Charles Grant Henshaw was a commercial merchant in Vancouver and a military recruiter during the First World War. He lived at 1833 Haro Street from 1897-1899. (One listing also shows him at 1835 Haro Street in 1898, and at 1821 Haro Street in 1899). Charles was married to Julia Wilmotte Henshaw, who was a well-known botanist and writer. Julia also won the Croix de Guerre as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War.
Charles Henshaw was born on July 6, 1860, in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, about 30 kilometres east of Montreal. His father was Joshua Sands Henshaw (born about 1829); his mother was Jane Fayrer.
Charles’s sister was Jane Fayrer Henshaw (1868-1950). In 1888, she married Frederick Williams-Taylor (1863-1945), who became the eighth general manager of the Bank of Montreal; he received a knighthood in 1914, and his portrait appeared on Bank of Montreal banknotes in the 1910s and 1920s.
Charles was educated in high school and then in Sydenham College in Montreal. He started business with the Bank of Montreal in Montreal.
In 1887, Charles Henshaw married Julia Willmotte Henderson at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal, Quebec. Julia was born in St. Mary the Less, Durham, England on August 8, 1868. Her father was William Henderson (1813-1891), who was born in Merrington, Durham. He was a naturalist and writer. Julia’s mother was Lucy Durham, who was born about 1838 in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire. William Henderson wrote a light-hearted book that asked who was the author of William Shakespeare’s works, along with more-serious books about fishing and folklore in England.
Charles and Julia had one child: their daughter, Doris, who was born in Montreal, Quebec, on September 20, 1889.
The Henshaws came to Vancouver about 1890. Charles established himself in business as a commission agent and metal broker. Also in the business were Arthur Granville Thynne (1867-1948) in Vancouver and Claude Sidney Fardell Hamber (born about 1869) in Nelson, British Columbia. Charles also became a justice of the peace.
The family lived in a series of houses in Vancouver, mostly in the West End. While Charles continued his business enterprises, Julia pursued her interests in writing and nature studies. She often used Julia Durham as her pen name (taking the name of her birthplace, but also, apparently, her mother’s maiden name). During the First World War, Charles became an active recruiter for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Julia went to Europe, where she worked with an ambulance and food supply unit.
After the war, Charles and Julia resumed their life in British Columbia. They also travelled to Europe. In 1926, they were in France and Italy, where Julia gave a series of lectures on the National Parks of Canada. They returned to West Vancouver for the summer of 1926. They went back to Europe shortly after that; while they were in Rome, Italy, Charles died on January 28, 1927, after having a stroke.
Julia returned to British Columbia, where she lived most of the time in West Vancouver. For a short period, she had an antique store called “The Wildflowers” at 801 Georgia Street (in the Hotel Georgia). She died in Caulfeild, West Vancouver on November 18, 1937, and she is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.
St. Francis-in-the-Wood Church in Caulfeild, West Vancouver, has memorial stained glass windows for Charles and Julia.
Charles and Julie had one child
Doris was born on September 20, 1889, in Montreal, Quebec. On November 17, 1909, in Vancouver, she married Walter Grant Peterson Morden. He was born on July 20, 1880, in Prince Edward County, Ontario. He was a successful financier in eastern Canada. Later, he moved to England, where he continued his business success for a time, and also became an elected member of the British Parliament.
During the First World War, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, The family lived at a large estate called Heatherden Hall, in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, about 30 kilometres west of London. After the stock market crash in 1929, however, he was forced into bankruptcy. He died in England on June 25, 1932. Charles Boot, who ran a large contracting and housebuilding firm, bought Heatherden Hall, and turned the estate into Pinewood Studios.
On May 15, 1940, in London, England, Doris married Major Leslie da Fonseca. He later worked as a clerk in Vancouver. It appears that this marriage did not last: by 1957, Doris was again called Mrs. Grant Morden. Leslie Tavars da Fonseca died in Vancouver on March 31, 1974; he was survived by his wife, Margaret Gaines.
Doris lived until 1974.
Walter Grant Peterson Morden and Doris Henshaw had four children:
Patricia Morden, born about 1912 in Montreal, Quebec.
