Jessup, Gordon James (1889-1978)

Gordon James Jessup was an accountant who appears to have been living at 1101 Gilford Street for a brief time around 1911 or 1912, although he does not appear in the Vancouver directories for that period. He appeared in the objections to voters in May 1912.

He was born on August 13, 1889, in London, England. His father was George James Jessup. His mother was Emma Partridge.

He appears to have arrived in Canada in 1910.

On June 22, 1912, in Vancouver, Gordon married Mary Amelia Rideout. She was born in Rose Blanche, Newfoundland on August 15, 1890. Her father was Job Rideout. Her mother was Emma Maria Bonnell.

By 1921, Gordon and Mary were living in Ocean Falls, British Columbia. Gordon was working as an accountant.

In 1931, Gordon was the assistant manager of the general store at Pacific Mills in Ocean Falls.

In 1941, he was still living in Ocean Falls, and was the store manager.

By 1945, Gordon and Mary were living at 6030 Cartier Street in Vancouver. Gordon was the assistant accountant for Pacific Mills.

Gordon and Mary later moved to West Vancouver.

Gordon died in North Vancouver on September 26, 1978.

Mary died in North Vancouver on January 23, 1986.

Gordon and Mary had the following children.

 

Reginald Gordon Jessup

Reginald Gordon Jessup was born on August 31, 1915, probably in Vancouver. He was a journalist and broadcaster.

Reginald’s wife, Margaret Lavina Jessup, served as a school trustee in North Vancouver.

Reginald died in West Vancouver on May 20, 2006.

 

Marjorie Gladys Jessup

Marjorie Gladys Jessup was born about 1917 in British Columbia, probably in Vancouver.

In December 9, 1944, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Marjorie married James Dixon McMorran, who was a flight lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was born about 1910.

His father was Thomas Sydney McMorran (1881-1918), who was a lawyer in Regina, Saskatchewan. His mother was Jane Dodd Dixon (1879-1954).

In 1936, James obtained a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of McGill.

James and Marjorie had a son named Peter Dixon McMorran (born 1945). In 1987, in Newport News, Virginia, Peter married Berta Lenz Birzer.

 

George Douglas Bonnell Jessup (later Douglas George Jessup)

George Douglas Bonnell Jessup was born in Ocean Falls, British Columbia on October 6, 1921.

He studied electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia.

During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Navy, including working with early radar systems.

After his war service, he moved to San Francisco, California, and changed his name to Douglas George Jessup.

On July 8, 1950, he married Mary Elizabeth Harris. She was born in Portland, Oregon, on March 12, 1927.

After the marriage, Douglas and Mary moved to Seattle, Washington. They had five children, Mark W Jessup (b.1951), David D Jessup (b. 1957), Scott A Jessup (b. 1958), Laura A Jessup (b. 1961) and Jody L Jessup (b. 1962).

Douglas worked extensively in the world of computers, especially in their use in commercial, aviation, and naval applications.

After Douglas retired, he and Mary travelled in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Mary died in Washington on February 23, 1991.

Douglas later had a new companion named Anita “Nan” Ohiser.

Douglas died on February 5, 2010.

 

Sources

Gordon James Jessup

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGPJ-TPZ : accessed 5 July 2015), Gordon J Jessup, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Essex county,  registration district, BRENTWOOD subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSJ4-4PK : accessed 5 July 2015), Gordon James Jessup, Hastings Holy Trinity, Sussex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing  county,  registration district, All Saints subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H2B-V3W : accessed 5 July 2015), Gordon J Jessup, Jul 1910; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4768, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Registry of Voters in Ward I: Vancouver World, May 6, 1912, page 2; Vancouver Province, May 3, 1912, page 30.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8Z-V6F : accessed 5 July 2015), Gordon James Jessup and Mary A Rideout, 22 Jun 1912; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,704.

1921 Canada Census, Gordon James Jessup, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 17; Census Place: Ocean Falls, Skeena, British Columbia; Page Number: 15; Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL14-SL4 : accessed 5 July 2015), Gordon James Jessup, 26 Sep 1978; citing North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13589, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,051,148.

Marie Amelia Rideout (wife of Gordon James Jessup)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLC-856 : accessed 5 July 2015), Mary Amelia Jessup, 23 Jan 1986; citing North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B16578, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,358,018.

