Cripps, George Wilfitt (1876-1944)

George Wilfitt Cripps was a clerk and appraiser. He lived at 2061 Beach Avenue from 1906 to 1909.

George was born in Croydon, England, on January 31, 1876. His father was Thomas Henry Cripps (1847-1940). His mother was Susannah August Webb (1849-1941). When the family moved to Canada, they first lived in Montreal, Quebec. In 1891, they were at 2412 St. Catherine Street in Montreal.

Montreal City Directory, 1891-1892, page 467.

Montreal City Directory, 1891-1892, page 467.

They were at 380 Green Avenue in Montreal in 1899.

Montreal City Directory, 1899-1900, page 693.

Montreal City Directory, 1899-1900, page 693.

By 1900, the Cripps family had arrived in Vancouver; they were at 1014 Eveleigh Street. George’s father, Thomas, was working as an accountant for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

In 1905, George was working as the secretary for the Home Building Association. He was rooming at the New Fee Block at 585 Granville Street. Later that year, he moved to the Vancouver brokerage firm of J.J. Mulhall & Company. (James Joseph Mulhall was the father-in-law of Frank Burnett (Junior), who lived at 1877 Comox Street from 1911 to 1913.)

On November 16, 1905, in Vancouver, George married Olive Bernice (Annie) Evans. She was born in West Hartlepool, Durham, England, on September 26, 1882. Her father was Thomas Albert Evans (1838-1916), who lived at 1859 Comox Street from 1906 to 1912. Olive’s mother was Margery Taylor Couch (1840-1928). More information on the Evans family appears on the page for Thomas Albert Evans.

Shortly after their marriage, George and Olive moved to 2061 Beach Avenue in Vancouver. They were there from 1906 to 1909.

By 1911, they moved to 1743 Robson Street. George was working as a manager for the F.H. Lantz Company, which was an insurance and brokerage business.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 72.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 72.

Fraser Harry Lantz (1870-1936), the president of the company, was married to George’s sister, Mabel (who died on January 24, 1912). The managing director of the company was Valentine Gerald Quinn (1879-1954).

George and Olive later lived at the following addresses:

1914 1094 Denman Street
1915 6238 St. Catharines Street
1916 to 1918 Kenilworth Apartments, 843 Cardero Street (near Haro Street)
1919 Number 3, 548 Victoria Drive (Mrs. Olive Cripps)
1920 and 1921 1744 Davie Street
1922 817 Bidwell Street
1923 to 1926 1732 Davie Street
1927 to 1930 2445 West First Avenue
1931 to 1934 1106 Maple Street

 

On January 1, 1916, George enlisted as a lieutenant with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He gave his occupation as “fire insurance broker.” He said that he was born on January 31, 1878.

While George was taking a horse riding class in Vernon, British Columbia, in August 1916, his horse fell on him, crushing his right foot. The injury severely limited his ability to work at manual labour, although he did go to England in November 1916, and served for three years in Europe. On November 9, 1918, he was wounded by a gunshot; about the same time he also suffered from a low level of poison gas. He stayed in hospital for five months, and eventually went back to Canada. On August 4, 1919, he was struck off strength for being “medically unfit.” He was awarded membership in the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.” (M.B.E.).

By 1921, George was working in Vancouver as an assessor for the British Columbia government.

In 1935, George and Olive moved to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, where George became the local appraiser for the British Columbia government. From 1935 to 1944, they lived in number 4 of the Waldron Apartments on West Fourth Avenue, near Emmerson Place.

George died in Prince Rupert on February 6, 1944. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Olive moved back to Vancouver. She was living at 1925 Vine Street from 1945 to 1947.

By 1948, Olive was married to George William Robarts, who was a retired master mariner. He was born in Walton Nova Scotia, on September 23, 1872. His father was Thomas Robarts. His mother was Mary Tomilson.

George Robarts died in Vancouver on December 28, 1949.

