Cassidy, Robert (1857-1947)

Robert (“Mike”) Cassidy was a lawyer. He lived at 2058 Beach Avenue from 1907 to 1911.

He was born on March 24, 1857, in County Down, Ireland.

His father was Robert Cassidy, LL.D. (about 1825-1873), who was a lawyer in Belfast, Ireland; his mother was Anne Ardagh (born about 1845).

Robert Cassidy went to public schools in Lancashire, England, followed by a period at Queen’s College in Belfast.

He arrived in Canada about 1875, and became a student with the law firm of Ardagh and Strathy in Barrie, Ontario. From 1878 to 1881, he was a student with D’Alton McCarthy in Toronto, Ontario. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1881.

In 1882, he moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was called to the bar in Manitoba in 1882, and he practiced law in Winnipeg from 1882 to 1892.

In 1892, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia, and became a member of the bar of British Columbia in September 1892.

In August 1893, he had a serious canoe accident in which he could have drowned. Fortunately, some guests in a nearby hotel saw him, and sent out a boat to rescue him.

From 1892 to 1905, he practiced law in Victoria. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1897.

In 1905, he moved to Vancouver, where he continued to practice law.

On March 14, 1907, at St. Margaret’s Church in Westminster, London, England, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Margaret’s,_Westminster], he married Adelaide (“Ada”) Frances Eberts (sometimes called “von Eberts”). She was born on March 6, 1875, in Chatham, Ontario. Her father was Herman Joseph Eberts (1842-1906); her mother was Sarah Mary Gilbert Urquhart (1845-1897).

On March 30, 1907, Robert and Ada came to Canada on the Empress of Britain; they landed at St. John, New Brunswick.

In 1907, Robert and Ada moved to the house at 2058 Beach Avenue; Friday was Ada’s “receiving day” for guests.

Robert Cassidy - Elite Directory of Vancouver - page 19 [the address of 2959 Beach Avenue is incorrect].

Robert Cassidy – Elite Directory of Vancouver – page 19 [the address of 2959 Beach Avenue is incorrect].

On August 21, 1908, in Vancouver, Ada died. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

In December 1908, Robert sold a downtown building site at the southwest corner of Hastings Street and Hornby Street to the Western Club, realizing almost 100 per cent profit in three years.

Robert did not remarry. He continued to practice law in Vancouver, and was active in tourist promotion as well as politics, although he was never elected. He retired and moved to Victoria about 1927. He died in Victoria on May 17, 1947. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

It appears that Robert and Ada did not have any children.

 

Sources

Robert Cassidy (Senior) (father of Robert Cassidy)

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VF6Y-691 : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Robert Cassidy in household of Robert Cassidy, St John, Kent, England; citing “1871 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 10, folio 28, p. 13; Thanet registration district, Margate subdistrict, ED 13, household 64, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 0838724.

Lennon Wylie, Belfast street directories, http://www.lennonwylie.co.uk/CR.VD.htm: Cassidy, Robert, Ballyhackamore House, Sydenham.

1861 Belfast / Ulster Street Directory, http://www.lennonwylie.co.uk/dcomplete1861.htm: Donegall Place, Castle Place to Donegall Square North: 17 Robert Cassidy, solicitor; residence, Ballyhackamore House, Sydenham.

Robert Cassidy, Dundonald Graveyard, http://www.historyfromheadstones.com/index.php?id=522&page=9&prevStartQuery=40&theme=Infant&Send=Send.: “In Memoriam, Robert Cassidy of Ballyhackamore House who died 11th November 1873 aged 57 years His daughter Frances Anne Cassidy who died at Wisbaden 22nd July 1872 aged 18 years And infant children, Charles, Rachel, Geraidine and Gertrude Also Arthur ARDAGH, M D , father-in-law of the above, who died 28th April 1861 aged 50 years. . . .[In high-railed enclosure] [Letters of administration, with the will annexed, of the personal estate of Robert Casidy, late of Belfast, county Antrim, and of Ballyhackamore House, county Down, solicitor, who died 11 November 1873 at the Retreat, Loughgall, county Armagh, were granted at Belfast 28 January 1874 to Annie Cassidy of Ballyhackamore House, Strandtown, county Down, the widow and a legatee Effects under £6,000, The will of Arthur Ardagh, late of Rathmullen in the county of Donegal, and afterwards of 7 Lower Crescent, Belfast, in the county of Antrim, M D , who died 28 April 1861 at Belfast, was proved at the Principal Registry 13 June 1861 by the oath of Charlotte M Ardagh of No 7 Lower Crescent, Belfast, the widow and sole executrix Effects under £300.]”