Reginald Gordon Jessup (son of Gordon James Jessup)

Broadcasting, Telecasting, October 25, 1954, page 79, http://americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC/BC-1954/1954-10-25-BC.pdf: “Reginald Gordon Jessup, news editor, CBU-CBUT (TV) Vancouver, to Canadian Broadcasting Corp., same city, as press and information representative.”

“Discussion on CBC Reception,” The Bamfielder, December 1975, issue 9, page3; http://www.bamfieldhistory.com/documents/Bamfielder/9_1975_Dec_Bamfielder.pdf: “Nov. 19 – Reg Jessup, CBC Information Officer for B.C. said today that he and a member of the CBC technical staff will visit Bamfield before Christmas to discuss radio and television reception in the community. Mr. Jessup said, “We want to do everything possible to improve the service.” At present, CBC engineers are looking into a malfunction of the television re-broadcaster at Ucluelet. . . .”

Reg Jessup, The Squamish Advance; Thursday, January 6, 1955, page 4 [includes photograph of Reginald Gordon Jessup]; http://squamishlibrary.digitalcollections.ca/uploads/r/squamish-public-library/1/1/11465/19550106_The_Squamish_Advance.pdf: Reginald Gordon Jessup is in charge of publicity for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the Pacific region. The new Press and Information head joined the CBC in February 1951, as a news writer in the Vancouver news room, later becoming an editor. In January 1954, he transferred to the TV news department, where he was assignment editor. Mr. Jessup brings to his new post a background of wide newspaper experience. He was with the Vancouver News-Herald and the Vancouver Daily Province for a number of years, and was news editor of the North Shore Press.”

Reginald Gordon “Reg” Jessup, published in Vancouver Sun and The Province on May 23, 2006, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=reginald-gordon-jessup-reg&pid=17871029&: “Jessup, Mr. Reginald Gordon. Born August 31st, 1915, passed away peacefully at the Inglewood Care Centre, May 20th, 2006. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Margaret Lavina Jessup, daughter Margot and granddaughter, Teya. In his early years, Reg was a Journalist and wrote a police court column entitled “Good Morning Judge” for the News Herald. With two others, he started a weekly newspaper, the Langley Times and then joined the news staff of the CBC. Reg was the first news editor of the first television station in BC. For the next 30 years, he was Director of Information Services of the CBC. A Memorial Service will be held at Boal Chapel and Memorial Gardens, 1505 Lillooet Road in North Vancouver on Thursday, May 25th, 2006 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted for the charity of your choice. Funeral Home: Boal Chapel and Memorial Gardens, 1505 Lillooet Road North Vancouver, BC V7J2J1; (604) 990-8988.”

The Corporation of the City of North Vancouver, Minutes of the Special Meeting of Council held in the Council Chamber, November 5, 1990 at 7:00 p.m.; Result of the General Local Election held in The City of North Vancouver on the 17th Day of November, 1990, http://cnvapps.cnv.org/minutearchive/Minutes/1990_11_05_Council_Minutes.pdf; page 5: School Trustee (3-year term) . . .Jessup, Margaret Lavina.

Marjorie Gladys Jessup (daughter of Gordon James Jessup)

Wedding notice, Marjorie Gladys Jessup and James Dixon McMorran, Ottawa Journal, December 15, 1944, page 10: “McMorran -Jessup; Halifax. , A wedding of Ottawa interest took place here on Saturday last, when Miss Marjorie Gladys Jessup became the bride of Flight. Lieut James Dixon McMorran, R.CAJ. . The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Jessup of Vancouver, and the bridegroom is the son of Mrs. McMorran . . .”

James Dixon McMorran, The Muchmore Families, http://www.muchmore.org/mfa1/fam04155.html

James Dixon McMorran, Dora Smith’s Ancestors, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=doraancestors&id=I16699.

