Ceperley, Henry Tracey (1850-1929)

Henry T. Ceperley, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 3, Vancouver, S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, page 31 (facing page 30), https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/31/mode/1up.

Henry T. Ceperley, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 3, Vancouver, S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, page 31 (facing page 30), https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/31/mode/1up.

Henry Tracey Ceperley was a property and insurance broker who lived at 1884 Haro Street in 1918.

He was born on January 10, 1850, in Oneonta, New York. His father was Martin Ceperley (1800-1882). His mother was Desiah (Winnie) (1801-1863).

Henry went to school in Oneonta and at Whitestown Seminary. He was a public school teacher in Otsego County until 1871, when he moved to Winona, Minnesota, which is on the Mississippi River, southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul. He began to work in the produce and commission business.

About 1876, he moved to New Mexico, where he worked as a cashier and bookkeeper for a company that was building the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. In 1880, he was living in Pecos, New Mexico.

On September 7, 1881, in Winona, he married Jennie R. Foster. She was born in Winona, Minnesota, on May 9, 1863. Her father was Rollin A. Foster (1838-1915), a fruit and egg dealer who was sometimes very successful, but in 1896 had to file an assignment for the benefit of creditors. Her mother was Sarah Jane Apker (1832-1908).

R.A. Foster advertisement, Winona Daily Republican, July 05, 1864, page 4, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2

R.A. Foster advertisement, Winona Daily Republican, July 05, 1864, page 4, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2

Jennie had gone to public school in Winona.

In March 1883, Henry moved to Livingstone, Montana, where he stayed for about three years. He worked in the cattle business, and also set up an insurance business. In 1884, he became the president of the Livingston Board of Trade.

By 1887, Henry had moved to Vancouver, where he set up a real estate business. By about 1888, he was living in a house at 1116 Georgia Street.

Bu P290 - [Exterior of H.T.Ceperley's residence - 1116 Georgia St.]; about 1888; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-h-t-ceperleys-residence-1116-georgia-st

Bu P290 – [Exterior of H.T.Ceperley’s residence – 1116 Georgia St.]; about 1888; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-h-t-ceperleys-residence-1116-georgia-st

Henry Tracy Ceperley and family - about 1888; Vancouver City Archives - Bu P290 - [Exterior of H.T.Ceperley's residence - 1116 Georgia St.]; about 1888; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-h-t-ceperleys-residence-1116-georgia-st

Henry Tracy Ceperley and family – about 1888; Vancouver City Archives – Bu P290 – [Exterior of H.T.Ceperley’s residence – 1116 Georgia St.]; about 1888; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-h-t-ceperleys-residence-1116-georgia-st

In 1888, Henry went into business with Arthur Wellington Ross (1846-1901), who had been a Member of Parliament and land speculator in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Ross and Ceperley, Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1890, page 190.

Ross and Ceperley, Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1890, page 190.

Ross and Ceperley, detail from Exterior of the Post Office Block - 309 to 313 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver City Archives, Bu P518, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-post-office-block-309-to-313-w-hastings-street.

Ross and Ceperley, detail from Exterior of the Post Office Block – 309 to 313 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver City Archives, Bu P518, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-post-office-block-309-to-313-w-hastings-street.

The association with Mr. Ross did not last long. By 1891, Henry was living at 734 Burrard Street. He was the managing director of Vancouver Loan, Trust, Savings & Guarantee Co. Ltd., with offices at 521 Hastings Street in the Thompson-Ogle Building.

Vancouver Loan, Trust, Savings and Guarantee Company, 1893, VPL Accession Number: 19857, http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1035/19857.jpg

Vancouver Loan, Trust, Savings and Guarantee Company, 1893, VPL Accession Number: 19857, http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/1035/19857.jpg

This is the same location a few years later, with buildings on the surrounding lots.

Thompson-Ogle Building, about 1900, detail from Vancouver City Archives, In P120.1 - [Tsimpsian brass band on the north side of the 500 block of Hastings Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/tsimpsian-brass-band-on-north-side-of-500-block-of-hastings-street

Thompson-Ogle Building, about 1900, detail from Vancouver City Archives, In P120.1 – [Tsimpsian brass band on the north side of the 500 block of Hastings Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/tsimpsian-brass-band-on-north-side-of-500-block-of-hastings-street

In the fall of 1891, Jennie was suffering from rheumatism and neuralgia. She and Henry went to Los Angeles, California, to see if the weather there would be better for Jennie’s health. According to the news reports, the climate in California was “too relaxing,” so the family did not stay there. On December 3, they went to Winona, Minnesota, so that Jennie could stay at the home of her parents, which was at 211 West Broadway. Jennie seemed to improve, so Henry returned briefly to his business in Vancouver. However, on December 25, Henry got news that Jennie was worse, so he went back to Winona. She died in Winona on January 4, 1892. She was buried in Woodlawn cemetery in Winona.

Probably Henry Tracey Ceperley, Detail from Bo P228.2 - [Men on board S.S. "Cutch"] about 1892.

Probably Henry Tracey Ceperley, Detail from Bo P228.2 – [Men on board S.S. “Cutch”] about 1892.

On March 14, 1894, in Vancouver, Henry married Grace Elizabeth Dixon. Most sources state that she was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on February 24, 1863, but it appears that her real year of birth was 1859. Her parents were Silas and Harriet Dixon.

By 1896, Henry had established a new company called “Ceperley, Loewen & Campbell, Ltd.,” which acted as insurance and financial agents. Their offices were in the Inns of Court Building at 301 Hastings Street. Charles Joseph Loewen (1867-1963) was president of the company; he lived at the Manor House Hotel. “Forbes Morrison Mac Iver Mac Iver-Campbell” was the third person in the company name.

By 1898, Mr. Loewen and Mr. Campbell no longer had any connection with the company. The company applied to the British Columbia government to change the company name to Ceperley, Mackenzie and Rounsfell [sic] Ltd. Hector Mackenzie (1863-1939) and Frank W. Rounsefell (1868-1938) were the other main shareholders in the company.

By 1902, the company was called “Ceperley Rounsefell and Company,” with offices on the second floor of the Molson’s Bank Chambers at 597 West Hastings Street.

