Buttimer, Alfred John (1867-1934)

[Alfred John] Buttimer, detail from Vancouver City Archives, M-3-27.1 - [Fish Commissioner Williams, on chair, and Buttimer seated on step]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/fish-commissioner-williams-on-chair-and-buttimer-seated-on-step.

[Alfred John] Buttimer, detail from Vancouver City Archives, M-3-27.1 – [Fish Commissioner Williams, on chair, and Buttimer seated on step]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/fish-commissioner-williams-on-chair-and-buttimer-seated-on-step.

F. Buttimer, a cannery manager, lived at 1900 Robson Street in 1905. This is probably Alfred John Buttimer, who was sometimes called Fred Buttimer or Frederick J. Buttimer.

Alfred John Buttimer was born on December 4, 1867, in Bathurst, New Brunswick. His father was James Buttimer; his mother was Mary A. Miller.

He went to Vancouver about 1890, and soon started working in the fishing and canning industry. Along with George Warren Dawson (who was his brother-in-law), and George Ingram Wilson, he established the Brunswick Cannery Company.

On September 27, 1904, in San Francisco, California, Alfred married Margaret Lauderdale Cunningham. She was born on September 20, 1877, probably in Smith’s Falls, Ontario. Margaret’s father was John Rath; her mother was Maria Charlotte Dunham. Maria’s first marriage was in 1864, to Donald William Urquhart, who died in Kingston, Ontario, in 1872, at the age of 28. Maria’s second marriage was to John Rath in 1874.

Before her marriage to Alfred, Margaret had married a Mr. P. Cunningham. In May 1903, she sued Mr. Cunningham for divorce in California, on the ground of cruelty. In June 1903, the California court granted an interlocutory decree of divorce.

It appears that Margaret was a dressmaker. In April 1904, she was advertising that she would mend ladies’ clothing.

On September 27, 1904, Alfred and Margaret were married in San Francisco.

By 1905, Alfred (probably with Margaret) was living at 1900 Robson Street in Vancouver. From then on, Alfred and Margaret continued to live in Vancouver.

Alfred belonged to the Vancouver Club and the Jericho Golf and Country Club. About 1911, he moved to 1201 Pendrell Street.

1201 Pendrell Street – Vancouver City Archives - Bu P508.82 - [Exterior of residence - 1201 Pendrell Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-residence-1201-pendrell-street

1201 Pendrell Street – Vancouver City Archives – Bu P508.82 – [Exterior of residence – 1201 Pendrell Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-residence-1201-pendrell-street

He continued to be involved in the fishing industry until 1925, when he sold his interest to B.C. Packers and devoted his time to Vancouver real estate.

Alfred died in Vancouver on April 24, 1934. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Margaret died in Vancouver on February 19, 1947. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Alfred and Margaret had a boy named Samuel. He died on February 24, 1906, at the age of about seven weeks. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Sources

James Buttimer (father of Alfred John Buttimer)

Perth Courier, March 31, 1865, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/perth_courier1864_1865.htm: “Married, at St. James Church, Perth, on the evening of the 28th inst., by Rev. R.L. Stephenson, Donald W. Urquhart to Maria Charlotte Dunham.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHK7-DHK : accessed 12 Sep 2014), James Buttimer, A, Gloucester, New Brunswick, Canada; citing p. 5, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

Alfred John Buttimer

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWK9-RRL : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Fred Buttimer, Richmond, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148092.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-BV2 : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Alfred J Buttimer in household of Mary A Fraser, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 5, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

San Francisco Call, Volume 96, Number 119, 27 September 1904: http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19040927.2.115.1#; “MARRIAGE LICENSES. The following marriage licences were issued yesterday: . . . Alfred J. Buttimer, 37, Vancouver, and Margaret L. Cunningham, 26, 593 O’Farrell street.”

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLC5-BTL : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Alfred J Buttimer and Margaret L Cunningham, 27 Sep 1904; citing p. 10, San Francisco, California, United States; FHL microfilm 974858.

