Buscombe, George (1875-1958)

George Buscombe was a china and glassware merchant, as well as a municipal politician. He lived at 2050 Comox Street from 1901 to 1951.

He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, on May 13, 1875. His father was Edwin Buscombe (1833-1911); his mother was Isabella (Grylls or Grilles) Olver (1834-1918). George’s brothers Frederick Buscombe, Henry Arthur Buscombe, and Charles Buscombe also lived in Vancouver.

George came to British Columbia in 1891, where he started working with the James A. Skinner Company, who were in the wholesale crockery business.

In 1894, he was a military bugler.

George Buscombe, Vancouver City Archives, Port P180 - [George Buscombe first bugler for No. 5 Company, B.C.B.G.A.], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/george-buscombe-first-bugler-for-no-5-company-b-c-b-g.

George Buscombe, Vancouver City Archives, Port P180 – [George Buscombe first bugler for No. 5 Company, B.C.B.G.A.], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/george-buscombe-first-bugler-for-no-5-company-b-c-b-g.

On June 15, 1899, in Vancouver, he married Ada Maud Whitworth. She was born in Wales on July 21, 1874. Her parents were Edwin Whitworth and Mary Neild.

George was a member of the Vancouver Camera Club.

George Buscombe (number 2), Vancouver City Archives, Cl P23 - Vancouver Camera Club;  about 1903; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-camera-club.

George Buscombe (number 2), Vancouver City Archives, Cl P23 – Vancouver Camera Club; about 1903; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-camera-club.

George retired in 1911, but he re-entered the china and glassware business in 1928.

He was an alderman on the Vancouver City Council from 1940 to 1945.

George Buscombe – detail from CVA 1184-201 - [Group portrait of aldermen Jack Price, George Buscombe, Charles Jones and H.L. Corey on election night]; December 9, 1943; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/group-portrait-of-aldermen-jack-price-george-buscombe-charles-jones-and-h-l-corey-on-election-night.

George Buscombe – detail from CVA 1184-201 – [Group portrait of aldermen Jack Price, George Buscombe, Charles Jones and H.L. Corey on election night]; December 9, 1943; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/group-portrait-of-aldermen-jack-price-george-buscombe-charles-jones-and-h-l-corey-on-election-night.

He belonged to the A.F. & A.M. He was a Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the Knights Templar Mystic Shrine.

George died in Vancouver on November 7, 1958. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Ada died in Vancouver on April 30, 1948. She was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby.

 

George and Ada had the following children.

 

George Edwin Buscombe

George Edwin Buscombe was born in Vancouver on December 3, 1900.

On July 7, 1927, in Whatcom County, Washington State, he married Ethel Mary Jones Clark. It appears that she was born on February 7, 1898, in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Her parents were John Reed Jones and Margaret Blackwood.

Ethel had been married before, to George Herbert Clark. The wedding was in Vancouver on June 26 1920. George was born in St. John, New Brunswick, about 1894. His parents were Ronald Frederick Clark and Emily Pollen Harris. This marriage ended in divorce. On June 17, 1927, George married Violet Kathleen Rolph in New Westminster, British Columbia.

He married Ethel Mary Jones. She was born in Victoria, British Columbia, on February 7, 1898 (although some sources say 1894). Her parents were John Reed Jones and Margaret Blackwood.

Ethel died in Vancouver on July 6, 1967. She was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

George died in Vancouver on June 27, 1980.

 

Ernest Charles Buscombe

Ernest Charles Buscombe was born in Vancouver on November 3, 1903.

On May 4, 1927, in Vancouver, he married Mary Florence Reardon. She was born in Vancouver on October 20, 1901.

Mary died in Vancouver on February 9, 1955. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Ernest died in Vancouver on July 8, 1977. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Ernest and Mary had a child: Carol Buscombe. She was born in Vancouver on Mary 1, 1941. She died in September 6, 1956, in Vancouver.

 

Doris Maud (Babs) Buscombe

Doris Maude Buscombe (Babs) was married to Duncan McFarlane on July 13, 1925, in Bellingham, Washington.

By 1958, she was married to Mr. Campbell.