M-11-29 - The Molson's Bank Building [corner of Seymour & Hastings], Vancouver City Archives, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/molsons-bank-building-corner-of-seymour-hastings

M-11-29 – The Molson’s Bank Building [corner of Seymour & Hastings], Vancouver City Archives, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/molsons-bank-building-corner-of-seymour-hastings

Ceperley Rounsefell and Company offices, detail from M-11-29 - The Molson's Bank Building [corner of Seymour & Hastings], Vancouver City Archives, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/molsons-bank-building-corner-of-seymour-hastings.

Ceperley Rounsefell and Company offices, detail from M-11-29 – The Molson’s Bank Building [corner of Seymour & Hastings], Vancouver City Archives, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/molsons-bank-building-corner-of-seymour-hastings.

Grace’s sister, Marion, had been married to Alfred Graham Ferguson, who was a successful contractor in British Columbia. Marion died in 1902. When Alfred died in 1903, he left some downtown Vancouver property to Grace. According to the probate documents, the property was worth about $65,000.

With the help of this money, Henry and Grace began developing “Fairacres,” their home at Deer Lake in Burnaby, British Columbia.

In 1910, Henry took a less-active part in Ceperley Rounsefell’s business, although he remained as president of the company. Frank Rounsefell, who was the managing director, took on an increased role in the company.

Henry was also the managing director of the British America Development Company and was one of the provisional directors of the Bank of Vancouver, which started business in 1910.

Grace had one of her first Fairacres receptions on July 7, 1911. On December 2, 1911, Henry and Grace went to the hotel and spa at Poland Springs, Maine, where they were planning to spend most of the winter.

Poland Spring House, Poland, Maine, postcard, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland,_Maine

Poland Spring House, Poland, Maine, postcard, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland,_Maine

Henry and Grace continued to live in Fairacres, but Grace developed chronic nephritis. Grace died in Vancouver on November 21, 1917.

In 1918, Henry was living at 1884 Haro Street (which was where Frank Rounsefell had been living before he moved to Shaughnessy Heights).

In 1919, Henry was living at suite 52 in Kensington Place, an apartment at the northeast corner of Nicola Street and Beach Avenue.

Grace’s estate had some accounting and legal issues. In 1919, the British Columbia Court of Appeal concluded that the executors of the estate could not use moneys from the general estate for the upkeep of Fairacres. The executors also had challenges in relation to other parts of the estate. Grace had left $5,000 to Christ Church to build a tower; the actual cost of the tower would have been $23,000. Grace had also left $2,000 to equip the school at the Alexandra Orphanage; the orphanage had no school to equip. The proposed beneficiaries applied to the court to receive the money, even though they could not fulfill the specific conditions of Grace’s will.

From 1920 to 1921 , Henry’s address was at the Vancouver Club. From 1922, he was at 1620 Nanton Avenue in Shaughnessy Heights (and by 1926, that part of Nanton Avenue was called West 27 Avenue).

By 1923, Frederick Buscombe had bought Fairacres. Grace had left a significant estate that included provisions for the proceeds of sale from Fairacres to build a children’s playground at Second Beach in Stanley Park.  The grand opening of the Ceperley Playground was on June 14, 1924.

After 1927, Henry was living with his son, Arthur, at 2906 West 36 Avenue, although he travelled to California for some periods.

In April 1928, Henry stayed for a time at the Barcelona Hotel in San Diego, California.

Barcelona Hotel and Apartments [undated post card], 326 Juniper Street, San Diego, California, https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/7683985528_54667767fe.jpg

Barcelona Hotel and Apartments [undated post card], 326 Juniper Street, San Diego, California, https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/7683985528_54667767fe.jpg

Letter from H.T. Ceperley to H. Brown, Deputy District Registrar, Vancouver, B.C., April 2, 1928; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-31813-2933-23?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-CP8:332530701,332530502,332567801.

Letter from H.T. Ceperley to H. Brown, Deputy District Registrar, Vancouver, B.C., April 2, 1928; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-31813-2933-23?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-CP8:332530701,332530502,332567801.

On December 14, 1929, Henry died in Coronado, California. He was buried in Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township, Macomb, Michigan.

 

Henry and Jennie had the following children.

 

Vaughn Earl Ceperley

Vaughn Earl Ceperley was born in Winona, Minnesota, on December 29, 1882. He died in Winona on January 5, 1883. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona.

 

William Earl Ceperley

William Earl Ceperley appears to have died in Winona, Minnesota, in 1883. Two sources mention him as being buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona. However, it is not clear that William and Vaughn are different people.

 

Ethelwynn Ceperley

Ethelwynn Ceperley (sometimes called “Ethel”), was born in Livingston, Montana, on March 10, 1884.

On September 2, 1907, in Vancouver, she married James Edward Hall, who was a grain dealer. He was born on December 2, 1878, in Belleville, Ontario. His parents were Charles Edward and Ida Jane Hall.

James died in Vancouver on February 28, 1938.

Ethelwynn died in Deep Cove, British Columbia, on October 28, 1954.

 

Arthur Tracy Ceperley

Arthur Tracy Ceperley was born on March 16, 1886, in Livingston, Montana.

On November 29, 1907, in Winona, Minnesota, Arthur married Lila Jane Howie. She was born in Minnesota on July 19, 1885. Her father was James Kier Howie; her mother was Ida Isbell.

Arthur enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

By 1925, he was in Vancouver, working as an accountant with the Dominion Income Tax department.

In 1930, he became the office manager for the brokerage firm of W.F. Irwin Co.

Lila died in Vancouver on July 27, 1945.

Arthur later married Meta Maxine Coughlin. She was born in Revelstoke, British Columbia, on September 5, 1905 (although some sources say 1903 or 1904). Her father was William Peter Coughlin; her mother was Harriett Elizabeth Balance. Meta had been married before, in 1924, to Kenneth Edwin Calbick; this marriage ended in divorce in Vancouver on December 17, 1954. Meta was also married to James Leven Corral, who died in Nelson, British Columbia, on May 22, 1955.

Arthur died in Vancouver on July 14, 1963.

Meta later married Walter Lorrain Cook; he died in Vancouver on October 7, 1969. Meta died in Vancouver on October 20, 1969.

 

 

Sources

I am grateful to Lynda Maeve Orr for her knowledge of the Ceperley family, and for providing detailed information about the family background.

 

Martin Ceperley (father of Henry Tracy Ceperley)

Martin Ceperley, Ancestry.com, http://records.ancestry.com/martin_ceperley_records.ashx?pid=160435883.

