Griesbach, Emma Maria (1851-1932)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 1, page 875

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 1, page 875

Emma Maria Griesbach was the wife of Arthur Henry Griesbach, a retired member of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. It appears that she lived at 1819 Robson Street in 1913.

Emma was born Emma Maria Hodgins in 1851 in Hawkesbury, Ontario. She went with the family of Alex MacMickin to Manitoba, where she met Arthur Henry Griesbach. They were married on March 26, 1877, in Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba.

Arthur was born in Yorkshire, England, on October 22, 1839. His father was William Robert Griesbach (1802-1861), who was the vicar of Millington and Fridaythorpe. His mother was Hannah Singleton (1807-1882).

He began his military and law enforcement career when he was 17 or 18. He served in the Yorkshire militia regiment, and later transferred to the King’s Hussars.

About 1867, Arthur moved to Canada. In 1870, he was a member of the General Wolseley expedition that went to Manitoba during the Red River Rebellion.

He later became the first man to enlist in the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. He served with the RNWMP until he retired in 1903.

After Arthur retired, he and Emmeline moved to Edmonton, where they stayed until 1912. In 1912 they moved to Chemainus, B.C.

Arthur died in Chemainus on November 21, 1916. He was buried in Edmonton Municipal Cemetery in Edmonton.

About 1926, Emma moved to Victoria, British Columbia. She died in Victoria on July 25, 1932. She was buried in Edmonton Municipal Cemetery in Edmonton.

Arthur and Emma had a son.

 

William Arthur Griesbach

William Arthur Griesbach was born at Fort Qu’Appelle on January 3, 1878. He studied at preparatory schools and graduated from St. John’s College in Winnipeg. He became a lawyer. He served with the Canadian forces in the Boer War.

He was an alderman in Edmonton in 1905 and 1906.

On January 6, 1906, he married Janet Scott McDonald Lauder.

He was Edmonton’s mayor in 1907.

In 1917 he became a Conservative member of the House of Commons. In 1921 he was appointed to the Canadian Senate.

He died in Edmonton on January 21, 1945.

 

Sources

Emma Maria Hodgins

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHRF-VF2 : 13 November 2014), Emma Griesbach in household of Robert G Brett, F, Alberta, The Territories, Canada; citing p. 4, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVZ-DZQ : 13 November 2014), Emma Griesbach, 6, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-BMCC : 2 March 2015), Emma Griesbach in entry for Arthur H Griesbach, 1911; citing Census, Nanaimo Sub-Districts 1-28, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,660.

Vancouver Island, Victoria Daily Colonist, November 24, 1916, page 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist58y299uvic#page/n3/mode/1up: “Mrs. Griesbach, of Chemainus, has gone to Edmonton, Alta, on an extended visit.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKL-LH6 : 30 September 2015), Emma Maria Griesbach, 1932.

“Resident Had Many Friends; Mrs. Emma Marie Griesbach Succumbs at St. Joseph’s Hospital Here,” Victoria Daily Colonist, July 26, 1932, page 5:

“A picturesque personality passed away with the death at St. Joseph’s Hospital yesterday morning of Mrs. Emma Marie Griesbach, widow of Lieut.-Col. A.H. Griesbach and mother of Major-Gen. the Hon. W. A. Griesbach, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., of Edmonton.

Resident on Vancouver Island for many years, first at Chemainus, and for the past six years in Victoria, latterly at 806 Quadra Street, Mrs. Griesbach had a host of friends here who will greatly miss her. She was born in Hawkesbury, Ont., and after her marriage accompanied her husband to the Prairies, where he was stationed with the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. Those who knew her well were entertained on innumerable occasions by her racy reminiscences of pioneer days in Alberta and Saskatchewan. She came to the British Columbia coast twenty-five years ago and had had lived in this part of the Dominion ever since. She passed her eightieth birthday some time ago.

Senator Griesbach was summoned from Edmonton a few days ago and was with Mrs. Griesbach when the end came. The remains will be sent today to Edmonton for interment there.”

Emma Marie Griesbach, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, July 26, 1932, page 12: “Griesbach—There passed away yesterday morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mrs. Emma Maria Griesbach, of 806 Quadra Street. The late Mrs. Griesbach, who was in her eighty-first year, was born in Hawkesbury, Ontario, and had resided in this city and district for the past twenty-five years. She is survived by one son, Major-General the Honorable W.A. Griesbach, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. Edmonton, Alberta. The remains are resting at the S.J. Curry & Son Funeral Home and will be forwarded today to Edmonton, were interment will be held.”

