Crehan, Matthew Joseph (1874-1930)

 

Matthew Joseph Crehan, Who’s Who and Why [Northern Who’s Who], C.W. Parker, Vancouver, Western Press Association, 1916, page 167; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/167/mode/1up.

Matthew Joseph Crehan, Who’s Who and Why [Northern Who’s Who], C.W. Parker, Vancouver, Western Press Association, 1916, page 167; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/167/mode/1up.

Matthew Joseph Crehan was an accountant. He lived at 1952 Alberni Street from 1913 to 1930.

He was born on January 1, 1874, in Galway, Ireland. His father was Michael Crehan. His mother was Mary Karr.

He arrived in British Columbia in 1892.

About 1895 he married Annetta Etta Ward. She was born about 1878 in Blanchard, Skagit County, Washington.

By 1897, Matthew appeared in the Vancouver directory as a lumber grader, living at 305 Princess Street (which later became East Pender Street).

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1897, page 609

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1897, page 609

In 1898, he was working for the Hastings Shingle Manufacturing Company.

In 1899, began a chartered accountancy business under his own name.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 27.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 27.

He was a licence commissioner, and a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade. He belonged to the Vancouver Hunt Club, the Commercial Club, and the Vancouver Motor Club. In 1905, he organized the British Columbia Institute of Chartered Accountants; he was president of the institute in 1912 and 1913,  and served as the honorary secretary for four years. He was associated with the Eleventh Regiment of the Irish Fusiliers. He was also active in the Conservative Party.

Annetta died in Vancouver on September 27, 1905. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

On May 5, 1906, in Vancouver, Matthew married Mercy Ellen Wilkinson. She was born on February 10, 1875, in London, England. Her father was John William Wilkinson. Her mother was Mary Ann Plester.

About 1906, Mercy began working as an accountant. In 1922, she became the first woman member of the British Columbia Institute of Chartered Accountants. She was also active in the Soroptimist Club, and became the first international president of the Soroptimists from Canada.

In May 1912, the provincial government appointed Matthew as a commissioner under the Public Inquiries Act. He investigated the municipal council and the board of school trustees in South Vancouver. His report in May 1913 concluded that the duties of school trustees were not clearly defined and that the trustees appeared not to understand the School Act. He also recommended changes to the municipality’s financial affairs.

Matthew belonged to several societies, including the A.F. & A.M., the International Order of Odd Fellows, and the International Order of Foresters. His recreations included golf, tennis and horse riding.

M.J. Crehan, British Columbians As We See ’Em, about 1911, unpaged, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbian00newsrich#page/n130/mode/1up.

M.J. Crehan, British Columbians As We See ’Em, about 1911, unpaged, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbian00newsrich#page/n130/mode/1up.

Matthew died in Vancouver on March 22, 1930. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Mercy died in Vancouver on December 22, 1953. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Matthew and Annetta had the following children.

 

Nora Francis Crehan

Nora Francis Crehan was born in Vancouver on September 10, 1897.

In 1915, she travelled to Seattle, Washington, to attend school.

"United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956," , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X2VP-RY7 : accessed 11 August 2015), Nora F Crehan, Jun 1913; from "Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Vancouver, British Columbia,, line 3, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 219, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X2VP-RY7 : accessed 11 August 2015), Nora F Crehan, Jun 1913; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Vancouver, British Columbia,, line 3, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 219, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Nora married Charles F. Lunan, who was born about 1880. Some sources say that he was from Canada; others say Massachusetts.

Charles and Nora were living in Endolyne, in Seattle, Washington, in 1920. The 1920 United States census said that Nora was born in Washington State. It appears that their marriage ended in divorce before 1930.

In 1930, Nora was in Kinzua, Wheeler, Oregon, along with her children: Charles F. Lunan, born in Washington about 1920; Alleyne M. Lunan, born in Oregon about 1921. The 1930 United States census said that Nora was born in New York and that she was divorced.

In 1940, Nora was in Seattle, Washington, along with her children: Thomas E. Lunan, born in Washington about 1921; Elleyne Lunan, born in Oregon about 1922. The 1940 United States census said that Nora was born in New York and that she was widowed. She was working as a practical nurse for a private family.