Desiah (Winnie) Ceperley, Ancestry.com, http://records.ancestry.com/desiah_winnie_records.ashx?pid=139080938.

“New York, State Census, 1855,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6QF-HM3 : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Martin Ceperley, Oneonta, Otsego, New York, United States; count clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 869023.

“New York, State Census, 1875,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNKS-L4J : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Martin Ceperly in household of Wm T Cox, Masonville, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. 26, line 4, State Library, Albany; FHL microfilm 832851.

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZZD-QYC : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Martin Ceperley in household of Wm T Cox, Bainbridge, Chenango, New York, United States, 90; citing sheet 34A, film number 0818, NARA microfilm publication T9, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 1254818.

 

Henry Tracy Ceperley

Henry Tracy Ceperley, Canadian Men and Women of the Time, edited Henry James Morgan, Second Edition, Toronto, William Briggs, 1912, pages 214-215; https://archive.org/stream/canadianmenwomen00morguoft#page/214/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/canadianmenwomen00morguoft#page/215/mode/1up

Henry Tracy Ceperley, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present; Biographical, volume 3, Vancouver, S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, pages 30-33; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/30/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/31/mode/1up [includes photograph of ; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/33/mode/1up.

G.W. Taylor, Automobile Saga of B.C., pages 29-31.

Whitestown Seminary, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitestown_Seminary.

The Whitestown Seminary, http://oneida.nygenweb.net/towns/whitestown/whitesem.html [extracted from the “History of Oneida County,” 1667 – 1878, by Everets and Farriss.]

“New York, State Census, 1855,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6QF-HMC : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Henry ? Ceperley in household of Martin Ceperley, Oneonta, Otsego, New York, United States; count clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 869023.

“United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MC43-81R : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Henry Ceperley in household of Marcus Ceperley, The Town Of Oneonta, Otsego, New York, United States; from “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,” Fold3.com; p. 29, household ID 233, NARA microfilm publication M653; NARA microfilm publication M653. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 803841.

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZTK-YKF : accessed 02 Dec 2014), H F Ceperley in household of John Ward, Pecos, San Miguel, New Mexico, United States, 36; citing sheet 408C, film number 0803, NARA microfilm publication T9, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 1254803.

Jennie R Foster; Spouse: H T Ceperley; Marriage Date: September 07, 1881; Location: Winona, Minnesota; http://marriage-divorce-records.mooseroots.com/d/c/Jennie-Foster?

“Extensive Investment at Livingston, Montana, by Winona Capitalists,” Winona Daily Republican, April 23, 1883, page 3, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2: ”Winona is becoming famous for syndicates. They go to Idaho and open silver mines, they unlock the resources of Santa Anna’s country, they purchase vast tracts of pine lands in Mississippi, they build the commercial emporium of Central Dakota at La Beau, they grapple on to the loose acres lying easterly and westerly of our own city, and lastly, they have gone to Montana and grasped the key to the situation at Livingston.. . .Work on the railroad from the Northern Pacific at Livingston to the Yellowstone Park, a distance of sixty miles, has been commenced and the railroad company are almost ready getting in material for extensive machine shops at this point. In view of all this the purchase by the syndicate is a valuable and highly important one.”

Business news: Winona Daily Republican, January 31, 1884, page 3, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2: “Livingston, Montana, in which many Winonians are deeply interested, is enjoying a very exciting Winter boom. Letters received from Mr. H.T. Ceperly state that it commenced a few days ago by the discovery of a very rich gold mine in Emigrant Gulch, twenty-seven miles from Livingston. The mine, we are informed, was purchased some time ago for $30,000 by Mr. Armstrong, one of the commissioners of the Northern Pacific railroad, and the developments made in it this Winter have so enhanced its value that he recently sold one-eighth of it for $100,000. The next impetus to the boom was the survey of the Utah Northern railroad directly to Livingston on its way to Fort Benton and the purchase by the Utah Northern Railroad company of two valuable coal mines, one above and one below the town. Property is changing hands rapidly, and the people of Livingston are very enthusiastic over their good fortune. Whoever has investigated the subject of the variety and extent of the mineral deposits immediately around Livingston and the National Yellowstone Park can but believe that the wonders of that region are yet in their infancy.”

Business news: Winona Daily Republican, February 02, 1884, page 3, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2: “Winonians always get to the front. Mr. H.T. Ceperly [sic], formerly of this city, was on Monday evening elected President of the Board of Trade of Livingston, Montana. The Enterprise of that city says he is a representative business man and one who is both by property and principle strongly interest in the prosperity of that young city. Mr. Ceperly is the resident manager of the Winona syndicated property in Livingston.”

Journal of the Senate of the United States, Congressional Edition, Volume 2161, page 721, June 3, 1884; http://books.google.ca/books?id=RyA2AQAAIAAJ&pg=PA720&lpg=PA720&dq=livingston+montana+ceperley&source=bl&ots=UXhCQ0dvB-&sig=yJZgFyf3ompRHBaGXv7HduTIWNs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MEN9VJ7vDpDQiALnnYCoBQ&ved=0CB8Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=livingston%20montana%20ceperley&f=false; http://books.google.ca/books?id=MVpHAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA720&lpg=PA720&dq=livingston+montana+ceperley&source=bl&ots=gdr2gf08dA&sig=ktO24swirF2VkziJtNSYNF5aJ7s&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MEN9VJ7vDpDQiALnnYCoBQ&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=livingston%20montana%20ceperley&f=false: “Tuesday, June 3, 1884, On motion by Mr. Ingalls, Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn it be to Friday next. The President pro tempore presented a telegraphic memorial of H.T. Ceperley, president of the Board of Trade of Livingston, Montana, praying the passage of the bill granting the right of way to the Cinnabar and Clark’s Fork Railroad Company through a portion of the Yellowstone Park. Ordered, That it lie on the table.

