Gall, John Stewart (1876-1960)

Northern Who’s Who; a Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women, Volume 1, C.W. Parker, editor; Vancouver, Western Press Association, 1916, page 266; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/266/mode/1up.

Northern Who’s Who; a Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women, Volume 1, C.W. Parker, editor; Vancouver, Western Press Association, 1916, page 266; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/266/mode/1up.

John Stewart Gall (sometimes called “J. Stewart Gall”) was a bookkeeper and an agent for the insurance, financial and real estate firm of Richards, Akroyd and Gall. He lived at 2000 Beach Avenue from 1903 to 1905 and at 958 Denman Street from 1906 to 1914.

John Stewart Gall was born on January 8, 1876, in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father was John Duncan Gall (1849-1881). His mother was Margaret Jane Cowie (1849-1944).

He went to school at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh. He later attended the University of Edinburgh.

In 1893 he became “indentured” to the firm of Simpson & Lawson. Simpson & Lawson were members of Writers to the Signet, a private society of Scottish solicitors. Robert Russell Simpson became a Scottish knight in 1918.

John arrived in Vancouver in 1898, and began working as a clerk with Innes, Richard & Akroyd. He was boarding with Mrs. Isabelle Magee at 1234 Seymour Street.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 555.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 555.

On February 18, 1902, in Vancouver, John married Maud Donaldson Sayer-Smith, whose family lived on Beach Avenue. Maud was born on October 3, 1882, in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England. Her father was Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith (1848-1935). Her mother was Annie Donaldson Mitchell (1860-1941).

Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith building the family home on the south side of Beach Avenue at the foot of Guilford [sic: Gilford] Street; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 1376-515; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/alexander-biggart-sayer-smith-building-family-home-on-south-side-of-beach-avenue-at-foot-of-guilford-street.

Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith building the family home on the south side of Beach Avenue at the foot of Guilford [sic: Gilford] Street; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 1376-515; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/alexander-biggart-sayer-smith-building-family-home-on-south-side-of-beach-avenue-at-foot-of-guilford-street.

After their marriage, John and Maud lived at 2000 Beach Avenue from 1903 to 1905. From 1906 to 1914, they were at 958 Denman Street.

About 1909, John became a full member of Richards, Akroyd and Gall. (Henry Cecil Akroyd (1873-1940), who lived at 1919 Beach Avenue from 1910 to 1913, was another member of the firm.)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 48

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 48

In 1915, John and Maud moved to 3839 Marguerite Street, where they continued to live for the rest of their time in Vancouver.

John died in Vancouver on July 12, 1960.

Maude died in Vancouver on February 8, 1967.

 

John and Maud had a daughter.

 

Pauline Margaret (“Peggy”) Stewart Gall

Pauline Margaret (“Peggy”) Stewart Gall was born in Vancouver on April 21, 1914.

She married Frank Milton Brooks Gilbert, who was an Anglican clergyman. He was born in Surrey, British Columbia, on January 4, 1910. His father was Walter Ernest Gilbert (1874 – 1951). His mother was Mydra Irene Lent (1876 – 1963).

 

They were later divorced.

Frank died in Vancouver on October 21, 1973. There is a memorial plaque to him at Surrey Centre Cemetery, Cloverdale, British Columbia.

Peggy died in Princeton, British Columbia, on March 2, 1992.

Peggy and Frank had a daughter, Marcia Mary Gilbert.

 

Sources

The Sandness Pages, http://www.nethop.net/~sandness/index.htm; includes history of John Stewart Gall and and Maude Donaldson Sayer-Smith and their families.

 

John Duncan Gall (father of John Stewart Gall)

John Duncan Gall (1849 – 1881); http://www.nethop.net/~sandness/GALL_John_Duncan.htm

“Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XY7X-682 : accessed 17 February 2016), John Duncan Gall and Margaret Jane Cowie, 02 Jan 1874; citing Saint Ninians,Stirling,Scotland, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,035,516.

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMVF-R71 : accessed 17 February 2016), John D Gall, St George, Midlothian, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 2, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 223,989.

 

Margaret Jane Cowie (mother of John Stewart Gall)

Margaret Jane Cowie (1849 – 1944); http://www.nethop.net/~sandness/COWIE_Margaret_Jane.htm.

“Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XY7X-68K : accessed 17 February 2016), John Duncan Gall and Margaret Jane Cowie, 02 Jan 1874; citing Saint Ninians,Stirling,Scotland, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,035,516.

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMVF-RWM : accessed 17 February 2016), Margaret J C Gall, St George, Midlothian, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 2, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 223,989.

