Cowdry, John (1857-1947)

John Cowdry - undated - Cowdry Brothers - Alberta History - 1989 - Volume 37 - Number 1 - page 9

John Cowdry – undated – Cowdry Brothers – Alberta History – 1989 – Volume 37 – Number 1 – page 9

John Cowdry lived at 1914 Robson Street from 1910 to 1914.

His son, Augustus Nathaniel Cowdry, married Aileen May Green, the daughter of Roger Henry Carleton Green, who lived at 1919 Robson Street from 1905 to 1924.

John Cowdry was born on April 21, 1858 (or 1857) in Hoggs Hollow, a part of York Mills, in Toronto, Ontario. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoggs_Hollow]; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Mills]

His father was Thomas Cowdry (about 1812-1892), who was a physician and surgeon in Toronto; his mother was Mary Jane Caddy (1817-1898). Thomas and Mary Jane were buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Municipality, Ontario.

John Cowdry went to Upper Canada College from about 1867 to 1870.

He began working as a clerk in the Toronto branch of the Merchants Bank of Canada, and by 1879, he had become the branch’s ledgerkeeper.

In 1882, he went to Regina, which was then in the Northwest Territories (later Saskatchewan), where he spent four years farming with his older brother Nathaniel.

In 1886, he moved to Fort Macleod, where he started a private unincorporated bank with his brother Nathaniel.

Cowdry Brothers bank cheque - Macleod- Alberta - 1897 - Glenbow Archives - Calgary - Alberta - M-1456; http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids/archhtm/cowdry.cfm

Cowdry Brothers bank cheque – Macleod- Alberta – 1897 – Glenbow Archives – Calgary – Alberta – M-1456; http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids/archhtm/cowdry.cfm

The bank also had branches in nearby Pincher Creek and Cardston.

John Cowdry became the first mayor of Fort Macleod, and served two terms: 1893 and 1899.

Library and Archives Canada - Domestic life at Fort MacLeod - Alberta - 1899

Library and Archives Canada – Domestic life at Fort MacLeod – Alberta – 1899 [John Cowdry in right rear,with hat.]

In 1902, the Union Bank of Canada acquired the Cardston branch; in 1905, the Bank of Commerce acquired the Fort Macleod branch.

After the sale of the bank branches, John Cowdry went to live near Cochrane, Alberta (west of Calgary), where he operated a large ranch. In 1910, he sold the ranch and moved to Vancouver.

He died in Vancouver on May 7, 1947.

John Cowdry was married twice. His first marriage was in Toronto, Ontario, on December 8, 1885, to Emma Gaisford Whitney. She was born in 1866. Her father was Frederick Augustus Whitney; her mother was Adelaide Eliza Whitney. Emma died in March 25, 1893, in Fort Macleod. She was buried in the Union Cemetery in Fort Macleod.

John Cowdry’s second marriage was on December 7, 1898, in Ingersoll, Ontario, to Annie Augusta Thompson. Her father’s name was Lewis Thompson; her mother was Annie Augusta Paine. Annie died on November 3, 1899, in Ingersoll.

John Cowdry and Emma Gaisford Whitney had the following children:

Mary Adelaide Cowdry

Mary AdelaideCowdry was born in Toronto, Ontario, on February 2, 1887. On July 16, 1913, in Vancouver, she married Henry Edgeworth Hanning. He was born about January 28, 1875, in Uxbridge, Ontario. Her father was Clement George Hanning; her mother was Jessie Mitchell.

Henry died in Penticton, British Columbia on December 13, 1949.

Mary died in Vancouver on November 9, 1942.

Frederic Thomas Cowdry (1888 – 1888)

Frederick Thomas Cowdry was born on September 12, 1888, probably in Macleod, Alberta. He died on October 25, 1888, aged one month and 13 days. He was buried in Union Cemetery in Macleod.