The 1940 Seattle directory described Nora as a widow, living at 7018 Linden Avenue. Thomas E. Lunan was living at the same address.

1940 Seattle City Directory, page 1038

1940 Seattle City Directory, page 1038

Charles Lunan died in Seattle, Washington on January 14, 1940.

Nora died in Seattle on December 21, 1944.

Thomas Edward Lunan, who may be Nora’s son, was born on February 14, 1920. He died in Oregon on January 26, 2000.

 

Edna May Crehan

Edna May Crehan was born in Vancouver on February 8, 1899. On March 19, 1920, in Vancouver, she married John Robert Bowler, who was a woodworking machinist. He was born on February 26, 1887, in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England. His father was John Bowler. His mother was Sophia Bunell.

John had served in France with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

John died in Vancouver on October 9, 1969.

Edna died in Vancouver on March 5, 1974.

 

Grace Crehan

Grace Crehan was born in Vancouver on August 18, 1900.

She died in Vancouver on August 8, 1913. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Matilda G. Crehan

Matilda G. Crehan was born in Vancouver about August 1902.

She died in Vancouver on February 16, 1903. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Matthew and Mercy had the following children.

 

Mercy Ellen Crehan

Mercy Ellen Crehan was born in Vancouver about 1907 or 1908. She died in Vancouver on March 1, 1913. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Maurice John Crehan

M.J. Crehan, Vancouver Rowing Club Rugby Team (detail) Vancouver City Archives, November 19, 1933, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/vancouver-rowing-club-rugby-team

M.J. Crehan, Vancouver Rowing Club Rugby Team (detail) Vancouver City Archives, November 19, 1933, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/vancouver-rowing-club-rugby-team

 

Maurice John Crehan was born on February 25, 1909, in Vancouver

On July 3, 1931, he married Ellen Pamela Farquhar. She was born in Vancouver on April 14, 1908. Her father was James Brooke Farquhar (1868-1961). Her mother was Theodora Humphreys (1878-1937).

Maurice enlisted with the Canadian military forces during the Second World War.

In March 1944, he reverted to the rank of captain, and went on loan to the British Army.

He was killed in action in Italy on October 20, 1944.

Pamela later married Douglas Gordon Keith Wilson. He was born on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, on September 25, 1906. His father was Keith Daniel Wilson (1881-1966), who was a machinist. His mother was Kate Constance King (1885-1949).

Douglas died in Ganges, on Salt Spring Island, on November 20, 1983.

Pamela died on October 6, 1989, in Victoria, British Columbia.

Maurice and Pamela had three children: Pat, Penny, and Melanie.

Their daughter Penelope Jane Crehan was born in January 1935. It appears that she was married to Julio Donato Cianci of Montreal, and that this marriage ended in divorce in 1957. On April 25, 1957, in Los Angeles, California, she married James Johnston Thacker.

Further information on the Farquhar family appears on the page for James Brooke Farquhar.

 

Sources

 

Matthew Joseph Crehan

Matthew Joseph Crehan, Who’s Who and Why [Northern Who’s Who], C.W. Parker, Vancouver, Western Press Association, 1916, page 167; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/167/mode/1up.

Matthew Joseph Crehan, Who’s Who and Why, 1917-1918, page 866 (includes photograph of Matthew Joseph Crehan, F.C.A.).

Major M.J. Crehan, (between 1914 and 1918), Vancouver City Archives, Port P1096; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/major-m-j-crehan.

Major Mathew Joseph Crehan, (1920s), Vancouver City Archives, Port P355, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/major-mathew-joseph-crehan.

Major Mathew [sic] Joseph Crehan, Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page 532 (includes photograph of Major Mathew Joseph Crehan, F.C.A.).

Mathew Joseph Crehan, Michael Kluckner, Vanishing Vancouver, Michael Kluckner, Vancouver, Whitecap Books Limited, 1990, page 74-5.