Olive died in Vancouver on June 11, 1957.

George Wilfitt Cripps and Olive Evans had two sons: Wilfred Newton Cripps (born about 1908) and George Leonard Cripps (1911-1982).

 

Sources

Thomas Cripps (father of George Wilfitt Cripps)

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N2MC-MP8 : accessed 5 August 2015), Thomas Henry Cripps, 09 Jan 1848; citing ST PETER,BRIGHTON,SUSSEX,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,067,134. (possible connection)

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DKG-ND8 : accessed 5 August 2015), Thomas Henry Cripps, 1868; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Hastings, Sussex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRNK-CVC : accessed 5 August 2015), Thomas H Cripps, Croydon, Croydon, Surrey, England; from “1871 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 10, folio , p. , registration district, subdistrict, ED , household , The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQQT-H1K : accessed 5 August 2015), Thos Cripps, Croydon, Surrey, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 46, PRO RG 11/814 / 97, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 1,341,192.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW59-J35 : accessed 5 August 2015), Thomas H Cripps, St Antoine Ward, Montréal Centre, Quebec, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148208; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148208-00699.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-VFG : accessed 5 August 2015), Thomas H Cripps, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 1, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MT2Z : accessed 5 August 2015), Thomas H Cripps, 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,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGV-9VH : accessed 5 August 2015), Thomas Cripps, 29 Dec 1940; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13170, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,630.

Thomas Cripps, obituary, Vancouver Province, January 1, 1941, page 5: “Funeral services for Thomas Cripps, 93, of 1528 Davie, who died on Sunday at his home, will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the St. Paul’s Anglican Church with Rev. H.G. King officiating. Burial will take place in Mountain View Cemetery, with Center & Hanna in charge of arrangements. An employee of the C.P.R. freight department for 45 years, Mr. Cripps was born in Brighton, England, and had lived here for 35 years. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Harry of Vancouver and George W. of Prince Rupert; three grandsons and two great-grandchildren.”

Thomas Cripps, obituary, Vancouver Sun, December 31, 1940, page 17: “Funeral services for Thomas Cripps, 93, veteran retired C.P.R. employee, of 1528 Davie Street, who died Sunday, will be conducted Friday at 1:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Anglican Church by Rev. Canon Harold G. King; burial, Mountain View Cemetery. Mr. Cripps had served 45 years with the C.P.R., and had lived in Vancouver 30 years. He leaves his wife; two sons, Harry, Vancouver; George, Prince Rupert; three grandsons, W.N. and L.B. Cripps, Vancouver, and Claude Lantz, Seattle, Center & Hanna have charge of arrangements.”

Thomas Cripps, death notice, Vancouver Sun, December 31, 1940, page 13; Vancouver Province, January 1, 1941, page 13: “Cripps – On Dec. 29, 1940, at his residence, 1528 Davie St., Thomas Cripps, aged 93 years. Survived by his wife, 2 sons, Harry, city; George of Prince Rupert, 3 grandsons, 2 great grandchildren. Remains resting at Center & Hanna’s. Funeral service in St. Paul’s Church, Fri., Jan. 3 at 1:30 o’clock, Rev. Canon Harold G. King officiating. Committal family plot, Mountain View Cemetery. Center & Hanna, directors.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-STZF : accessed 5 August 2015), Thomas Cripps, 1941; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26262954, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26262954.

 

Susannah Augusta Hoffman Cripps (mother of George Wilfitt Cripps)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26P4-LQW : accessed 5 August 2015), Susannah Augusta Hoffmann Webb, 1850; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Marylebone, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:265V-KBL : accessed 5 August 2015), Susannah Augusta Hoffmann Webb, 1850; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Marylebone, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1851,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGTC-MS2 : accessed 5 August 2015), Susannah A Webb, ; from “1851 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DKR-Z1J : accessed 5 August 2015), Susannah Augusta H Webb, 1868; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Hastings, Sussex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGV-XB8 : accessed 5 August 2015), Susanna Augusta Cripps, 24 Jan 1941; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13170, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,630.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-STZX : accessed 5 August 2015), Susanna A. Cripps, 1941; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26303353, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26303353.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-STZ7 : accessed 5 August 2015), Claude Thomas Cripps, 1901; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26303354, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26303354.

