Crawford, James Embree Davis (1847-1920)

James Embree Davis Crawford was an electrician and an advertising agent. He lived at 1883 Beach Avenue from 1903 to 1920.

James was born in Kingston, New Brunswick, on March 14, 1847. His father was George Edward Stephen Crawford (1821-1905); his mother was Deborah Eleanor Davis (1825-1898). The family lived for many years in Ingersoll, Oxford County, Ontario.

On November 17, 1877, in London, Ontario, James married Razella (or Rozella) Huffman. She was born about 1850 in the United States; her parents were David and Eliza Huffman.

By 1895, James and Rozella were living in Vancouver. James was an advertising agent and an electrician. By 1895, James was still an advertising agent, although he had apparently stopped being an electrician. About 1903, the family moved into the house at 1883 Beach Avenue.

In 1911, James was still at 1883 Beach Avenue, although the 1911 census shows him as divorced. On October 23, 1919, he married Violet Maude Margaret Tomkins. She was born about 1900 in Brisbane, Australia. Her father, Augustus Tomkins, ran a detective agency. Violet’s mother was Violet Elbra.

James died in Vancouver on June 10, 1920. His estate was worth almost $16,000, which was fairly substantial for the time. About two-thirds of the estate was personal property; the rest was real estate.

It appears that James and Violet may have had children, although there are few available details. His will provided for the maintenance of his infant children; he made no bequest to his wife, on the ground that his wife would squander the money.

In 1921, Violet continued to live in the house at 1883 Beach Avenue for a year or so. By January 27, 1921, the trustee of the estate had to go to court; the judge ordered that the whole estate should be invested not only for the children, but also to allow for weekly payments to the widow. No further information on Violet or the children has appeared yet.

Sources

George Edward Stephen Crawford (father of James Embree Davis Crawford)

George E.S. Crawford, http://www.sprague-database.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I150326&tree=SpragueProject

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVDF-QTM : accessed 20 Sep 2013), G. E. S. Crawford, Ingersoll, Oxford South, Ontario, Canada.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWL1-MNH : accessed 20 Sep 2013), G E S Crawford, Ingersoll, Oxford South, Ontario, Canada.

“Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JX2W-7WP : accessed 20 Sep 2013), George E.S. Crawford, 1905.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMFT-PTH : accessed 20 Sep 2013), George E S Crawford in entry for William Washington Griffey and Lydia Jane Crawford, 1872.

“Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8TY-3WR : accessed 20 Sep 2013), Lydia Jane Griffey, 1930.

Deborah Crawford (née Davis) (mother of James Embree Davis Crawford)

Deborah Eleanor Davis, http://www.sprague-database.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I150325&tree=SpragueProject

“Ontario Deaths,1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD5G-C38 : accessed 20 Sep 2013), Deborah Crawford, 1898.

James Embree Davis Crawford

John Crawford & Jane Henderson, http://www.k8vfv.com/john%20crawford6.pdf

“Ontario Census, 1861,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MQWZ-HQ4 : accessed 20 Sep 2013), James E D Crawford, 1861.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMNK-L22 : accessed 20 Sep 2013), George Crawford in entry for James Crawford and Razella Huffman, 1877.

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVD2-QGD : accessed 20 Sep 2013), E.D. Crawford in household of Ella Crawford, Ward 4, London (City), Ontario, Canada.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWLN-MTW : accessed 20 Sep 2013), Jas E D Crawford, Ward 3, London City, Ontario, Canada.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-RBS : accessed 20 Sep 2013), James E D Crawford, 1901.

Canada Census, 1901, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59868&highlight=45&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+James+E.D.+Crawford

Canada Census, 1911, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63744&highlight=48; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63744&highlight=48&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+T+E+P+Crawford

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZP-NMQ : accessed 20 Sep 2013), James Crawford and Violet Maude Margaret Tomkins, 1919.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1919-09-200489, James Crawford and Violet Maude Margaret Tomkins, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=20c755f3-8984-4ab6-9ee0-c6f7415e0360

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKF-5YT : accessed 20 Sep 2013), James Embree Davis Crawford, 1920.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1920-09-261542, James Embree Davis Crawford.

“James Crawford Dies in St. Paul,” Vancouver Sun, June 12, 1920, page 3; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ryRlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=6312%2C4902789

James E.D. Crawford, death notice, Vancouver Province, June 11, 1920, page 17; Vancouver Sun, June 12, 1920, page 12, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ryRlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2785%2C4946855: “Crawford – Passed away at St. Paul’s Hospital June 10, 1920, James E.D. Crawford of 1883 Beach avenue. Funeral service today at 11 o’clock from Messrs. Nunn & Thompson, 531 Homer street, Rev. Dr. J.S. Henderson officiating. Cremation.”

“Crawford Estate to Be Invested for Benefit of Widow and Children,” Vancouver Province, January 27, 1921, page 22.

Rozella Huffman

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWLN-MT4 : accessed 20 Sep 2013), Rozella Crawford, Ward 3, London City, Ontario, Canada.

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