Buscombe, Henry Arthur (1866-1936)

Henry Arthur Buscombe (often called “Arthur”) was an employee of Frederick Buscombe and Company Ltd. He lived at 1929 Comox Street from 1910 to 1912.

He was born on May 20, 1866, in Bodmin, Cornwall, England. His father was Edwin Buscombe (1833-1911); his mother was Isabella (Grylls or Grilles) Olver (1834-1918). Arthur’s brothers Frederick Buscombe, George Buscombe, and Charles Buscombe also lived in Vancouver.

The Buscombe family moved to Canada in 1870 and lived in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1885, they were living at 52 Inchbury Street North; Edwin Buscombe was a builder and bricklayer.

In 1881, Arthur was living with his parents in Hamilton.

In 1891, Arthur was still living with his parents. His occupation was “piano maker.”

On September 2, 1891, in Hamilton, Arthur married Annie Hamilton Wingfield. She was born on September 5, 1865, possibly in Hamilton. Her parents were Alexander and Margaret Wingfield. Annie died on August 19, 1894, in Hamilton. It appears that she was buried in Hamilton Cemetery.

On October 15, 1895, in Brantford, Ontario, Arthur married Maria Eltham Sidebotham. She was born on March 12, 1864 in Hamilton, Ontario. Her parents were James E. and Catherine Harrison. She had been married before, on January 5, 1887, in Buffalo, New York, to James Daniel Sidebotham. James and Maria had a daughter, Lillian Eltham Sidebotham, who was born in Ontario on September 9, 1887. Lillian was sometimes known as Lillian Buscombe.

The 1898-1899 Hamilton directory showed H.A. Buscombe at 319 Main West. His occupation was “piano tuner.”

319 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario: right side of this three set of townhouses: Google Streets: searched November 18, 2014.

319 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario: right side of this three set of townhouses: Google Streets: searched November 18, 2014.

In 1901, Arthur appeared in Vancouver in the Canada census as “Arthur Buscombe”; his occupation was “merchant.” Maria and Lillian were living with him. The 1901 Vancouver directory showed him living at 534 Burrard Street.

Arthur disappeared from the Vancouver directories from 1902 to 1908. It appears that Arthur, Maria and Lillian may have lived in Sault Ste. Marie during some or all of that time. He became a life member of Keystone Lodge No. 412 A.F. & A.M. of Sault Ste. Marie.

Arthur re-appeared in Vancouver in 1909, as an employee of Frederick Buscombe and Company. He was living in Bellevue Mansions (which might have been “The Bellview” apartment house at 1560 Nelson Street).

In 1910, he was still working with Frederick Buscombe and Company. He lived at 1929 Comox Street from 1910 to 1912.

On September 2, 1911, in Vancouver, Maria’s daughter, Lillian, married William Matthew Holden (1872-1947), a capitalist and real estate developer who lived at 1949 Barclay Street from 1908 to 1910.

Sault Sainte Marie Evening News , Saturday, August 19, 1911, page 3, http://newspaperarchive.com/us/michigan/sault-sainte-marie/evening-news/1911/08-19/page-3

Sault Sainte Marie Evening News , Saturday, August 19, 1911, page 3, http://newspaperarchive.com/us/michigan/sault-sainte-marie/evening-news/1911/08-19/page-3

Lillian died in Vancouver on April 25, 1923. Further information appears on the page for William Holden.

In July 1912, George McCuaig held an auction of furniture at 1929 Comox Street. It appears that Arthur had authorized this sale, probably since he was getting ready to leave for California.

Some Vancouver residents went to San Diego, to take advantage of potential profits in real estate. It is not clear if Arthur was one of these “Vancouverites.” but it is possible.

Vancouver Sun, May 7, 1999, page E-1: “California Dreamin’: ‘The Vancouverites,’ a number of Vancouver residents who moved to San Diego in 1912 to buy lots during a real estate boom, are shown parked in their cars in Spreckels Square. Standing in the centre is Grant MacArthur who promoted the scheme.”

Vancouver Sun, May 7, 1999, page E-1: “California Dreamin’: ‘The Vancouverites,’ a number of Vancouver residents who moved to San Diego in 1912 to buy lots during a real estate boom, are shown parked in their cars in Spreckels Square. Standing in the centre is Grant MacArthur who promoted the scheme.”

In 1914, Arthur was living in Los Angeles, California.

