Crawford, John George Hewitt (1858-1944)

John George Hewitt Crawford (often called John George Crawford or J.G. Crawford) was an importer, commission merchant, and shipping agent. According to the Vancouver directory, he lived at 1841 Barclay Street in 1900.

J G Crawford - Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory - 1900-1901 - page 793

J G Crawford – Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory – 1900-1901 – page 793

1800 Block Barclay Street - Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory - 1900-1901 - page 664

1800 Block Barclay Street – Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory – 1900-1901 – page 664

He was born in Liverpool, England on July 18, 1858. His father was George Crawford, who was born about 1836 in Fermanagh, Ireland. His mother was Martha Wiseley, who was born about 1831 in Donegal, Ireland.

On August 23, 1881, Holy Trinity Church in Walton Breck, Liverpool, John married Emma Stanley Smith. She was born in Liverpool, England, on March 18, 1861. Her father was Edward Stanley Smith. Her mother was Rachel Dean.

John and Emma arrived in Vancouver about 1891.

John was the local representative of Baker Brothers and Company of Liverpool. By early 1892, the Vancouver Daily World was referring to John as the local manager of Baker Brothers and Company:

The World is indebted to Mr. Crawford, manager here for Messrs. Baker Bros. & Co., of Liverpool, for a copy of the Liverpool Journal of Commerce of the 19th Dec., in which appears a report of a meeting of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. The President of the Chamber in moving the adoption of the report amongst other matters said: “In regard to the request that the chamber should act as a local committee for the Chicago Exhibition, he thought that, had the application come some fifteen or twenty years previously, the chamber would have readily supported anything of the kind, but, owing to the extreme tariffs, nobody exhibiting in Chicago would get any business out of it, and in addition to that their patterns would be imitated by the Americans. He considered they were not interested one way or another, and he would suggest that they did not take the slightest trouble about it, especially as they were not a manufacturing centre. The minutes were then unanimously carried.”

Vancouver Daily World, January 6, 1892, page 2

Later in January 1892, the Victoria Daily Colonist also had a reference to John [calling him Mr. I. Crawford] as the representative of Baker Brothers and Company:

The company went through a series of changes. In 1896, the Vancouver directories referred to John’s business as “Baker, Crawford & Co.” By 1898, the company was called “J.G. Crawford & Co.” By 1917, John had established the Crawford Storage Company, which was his main business from then on.

Emma died in Vancouver on January 3, 1931. It appears that John lived by himself for several years afterward. At some point he married Minnie Melissa Hamilton; the Vancouver directory of 1942 was the first year to indicate that John was married to Minnie.

John died in Vancouver on May 12, 1944. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park.

Minnie continued as the president of Crawford Storage Company through the 1940s and 1950s.

 

John and Emma had the following children.

 

George Edward Crawford

George Edward Crawford was born in England on June 7, 1882. He worked as a sales manager for Canadian Fishing Company.

George married Mary Masters. She was born on December 10, 1885, in Portland, Oregon. Her father was Thomas Masters.

George died in Vancouver on May 18, 1945. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Mary died in West Vancouver, British Columbia, on April 4, 1968. She was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby.

 

Oswald Crawford

Oswald Crawford was born on April 2, 1894, in Edgemont, Cheshire, England (although one source gives British Columbia as his birthplace).

On March 31, 1917, in Vancouver, Oswald married Marjory Grace Willans. She was born in Buckerham, England, on July 21, 1897. Her father was John Willans. Her mother was Mary Wilbourne.

Oswald later became a traffic manager for McMillan Bloedel.

Marjory died in New Westminster, British Columbia, on May 4, 1981.

Oswald died in Surrey, British Columbia, on January 11, 1993.

 

Olga Stanley Crawford

Olga Stanley Crawford was born in England on February 2, 1888 (although one source gives her birthdate as November 25, 1891).

On June 7, 1913, in Vancouver, Olga married George Arnold Birks. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, on April 14, 1892. His father was Frederick Birks. His mother was Sarah Kieller Dillon. [George was a brother of Frederick Claude Birks (1880-1951), who lived at 1874 Pendrell Street in 1912.]

George became the head of Birks-Crawford, a food brokerage company in Vancouver. During the Second World War, he was an advisory with the Wartime Prices and Trade Board in Vancouver. He died in Ottawa on September 30, 1942.

Olga died in Vancouver on May 19, 1982.

 

Gwendolyn May Crawford

Gwendolyn May Crawford was born in Cheshire, England on May 2, 1885. On February 28, 1907, in Vancouver, she married Kenneth Jardine Burns, who was a general agent for the Great Northern Railway. He was born on October 10, 1878, in Rochester, Kent, England. His parents were William Burns and Helen Elizabeth Muirhead.