“Cover Story: Celebrating Our Centenary, Beyond Numbers,” January 2005; Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia; http://www.ica.bc.ca/kb.php3?pageid=2991: Matthew Joseph Crehan, FCA; president in 1912-1913.

“M.J. Crehan New Head of Ward Four,” Vancouver Province, January 30, 1908, page 14: “Mr. M.J. Crehan was unanimously elected president of the Ward Four Conservatives at the annual meeting last night. The meeting which was held at Mr. Crehan’s residence, was well attended, and there was lots of enthusiasm. . . .”

British Columbia Order in Council 583/1912, May 16, 1912, http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/arch_oic/arc_oic/0583_1912: appointed Matthew Joseph Crehan under the Public Inquiries Act as a commissioner to enquire into the municipal matter of South Vancouver which relate to contracts of and with the municipal council, and contracts of and with the board of school trustees. Commissioner’s report was due on December 15, 1912.

British Columbia Order in Council 1248/1912, December 4, 1912, http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/arch_oic/arc_oic/1248_1912: Extension of time for Matthew Joseph Crehan to submit his report “on the enquiry into matters affecting the Municipal Council and the Board of School Trustees of the Corporation of the district of South Vancouver.” Time extended from December 15, 1912 to May 15, 1913.

Marjorie C. Holmes. Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry Under the “Public Inquiries Act” in British Columbia; A Checklist Part III, 1911-1920; British Columbia Historical Quarterly, April 1945, volume 9, number 2, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/bchf/bchq_1945_2.pdf; pages 147-163, at page 151.

Commissioner Matthew Joseph Crehan, report under Public Inquiries Act; [extract from Marjorie C. Holmes article in British Columbia Historical Quarterly, above] http://images.ourontario.ca/Partners/Training/Train000000537pf_0035.pdf: number 69. Royal Commission under the “Public Inquiries Act” to inquire into the administration of affairs of South Vancouver Municipality. 19 pp. Original typewritten report and proceedings on file in the Provincial Secretary’s Office, Victoria. Commissioner: Matthew Joseph Crehan, chartered accountant, of Vancouver. Appointed May 16, 1912; report dated May 16, 1913. The commissioner examined the administration of school affairs, the purchase of school sites, the awarding of contracts, and the purchase of school supplies. He commented on the fact that the duties of school trustee were not clearly defined, and that the trustees evidently did not understand the “School Act.” He investigated also the administration of municipal departments, and made recommendations regarding the financial affairs of the municipality.”

The Black Candle, by Emily F. Murphy (“Janey Canuck”), Toronto, Thomas Allen, 1922, page 188, https://archive.org/stream/TheBlackCandle/MurphyBlackCandletoronto1922#page/n103/mode/1up: “It is hardly credible that the average Chinese pedlar has any definite idea in, his mind of bringing about the downfall of the white race, his swaying motive being probably that of greed, but in the hands of his superiors, he may become a powerful instrument to this very end.

ln discussing this subject, Major Crehan of British Columbia has pointed out that whatever their motive, the traffic always comes with the Oriental, and that one would, therefore be justified in assuming that it was their desire to injure the bright-browed races of the world.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG6-1HX : accessed 9 August 2015), Matthew Joseph Crehan, 22 Mar 1930; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13138, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,952,650.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG6-1HV : accessed 9 August 2015), Matthew Joseph Crehan, 22 Mar 1930; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13138, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,952,650.

“Find A Grave Index,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-SBDZ : accessed 9 August 2015), Matthew M. Crehan, 1930; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26281618, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26281618.

“Died Saturday,” Vancouver Province, March 23, 1930, page 1 (includes photograph of Major M.J. Crehan).

“M.J. Crehan, Old-Timer of City, Is Dead; Well-known Citizen Succumbred to Lengthy Illness Saturday,” Vancouver Province, March 23, 1930, page 1.

“Last Post,” Vancouver Sun, March 24, 1930, page 9 (photograph of Major M.J. Crehan.)

