Lay, James Murray (1869-1937)

James Murray Lay, Vancouver Province, February 13, 1937, page 2.

James Murray Lay, Vancouver Province, February 13, 1937, page 2.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 597.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 597.

James Murray Lay was the manager of the Imperial Bank of Canada. He lived at 1906 Nelson Street from 1917 to 1931, at 890 Gilford Street from 1932 to 1934, and at 2035 Barclay Street from 1935 to 1937.

 

Family Background

James Murray Lay was born in London, England, on May 25, 1869. His father was Horatio Nelson Lay (1833-1898), who was a British diplomat in China and later a lawyer in the Middle Temple in London. James’s mother was Eliza Elizabeth Legge.

Horatio Nelson Lay and Eliza Legge, wedding notice, Chester Chronicle and Cheshire and North Wales General Advertiser (Chester, England), issue 482, October 20, 1860; page 5.

Horatio Nelson Lay and Eliza Legge, wedding notice, Chester Chronicle and Cheshire and North Wales General Advertiser (Chester, England), issue 482, October 20, 1860; page 5.

Horatio Lay died in Forest Hill, Kent, England, on May 4, 1898.

Horatio Nelson Lay, obituary, The Times (London, England), Friday, May 06, 1898; page 9.

Horatio Nelson Lay, obituary, The Times (London, England), Friday, May 06, 1898; page 9.

James travelled to Canada in 1887. By 1891 he was a ledger-keeper with a bank in Galt, Ontario.

In 1895 he was a banker in Calgary, Northwest Territories (later Alberta). On April 2, 1895, at Ottawa, Ontario, he married Audrey Louisa Schreiber. She was born on June 7, 1875, in St. John, New Brunswick [some sources say she was born in Newfoundland.] Her parents were Sir Collingwood Schreiber (1831-1918) and Caroline MacLean (who died in 1892).

By 1901, James and Audrey were living in Nelson, British Columbia.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1901, page 410 (Nelson).

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1901, page 410 (Nelson).

James first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1916. He was the acting manager of the Imperial Bank of Canada, and he was living at 955 Broughton Street.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 725.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 725.

James and Audrey lived at 1906 Nelson Street from 1917 to 1931.

James was the manager of the Imperial Bank in Vancouver until he retired about 1931.

James and Audrey were at 890 Gilford Street from 1932 to 1934 and at 2035 Barclay Street from 1935 to 1937.

James died in Vancouver on February 13, 1937. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Audrey went to Victoria, British Columbia, but she was there only two weeks when she died on March 5, 1937. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

James and Audrey did not have any children.

 

Sources

Horatio Lay (father of James Murray Lay)

Horatio Nelson Lay, Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Nelson_Lay.

Horatio Nelson Lay and Sino-British Relations, 1854-1864, by Jack J. Gerson; Cambridge, Massachusetts Harvard University Asia Center, 1972; https://books.google.ca/books?id=Idz1P1ANqa8C&dq=%22Horatio+Nelson+Lay%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s.

“England and Wales Census, 1841,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQJH-BQV : 3 August 2016), Horatio Lay in household of George Lay, St Pancras, Middlesex, England; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBFD-DGC : 24 June 2017), Horatio Lay, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27X-WFMD : 20 August 2016), Horatio Nelson Lay, Beerferris, Devon, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 22, Piece/Folio 2215/14, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,781.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27X-WFCK : 20 August 2016), Horatio Nelson Lay, Devonport Stoke-Damerel, Devon, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 6, Piece/Folio 2215/6, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,781.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2JYL-JWD : 31 December 2014), Horatio Nelson Lay, 1898; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Lewisham, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Eliza Elizabeth Legge (mother of James Murray Lay)

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBFD-DGZ : 24 June 2017), Eliza E Lay in entry for Horatio Lay, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27X-WF9R : 20 August 2016), Eliza Elizabeth Lay in household of Horatio Nelson Lay, Beerferris, Devon, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 22, Piece/Folio 2215/14, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,781.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27X-WFZD : 20 August 2016), Eliza Elizabeth Lay in household of Horatio Nelson Lay, Devonport Stoke-Damerel, Devon, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 6, Piece/Folio 2215/6, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,781.

