Bridgman, Edward Charles (1846-1904)

Edward Charles Bridgeman; detail from Commissioners and Pilots of Vancouver Pilotage District 1879 – 1916, Vancouver City Archives, LP 348, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/commissioners-and-pilots-of-vancouver-pilotage-district-1879-1916

Edward Charles Bridgeman;
detail from Commissioners and Pilots of Vancouver Pilotage District 1879 – 1916, Vancouver City Archives, LP 348, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/commissioners-and-pilots-of-vancouver-pilotage-district-1879-1916

Edward Charles Bridgman was a ship captain and shipping pilot. He lived at 871 Denman Street from 1903 to 1904.

His son, Edward Harry Bridgman, was an accountant, business manager, politician, and civil servant. He lived at 871 Denman Street from 1905 to 1909.

Edward Charles Bridgman was born in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, on March 8, 1846. He became a ship captain and a ship pilot. He came to the Pacific coast in the late 1880s, first settling in Tacoma, Washington; about 1885, he arrived in Vancouver. He commanded several local steam ships, including the Mermaid and Mamie. About 1902 he became a pilot. He had investments in Vancouver real estate. He died in Vancouver on February 15, 1904, just after piloting the British ship Falklandbank.

He married Marion Kate Crakenthorpe. She was born in London, England on August 2, 1848. She was active in Red Cross work during the First World War. She died in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on August 28, 1922.

 

Edward Charles Bridgman and Marion had the following children.

 

Marion Ethel Bridgman

Marion Ethel Bridgman was born in 1875 in Bourne district, Lincolnshire, England. She was christened at Bytham-Castle, Lincolnshire, on April 11, 1875. She died in 1884.

 

Edward Harry Bridgman

Edward Harry Bridgman was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England, on February 6, 1876. He attended public schools in Vancouver, and then went to Lorne College in New Westminster, British Columbia.

Lorne College advertisement - Daily British Colonist - August 21  1884 - page 1

Lorne College advertisement – Daily British Colonist – August 21 1884 – page 1

In 1889 he started to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway. From 1897 to 1900, he worked for William Thomas Stein (1866-1924), an accountant who lived at 1961 Comox Street in 1906.

He then took on management and accounting roles in a series of companies, including the Canadian Development Company in the Yukon Territory; R.P. Rithet and Company in Alberni, British Columbia; Skeena River Commercial Company; Robert Ward and Company; R.V. Winch Company; North Vancouver Land Improvement Company; and Lonsdale Estate.

E H Bridgman - Lonsdale Estate - British Columbians As We See 'Em - about 1910; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbian00newsrich#page/n90/mode/1up

E H Bridgman – Lonsdale Estate – British Columbians As We See ‘Em – about 1910; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbian00newsrich#page/n90/mode/1up

He was also involved in politics. He was the chairman of the finance committee of the Municipality of North Vancouver from 1910 to 1914. He was the Reeve of North Vancouver (equivalent to mayor) from 1915 to 1921. He was president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities in 1917 and 1929.

He also worked with a series of businesses and charities, including the Burrard Inlet Tunnel and Bridge Company.

He later became the deputy minister of municipal affairs for the Province of British Columbia.

He belonged to the A.F. & A.M. [Ancient Free & Accepted Masonry: http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/texts/afandam.html%5D] as well as the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_and_Protective_Order_of_Elks]. He was interested in tennis and fishing.

In September 1900, he married Ruby May Kidd. She was born on August 19, 1875 (or 1876), probably in Ontario. Her father was William Chester Kidd (1837-1914); her mother was Jennifer Bartle Hoskin (1842-1929).

Edward Harry Bridgman died in Oak Bay, British Columbia, on July 3, 1945. Bridgman Park in North Vancouver is named after him.

Ruby died in Vancouver on May 18, 1956.

 

Edward and Ruby had the following children.

 

Edward Oscar Bridgman

Edward Oscar Bridgman was born in Vancouver on December 16, 1905. He worked in engineering services for Chevron Canada. He married ?Stella Kathleen Macdonald. He died in North Vancouver on November 11, 1992.

 

Erica Marion Bridgman

Erica Marion Bridgman was born in Vancouver on May 25, 1909. She married Everett John MacDonald. He was born in Vancouver on September 17, 1906. His father was Angus MacDonald (18—19–); his mother was Margaret Isobella Thompson (18—19–).

 

Everett and Erica became naturalized United States citizens: Everett in 1935; and Erica in 1945.

Everett died in San Diego, California, on April 20, 1984.

Erica died in San Diego, California, on June 25, 1984.

 

Sources

 

Edward Charles Bridgman

Edward Charles Bridgman, http://records.ancestry.com/edward_charles_bridgman_records.ashx?pid=156971321

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2658-F5H : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Edward Charles Bridgman, 1846.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWK3-W6T : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Edward Bridgman, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-5CZ : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Edward Bridgman, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 9, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=36134&highlight=20&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Edward+Bridgman.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLV1-MYH : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Edward C Bridgeman, 15 Sep 1904; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13094, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927122.

