Cline, Jessie (1873-1937)

Jessie Cline was the widow of William Cline. She lived at 2000 Beach Avenue in 1912.

She was born Jessie Annie Samson (sometimes spelled “Sampson”) in Montreal, Quebec, on April 24, 1873. Her parents were George W. and Elizabeth Samson.

Jessie arrived in British Columbia in the late 1890s. On April 29, 1899, in Vancouver, she married James Plowman, who was a city fireman. He was born on October 15, 1877 (or September 1874), in Brigus, Newfoundland. His parents were John Plowman (born 1834) and Rachel Mercer, of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland. Rachel had died in 1890 in Brigus.

According to the Vancouver directories, in 1900 James was working for the merchant firm of Evans, Coleman and Evans, and was living at 119 East Cordova Street.

In 1901 and 1902, James was a laborer, and was living at 606 Grove Avenue. From 1902 to 1906, James was a fireman, and was living at 316 East Seventh Avenue.

In 1907, James was still at 316 East Seventh Avenue, but he had become a lineman for the British Columbia Electric Railway.

On September 11, 1907, James was at work with a crew that was making alterations to the railway wires. He climbed a pole and extended a wrench to grasp a wire above his head. The wire was live, and the resulting shock caused him to fall on another live power line. He died almost instantly. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

On October 1, 1908, in Vancouver, Jessie married William Cline, a widowed contractor and builder. He was born in Clarendon, Ontario on June 15, 1841 (or 1854, according to at least one source). His father was Joseph Cline. His mother was Jane Sharp. William had been married to Mary Jane Robinson, who died in Vancouver on January 20, 1902.

In 1908, William Cline was living at 745 Carl Avenue. In 1909, he had moved to 1604 Bismark Street. He did not appear in the 1910 directory.

By 1911, Jessie (by then the widow of William Cline), was living at 1014 Nelson Street. In 1912, she had moved to 2000 Beach Avenue.

In 1913 and 1914, Jessie was living at number 2 in the Chester Apartments at 475 Bute Street.

By 1917, Jessie had moved to Victoria, British Columbia. She was living in the Wilson Hotel at 648 Yates Street, and was working as a housekeeper at the hotel.

By 1920, Jessie was known as “Mrs. Jessie Plowman.” She was working as a waitress at the Olympia Café at 1309 Douglas Street in Victoria. Ethel Cook was the proprietor of the café.

In 1921, Jessie was living at 314 Belleville Street in Victoria. She continued to live in Victoria throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

Jessie died in Victoria on January 23, 1937. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Jessie and James Plowman had the following children.

 

Harold Plowman

Harold Plowman was born in Vancouver on February 8, 1900.

In 1916, in Victoria, British Columbia, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, intending to serve in the First World War. (He said that his birth date was February 8, 1898, which was two years earlier than his actual birth date. Further information on the extent of his war service is not available at this time.)

By 1920, Harold was working as a motor mechanic in Victoria. He later worked as a seaman for the Pacific Cable Board, including some time on S.S. Restorer.

On December 31, 1929, in Vancouver, he married Beatrice Knapton. She was born in England about 1902. Her father was Allan Knapton. Her mother was Lillian Blake.

In later years, Harold was a maintenance worker at the Crystal Gardens in Victoria.

Harold died in Victoria, British Columbia, on October 25, 1977.

 

Gladys Samson Plowman

Gladys Samson Plowman was born in Vancouver on November 15, 1902.

On July 2, 1923, in Victoria, British Columbia, she married Charles Arthur Jasper, who was an expressman. He was born on May 6, 1883, in Kidderminster, Worcestershire England.  His parents were Charles and Rose Jasper.

Charles later owned his own transfer business.

Charles died in Victoria on July 12, 1951. He was buried in Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria.

Gladys died in Victoria on January 26, 1989. She was buried in Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria.

 

Jessie Ivy Mercer Plowman

Jessie Ivy Mercer Plowman was born in Vancouver in November 1906.

On October 2, 1926, in Victoria, British Columbia, she married Arthur S. Sangster )(sometimes called “Harold”). He was born on February 24, 1904, in Quebec City, Quebec. His father was John Alexander Sangster. His mother was Alice Irene Morton.

This marriage ended in divorce in Victoria on May 18, 1937.

Ivy later married Edward Ross Johnston. He was born in Manitoba on February 24, 1895. His father was William John Johnston. His mother was Isabel Ann Mckay.

Edward died in Vancouver on November 13, 1947. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Arthur later married Phyllis Mary Earthy. Arthur died in Victoria on December 25, 1961.

 

It appears that Jessie and William Cline had a son.

Roy James Cline (also known as Roy James Plowman)

Roy James Cline was born in British Columbia in May 26, 1909. He later became known as Roy James Plowman.

He worked as a logger and later as a scaler at the federal dockyard in the Victoria-Esquimalt area.