Barbara Evelyn Henshaw Morden, born about 1913 in Denham, England. She married Langton de Warrenne Waller
Ann Morden was born in England
Walter John Henshaw Grant Morden was born on August 17, 1925, in London, England. He died in January 2009 in London, Ontario. He married Elizabeth Grace Tannahill, who was the daughter of James Arbuckle Tannahill
Charles Grant Henshaw
Charles Grant Henshaw, Who’s Who in Western Canada, 1911, page 205.
Charles Grant Henshaw, http://www.rawbw.com/~hinshaw/cgi-bin/id?13506
Addresses from Vancouver directories:
1891 to 1896: 814 Nicola Street
1897 to 1899: 1833 Haro Street
1900 to 1904: 1671 Haro Street
1905 to 1906: 1600 Haro Street
1907 to 1914: 1508 Robson
1915: not listed
1916: Glencoe Lodge (1001 Georgia Street)
1917 onward: Caulfeilds (West Vancouver) (residence called “The Hut”)
Victoria Daily Colonist, March 26, 1905, page 6, “Mr. and Mrs. Charles Grant Henshaw, Vancouver, have just moved into their new house at the corner of Cordero (sic) and Haro streets.”
“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVJM-T56 : accessed 23 Sep 2013), Charles Henshaw in household of Josh. Henshaw, Notre-Dame & St-Hyacinthe, Ste-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada.
Ancestry.com: Julia Willmotte Henderson and Charles Grant Henshaw. Married in 1887 in Montréal, Quebec.
“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKS-JHS : accessed 23 Sep 2013), Charles G Henshaw, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-VQ6 : accessed 23 Sep 2013), Chas G Henshaw, 1901.
Canada Census, 1911, British Columbia / Vancouver / 62 West Vancouver / page 26, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63256&highlight=1&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Chas.+G.+Henshaw
What Canada is Doing., Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume XLV, 19 May 1916, Page 4, http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=MIC19160519.2.27&e=——-10–1—-0– [C.G. Henshaw as chief recruiting officer.]
“Prominent Residents Return After Extended Trip Abroad,” Vancouver Province, May 4, 1926, page 8.
“Charles G. Henshaw Passes in Rome: Well-known Vancouver Man Victim of Stroke Last Friday,” Vancouver Province, January 31, 1927, page 1.
“Mr. Charles G. Henshaw Dies in Italian Capital,” Victoria Daily Colonist, February 1, 1927, page 1 [incorrectly says that Grant Morden and Doris Henshaw’s marriage took place in Montreal: it was in Vancouver]
“St. Francis-in-the-Woods,” Vancouver Sun, February 11, 1939, page 7, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5DFlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MYkNAAAAIBAJ&dq=st%20francis%20in%20the%20woods%20west%20vancouver&pg=1052%2C1538980 [refers to stained glass window in memory of Charles G. Henshaw and Julia W. Henshaw.]
Jane Fayrer Henshaw (married to Frederick Williams-Taylor) (Lady Williams-Taylor) (sister of Charles Grant Henshaw)
Frederick Williams-Taylor, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Williams-Taylor
Sir Frederick Williams-Taylor, L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia, http://faculty.marianopolis.edu/c.belanger/quebechistory/encyclopedia/FrederickWilliams-Taylor.html
Frederick Williams Taylor, Canadian Men and Women of the Time, 1912, page 1087, http://archive.org/stream/canadianmenwomen02morguoft#page/1087/mode/1up
Sir Frederick Williams-Taylor, Cyclopædia of Canadian biography. Toronto: Hunter-Rose Company. 1919, page 200, http://archive.org/stream/cyclopdiaofcan00charuoft#page/200/mode/1up
Frederick Williams-Taylor, knighthood, London Gazette, February 14, 1913, page 1147, http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/28690/pages/1147
Sir Frederick Williams-Taylor, General Manager of the Bank of Montreal, Montreal, QC, about 1915, copied in 1925, http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/collection/artifacts/II-264793.0?Lang=1&accessnumber=II-264793.0
1923 Bank of Montreal Canada $ 10 Ten Dollars 505-56-04 Williams-Taylor Meredith
Frederick Williams-Taylor and Jane Fayre Henshaw had two children:
Travers Williams-Taylor (died May 10,1926, in Shendl, Sudan.:
Lieutenant Travers Williams-Taylor, Canadian Great War Project, http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?Id=148540
“Tablet Unveiled at R.M.C. [Royal Military College] to Lieut. Williams-Taylor,” The Montreal Gazette – Jun 6, 1927, page 14, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-HwuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8YsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6591%2C750118
Brenda Germaine Henshaw Williams-Taylor
Brenda Germaine Henshaw Williams-Taylor (1889-1948). The Esoteric Curiosa Knowledge Is Power, http://theesotericcuriosa.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-financial-facts-behind-americas.html, includes photograph of Jane, Lady Williams-Taylor, Brenda Watriss, Brenda Duff Frazier
Brenda Frazier, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Frazier
Brenda Diana Duff Frazier (June 9, 1921 – May 3, 1982), Brenda Frazier Images, http://www.picsweb.net/images/Brenda_Frazier
After the Ball was Over, review of Debutante: The Story of Brenda Frazier. By Gioia Diliberto, New York Times, August 23, 1987, http://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/23/books/after-the-ball-was-over.html
Vintage Powder Room, http://vintagepowderroom.com/?tag=barbara-hutton
Brenda Frazier, September 24, 2006, http://signsofcharring.blogspot.ca/2006/09/brenda-frazier-fast-lane-is-littered.html.
