Hemeon, Center Gibbs (1888-1955)

Center Gibbs Hemeon was an employee of McLennan, McFeely and Company, who were dealers in hardware, sporting goods and ship supplies. He lived at 1835 Pendrell Street in 1918 and 1919.

Center Gibbs Hemeon was born on August 3, 1888, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. His father was Clarence Hemeon, a master of sailing ships, who was born about 1855. In September 1897, Clarence was lost at sea.

Yarmouth Past and Present: A Book of Reminiscences, Compiled by J. Murray Lawson, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1902, Disasters to Yarmouth Shipping, page 189; https://archive.org/stream/yarmouthpastpres00laws#page/189/mode/1up

Yarmouth Past and Present: A Book of Reminiscences, Compiled by J. Murray Lawson, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1902, Disasters to Yarmouth Shipping, page 189; https://archive.org/stream/yarmouthpastpres00laws#page/189/mode/1up

Center’s mother was Sarah Isabel Churchill (born about 1853).

In 1901, Center was living with his mother in Yarmouth. In 1905, Center passed the County Academy entrance examination in Nova Scotia. In 1910, Center was a master mason in Yarmouth.

He had arrived in Vancouver by about 1913.

On August 23, 1914, in Vancouver, Center married Annie Elizabeth Stafford. She was born about 1889 in New Mills or Hayford, Derbyshire, England. Her father was John Thomas, who was an iron moulder. Annie’s mother was Eliza Ridgeway.

Center and Annie lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1913 and 1914 936 Granville Street
1917 Number 35, 1306 Bidwell Street
1918 and 1919 1835 Pendrell Street
1920 Annie Hemeon—number 3, 475 Bute
1920 Center G [sic] Hemeon, clk McLennan McFeely (no address)
1921 Number 12, 1497 West Seventh Avenue
1922 1161 Granville Street (Anne E. Hemeon at number 32, 849 Nelson Street)
1923 and 1924 No listing for Center Hemeon. Annie E. Hemeon at Number 5, 626 Granville Street
1925 C.G. Hemeon at Number 112-319 West Pender. Annie E. Hemeon at Number 5, 626 Granville Street
1926 No listing for Hemeon under Vancouver names

Center continued to work with McLennan and McFeely until about 1920. In 1921, he had his own ship chandlery business with Lloyd Pickard.

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1921, page 794

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1921, page 794

In 1922, the business became C.G. Hemeon and Company.

Center did not appear in the Vancouver directories after 1925.

Based on the different addresses for Center and Annie in the 1920s, it appears that their marriage ended.

Center may have married again on January 27, 1926. By 1940, he was living in Chicago, Illinois, and he was working as a builder for the Otis Elevator Company. He was married to Kate Goodchap, who was born in Madras, India on August 29, 1895. Kate’s father was William Goodchap.

In 1942, Center registered with the United States military system. He was living in the Chicago area, and he was still working for the Otis Elevator Company.

Center and Kate later moved to Mountain View, Missouri.

Kate died on August 24, 1953, in Goldsberry Township, Howell Country, Missouri.

Center died on March 1, 1955, in Willow Springs, Howell County, Missouri.

 

Sources

Clarence Hemeon (father of Center Gibbs Hemeon)

Clarence Hemeon, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/clarence-hemeon_182172693

Yarmouth Genealogies, The Hemeon Family, reproduced from the Yarmouth Herald, July 20, 1909, Compiled by George S. Brown, page 6, https://archive.org/stream/hemeonfamily00brow#page/6/mode/1up/search/center: “Hemeon, Capt. Clarance, son John, married 1886, Oct. 25, Sarah J. Churchill, daughter Stephen; lost at sea 1897, Oct., and had: Center Gibbs [Hemeon].”

Yarmouth Past and Present: A Book of Reminiscences, Compiled by J. Murray Lawson, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1902, Disasters to Yarmouth Shipping, page 189; https://archive.org/stream/yarmouthpastpres00laws#page/189/mode/1up: “Capt. Clarence Hemeon was master of the American ship George S. Homer, which sailed from New York on the 26th September, 1897, for Shanghai, with a cargo of oil, and was not afterwards heard of. He was 42 years of age, and left a widow and one son. The vessel was 205.9 feet long, 39.6 feet wide and 20.9 feet deep.”

 

Sarah Isabel Churchill (mother of Ceter Gibbs Hemeon)

Sarah J [sic] Churchill, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/sarah-j-churchill_160840514

“Nova Scotia Vital Records, 1763-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMG6-4HW : accessed 20 December 2015), Sarah Isabel Churchill, 1853, Birth Registration; citing p. 71401737, volume 1904, Chegoggin, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6R-7NP : accessed 20 December 2015), Sarah Hemeon in household of Peter J Hemeon, Shelburne, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 50; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13171, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,807.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH27-MMM : accessed 20 December 2015), Sarah J Hemson, U, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 25, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

 

Center Gibbs Hemeon

Center Gibbs Hemeon, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/center-gibbs-hemeon_148082493

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW2H-6C6 : accessed 19 December 2015), Centre G Hemeon, Court House, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148124.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH27-3TL : accessed 20 December 2015), Centre G Hemson in household of Sarah J Hemson, U, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 25, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=14329&highlight=16&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Centre%3F+G.+Hemeon; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000048062.pdf.

Journal of Education, Nova Scotia, April 1905, Pass list, 1905, County Academy Entrance Examination, page 88: Yarmouth: Number 36: Center Hemeon; http://www.mocavo.ca/Journal-of-Education-Nova-Scotia-April-1905/161463/201.

“Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Order of Free and Accepted Masons of Nova Scotia,” 1910; page 210: master masons: Center Gibbs Hemeon; https://archive.org/stream/proceedingsofgra1910free#page/210/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/proceedingsofgra1910free#page/210/mode/1up.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZN-V44 : accessed 19 December 2015), Center Gibbs Hemeon and Annie Elizabeth Stafford, 23 Aug 1914; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11378, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,706.

Ancestry.com: Photo: Marriage Certificate; Taken: 27 Jan 1926; Attached to: Center Gibbs Hemeon (born 1888). (unverified source).

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4MJ-NSX : accessed 19 December 2015), Center Hemeon, Ward 43, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 103-2735, sheet 19B, family 5, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1007.

“United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V1KS-DFP : accessed 19 December 2015), Center Gibbs Hemeon, 1942; citing NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Missouri Death Registrations, Registration Number 8038, filed March 14, 1955; Center Gibbs Hemeon; died March 1, 1955 in Willow Springs, Howell County, Missouri; http://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1955/1955_00008037.PDF.

 

Annie Elizabeth Stafford (wife of Center Gibbs Hemeon)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XYF-MW6 : accessed 20 December 2015), Annie Elizabeth Stafford, 1889; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Hayfield, Derbyshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZN-V4Q : accessed 20 December 2015), Center Gibbs Hemeon and Annie Elizabeth Stafford, 23 Aug 1914; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11378, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,706.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKQ9-BTQ6 : accessed 20 December 2015), Annie Hemeon, 1915; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 276, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.:

 

Kate Goodchap (wife of Center Gibbs Hemeon)

Missouri Death Registrations, Registration Number 8038, filed March 14, 1955; Kate Hemeon; died August 24, 1953 in Goldsberry Township, Howell County, Missouri; http://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1953/1953_00028448.PDF.