History of Montana. 1739-1885: A History of Its Discovery and Settlement, Social and Commercial Progress, Mines and Miners, Agriculture and Stock-growing, Churches, Schools and Societies, Indians and Indian Wars, Vigilantes, Courts of Justice, Newspaper Press, Navigation, Railroads and Statistics, with Histories of Counties, Cities, Villages and Mining Camps; Chicago, Warner, Beers & Company, 1885, page 1110; http://books.google.ca/books?id=lB1PAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA1110&lpg=PA1110&dq=winona+minnesota+ceperley&source=bl&ots=BCLSMsoFVN&sig=4uP9L5f7Od5dcjexwo_RqtVaAiw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=n0F7VMKUJIfmiQLgtoHgCg&ved=0CDIQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=winona%20minnesota%20ceperley&f=false: “H.T. Ceperley, P.O. Livingston, real estate and insurance agent, established his business at Livingston in March, 1883, being among the first in his line at this point. He represents the best companies, including the Home, Hartford, Phoenix, Liverpool and London and Globe, of England, Commercial, of California, and the New York Life, of New York. Mr. Ceperley is proprietor of the Riverside addition to Livingston, and does an extensive real estate business. He was born in Otsego Co., N.Y., in 1851; was educated at Whitestown seminary, went to Winona, Minn., and remained from 1873 to 1878, and then went to New Mexico, coming from there to his present location in March, 1883.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZ6-DBH : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Henry Tracy Ceperley and Grace E Dixon, 14 Mar 1894; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983529.

British Columbia Order in Council, 190/1898, http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/arch_oic/arc_oic/0190_1898; change of name from Ceperley, Loewen and Campbell Ltd. (incorporated March 15, 1895), to Ceperley, Mackenzie and Rounsefell Ltd.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-PCX : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Henry I. Ceperley, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Mr. Ceperley Buys Burnaby Fruit Farm,” Vancouver Province, February 6, 1909, page 1: “New Westminster, Feb. 6 (Special) – An improved seventeen-acre fruit ranch near Burnaby lake has just been sold for $1000 an acre, G. Every Clayton having disposed of his ranch to Mr. H.T. Ceperly of Vancouver, for $17,000. Mr. Clayton has been working the farm for some time and had just built a fine new house and barn. Mr. Clayton has purchased Mrs. Houston’s fifteen-acre ranch bordering on Burnaby lake, as well as four acres of Mr. Macray’s ranch . . .”

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVV-58J : accessed 04 Dec 2014), George Clayton, E, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 9, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/ViewFrame.jsp?id=60578&highlight=3.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZJ-PSN : accessed 04 Dec 2014), George Every Clayton and Evelyn May Yates, 12 Feb 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983705.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2H-5JF : accessed 04 Dec 2014), George Every Clayton, 01 May 1927; citing British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13130, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927349.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV9P-1HNX : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Henry Tracy Ceperly, 1911.

Society, Vancouver Province, December 2, 1911, page 7: “Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Ceperley left today for Poland Springs, Me., where they expect to spend most of the winter.”

Fairacres, History, http://burnaby.ca/Assets/about+burnaby/about/history/Heritage+Interpretation+Plaque+-+Fairacres+Mansion.pdf.

“The History of “Fairacres,” information sheet, page 1: “1909: The property was sold to Mrs. Ceperley on February 22nd, 1909 for $17,750.00.”

Rear Window, 1914, Queue, Vancouver Sun, July 22-29, 1999, page C31 (history of Fairacres).

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XPMM-7PR : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Henry T Ceperley, 06 Oct 1920; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” Ancestry.com; Ship , arrival port Buffalo, New York, , line , NARA microfilm publication M1480, roll 20, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J6V6-1M8 : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Henry Ceperley, 16 Jan 1921; citing departure port Cristobal, C.Z., arrival port New York, ship name Toloa, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Honored for Yoeman [sic] Service,” Vancouver Sun, March 4, 1923, page 2; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=OyllAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4183%2C233732 [link leads to advertisement below the article].

“Death Calls H.T. Ceperley: Well-known Vancouver Man Dies in California City: Burial in East,” Vancouver Province, December 16, 1929, page 26.

H.T. Ceperley, death notice, Vancouver Province, December 16, 1929, page 17: “H.T. Ceperley – Died at Coronado Beach, Cal, Friday, December 13, in his 79th year. Funeral will be held at Mr. Clemens, Mich.”

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVVD-VNJ6 : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Henry Tracy Ceperley, 1929; Burial, Clinton Township, Macomb, Michigan, United States of America, Clinton Grove Cemetery; citing record ID 16021949, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 16021949, Henry Tracy Ceperley, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16021949; Birth: 1851; Death: Dec. 14, 1929; Coronado, San Diego County, California, USA; Burial: Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan, USA.

“Remembered: The Late Mr. H.T. Ceperley,” Vancouver Sun, May 9, 1931, page 10; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TS1lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wYgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1360%2C1161315; “In whose memory a window will be unveiled in Christ Church Cathedral Sunday morning. In the evening Capt. G.F. Gracey, D.S.O., will tell a romantic story of philanthropic work in the Near East,” [Includes photograph of H.T. Ceperley.]

Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, stained glass window 25: Christ the Light: “In Loving Memory of Henry Tracy Ceperley. Born January 10th, 1850. Died December 14, 1929.”

 

Jennie R. Foster (wife of Henry Tracy Ceperly)

“United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD4T-Z43 : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Rollin A Foster, Minnesota, United States; citing p. 48, family 374, NARA microfilm publication M593, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 000552218.

“Minnesota, State Census, 1875,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MKJ9-BT1 : accessed 30 Nov 2014), R A Foster, Winona City, Winona, Minnesota; citing p. 886, line 4, volume W – 1, State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm 0565731.

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZ91-3HB : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Rollin A Foster, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States, 288; citing sheet 228B, film number 0637, NARA microfilm publication T9, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 1254637.

Society, Winona Daily Republican, August 11, 1886, page 3, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2: “Mrs. H.T. Ceperly [sic] of Livingston, Montana, arrived in the city last evening to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Foster.”

Society notice, Winona Daily Republican, July 11, 1891, page 3, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2: “Mrs. H.I. [sic] Ceperley of Vancouver, B.C., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Foster in this city.”

Mrs. H.T. Ceperly, obituary, Winona Daily Republican, January 04, 1892, page 3, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2

“Mrs. H. T. Ceperley Dead,” Vancouver Daily World, January 5, 1892, page 2; St. Paul Daily Globe, January 05, 1892, Page 8, column 3, midway down column; http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059522/1892-01-05/ed-1/seq-8/: “Mrs. H.T. Ceperley died this morning at the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Foster, on West Broadway. Mrs. Ceperley’s home is in Vancouver and she was here on a visit. She was twenty-eight years of age.”