Augustus Nathaniel Cowdry

Augustus Nathaniel Cowdry was born in MacLeod, Alberta on September 9, 1891. On October 5, 1916, in Vancouver, he married Aileen May Green was born in Toronto, Ontario on May 24, 1890. Her father was Roger Henry Carleton Green (1843-1924); her mother was Mary Adeline Richards (1862-1932) The Green family lived at 1919 Robson Street, which was across the street from the Cowdry family.

Augustus worked for the Dominion Machinery Company and the Anglo-American Trading Company in the late 1920s and 1930s. He died in Vancouver on May 16, 1935.

Aileen later married Peter Belhaven (or Bellhaven) Hamilton Ramsay (1864-1952). Aileen died in Vancouver on March 22, 1971.

Augustus and Aileen had one child: John Roger Cowdry (1921-2008).

John Arnold Cowdry (1893 – 1893)

John Arnold Cowdry was born about March 1893, probably in Macleod, Alberta. He died on September 10, 1893, aged six months. He was buried in Union Cemetery in Macleod.

John Cowdry and Annie Augusta Thompson had the following child.

Augusta Edith Alice Cowdry (1899-1986)

Augusta Edith Alice Cowdry was born on October 18, 1899, in Ingersoll, Ontario.

She married Edward Eugene Chamberline.

She died on June 25, 1986, in Victoria, British Columbia.

Sources

Thomas Cowdry (father of John Cowdry)

Thomas Cowdry, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=70046920

Mary Jane Cowdry, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=70046947

John Cowdry

John Cowdry, Southern Alberta Pioneers, http://www.pioneersalberta.org/profiles/c.html#cowdry: “John Cowdry came to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1882 and Fort Macleod in 1886, where in partnership with his brother he started a private bank. In 1905 he sold it to the Bank of Commerce. He was born in 1857 at York Mills, Ontario and died in 1947 at Vancouver, B.C. His first wife was Amy Whitney and Augusta Thompson was the second. There were two girls and three boys in the family.”

Nathaniel Cowdrey (brother of John Cowdry): “Nat Cowdrey came to Fort Macleod in 1882. Nat with his brother, John was a partner in the Cowdrey Bros. Bank. Mr. Cowdrey was born in 1849 in England. His wife was Anna Ingham who was born at Paget, Bermuda, and they had one daughter.”

Roll of Pupils of Upper Canada College, 18—1916, page 185, https://archive.org/stream/rollofpupilsofup00youn#page/n96/mode/1up: “Cowdry, John; Point Grey P.O., Vancouver, B.C. “’67-about ’70; S. of Dr. Thos. Cowdry, York Mills, Yonge St.; Private, York Tp.; Age 10”; Retired Banker and Rancher.”

The Range Men: Pioneer Ranchers of Alberta, Leroy Victor Kelly, Heritage House Publishing Co, 2009, page 2: “John Cowdry, who conducted a private banking business in the town of Macleod from 1886 until 1905, thourh the heyday of the best years of the ranching business, never had a word of trouble with any of his customers. . . .”

“Canada Census, 1871,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4QZ-83Z : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Cowdry in household of Thomas Cowdry, St George’s Ward, West Toronto, Ontario, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396341_00584.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVFQ-SWM : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Cowdrey in household of Thomas Cowdrey, St-George Ward, Toronto (City), Ontario, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e328/e008182399.pdf.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMJ5-4BC : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Cowdry and Emma Gaisford Whitney, 1885.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MW5Y-9DG : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Coudry, McLeod, Alberta, Territories, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148227-00641.pdf

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZB8-SKL : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Cawdry and Annie Augusta Thompson, 1899.

Daily Mail and Empire – Dec 9, 1898, page 5, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ci4BAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uSgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2025%2C3174654: “Marriages: Cowdry-Thompson – On December 7th, at St. James’ church, Ingersoll, by the Rev. James Thompson, John Cowdry, of Macleod, youngest son of the late Thomas Cowdry, M.D., of Toronto, formerly of Torrington, Devonshire, England, to Annie Augusta, second daughter of Lewis Thompson, Esq., of Ingersoll, Ont.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHRJ-9PB : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Cowdry, 1901; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z004/pdf/z000179036.pdf

“Canada Census, 1906,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVC-JYP : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Cowdry, 1906; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/e/e049/e001211819.pdf.

