Laird, David Rennie (1865-1948)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 170.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 170.

David Rennie Laird was the manager of Vancouver branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Bank of Nova Scotia, 418 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 5198; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/60/5198.jpg

Bank of Nova Scotia, 418 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 5198; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/60/5198.jpg

He lived at 1931 Nelson Street in 1905 and 1906.

David Rennie Laird was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on April 9, 1865. His father was David Laird (1833-1914), who was a newspaper publisher, politician, and the Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories from 1876-1881. David Rennie Laird’s mother was Mary Louisa Owen (1833-1895).

After finishing school in Prince Edward Island, David Rennie Laird entered the banking business. In 1893, he was an accountant with the Bank of Nova Scotia in Halifax. He later became manager of a series of Bank of Nova Scotia branches in Prince Edward Island; Hamilton, Ontario; Vancouver; and Amherst, Nova Scotia.

On June 7, 1893, in Boston, Massachusetts, he married Alethe Gunn. She was born on January 20, 1864, at Cape Traverse, Prince Edward Island. Her father was Peter R. Gunn. Her mother was Eliza Fraser.

In 1889, Alethe had published a short article in Truths of Nature, Volume 1, J. M. Wade., 1889, page 11:

Greeley - Journal of Natural Science

Greeley – Journal of Natural Science

David and Alethe were living in Prince Edward Island when their two older children were born in 1894 and 1897. David was the manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia in Summerside from April 1894 to about October 1897.

By 1900, David was the manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia branch in Campbelltown, New Brunswick.

History of the Bank of Nova Scotia, 1832-1900, list of branches [unnumbered preliminary pages]; https://archive.org/stream/cu31924030196954#page/n8/mode/1up.

History of the Bank of Nova Scotia, 1832-1900, list of branches [unnumbered preliminary pages]; https://archive.org/stream/cu31924030196954#page/n8/mode/1up.

By 1903, they had moved to Hamilton, Ontario. Their infant son died in Ancaster, near Hamilton, on January 26, 1903.

Alethe died in Ancaster on December 28, 1903.

By 1904, David was the manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia’s branch in Vancouver. He was living at 1931 Nelson Street.

He stayed in Vancouver for only two years. By 1910, he was the manager of the Amherst, Nova Scotia branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

In 1915 and 1916, he suffered from mastoid problems, but he apparently recovered after a series of operations in Amherst, Boston, and New York.

He continued to work for the bank for some time, although he spent about a year in Boston about 1920. By about 1930, he had retired from the bank. He returned to Charlottetown, and spent most of his later years living at the Cavendish Apartments in Charlottetown. (This was a small building on the corner of Water and Pownal Streets, which Edward Stirling Blanchard (1886-1953) had converted in 1928 from a warehouse into apartments. In 1979, a fire destroyed the building.)

David died in Charlottetown on August 28, 1948. He was buried in Sherwood Cemetery in Charlottetown.

 

David and Alethe had the following children.

 

Arthur Gordon Laird

Arthur Gordon Laird was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on Mar 1, 1894.

He studied at the Boston Latin School.

On October 23, 1916, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve in the First World War. He first served as a sapper with the Canadian Engineers. From July 1, 1917 to February 1919, he was with the Divisional Signal Company (Canadian Signal Corps).

He graduated from Harvard University, and later became an electrical engineer with the Bell telephone laboratory.

Arthur married Yvette Simms (1898-1982) and they had three children.

He died on March 20, 1971, in Lakewood, New Jersey. He and Yvette were buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brielle, New Jersey.

 

David Sidney Laird

David Sidney Laird was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, October 14, 1897.

He studied at the Latin School (probably in Boston, although one source says that it was in Amherst), and later went to Harvard University. In July 1916, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve in the First World War.

After the war, he returned to Harvard.

He died at the Devereux Mansion Hospital in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on August 8, 1920.

 

Isabell Mary Louisa Laird (later called Alethe and Lethe)

Isabell Mary Louisa Laird was born on March 14, 1901, in Campbellton, New Brunswick. He was later known as Alethe or Lethe.

She looked after her father until he died in 1948. She later lived for some time in Boston, where she worked in a department store, until she retired about the mid-1960s. She moved to Charlottetown, where she died on July 4, 1988.

 

David Laird

David Laird was born in Nova Scotia in late 1902. He died in Ancaster, Ontario on January 26, 1903.