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVGQ-P1HZ : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Jennie Foster Ceperley, 1891; Burial, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States of America, Woodlawn Cemetery; citing record ID 114811665, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 114811665, Jennie Foster Ceperley, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=114811665; Birth: 1863; Death: 1891; Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, USA; 1st Wife of Henry Tracy Ceperley; Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, USA.

“Minnesota, State Census, 1895,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MQ65-PDD : accessed 30 Nov 2014), R A Foster, Winona city, Ward 01, Winona, Minnesota; citing p. 205, line 14, State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm 000565818.

“Minnesota, State Census, 1905,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SPQK-21Z : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Mrs. R A Foster, Winona, Ward Number: 02, Winona, Minnesota; citing p. , line , State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm .

“United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2P1-D6V : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Rollin A Foster in household of William Hayes, Winona Ward 3, Winona, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 198, sheet 4B, family 80, NARA microfilm publication T624, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1374742.

“Winona Firm Fails: R.A. Foster Co. Assigns to W.R. Foster: The Mild Weather of Last Winter was Bad for Egg Dealers and Caused This Firm to Lose Forty Thousand Dollars –This Led up to the Failure,” Winona Daily Republican, Thursday, July 30, 1896, page 3, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2: “The R.A. foster Company filed a deed of voluntary assignment in the District Court Thursday morning, Mr. W.R. Foster being named as assignee. The assignment was brought about by the warm weather of last Winter, which caused prices of eggs to drop so that the firm lost $40,000. Then this Summer, while eggs have been plentiful and cheap, it has been impossible to dispose of them at a profit. Figures in regard to the assets and liabilities are not obtainable to-day, but it is known that the latter are very largely in excess of the former and will exceed $25,000 in amount. The heaviest creditors are all in Chicago. Mr. R.A. Foster came to Winona about 24 years ago and engaged in the wholesale fruit business, being the first wholesale fruit merchant in the city. Twelve years ago he went into the buying and selling of eggs on an extensive scale and has since continued in that business. IN the Winter of 1894-5 he came into national prominence by successfully cornering the Chicago egg market. This was a good speculation, but the profits then made were all dropped last Winter, with much good money besides. The past year, Mr. Foster says, is by all odds the worst experienced since he has been in the egg business. The loss this year has been especially felt, inasmuch as the season of 1893-4 was also poor, making only one good business year in three. During Mr. Foster’s long and honourable business career here he has distributed considerable money in this vicinity, and done his share toward building up the city. The hope is freely expressed that the way may be opened for him to resume business.”

Notice of assignment of The R.A. Foster Company, an insolvent, Winona Daily Republican, July 30, 1896, page 3; http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2

Notice of order directing assignee to dispose of assets of The R.A. Foster Company, Winona Daily Republican, September 04, 1896, page: 2, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2

“Former Winonan Succumbs After Brief Illness – Well Known Egg Dealer, Winona Republican-Herald, October 30, 1915, page 2, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2: “According to a telegram received in Winona this morning from Chicago, Rollin A. Foster, one of the old residents of Winona, died there this morning after a short illness. The funeral services will be held in Chicago. The body will be brought to Winona on Sunday and the burial will be private. Rollin A. Foster, who was born in 1838 at Albion, New York, had been a resident of Winona for about fifty years. When he first came to this city he engaged in the grain business as a buyer, handling large amounts of grain during the years he was thus engaged. He then went into the wholesale fruit business and was a distributor for a large section of the Northwest out of Winona. He was best known, however, as a dealer in eggs and Butter, in which business he engaged about the year 1880. For some years he was one of the best known egg men in the Northwest. In the year 1895 he attained national notoriety in the handling of eggs, he holding enough in cold storage at that time to give control of the market and being given lengthy write-ups in the Chicago and other metropolitan daily papers For a time also Mr. Foster handled oysters with his eggs and butter. Retires from Business: About two years ago he retired from the produce business and was succeeded by his son, William R. Foster, now located at 119 Main street. Since he retired from business, Mr. Foster has spent much of his time in Chicago. It has been some months since his last visit to Winona. In all his long life he never required the services of a physician until his last illness. Mr. Foster was pre-deceased by his wife five years ago. A daughter, Mrs. H.T. Ceperley, died in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1891. There are now three sons surviving, James A. Foster of Albany, New York, William H. Foster of Winona, and L.P. Foster of Atlanta, Georgia.”

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVGB-N9MW : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Rollin A Foster, 1915; Burial, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States of America, Woodlawn Cemetery; citing record ID 134729717, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 134729717, Rollin A Foster, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=134729717; Birth: 1838; Death: 1915; Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, USA.

“Minnesota, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FD89-MFG : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Sarah Jane Foster, 24 Feb 1908; citing Winona, Winona, Minnesota, reference 14735; FHL microfilm 2117939.

“Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V489-8VJ : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Sarah Jane Foster, 24 Feb 1908; from “Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002,” Ancestry.com; Winona, Minnesota, record 5416, certificate number 014735, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis.

Sarah Jane Foster (Apker), obituary, Winona Republican-Herald, May 19, 1908, page: 8, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2: “Sarah Jane Apker was born in Pennsylvania, May 3, 1832, was married to R.A. Foster in Wonawoc, Wis., in December 1860. They came to Winona, September 2, 1860, and made their home here since that time. Mrs. Foster passed peacefully away on February 24, 1908, and was laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery on Saturday Feb. 29. She is survived by her husband and three sons, James A., with the Eastern States Refrigerator company of Albany, N.Y., William R., with the Merchants Refrigerating company of New York city, and Lynn P., with the Swift Fertilizer company of Atlanta, Ga. There was also one daughter, Mrs. H.T. Ceperly [sic], who died in April 1892. There were present at the funeral, Lynn P. Foster, Mr. and Mrs. R. Foster, Arthur Ceperly of Duluth, and his wife, who was formerly Miss Howie of this city, Albert Foster of Baraboo, Wis., and a nephew, Clinton Apker of Baraboo.”

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVGB-N9M4 : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Sarah Jane Foster, 1910; Burial, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States of America, Woodlawn Cemetery; citing record ID 134729716, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 134729716, Sarah Jane Foster, https://secure.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=134729716; Birth: 1832; Death: 1910 [sic]; Inscription: wife of Rollin A Foster; Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, USA.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona Co., MN, F Surnames, http://files.usgwarchives.net/mn/winona/cemetery/winona/woodlawn/woodlawf.txt: Foster, William Rollin (1870-1983); Foster, Sarah Jane (1832-1910): wife of Rollin A. Foster; Foster, Rollin A. (1838-1915).