“Scotland Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSFH-V6C : accessed 17 February 2016), Margaret J Gall, Newington, Midlothian, Scotland; from “1891 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 15, GRO6/275, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 220,402.

 

John Stewart Gall

John Stewart Gall, Who’s Who in Western Canada, first edition; edited by C.W. Parker; Vancouver; Canadian Press Association Limited, 1911, page 181; http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=643175.

Northern Who’s Who; a Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women, Volume 1, C.W. Parker, editor; Vancouver, Western Press Association, 1916, page 266; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/266/mode/1up.

John Stewart Gall (1875-1960); http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/john-stewart-gall_75090102.

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMVF-RW9 : accessed 17 February 2016), John S S Gall, St George, Midlothian, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 2, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 223,989. (possible connection)

George Watson’s College, Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Watson%27s_College.

“Scotland Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSFH-V6Z : accessed 17 February 2016), John S Gall, Newington, Midlothian, Scotland; from “1891 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 15, GRO6/275, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 220,402.

A History of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet, by Society of Writers to H.M. Signet, Edinburgh, 1890; https://archive.org/stream/historyofsociety00socirich#page/n6/mode/1up.

Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_Writers_to_Her_Majesty%27s_Signet.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8B-RXS : accessed 17 February 2016), John Stewart Gall and Maud Sayer Smith, 18 Feb 1902; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,530.

“Bride From the Bay; The Charming daughter of A. Sayer-Smith United in Marriage With John S. Gall,” Vancouver Daily World, February 19, 1902, page 4: “English Bay has to its credit the bringing to a pleasant finale many a charming courtship, by it had not been the scene of a wedding until Tuesday. A. Sayer-Smith was one of the first to take up a permanent residence at the Bay and there he has brought up his family. On Tuesday one of his daughters, Maude, who was nothing but a jolly little toddler when he first made his home there, had the honor of being the first bride to be joined to the man of her choice in that part of the city. The ceremony was performed at St. Andrew’s church by Rev. E.D. McLaren, after which the wedding party drove to Mr. Smith’s charmingly situated residence at the Bay for the wedding breakfast. The groom was Mr. John S. Gall, of the office of Ines, Richards & Ackroyd [sic], and he was assisted by Richard Angus. The bride was attended by her sister Dora. The newly wedded pair left on the Charmer on their wedding tour. The presents in number and taste testified to the bride’s popularity among her many friends.”

“Gall-Smith,” Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, February 19, 1902, page 8: “A very pretty wedding took place on Tuesday morning at St. Andrew’s Church. The contracting parties were Mr. John S. Gall, of the firm of Messrs. Innes, Richards & Akroyd, and Maud, the eldest daughter of Mr. A. Sayer-Smith, of English Bay. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. McLaren, in the presence of a large number of friends of the happy couple. The bride looked very charming in a suit of pale navy-blue with brown hat, and was attended by her sister, Miss Dora Smith, while the groom was supported by Mr. Richard Angus. After the ceremony, the bridal party were driven to the home of the bride’s parents, where a wedding breakfast was partaken of, after which they left by the Charmer on their honeymoon to the Sound cities. The bride was the recipient of many handsome presents from her many friends.”

“Gall-Sayer-Smith,” Vancouver Province, February 19, 1902, page 10 [Date caption at top of page incorrectly says that the year is 1901.]: “The wedding took place on Tuesday in St. Andrew’s Church of two well-known young people of the city. The contracting parties were Mr. John S. Gall, of Messrs. Innes, Richards & Akroyd, and Miss Maud, eldest daughter of Mr. A. Sayer-Smith, formerly accountant at the Hotel Vancouver. The bride is a very popular young lady. She is a granddaughter of the late Mr. Wm. Smith, scientist and sculptor of Aberdeen. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. McLaren, and the church was crowded with many friends of the parties. The bride was in a suit of pale navy-blue, with brown hat, and was attended by her sister, Miss Dora Smith, while the groom was supported by Mr. Richard Angus. After the ceremony, the bridal party were driven to the home of the bride’s parents, where a wedding breakfast was served, after which they left by the Charmer on their honeymoon trip to the Sound cities. The bride was the recipient of many handsome presents.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPW5 : accessed 17 February 2016), John Stewart-Gall, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63729&highlight=15&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+John+Stewart-Gall.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2QSX-HPQ : accessed 17 February 2016), John Stewart Gall, Sep 1911; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, T-4704, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1921 Canada Census, John S. Gall; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 17; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLR1-6MY : accessed 17 February 2016), John Stewart Gall, 1960.