William Henderson (father of Julia Wilmothe Henderson)
William Henderson (1813-1891), selected works, http://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Henderson%2C+William%2C+1813-1891%22
Notes on the Folk-Lore of the Northern Counties of England and the Borders, revised edition, 1879, http://archive.org/stream/cu31924006726552#page/n8/mode/1up
My Life As an Angler, by William Henderson, 1880, http://www.ebay.com/itm/My-Life-As-an-Angler-by-William-Henderson-1880-Fishing-Angling-Fisherman-New-Ed-/271276307420?pt=Antiquarian_Books_UK&hash=item3f2953f3dc#ht_3482wt_1161
Text available at this link: Notes and reminiscences of my life as an angler, http://archive.org/stream/cu31924003429317#page/n6/mode/1up
Portrait of William Henderson: http://archive.org/stream/cu31924003619354#page/n7/mode/1up
Who Wrote Shakespeare?, by William Henderson, 1887, text available at this link: http://openlibrary.org/books/OL23359981M/Who_wrote_Shakespeare
Marriage of William Henderson to Lucy Durham, Free BMD Marriages, September 1851, Durham, Volume 24, page 83, http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/districts.pl?r=17723525&d=bmd_1378192000; http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/districts.pl?r=17711850&d=bmd_1378192000
England and Wales Census, 1861,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M78V-HZN : accessed 24 Sep 2013), William Henderson, 1861.
Julia Willmotte Henderson (sometimes Julia Wilmothe Henderson)
Julia Willmotte Henshaw, Who’s Who in Western Canada, 1911, page 205.
Julia Willmotte Henshaw, Canadian Men and Women of the Time, 1912, page 527, http://archive.org/stream/canadianmenwomen00morguoft#page/527/mode/1up
Julia W. Henshaw, Howay and Scholefield, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, Volume 3, , page 862, http://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/862/mode/1up
Julia Henshaw (1869-1937), http://www.abcbookworld.com/view_author.php?id=2640
Julia Wilmotte Henshaw, Simon Fraser University Library, http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/singleitem/collection/ceww/id/386/rec/61
Cathy Converse, Mainstays: Women Who Shaped BC, Horsdal & Schubart Publishers, Victoria, British Columbia, 1998, pages 176-178. [Note: this is a useful summary, although it incorrectly says that Julia Henderson married Charles Grant Henshaw in 1909. Julia’s and Charles’s daughter, Doris Henshaw, married Walter Grant Peterson Morden in Vancouver in 1909.]
“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VBZ5-TQC : accessed 24 Sep 2013), William Henderson, 1871.
“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X3RG-3HX : accessed 25 Sep 2013), Julia W Henderson in entry for John G Norton, 1881.
“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/4D2S-WZM : accessed 24 Sep 2013), Lucy Henderson, 1891.
“England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J8NS-3XJ : accessed 23 Sep 2013), William Henderson, .burial date: 19 Nov 1891.