 

William Robert Griesbach (father of Arthur Henry Griesbach)

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFB1-JQM : 10 December 2014), William Robert Griesbach and Hannah Singleton, 22 Feb 1836; citing Givendale, York, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,655,695.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NL6T-VLM : 10 December 2014), William Robert Griesback and Hannah Singleton, 25 Feb 1836; citing Millington,York,England, reference ; FHL microfilm 990,921.

 

Hanna Singleton (mother of Arthur Henry Griesbach)

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFB1-J31 : 10 December 2014), William Robert Griesbach and Hannah Singleton, 22 Feb 1836; citing Givendale, York, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,655,695.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NL6T-V21 : 10 December 2014), William Robert Griesback and Hannah Singleton, 25 Feb 1836; citing Millington,York,England, reference ; FHL microfilm 990,921.

 

Arthur Henry Griesbach (husband of Emma Maria Hodgins)

Supt. Arthur Griesbach, http://www.rcmpveteransvancouver.com/supt-arthur-griesbach/

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JW2M-J81 : 30 December 2014), Arthur Henry Griesbach, 27 Oct 1839; citing MILLINGTON,YORK,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 990,921.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-BMCH : 2 March 2015), Arthur H Griesbach, 1911; citing Census, Nanaimo Sub-Districts 1-28, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,660.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2W-6HW : 30 September 2015), Arthur Henry Griesbach, 1916.

Arthur Henry Griesbach, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, November 24, 1916, page 7; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist58y299uvic#page/n6/mode/1up: “Griesbach—At Chemainus, B.C., on November 21, 1916, Arthur Henry Griesbach, Lt., Col. RNWMP, age 76 years. Interment at Edmonton, Alta.”

Vancouver Island, Victoria Daily Colonist, November 25, 1916, page 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist58y300uvic#page/n3/mode/1up: “Lieut.-Col. Arthur H. Griesbach passed away in Chemainus on Wednesday, aged 76 years. The deceased was an old member of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police, in which force he held the rank of major, and the remains were shipped yesterday to Edmonton for burial. Col. Griesbach was one of the best known residents of Chemainus district, in which he occupied the position of magistrate.”

“Saskatchewan Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNTJ-C9P : 5 December 2014), Arthur Henry Griesbach, 1919; citing Saskatchewan Battleford, Queen’s Bench Provincial Court, Regina; 2,363,249.

 

Julia Ann Mayberry (wife of Arthur Henry Griesbach)

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NJ51-Z56 : 30 December 2014), Julia Ann Griesbach in entry for Arthur Griesbach, 22 Apr 1857; citing Chelsea, Middlesex, England, reference item 1-2 p 659; FHL microfilm 2,214,587.

 

William Antrobus Griesbach (son of Emma Maria Hodgins)

William Antrobus Griesbach, Who’s Who in Canada, 1936-1937, page 66.

I Remember, by W.A. Griesbach, Toronto, Ryerson Press, 1946.

William Antrobus Griesbach, Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography, third edition, page 284; fourth edition, pages 317-318.

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHV6-WNL : 13 November 2014), W H Griesbach, 27C, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Noted Soldier, Senator Dies in Edmonton,” Vancouver Sun, January 22, 1945, page 10 (includes photograph of Senator W.A. Griesbach).

“Senator Griesbach, Soldier and Legislator, Dies Suddenly,” Vancouver Province, January 22, 1945, page 12 (includes photograph of Senator W.A. Griesbach)

“Major-General Dies,” Victoria Daily Colonist, January 23, 1945, page 1; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0145uvic_16#page/n0/mode/1up

“Former Army Head Passes,” Victoria Daily Colonist, January 23, 1945, page 2; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0145uvic_16#page/n1/mode/1up.

“Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9Z-P8TC : 30 December 2014), William A Griesbach, 1937-1938; citing Ship , NARA microfilm publication A3422 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVVC-NY5B : 13 December 2015), William Antrobus Griesbach, 1945; Burial, Edmonton, Edmonton Census Division, Alberta, Canada, Edmonton Municipal Cemetery; citing record ID 14295740, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14295740.