John Stewart Gall, Vancouver Province, July 14, 1960, page 23; Vancouver Sun, July 14, 1960, page 40: “Gall—Passed away July 12, 1960, in St. Paul’s Hospital, of 3839 Marguerite St., in his 86th yr. Survived by his loving wife; daughter, Mrs. P.M. S. Gilbert and granddaughter Marcia Gilbert, Vancouver. Private funeral service was held Wednesday, July 13, at 2:30 p.m., in Nun & Thomson’s Chapel, 10th Ave. & Cambie St. Rev. D.C. McCoull officiated. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined.”

 

Maude Donaldson Sayer-Smith (wife of John Stewart Gall)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XKX-38J : accessed 17 February 2016), Maud Donaldson Smith, 1882; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Barrow In Furness, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPWR : accessed 17 February 2016), Maude Donaldson Stewart-Gall in entry for John Stewart-Gall, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63729&highlight=16&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Maude+Donaldson+Stewart-Gall;

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2QSX-HP7 : accessed 17 February 2016), Maud D Gall, Sep 1911; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, T-4704, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1921 Canada Census, Maud Gall in household of John S. Gall; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 17; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYM-FL3 : accessed 17 February 2016), Maud Donaldson Gall, 1967.

Maud Donaldson Gall, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 9, 1967, page 23; Vancouver Sun, February 9, 1967, page 43: “Gall—Passed away February 8, 1967, in St. Paul’s Hospital, Mrs. Maud Donaldson Gall of 3989 Marguerite Street, in her 85th year. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. Peggy Gilbert and granddaughter, Marcia, at home. Funeral service Friday, February 10 at 1:30 p.m., in Nunn and Thomson Chapel, 10th Ave. and Cambie St., Rev. G.A. Ruskell officiating. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined.”

 

Pauline Margaret Stewart Gall (daughter of John Stewart Gall)

1921 Canada Census, Pauline M. Gall in household of John S. Gall; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 17; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6P-NZ49 : accessed 17 February 2016), Pauline Margaret Stewart Gilbert, 1992.

 

Frank Milton Brooks Gilbert (husband of Pauline Margaret Stewart Gall)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-1K8G : accessed 17 February 2016), Frank Milton Gilbert in entry for Walter Ernest Gilbert, 1911; citing Census, New Westminster Sub-Districts 21-47, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XGR1-7PJ : accessed 17 February 2016), Frank Milton Brooks Gilbert, 14 Aug 1946; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Metaline Falls, Washington,, line , NARA microfilm publication Imusawa1917a, roll 082626, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Ewanida-L. Gilbert; Walla Walla,WA,USA; 1942-52; 8 May 1999; http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/EWANIDA/1999-05/0926214690: Rev. Frank Milton Brooks GILBERT – arrived in Walla Walla Dec 1950, left abt May 1952 (went to Vancouver, BC, CAN).

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBV-Z1C : accessed 17 February 2016), Frank Milton Brooks Gilbert, 1973.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK18-SVGX : accessed 17 February 2016), Frank Milton Brooks Gilbert, 1973; Burial, Cloverdale, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Surrey Centre Cemetery; citing record ID 140674920, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=140674920.

City of Surrey Cemetery Services, List of Interments to May 2, 2014; https://www.surrey.ca/files/G_LALO.pdf: GILBERT, Frank Milton Brooks Surrey Centre SC-CREMATION 14.

 

Marcia Mary Gilbert (daughter of Pauline Margaret Stewart Gall)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6P-NZ49 : accessed 17 February 2016), Pauline Margaret Stewart Gilbert, 1992: Marcia Mary Gilbert was the informant for the death certificate of Pauline Margaret Stewart Gilbert.

 

William Gall (brother of John Stewart Gall)

“Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTXJ-LPJ : accessed 17 February 2016), William Gall, 27 Jun 1881; citing Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, reference 835; FHL microfilm 232,687.

 

Dora Sayer-Smith (sister of Maude Donaldson Sayer-Smith)

Society, Vancouver Province, September 1909, unknown date and page: “Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Sayer-Smith announce the engagement of their daughter Dora to Mr. Percy Keagey Semmens. The wedding will take place on Sept. 15, in St. Andrew’s church.”

 

Robert Browning (Bob) Smith (brother of Maude Donaldson Sayer-Smith)

R.B. Smith, 1st English Bay Child, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, February 18, 1955, page 2; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xTtlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vIkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2706%2C3275975.

“Death Takes English Bay’s First Baby,” Vancouver Province, February 19, 1955, page 27.

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