1911 Canada Census, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63664&highlight=34&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+John+Cowdry; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940040.pdf

“Hawaii, Honolulu Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos, 1900-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDRJ-C2J : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Cowdry, 1926.

“Idaho, Eastport, Arrival Manifests, 1924-1956,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KF64-TGX : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Cowdry, 1930.

Old Times, July 1941 (1941), page 16, https://archive.org/stream/oldtimesjul1941ucco#page/16/mode/1up; “His [Vincent E. Cowdry’s] uncle, John Cowdry, has long been retired from banking, and holds the honour of being the oldest Old Boy in Vancouver. He remembers the late Mr. Martland as ‘one of the finest men I ever knew.’”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRF-K9R : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Cowdry, 1947.

“First Mayor of Macleod Succumbs at Vancouver,” Lethbridge Herald, May 19, 1947, page 7.

Emma Gaisford Whitney (Emma Amy Gaisford Cowdry)

Ontario Marriages, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/oxford03.htm; Oxford Co., 1903, part 1: “014580-03 ( Oxford Co) William Henry ARKELL, 27 ,farmer , Port Stanley , Gravesend, s/o Henry ARKELL & Helen DUNCAN , married Bertha THOMPSON, 27 , Ingersoll , same , d/o Lewis THOMPSON & Anne Augusta PAINE , witn: Robert Hall ARKELL of St. James Quebec & Edith THOMPSON of Ingersoll, 14 Oct 1903 at Ingersoll.”

Anna Augusta Thompson

“Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JKWW-32W : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Anne Augusta Cowdry, 1899.

Augustus Nathaniel Cowdry

John Cowdry, Southern Alberta Pioneers, http://www.pioneersalberta.org/profiles/c.html#cowdry: “John Cowdry came to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1882 and Fort Macleod in 1886, where in partnership with his brother he started a private bank. In 1905 he sold it to the Bank of Commerce. He was born in 1857 at York Mills, Ontario and died in 1947 at Vancouver, B.C. His first wife was Amy Whitney and Augusta Thompson was the second. There were two girls and three boys in the family.”

Nathaniel Cowdrey (brother of John Cowdry): “Nat Cowdrey came to Fort Macleod in 1882. Nat with his brother, John was a partner in the Cowdrey Bros. Bank. Mr. Cowdrey was born in 1849 in England. His wife was Anna Ingham who was born at Paget, Bermuda, and they had one daughter.”

Cowdry family fonds, Glenbow Archives, Calgary, Alberta, CAIN No. 271846,http://www.archivescanada.ca/english/search/ItemDisplay.asp?sessionKey=999999999_142&l=0&lvl=1&v=0&coll=0&itm=271846&rt=1&bill=1;http://ww2.glenbow.org/search/archivesMainResults.aspx?XC=/search/archivesMainResults.aspx&TN=MAINCAT&AC=QBE_QUERY&RF=WebResults&DL=0&RL=0&NP=255&%0AMF=WPEngMsg.ini&MR=5&QB0=AND&QF0=Main%20entry+%7C+Title&QI0=Cowdry+Family+fonds

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHRJ-959 : accessed 10 Jan 2014), Augustus N Cowdry in entry for John Cowdry, 1901.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGR-73V : accessed 10 Jan 2014), Agustus Nathanial Cowdry, 1935.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1935-09-501561, Agustus N Cowdry.

