Finlayson, John Ernest (1854-after 1908)

John Ernest Finlayson was a piano tuner. According to one version of the 1909 Revision of Register of Voters, he lived at 1932 Alberni Street sometime before 1909.

Vancouver Province, April 12, 1909, page 24.

However, another copy of the list shows Gilbert Hunter Finlay at 1932 Alberni Street and John Ernest Finlayson at 1011 Comox Street. (Gilbert Hunter Finlay did live at 1932 Alberni Street from about 1901 to 1904.)

Vancouver Province, April 13, 1909, page 24.

It appears that the April 12 list is incorrect, and that John Finlayson did not actually live at 1932 Alberni Street.

 

John Ernest Finlayson’s Life in United States

John Ernest Finlayson was born in New York State on January 14, 1854. (Various sources say that his birth year was between 1854 and 1859.)

His father was John Booth Finlayson (1816-1891), who was a piano builder and piano tuner. He lived in the United States in the late 1840s and the 1850s. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1852.

“New York Naturalization Index (Soundex), 1792-1906,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVT7-K9C3 : 15 March 2018), John Booth Finlayson, 1852; citing , New York, New York, United States, Index to Naturalization Petitions filed in Federal, state and local court in New York, 1792-1906, NARA microfilm publication M1674 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 79; FHL microfilm 1,420,245.

 

Ancestry.com. New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21. Name: John Booth Finlayson; Record Type: Declaration; Declaration Date: 18 May 1849; Declaration Place: New York, New York, New York, USA. Affidavit cover page.

Ancestry.com. New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21. Name: John Booth Finlayson; Record Type: Declaration; Declaration Date: 18 May 1849; Declaration Place: New York, New York, New York, USA. Declaration dated May 18, 1849.

Ancestry.com. New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21. Name: John Booth Finlayson; Record Type: Declaration; Declaration Date: 18 May 1849; Declaration Place: New York, New York, New York, USA. Affidavit of Peter Dolan, dated [October] 23 [1852].

Ancestry.com. New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21. Name: John Booth Finlayson; Record Type: Declaration; Declaration Date: 18 May 1849; Declaration Place: New York, New York, New York, USA. Oath of allegiance dated October 23, 1852.

A piano tuner named John B. Finlayson was living in Troy, New York in 1858.

Troy Directory, 1858, page 106.

John Booth Finlayson was married while he was living in New York, probably to a woman named Annie. (The location of their marriage is not clear.) She died before 1868.

On January 25, 1868, in St. Pancras, Middlesex, John married Ann Whitehurst. She was born about 1836 in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Her father was James Whitehurst.

Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: p90/pan1/144. Name: John Booth Finlayson; Gender: Male; Record Type: Marriage; Marriage Date: 25 Jan 1868; Marriage Place: Parish Chapel, St Pancras, Camden, England; Father: John Finlayson; Spouse: Ann Whitehurst; Register Type: Parish Register.

From the 1870s to the 1890s, the family was living at 29 Gloucester Street, Queen Square, Holburn, London.

“England, London Electoral Registers, 1847-1913”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJNH-GJ3R : 18 March 2018), John Booth Finlayson, 1872.

 

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBDV-7HH : 11 December 2017), John B Finlayson, 1871.

 

29 Gloucester Street, Holborn, London; Google Streets, searched April 11, 2019; image dated October 2015.

John Booth Finlayson died on November 24, 1891.

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Name: John Booth Finlayson; Death Date: 24 Nov 1891; Death Place: Middlesex, England; Probate Date: 11 Dec 1891; Probate Registry: Principal Registry.

Ann Finlayson died on November 1, 1899.

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Name: Ann Finlayson; Death Date: 1 Nov 1899; Death Place: Middlesex, England; Probate Date: 29 Nov 1899; Probate Registry: London, England. [edited image].

Work as Piano Tuner

In 1871, John was living with his parents at 29 Gloucester Street in Holborn, London.

He became a piano tuner. It appears that he trained in England and New York.

By the mid-1880s he was in California.

Stanislaus County Weekly News (Modesto, California), July 17, 1885, page 3, column 4.

 

Morning Union (Grass Valley, California), Volume 38, Number 6946, November 18, 1886, page 3, column 1.

 

San Francisco Directory, 1887, page 470, column 2.

 

Ancestry.com. California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 – 2A; CSL Roll Number: 139; FHL Roll Number: 978597. Name: John Ernest Finlayson; Residence Year: 1888; Residence Place: Yolo, California; Age: 34; Birth Year: abt 1854.

Northern California State Directory, 1890-1891, page 102, https://archive.org/details/businessdirector1890unse/page/96.

 

Northern California State Directory, 1890-1891, page 105; https://archive.org/details/businessdirector1890unse/page/99.

 

 

To Vancouver

John Finlayson had arrived in Vancouver by the summer of 1889.

Vancouver Daily World, August 13, 1889, page 4, column 1.

He was in the Vancouver directory in 1890.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1890, page 138.