“Late Sidney McMorran,” Ottawa Citizen, October 26, 1918, page 2, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YZsuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Z9kFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6057%2C4255113: “Word was received in the Capital yesterday that Mr. Sidney McMorran, a prominent barrister of Regina, and only son of Mr. R.M. Mcmorran, a well-known merchant, passed away in Regina, Sunday afternoon. The late Mr. McMorran was in his 36th year, and having spent a great part of his life in the city leaves a large number of friends to regret the news of his death. He was educated in Ottawa at the Collegiate, later attending college and Osgoode Hall in Toronto. When in Ottawa he attended Knox church, of which he was an active member. A widow and three children survive him. Mr. R.M. McMorran is at present in Regina.”

“Saskatchewan, Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNTJ-MPS : accessed 5 July 2015), Thomas Sydney Mcmorran, 1918; citing Saskatchewan Regina, Queen’s Bench Provincial Court, Regina; 2,314,577.

Ottawa Students Receive Degrees, Ottawa Journal, May 23, 1936, page 4: “Passed for the degree of Bachelor of Commerce: . . .James Dixon McMorran, Ottawa.”

McGill Remembers, James Dixon McMorran, McGill University Archives, 0000-0481.01.1.e4505, Series: General List (Recto), http://www.archives.mcgill.ca/public/exhibits/mcgillremembers/results.asp?id=4502.
Virginia Marriage Records, 1936-2014, Peter Dixon McMorran, born November 6, 1945; marriage February 14, 1987, Newport News, Virginia, USA; father: James Dixon McMorran; mother: Marjorie Gladys Jessup; spouse: Berta Lenz Birzer.

George Douglas Bonnell Jessup (later Douglas George Jessup) (son of Gordon James Jessup)

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V92T-1NY : accessed 21 October 2015), Mary E Jessup, 23 Feb 1991; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV57-3X86 : accessed 21 October 2015), Mary E Jessup, Washington, United States, 28 Feb 1991; from “Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 – Today),” database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing , born-digital text.

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2M3P-524 : accessed 21 October 2015), Douglas G Jessup, Residence, Kirkland, Washington, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJFL-LKKP : accessed 21 October 2015), Douglas G Jessup, Residence, Kirkland, Washington, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2MW3-ZCB : accessed 21 October 2015), Douglas G Jessup, Residence, Seattle, Washington, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JGY6-Z3T : accessed 21 October 2015), Douglas G Jessup, 05 Feb 2010; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

3 thoughts on “Jessup, Gordon James (1889-1978)

  1. Please accept this as a corrected version of my earlier submission. It merely corrects some grammatical and spelling errors.

    Please be advised that there was a third youngest child, whose birth name was George Douglas Bonnell Jessup, born in Ocean Falls, British Columbia on October 6, 1921. After serving in the Royal Navy in World War II, he moved to San Francisco, California, USA, changing his name to Douglas George Jessup in the process. There he met Mary Elizabeth Harris, (b. March 12, 1927 in Portland, Oregon, USA). They were married on July 8, 1950 and moved to Seattle, Washington, USA. in 1952. They had five children, Mark W Jessup (b.1951), David D Jessup (b. 1957), Scott A Jessup (b. 1958), Laura A Jessup (b. 1961) and Jody L Jessup (b. 1962)

    Doug Jessup was a University of British Columbia graduate electrical engineer whose wartime Royal Navy experience was with early radar. Upon moving to the US, he became a pioneer in the US computer industry. He was involved in bringing and supporting the first commercial computer to be used in Seattle in 1952, manufactured by the ElectroData Corporation and installed at the General Insurance Company of North America (now SAFECO). In later years he would become a sales representative for Scientific Data Systems, (now part of Xerox) and would supply the Boeing Aircraft Company with the computer systems used supporting Boeing’s aircraft development. He finished his career at Boeing Computer Services as its US Navy representative, working with the Navy in a major review of service data that would ultimately result in a complete overhaul of the Navy’s Aircraft Preventative Maintenance Program.

    After retirement Doug and his wife Mary enjoyed travelling in the US, Mexico and Canada, up until the time of her death in 1991. Following her passing, he continued his travels with his children, and then was introduced to a friend of Mary’s family by the name of Anita “Nan” Ohiser, who resided in Kirkland, Washington. They became close friends and companions, continuing to travel to see relatives, friends and former UBC classmates of Doug’s. Nan would ultimately became a “second mother” to Doug’s children, and the relationship continued beyond Doug’s death on February 5, 2010. At the time of this writing, Nan and all of the Jessup children are still alive and residing in Washington State.

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