James Alexander Chambers was a merchant and insurance agent. He lived at 1834 Barclay Street from 1902 to 1905 and at 1835 Nelson Street from 1906 to 1918. His wife, Maude, lived at 1835 Nelson Street from 1919 to 1924.
James Alexander Chambers was born on April 14, 1879, in Seaforth, Ontario. His parents were John Chambers (1854-1898) and Mary Rebecca Buchan (born about 1852 or 1854); they were married in Fergus, Wellington County, Ontario, on October 11, 1876.
By 1881, the Chambers family was living in Western Extension – Little Saskatchewan, Manitoba Extension, Manitoba,
On April 18, 1902, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, James Alexander Chambers married Maude S. Baird.
In 1902 he was the local manager in Vancouver for the Canadian Rubber Company, and was living at 1834 Barclay Street.
In 1906 he was with James Chambers & Co., which acted as an agent for manufacturers.
In 1907 he was in a men’s furnishings business with William Bishop.
In September 1915 he enlisted as a private in the Canadian Expeditionary Force for the First World War, although he later became a lieutenant. He died on September 2, 1918, in France. He was buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in Pas de Calais, France.
Maude died in Vancouver on August 19, 1967.
James Alexander Chambers and Maude S. Baird had the following children.
Gertrude Mary Chambers
Gertrude may have been a twin of Helen (see below). If so, Gertrude was born in Vancouver on April 5, 1905. She died in infancy on April 8, 1905, in Vancouver.
Helen May Chambers
Helen was born on April 5, 1905, in Vancouver.
On July 20, 1931, in Vancouver, she married Lewis Shannon Mounce. He was born on July 3, 1903, in Cumberland, British Columbia. His parents were Lewis Alfred Mounce and Euphemia Frame.
Lewis died in Vancouver on April 11, 1947.
Helen died in Vancouver on May 9, 1983.
John Alexander Chambers
John (“Jack”) Alexander Chambers was born in Vancouver on August 16, 1907.
He worked in the hardware and construction business.
He served with Canadian and British forces during the Second World War.
He married Irene (“Lea”) MacLennan. She was born on June 22, 1909, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her parents were Robert MacLennan and Belle Carlyle.
Jack and Lea were followers of the Baha’i Faith.
In 1961 they were living in Surrey, British Columbia.
Jack died in Delta, British Columbia on October 17, 1995.Irene died in Delta on March 7, 1997.
James Alexander Chambers
“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FM8P-ZVW : accessed 05 Oct 2013), James Alexander Chambers, 1879.
“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MV69-SKQ : accessed 05 Oct 2013), James A. Chambers in household of John Chambers, Western Extension – Little Saskatchewan, Manitoba Extension, Manitoba, Canada.
1901 Census of Canada, Manitoba, Winnipeg City, Ward No. 3, C-8, page 5, family 33, lines 36-40; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=20822&highlight=36&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Mary+Chambers
“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHKS-92S : accessed 05 Oct 2013), Mary Chambers, 1901.
Manitoba Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1902-001865, James Alexander Chambers and Maude S. Baird, April 18, 1892.
1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 72 Vancouver City, page 21; family 173, lines 22-26, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63506&highlight=22
1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 2 Vancouver City, page 20, family 191, lines 20-24, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63711&highlight=20&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+James+Alexander+Chambers
Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Chambers, James Alexander; Rank: LT; Regimental Number: 129123; Date of Birth: 1879-04-19; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1609 – 35; Item Number: 94858; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); Name: Chambers, James Alexander; Rank: LT; Regimental Number: 129123; Date of Birth: 1879-04-19; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1609 – 35; Item Number: 94858; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=94858; digitized service file: B1609-S035; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B1609-S035.
James Alexander Chambers, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, date of death: September 2, 1918, http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/51581/CHAMBERS,%20JAMES%20ALEXANDER
James Alexander Chambers, Canadian Virtual War Memorial, date of death: September 2, 1918, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/virtualmem/Detail/51581?JAMES%20ALEXANDER%20CHAMBERS
“Lieutenant Chambers Dies of Wounds,” Vancouver Province, September 7, 1918, page 18: “General regret is felt among his many Vancouver friends that Lieut. J. Alexander Chambers has died of wounds recently received in France. He went away as a private with the 72nd and won his commission in the field. He was prominent in business circles and was an enthusiastic member of the Automobile Club.” [includes photograph].
Maude S. Chambers (née Baird)
Late Society Notes, Vancouver Province, November 3, 1908, page 8: “Mrs. J. A. Chambers, 1825 Nelson street, will not receive on Thursday of this week.”
Vancouver Province, February 25, 1911, page 5: “Mrs. Alex. Chambers, 1835 Nelson street, will be at home on the first Thursday of March and not again until further notice.”
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLY9-XF8 : accessed 05 Oct 2013), Maude S Chambers, 1967; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/08f403c3-f44c-488d-a62a-0263240f2f28.
Maude Chambers, death notice, Vancouver Province, August 21, 1967, page 24; Vancouver Sun, August 21, 1967, pager 27: “Chambers – Passed away in private hospital, August 19, 1967, Mrs. Maude Chambers, of Vancouver, in her 87th year. Survived by a son, John, Surrey, B.C.; daughter, Mrs. H.M. Mounce, Vancouver; 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Private funeral service Tuesday, August 22, at 2 p.m. in Nunn & Thompson’s Chapel, 10th Ave. & Cambie St. Rev. James McKibbon officiating Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined.”
Gertrude Mary Chambers
Gertrude Mary Chambers, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 8, 1905, page 3: “Chambers – Gertrude Mary, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Chambers, 1834 Barclay Street.”
Helen May Chambers
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDDS-YQ2 : accessed 05 Oct 2013), James Alexander Chambers in entry for Lewis Shannon Mounce and Helen May Chambers, 1931.
British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1931-09-389632, Lewis Shannon Mounce and Helen May Chambers, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/62ab9189-d4df-484b-ae1e-f74407c6a852.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRF-6H3 : 8 November 2017), Lewis Shannon Mounce, 1947; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/706f1928-8c92-4290-bdb1-dc568cbb5fd0.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1N-C18 : 8 November 2017), Helen May Mounce, 1983; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/3eade742-d849-4076-a3fa-cd8ac3ca82a7.