“Capt. Bridgman’s Sudden Death,” Vancouver Province, September 16, 1904, page 3: Sudden indeed was the last summons to Capt. E.C. Bridgman, the well known pilot, last evening. After successfully piloting the British ship Falklandbank in from the Strait and berthing her at Evans, Coleman & Evans’ wharf, he entered the cabin of Capt. Robbins, the ship’s master for a few moments’ casual conversation, before leaving the ship. Capt. Bridgman sat down, and after a word or two his head suddenly fell forward on the table and he expired about 7 o’clock. It was his last voyage. . . .The deceased was a native of Lincolnshire, Eng., and was about fifty-five years of age. He had been in command of sailing vessels for several years before taking up his residence on the Pacific coast. He came here from Tacoma in 1885, before the city was incorporated, and had resided here ever since. Captain Bridgman was commander of many local steamers, including the Mermaid and Mamie, and was appointed a pilot about two years ago. He was the owner of considerable local real estate. Capt. Bridgman leaves a widow and one married son, Mr. Harvey [sic] Bridgman, who is manager of a general store at Port Essington, and is now up north.”

Captain E.C. Bridgman, obituary, Vancouver Daily World, February 16, 1904, page 2 (similar to Vancouver Province article, above.)

Card of Thanks, Vancouver Province, September 19, 1904, page 3: “Mrs. E.C. Bridgman takes this opportunity of trying to express her great gratitude and thanks to the many friends who have shown such marked esteem and regard for the memory of her dear husband, and such loving sympathy for her in her bereavement. September 19, 1904.”

“Funeral of Capt. Bridgman,” Vancouver Province, September 19, 1904, page 3.

 

Marion Kate Crakenthorpe (wife of Edward Charles Bridgman)

Marion Kate Crakenthorpe, http://records.ancestry.com/marion_kate_crakenthrope_records.ashx?pid=156340155

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1922-09-300668, Marion Kate Bridgman, date of death: August 28, 1922; place of death: North Vancouver.

“Ex-Reeve Bridgman Bereaved; His Mother Died This Morning,” Vancouver Province, August 28, 1922, page 3: “North Vancouver, Aug. 28. Mrs. M.K. Bridgman, widow of Captain E.C. Bridgman, well known old-timer and harbor pilot, and mother of ex-Reeve Harry E. Bridgman, died this morning at the family residence in her seventy-fifth year. She was born in London and came to Vancouver in 1885. Besides Mr. Bridgman, the only child, one brother and three sisters are left, Mr. R.C. Crakanthorp, supervisor of the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau, Mrs. Arthur Richardson of Surrey Centre and two sisters in England. Mrs. Bridgman was very active in Red Cross work during the war and spite of her advanced age was in full possession of her faculties until a few hours of her death, which resulted from heart disease. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from Center & Hanna’ parlors to the Masonic plot, Mountain view Cemetery, Rev. Hugh Hooper of North Vancouver officiating. The deceased was a member of the Anglican Church.”

Marion K. Bridgman, death notice, Vancouver Sun, August 29, 1922, page 12; Vancouver Province, August 28, 1922, page 15: “Bridgman – Passed away Aug. 28th at the residence of her son, E.H. Bridgman, at North Vancouver, Marion K. Bridgman, widow of the late Capt. E.C. Bridgman. Funeral from Center & Hanna’s chapel, Georgia St., Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m.”

 

Marion Ethel Bridgman (daughter of Edward Charles Bridgman)

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2X8V-SP8 : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Marion Ethel Bridgman, 1875.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NYZM-TZV : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Marion Ethel Bridgman, 11 Apr 1875; citing Bytham-Castle, Lincoln, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 1450481.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J9JW-V4Y : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Marion Ethel Bridgman, 11 Apr 1875; citing Bytham-Castle, Lincoln, England, reference item 5 p 78; FHL microfilm 1450481.

 

Edward Harry Bridgman (son of Edward Charles Bridgman)

Edward Harry Bridgman, http://records.ancestry.com/edward_harry_bridgman_records.ashx?pid=145621932.

Edward Harry Bridgman, Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page 1328 (includes photograph of Edward Bridgman).

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2XDQ-3GV : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Edward Harry Bridgman, 1876.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N26B-88C : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Edward Harry Bridgman, 16 Apr 1876; citing Bytham-Castle, Lincoln, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 1450481.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NBRM-VVQ : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Edward Harry Bridgman, 16 Apr 1876; citing Bytham-Castle, Lincoln, England, reference item 5 p 81; FHL microfilm 1450481.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XPV4-C5S : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Edward Harry Bridgman, 17 Jun 1941; citing “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” Ancestry.com; Ship , arrival port Northport, Washington, , line , NARA microfilm publication Imusawa1917a, roll 082625, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLPW-4VJ : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Edward Harry Bridgman, 03 Jul 1945; citing Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13187, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032324.

“Death Claims E.H. Bridgman,” Vancouver Province, July 3, 1945, page 3 (includes photograph of E.H. Bridgman).

“Pioneer B.C. Municipal Leader Dies,” Vancouver Sun, July 3, 1945, page 1 (includes photograph of E.H. Bridgman).