“Death Claims Famed Pioneer,” Vancouver Province, January 24, 1941, page 12 [includes photograph of Mrs. T. Cripps]: “One of Vancouver’s old-timers, Mrs. Thomas Cripps, 1528 Davie, died this morning at the Bayview Nursing Home after a month’s illness. She was 87 years of age and was the wife of the late Thomas Cripps, who died here last month at the age of 93.

Born in England, Mrs. Cripps came to Canada 55 years ago and came to Vancouver with her husband 45 years ago. She was for many years an active member of St. Paul’s Church Women’s Auxiliary.

Mrs. Cripps was a granddaughter of the man who for many years was private chaplain to Queen Victoria. She herself used to give swimming lessons to some members of the Royal family.

Her other grandfather was a lieut. Dewsnap, one of Nelson’s officers, who was wounded at Trafalgar

Until the death of her husband, Mrs. Cripps was in excellent health.

Mrs. Cripps is survived by two sons, Harry Cripps at home and George W. Cripps, provincial assessor at Prince Rupert, three grandsons, Wilfred Cripps of Vancouver, Leonard Cripps of Prince Rupert and Claude Lantz of Seattle; two great grandsons, Dale and Michael of Vancouver.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Center & Hanna. . . .four sisters, Mrs. JAMES h. Thompson of Prince Rupert; Mrs. George Loasby of Montana, Mrs. W. Wilber of Elmsdale, and Mrs. Dell Severn of Springfield, Mass.; one brother, Henry Miller, Elmsdale.

Funeral services will be held in the residence, 1605 Marpole avenue, on Monday at 3 p.m., with Rev. F.W. Norwood officiating. Burial will take place in the Masonic Cemetery in Burnaby. [sic: other sources say Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.]”

“Mrs. Cripps, Pioneer, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, January 25, 1941, page 17: “Mrs. Thomas Cripps, 88, for many years a well-known Vancouver church and civic worker, died Friday in a Bayview nursing home, less than a month after the death of her husband, 93, to whom she had been married 72 years.

Mrs. Cripps was born in England and came to Vancouver 45 years ago. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Her husband was noted as a choir singer and for nearly seventy years of his life had sung in Anglican choirs. He celebrated their golden and diamond anniversaries as an active member of St. Paul’s choir.

Mrs. Cripps leaves two sons, George W. Cripps, for many years Provincial Assessor in Vancouver, and now in the same position in Prince Rupert, and Harry Cripps, Vancouver; three grandsons, Leonard and Wilfred Cripps, Vancouver, and Claude Lantz, Seattle; and two great-grandsons, Dale and Michael.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Anglican Church by Rev. Canon Harold G. King. burial, Mountain View Cemetery.”

 

Susunna [sic] Augusta Cripps, death notice, Vancouver Sun, January 25, 1941, page 17; Vancouver Province, January 25, 1941, page 25: “Cripps – On Jan. 24, 1941, in hospital, Susunna Augusta, wife of the late Thomas Cripps, aged 86 years, of 1528 Davie St. Survived by two sons, Harry, city; George, of Prince Rupert; three grandsons and two great grand-children. Funeral service in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. Canon Harold G. King officiating. Committal family plot, Mountain View Cemetery,. Center & Hanna, directors.”

 

George Wilfitt Cripps

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N1PY-FS6 : accessed 5 August 2015), George Welfilt Cripps, 09 Apr 1876; citing Croydon, Surrey, England, reference 49; FHL microfilm 994,342.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-BV5 : accessed 29 July 2015), George W Crippe, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 5, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD81-CYR : accessed 29 July 2015), George Willfitt Cripps and Olive Bernice Annie Evans, 16 Nov 1905; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,530.

