Lee, Alfred William (1858-1925)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 838.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 838.

 

Alfred William Lee was a route agent for the Dominion Express Company. He lived at 2029 Pendrell Street in 1911.

 

Early Life

Alfred William Lee was born in Southampton, Ontario, on June 2, 1858. His parents were Thomas Lee and Emma Godfrey. (Alfred was sometimes known as “Alfred William Godfrey Lee.”)

About 1885, Alfred began his long career with the Dominion Express Company, which was the original express company of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

From 1891 to 1897, he was with Dominion Express in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Henderson’s City of Winnipeg Directory, 1896, page 282; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/921.2.7/220.html.

Henderson’s City of Winnipeg Directory, 1896, page 282; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/921.2.7/220.html.

 

Marriage to Margaret Bullock

On December 8, 1897, in Seattle, Washington, Alfred married Margaret Bullock. She was born Margaret Jones in Toronto, Ontario on June 2, 1865. Her parents were John Henry Jones and Margaret Whalen.

 

Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmr_02899. Ancestry.com. Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: Alfred W Lee; Marriage Age: 39; Birth Date: abt 1858; Birth Place: Canada; Marriage Date: 8 Dec 1897; Marriage Place: Seattle, King, Washington, USA; Father: Thomas Lee; Mother: Emma Lee; Spouse: Margaret Bullock.

Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmr_02899. Ancestry.com. Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: Alfred W Lee; Marriage Age: 39; Birth Date: abt 1858; Birth Place: Canada; Marriage Date: 8 Dec 1897; Marriage Place: Seattle, King, Washington, USA; Father: Thomas Lee; Mother: Emma Lee; Spouse: Margaret Bullock.

In 1900, Alfred and Margaret were in Seattle. Alfred was working as an express agent.

 

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMPJ-P98 : accessed 9 May 2018), Alfred Lee, Precinct 4 and 5 Seattle city Ward 7, King, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 112, sheet 1B, family 12, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,745.

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMPJ-P98 : accessed 9 May 2018), Alfred Lee, Precinct 4 and 5 Seattle city Ward 7, King, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 112, sheet 1B, family 12, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,745.

 

To Vancouver

Alfred first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1903. He was living at 1290 Burrard Street and he was the route agent for Dominion Express.

 

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1903, page 729.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1903, page 729.

 

Dominion Express Company horse-drawn delivery wagon; about 1905, Vancouver City Archives; Trans P187; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/dominion-express-company-horse-drawn-delivery-wagon. [Unidentified Dominion Express Company employee; probably not Alfred William Lee.]

Dominion Express Company horse-drawn delivery wagon; about 1905, Vancouver City Archives; Trans P187; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/dominion-express-company-horse-drawn-delivery-wagon. [Unidentified Dominion Express Company employee; probably not Alfred William Lee.]

Alfred and Margaret lived at the following addresses in Vancouver and Victoria.

1903 to 1905 1290 Burrard Street
1906 to 1909 1269 Nicola Street
1910 1111 Broughton Street
1911 2029 Pendrell Street
1912 to 1918 1636 Stephens Street
1919 and 1920 1630 Stephens Street
1921 to 1922 2547 Birch Street
1923 Not listed under Vancouver names
1923 745 Newport Avenue (Victoria)
1924 and 1925 318 Newport Avenue (Victoria)

Until 1921, Alfred was a route agent for Dominion Express. In 1922, he was a Dominion Express inspector.

 

To Vancouver Island

In 1923, Alfred and Margaret moved to Oak Bay on Vancouver Island. Alfred retired from Dominion Express about 1924.

Alfred died at Oak Bay on July 27, 1925.

 

Victoria Daily Colonist, July 29, 1925, page 5, column 3; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0725uvic_24#page/n4/mode/1up.

Victoria Daily Colonist, July 29, 1925, page 5, column 3; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0725uvic_24#page/n4/mode/1up.

 

The Winnipeg Tribune, July 30, 1925, page 8, column 5.

The Winnipeg Tribune, July 30, 1925, page 8, column 5.

 

Margaret died in Vancouver on December 6, 1931. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

 

 

Sources

Thomas Lee (father of Alfred William Lee)

Thomas Lee (1823–1901); Birth: ABOUT 1823, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom; Death: 20 FEBRUARY 1901, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ71-ZP1 : 5 September 2017), Thos Lee, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, line 8; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1011, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,840.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4Q4-9CP : 11 March 2018), Thomas Lee in household of Mary Ann Lee, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, line 8; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9937, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,335.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVNQ-VX2 : 11 March 2018), DEFAULT RECORD TITLE – CHANGE ME, Southampton, Bruce North, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 23; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13275, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,911.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW2F-YKL : 3 August 2016), Thomas Lee, Southampton, Bruce North, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148130.