Edward Harry Bridgman, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, July 4, 1945, page 14; Victoria Daily Colonist, July 5, 1945, page 12: “Bridgman – At the family residence, 2657 Orchard Avenue, Edward Harry Bridgman, aged 69 years, Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs; born in Castle-Bytham, Lincs., England, and a resident of Victoria for 10 years. He leaves his wife,, Mrs. R.M. Bridgman; one son, E.O. Bridgman; a daughter, Mrs. E.J. MacDonald, and also five grandchildren,. Funeral service in Hayward’s B.C. Funeral Chapel on Thursday at 11 a.m. Cremation.”

“Mr. E.H. Bridgman,” editorial, Victoria Daily Colonist, July 4, 1945, page 4.

 

Ruby May Kidd (wife of Edward Harry Bridgman)

William Chester Kidd, http://records.ancestry.com/william_chester_kidd_records.ashx?pid=159716164

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZ6-Y7F : accessed 29 Jul 2014), William Chester Kidd in household of Loren George Kidd and Emma Jane Hunter, 13 Nov 1899; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983529. (Probably brother of Ruby May Kidd.)

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVJ-ZFQ : accessed 29 Jul 2014), William C Kidd, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 1, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLK9-7G9 : accessed 28 Jul 2014), William Chester Kidd, 18 May 1914; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13101, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927129.

Ruby May Bridgman, death notice, Vancouver Sun, May 19, 1956, page 28; Vancouver Province, May 19, 1956, page 34: “Bridgman – Passed away suddenly May 18, 1956, Ruby May Bridgman, late of 1386 W. 11th Ave. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. E.J. McDonald [MacDonald in Province”, Berkeley, Calif.; son. E.O. Bridgman, Vancouver; 5 grandchildren. Funeral service Tuesday, May 22, at 1 p.m. in Nunn & Thomson Chapel, 10th Ave. and Cambie St., Rev. T.L. Hopp officiating. Cremation. Victoria papers please copy.”

Jennifer Bartle Hoskin [Jessica Bartle]; http://records.ancestry.com/jessica_bartle_records.ashx?pid=165387832

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKQ-P19 : accessed 29 Jul 2014), Jenniphor B Kidd, Kamloops, Yale, British Columbia, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148094.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVJ-ZF7 : accessed 29 Jul 2014), Jenniphor B Kidd in household of William C Kidd, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 1, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/27XY-G1G : accessed 29 Jul 2014), Jenipher B Kidd, 1911.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKK-GYX : accessed 29 Jul 2014), Jenniphor Bartel Kidd, 17 Jul 1929; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13136, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1952636.

Ruby Mae Kidd, http://records.ancestry.com/ruby_mae_kidd_records.ashx?pid=186528580

“Minnesota, State Census, 1885,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MQXF-W9B : accessed 29 Jul 2014), Ruby Kidd in household of W C Kidd, Red River, Kittson, Minnesota; citing p. 7, volume Kittson, Watonwan, State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm 000565744.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKQ-P14 : accessed 29 Jul 2014), Ruby W Kidd, Kamloops, Yale, British Columbia, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148094.

 

Edward Oscar Bridgman (son of Edward Harry Bridgman)

Edward Oscar Bridgman, http://records.ancestry.com/edward_oscar_bridgman_records.ashx?pid=151991688

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1992-09-020913, Edward Oscar Bridgman, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=40175e83-4434-4a0e-90d5-45b036a497e6; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=c7fbe17d-4f7b-4874-a4b7-b14fcb787162.

Stella Kathleen McDonald, http://records.ancestry.com/stella_kathleen_mcdonald_records.ashx?pid=180735486

 

Erica Marion Bridgman (daughter of Edward Harry Bridgman)

Erica Marion Bridgman, http://records.ancestry.com/erica_marion_bridgman_records.ashx?pid=162193212

“California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index, 1852-1989”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8Z3-L45 : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Erica Marion Macdonald, 1945.

“California, Death Index, 1940-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VGG1-83H : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Erica Marion Macdonald, 25 Jun 1984; citing Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JLNM-J3V : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Erica Macdonald, Jun 1984; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Everett John MacDonald, http://records.ancestry.com/everett_john_macdonald_records.ashx?pid=153033554

“California, San Diego Naturalization Index, 1868-1958,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XGHQ-RMK : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Everett John Mac Donald, 1936; citing “Naturalization Index Cards from the Superior Court of San Diego, CA, 1868-1958,” Fold3.com; NARA microfilm publication M1526, roll 3.

“California, Death Index, 1940-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VGG1-DNL : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Everett John Macdonald, 20 Apr 1984; citing Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J582-R2K : accessed 28 Jul 2014), Everett Macdonald, Apr 1984; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Angus MacDonald, http://records.ancestry.com/angus_macdonald_records.ashx?pid=162119374 (father of Everett John Macdonald).

Margaret Isobella Thompson, http://records.ancestry.com/margaret_isobella_thompson_records.ashx?pid=154870462, (mother of Everett John Macdonald).

 

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