson Street, where he stayed until 1948. From 1948 to 1950, he was in an apartment at 1490 Laburnum Street. William seems to have stayed in Vancouver until about 1950.

William died in Riverside, California on March 7, 1951. He was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mount Bonnycastle in British Columbia is named after him.

Ida died in San Diego, California on January 7, 1960. She was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.

William and Ida had the following children.

 

Anne Mason Bonnycastle

Anne Mason Bonnycastle was born on November 25, 1911 in Vancouver. She was a debutante in 1930; she was a third year student at the British Columbia School of Decorative and Applied Arts in Vancouver.

On June 27, 1938, in Seattle, Washington, she married Hubert Scott Ackroyd (1913 – 2012). He was born on July 19, 1913, in Victoria, British Columbia. He became a well-known photographer. It appears that this marriage ended in divorce. Hugh died in Portland, Oregon, on Nov. 4, 2012.

On March 5, 1952, in Ogden, Utah, Anne married Lewis Scott Young. He was born in Idaho on August 16, 1924, and had attended Weber College and the University of Utah. He was a display artist for an apparel store in Ogden.

Anne died on May 30, 1977, in Kern County, California (probably in Bakersfield). She was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.

Lewis died in Phoenix, Arizona, on December 21, 1983.

 

William Robinson Bonnycastle

William Robinson Bonnycastle was also called “Robin” or “Rob.”

He was born in the Bute Street Hospital in Vancouver on June 18, 1922.

Bute Street Hospital and Hemrich-Bros Garage with Texaco sign - 1960 - Vancouver Public Library - VPL Accession Number 13447; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1251/13447.jpg

Bute Street Hospital and Hemrich-Bros Garage with Texaco sign – 1960 – Vancouver Public Library – VPL Accession Number 13447; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1251/13447.jpg

He served in the Canadian Parachute Corps during the Second World War. He studied law at the University of British Columbia, and became a lawyer in 1950. He was an officer in the air force until about 1967.

On June 12, 1948, in Vancouver, he married Pamela Evelyn (or Eva) Scovil. She was born on September 29, 1925, in Victoria, British Columbia. Her father was Henry Elijah Scovil, who was an engineer; her mother was Daisy Evelyn Swan, who was an artist.

In 1967, he became a judge in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

He died in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1996. Bonnycastle Island in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, is named after him.

Pamela died in Saskatchewan on August 15, 2001.

 

 

Sources

 

William Robinson Bonnycastle

“Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F43T-MHW : accessed 16 Sep 2014), John C. Bonnycastle and Harriet B. Everett, 22 Sep 1857; citing Jefferson County, Kentucky, reference 22sep1857; FHL microfilm 819606.

Vancouver directories

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCCB-9FT : accessed 14 Sep 2014), William R Bonnycastle in household of John Bonnycastle, Spring Garden, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States; citing sheet 138D, NARA microfilm publication T9.

“United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MQM4-KNL : accessed 14 Sep 2014), William R Bonnycastle in household of Hugh L Rice, Florence, Lower Beaver, West Florence Precincts Florence city Ward 1-3, Fremont, Colorado, United States; citing sheet 25B, family 527, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240123.

“New York, Marriages, 1686-1980,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F6QH-4DC : accessed 14 Sep 2014), William Robinson Bonnycastle and Ida Jane Henderson, 28 Apr 1908; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1439642.

“California, Death Index, 1940-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VGY6-8BX : accessed 14 Sep 2014), William Robinson Bonnycastle, 07 Mar 1951; citing Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

“Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FWT3-RZW : accessed 14 Sep 2014), William Ro Bonnycastle, ; citing reference P157 ln8993; FHL microfilm 2022070.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 95373168, William Robinson Bonnycastle, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95373168; Birth: Oct. 18, 1874; Death: Mar. 7, 1951; Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA; Burial: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA.

Mount Bonnycastle, BC Geographical Names, http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/bcgnws/names/266.html: “After W.R. Bonnycastle, engineer-in-charge of water power surveys in the area, 1913-14.’

 

Ida Jane Henderson (wife of William Robinson Bonnycastle)

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MW53-FJV : accessed 14 Sep 2014), Ida Henderson, St Laurent Ward, Montréal Centre, Quebec, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148210.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KH52-ZNS : accessed 14 Sep 2014), Charles H Henderson, A, Montréal (city/cité), Quebec, Canada; citing p. 7, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario. MONTRÉAL (City/Cité)/177 (#177)

1901 Census of Canada, Quebec, MONTRÉAL (City), (#177), Saint-Laurent (Ward), A-27, page 7, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=90719&highlight=43&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Charles+H.+Henderson; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z004/pdf/z000157802.pdf

Campbell, Peter. “Rose Henderson.” Women Suffrage and Beyond: Confronting the Democratic Deficit. February 8 2013, http://womensuffrage.org/?p=21062.

