Gagen, Harry (1865-about 1947)

Henry (Harry) Gagen was a managing director of T.B. Cuthbertson & Co., a men’s furnishings store in Vancouver. He lived at 1872 Pendrell Street from 1917 to 1919.

He was born on October 29, 1865, in Clenchwarton, Norfolk, England. His father was Goddard Gagen; his mother was Ann Stockdale.

By 1881, when he was 14, he was living in Alton, Hampshire, working as a draper’s assistant. In 1891, he was living in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

On September 10, 1891, he married Minnie Elizabeth Sydenham. She was born on May 24, 1869, in Beaminster, Dorset, England. Her father was James Sydenham; her mother was Susan Guy.

While they were living in Hampshire, Harry and Minnie had two sons: Guy, born in 1892, and Arthur, born in 1895.

Harry appears to have been in a partnership with Stanley Sharp at 100 High Street in Winchester, England. They carried on business as “hosiers, hatters, and general outfitters.”

Harry’s marriage did not go well. In 1907, Minnie and Harry created a deed of mutual separation. Minnie was to care for Cyril, and Harry was to pay for their upkeep. Harry was to look after Guy.

However, Harry’s support for Minnie was inadequate. Minnie, who was training as a maternity nurse in London, England, started court proceedings to recover maintenance from Harry.

Harry and Stanley Sharp dissolved their partnership on January 30, 1908. Harry went to North America later in 1908, along with Guy. Accompanying them was a young woman named Gertrude Minnie Saywood, who was born in Malmesbury district, England in 1882.

By 1909, Minnie and Cyril had moved to New Zealand, where Minnie became a midwife.

Harry obtained a divorce from Minnie by petitioning a court in Washington State in 1912, alleging that Minnie was a habitual drunkard.

In 1917, Harry was living in Vancouver and working with T.B. Cuthbertson and Company. (Verner Robert Fullerton, who lived at 1929 Beach Avenue from 1916 to 1919, was also working with T.B. Cuthbertson and Company.)

On June 6, 1918, in Los Angeles, California, Harry went through a marriage ceremony with Gertrude. On December 7, 1918, Harry’s and Gertrude’s daughter, Daphne Ramona Gagen, was born in British Columbia (probably in Vancouver). Daphne died in Vancouver on November 5, 1923. Harry and Gertrude had another daughter named Jose (Kathleen Jocelyn Gagen), who was born in December 1926.

Minnie may not even have known about the divorce from Harry. In any case, she continued her midwife practice in New Zealand, until she contracted septicaemia and died in Wellington, New Zealand on September 4, 1922.

By 1925, Harry was still the manager of the T.B. Cuthbertson store, and was living on Kilmer Road in North Vancouver. By the late 1920s, Harry was working as the manager of Milton’s Limited, which was a men’s furnishings store at 628 Granville Street; he was living at 227 East 10th Street in North Vancouver. About 1928, Harry contacted Cyril in New Zealand; Harry went to New Zealand for a family visit, apparently coming back to Canada for a short time. He returned to New Zealand, leaving Gertrude and Jose without support in Vancouver.

In 1929, Harry applied to the New Zealand court for a declaration that his marriage to Gertrude was a nullity. The court concluded that Harry was both resident and domiciled in Canada, and since the marriage ceremony in California had not been celebrated in New Zealand, the New Zealand court had no jurisdiction to hear the petition.

From 1933 to 1935, Gertrude was living at 323 East Keith Road in North Vancouver. In 1935, she and Jose went to New Zealand to take action in the courts there to get family support from Harry. Gertrude was unsuccessful in her claim for herself, but the court awarded the claim on behalf of Jose. Shortly afterward, it appears, Harry moved to Australia.

Harry died in Australia, possibly in Towoomba, about 1950.

Gertrude apparently lived until 1982.

Jose married Robert Wright in Auckland, New Zealand in 1950. Jose later retired to live in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, which is about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Harry and Minnie had two sons:

Guy Sydenham Gagen

Guy Sydenham Gagen was born in August 1892, in Farleigh Wallop, Hampshire, England. He was interested in mathematics, chemistry, and fossils. After the visit to North America about 1908, Guy settled in Canada, although he went back to England for a visit, and returned in February 1914. In September 1914, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

On December 29, 1924, in Vancouver, Guy married Anna Melvina Willard. She was born in the United States about 1893. Her father was Cyrenus Trowbridge; her mother was Annie Gardiner. They had a girl named Tootsie, followed by twin sons Guy and Victor Trowbridge Gagen, who were born in Edmonton, Alberta on March 20, 1920.

Sometime after the war, Guy went prospecting for gold in central British Columbia, living mostly off the land.