“Major Crehan Succumbs,” Vancouver Sun, March 24, 1930, page 9: “Major M.J. Crehan, 56, 1952 Alberni street, well-known Vancouver chartered accountant, returned soldier leader and sportsman, who died Saturday after a long illness, will be buries Tuesday with full military honors in the family plot, Mountain View cemetery, after a service at 2:30 p.m. in St. James church, Rev. Father W. Cooper officiating.

Pallbearers will be: Lieut. Col. A. M. Brown, Lieut. Col. E.J. Ryan, Lieut. Col. F. Fairley, Lieut. Col. A.W. McLean, Lieut. Col. A.N. Daykin and Major F. McMillan. Major J.M. Burnett will be in charge of the firing party from the Irish Fusiliers.

Major Crehan, who was born in Galway, came to Vancouver 33 years ago. He had taken a prominent part in the military, civic, sports and business life of the city.

He is survived by his widow, Mercy Ellen Crehan; one son, Maurice John, and two daughters, Mrs. J.R. Bowler of Vancouver, and Mrs. C.F. Lunan of Portland, Ore.”

 

Annetta Etta Wood (wife of Matthew Joseph Crehan)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLV1-VM7 : accessed 9 August 2015), Annetta Etta Crehan, 27 Sep 1905; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13094, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,122; medical certificate of death:  https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11627-24160-63?cc=1538285.

“Death of Mrs. Crehan,” Vancouver Province, September 28, 1905, page 16: “the death of Annetta Etta, the beloved wife of Mr. M.J. Crehan, treasurer of the Mainland Transfer Company, occurred at 3 p.m. yesterday at the family residence, 326 Princess street. The late Mrs. Crehan was born at Blanchard, Skagit County, Washinghton, twenty-seven years ago. She was married at the age of eighteen, shortly after which Mr. Crehan took up his residence in Vancouver, where they have resided ever since. Mrs. Crehan was a very active worker in fraternal societies, being a member of the Foresters, Rebekahs and True Blues. Only last week she attended the session of the High Court of Independent Foresters in Armstrong, assisting the high secretary in all his work, and was highly complimented on the way in which the work was performed. “But in the midst of life we are in death.” She has been cut down, and leaves her husband and three children to mourn her loss and vainly await her return. The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, from the Princess Street Methodist Church.”

“Find A Grave Index,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-SBZZ : accessed 9 August 2015), Anetta Etta Crehan, 1905; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26281616, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26281616.

 

Mercy Ellen Wilkinson (wife of Matthew Joseph Crehan)

“Accountants Will Admit Mrs. Crehan: Wife of Well-known Citizen First Woman Member of Institute,” Vancouver Province, September 22, 1922, page 7.

“Woman Admitted as C.A.,” The Monetary Times, October 20, 1922, page 27, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TxEFAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KigDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4756%2C5464222. [Link leads to top of page; article is near bottom of column 3.]

“Miss Cushing Leaves City,” Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 8, 1932, page 3; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=09VXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DfUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5034%2C4586632. [Describes meeting in Vancouver with Mercy Ann [sic] Crehan, new national president of the National Federation of the Soroptimist Clubs.]

“Will Hear President of Soroptimist Club,” Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 13, 1932, page 3, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=OdFXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3_QDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7428%2C2618241. “Mrs. Mercy Ellen Crehan of Vancouver, B.c., president of the American Federation of Soroptimist Clubs will be the guest of the Spokan club next Friday.”

“Dr. Rose Entertains at Enjoyable Events,” Spokane Daily Chronicle – June 15, 1936, page 8; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=09VXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DfUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5034%2C4586632. [Refers to Mrs. Mercy Ellen Crehan, who was in hospital in Vancouver, and unable to travel to Spokane to attend a tea in her honor.]

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRC-5Y1 : accessed 9 August 2015), Mercy Ellen Crehan, 22 Dec 1953; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13218, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,872.

“1st Woman Accountant Dies Here,” Vancouver Province, December 23, 1953, page 31.

“Mrs. Crehan Dies, First Woman CA,” Vancouver Sun, December 23, 1953, page 2 [Includes photograph of “Mrs. Mercy E. Crehan.”]