“BillionGraves Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QL1S-LYG3 : 31 October 2017), Thomas Lee, died 20 Feb 1901; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at Southampton Cemetery, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada; https://billiongraves.com/grave/person/24753823#/.

 

Emma Godfrey (mother of Alfred William Lee)

Emma Godfrey (1831–1867); Birth 1831, England; Death: 2 MAY 1867, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“Canada Census, 1851,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWRB-VKZ : 3 August 2016), Emma Godfrey, Saugeen, Bruce County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada; citing p. 3, line 40; Library and Archives Canada film number C_11715, Public Archives, Ontario.

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ71-Z5M : 5 September 2017), Emma Lee, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, line 9; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1011, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,840.

“BillionGraves Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QL1S-7KJZ : 31 October 2017), Emma Lee, died 02 May 1867; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at Southampton Cemetery, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada; https://billiongraves.com/grave/person/24753819#/.

Find A Grave; Name: Emma Lee; Maiden Name: Godfrey; Death Date: 2 May 1867; Cemetery:  Southampton Cemetery; Burial or Cremation Place: Southampton, Bruce County, Ontario, Canada; Has Bio?: N; Spouse Thomas Lee; Children: Thomas G Lee; https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186887350.

 

Alfred William Lee

Alfred William Lee (1859–); Birth ABT. 1859, Ontario; Death: Unknown (ancestry.ca).

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ71-ZPK : 5 September 2017), Alfred Lee, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, line 11; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1011, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,840.

Ancestry.com. Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Name: Alfred William Lee; Gender: Male; Marriage Date: 8 Dec 1897; Marriage Place: King, Washington, United States; Spouse: Margaret Bullock.

Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmr_02899. Ancestry.com. Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: Alfred W Lee; Marriage Age: 39; Birth Date: abt 1858; Birth Place: Canada; Marriage Date: 8 Dec 1897; Marriage Place: Seattle, King, Washington, USA; Father: Thomas Lee; Mother: Emma Lee; Spouse: Margaret Bullock.

Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmc7182. Ancestry.com. Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: Alfred William Lee; Marriage Date: 8 Dec 1897; Marriage Place: Seattle, King, Washington, USA; Spouse: Margaret Bullock.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MG52 : 16 March 2018), Alford William Lee, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census, Alfred W Lee, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 2. 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:FL2W-LQV : 8 November 2017), Alfred William Godfrey Lee, 1925.

 

John Henry Jones (father of Margaret Jones)

“Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2YM-MLSL : 17 March 2018), John Jones and Margt Whalen, 1860; citing Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,065.

 

Margaret Whalen (mother of Margaret Jones)

“Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2YM-H65V : 17 March 2018), John Jones and Margt Whalen, 1860; citing Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,065.

 

Margaret Jones (Bullock) (wife of Alfred William Lee)

Ancestry.com. Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Name: Margaret Bullock; Gender: Female; Marriage Date: 8 Dec 1897; Marriage Place: King, Washington, United States; Spouse: Alfred William Lee.

Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmr_02899. Ancestry.com. Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: Margaret Bullock; Maiden Name: Jones; Marriage Date: 8 Dec 1897; Marriage Place: Seattle, King, Washington, USA; Father: John N. Jones; Mother: Margaret Jones; Spouse: Alfred W Lee.

Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmc7182. Ancestry.com. Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: Margaret Bullock; Marriage Date: 8 Dec 1897; Marriage Place: Seattle, King, Washington, USA; Spouse: Alfred William Lee.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MG5L : 16 March 2018), Margaret Lee in entry for Alford [sic] William Lee, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census, Margaret Lee in household of Alfred W Lee, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 2. 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:FLVG-T44 : 8 November 2017), Margaret Lee, 1931.

 

Dominion Express Company

City of Vancouver Archives; Fonds Add. MSS. 204;Add. MSS. 479 – Dominion Express Company fonds; https://www.memorybc.ca/dominion-express-company-fonds.

Toronto Railway Historical Association; Exploring the Walmsley Collection – Dominion Express Sign; by Russ Milland; April 28, 2010; http://www.trha.ca/trha/exploring-the-walmsley-collection-dominion-express-sign/: “The Dominion Express Company was incorporated in Winnipeg in 1873 and taken over by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884, when the headquarters were moved to Toronto. The company provided the first all-Canadian express route between Eastern and Western Canada.”

Alfred Gunton Chasteney, (1858-1936) was a clerk for the Dominion Express Company. He lived at 1020 Denman Street in 1910 and 1911; at 2043 Pendrell Street from 1915 to 1918; and at 810 Park Road (later Lagoon Drive) from 1919 to 1922.