Kerfoot, George (1869-1942)

George Kerfoot was a men’s clothing salesman. He lived at 2000 Beach Avenue in 1906. In later years he was in the general insurance business.

He was born in Carleton County, Ontario, on April 10, 1869. His father was Samuel Kerfoot (1834-1906). His mother was Eliza Jane Neeland (1834-1918).

He had arrived in Vancouver by 1897. He was living at 1120 Nelson Street, and he was a clerk at Johnston and Kerfoot’s store at 104 Cordova Street.

Str P336 - Big Outfit Starting for Klondike [in front of] Johnston, Kerfoot and Company - 104 and 106 Cordova Street, Vancouver, B.C.; 1898; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/big-outfit-starting-for-klondike-in-front-of-johnston-kerfoot-and-company-104-and-106-cordova-street-vancouver-b-c

Str P336 – Big Outfit Starting for Klondike [in front of] Johnston, Kerfoot and Company – 104 and 106 Cordova Street, Vancouver, B.C.; 1898; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/big-outfit-starting-for-klondike-in-front-of-johnston-kerfoot-and-company-104-and-106-cordova-street-vancouver-b-c

In 1898, George was living at 319 Georgia Street.

On July 27, 1901, in Vancouver, he married Susanna (“Susie”) Moscrop. She was born on July 26, 1876, in Cumberland, England. Her father was Thomas Moscrop. Her mother was Anne Armstrong.

George and Susanna lived at 2000 Beach Avenue in 1906. By 1907, they were rooming at 706 Granville Street. By 1911, they were at 2355 West Second Avenue.

Until the mid-1920s, George operated a clothing store at 155 East Hastings Street, which he sold to Joseph Newton Harvey (1873-1942).

In 1926, George began working with Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. He continued to work in the general insurance business for the rest of his time in Vancouver.

He was a master of Melrose Lodge No. 67 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (A.F. & A.M.).

George died in North Vancouver on March 23, 1942. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Susanna died in Vancouver on July 20, 1960. She was buried in Capilano view Cemetery in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

On January 26, 1915, George and Susanna had a still-born daughter, who was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

It appears that George and Susanna did not have any other children.

 

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Samuel Kerfoot (father of George Benjamin Kerfoot)

Boorman Family; Samuel KERFOOT. Born on 17 Jan 1834 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada. Samuel died in 1041 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, on 27 Feb 1906; he was 72. Buried abt 1906 in Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC, Canada; http://boormanfamily.ca/trees/kerfoot/rr01/rr01_006.htm#P1631.

“Canada Census, 1851,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWTW-LJ2 : accessed 28 November 2015), Samuel Kerfoot, Beckwith, Lanark County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada; citing p. 5, line 32; Library and Archives Canada film number C_11731, Public Archives, Ontario. (possible connection) (check)

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ7N-7FP : accessed 28 November 2015), Samuel Kerfoot, All Places (Agricultural), Lanark, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 53, line 45; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1043, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,863. (possible connection) (check)

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4QV-KCZ : accessed 28 November 2015), Samuel Kerfoot, Smith’s Falls, South Lanark, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, line 2; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10017, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,356.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCVW-596 : accessed 28 November 2015), Samuel Kerfoot, Township 158 and 159 North Range 51 West, Pembina, Dakota Territory, United States; citing enumeration district 77, sheet 72C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0114; FHL microfilm 1,254,114.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-B94 : accessed 28 November 2015), Sam Kerfoot, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-YKQ : accessed 28 November 2015), Samuel Kerfoot, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKC-7JF : accessed 28 November 2015), Samuel Kerfoot, 1906.

“The Call of the Reaper” [Samuel Kerfoot obituary], Vancouver Daily World, February 27, 1906, page 1; [edited OCR text]:

“It Is with sincere regret that The World today chronicles the death of one of our oldest and most respected citizens, Mr. Samuel Kerfoot, of 1041 Burrard street, who passed away very quietly this morning at 4 o’clock at the ripe old age of 72 years. The deceased gentleman came to Vancouver in [. . .] with his family. He was born in Beckwith, Carleton County, Ont., January 17, 1834. At the age of 20 he was married to Miss Eliza J. Neelands, who lived in the same vicinity, and for twenty – five years they lived happily In North Gower and Smith’s Falls and other towns of Eastern Ontario, where Mr. Kerfoot followed his avocation as a photographer. In 1879 they came west to Emerson. Man., and later moved to Drayton, North Dakota, where they lived until coming to this city [in 1890]. Mr. Kerfoot is survived by his wife and five children, Mrs. J. S. Johnston, Will J. Kerfoot, of Johnston, Kerfoot & Co.; George B. Kerfoot, of the new firm of Hill & Kerfoot; T. Wesley Kerfoot, of the [B.C.] Electric Railway Co.’s works; and the Rev. S. F. Kerfoot, of Mankato, Minnesota. The last-named gentleman arrived here about two weeks ago. The last occasion on which the whole family assembled was in August, 1904, when they happily celebrated the golden anniversary of the wedding of the deceased Mr. Kerfoot and his worthy spouse. Mr. Samuel Kerfoot was loved and respected by a very large circle of acquaintances, who knew him as an earnest, faithful Christian gentleman , of strong religious convictions and simple tastes, and as one who daily showed the abhorrence of insincerity or pretence in home, church or the broader walks of life. He was an active worker in the Methodist church, with which he was connected . . ., and as a class leader and local preacher for over 40 years. For several years past he has been affiliated with Wesley Methodist church. The funeral will be held from the residence, 1041 Burrard street, on Thursday afternoon, at 2:30. Rev. W. E. Pescott will [officiate].”