He appeared at the following residential addresses in the Vancouver directories:

1890 315 Seymour Street
1890 520 Pender Street
1891 to 1895 Dufferin House (Number 8, Miller Block, 22 Cordova Street)
1896 to 1905 Not listed under Vancouver names
1906 532 Dunlevy Street

He also carried on business in Victoria.

Victoria Daily Times, February 4, 1890, page 4, column 3.

He appeared in the 1891 Canada census. According to the census, he was born in the United States about 1859 and he was not married.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWK3-M62 : 3 August 2016), J Finlayson, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148093-00129.

 

Vancouver Daily World, February 24, 1892, page 1, column 4.

In the 1898 BC voters list, he was called “John Ernest Findlayson,” with an address at room 8 in the Miller Block:

List of Persons Entitled to Vote in the Vancouver City Electoral District, April 30, 1898, British Columbia Legislative Assembly, 1899, page 267; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcsessional/items/1.0063984#p18z-2r0f; B.C. Voters List 1898, F to Fn, http://sites.rootsweb.com/~canbc/vote1898/votef.htm.

By 1906, he was living at 532 Dunlevy Street.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 335.

Vancouver Daily World, February 5, 1908, page 1, column 5.

No further information is available for him.

 

Sources

John Booth Finlayson (father of John Ernest Finlayson)

John Booth Finlayson (1816–1891); Birth: 1816, Soho, London, England; Death: October 1891, Holborn, London (ancestry.ca).

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NK5T-65T : 10 February 2018), John Booth Finlayson and Ann Whitehurst, 25 Jan 1868; citing Old Church,Saint Pancras,London,England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 598,349, 598,350, 598,351, 598,352, 598,353, 598,354, 598,355.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBDV-7HH : 11 December 2017), John B Finlayson, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q279-1YH9 : 8 December 2017), John B Finlayson, St Andrew Holborn Above The Bars And St George The Martyr, London,Middlesex, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 21, Piece/Folio 337/63, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,242.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QWG2-B6Z : 11 December 2017), John B Finlayson, St Andrew Holborn Above The Bars And St George The, London, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2JJ2-FP5 : 31 December 2014), John Booth Finlayson, 1891; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Holborn, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Ancestry.com. Web: UK, Burial and Cremation Index, 1576-2014 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Deceased Online; United Kingdom; Deceased Online Burial Indexes. Name: John B Finlayson; Register Type: Burial; Death Date: abt 1891; Burial or Cremation Date: 11 1891; Burial or Cremation Place: Kensington and Chelsea, London, England. URL: https://www.deceasedonline.com.

 

Ann Whitehurst (wife of John Booth Finlayson)

Ann Whitehurst (1837–1899); Birth: ABT 1837, Mackless [Macclesfield], Cheshire, England; Death: OCTOBER 1899, Holborn, London (ancestry.ca).

“England and Wales Census, 1841,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M799-Q6B : 11 April 2019), Charles Kent and James Rigby and Watkin Rigby and Ann Whitehurst and Cornelia Whitehurst and Mary Rigby, Prestbury, Cheshire, England; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NK5T-65R : 10 February 2018), John Booth Finlayson and Ann Whitehurst, 25 Jan 1868; citing Old Church,Saint Pancras,London,England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 598,349, 598,350, 598,351, 598,352, 598,353, 598,354, 598,355.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBDV-7HC : 11 December 2017), Ann Finlayson in entry for John B Finlayson, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q279-1YCF : 8 December 2017), Ann Finlayson in household of John B Finlayson, St Andrew Holborn Above The Bars And St George The Martyr, London,Middlesex, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 21, Piece/Folio 337/63, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,242.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QWGL-7N2 : 11 December 2017), Ann Finlayson in household of John B Finlayson, St Andrew Holborn Above The Bars And St George The, London, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

Ancestry.com. Web: UK, Burial and Cremation Index, 1576-2014 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Deceased Online; United Kingdom; Deceased Online Burial Indexes. Name: Ann Finlayson; Register Type: Burial; Death Date: abt 1899; Burial or Cremation Date: 11 1899; Burial or Cremation Place: Kensington and Chelsea, London, England; URL: https://www.deceasedonline.com.

 

John Ernest Finlayson

“New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27Y9-6PT : 11 February 2018), John E. Finlayson, 14 Jan 1854; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, reference New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,315,311.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBDV-7HZ : 11 December 2017), John E Finlayson in entry for John B Finlayson, 1871.

There is a reference to John Ernest Finlayson as a member of Mount Moriah masonic lodge in San Francisco, California in 1889: “Finlayson, John Ernest; Mt Moriah; 44; 5/1/1889; San Francisco, Cal.”: [http://www.geocities.com/calcems2002/little-black-book-1880-a-i.txt; this link has not been active for many years; an archive of the page appears at http://web.archive.org/web/20090806192134/http://geocities.com/calcems2002/little-black-book-1880-a-i.txt.]

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWK3-M62 : 3 August 2016), J Finlayson, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148093-00129.

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