San Francisco Call, Volume 96, Number 119, 27 September 1904: http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19040927.2.115.1#; Marriage Licences: “Alfred J. Buttimer. 37, Vancouver, and Margaret L. Cunningham, 26, 593 O’ Farrell street.”

Vancouver directories

Vancouver Elite Directory, 1908, page 17: Buttimer, Mr. and Mrs. A.J.; 1092 Broughton; Thursday [at home day].

“Canada Census, 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV95-MY6G : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Alfred Buttimer, 1911.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGF-217 : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Alfred John Buttimer, 24 Apr 1934; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13150, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1952856.

“Fred J. Buttimer Called by Death: Well-known Canneryman Had Been Resident Here 44 Years,” Vancouver Province, April 24, 1934, page 2: “Alfred John Buttimer, 67, a pioneer of the British Columbia salmon canning industry, who has been a resident of Vancouver for forty-four years, died this morning at his home, 1201 Pendrell Street. Born in Bathurst, N.B., on December 4, 1867, he came to British Columbia in 1890 and almost immediately became associated with the fishing industry. With his brother-in-law, George W. Dawson, and the late G.I. Wilson, he founded the Brunswick Cannery Company, which operated until 1925, when it was taken over by B.C. Packers Corporation. The deceased was a member of the Vancouver Club and of the Jericho Golf and Country Club. He is survived by his wife, a brother, George A. Buttimer, and two sisters, Annie L. Buttimer and Mrs. George W. Dawson, all of this city. The remains are resting at the family residence, and Center & Hanna are in charge of funeral arrangements which will be announced later.”

“Alfred J. Buttimer Dead,” Vancouver Sun, April 25, 1934, page 15: “Alfred John Buttimer, 67, died Tuesday morning at his home, 1201 Pendrell Street. He came to Vancouver 44 years ago. Mr. Buttimer, who was born in Bathurst, N.S., on first coming to Vancouver entered the cannery business in the north and also on the Fraser River. He sold out his interest to the B.C. Packers in 1925 and engaged in real estate in Vancouver. He is survived by his wife, one brother, A. Buttimer, and two sisters, Miss Annie L. Buttimer, and Mrs. George W. Dawson, Vancouver. He was a member of the Jericho Country Club. The remains will rest at the residence until Thursday at 1:45 p.m. when they will be removed to Christ Church Cathedral, where funeral services will be conducted by Rev. F.H. Wilkinson and Rev. C.C. Owen at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the family plot, Mountain View Cemetery. Center & Hanna have charge of funeral arrangements.”

Alfred John Buttimer, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 25, 1934, page 21; Vancouver Sun, April 25, 1934, page 18: “Buttimer – Died at his residence, 1201 Pendrell St., April 24, 1934, Alfred John Buttimer, in his 67th year. Mr. Buttimer leaves his wife, one brother, George A., two sisters, Mrs. George W. Dawson and Miss A.L. Buttimer, all of this city, to mourn his passing. Remains resting at the residence. Funeral service Christ Church Cathedral, corner George and Burrard Sts., Thursday afternoon, April 26, at 2 o’clock, Rev. R.H. Wilkinson and Rev. C.C. Owen officiating. Committal family plot, Mountain View Cemetery. Center & Hanna, directors.”

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 26290704, Alfred John Buttimer, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26290704; Birth: 1866; Death: Apr. 24, 1934, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Plot: JONES/*/0/056/0011.

 

Margaret Lauderdale Rath (wife of Alfred John Buttimer)

Perth Courier, March 31, 1865, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/perth_courier1864_1865.htm; “Married, at St. James Church, Perth, on the evening of the 28th inst., by Rev. R.L. Stephenson, Donald W. Urquhart to Maria Charlotte Dunham.”

Perth Courier, March 8, 1872, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/PerthCourierNine.htm; “Urquhart—Died, in Kingston, after a protracted illness, Donald William Urquhart, merchant, formerly of Perth, in the 29th year of his age.”