On July 16, 1938, in Victoria, British Columbia, Roy married Florence Ivy Ryles. She was born in England, Her father was Daniel Ryles. Her mother was Gertrude Hampton. This marriage ended in divorce in Victoria on April 4, 1946.

Roy later married Marguerite Rosslyn Connor. She was born in Montreal, Quebec, on June 26, 1915. Her father was William Connor.

Roy died in Victoria on May 3, 1969. He was buried in Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria.

Marguerite died in Victoria on October 20, 1982. She was buried in Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria.

Ivy also re-married. Her second husband was James Alfred Matthews (1904-1972).

 

Sources

Jessie Annie Samson

Vancouver and Victoria directories

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW5M-WWR : accessed 27 April 2015), Jessie Samson, Ste Anne Ward, Montréal Centre, Quebec, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148207; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148207-00752.pdf.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ6-BNQ : accessed 27 April 2015), James Plowman and Jessie Annie Samson, 29 Apr 1899; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,529.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-DHH : accessed 28 April 2015), Jessie H Plowman in household of James Plowman, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000010568.pdf.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZX-6ZZ : accessed 27 April 2015), William Cline and Jessie Plowman, 01 Oct 1908; citing Mount Pleasant, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11374, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,702.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27XY-T6Q : accessed 27 April 2015), Jessie Cline, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 19-50, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm ; Jessie Cline, 1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 33 Vancouver City, page 43, http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001941296.pdf; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=62200&highlight=34&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Jessie+Cline;

1921 Canada Census, Jessie Annie Plowman, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 20; Census place: Ward 5, Victoria (City), British Columbia; Page Number: 26; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLL5-QXG : accessed 27 April 2015), Jessie Annie Plowman, 23 Jan 1937; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13158, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,022.

Jessie Annie Plowman, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, January 24, 1937, page 5: “Plowman – There passed away in this city last evening Mrs. Jessie Annie Plowman, aged sixty-three, widow of James Plowman, 1101 Hampshire road. Mrs. Plowman was born in Montreal, Quebec, and had been a resident of this province for forth-three years, and for twenty-one years of this city. She is mourned by two daughters, Mrs. C. Jasper, 2424 Heron Street, and Mrs. H.L. Sangster, 1101 Hampshire Road, Oak Bay, with whom she resided; two sons, Harold Plowman, 732 Kings Road, and Roy Plowman, Alberni, and four grandchildren’ also a sister and two brothers in Montreal. The remains are resting at McCall Bros. Funeral Home and will be forwarded on Monday afternoon’s boat to Vancouver, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon in Center & Hanna’s Chapel. Interment will be made in the family plot in Mountain View Cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-74RN : accessed 27 April 2015), Jessie Annie Plowman, 1936 [sic]; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26281827, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26281827.

 

George Samson (probably brother of Jessie Annie Samson)

“Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3L1-RGQ : accessed 27 April 2015), George Samson and Empress Brickey, 22 Oct 1914; citing Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Michigan, v 3 p 289 rn 14818, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,342,706.

George W Samson probate, Oklahoma, 1923, http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.samson/203/mb.ashx.

 

James Plowman (husband of Jessie Annie Samson)

A register of Plowmans in America, as far as obtained with tracings of families, and extracts from English and American records, Benjamin Henry Flasket Plowman, New York, 1901; https://archive.org/details/registerofplowma00plow; page 15, https://archive.org/stream/registerofplowma00plow#page/15/mode/1up; page 16, https://archive.org/stream/registerofplowma00plow#page/16/mode/1up.

B.C. Voters List 1898 – Pf to Pz, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/votepf.htm: Plowman, Isreal [sic] Mercer, Grove St, bet Prior St & False Creek, Labourer, Van; Plowman, John, 545 Campbell Ave, Labourer, Van; Plowmen, James, 545 Campbell Ave, Fireman, Van.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ6-BN4 : accessed 28 April 2015), James Plowman and Jessie Annie Samson, 29 Apr 1899; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,529.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-DH4 : accessed 28 April 2015), James Plowman, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000010568.pdf.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKC-LMK : accessed 28 April 2015), James Plowman, 11 Sep 1907; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13095, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,123.

James Plowman, death notice, Vancouver Province, September 12, 1907, page 11: “The funeral of James Plowman, who was unfortunately electrocuted on the lines of the B.C.E.R. yesterday, will take place at Center & Hanna’s chapel to-morrow afternoon at 1:30. The Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will have charge of the obsequies.”

“Electric Current Does Deadly Work: John Ploughman [that is, James Plowman] Met His Death Yesterday Afternoon While Engaged in His Work as Lineman,” Vancouver Province, September 12, 1907, page 11: “Shortly after noon yesterday, John Ploughman, a lineman in the employ of the British Columbia Electric Railway Company was killed by an electric shock.