“Death of Mr. Kerfoot,” Vancouver Province, February 27, 1906, page 16 [similar to “The Call of the Reaper,” Vancouver Daily World, February 27, 1906, page 1 (above).]

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGM-D873 : accessed 28 November 2015), Samuel Kerfoot, 1906; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 114193626, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=114193626.

 

Eliza Jane Neeland (mother of George Benjamin Kerfoot)

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4QV-KHT : accessed 28 November 2015), Eliza J Kerfoot, Smith’s Falls, South Lanark, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, line 3; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10017, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,356.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-B9H : accessed 28 November 2015), Eliza J Kerfoot, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-YK7 : accessed 28 November 2015), Eliza J Kerfoot in household of Samuel Kerfoot, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLK8-Y4K : accessed 28 November 2015), Eliza Jane Kerfoot, 1918.

“Mrs. Kerfoot Dies at Advanced Age,” Vancouver Province, August 3, 1918, page 9:

“The death is announced of Mrs. Eliza Jane Kerfoot, relict of the late Mr. Samuel Kerfoot, a pioneer resident of the city. Mrs. Kerfoot, who passed away yesterday at 5:30 o’clock at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J.I. Johnston, was very highly respected and was very well known especially at Mount Pleasant, where for many years she and her husband were among the leading workers of the Methodist Church. Eight-four years of age, Mrs. Kerfoot had come to Vancouver in 1890. She was born in Carleton County, Ont., and with her family came to Manitoba in 1879. They lived also in Dakota a short time before coming to Vancouver. The deceased lady enjoyed rugged health up to a short time ago. Her passing yesterday was quite unexpected; she simply sank away into her last sleep.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Johnston, there are four surviving sons, Mr. W.J. Kerfoot, formerly head of the firm of Kerfoot, Johnston & Co., Rev. S. F. Kerfoot, president of the Hamline University at St. Paul; Mr. T.W. Kerfoot of the B.C. Electric, and Mr. George G. Kerfoot, a well-known business man. The funeral will be held on Monday at 2 o’clock from Mrs. Johnston’s residence, 1419 Harwood street.”

Eliza Jane Kerfoot, death notice, Vancouver Province, August 5, 1918, page 13: “Kerfoot—August 2, 1918 at the . . . residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. I. Johnston, 1419 Harwood street, Eliza Jane Kerfoot, in her 85th year. Funeral services from the above address, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment in family plot, Mountain View Cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-Q7CW : accessed 28 November 2015), Eliza Jane Neeland Kerfoot, 1918; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26279179, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26279179.

 

George Benjamin Kerfoot

Boorman Family; http://boormanfamily.ca/trees/kerfoot/rr01/rr01_018.htm#P1645; 112. George Benjamin KERFOOT. Born on 10 Apr 1867 in Richmond, Carleton County, Ontario, Canada. George Benjamin died in North Vancouver General Hospital, BC, Canada, on 23 Mar 1942; he was 74. Buried on 25 Mar 1942 in Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Occupation: General Insurance.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4QV-KC1 : accessed 28 November 2015), George B Kerfoot in household of Deborah S Kerfoot, Smith’s Falls, South Lanark, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, line 8; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10017, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,356.

B.C. Voters List 1898 – K; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/votek.htm: “Kerfoot, George Benjamin, 319 Georgia St, Salesman, Van.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-YKW : accessed 28 November 2015), George Kerfoot in household of Samuel Kerfoot, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZX-7D3 : accessed 28 November 2015), George Benjamin Kerfoot and Susanna Moscrop, 27 Jul 1901; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,529.

G.B. Kerfoot and Susie Moscrop, wedding notice, Victoria Times, July 29, 1901, page 8; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-899W-6Z4T?i=959&owc=collection%2F2001136%2Fwaypoints&wc=M61J-HWP%3A284757401&cc=2001136: “Married: Kerfoot-Moscrop—At Vancouver, on July 27th, by Rev. E.E. Scott, G.B. Kerfoot and Miss Susie Moscrop.:

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-S185 : accessed 28 November 2015), Geo B Kerfoot, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRP-1QC : accessed 28 November 2015), George Benjamin Kerfoot, 1942.