Perth Courier, November 6, 1874, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/BirthMarriagesDeaths5r.htm; “Rath-Urquhart—Married, on the 29th Oct., by the Rev. R. L. Stephenson, A.M., Rector of Perth, John Rath, merchant of Smith’s Falls to Mrs. Maria C. Urquhart of Perth.”

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVXX-7S1 : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Maggie Rath in household of John Rath, Smith’s Falls, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 53; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13233, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1375869.

San Francisco Call, Volume 93, Number 180, 29 May 1903, p http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19030529.2.164&srpos=1&e=——-en–20–1–txt-txIN-%22margaret+l+cunningham%22—–; page 14: “Suits for divorce were also filed by . . . Margaret L. Cunningham against P. Cunningham for cruelty. . ..”

San Francisco Call, Volume 94, Number 11, 11 June 1903, page 10, http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19030611.2.107&srpos=21&e=——190-en–20-SFC-21–txt-txIN-%22p.+cunningham%22——#: “Interlocutory decrees of divorce were granted yesterday to . . .Margaret Cunningham from P. Cunningham for crueIty . . ..

San Francisco Call, Volume 95, Number 137, 15 April 1904, page 12: http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19040415.2.105.6&srpos=3&e=——190-en–20-SFC-1–txt-txIN-%22593+O%e2%80%99Farrell+st.%22——; “Wanted – Mending; keep ladies’ muslin underwear in repair; stockings darned; reasonable; reference. Address Mrs. C., 593 O’Farrell st.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRX-1Q9 : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Margaret Lauderdale Buttimer, 19 Feb 1947; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13193, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032477.

Margaret L. Buttimer, death notice, Vancouver Sun, February 20, 1947, page 15; Vancouver Province, February 20, 1947, page 21: “Buttimer – Passed away in hospital, Feb. 19, 1947, Margaret L., widow of A.J. Buttimer. Survived by her sister, Mrs. Fred Schofield, and brother Max Urquhart. Private services on Friday, Feb. 21, in Center & Hanna’s Georgia Chapel, at 2 p.m., with Col. Rev. C.C. Owen, D.D., M.B.E., officiating. Interment, family plot, Mountain View Cemetery. No flowers, by request.”

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 26290703, Margareth Lauderdale Buttimer, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26290703; Birth: 1877; Death: Feb. 19, 1947, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Plot: JONES/*/0/056/0010.

 

Samuel E. Buttimer (son of Alfred John Buttimer)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKC-MPX : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Samuel E Buttimer, 24 Feb 1906; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13095, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927123.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKC-MPF : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Samuel E Buttimer, 24 Feb 1906; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13095, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927123.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 26279069, Sam E. Buttimer, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26279069; Birth: unknown; Death: Feb. 24, 1906; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot: JONES/*/0/056/0004.

George Allan Buttimer (brother of Alfred John Buttimer)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLY7-QH8 : accessed 12 Sep 2014), George Allan Buttimer, 01 Sep 1968; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13291, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033944.

George A. Buttimer, death notice, Vancouver Sun, September 4, 1968, page 36, Vancouver Province, September 4, 1968, page 26: “Buttimer – On September 1, 1968, George A. Buttimer, of No. 1102 – 1445 W. 14th Ave., Vancouver, B.C., in his 91st year. A private service was held on September 4, in the chapel of T. Edwards Co. The Rev. R.R. Cunningham officiated.”

 

Annie L. Buttimer (sister of Alfred John Buttimer)

Greater Vancouver Social and Club Register, 1927, page 12: “Buttimer, Miss A.L. – 1336 Pendrell St., Doug. 3303. Women’s Canadian Club, — Jericho Country Club, — Women’s Musical Club, — Women’s Aux. to Vancouver General Hospital.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLVT-2DN : accessed 13 Sep 2014), Annie Buttimer, 10 Mar 1944; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13182, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983205.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 26290708, Annie L. Buttimer, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26290708; Birth: unknown; Death: Mar. 10, 1944; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot: JONES/*/0/056/0014.

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