Workmen of the company have been engaged in making alterations in the wires for several days and yesterday the unfortunate man climbed a pole. Reaching the cross arm he extended a wrench to grasp a wire above his head, instantly received a shock from the five hundred volt current carried by the wire. This caused the man to lose his balance and he fell, striking wires of even higher voltage underneath, the current from which passed through his body. As speedily as possible the body was lowered to the ground by his fellow-workmen and medical aid summoned. All efforts at resuscitation were, however, unavailing as the current had done its deadly work. The body was removed to Center & Hanna’s and, later, an inquest was directed to be held.

An inquest touching the death of Mr. Plowman was held this morning, Dr. McGuigan presiding.

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death after hearing the evidence but added a rider to the effect that the British Columbia Electric Railway Company be required to insulate the tools used by its workmen employed in hazardous undertakings.

The evidence of Mr. A.E. Parker, the fellow-workman of the unfortunate deceased, was the most interesting. Mr. Parker was on the crossbeam with Mr. Plowman when the accident occurred, and as nearly as he could tell, Mr. Plowman had completed making a bend in a wire carrying five hundred volts. He had used a wrench to bend the wire, and after finishing that part of his task hung the wrench up. It accidentally came in contact with a wire carrying a two-thousand-volt current, and all was over in a moment.”

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-74RJ : accessed 28 April 2015), James Plowman, 1907; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26315917, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26315917.

 

William Cline (husband of Jessie Annie Samson)

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-FM7 : accessed 27 April 2015), William Cline, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=60061&highlight=24&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+William+Cline.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKB-LZH : accessed 27 April 2015), Mary Jane Cline, 20 Jan 1902; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13093, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,121.

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-SP8C : accessed 27 April 2015), Mary J. Cline, 1902; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26280028, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26280028.

 

Harold Plowman (son of Jessie Annie Samson)

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1900-09-120785, Harold Plowman; date of birth: February 8, 1900; place of birth: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=1d95d4e6-5e13-4772-a69a-7c81955add88.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-DHC : accessed 27 April 2015), Harold Plowman in household of James Plowman, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Name: Plowman, Harold; Regimental Number: 2025158; Date of Birth: 08/02/1898; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7869 – 6; Item Number: 581473; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=581473.

Pacific Cable 1902-1926, by Bill Glover, http://atlantic-cable.com/Cables/1902PacificGB/

All Red Line, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Red_Line.

History of the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, [originally site of the Pacific Cable Board (PCB) Cable Station], http://www.bms.bc.ca/information/archive/historical.html.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8X-XQ2 : accessed 27 April 2015), Harold Plowman and Beatrice Knapton, 31 Dec 1929; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13757, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,553.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBY-2V2 : accessed 27 April 2015), Harold Plowman, 25 Oct 1977; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13580, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,051,017.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-L6LM : accessed 27 April 2015), Beatrice Knapton in entry for Allan Knapton, 1911; citing Census, Red Deer Sub-Districts 80-128, Alberta, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm .

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGK-N8L : accessed 27 April 2015), Allan Knapton, 17 Apr 1941; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13171, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,631.

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGH-2MYZ : accessed 27 April 2015), Allan Knapton, 1941; Burial, Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Ross Bay Cemetery; citing record ID 121310602, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=639348.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL27-YW5 : accessed 27 April 2015), Lillian Knapton, 07 Nov 1914; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13083, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,293.

“Find A Grave Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGH-2MYX : accessed 27 April 2015), Lillian Knapton, 1914; Burial, Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Ross Bay Cemetery; citing record ID 121310614, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=121310614.

 

Gladys Samson Plowman (daughter of Jessie Annie Samson)

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1902-09-122838, Gladys Samson Plowman; date of birth; November 15, 1902; place of birth: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=5be0842a-a2a0-4fa9-bca9-9ae802be263e.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8S-3ZM : accessed 27 April 2015), Charles S Jasper and Gladys Samson Plowman, 02 Jul 1923; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13745, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,227.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5H-KXC : accessed 27 April 2015), Charles Arthur Jasper, 12 Jul 1951; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13209, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,701.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1989-09-000483; Gladys Samson Jasper; date of death: January 26, 1989; place of death: Victoria; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=ed0e992d-132f-4450-8933-11e881c1c0f2; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=da9eec66-1dd6-4700-8bfb-ea66d74592c6.

 

Jessie Ivy Mercer Plowman (daughter of Jessie Annie Samson)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD82-65R : accessed 27 April 2015), Arthur S Sangster and Jessie Ivy M Plowman, 02 Oct 1926; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13751, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,504.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTZ-93F : accessed 28 April 2015), Arthur Harold Langtry Sangster, 25 Dec 1961; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13254, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,375.

 

Roy James Cline (also known as Roy James Plowman) (son of Jessie Annie Samson)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBM-Z4X : accessed 27 April 2015), Roy James Plowman, 03 May 1969; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13296, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,034,057.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1X-RLB : accessed 27 April 2015), Marguerite Roslyn Plowman, 20 Oct 1982; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13624, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,051,745.

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