 

Sources

George Buscombe

George Buscombe, Who’s Who in Western Canada, 1911, page 126

George Buscombe, Who’s Who in British Columbia, 1949-1950, page 21.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNG6-R61 : accessed 20 Nov 2014), George Buscombe, 1875.

“Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2FW-6XH : accessed 20 Nov 2014), George Buscombe, 13 May 1875; citing Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, 13 May 1875, reference cn 901132; FHL microfilm 1871360.

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVFJ-T46 : accessed 20 Nov 2014), George Buscomb in household of Edwin Buscomb, Ward No. 4, Hamilton (City), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 28; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13257, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1375893.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWLS-KVT : accessed 20 Nov 2014), George Buscombe, Ward 4, Hamilton City, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148143.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZ6-5NV : accessed 20 Nov 2014), George Buscombe and Ada Maud Whitworth, 15 Jun 1899; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983529.

George Buscombe and Ada Maude Whitworth, wedding notice, Vancouver World, June 15, 1899, page 5: “Buscombe – Whitworth – In Christ Church, Vancouver, on Thursday, June 15th, by Rev. L. Norman Tucker, George Buscombe, traveler for J.A. Skinner & Co., and son of Edward [sic] Buscombe, of Hamilton, Ont., to Ada Maude, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Whitworth, of Homer street, Vancouver. Hamilton papers please copy.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVJ-W89 : accessed 20 Nov 2014), George Buscombe, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 16, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV95-MGPX : accessed 20 Nov 2014), George Buscombe, 1911.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2HLF-K4R : accessed 20 Nov 2014), G Buscombe, Mar 1914; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4752, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLR9-7V8 : accessed 20 Nov 2014), George Buscombe, 07 Nov 1958; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13239, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033180.

“For Alderman,” Vancouver Province, December 11, 1939, page 3, [includes photograph of George Buscombe.]

 

Ada Maude Whitworth (wife of George Buscombe)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLLG-LJ8 : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Edwin Whitworth, 20 Nov 1909; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13097, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927125.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZ6-5NN : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Edwin Whitworth in household of George Buscombe and Ada Maud Whitworth, 15 Jun 1899; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983529.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8F-4L7 : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Edwin Whitworth in household of John William Whitworth and Margaret Hill, 09 Aug 1902; citing Ladner, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11382, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983975.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8B-592 : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Edwin Whitworth in household of Arthur Frederick Barber and Gladys Whitworth, 23 Jul 1902; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983530.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKZ-RMS : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Edwin Whitworth in household of Percy Whitworth, 18 May 1916; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13102, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927130.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGT-676 : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Edwin Whitworth in household of John William Whitworth, 12 May 1938; citing Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13162, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1953195.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5R-JFW : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Ada Maud Buscombe, 30 Apr 1948; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13197, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032481.

“Mrs. George Buscombe Dies Suddenly at 75,” Vancouver Province, April 30, 1948, page 2: “Preparing breakfast for her husband this morning, Mrs. Ada Maud Buscombe, 75-year-old pioneer Vancouver resident, collapsed and died of a hear seizure. She was the wife of ex-Alderman Goerge Buscombe, 2050 Comox. Mrs. Buscombe moved to Victoria in 1879 form Harwarden, Wales, and came to Vancouver one day after the fire of 1887. The family residence on Homer was untouched in the mass blaze. She and Mr. Buscombe were married in Christ Church Cathedral in June, 1898 [sic], and would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this year. She was a member of St. James’ first confirmation class and one of the first pupils of Central School. Mr. Buscombe quit civic politics after serving on City Council for six years. He and his wife were active in the Vancouver Pioneers’ Association. Mr. and Mrs. Buscombe moved into their Comox home in 1901. They had three children, George Edwin, Ernest and Doris Maud. George said his mother got up at 6 a.m. and slumped to the floor just after calling her husband to the table. Inhalator crew was unable to revive her. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.”

“Mrs. Buscombe Buried Here,” Vancouver Sun, May 5, 1948, page 8 [. . . Surviving, besides Mr. Buscombe, are two sons, George Jr., and Ernest C., and a daughter, Mrs. Doris MacFarlane, all of Vancouver.]