 

William Rollin Foster (brother of Jennie R. Foster)

“Minnesota, Births and Christenings, 1840-1980,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDMB-7ZN : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Wm. Rollin Foster, 11 Jan 1870; citing Winona, Winona, Minnesota, reference v A p 94; FHL microfilm 1377830.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8WM-5CG : accessed 30 Nov 2014), William Rollin Foster, 1917-1918.

Re Estate of William Rollin Foster, order for hearing on petition for probate of will, Winona Republican-Herald, August 1, 1953, page 12.

 

Grace Elizabeth Dixon (wife of Henry Tracy Ceperly)

“United States Census, 1860,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW67-3J6 : accessed 12 August 2015), Grace Dixon in household of Silas Dixon, The Town Of Clinton, Macomb, Michigan, United States; from “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,” database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing p. 326, household ID 2471, NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 803,553.

A G Ferguson – another capitalist, posted on 21 September, 2011 by ChangingCity; https://buildingvancouver.wordpress.com/2011/09/.

Alfred Graham Ferguson (c. 1844-1903), Vancouver voters, 1886 : a biographical dictionary, by Peter S. N. Claydon, Richmond, British Columbia, British Columbia Genealogical Society, 1994, page 279.

“United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MC75-GGG : accessed 03 Dec 2014), Arthur Ferguson in household of Jno Ferguson, 4th D 20 Ward, New York, New York, United States; from “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,” Fold3.com; p. 106, household ID 852, NARA microfilm publication M653; NARA microfilm publication M653. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 803816. [Possible connection].

“New York, State Census, 1865,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVNV-X7T3 : accessed 03 Dec 2014), A G Ferguson in household of Anna Ferguson, , , , New York, United States; citing source p. , line 50, household ID , State Library, Albany; FHL microfilm 001435188. [Possible connection].

“Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XJW2-34S : accessed 03 Dec 2014), A. G. Ferguson and Marion Dixon, 07 Nov 1869; citing Pottawattamie, Iowa, reference bA p64; FHL microfilm 1018501.

“Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XVS6-DYV : accessed 03 Dec 2014), A. G. Ferguson and Marion Dixon, 07 Nov 1869; citing Pottawattamie, Iowa, reference ; FHL microfilm 1018501.

“Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCH3-LW8 : accessed 03 Dec 2014), A. G. Ferguson and Marion Dixon, 07 Nov 1869; citing Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, county courthouses, Iowa.

“Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJDS-18WS : accessed 03 Dec 2014), A G Ferguson and Marion Dixon, 1869.

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6PK-3HQ : accessed 03 Dec 2014), Alfred G Ferguson, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States, 87; citing sheet 428B, film number 0082, NARA microfilm publication T9, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 1254082.

Daily Alta California, Volume 42, Number 13716, 21 March 1887 — Personals; http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=DAC18870321.2.35: “A.G. Ferguson, a banker of Vancouver, is at the Occidental.”

Engineering News, October 13, 1888, page 297, http://books.google.ca/books?id=v8xBAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA297&lpg=PA297&dq=%22alfred+g+ferguson%22&source=bl&ots=d2AcOMYEkG&sig=VkVM4sN87I_0C88ivzX0YXExEDU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5XF-VLSHI5CryATKloLoAQ&ved=0CEcQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q&f=false: “The Coquitlam Water-Works Co. has been incorporated n British Columbia to build water-works and supply water to Port Moody, Vancouver and New Westminster, and other towns. The water will be taken from the Coquitlam river or lake, and the works are to be in operation within 4 years. The act of incorporation provides that no Chinese are to be employed on the work. . . . [one of the directors was Alfred G. Ferguson, contractor, of Vancouver].

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKS-KZX : accessed 03 Dec 2014), Alfred G Fergusson, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148093-00026.pdf.

Canada Census 1901, British Columbia, Burrard (no. 1); Vancouver City, D-8, page 1, family 2, lines 10-23; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59843&highlight=10&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Arthur+G.+Fergusson.

Los Angeles Herald, Volume XXX, Number 240, 4 June 1903 — Deaths of the Day: Alfred G. Ferguson; http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=LAH19030604.2.56&srpos=11&e=——-en–20–1–txt-txIN-a+g+ferguson+——#: “San Francisco, June 3.—Alfred G. Ferguson of Vancouver, B.C., one of the most prominent engineers on the Pacific slope, died here yesterday of Bright’s disease. Deceased was 69 years of age and a widower without children. He leaves a large estate to his brother, Judge A.N. Ferguson of Omaha, Neb., and Mrs. H.T. Ceperly, sister of his deceased wife. Mr. Ferguson engineered some of the large tunnels on the western division of the Canadian Pacific railroad in British Columbia and much important railroad construction in this state.”

Alfred Graham Ferguson, death certificate, June 2, 1903, San Francisco, California, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-31813-2819-95?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-CP8:332530701,332530502,332567801.

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVLX-R6NR : accessed 03 Dec 2014), Alfred Ferguston, 1903; Burial, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America, San Francisco Columbarium; citing record ID 99685587, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 99685587, Alfred Ferguston [sic], http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=99685587: Birth: 1843; Death: 1903; Burial: San Francisco Columbarium, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA.

British Columbia, Supreme Court (Vancouver), Probate/estate files, GR-1415, http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-48FBDE3/view/TextualRecords/find%2Bferguson,%20alfred%2B%2B%2B%2B/1#1; B02536, Ferguson, Alfred Graham, P – 00533; first page of probate file; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-31813-3116-33?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-CP8:332530701,332530502,332567801. Last page of probate file; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-31813-3116-33?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-CP8:332530701,332530502,332567801 Grace Ceperley received a specific gift: “I devise that portion of my freehold land and premises known and described as Lots Eight (8) Nine (9) and Ten (10) in Block Twenty-four (24) Sub-division of District Lot Five hundred and forty-one (541) Group one (1) and being in the City of Vancouver unto Grace Ceperley wife of Henry Tracey Ceperley one of my said trustees subject however to existing encumbrances if any at the time of my death but subject to the provisions an directions hereinafter set out.”