 

Sources

 

David Laird (father of David Rennie Laird)

The Honourable David Laird, 1876-81, http://www.assembly.ab.ca/lao/library/LT-GOV/d-laird.html: “The Honourable David Laird was the first resident Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories.. . . [and] in 1877, he negotiated Treaty Seven with the Blackfoot nation which resides in what is now southern Alberta. ”

David Laird, Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Laird

Andrew Robb, “Laird, David,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 14, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed October 6, 2015, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/laird_david_14E.html.

The Descendants of John Oynes (Owen), http://www.islandregister.com/owen2.html.

The Descendants of James Laird and Isobel Lyle; http://www.islandregister.com/laird2.html

 

David Rennie Laird

David Rennie Laird, (1865-1948); http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/david-rennie-laird_21855920?geo_a=r&o_iid=41015&o_lid=41015&o_sch=Web+Property: “Born on 1865 to David Laird and Mary Louisa Owen. David Rennie married Alethe Gunn and had 3 children. He passed away on 28 Aug 1948 in Prince Edward Island, Canada.”

The Descendants of James Laird and Isobel Lyle, David Rennie Laird; http://www.islandregister.com/laird2.html

David Rennie Laird, 1865 – 1948; http://ourmaritimeties.com/tng/getperson.php?personID=I4876&tree=Arthur

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVNW-892 : accessed 6 October 2015), David R. Laird in household of David Laird, Charlottetown Royalty, Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada; citing p. 118; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13163, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,799.

“Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1848-1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5B-PTWG : accessed 6 October 2015), David R Laird, 1889; citing Immigration, ship Carroll, NARA microfilm publication M265 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1969), roll #142.

“Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FC7C-Z9W : accessed 6 October 2015), David R. Laird and Alethe Gunn, 07 Jun 1893; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1,651,238.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHKC-RQ8 : accessed 6 October 2015), David R. Laird, A, Restigouche, New Brunswick, Canada; citing p. 52, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=1732&highlight=26&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+David+R.+Laird;

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2QS2-NXZ : accessed 7 October 2015), D R Laird, Aug 1910; citing Immigration, North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4837, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Local news, Charlottetown Guardian, October 5, 1911, page 7; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19111005-007: “D.R. Laird, manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia, who has been on an extended visit to Prince Edward Island, has returned home again and is back at work once more.—Amherst Ex.”

Local news, Charlottetown Guardian, August 28, 1915, page 2; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19150828-002: “The many friends of Mr. D.R. Laird, who underwent an operation at the hospital in Amherst four weeks ago for mastoid trouble, will be glad to know that he is rapidly improving and expects to leave the hospital in a few days. Mr. Laird will then take several weeks’ vacation.”

“Leaves Hospital,” Charlottetown Guardian, September 4, 1915, page 13; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19150904-013: “The many friends of Mr. D.R. Laird, Manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia, who has been in the hospital for the past five weeks, will be glad to know that he was able to return to his own home Monday night. Mr. Laird was out Tuesday, but will take a longer holiday before returning to his bank duties again.—Amherst News.”

“Of Local Interest,” Charlottetown Guardian, April 8, 1916, page 10; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19160408-010: “Mr. D.R. Laird, Manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia, who have [sic] been in Boston and New York for several weeks receiving treatment for his ear, has returned to Amherst greatly improved in health.”

Local news, Charlottetown Guardian, April 15, 1916, page 4; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19160415-004: “Mr. D.R. Laird, Manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia, who have [sic] been in Boston and New York for several weeks receiving treatment for his ear, has returned to Amherst greatly improved in health.”

Local news, Charlottetown Guardian, July 21, 1920, page 5; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19200721-005: “Many old friends are glad to see Mr. D.R. Laird, former manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia in town, after a year’s sojourn in Boston. Mr. Laird is on his way to P.E. Island, where he will spend the summer.—Amherst News.”

Local news, Charlottetown Guardian, June 11, 1921, page 12; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19210611-012: “Mr. J. [sic] Rennie Laird is being welcomed back to Charlottetown from Wolfville, for the summer months. He is accompanied by his daughter Miss Alethe Laird who has completed a most satisfactory college year.”

1921 Canada Census, David R. Laird; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 105; Census Place: Charlottetown (City), Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page Number: 35; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Managers of Bank of Nova Scotia branch in Summerside; Charlottetown Guardian, October 5, 1933, page 3; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19331005-003

“The following list of managers in Summerside of The Bank of Nova Scotia, many of whom were widely known throughout the Island, will be of interest to readers of the Island Farmer. Dates of their appointment are also given: . . . D.R. Laird, April, 1894. A.E. Williams, October, 1897 . . .”

