Knowles, Walter

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 590 [edited image].

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 590 [edited image].

Walter Knowles was an insurance agent. He lived at 996 Denman Street in 1916 (listed as on “active service”). Walter’s son, Sidney Knowles, was a printer who lived at 996 Denman Street in 1916 and 1917.

Walter Knowles was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, about 1872.

In 1894, in Bradford, Walter married Bertha Skelton. She was born in Bradford on May 29, 1869.

The Knowles family were in Bradford in 1901. Walter was a machinery broker.

From about 1910 to 1912, the Knowles family was in Calgary, Alberta.

Walter Knowles first appeared in the Vancouver directory in 1914. He was an insurance agent, living at 856 Richards Street. Sydney Knowles was a printer, also living at 856 Richards Street.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1914, Part 2, page 973.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1914, Part 2, page 973.

The Knowles family lived at the following addresses in Vancouver from 1914 to 1930.

1914 856 Richards Street (Walter and Sidney Knowles)
1915 and 1916 856 Richards Street (Sidney Knowles)
1917 996 Denman Street (Walter Knowles)
1918 Not listed under Vancouver names
1919 1748 Barclay Street (Walter and S. Knowles)
1920 and 1921 572 Howe Street (Bertha Knowles and Samuel [sic] Knowles in 1920 and 1921)
1922 572 Howe Street (Bertha Knowles and Sidney Knowles
1923 1150 Robson Street (Bertha, Ronald and Sydney Knowles)
1924 1150 Robson Street (Bertha and Ronald Knowles)
1924 Number 3, 1209 Thurlow Street (Sidney Knowles)
1925 to 1926 1150 Robson Street (Ronald Knowles)
1925 Number 3, 1209 Thurlow Street (Sidney Knowles)
1926 1040 Alberni Street (Bertha, widow W. Knowles; Ronald Knowles)
1927 1943 Parker Street (Ronald Knowles)
1927 Number 4, 1540 Yew Street (Sydney [sic] Knowles)
1928 and 1929 1157 Hornby Street (Bertha, widow W. Knowles and Ron Knowles) (Ronald V. Knowles in 1928)
1928 to 1930 2036 York Street (Syd Knowles) (number 2, 2036 York Street in 1929)
1930 Number 11, 1675 East 14th Avenue (Ronald B. Knowles)

In 1917, Walter’s listing in the Vancouver directory said that he was on active service. No further information is available for him.

By 1920, Bertha was a widow. She lived in Vancouver through the 1920s and 1930s. She died in Vancouver on December 13, 1939. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Walter and Bertha had the following children.

 

Sidney Knowles

Sidney Knowles was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, on March 11, 1896.

In 1901 he was living in Bradford with his parents.

In 1911 he was living in Calgary, Alberta, with his parents.

He worked as a printer.

On March 1, 1923, in Vancouver, Sidney married Marion Catheline (or Kathleen) Bice, who was a stenographer. She was born on May 13, 1902, in Dungannon, Huron County, Ontario. Her father was Mark Bice. Her mother was Mary Ann Taylor.

Sidney died in Vancouver on March 8, 1983.

Marion died in Vancouver on August 26, 1986.

 

Ronald Braman Knowles

Ronald Braman Knowles was born in Bradford on August 17, 1906.

In 1911, he was living in Calgary, Alberta, with his parents.

On June 12, 1929, in Vancouver, Ronald married Edith Caroline Sparks, who was a stenographer. She was born in England in Dartford, Kent, England in 1906. Her father was William Sparks. Her mother was Elizabeth Lissimore.

Ronald died in Burnaby, British Columbia, on December 10, 1977.

 

Sources

Walter Knowles

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DBL-X5B : 13 December 2014), Walter Knowles, 1894; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1894, quarter 3, vol. 9B, p. 185, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9RT-VXY : 29 August 2015), Walter Knowles, Bradford, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Horton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV39-84VX : 2 March 2015), Walter Knowles, 1911; citing Census, Calgary Sub-Districts 1-59, Alberta, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,651; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=9708&highlight=31&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Walter+Knowles.

 

Bertha Skelton (wife of Walter Knowles)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X7Y-FPH : 1 October 2014), Bertha Skelton, 1869; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBC3-4V4 : 24 July 2015), Bertha Skelton in entry for Samuel Skelton, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27T-C3TZ : 19 August 2016), Bertha Sketon in household of Daniel Sketon, Eccleshill, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 9, Piece/Folio 4477/8, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,253. (possible connection).

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7V1H-XMM : 14 October 2015), Bertha Skelton in household of Ernest Skelton, Horton, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding) county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey. (possible connection).

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DBG-PHC : 22 May 2014), Bertha Skelton, 1894; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1894, quarter 3, vol. 9B, p. 185, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9RT-VXB : 29 August 2015), Bertha Knowles in household of Walter Knowles, Bradford, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Horton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV39-84VF : 2 March 2015), Bertha Knowles in entry for Walter Knowles, 1911; citing Census, Calgary Sub-Districts 1-59, Alberta, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,651; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=9708&highlight=32&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Bertha+Knowles.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2T-CB7 : 13 April 2017), Bertha Knowles, 1939.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-QQ59 : 13 December 2015), Bertha Knowles, 1939; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26328653, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26328653.

 

Sidney Knowles (son of Walter Knowles)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FQD-9X6 : 1 October 2014), Sydney Knowles, 1896; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9RT-VX1 : 29 August 2015), Sydney Knowles in household of Walter Knowles, Bradford, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Horton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV39-84VN : 2 March 2015), Sydney Knowles in entry for Walter Knowles, 1911; citing Census, Calgary Sub-Districts 1-59, Alberta, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,651; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=9708&highlight=33&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Sydney+Knowles.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD89-SYV : 21 January 2016), Sydney Knowles and Marion Kathleen Bice, 01 Mar 1923; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13746, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,316.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1R-FBC : 13 April 2017), Sydney Knowles, 1983; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/db3d2a5e-b87e-48a7-9d45-86ee157ba32d.

 

Marion Kathleen Bice (wife of Sydney Knowles)

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZ1D-H79 : 15 January 2016), Marion Catheline Bice, 13 May 1902; citing Birth, West Wawanosh, Huron, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,130,513.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD89-SYF : 21 January 2016), Sydney Knowles and Marion Kathleen Bice, 01 Mar 1923; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13746, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,316.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLN-4YT : 13 April 2017), Marion Catheline Knowles, 1986; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/f438d00d-76c4-4d4e-9c48-727d9b62714e.

 

Ronald Braman Knowles (son of Walter Knowles)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FNN-K18 : 1 October 2014), Ronald Knowles, 1906; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV39-84VJ : 2 March 2015), Raold [sic] Knowles in entry for Walter Knowles, 1911; citing Census, Calgary Sub-Districts 1-59, Alberta, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,651; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=9708&highlight=34&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Ronald+Knowles.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8X-S2D : 21 January 2016), Ronald Braman Knowles and Edith Caroline Sparks, 12 Jun 1929; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13757, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,553.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1M-5NL : 13 April 2017), Ronald Knowles, 1977.

 

William Sparks (father of Edith Caroline Sparks)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8P-59H : 21 January 2016), William Sparks in household of Lester James Wallace and Alice Sparks, 27 Mar 1926; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13752, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,505.

 

Edith Caroline Sparks (wife of Ronald Braman Knowles)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FNK-4LX : 1 October 2014), Edith Caroline Sparks, 1906; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Dartford, Kent, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

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