“Will Wed To-night,” Vancouver Province, November 16, 1905, page 16: “The wedding of Miss Olive Evans, only daughter of Mr. Thomas Evans of Comox street, to Mr. George W. Cripps of the firm of J.J. Mulhall & Company, real estate and insurance brokers, is announced to take place in Christ Church this evening at 7 o’clock. The Rev. Mr. Owen will officiate at the ceremony.”

“Wedding Bells: Cripps-Evans,” Vancouver Province, November 17, 1905, page 16: “Mr. George W. Cripps and Miss Olive Evans were the contracting parties at a largely attended wedding celebrated in Christ Church at 7 o’clock last evening. The ceremony was performed by the rector, Rev. C.C. Owen, and the friends of the happy couple crowded the church to the doors.

The bride, who is the only daughter of Mr. Thomas Evans, was attended by Miss Minnie Burdis and was given away by her father. The groom, who is a member of the real estate firm of J.J. Mulhall & Company, and is prominent in the Elks and other secret societies, was supported by Mr. Leonard Evans, brother of the bride. Mr. Walter F. Evans, another brother of the bride, presided at the organ, and rendered the Mendelssohn and Lohengrin Wedding Marches.

After the ceremony the bridal party repaired to the residence of the bride’s parents on Comox street, where a reception was held. The happy couple were the recipients of many beautiful presents, testifying to the esteem in which they are held by their many friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Cripps left on the steamer Ramona last night on a two-week’s honeymoon tour of the Sound cities.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MKBW : accessed 29 July 2015), George Cripps, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm .

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MKB4 : accessed 29 July 2015), Olive Cripps in entry for George Cripps, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm .

Kenilworth Apartments, 843 Cardero Street, https://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/tag/kenilworth-apartments/.

The Kenilworth apartments, Vancouver City Archives, [843 Cardero Street], M-11-63; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/kenilworth-apartments-843-cardero-street

158th Battalion (The Duke of Connaught’s Own), CEF, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/158th_Battalion_(The_Duke_of_Connaught%27s_Own),_CEF.

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Name: Cripps, George Wilfitt; Rank: LT; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2141 – 41; Item Number: 125576; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=125576. Military service file: http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B2141-S041 [Note: this is a large PDF file that may take some time to download.]

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVT-W8T : accessed 29 July 2015), George Willfit Cripps, 06 Feb 1944; citing Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13182, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,205.

George W. Cripps, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 11, 1944, page 17; Vancouver Sun, February 11, 1944, page 19: “Cripps – At Prince Rupert, B.C., Feb. 6, 1944, George W. Cripps, provincial assessor. Survived by his wife, 2 sons, Wilfred and Leonard; 1 brother, Harry of Prince Rupert. Funeral service in Center and Hanna’s Chapel, under the auspices of Mr. Hermon Lodge, No. 7, A.F. and A.M., Satruday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. Committal, family plot, Mountain View Cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-STZ4 : accessed 29 July 2015), George W. Cripps, 1944; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26303352, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26303352.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1X-CJD : accessed 29 July 2015), George Leonard Cripps, 31 Aug 1982; citing North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13623, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,051,744.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8N-DPT : accessed 29 July 2015), Wilfred Newton Cripps and Ruth Charlotte Ruark, 06 Oct 1928; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13755, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,508.

 

Harry Cripps (brother of George Wilfitt Cripps)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MT2D : accessed 5 August 2015), Harry Cripps in entry for Thomas H Cripps, 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,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRP-HLJ : accessed 5 August 2015), Harry Cripps, 02 Sep 1947; citing Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13194, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,478.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVKR-XK15 : accessed 5 August 2015), Harry Cripps, 1947; Burial, Prince Rupert, Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Fairview Cemetery; citing record ID 52639925, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52639925.

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