Mercy Ellen Crehan, death notice, Vancouver Sun, December 24, 1953, page 30; Vancouver Province, December 24, 1953, unknown page.: “Crehan – Mercy Ellen Crehan passed away at her residence, 3183 W. 5th Ave., on Dec. 22, 1953, in her 80th year. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. J.R. Bowler, Vancouver, also 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held in the Georgia Chapel of Center & Hanna, 1049 W. Georgia St., Tues., Dec. 29, at 11 a.m., Pastor R.A. Rentfro officiating.”

 

Nora Francis Crehan (daughter of Matthew Joseph Crehan)

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1897-09-118290; Nora Francis Crehan; date of birth: September 10, 1897; place of birth: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=eae7d9b9-e9df-4a1a-9200-9de77fb3cc1e.

“Canada Census, 1901,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-FSD : accessed 11 August 2015), Nora Crehan in household of Joseph Crehan, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 11, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X2VP-RY7 : accessed 11 August 2015), Nora F Crehan, Jun 1913; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Vancouver, British Columbia,, line 3, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 219, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1924,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3B-746T : accessed 11 August 2015), Nora F Crehan, 1913; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 219, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,561,305.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1924,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK31-WLK2 : accessed 11 August 2015), Nora F Crehan, 1895-1924; citing M1461, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 103, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,472,903.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHNW-F7Q : accessed 11 August 2015), Nora F Lunan in household of Charles F Lunan, Endolyne, King, Washington, United States; citing sheet 28B, family 145, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,924.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCSF-NM9 : accessed 11 August 2015), Nora F Lunan, Kinzua, Wheeler, Oregon, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0005, sheet 1A, family 15, line 39, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1957; FHL microfilm 2,341,691.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K939-TNP : accessed 11 August 2015), Nora F Lunan, Tract B-2, Seattle, Seattle Election Precinct, King, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 40-31, sheet 62A, family 328, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 4374.

“Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3TP-SLS : accessed 11 August 2015), Nora Frances Lunan, 21 Dec 1944; citing Seattle, King, Washington, reference 5365, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Olympia; FHL microfilm 2,032,393.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JG98-H49 : accessed 11 August 2015), Thomas E Lunan, 26 Jan 2000; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“BillionGraves Index,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVFF-2LLW : accessed 11 August 2015), Thomas E Lunan, ; citing , , , BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012).

Thomas Edward Lunan, cemetery records, Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Oregon, http://grave-records.mooseroots.com/d/f/Thomas-Lunan.

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJJ1-S2B9 : accessed 11 August 2015), Thomas Lunan, Residence, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

 

Charles F Lunan (husband of Nora Francis Crehan)

“Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3RZ-427 : accessed 11 August 2015), Charles Lunan, 14 Jan 1940; citing Seattle, King, Washington, reference 206, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Olympia; FHL microfilm 2,023,758.

 

Edna May Crehan (daughter of Matthew Joseph Crehan)

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1899-09-119041; Edna May Crehan; date of birth: February 8, 1899; place of birth: Vancouver.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X5H-N9F : accessed 11 August 2015), John Robert Bowler, 1887; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Uxbridge, Middlesex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9Y5-8VZ : accessed 11 August 2015), John Robert Bowler, Denham, Buckinghamshire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing county, registration district, Iver subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Bowler, John Robert; Regimental Number:             331772; Date of Birth: 26/02/1890; Reference:         RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 958 – 35; Item Number: 57707; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=57707. Digitized service file: http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B0958-S035 (large PDF file).

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDD7-9PG : accessed 9 August 2015), John Robert Bowler and Edna May Crehan, 19 Mar 1920; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B12904, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,873.