Kenneth later became the port manager for the National Harbour Board’s port in Vancouver.

Gwendolyn died in Vancouver on February 23, 1947. She was buried in Forest Lawn Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Kenneth died in Vancouver on March 5, 1966. He was buried in Forest Lawn Burial Park in Burnaby.

 

Sources

 

John George Crawford

Marriages: Birth, Marriage & Death Notices, Donaghmore, Co Donegal, 1829 to 1856; Transcribed from the Strabane Morning Post, Londonderry Standard & Londonderry Sentinel: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~donegal/donaghmorebmdnotices.htm: August 4, 1857, marriage of George Crawford, Dromore, to Martha Wiseley, Ballinacor.

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26YT-RRS : accessed 4 April 2015), John George Hewitt Crawford, 1858; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBNF-C72 : accessed 4 April 2015), John G H Crawford in household of George Crawford, Kirkdale, Lancashire, England; from “1871 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 10, folio 65, p. 11, West Derby registration district, Everton subdistrict, ED 109, household 62, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 841,918.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DT7-9H3 : accessed 4 April 2015), John George H Crawford, 1881; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, West Derby, Lancashire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Ancestry.ca: CHURCH HISTORIES & RECORDS: NAME: Emma Smith; SPOUSE: John George Hewitt Crawford; FATHER: Edward Stanley Smith; BIRTH: abt 1861; MARRIAGE: 23 Aug 1881 – Walton Breck, Holy Trinity, Lancashire.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-T1F : accessed 4 April 2015), John Crawford in household of Thomas E Bray, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59831&highlight=28&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+John+Crawford; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000010295.pdf.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-99HR : accessed 3 April 2015), Josh Crawford, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, 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:FLG7-7G8 : accessed 3 April 2015), John George Crawford, 12 May 1944; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13183, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,206.

 

Emma Stanley Smith (wife of John George Crawford)

“England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:233R-P1T : accessed 4 April 2015), Edward Smith and Rachel Dean, 07 Jun 1857, Marriage; citing St Mary’s Parsonage, Manchester, Lancashire, England, Archives Central Library, Manchester; FHL microfilm .

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5GL-FHT : accessed 4 April 2015), Edwd Stanley Smith in entry for Mary Alice Smith, 18 Feb 1863; citing HOLY TRINITY,SALFORD,LANCASHIRE,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 942.72 M1 V26SV4, 5, 7.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-TZJ : accessed 3 April 2015), Emma Crowford, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 17, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59840&highlight=41&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Emma+Crowford; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000010304.pdf.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGB-8M6 : accessed 3 April 2015), Emma Stanley Crawford, 03 Jan 1931; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13141, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,952,652.

“Pioneer Church Worker Dies,” Vancouver Sun, January 5, 1931, page 5, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=eCpmAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7YgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3556%2C319640: “Mrs. Emma Stanley Crawford, 70, wife of John George Crawford, and one of the first women members of Christ Church Cathedral, died at her home, 4862 Angus Avenue, Saturday. She came to Vancouver 38 years ago from Liverpool. Mrs. Crawford is survived by her husband, two sons, George E. and Oswald; two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth J. Burns and Mrs. G.A Birks, all of this city; two sisters, Mrs. A.E. Westbrook, Regina, and Mrs. Kiel, Hightown Liverpool, England, and one brother, A.V. Smith, San Francisco. The funeral will be held at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, in Center & Hanna’s chapel, with Very Rev. Dean R.J. Renison officiating.”

 

George Edward Crawford (son of John George Crawford)

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XVG-FQR : accessed 4 April 2015), George Edward Crawford, 1882; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, West Derby, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England. [possible connection]

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1905-09-514675, George Edward Crawford and Mary Masters; date of marriage: April 5, 1905; place of marriage: New Westminster.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLP7-KLK : accessed 3 April 2015), George Edward Crawford, 18 May 1945; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13187, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,324.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWK3-38C : accessed 4 April 2015), Mary Masters, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYB-JBX : accessed 4 April 2015), Mary Crawford, 04 Apr 1968; citing West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13289, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,942.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGH-DZ6 : accessed 4 April 2015), Alan Masters Crawford, 20 Jun 1986; citing West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B16581, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,358,021.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1938-09-463916, George Edward Crawford and Daphne Ford Colley Foster; date of marriage: September 7, 1938; place of marriage: Vancouver, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=59e3210e-c3f9-4a81-93c0-9f20392d3dc4.

 

Oswald Crawford (son of John George Crawford)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZL-GH8 : accessed 3 April 2015), Oswald Crawford and Marjory Grace Willans, 31 Mar 1917; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11379, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,707.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1P-CYX : accessed 3 April 2015), Marjory Grace Crawford, 04 May 1981; citing New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13611, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,051,487.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1993-09-000701; Oswald Crawford; date of death: January 11, 1993; place of death: Surrey; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=27462928-51c5-479c-904c-8dc96aba5066; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=45dd63e1-6b62-40d6-b18e-ffe7ea309953.