By 1920, Arthur was back in Vancouver. He was the building manager for the Holden Building. He was living on the south side of 54th Avenue near Hudson Street. (Later directories gave his address as 1287 54th Avenue.)

By 1925, Arthur had moved to no. 5, 1375 West 15th Avenue in Vancouver. By 1930, he was retired and living at 2693 West 49th Avenue.

Maria died in Vancouver on February 15, 1930. She was buried in The Abbey at Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Arthur died in Vancouver on March 7, 1936. He was buried in The Abbey at Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

 

Sources 

Henry Arthur Buscombe

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVFJ-T4Z : accessed 18 Nov 2014), Henry A 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. http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e328/e008190215.pdf

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWLS-KVR : accessed 18 Nov 2014), Hy Arth Buscombe, Ward 4, Hamilton City, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148143. http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148143-00670.pdf

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMV5-6X1 : accessed 18 Nov 2014), Henry Arthur Briscombe and Annie Hamilton Wingfield, 02 Sep 1891; citing registration 012939, Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1870470

“New York, Marriages, 1686-1980,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F63M-76C : accessed 18 Nov 2014), James Daniel Sidebothem and Maria Jane Elthem Harrison, 05 Jan 1887; citing reference 2:1HCXD55; FHL microfilm 1378628.

“New York, Marriages, 1686-1980,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F63H-75P : accessed 18 Nov 2014), James Daniel Sidebothem and Maria Jane Elthem Harrison, 05 Jan 1887; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1378628.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMKQ-884 : accessed 18 Nov 2014), Henry Arthur Buscombe and Maria Etham ?Idebottom, 15 Oct 1895; citing registration 001516, Brantford, Brant, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1870707.

Western Ontario Gazetteer and Directory, 1898-1899, City of Hamilton page 347; https://archive.org/stream/cihm_41381#page/n397/mode/1up: Buscombe, H A , piano tuner, 319 Main w. West. His occupation was “piano tuner.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVJ-3TB : accessed 19 Nov 2014), Arthur Buscombe, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV95-MGFY : accessed 18 Nov 2014), Henry Arthur Buscombe, 1911.

Auction notice: Vancouver World, July 8, 1912, page 19: “Look out for important sale of high class west end furniture next Thursday at 1929 Comox street, McCuaig, auctioneer.”

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X2JB-K59 : accessed 18 Nov 2014), Henry A Buscombe, 24 Sep 1912; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” Ancestry.com ; Ship , arrival port Vancouver, British Columbia, , line 9, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 192, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Henry Arthur Buscombe, reference in William Holden, Howay and Scholefield, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Volume 4, Vancouver, S.J. Clarke and Company, 1914, page 1165, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf04schouoft#page/1165/mode/1up.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5V-85R : accessed 18 Nov 2014), Henry Arthur Buscombe, 07 Mar 1936; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13156, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1953020.

“Henry A. Buscombe, Old-Timer of B.C., Is Dead,” Vancouver Province, March 9, 1936, page 14: “Henry Arthur Buscombe of 2693 West Forty-ninth avenue, died on Saturday evening. Private funderal services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the residence. Rev. J. H. Craigh will officiate and entombment will take place in The Abbey. Nunn & Thomson Undertaking Co. is in charge. A native of England, Mr. Buscombe, who was aged 69, came to British Columbia thirty-seven years ago. He was a life member of Keystone Lodge No. 412 A.F. & A.M. of Sault Ste. Marie. Surviving are five brothers, Frederick George and Charles M. in Vancouver, and John and William in Hamilton, and a sister, Mrs. R.P. Anderson of Hamilton.”

Henry Arthur Buscombe, death notice, Vancouver Province, Mary 9, 1936, page 11: “Buscombe – Passed away March 7, 1936, Henry Arthur Buscombe of 2693 West forty-ninth avenue in his seventieth year. Survived by five brothers, Frederick and George, Charles M. in Vancouver; John and William and one sister, Mrs. R.P. Anderson in Hamilton, Ont. Private funeral service on Tuesday, March 10, at 2:30 o’clock, from the residence, 2693 West Forty-ninth, Rev.  J. H. Craig officiating. Interment ih the Abbey, Nunn & Tohmson, funeral directors.”

Anne Hamilton Wingfield (wife of Henry Arthur Buscombe)

Annie Hamilton Wingfield, Trueman Family, Rootsweb, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jmtrueman&id=I3166: Birth: 1861 in Wentworth, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Death: 19 Aug 1894 in Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada.