Edna May Crehan and John R. Bowler, wedding description, Vancouver Province, March 19, 1920, page 10: “Bowler—Crehan: Christ Church was the scene of a very pretty wedding this morning when Miss Edna May Crehan, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Crehan, and a native daughter of Vancouver, was united in marriage to Mr. John R. Bowler, eldest surviving son of Mrs. Bowler and the late Mr. John bowler of New /Denham, Uxbridge, England. The bridegroom, who has seen active service throughout the duration of the war and who only recently returned from overseas, was supported by Mr. W.H. Oitts, and Rev. Dr. Craig performed the ceremony. The bride, looking very winsome, entered the church on the arm of her father, to the strains of Lohengrin’s Wedding March, played by Mr. Chubb. [Description of wedding costumes.] After the ceremony a buffet breakfast was served at the residence of the bride’s parents, where the pretty rooms were bright with decorations of daffodils and spring ferns. Mrs. Crehan, the mother of the bride, received the guests in a handsome gown of black and gold sequins, assisted by Mrs. J.M. Kendall. The newly-wed couple left on the morning boat for Victoria, en route to Vancouver, Wash., where the honeymoon will be spent. . . . On their return, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Bowler will reside in the West End.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYH-PNR : accessed 11 August 2015), John Bowler, 09 Oct 1969; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13299, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,034,110.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLB2-K38 : accessed 9 August 2015), Edna May Bowler, 05 Mar 1974; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13331, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,050,286.

Edna May Bowler, death notice, Vancouver Sun, March 6, 1974, page 62; Vancouver Province, March 6, 1974, page 36: “Bowler – On March 5, 1974, Edna May Bowler, 911 East 39th Ave., in her 76th year. Survived by her loving daughter, Mrs. Grace Hamlin, Vancouver; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandson. Mrs. Bowler was a member of the W.A. to Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 16; life member of Pioneer Schools Society; life member of Sir Alexander MacKenzie P.T.A.; member of Native Daughters of B.C. and Strathcona Girls’ School Club. Funeral service Friday, March 8, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Hamilton Mortuary, Fraser St. at 38th Ave., Cremation.”

 

Grace Crehan

British Columbia Birth Registrations; Registration Number: 1900-09-120532; Grace Crehan; date of birth: August 18, 1900; place of birth: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=71bc3008-c7be-4856-b59c-3bb53b0aee7a.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLL1-69T : accessed 11 August 2015), Grace Crehan, 08 Aug 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13100, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,128.

“Find A Grave Index,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-SBZB : accessed 11 August 2015), Grace Crehan, 1913; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26315736, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26315736.

“Grace Crehan Very Ill; Little Daughter of Commissioner in a Critical Condition,” Vancouver Province, March 25, 1913, page 28: “South Vancouver, March 25. – Deep sympathy is felt for Commissioner Crehan, his wife and family at the illness of his daughter Grace, aged 13, who for the past two weeks has been seriously ill, and a few days ago was given only three hours to life. Grace was taken ill a fortnight ago with rheumatism and inflammation, which so affected the heart’s action that on Thursday evening she was not expected to live through the night.

The heart trouble abated somewhat during the night, however, and deep-seated pneumonia supervened.

Mrs. Crehan was away up country and was not informed of her daughter’s critical condition until after the heart trouble abated.

Four nurses and two doctors have been in attendance on the little one, whose condition is still critical.”

“Grace Crehan is Dead; Little Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Crehan Succumbs to Illness,” Vancouver Province, August 8, 1913, page 1: “Little Grace Crehan, the 15-year-old [sic] daughter of Mr. M.J. Crehan, the commissioner who conducted the South Vancouver municipal enquiry, died this morning at the family home, 1952 Alberni street, after an illness of five months. She was in a serious condition some time ago, but later it was thought that she would recover. However, a relapse occurred quite recently to which she succumbed. Death took place at 2:30 o’clock this morning.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the family residence to Mountainview [sic] cemetery. Rev. Mr. Chadwick will take charge of the funeral services.

It is just five months ago since a sister, Mercy Ellen, aged 6, died. Grace took sick about two days after the death of her sister.”

Grace Crehan, death notice, Vancouver Province, August 8, 1913, page 22: “Crehan—This morning at 2:30 o’clock, Grace, youngest daughter of M.J. Crehan. Funeral from residence, 1952 Alberni street, on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m., Rev. Mr. Chadwick officiating.”

 

Matilda G. Crehan

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVB-KT5 : accessed 11 August 2015), Matilda G Crehan, 16 Feb 1903; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13094, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,122. Medical certificate of death: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11627-6066-91?cc=1538285

“Find A Grave Index,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVK9-GBGD : accessed 11 August 2015), Matilda Crehan, ; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 35339599, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35339599.