“And in the event of any mortgagee refusing to accept such payments and could he or they not be compelled to do so then my said trustees shall apply the proceeds of such sale pro rata in reduction of the remaining mortgages if any. And this direction shall apply to mortgages if any against the lands devised to Grace Ceperley aforesaid it being my intention and wish that she should have such real estate free from any mortgage encumbrances eventually but not until sufficient sales of my real estate are made in the ordinary course and in the discretion of my trustees to provide sufficient funds to satisfy and discharge any mortgage or mortgages that may be against said property.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKB-GZS : accessed 03 Dec 2014), Marion E Ferguson, 09 Aug 1902; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13093, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927121; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11707-116952-67?cc=1538285; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11707-128997-53?cc=1538285

Marion E. Ferguson (Mrs. A.G. Ferguson), Victoria Times, August 15, 1902, page 8, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-28093-7644-32?cc=2001136&wc=M61J-HWP:284757401: “Died . . . Ferguson – At Vancouver, on Aug. 9th, Marion E., the wife of A.G. Ferguson.”

B02535, Ferguson, Marion Elizabeth, P – 00461; first page of probate file: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-31813-15610-97?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-466:332530701,332530502,332556201; Last page of probate file: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-31813-14951-61?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-466:332530701,332530502,332556201

Society, Vancouver Province, July 3, 1911, page 5: “Mrs. H.T. Ceperley will receive next Friday, Julyu 7, at Fairacres, her new residence at Burnaby Lake.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLK8-XJB : accessed 04 Dec 2014), Grace E Ceperley, 21 Nov 1917; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13103, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927131.

Grace E. Ceperley, death notice, Vancouver Province, November 22, 1917, page 23: “Ceperley – The death occurred at Shaughnessy Heights on Wednesday morning, Nov. 21, of Grace E., beloved wife of H.T. Ceperley. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 23, at 3589 Angus avenue west, at 2:30 p.m. It is requested that no flowers be sent.”

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 16021957, Grace Dixon Ceperley, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16021957; Birth: 1853; Death: 1917; Burial: Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan, USA

British Columbia, Supreme Court (Vancouver), Probate/estate files; GR-1415, http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-5E9A624/view/TextualRecords/find%2Bceperley%2B%2B%2B%2B/2#1; B08417, Ceperley, Grace E., P—04854. First page of probate file: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-31815-21736-33?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-1WL:332530701,332530502,333089701; [probably] Last page of probate file: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-31815-21488-28?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-1WL:332530701,332530502,333089701

“Leaves Estate of $200,000: Mrs. Ceperley Gives $50,000 for Children’s Playground at Second Beach. Christ Church, Alexandra Orphanage and St. Albans Also to Benefit,” Vancouver Province, February 21, 1918, page 3.

“Late Mrs. Ceperley’s Bequest Appreciated: Park Board Considered Gift of Well Known Burnaby Lady for Playground,” Vancouver World, February 14, 1918, page 7.

In re Ceperley, deceased, (1919) 27 British Columbia Reports, pages 60-63 (British Columbia Court of Appeal): the executors could not use moneys from the general estate for the upkeep of Fairacres.

“Tower Cost More Thank the Legacy: Application Made to Vary Terms of Mrs. Ceperley’s Will,” Vancouver Province, October 13, 1923, page 32.

“Plan Work at Stanley Park: Ceperley Playgrounds Will be Ready for Use in May: Other Improvements,” Vancouver Province, February 14, 1924, page 20.

“Dedicate Play Ground for Children: Well-equipped Park Area Is Gift of Late Mrs. H.T. Ceperley: Is Opened With Interesting Ceremony Attended By Thousands of Children,” Vancouver Province, June 16, 1924, page 14 [includes photograph of opening celebrations].

 

Vaughn Earl Ceperley (son of Henry Tracy Ceperley)

“Minnesota, Births and Christenings, 1840-1980,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDM1-ZWL : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Vaughn Earl Ceperly, 29 Dec 1882; citing Winona, Winona, Minnesota, reference v 2 p 38; FHL microfilm 1377830.

“Minnesota, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDMS-WBC : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Vaughn Earl Ceperly, ; citing Winona, Winona, Minn., reference Item 1 p 46; FHL microfilm 1377829.

“Minnesota, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDC1-88F : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Vaughn Earl Ceperly, 05 Jan 1883; citing Winona City, Winona County, Minnesota, reference 46; FHL microfilm 1377829.

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVGD-LZM6 : accessed 30 Nov 2014), Vaughn Earl Ceperley, 1883; Burial, Winona, Winona, Minnesota, United States of America, Woodlawn Cemetery; citing record ID 116441935, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 116441935, Vaughn Earl Ceperley, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=116441935; Birth: 1883; Death: 1883; Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, USA; Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery; Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, USA.

Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Ceperley, death notice, Winona Daily Republican, January 05, 1883, page 3, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2. “Died: Ceperley – On the 4th inst., in this city, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Ceperley.”

Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Ceperley, death notice, Winona Daily Republican, January 05, 1883, page 3, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2: “Ceperley. The friends of Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Ceperley will sympathize with them in the loss of their infant son.”

 

William Earl Ceperley (son of Henry Tracy Ceperley)

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial#13499494, William Earl Ceperley, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=134994946; Birth: unknown; Death: 1883; Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, USA

Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona Co., MN, C Surnames, http://files.usgwarchives.net/mn/winona/cemetery/winona/woodlawn/woodlawc.txt; Ceperley, William Earl, 1883.

 

Ethelwynn Ceperley (daughter of Henry Tracy Ceperley)

Society, Winona Daily Republican, July 16, 1894, page 3, http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/WinonaA/Client.asp?skin=WinonaA&AW&AW=1417369527310&AppName=2: “Miss Ethelwyn and Master Arthur Ceperley, accompanied by their aunt Mrs. L.W. Ceperley, arrived from Grand Rapids, Mich., Saturday, on their way home to Vancouver, B.C. They are visiting their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Foster.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-PCN : accessed 04 Dec 2014), Ethelwyn Ceperley in household of Henry I. Ceperley, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD81-T7T : accessed 29 Nov 2014), James Edward Hall and Ethelwyn Ceperley, 02 Sep 1907; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983530.

James Edward Hall (1879-1938), biography (draft); https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-h/hall-james-edward-1879-1938/

“British Columbia, Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGR-NNL : accessed 10 Feb 2013), James Edward Hall, 1938.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLR8-1FW : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Ethelwyn Ceperley Hall, 28 Oct 1954; citing Deep Cove, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13221, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032967.