FreeBMD Deaths, William Henderson, age 78, East Preston, England, December quarter 1891, volume 2b, page 232, http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/districts.pl?r=86539873&d=bmd_1378192000
FreeBMD, Julia Willmotte Henderson, Born September quarter 1868, Durham, Volume 10a, Page 346, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=43637013&d=bmd_1378192000
“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VBZ5-TQV : accessed 23 Sep 2013), Julia W Henderson in entry for William Henderson, 1871.
“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X3RG-3HX : accessed 23 Sep 2013), Julia W Henderson in entry for John G Norton, 1881.
Mrs. Henshaw – form of address, http://www.cefresearch.ca/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4088
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2V-M7K : accessed 25 Sep 2013), Julia Willmothe Henshaw, 1937.
British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1937-09-536536, Julia Willmothe Henshaw.
“Julia Henshaw, Writer, Dead: Famous Vancouverite Drove Ambulance During War,” Vancouver Province, November 19, 1937, page 12 (includes photograph of Mrs. Julia Henshaw).
“Mrs. Julia W. Henshaw Dies of Heart Attack: Well Known Botanist and Sun Writer Stricken Suddenly at Her Home Thursday,” Vancouver Sun, November 19, 1937, pages 1,2.
Julia Willmothe Henshaw, death notice, Vancouver Province, November 19, 1937, page 21; Vancouver Sun, November 19, 1937, page 17.
“Botanical Expert Dies at Caulfeild,” The Calgary Daily Herald – Nov 20, 1937, page 2, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=piNkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=W3sNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4036%2C2397953.
“Memorial Window For Mrs. Henshaw,” Vancouver Sun, October 25, 1938, page 13: “A stained glass window in the little Caulfeilds Church of St. Francis in the Wood will be dedicated on Suinday to the memory of Julia W. Henshaw, late Vancouver authoress and former book editor and columnist of The Vancouver Sun. The window has been placed in the church by her daughter, Mrs. Grant Morden of London, England. Dedication ceremonies will be conducted by Rev. F.E. Ramsay, commencing at 3 p.m.”
Julia Willmothe Henshaw, Find a Grave, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Plot: HORNE1/3/02/001/0011, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26280705
Doris Henshaw, http://www.rawbw.com/~hinshaw/cgi-bin/id?13507
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZF-8MZ : accessed 23 Sep 2013), Charles Grant Henshaw in entry for Walter Grant Peterson Morden and Doris Henshaw, 1909.
“Henshaw-Morden Nuptials Attended by Great Gathering of Society Folk,” Vancouver Province, November 17, 1909, page 20
“Social and Personal: “Probably the most picturesque wedding that has ever been held in Vancouver,” Vancouver World, November 16, 1909, page 10.
“Mrs. Grant Morden is Impressed with the Progress of Vancouver,” Vancouver Sun – Oct 26, 1921, page 6, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XSdlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jogNAAAAIBAJ&dq=mrs-grant-morden&pg=3344%2C5368519
“Widely Feted,” [Mrs. Grant Morden of London] Vancouver Sun – Aug 1, 1957, page 48, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ekBlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3YkNAAAAIBAJ&dq=mrs-grant-morden&pg=3548%2C223655
Walter Grant Peterson Morden
That Little Mine Down Morden, Rick Morgan, http://www.mordenmine.com/little_mine_down_morden.php [history of mine and biography of W. Grant Morden.]
Mary Vickers, granddaughter of W.Grant Morden on her August 3, 2013, visit to Morden, http://www.mordenmine.com/mary_vickers_visit.pdf
Lieut.-Col Walter Grant Morden, Who Was Who, 1929-1940, page 965.
Walter Grant Peterson Morden, London Gazette, December 20, 1935, page 8267, release of trustee, http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34233/supplements/8267/page.pdf
Creditors Claim $449,000 is Owed by Grant Morden, Edmonton Journal – Apr 1, 1931, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qh9lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7IcNAAAAIBAJ&dq=walter%20grant%20morden&pg=6068%2C3125434
“Morden Declares He is not Bankrupt,” Montreal Gazette – Mar 26, 1931, page 4, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=830uAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VYwFAAAAIBAJ&dq=walter%20grant%20morden&pg=5253%2C4292810
“Met Heavy Losses in Market Tumble,” Ottawa Citizen – Oct 31, 1931, page 2, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=UVsvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=M9sFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4614%2C6612066
Heatherden Hall, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heatherden_Hall.