7 Lower Crescent Belfast Co Antrim BT7 1NR, offer for sale, http://www.btwshiells.com/downloads/2308_k8n975cqj9bdiy9r.pdf

7 Lower Crescent Belfast Co Antrim BT7 1NR, historical background, http://www.doeni.gov.uk/niea/built/buildview?id=2593&js=true

 

Robert Cassidy

Vancouver city directories.

Robert Cassidy, lawyer, Canadian Men and Women of the Time, 1912, page 212.

Robert Cassidy, Northern who’s who; a biographical dictionary of men and women (1916), page 130, https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/130/mode/1up

The Queens University Calendar, Alexander Thom, 1875, page 118. Members of the University: Robert Cassidy, matriculated 1873, Queen’s College, Belfast. [no graduation date given[.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKC-RZ3 : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Robt Cassidy, Ward 2, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148098; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148098-00512.pdf

“Admitted to the Bar,” Victoria Daily Colonist, September 24, 1892, page 5, column 1: “Mr. Robert Cassidy was presented to the Divisional Court, at its sitting yesterday, by Hon. C.E. Pooley, Q.C., as having been admitted to practice as a barrister in British Columbia.”

“Mr. Robert Cassidy, of the law firm of Davie & Cassidy, had a narrow escape from drowning on Thursday evening, in the bay opposite the Mount Baker Hotel.” Victoria Daily Colonist, August 19, 1893, page 5, column 2.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVK-RQX : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Robert Cassidy in household of Charles R Smith, D, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 3, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000012131.pdf.

Canada Census, 1901, Div. 8, Pages 1 to 3, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/1901vic_cen/div08/d08p01.htm

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2DDD-NK4 : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Robert Cassidy, 1907.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2HP9-QN8 : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Robert Cassidy, 1907; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/immigration-records/passenger-lists/passenger-lists-1865-1922/Pages/image.aspx?Image=e003650760&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fcentral.bac-lac.gc.ca%2f.item%2f%3fid%3de003650760%26op%3dimg&Ecopy=e003650760.

[On a later trip in 1907, the Empress of Britain suffered a serious boiler explosion in Quebec: Wreck Report for ‘Empress of Britain’: http://www.plimsoll.org/resources/SCCLibraries/WreckReports2002/19307.asp%5D

“Handsome Club-House on Hastings West: Western Club Will Erect It – Site nearly Double in Value in three Short Years,” Vancouver Province, December 18, 1908, page 1: “A handsome club building to costs not less than $40,000 is to be erected on the southwest corner of Hastings and Hornby streets by the Western club, the successors of the St. George’s club, one of the oldest in Vancouver. The directors of the club, of which Mr. Lambert Bond is president, have just completed the purchase of the site, paying to the owner of the property, Mr. Robert Cassidy, K.C., $37,500. It has a frontage of fifty-two feet on Hastings street, and a depth of 120 feet on Hornby street, comprising two lots. Work upon the structure will, it is understood, be commenced in the near future. The sale of this property again illustrates the rapid rise in real estate values in the business section of the city. Three years ago Mr. Cassidy bought these two lots and an adjoining one paying for the three only $19,000.”

Selling British Columbia: Tourism and Consumer Culture, 1890-1970, Michael Dawson, UBC Press, 2007, Boosterism and Early Tourism Promotion in British Columbia, 1890-1930, http://www.ubcpress.ca/books/pdf/chapters/sellingbc/sellingbc.pdf, page 38: Vancouver Tourist Association executive committee, 1909: includes Robert Cassidy, barrister and solicitor.