 

James Murray Lay

J.M. Lay, A History; British Columbia, by R. Edward Gosnell, [no publishing place], Hill Publishing Company, 1906, pages 529-530; https://archive.org/stream/historybritishco00gosnrich#page/529/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/historybritishco00gosnrich#page/530/mode/1up.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X7V-J5J : 1 October 2014), James Murray Lay, 1869; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Kensington, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBFD-DGF : 24 June 2017), James M Lay in entry for Horatio Lay, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27L-CT5P : 20 August 2016), James M Lay in household of John M M Small, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 42, Piece/Folio 3649/24, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,056.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWGV-YX2 : 3 August 2016), James Lay, Galt, Waterloo South, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148177; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148177-00283.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWGV-L6T : 3 August 2016), James Lay, Galt, Waterloo South, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148177; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148177-00180.

Ontario Marriage Index; Carleton Co., 1895, part 2; http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/carl95p2.htm: “002189-95 (Carleton Co): James Murray LAY, 25, banker, London England, Calgary, s/o Horatio Nelson & Eliza Elizabeth married Audrey Louisa SCHREIBER, 26, St. .B., Ottawa, d/o Collingwood & Ha_?-off page SCHREIBER. Wit: Harry M. LAY of London and Owen P. SCHREIBER of Ottawa. April 2, 1895 at Ottawa.”

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMKZ-QN8 : 10 April 2015), James Muny Lay and Audrey Louisa Schricher, 02 Apr 1895; citing registration , Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,708.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-SXK : 27 April 2017), James L. Lang, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 1, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000012990.pdf [indexed as James L. Lang].

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-TG9Q : 15 July 2016), James M Lay, 1911; citing Census, Kootenay Sub-Districts 1-61, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,659.

1921 Canada Census; James Murray Lay, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 4; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2V-L7Q : 13 April 2017), James Murray Lay, 1937.

James Murray Lay, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 13, 1937, page 17; Vancouver Province, February 13, 1937, page 15; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jvVlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IIkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1176%2C1560190: “Lay—Passed away Feb. 13, 1937, James Murray Lay, 2035 Barclay St., in his 69th years. Survived by his loving wife, 2 brothers, Douglas of Hazelton, B.C., and Harry of Barrie, Ontario; also one sister in England. Remains are resting at Center & Hanna’s. Funeral announcement later.”

“Banker Passes; James Murray Lay,” Vancouver Province; February 13, 1937, page 2 [includes photograph of James Murray Lay].

“A resident of Vancouver for thirty-five years, James Murray Lay, retired bank manager of 2035 Barclay street, died in St. Paul’s Hospital this morning in his sixty-ninth year.

Previous to his retirement five years ago, he was manager of the main branch of the Imperial Bank of Canada here. He was also active in community affairs, being a member of the Board of Trade and Shaughnessy Golf Club.

Surviving are his wife, two brothers, Douglas at Hazelton, and Harry in Barrie, Ont., and one sister in England.

Funeral arrangements are in the hands of Center & Hanna, and will be announced later.”

James Murray Lay, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 15, 1937, page 11: “Lay—Passed away on February 13, 1937, James Murray lay of 2035 Barclay street, in his sixty-ninth year. Survived by his loving wife, 2 brothers, Douglas of Hazelton, B.C., and Harry of Barrie, Ontario; also one sister in England. Funeral service Tuesday, February 16, at 1:30 o’clock in St. Paul’s Church, Pendrell and Jervis streets, Rev. Canon Harold G. King officiating. Committal in family plot, Ocean View Burial Park. Center & Hanna, funeral directors, in charge.”

“James Murray Funeral,” Vancouver Sun, February 14, 1937, page 3: “Funeral services for James Murray Lay, 68, former manager of the Imperial Bank in Vancouver, who died Saturday, will be conducted in St. Paul’s Anglican Church by Rev. Canon Harold G. King at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday; interment, Ocean View Burial Park. Center & Hanna, funeral directors, have charge of arrangements.”