“George B. Kerfoot, Early Merchant, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, March 23, 1942, page 12:

“A well-known pioneer of Vancouver, George Benjamin Kerfoot, 72, of 2095 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver, died Sunday in North Vancouver General Hospital.

Mr. Kerfoot had lived in Vancouver for 46 years, and in early days of the city operated a men’s haberdashery store on East Hastings Street. He was well-known as a musician. In later years and until his death, Mr. Kerfoot was in the general insurance business.

He leaves his wife at the West Vancouver residence; two brothers, William in Los Angeles and T. Wesley Kerfoot, Vancouver.

Funeral arrangements are in the hands of Center & Hanna.”

“Passes,” Vancouver Province, March 23, 1942, page 18, [includes photograph of George Benjamin Kerfoot.]:

“George Benjamin Kerfoot, pioneer resident of Vancouver, died this morning in North Vancouver General Hospital. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3:30 in Center and Hanna funeral chapel. Rev. J.H. Stevens will officiate and interment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery. A native of Ontario, Mr. Kerfoot came here 46 years ago. He was connected with the men’s clothing firm of Johnston & Kerfoot at 140 Cordova street before the turn of the century. Later he opened a business on Hastings which he sold to J.H. [sic] Harvey. In 1926 he joined the Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. He was a past master of Melrose Lodge No. 67 A.F. & A.M.

Surviving are his wife and two brothers, Wesley and William J. Kerfoot.”

George Benjamin Kerfoot, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 23, 1942, page 13; Vancouver Sun, March 23, 1942, page 14: “Kerfoot—On March 23, 1942, in hospital, George Benjamin Kerfoot of 2095 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver, aged 72 years. Survived by his wife at home, 2 brothers, William J. in Los Angeles and T. Wesley of Vancouver. Remains resting at Center & Hanna’s Funeral [Chapel].

George Benjamin Kerfoot, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 24, 1942, page 13; Vancouver Sun, March 24, 1942, page 16: “Kerfoot—On March 23, 1942, in hospital, George Benjamin Kerfoot of 2095 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver, aged 72 years. Survived by his wife at home, 2 brothers, William J. in Los Angeles and T. Wesley of Vancouver. Funeral service in Center & Hanna’s Funeral Chapel on Wed. March 25, at 2 o’clock under auspices of Melrose Lodge No. 67 A.F. & A.M., Rev. F.H. Stevens officiating. Committal family plot, Mountain View Cemetery.”

“Kerfoot Funeral Rites Wednesday,” March 24, 1942, page 2:

“Last rites for George Benjamin Kerfoot, pioneer Vancouver merchant, who died Monday, will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Center & Hanna Funeral Chapel. Rev. J.H. Stevens will officiate and interment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery.

Mr. Kerfoot was a native of Ontario and came here 46 years ago. He was connected with the men’s clothing firm of Johnson & Kerfoot at 140 Cordova before the turn of the century. Later he opened a business on Hastings. In 1926 he joined the Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. He was a past master of Melrose Lodge No. 67, A.F. & A.M.

Surviving are his wife and two brothers, Wesley and William J. Kerfoot.”

George B. Kerfoot, deaths, Vancouver Sun, March 24, 1942, page 12: “Last rites for George B. Kerfoot, 2095 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver, who died Monday, will be performed, Wednesday at 2 p.m., in Center & Hanna’s chapel, under auspices of Melrose Lodge No. 67, A.F. & A.M., Rev. F.H. Stevens officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Veiw Cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-Q7CH : accessed 28 November 2015), George Benny Kerfoot, 1942; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26279177, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26279177.

 

Susanna Moscrop (wife of George Benjamin Kerfoot)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLR1-VH4 : accessed 28 November 2015), Susanna Kerfoot, 1960.

Susanna Kerfoot, death notice, Vancouver Sun, July 22, 1960, page 31; Vancouver Province, July 23, 1960, page 39: “Kerfoot—Susanna, on July 20, 1960, late of 3559 Oxford St., Vancouver. Survived by her brother, Mr. Arthur Moscrop, Vancouver, 2 nieces, Edith Yates, Vancouver and Ethyl Lambe, Consort, Alberta, 3 nephews, Ernest Moscrop, Honolulu, Harold Moscrop, West Vancouver, and Ronald Moscrop, Vancouver. Funeral service will be held Monday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Center & Hanna, 4061 Kingsway, opposite Central Park, Rev. H.R. Ross DD officiating. Interment Family plot Capilano view Cemetery.”

 

Unnamed female Kerfoot

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6G-W28P : accessed 28 November 2015), Kerfoot, 1915.

 

Joseph Newton Harvey (clothing dealer)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-3G4S : accessed 28 November 2015), Joseph Newton Harvey, 1911; citing Census, Victoria City Sub-Districts 1-14, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGY-8YQ : accessed 28 November 2015), Joseph Newton Harvey, 1942.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2F-68P : accessed 28 November 2015), Joseph Newton Harvey in entry for Bessie Myles Harvey, 1928.

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