Guy and Annie were divorced, and Annie married Francis Joseph Caswell.

Guy was married for the second time, in Quesnel, British Columbia, on November 23, 1934. His second wife was Gladys Myrtle Elliott, who was born in Molson, Washington State, about 1904.Her father was Paul du Bourgoine; her mother was Rose Cooper.

Guy died in Vancouver in September 19, 1987.

Arthur Cyril Gagen

Arthur Cyril Gagen was born on May 3, 1895, at Cliddesden, near Basingstoke, Hampshire. In 1909, he went with his mother to live in New Zealand. He enlisted with the New Zealand forces during the First World War; he fought at Gallipoli and in France. After the war, he married and had a family. He died in New Zealand on April 3, 1975.

Sources

The most comprehensive source is Bryan Crawford, Letters My Grandfather Wrote Me: Family Origins, AuthorHouse 2011, http://books.google.ca/books/about/Letters_My_Grandfather_Wrote_Me.html?id=A7DOSZpbMM0C&redir_esc=y

Harry Gagen

Eric Thomson, who also worked at T.B. Cuthbertson & Co., was at 1872 Pendrell in 1920. Thomas Bell Cuthbertson (1875-1963), who ran the shop, later worked as a salesman for David Spencer Ltd.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J7K7-S5N : accessed 17 Nov 2013), Goddard Gagen, 26 Aug 1823.

FreeBMD Births: Harry Gagen, Wisbeach district, Norfolk, December quarter, 1865, volume 3b, page 597, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=39110011&d=bmd_1383034811

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KD8K-NWL : accessed 17 Nov 2013), Harry Gagen in entry for Goddard Gagen, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X311-GFC : accessed 17 Nov 2013), Harry Gagen in entry for Albert Jeffrey Monk, 1881.

FreeBMD Marriages: Harry Gagen and Minnie Elizabeth Sydenham, Basingstoke, Berkshire and Hampshire, September quarter 1891, volume 2c, page 365, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=86205474&d=bmd_1383034811. Note: Gagen v. Gagen, [1929] New Zealand Law Reports 177 at page 178, says that the wedding was on September 10, 1889, but it appears that 1891 is the correct date.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XSXL-7XH : accessed 17 Nov 2013), Harry Gagen, 31 Mar 1901.

Harry Gagen and Stanley Sharp, hosiers, hatters, and general outfitters, at 100 High-Street, Winchester, notice of dissolution of partnership, effective January 30, 1908, London Gazette, February 11, 1908, page 995, http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/28108/pages/995/page.pdf

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Minnie Elizabeth Sydenham

Free BMD Marriages, James Sydenham and Susan Guy, Beaminster district, Dorset and Somerset, September quarter, 1854, volume 5a, page 667, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=22176837&d=bmd_1383034811;

http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=22135680&d=bmd_1383034811

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“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XSXL-7XC : accessed 17 Nov 2013), Minnie E Gagen, 31 Mar 1901.

Gertrude Minnie Saywood

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XL5Z-WQ9 : accessed 18 Nov 2013), Gertrude Gagen, 1908.

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLHJ-5Q7 : accessed 17 Nov 2013), Goddard Gagen in entry for Harry Gagen and Gertrude Minnie Saywood, 1918.

Guy Sydenham Gagen

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“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8R-VPN : accessed 14 Nov 2013), Guy Sydenham Gagen and Anna Melvina Willard, 1924.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1924-09-289460, Guy Sydenham Gagen and Anna Melvina Willard, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=81b9fcde-53d7-458b-957a-86e5032ba3b2

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL24-323 : accessed 16 Nov 2013), Annie Melvina Trowbridge in entry for Harry Cyrel Gagen, 1925.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL57-1ZR : accessed 16 Nov 2013), Annie Melvine Caswell, 1957. Née Trowbridge

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRV-4JK : accessed 16 Nov 2013), Annie Melvina Trowbridge in entry for Francis Joseph Caswell, 1948.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLT1-MT1 : accessed 16 Nov 2013), Anna Melvina Trowbridge in entry for Leslie William Willard, 1966.

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British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1934-09-421067, Guy Sydenham Gagen and Gladys Myrtle Elliott, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=64b056aa-22cb-4e72-93c1-67d1f73e0a75

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1987-09-016407, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=61130d17-7276-44ad-9fa3-f5bbaa667d1e

Arthur Cyril Gagen

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XSXL-7X8 : accessed 17 Nov 2013), Arthur C Gagen, 31 Mar 1901.

Daphne Ramona Gagen

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKJ-T41 : accessed 17 Nov 2013), Harry Gagen in entry for Daphne Ramona Gagen, 1923.

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