 

 

Maria Eltham Harrison (wife of Henry Arthur Buscombe)

Society, Vancouver Province, August 19, 1910, page 5: “Mrs. Arthur Buscombe last evening entertained a party of young people very pleasantly at cards in her house on Comox street for her daughter, Miss Lillian Sidebottom [sic].”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLG6-R6P : accessed 18 Nov 2014), Maria Eltham Buscombe, 15 Feb 1930; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13138, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1952650.

“Mrs. M.E. Buscombe Dead,” Vancouver Sun, February 17, 1930, page 20; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=sy1lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=6635%2C5478797: “Mrs. Maria Eltham Buscombe, 65, wife of Mr. Henry Arthur Buscombe, at one time prominent as a china merchant in the city but of late years retired, died Saturday at her home, 2693 West Forty-ninth avenue, after 33 years’ residence in Vancouver. She was born at Hamilton, Ontario. She leaves her husband and two cousins, Mr. Charles E. Harrison, Hamilton, Ont., and Mr. Edward Harrison, Chicago. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, at 2:30 p.m., in the family residence, Rev. C.S. McGaffin officiating. Entombment will take place in The Abbey at Ocean View, Messrs. Nunn & Thomson in charge.”

“Mrs. H.A. Buscombe to be Buried Here: Came to Vancouver 33 Years Ago – Born in Hamilton, Vancouver Province, February 17, 1930, page 26: Friends will gather in Nunn & Thomson’s chapel at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to pay final tribute to Mrs. Maria Eltham Buscombe, aged 65, of 2693 West Forty-ninth, who died Saturday. Rev. C.S. McGaffin will officiate and interment will be in Ocean View Burial Park. Mrs. Buscombe was born in Hamilton and came to Vancouver more than thirty-three years ago. She was a life member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Church of England. Survivors include her husband, Henry A. Buscombe, and two cousins,, Charles E. Harrison of Hamilton and Edward Harrison of Chicago.”

Maria Eltham Buscombe, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 17, 1930, page 15; Vancouver Sun, February 17, 1930, page 14; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=sy1lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1454%2C5445981 [link leads to top of column 1; death notice is two-thirds down column 1]: Buscombe – Passed away on Feb. 15, 1930, at the family residence, Maria Eltham, loving wife of Henry A. Buscombe, 2693 49th Ave. West, in her 66th year. Besides her husband she is survived by two cousins, Charles E. Harrison of Hamilton, Ont.,  and Edward Harrison, Chicago. Private funeral service from the family residence on Tuesday Feb. 18 at 2:30 o’clock Rev. C.S. McGaffin officiating. Entombment in The Abbey, Ocean View Burial Park. Sault Ste. Marie and Hamilton papers please copy. Nunn & Thomson, directors in charge.

 

 

Lillian Eltham Sidebotham (step-daughter of Henry Arthur Buscombe)

Society, Vancouver Province, August 20, 1910, page 9: “Miss Buchanan of Texas, who for the past three or four weeks has been the guest of Mrs. C.S. Battle, left yesterday for Seattle on her way home. Miss Buchanan was on Thursday evening the guest of honor at a very pleasant five hundred party given by Miss Lillian Sidebottom Buscombe at her home [on] 1929 Comox Street.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV95-MGF1 : accessed 19 Nov 2014), Lillian Eltham Buscombe in entry for Henry Arthur Buscombe, 1911.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDDQ-87V : accessed 18 Nov 2014), William Holden and Lilian Eltham Sidebotham, 02 Aug 1911; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11375, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983703.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKJ-TV6 : accessed 19 Nov 2014), Lillian Elthan Holden, 25 Apr 1923; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13122, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927299.

“Find A Grave Index”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVV5-3G9Y : accessed 19 Nov 2014), Lillian Eltham Holden, 1923.

British Columbia, Supreme Court (Vancouver), Probate/estate files, GR-1415, http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-5D6D523/view/TextualRecords/find%2Bholden%2B%2B%2B%2B/11#2; B08712 Holden, Lillian Eltham P – 08883; First page of probate file: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-31816-3042-29?cc=2014768&wc=M69V-SNL:332530701,332530502,333457102; Last page of probate file: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-31816-3068-87?cc=2014768&wc=M69V-SNL:332530701,332530502,333457102

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRG-243 : accessed 19 Nov 2014), William Mathew Holden, 01 Jun 1947; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13194, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032478.

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