Documenting First Wave Feminisms: Volume II Canada – National and Transnational Contexts, Nancy M. Forestell, Maureen Moynagh; University of Toronto Press, 2013, Page 305

Lovell’s Montreal Directory, 1903-1904, page 989: Chas. A. Montgomerie Henderson, accountant, 84 Hutchison.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 95373293, Ida Jane Henderson Bonnycastle; https://secure.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95373293; Birth: Nov. 25, 1891, Quebec, Canada; Death: Jan. 7, 1960, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA; Burial: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA

 

Anne Mason Bonnycastle (daughter of William Robinson Bonnycastle)

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K119-HJC : accessed 14 Sep 2014), Hugh Scott Ackroyd, Residence, Portland, Oregon, United States; from a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

Hugh Ackroyd, a photographer known for aerial work and industrial shots, has died at 99, The Oregonian, November 05, 2012, http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/11/hugh_ackroyd_a_photographer_kn.html

Hugh Ackroyd, American, 1913-2012, Portland Art Museum, http://www.portlandartmuseum.us/mwebcgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=7265;type=701.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 100377814, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=100377814; Hubert Scott “Hugh” Ackroyd,

“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XH65-KRS : accessed 14 Sep 2014), Scott Young in household of David R Young, Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0032, sheet 4A, family 82, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2424.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V9PS-YPD : accessed 14 Sep 2014), Scott Young, Dec 1983; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

 

William Robinson Bonnycastle (“Robin” or “Rob”)

Births, Vancouver Province, June 20, 1922, page 13: “Bonnycastle – June 18, at Bute St. Hospital, to Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Bonnycastle, 1950 Haro St., a son.”

“Bonnycastle-Scovil Wedding Links Well Known Families,” Vancouver Province, June 14, 1948, page 8: “Young members of prominent Canadian families were principals in the wedding in Christ Church Cathedral solemnized by Dean Cecil Swanson Saturday evening when Pamela Eva, only daughter of Mr. Scovil and the late Henry E. Scovil, became the bride of Mr. Robin Bonnycastle, only son of Mr. and Mrs. William Robinson Bonnycastle. The bride, given in marriage by her brother, Mr. H. E. Derrick Scovil, is the granddaughter of the late Hon. and Mrs. G.G. Scovil of Springfield, N.B., and the late Captain William Swan of Victoria and Mrs. Swan of Victoria. Mr. Charles N.W. Woodward supported the groom, who is a former lieutenant in the Canadian Parachute Corps and is at present studying law at the University of B.C. He is the grandson of the late Capt. and Mrs. John Bonnycastle of Louisville, Kentucky, and grandnephew of the late Sir Richard Bonnycastle of Campbellford, Ont.” [Includes description of decorations and clothing of the wedding participants.]”

George Godfrey Gilbert Scovil (1842-1915), http://archives.canbarchives.ca/george-g-g-scovil

“Canada Census, 1851,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWTP-L2N : accessed 16 Sep 2014), George G Scovil, Springfield, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; citing p. 3, line 36; Library and Archives Canada film number CSCAN1851_NBKI1861, Public Archives, Ontario.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZ1-SGZ : accessed 16 Sep 2014), Henry Elijah Scovil and Daisy Evelyn Swan, 29 Apr 1922; citing Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13743, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2074225.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLVR-29Q : accessed 16 Sep 2014), Henry Elijah Scovil, 19 Jun 1943; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13179, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1953639.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 26275376, Henry E. Scovel , http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26275376; Birth: unknown; Death: Jun. 19, 1943; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot: ABRAY/*/06/040/0013.

Daisy Evelyn Swan (1884-1977), http://records.ancestry.com/daisy_evelyn_swan_records.ashx?pid=171019467

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 95514658, William Robinson “Robin/Rob” Bonnycastle, http://image2.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95514658; Birth: 1922, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Death: 1996; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Burial: Unknown.

Pamela Evelyn Bonnycastle, http://boards.ancestry.ca/localities.northam.canada.britishcolumbia.vancouver/39/mb.ashx?pnt=1; “BONNYCASTLE, Pamela Evelyn passed away August 15, 2001 in the city of Saskatoon. Pam was born September 29, 1925 in Victoria, British Columbia the daughter of Henry Scovil, engineer and Daisy Scovil, artist. In 1948, she married William Robinson Bonnycastle, a law student in Vancouver. From 1952 to 1967, she travelled Canada as an Air Force Officer’s wife while raising three children. In 1967 she moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan when her husband was appointed a Judge of the Provincial Court. For the next 25 years she was actively involved in the Victorian Order of Nurses, the YWCA, Saint Johns Ambulance and the La Ronge Cottage Owners Association.. She is survived by daughters Deirdre (Saskatoon) and Andrea Bomphray (Michigan); and by son Colin (Manitoba); brother Derrick Scovil (Washington); and grandchildren Alistair and Alexandra Bomphray, Ilse Cederstrand and Jennifer Bonnycastle. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Prince Albert YWCA. Memorial Service will be August 23 at 2:00 p.m. in Prince Albert. Funeral arrangements are being made by Grays Funeral Chapel, Prince Albert. (922-4729). Source: Saskatoon StarPhoenix Newspaper, Saskatoon, SK, August 18, 2001.”

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 95516169, Pamela Evelyn Scovil Bonnycastle; http://image2.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95516169; Birth: Sep. 29, 1925; Death: Aug. 15, 2001; Burial: Unknown.

3 thoughts on “Bonnycastle, William Robinson (1874-1951)

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  2. What a surprise to find such a well researched article on my family. The bonus in the story is my daughter now lives in Burnaby and I hope to retire there

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