Charles Boot, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Boot
Pinewood Studios, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinewood_Studios.
“Grant Morden, Financier, Is Dead: Survived by Wife, Former Miss Doris Henshaw, of Vancouver,” Vancouver Sun – Jun 25, 1932, pages 1, 3; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=OS5lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zogNAAAAIBAJ&dq=walter%20grant%20morden&pg=3111%2C2720416; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=OS5lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zogNAAAAIBAJ&dq=walter%20grant%20morden&pg=2631%2C2728579
Grant Morden, Noted Canadian Financier, Dead: Sat in British House for Many Years After the War: Recently Subject of Bankruptcy Proceedings: Married B.C. Girl,” Vancovuer Province June 25, 1932, pages 1, 3.
“Death Takes Col. Morden: Noted Canadian-Born Veteran and Financier Was 52 Years Old,” Border Cities Star – Jun 25, 1932, page 9, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TBE_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=5k4MAAAAIBAJ&dq=walter%20grant%20morden&pg=6578%2C330592
“Walter Morden Had Spectacular Career in Britain: Amassed Great Fortune in War Period But Brought Up In Bankruptcy Court: Became a Power in Conservative Political Circles While Member of Parliament,” Prince George Citizen, July 14, 1932, page 3.
Winnipeg Tribune, May 13, 1940, page 12: “A cable has been received in Vancouver from England telling of the forthcoming marriage of Mrs. Grant Morden, the former Doris Henshaw – . daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Henshaw. of Caulfeild. B.C., to a British Columbian, Major Leslie da Fonseca, now on active overseas service with the Princess Patricia unit. The wedding will take place May 15 in St. Michael church, Chester Square. London. Widow of the late Grant Morden, Mrs. Morden was mistress of a famous English country residence, “Heatherington Hall.” where many Canadians enjoyed her hospitality.”
FreeBMD, Marriages June 1940, Doris Morden, Da Fonseca, Westminster, Volumba 1a, page 1276, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=180276408&d=bmd_1378192000
“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XPV7-C26 : accessed 25 Sep 2013), Leslie T Dafonseca, 1936.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLBK-Q3X : accessed 25 Sep 2013), Leslie Tavars Da Fonseca, 1974.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (. : accessed 25 Sep 2013), Leslie Tavars Da Fonseca in entry for Margaret Da Fonseca, 1970.
Children of Walter Grant Morden and Doris Henshaw
Walter John Henshaw Grant Morden (engaged to Elizabeth Grace Tannahill, daughter of James Arbuckle Tannahill, September 7, 1949), St. Thomas Times-Journal, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, August 11, 1949, column 4); http://www.elginogs.ca/Home/ancestor-indexes/newspapers/st-thomas-newspapers/sttj-1949-july-sep
OBITUARY, Morden, John Grant – Archdeacon Emeritus in the Diocese of Huron and Principal Emeritus of Huron University College, at University Hospital, London on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Grace Morden, nee Tannahill (December 18, 2008). Loving parents of Ann and her husband Dr. John Walker, Dr. Margaret and her husband Rev. William Foote, Mary and her husband Steven Vickers, Peter and his wife Elisa, and James (deceased). Survived by their 8 grandchildren: Sharon and her husband Peter Zeman, Lynn and David Walker, Catherine and her husband Nate Glickman, Mary Foote and her daughter Ruby, Jennifer and Thomas Vickers, and Chloe Morden.: http://havok2.vm.its.uwo.ca/alumni_and_friends/the_campaign_for_huron/in_memory_of_the_ven_dr_john_morden/
Morden held principal’s post at Huron College 22 years, London Free Press, February 2, 2009, http://pbdba.lfpress.com/perl-bin/publish.cgi?x=articles&p=256803&s=remembered
Archdeacon John Morden, death notice, January 14, 2009, http://www.harrisfuneralhome.ca/obits.php?id=712
“Remembering Principal Dr. John Morden,” Huron, For Alumni and Friends of Huron University College, Spring 2009, page 6-12. (includes photographs of Dr. Morden).
Elizabeth Morden, death notice, December 18, 2008, http://www.harrisfuneralhome.ca/obits.php?id=696