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 7 Vancouver City, page 12; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63894&highlight=12&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Robert+Cassidy

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2HLF-FWK : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Robert Cassidy, 1914.

Address to the Electors of Vancouver, by Robert Cassidy, K.C., Anti-Machine Conservative; Anti-Prohibition Act Candidate; https://archive.org/stream/cihm_98298#page/n5/mode/2up

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRF-GL1 : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Robert Cassidy, 17 May 1947; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13193, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032477.

“To Hold Rites on Tuesday for R. Cassidy,” Victoria Daily Colonist, May 20, 1947, page 5.

“Robert Cassidy, K.C.,” Victoria Daily Colonist, May 20, 1947, page 4.

R. Cassidy, KC, 90, Dies at Victoria,” Vancouver Sun, May 20, 1947, page 12.

Robert Cassidy, 90, Noted Lawyer, Dies,” Vancouver News-Herald, May 19, 1947, page 3.

Noted Lawyer, R. Cassidy, Dies at 90,” Vancouver Province, May 19, 1947, page 2.

Robert Cassidy, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, May 18, 1947, page 15.

 

Hermann Joseph Eberts (father of Adelaide Frances Eberts)

Hermann Joseph Eberts and Adelaide Frances Eberts, Descendants of James Urquhart, http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/l/a/i/Linda-M-Laing/ODT3-0002.html

Hermann Joseph Eberts and Adelaide Frances Eberts, MAILAND/DISCH/STEINER and Others, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mailand&id=I3103.

“Ontario Census, 1861,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MQ7X-SVN : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Herman J Eberts, Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada; citing p. , line ; Library and Archives Canada film number , Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm .

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVDR-Z39 : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Herman J Eberts, Chatham (Town), Kent, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 22; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13280, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1375916.

“The City,” Victoria Daily Colonist, June 18, 1897, page 5, column 2: “Information has been received of the death at Montreal yesterday morning of Mrs. Eberts, the wife of Hermann J. Eberts of Winnipeg, eldest brother of Hon. D.M. Eberts. The deceased leaves a family of four to mourn their loss. Her remains will be interred at Chatham, Ontario.”

Sarah Mary Gilbert Urquhart Eberts, Find A Grave Memorial# 123756974, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Urquhart&GSiman=1&GRid=123756974&df=90

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLP4-497 : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Herman Joseph Eberts in household of Isobel Richmond Eberts, 30 May 1951; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13208, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032700. [second wife of Hermann Joseph Eberts.]

David MacEwen Eberts, Canadian Men and Women of the Time, 1898, pages 301-302.

“The politician and the railway manager,” Danda Humphreys, On the Stree Where You Live: Volume 2, Victoria’s Early Roads and Railways, Surrey, British Columbia, Heritage House, 2000, pages 139-142.

“Mr. Justice Eberts is Suddenly Stricken,” Victoria Daily Colonist, May 20, 1934, page 1.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5F-CZ1 : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Herman Joseph Eberts in household of Margaret Elizabeth De Rodil, 12 May 1949; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13200, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032570.

 

Adelaide Frances Eberts (wife of Robert Cassidy)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKC-548 : accessed 01 Apr 2014), Adelaide Frances Cassidy, 21 Aug 1908; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13096, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927124.

Adelaide Frances Cassidy, obituary, Vancouver World, August 22, 1908, page 5: “Much regret will be felt in society circles in Vancouver at the news of the death of Adelaide Frances Cassidy, beloved wife of Mr. Robert Cassidy, K.C., which occurred on Friday morning, at the family residence, 2058 Beach avenue. The deceased lady, who was born in Chatham, Ont., was the daughter of the later Herman Eberts and the niece of the Hon. D.M. Eberts, speaker of the provincial house. She had been married less than two years, the event being solemnized in England.”

Adelaide Francis Cassidy, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, August 22, 1908, page 15.

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