 

George Edwin Buscombe (son of George Buscombe)

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1900-09-121983; George Edwin Buscombe; birth place: Vancouver; birth date: December 3, 1900.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVJ-W83 : accessed 24 Nov 2014), George E Buscombe in household of George Buscombe, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 16, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV95-MGPN : accessed 24 Nov 2014), George Edwin Buscombe in entry for George Buscombe, 1911.

“New Brunswick, Provincial Returns of Births and Late Registrations, 1810-1906,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XTSG-QBY : accessed 24 Nov 2014), George Herbert Clark, 13 Feb 1894; citing Lancaster, St John, New Brunswick, certificate 002009, Provincial Archives, Fredericton; FHL microfilm 2024636.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLK1-X31 : accessed 24 Nov 2014), John Reid Jones, 09 May 1911; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13098, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927126.

“Find A Grave Index”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVV5-31Q8 : accessed 24 Nov 2014), John Reid Jones, 1911.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2X-5YL : accessed 24 Nov 2014), John Reid Jones in household of Jean Rae Robinson, 19 Sep 1927; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13131, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927350.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWK3-FJZ : accessed 24 Nov 2014), John R Jones, Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVK-936 : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Ethel Jones in household of Jno R Jones, E, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=200253&highlight=46&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Ethel+Jones

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDD7-3QG : accessed 24 Nov 2014), George Herbert Clark and Ethel Mary Jones, 26 Jun 1920; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B12904, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032873.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDD9-X6T : accessed 24 Nov 2014), George Herbert Clark and Violet Kathline Rolph, 17 Jun 1927; citing New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13754, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2074507.

Marriage registration, Ancestry.com; Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004; George Edwin Buscombe and Ethel Mary Jones Clark, Marriage: 7 Jul 1927 – Whatcom.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1Z-M8M : accessed 24 Nov 2014), George Edwin Buscombe, 27 Jun 1980; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13604, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2051388.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLBN-YNM : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Ethel Mary Mrs Buscombe, 06 Jul 1967; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13284, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033928.

 

Ernest Charles Buscombe (son of George Buscombe)

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1903-09-629566, Ernest Buscombe, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=97009a34-daf2-4756-8057-af0373ebcf2c; birth date: November 3, 1903; birth place: Vancouver.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV95-MGPJ : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Ernest Charles Buscombe in entry for George Buscombe, 1911.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8T-LK1 : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Ernest Charles Whitworth Buscombe and Mary Florence Reardon, 04 May 1927; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13753, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2074506.

“Procathedral Is the Setting for Wedding: Buscombe – Reardon Nuptials Take Place Today,” Vancouver Province, May 4, 1927, page 12.

“Popular Bride of Past Week and Her Attendant,” Vancouver Province, May 8, 1927, page 8 [Includes photograph of Mrs. Ernest Charles Buscombe (formerly Mary Florence Reardon); and Lillian Russell.]

“Post-nuptial Reception,” Vancouver Province, Mary 25, 1927, page 20: “Mrs. Ernest Charles Buscombe, formerly Miss Mary Florence Rearson, was hostess at a charmingly-arranged post-nuptial reception this afternoon, at the suite of her mother, Mrs. J.R. Reardon, Florence Court, from 4 to 7 o’clock. . . .”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1S-FST : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Ernest Charles Buscombe, 08 Jul 1977; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13578, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2050949.

“Find A Grave Index”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVV5-S8JL : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Ernest Charles Buscombe, 1977.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5B-SBL : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Mary Florence Buscombe, 09 Feb 1955; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13222, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032968.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5B-TPV : accessed 24 Nov 2014), Carol Ann Buscombe, 06 Sep 1956; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13229, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033105.

 

Doris Maud Buscombe (daughter of George Buscombe)

“McFarlane – Buscombe,” Vancouver Province, July 16, 1925, page 12: “A quiet wedding took place at Bellingham on July 13 when Miss Doris Maud (Babs) Buscombe, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Buscombe of this city became the bride of Mr. Duncan McFarlane, also of this city. After a honeymoon spent in Seattle and Victoria, Mr. and Mrs. McFarlane will reside here.”

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