 

Olga Stanley Crawford (daughter of John George Crawford)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZJ-23T : accessed 3 April 2015), George Arnold Birks and Olga Stanley Crawford, 07 Jun 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,705.

“United States Border Crossings from Mexico to United States, 1903-1957,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X25H-5MW : accessed 4 April 2015), George Almond Birks, 23 Aug 1942; from “Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2006); citing arrival port Brownsville Municipal Airport, Brownsville, Texas, NARA microfilm publication M1502 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 25.

“G. Arnold Birks Dies Suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, October 2, 1942, page 5, http://digitalcollections.lib.umanitoba.ca/islandora/object/uofm%3A1382483/datastream/OCR/view: By The Canadian Press OTTAWA Oct 2. G. Arnold Birks president of the firm of Birks Crawford Limited food brokers of Vancouver died suddenly in the capital Wednesday. Mr. Birks had business dealings in most important cities of Canada the United States and Mexico. Since last December he had been with the Wartime Prices and Trade Board at Vancouver as a special advisor on food imports. The body was sent to Vancouver late Thursday for funeral service and burial.”

G. Arnold Birks, death notice, Vancouver Sun, October 2, 1942, page 22, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=gDNlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PYkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1021%2C232656 [Link leads to top of page; death notice is in column 1.]: “Birks – At Ottawa, Ont., Sept. 20, 1942, G. Arnold Birks, of 4237 Angus Drive. Survived by his wife; 2 sons, Arnold on active service with the R.C.A., Peter at home; 1 daughter, Mrs. Mrs. Douglas Peden, city; 1 grandchild. Private funeral service Monday afternoon, October 5th, at 2 o’clock, in Center & Hanna’s Chapel, Very Rev. Dean Cecil Swanson, D.D., officiating. No flowers by request.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL16-VY8 : accessed 4 April 2015), Olga Stanley Birks, 19 May 1982; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13620, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,051,741.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXMG-H7H : accessed 4 April 2015), George Arnold Birks, 1926; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,755,708.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:242Y-PVG : accessed 4 April 2015), George Arnold Birks, 1939; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,758,171.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24L1-FB9 : accessed 4 April 2015), George Arnold Birks, 1945; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 2,295,788.

George Arnold Birks, Old Times, [Upper Canada College], July 1946, page 18: https://archive.org/stream/oldtimesjul1946ucco#page/18/mode/1up/search/birks: “George Arnold Birks (’40-’41) enlisted in R.C.A. Sept., ’41 ; Gnr. L/Bdr. June, ’42; Bdr. Aug., ’42, Sgt. Nov., ’42; Lt. June, ’43; over-seas Sept., ’43 ; Italy ; N.-W. Europe Jan., ’45, to Jan., ’46; discharged Feb., ’46; Kelly, Douglas and Co., 1851 West 36th St., Vancouver.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG4-N5R : accessed 4 April 2015), Peter Crawford Birks, 15 Nov 1985; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B16576, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,358,016.

George Arnold Birks, death notice: “BIRKS George Arnold Arnie passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 17, 2009. He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Audrie, older daughter Deborah, her husband Ronald, their children Megan, Erin, and Andrew, Arnie’s younger daughter Stephanie, and special family companion Lola. Predeceased by his brother Peter Birks and his sister Betty Peden; survived by sisters-in-law Joan Birks and Agnes Richardson. Many thanks to Dr. Peter Grantham, the wonderful staff and special care-givers at Point Grey Private Hospital, who through their excellent care and compassion, ensured that Arnie left this life as he had lived each day – as a true gentleman. Please join the family on Sunday, October 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Shaughnessy Golf Club, 4300 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver.” [Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 28, 2009]; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=george-arnold-birks&pid=133620120.

 

Gwendolyn May Crawford (daughter of John George Crawford)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD81-GZD : accessed 3 April 2015), Kenneth Jardine Burns and Gwendolyn May Crawford, 28 Feb 1907; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,530.

Kenneth Jardine Burns, http://records.ancestry.ca/kenneth_jardine_burns_records.ashx?pid=149039779.

Kenneth Jardine Burns, Who’s Who in British Columbia, volume 4, page 34; volume 5, page 63; volume 6, page 36; volume 7, page 31.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRF-M2N : accessed 4 April 2015), Gwendolyn May Burns, 23 Feb 1947; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13193, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,477.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTT-QJC : accessed 4 April 2015), Kenneth Jardine Burns, 05 Mar 1966; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13276, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,800.

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