“An Infant’s Death,” Vancouver Province, February 16, 1903, page 3: A sad event occurred last night in the [. . .] months’ old daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. M.J. Crehan. The little girl was taken sick very suddenly and passed away in spite of all that could be done for her. The funeral took place from the family residence at 314 Princess street, this afternoon. Much sympathy is expressed for Mrs. and Mrs. Crehan in their sad bereavement.”

 

Mercy Ellen Crehan

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1913-09-136643; Mercy Crehan; date of death: March 1, 1913; place of death: Vancouver; age: 5.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLL1-DWY : accessed 11 August 2015), Mercy Creham, 01 Mar 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13100, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,128.

“Find A Grave Index,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-SBDD : accessed 11 August 2015), Merey E. Crehan, 1913; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26306139, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

Mercy Ellen Crehan, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 3, 1913, page 18: “Crehan – Mercy Ellen Crehan, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Crehan, 1952 Alberni Street. Funeral 2 p.m. from residence. Funeral private.”

 

Maurice John Crehan (son of Matthew Joseph Crehan)

“A Marriage Has Been Arranged,” Vancouver Sun, May 31, 1931, page 17: “Formally announced this weekend by Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Farquhar is the betrothal of their elder daughter, Ellen Pamela, to Captain Maurice J. Crehan, Irish Fusiliers of Canada, son of the late Major M.J. Crehan and Mrs. Crehan,. Alberni Street. The wedding will be solemnized at St. Paul’s on Friday, July 3, with the bride-elect’s sister, Miss Theo Farquhar, Miss Diana Clegg and Miss Beth Grubbe as bridal attendants, and Mr. Donald Spankie as Captain Crehan’s best man.” [includes drawing of “Miss Pamela Farquhar.”

Society section, Vancouver Province, May 31, 1931, page 1, engagement announcement: Pamela Farquhar and Captain M.J. Crehan: “Mr. and Mrs. James B. Farquhar announce the engagement of the elder daughter, Ellen Pamela to Captain M.J. Crehan, Irish Fusiliers of Canada, only son of Mrs. Crehan and the late Major M.J. Crehan, Alberni street. The marriage will take place on July 3, at St. Paul’s Church. (includes photographs of “Miss Pamela Farquhar” and “Captain M.J. Crehan.”)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDDS-JWH : accessed 8 August 2015), Maurice John Crehans [sic] and Ellen Pamela Farquhar, 03 Jul 1931; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13761, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,557.

“Miss Pamela Farquhar is Bride of Mr. Maurice Crehan,” Vancouver Province, July 3, 1931, pages 12 and 13. [description of wedding ceremony]. “The bride is the daughter of one of the old families of the province and a granddaughter of the late Admiral Sir Arthur Farquhar, K.C.B., and of Lady Farquhar of Drumnagesk, Aboyne, Scotland. Mr. Crehan holds a commission as captain in the Irish Fusiliers, a regiment which his father was instrumental in forming. Mr. and Mrs. Crehan left for the wedding journey, which will be spent at Glean Airlie Farm on Vancouver Island. . . . On their return they will occupy an apartment in Stanley Court, Barclay street.”

“At the Crehan-Farquhar Wedding,” Vancouver Province, July 11, 1931, page 1: photograph of :Mrs. Maurice J. Crehan and her attendants: Beth Grubbe, Ellen Pamela Crehan (née Farquhar) and Miss Theo Farquhar.

“Crehan-Farquhar Wedding Today At St. Paul’s,” Vancouver Sun, July 3, 1931, page 8; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ci5lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zYgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1556%2C171830.

“Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9Z-PWM4 : accessed 8 August 2015), Maurice John Crehan, 1937; citing Ship , NARA microfilm publication A3422 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLY8-GM7 : accessed 8 August 2015), Maurice John Crehan, 20 Oct 1944; citing Italy, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B14424, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,231,494.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMCJ-V76 : accessed 11 August 2015), Daniel Keith Wilson, 15 Feb 1881; citing Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1,845,402.