David Rennie Laird, death notice, Charlottetown Guardian, September 4, 1948, page 12; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19480904-012: “The death occurred Saturday evening at his home in the Cavendish Apartments, Charlottetown of Mr. David Rennie Laird in his 84th year. A retired bank manager, his death came after only a brief illness.

He was the eldest son of the late Hon. David Laird and Mrs. Laird of Charlottetown. He was educated here and then joined the bank of Nova Scotia, advancing until he became branch manager. He was in charge of branches at Summerside, Hamilton, Ont., Vancouver, B.C., and Amherst, N.S., retiring some 15 to 20 years ago when he was located at the latter town.

He is survived by a daughter, Miss Lethe Laird, Charlottetown and a son, Arthur G. Laird, Summit, New Jersey. His wife, the former Alethe Gunn of Summerside, and a son, David Sidney Laird, predeceased him.”

“Funeral of Mr. D.R. Laird,” Charlottetown Guardian, September 1, 1948, page 5; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19480901-005: “The funeral of the late D.R. Laird was held from the residence of Mrs. Dora Campbell yesterday afternoon. Service at the house and grave was conducted by  Rev. Canon E.M. Malone. Interment was in Sherwood Cemetery. The pallbearers were E.W. MacKinnon, George Buntain, R.S.P. Jardine, C. Binmore, E.S. Blanchard and Judge H.L. Palmer.”

 

Alethe Gunn (wife of David Rennie Laird)

Alethe Gunn (1865 – 1903); http://ourmaritimeties.com/tng/getperson.php?personID=I5423&tree=Arthur

 

Child’s Full Name Alithe Gunn
Birth Date 20 January 1864
Place of Birth Cape Traverse
Baptismal Date 18 September 1864
Officiating Clergy D MacDonald
Father’s Name Peter Gunn
Mother’s Name Eliza Fraser
Church Name Free Church Of Scotland
Record Book Number 1
Record Book Page 41

Prince Edward Island, Public Archives and Records Office, Baptismal Record; Alithe Gunn; http://www.gov.pe.ca/archives/parosearch/vital/individual-vital-information/recordId/147541/eventType/1.

“Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCX6-PQ8 : accessed 8 October 2015), Alithe Gunn, 18 Sep 1864; citing p. 41, volume 1, , Prince Edward Island, Public Archives, Charlottetown; FHL microfilm 1,487,757.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVNW-ZTW : accessed 8 October 2015), Alethia Gunn in household of W. B. Wellner, Charlottetown Royalty, Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada; citing p. 100; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13163, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,799.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHKC-RQD : accessed 7 October 2015), Alithe A. Laird in household of David R. Laird, A, Restigouche, New Brunswick, Canada; citing p. 52, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDGC-BJS : accessed 7 October 2015), Alettie Laird, 28 Dec 1903; citing Ancaster, Wentworth, Ontario, yr 1903 cn 29772, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,854,282. [Ancaster is near Hamilton.]

 

Arthur Gordon Laird (son of David Rennie Laird)

Arthur Gordon Laird, http://ourmaritimeties.com/tng/getperson.php?personID=I5605&tree=Arthur

Harvard College, Class of 1916, Secretary’s Third Report, June 1922, Arthur Gordon Laird, pages 245-246; https://archive.org/stream/1916report03harvuoft#page/245/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/1916report03harvuoft#page/246/mode/1up

Arthur G. Laird, biographical note, The Bell System Technical Journal, volume 15, number 1, January 1936, New York, American Telephone and Telegraph Company, page 178: https://archive.org/stream/bell00systemtechnvol15iamerrich#page/178/mode/1up: “Arthur G. Laird, A.B. Harvard, 1916; S.B. in Electrical Engineering, Harvard, 1921. Engineering Department of the Western Electric Company, 1921-1925; Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1925-. Mr. Laird has been engaged principally in the development of communication coils and transformers.”