Find A Grave, James Murray Lay, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=146475967. Birth: May 25, 1869; Paddington, City of Westminster, Greater London, England, Death:  Feb. 13, 1937, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Son of Horatio Nelson Lay C.B. and Eliza Elspeth Legge. Family links: Spouse:  Audrey Louisa Schreiber Lay (1874 – 1937).

 

Collingwood George Schreiber (father of Audrey Louisa Shreiber)

Sean Gouglas, “Schreiber, Sir Collingwood,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 14, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed August 15, 2017, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/schreiber_collingwood_14E.html.

 

Audrey Louise Shreiber (wife of James Murray Lay)

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMKZ-QNX : 10 April 2015), James Muny Lay and Audrey Louisa Schricher, 02 Apr 1895; citing registration , Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,708.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-SX2 : 27 April 2017), Audrey L Lang [sic], Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 1, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-TG97 : 15 July 2016), Audrey Louise Lay in entry for James M Lay, 1911; citing Census, Kootenay Sub-Districts 1-61, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,659.

1921 Canada Census; Audrey Louisa Lay [indexed as Andrey Louisa Lay] in household of James Murray Lay, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 4; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2V-RZR : 13 April 2017), Audrey Louisa Lay, 1937.

Audrey Louisa Lay, death notice, Vancouver Sun, March 6, 1937, page 17: “Lay—Passed away on March 5, 1937, at the residence of her niece, Laey Lake, Victoria, B.C., Mrs. Audrey Louisa Lay, widow of James Murray Lay, 2035 Barclay St., in her 62nd year. Survived by her step-mother, Lady Schreiber; one sister, Mrs. Ethel Lewis of Ottawa; also by two nieces, Mrs. Sydney Kelly of South Pender Island, B.C.; and Miss Evelylyn Hotson of Vancouver; two nephews, Denis Hotson and Walter A. Hotson of Vancouver; and one great niece, Miss Dorothy Kelly of South Pender Island. The deceased was the daughter of the late Sir Colllingwood Schreiber. Funeral service Monday, March 8, at 2 o’clock, in St. Paul’s Church, Pendrell and Jervis Streets, Rev. Canon Harold G. King officiating. Committal in family plot, Ocean View Burial Park, Center & Hanna, funeral directors, in charge.”

Mrs. Audrey L. Lay Dead,” Vancouver Sun, March 8, 1937, page 3:

“Mrs. Audrey Louisa Lay, 60, died Friday in Victoria, just three weeks after the death of her husband, James Murray, Lay, retired manager of the Imperial Bank in Vancouver.

Mrs. Lay, who resided at 2035 Barclay Street, was born in Ontario, and came to Vancouver 27 years ago. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Travers Lewis, Ottawa; three nieces, Lady Lake, Victoria; Mrs. Sidney Kelly, South Pender Island; Miss Evelyn Hotson, Vancouver, and two nephews.

Funeral services were conducted in St. Paul’s Anglican Church today, at 2 p.m., by Rev. Canon Harold G. King. Center and Hanna had charge of funeral arrangements, and interment was in Ocean View Burial Park.”

“Last Respects Paid to Mrs. Murray Lay,” Vancouver Province, March 8, 1937, page 10:

“Funeral services for Mrs. Murray Lay, who died in Victoria on Friday less than three weeks after the death of her husband, James Murray Lay, retired manager of the Imperial Bank of Canada in Vancouver, were held in St. Paul’s Anglican Church today. Rev. Canon Harold King officiated, and interment took place in Ocean view Burial Park.

Mrs. Lay, who was born in Ontario in 1876, made her home at 2035 Barclay Street. She came to Vancouver thirty-seven years ago. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Travers Lewis of Ottawa; three nieces, Lady Lake in Victoria, Mrs. Sidney Kelly of South Pender Island, and Miss Evelyn Hotson of Vancouver, and two nephews.

Services were directed by Center and Hanna.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK1J-GBPZ : 11 July 2016), Audrey Louisa Schreiber Lay, 1937; Burial, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Ocean View Burial Park; citing record ID 146476032, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=146476032.

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