“Canada Census, 1901,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVK-8ZB : accessed 11 August 2015), Keith Wilson in household of Edward Wilson, H, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 4, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8C-KTQ : accessed 11 August 2015), Daniel Keith Wilson and Kate Constance King, 06 Dec 1905; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11368, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,525.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-Y676 : accessed 11 August 2015), Keith Wilson, 1911; citing Census, Nanaimo Sub-Districts 1-28, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=59929&highlight=39&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Keith+Wilson

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLT1-P5L : accessed 11 August 2015), Keith Daniel Wilson, 03 Dec 1966; citing Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13281, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,857.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1J-S8N : accessed 8 August 2015), Douglas Gordon Keith Wilson, 20 Nov 1983; citing Ganges, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13635, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,073,152.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1989-09-009572; Ellen Pamela Wilson; date of death: June 10, 1989; place of death: Victoria; age: 81; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=9a24ac06-e238-4074-80b9-3cc49cef5a7a; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=10ecdb13-369d-4acf-a95a-0400837a38f0.

“Maurice Crehan a Daddy Again,” Vancouver Province, January 14, 1935, page 13: “Maurice Crehan, president of the Vancouver Rugby Union, is the proud father of another baby girl. The new arrival came Saturday morning about 9:30. “One of her names is Jane,” said Mr. Crehan this morning. “We’re still arguing about her other one, so I’ll let you know when Mrs. Crehan makes up her mind.”

“Crehan Loaned to British Army,” Vancouver Province, March 25, 1944, page 6 (includes photograph of Lt.-Col. Maurice J. Crehan): “Lt.-Col. Maurice J. Crehan, 36, well-known Vancouver sportsman and former officer commanding the 3rd Battalion, Irish Fusiliers (Vancouver Regiment), Canadian Artillery, is reverting to the rank of captain to go on loan to the British Army. Recently Lieut.-Col. Crehan has been in the directorate of organization at headquarters, Ottawa. He will report to Sussex, N.B., to undergo a refresher course before proceeding overseas. Col. Crehan is a partner in the firm of Crehan & Meredith, chartered accountants, here. He was prominent in rugby, rowing and cricket circles. His wife and three children live at 1849 West Forty-first. He is visiting them on leave.”

In memory of Major Maurice John Crehan, October 20, 1944; http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/1715564: “Maurice Crehan was a member of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps. He died while serving with the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria’s) as a CANLOAN Officer. Son of Matthew Joseph and Mercy Ellen Crehan, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; husband of Pamela Crehan, of Vancouver.”

Gulf Islands Driftwood, June 21, 1989, Page B4, http://www.saltspringarchives.com/driftwood/1989/v30n25June21-1989B.pdf: “Wilson, Pam of Salt Spring Island, B.C., passed away on June 10, 1989, after a brief illness. Much loved by her sister, Theo, her three daughters Pat, Penny and Melanie, her six grandchildren and their families and her many friends. Predeceased by Maurice John Crehan in 1944 and Douglas Gordon Keith Wilson in 1983. Private memorial serviced held in Vancouver on June 12, 1989. Arrangements entrusted to Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra St., Victoria, B.C.”

Journals of the House of Commons of Canada, 1957, January 16, 1957, page 31; [Petitions for divorce]; http://www.mocavo.ca/Journals-of-the-House-of-Commons-of-Canada-1957-Volume-102/132297/41: “Julio Donato Cianci of Montreal, Quebec, husband of Penelope Jane Crehan Cianci.”

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8X6-RXP : accessed 8 August 2015), James Johnston Thacker and Penelope Jane Crehan, 25 Apr 1957; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 1,358,091. (daughter of Maurice John Crehan and Ellen Pamela Farquhar).

“United States Social Security Death Index,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JL3L-PMK : accessed 11 August 2015), James J Thacker, 04 Dec 2003; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing) (possible connection).

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K5N1-WF7 : accessed 11 August 2015), James Thacker, Residence, Pikeville, Kentucky, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information. (possible connection)

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