 

Arthur Tracy Ceperley (son of Henry Tracy Ceperley)

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-PCJ : accessed 04 Dec 2014), Arthur Ceperley in household of Henry I. Ceperley, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Wed at Winona,” Duluth Evening Herald, December 2, 1907, page 10, https://archive.org/stream/dec3190701dulu#page/n12/mode/1up: “A wedding of interest to many Duluthians took place Friday evening of last week at Winona, when Miss Lila Jane Howie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James K. Howie, became the bride of Arthur Tracy Ceperley of this city. The ceremony took place at the home of the bride’s parents. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Mildred Howie as maid of honor and the bridesmaids were Miss Fannie Longini, Elsie Little, Bessie McNickle and Ella Pietke. The groomsman was Ward Day of this city. A reception followed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Ceperley left for a wedding trip, and after Dec. they will be at home at 18 Fourth avenue east.”

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Name: CEPERLEY, ARTHUR TRACY; Regimental Number: 129759; Date of Birth: 16/03/1886; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1592 – 16; Item Number:93755; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=93755

“Office Manager: Mr. Arthur T. Ceperley,” Vancouver Sun, March 1, 1930, page 22: “Well known in local financial circles, who has been appointed office manager for W.F. Irwin Co., Brokers, of Vancouver. Mr. Ceperley is a son of the late Mr. H.T. Ceperley, one of the pioneers of Vancouver,” [Includes photograph of Arthur T. Ceperley.]

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLTF-R41 : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Arthur Tracy Ceperley, 14 Jul 1963; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13262, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033586.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLPW-ZXS : accessed 29 Nov 2014), Lila Howie Ceperley, 27 Jul 1945; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13187, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032324.

Lila Howie Ceperley, death notice, Vancouver Province, July 27, 1945, page 17: “Ceperley – Passed away July 27, 1945, Lila Howie Ceperley, 1973 W. 37th, aged 60 years. Survived by her loving husband, 1 son Jim, in Vancouver; her mother, Mrs. Ida Howie, Minneapolis, Minn; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ray Loveridge, New York; Mrs. Edith Anderson, Red Wing, Minn. Funeral service Monday, July 30, at 2:30 p.m., in Nunn & Thomson Chapel, 10th and Cambie. Cremation.”

Meta Maxine Coughlin, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3102271&id=I626305409.

Group portrait of McGrath – Vallance group in front of home; http://chilliwack.pastperfect-online.com/33335cgi/mweb.exe?request=record&id=09BBCF10-206A-49BD-A156-392634074544&type=102 [includes photograph of Meta Coughlin.]

Meta Coughlin, 1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 72 Vancouver City, page 22, family 180, line 2; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63507&highlight=2&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Meta+Coughlin

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8D-8P9 : accessed 04 Dec 2014), Kenneth Edwin Calbick and Meta Maxine Coughlin, 08 May 1924; citing New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13747, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2074317.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLR5-Z4H : accessed 04 Dec 2014), Meta Maxine Coughlin in household of James Leven Corral, 22 May 1955; citing Nelson, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13224, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032985.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYH-PVD : accessed 04 Dec 2014), Meta Maxine Coughlin in household of Walter Lorrain Cook, 07 Oct 1969; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13299, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2034110.

 

Selected Business Associates of Henry Tracy Ceperley

Arthur Wellington Ross (1846-1901), Memorable Manitobans, Lawyer, MLA (1878-79), MLA (1879-1883), MP (1882-1887), MP (1887-1891), MP (1891-1896), businessman; http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/ross_aw.shtml.

David G. Burley, “Ross, Arthur Wellington,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 13, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed December 3, 2014, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/ross_arthur_wellington_13E.html: “ROSS, ARTHUR WELLINGTON, teacher, office holder, lawyer, businessman, and politician; b. 25 March 1846 in Nairn, Upper Canada, eldest son of Donald Ross and Margaret —; m. 30 July 1873 Jessie Flora Cattanach, daughter of Donald Cattanach of Laggan, Ont., and they had two sons; d. 25 March 1901 in Toronto.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLTN-J6D : accessed 02 Dec 2014), Charles Joseph Loewen, 06 Dec 1963; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13264, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033687.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLVP-VJC : accessed 02 Dec 2014), Hector Mackenzie, 21 Aug 1939; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13166, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1953626.

Hector Mackenzie, death notice, Vancouver Sun, obituary, August 22, 1939, page 20; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HTRlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Q4kNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1474%2C2876037

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLLL-J86 : accessed 02 Dec 2014), Francis William Rounsefell, 31 Aug 1938; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13163, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1953196.

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2 thoughts on “Ceperley, Henry Tracey (1850-1929)

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading that article and looking up all the citations.
    I knew a lot of the information, but found new treasures, it is to use the parlance of the age splendidly done. I have done a walking tour for many years based partly on Grace Ceperley.

    By the way one of the major financial problems for Henry after Grace died was that Grace took out a mortgage for $20,000 in 1915 and to cut a very long legal story short Henry had to continue to pay the annual interest( $1600.00) on that mortgage plus the considerable upkeep of Fairacres until he surrendered the property to the Vancouver Parks Board. If you ever find out who Ethelreada Maude Keating and Letitia Jane Chester are ( they lent her the money) be sure to let me know 🙂

    • Hello Lynda,

      I am glad that you enjoyed the page on Mr. Ceperley.

      Thank you for the details about the mortgage.

      I did find out some information on Ethelreada Maude Keating and Letitia Jane Chester. They were sisters, who were daughters of Marcus Smith (1815-1904) and Anne Brock (1834-1909).

      Ethelreada married Charles J. Keating in 1899. Charles was a civil servant who worked for the Privy Council office in Ottawa. Ethelreada died in Ottawa on November 11, 1950. She was buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.

      Letitia married Arthur Chester. In 1921, Letitia was living in Vancouver, along with her brother, Arthur Gordon Smith. I don’t know what happened to her after that.

      Today I added a page on Arthur Gordon Smith, and it has more information on Marcus Smith and some of his descendants: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-n-z/biographies-s/smith-arthur-gordon-1865-1944/. The “sources” portion of the page includes a selection of references for Ethelreada and Letitia. I hope that this information is useful for you.

      Robert

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