Child’s Full Name Arthur Gordon Laird
Birth Date 1 May 1894
Baptismal Date 26 October 1894
Officiating Clergy E. M Dill
Father’s Name D Rennie Laird
Mother’s Name Aletha Gunn
Church Name Presbyterian
Church Location Summerside
Record Book Number 1

Prince Edward Island, Public Archives and Records Office, Baptismal Record; Arthur Gordon Laird; http://www.gov.pe.ca/archives/parosearch/vital/individual-vital-information/recordId/106426/eventType/1

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Laird, Arthur Gordon; Rank: LCP; Regimental Number: 506224; Date of Birth: 01/05/1894; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5315 – 11; Item Number: 506373; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=506373.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XP42-YYQ : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur G Laird, 04 Oct 1919; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Vanceboro, Maine,, line , NARA microfilm publication M2071, roll 5, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1924,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKQM-KM3D : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur G Laird, 1895-1924; citing M1461, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 249, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,473,049.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPLM-P2S : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur G Laird, May 1920; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Vanceboro, Maine,, line 19, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 397, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

1921 Canada Census, Arthur Gordon Laird; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 105; Census Place: Charlottetown (City), Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page Number: 35; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Local news, Charlottetown Guardian, July 31, 1926, page 5; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19260731-5: “Mr. Arthur Laird, of New York, has arrived home on a visit to his father, Mr. D.R. Laird.”

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24XZ-CN5 : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur G Laird, 1928; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X4D8-M5G : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur Laird, East Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0371, sheet 10A, family 223, line 24, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1329; FHL microfilm 2,341,064.

A.G. Ganz and A.G. Laird, “Improvements in Communication Transformers,” The Bell System Technical Journal, volume 15, number 1, January 1936, New York, American Telephone and Telegraph Company, pages 136-150; first page of article: https://archive.org/stream/bell00systemtechnvol15iamerrich#page/136/mode/1up; last page of article: https://archive.org/stream/bell00systemtechnvol15iamerrich#page/150/mode/1up.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4YD-YZX : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur G Laird, Ward 2, Summit, Summit City, Union, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 20-158, sheet 2B, family 32, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 2389.

“United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X51W-56B : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur Gordon Laird, 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.).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H7B-WBL : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur G Laird, 1953; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HD5-1RD : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur G Laird, 1956; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JR9B-KML : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur  Laird, Mar 1971; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLZ-QX4X : accessed 6 October 2015), Arthur Laird, 1971; Burial, Brielle, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States of America, Greenwood Cemetery; citing record ID 92155204, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92155204.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H7B-WBG : accessed 6 October 2015), Yvette S Laird, 1953; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JY9G-MJM : accessed 6 October 2015), Yvette S Laird, 13 May 1992; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLZ-QX4K : accessed 6 October 2015), Yvette Laird, 1982; Burial, Brielle, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States of America, Greenwood Cemetery; citing record ID 92155208, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92155208.

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPM1-95G : accessed 6 October 2015), Yvette S Laird, Residence, Red Bank, New Jersey, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

 

David Sidney Laird (son of David Rennie Laird)

David Sidney Laird, http://ourmaritimeties.com/tng/getperson.php?personID=I5606&tree=Arthur

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Laird, David Sidney; Regimental Number: 283572; Date of Birth: 14/10/1897; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5315 – 22; Item Number: 506384; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=506384.

“Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:23T2-PN3 : accessed 7 October 2015), David Sidney Laird, 08 Aug 1920; citing Death, Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, certificate number 98, page 457, State Archives, Boston.

“In Memoriam, Sydney Laird,” Charlottetown Guardian, August 10, 1920, page 3; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19200810-003:

“Mrs. Mathieson, wife of Chief Justice Mathieson, has received a telegrapm from her brother, Mr. D.R. Laird, stating that his youngest son Sydney had died very suddenly Sunday in Boston, where he had been under treatment in a hospital. The deceased was only twenty-three years of age. After a course in the Latin School at Amherst he entered Harvard University and was a student there when the war broke out. He enlisted in the Nova Scotia Highlanders and fought with their regiment for three years. When the war was over he re-entered Harvard and resumed his arts course. Mr. Laird spent last summer in Charlottetown. He was a young man of splendid intellectual and physical attainments, and excelled in athletic sports. He was very popular with his associates and the news of his death will be learned with deep regret by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn besides his father, one brother, Arthur who is taking an engineering course in Harvard, and one sister Alethe, at present in Charlottetown. The remains will be brought to the Island for burial and the funeral will take place from the residence of Chief Justice Mathieson. Notice of this will appear later. The bereaved family will have the deep sympathy of all in their great sorrow.”

“BillionGraves Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV3M-NXGV : accessed 6 October 2015), David Sidney Laird, died 11 Aug 1920; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at Sherwood Cemetery, Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

 

Isabell Mary Louisa Laird (later called Alethe and Lethe) (daughter of David Rennie Laird)

Louise Alethe (Lethe) Laird; http://ourmaritimeties.com/tng/getperson.php?personID=I5607&tree=Arthur

“New Brunswick, Provincial Returns of Births and Late Registrations, 1810-1906,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTQ3-P9R : accessed 6 October 2015), Isabell Mary Louisa Laird, 14 Mar 1901; citing Campbellton, Restigouche, New Brunswick, certificate 003005, Provincial Archives, Fredericton; FHL microfilm 2,116,360.