John Cowdry (son of Augustus Nathaniel Cowdry and Aileen May Green)

John Roger Cowdry, death notice, Vancouver Sun, Feburary 25, 2008,http://classifieds.canada.com/vancouver/printads.aspx?archives=true&cls_id=37913&keyoper=ANY&keywords=headland+dorothy&startday=13&startmonth=5&startyear=2002&endday=6&endmonth=5&endyear=2009&pn=48

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/remembering/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=104246469

Deaths (02/25/08): COWDRY John Roger was born in Vancouver, June 15, 1921 to Augustus Nathaniel Cowdry and Aileen Mary Green Cowdry. He died peacefully in hospital of complications from pneumonia on February 13, 2008. John (or Jack) never married, and is survived by his cousins Nancy Tinning, Ret (Dorothy) Tinning, Campbell (Judy) Tinning, Mary Tinning (Phil Yakymishen), all of Penticton; Liz (Bob Food of Salt Spring Island); Ted Chamberlin (Lorna Goodison) of Toronto, and their respective families, and other cousins and relatives in B.C., Eastern Canada, and the United States. John lived all of his life in Vancouver, and most of his life in his beloved home in Kerrisdale. A gruff manner concealed a sharp mind, and a keen sense of humour. He was a solitary man, with a kind and gentle soul. The transportation industry was always of special interest to Jack. He owned and managed Cowdry Cartage in Kerrisdale for many years, from the 1940′s through to the early 1970′s. He was a dedicated model train operator, and assembled a magnificent layout in his basement. Many neighbourhood and family children found great delight in observing Jack operate his model train. After a stay in hospital in the Fall of 2007, John moved to South Granville Park Lodge in December. He was content, and settling in well. His family would like to extend their most sincere thanks to all of his incredible neighbours who watched over him, and helped him in so many ways over a very long time. We are grateful to Dr. Frank Hou for his wonderful care over many years, and to the health care professionals in the community, those at VGH Sub Acute Elder Care, and UBC Transitional Unit Purdy 3 who worked so hard to help him. The South Granville staff and administration were wonderful to him, and he was happy there. Jack knew all of these people cared for him deeply. As per his wishes, there will be a Memorial Service for John on Saturday, March 1st, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at The Hamilton Harron Funeral Home, at 5390 Fraser Street in Vancouver (E.38th and Fraser St.). No flowers please, but, if desired, a contribution to CNIB or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

Mary Adelaide Cowdry

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLGG-NM5 : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Mary Adelaide Cowdry, 02 Feb 1887.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FM8Q-579 : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Mary Adelaide Cowdry, 1887.

“Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2KL-Y62 : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Mary Adelaide Cowdry, 02 Feb 1887.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZV-SJ8 : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Henry Edgeworth Hanning and Mary Adelaide Cowdry, 1913.

Macleod Advertiser, Alberta, July 17, 1913, page 1, http://digitallibrary.uleth.ca/cdm/ref/collection/sanews/id/13092: “Hanning—Cowdry: At Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday July 16th at St. Pauls church by Rev. F.A.P Chadwick, Mary Adelaide, daughter of John Cowdry, formerly of Macleod, to Henry Edgeworth Hanning, son of the late Clement George Hanning, C.E., of Preston, Ont.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5Z-T2Z : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Henry Edgeworth Hanning, 1949.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGY-3BF : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Mary Adelaide Hanning, 1942.

Frederic Thomas Cowdry (son of John Cowdry)

Frederic Thomas Cowdry, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=116307248.

John Arnold Cowdry

John Arnold Cowdry, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=116307248.

Augusta Edith Alice Cowdry

“Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2R9-32L : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Anna Augusta Thompson in entry for Augusta Edith Aline Cawdry, 18 Oct 1899.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FM6Q-48W : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Anna Augusta Thompson in entry for Augusta Edith Aline Cawdry, 1899.

Augusta Edith Alice Cowdry, Town of Ingersoll Vital Statistics Births Database, http://genealogy.ocl.net/genealogy/vitalstatistics/births/search_me.asp?ss=c&ss2=&wildcard=&RS_per_page=10&SortBy=Name&Start_RS=60&sf=Name&browse=true

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKW-VWM : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Augusta Edith Aileen Chamberlin, 1986.

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