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F282-797 : accessed 6 October 2015), Rennie Laird in entry for Alethe Laird, 14 Mar 1901; citing Campbellton, Restigouche, New Brunswick, 14 Mar 1901, reference 87; FHL microfilm 2,320,171.

1921 Canada Census, Alethe Laird; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 105; Census Place: Charlottetown (City), Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page Number: 35; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLKR-B6F : accessed 7 October 2015), Alethe Laird, 05 Oct 1950; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Vanceboro, Maine,, line , NARA microfilm publication M2071, roll 11, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1924,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3R-55WM : accessed 7 October 2015), Alethe Laird, 1924-1952; citing M1463, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 55, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,570,768.

Local news, Charlottetown Guardian, October 22, 1949, page 2; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19491022-002: “Mrs. Alethe Laird is now in Boston where she will spend the winter months.”

Local news, Charlottetown Guardian, June 10, 1950, page 2; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19500610-002: “Miss Alethe Laird has returned to Charlottetown after spending the winter in Boston.”

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLKR-B6F : accessed 7 October 2015), Alethe Laird, 05 Oct 1950; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Vanceboro, Maine,, line , NARA microfilm publication M2071, roll 11, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1924,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3R-55WM : accessed 7 October 2015), Alethe Laird, 1924-1952; citing M1463, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 55, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,570,768.

 

David Laird (born 1902-died in 1903)

David Laird; http://ourmaritimeties.com/tng/getperson.php?personID=I5608&tree=Arthur.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDGC-HMF : accessed 6 October 2015), Laird, 26 Jan 1903; citing Ancaster, Wentworth, Ontario, yr 1903 cn 29030, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,854,282; second page: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-999-51832-47209-52?cc=1307826.

 

Selected relatives of Alethe Gunn

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M22W-43S : accessed 8 October 2015), Sydney A Gunn, Boston Ward 21, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1593, sheet 1A, family 4, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,636.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M63H-V9H : accessed 8 October 2015), Sydney A Gunn, Annapolis Ward 2, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States; citing sheet 17A, family 390, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,654.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4JK-PF9 : accessed 8 October 2015), Sidney A Gunn, Ward 5, Boston, Boston City, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 15-204, sheet 17A, family 475, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1663.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWPW-H24 : accessed 8 October 2015), Beatrice Gunn, Mann Indian Reserve, Bonaventure, Quebec, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148190; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148190-00282.pdf.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M22W-433 : accessed 8 October 2015), Beatrice H Gunn in household of Sydney A Gunn, Boston Ward 21, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1593, sheet 1A, family 4, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,636.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M63H-V9C : accessed 8 October 2015), Beatrice H Gunn in household of Sydney A Gunn, Annapolis Ward 2, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States; citing sheet 17A, family 390, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,654.

“Massachusetts Naturalization Index, 1906-1966,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XG9W-R46 : accessed 8 October 2015), Beatrice Hazard Gunn, 1938; from “Index to Petitions and Records of Naturalizations of the U.S. and District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, 1907-1966,” database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing NARA microfilm publication M1545 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 59.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4JK-PFS : accessed 8 October 2015), Beatrice H Gunn in household of Sidney A Gunn, Ward 5, Boston, Boston City, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 15-204, sheet 17A, family 475, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1663.

“Interesting Visitors,” Charlottetown Guardian, August 27, 1941, page 1; http://islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19410827-007: “Summerside had two interesting visitors over the week-end, Mr. Sydney Allan Gunn, a professor on the staff of Boston University and his sister, Miss Beatrice Gunn. They came to Summerside to visit their cousin, Mrs. Harry F. Lea, with whom they spent some time and while here were also guests at an enjoyable luncheon at the home of Senator and Mrs. MacArthur. Prof. Gun is a native of Summerside, but was educated in Boston, being a classmate of President Roosevelt. He is a brother of the late Mrs. D. Rennie Laird of Charlottetown and has been spending ten days the guest of Mr. Leard [sic]. Another cousin is Mr. Allan Fraser of Lot 16. Mr. and Miss Gunn left this morning on their return to Boston very pleased with the visit to their home of their childhood.”

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