Mowat, Daniel (1848-1923)

Daniel Mowat was a merchant, politician, and the secretary of the Vancouver General Hospital. He lived at 1878 Alberni Street in 1906. (He was sometimes called “Daniel Alexander Mowat.”)

 

Daniel Mowat, member of the second legislative assembly of the North-West Territories, Regina, 1891; Saskatoon Public Library, LH-462 [detail]; http://spldatabase.saskatoonlibrary.ca/csdata/images/lhr/web/lh/0/lh-462.jpg.

Daniel Mowat, member of the second legislative assembly of the North-West Territories, Regina, 1891; Saskatoon Public Library, LH-462 [detail]; http://spldatabase.saskatoonlibrary.ca/csdata/images/lhr/web/lh/0/lh-462.jpg.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 37 (Alberni Street).

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 37 (Alberni Street).

 

Family Background and Early Life

Daniel Mowat was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 9, 1848. His parents were Alexander Mowat and Elizabeth (“Bessie”) Johnston. Alexander Mowat was a merchant tailor in Ottawa.

Daniel went to school at the public school and the collegiate institute in Ottawa.

He was a member of the public school board in Ottawa for six years. He also served as a member of the military in Ottawa, rising to the rank of Major in the 56th Battalion.

 

Marriage to Amelia Hoy

On October 4, 1871, in Ottawa, Daniel married Amelia Mary Hoy. She was born in Ottawa on December 2, possibly in 1851 (although some sources say 1844, 1848 or 1855).

 

To Northwest Territories

In 1880 Daniel and Amelia went to live in the Northwest Territories. By 1882, he operating a store in Regina, Northwest Territories (later Saskatchewan).

 

Local citizens, carriages and saddle horse in front of business block, Regina, Saskatchewan; Glenbow Archives; NA-4035-185; http://ww2.glenbow.org/dbimages/arc7/v/na-4035-185.jpg.

Local citizens, carriages and saddle horse in front of business block, Regina, Saskatchewan; Glenbow Archives; NA-4035-185; http://ww2.glenbow.org/dbimages/arc7/v/na-4035-185.jpg.

 

Daniel was on Regina’s town council for four years. He was the mayor of Regina from 1886 to 1887.

In the 1891 Canada census, he was a grocer in Moose Jaw, Northwest Territories.

 

"Canada Census, 1891," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW5Y-T5H : 4 August 2016), Daniel Mowat, Moose Jaw, Assiniboia West, Territories, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148228; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148228-00315.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW5Y-T5H : 4 August 2016), Daniel Mowat, Moose Jaw, Assiniboia West, Territories, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148228; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148228-00315.

 

Member of Legislative Assembly

In 1891 and 1894 he was elected as a member of the legislative assembly of the Northwest Territories.

 

The Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1897, page 405; https://archive.org/stream/cihm_32962#page/n436/mode/1up.

The Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1897, page 405; https://archive.org/stream/cihm_32962#page/n436/mode/1up.

 

While Daniel was a member of the legislative assembly, he proposed that English should be the only language of instruction in schools in the Northwest Territories. He later agreed that a primary course in French would be acceptable.

In February 1897, a fire damaged Daniel’s store.

 

“Regina Happenings,” Vancouver Daily World, February 16, 1897, page 6, column 1.

“Regina Happenings,” Vancouver Daily World, February 16, 1897, page 6, column 1.

 

To British Columbia

In the spring of 1897, Daniel visited the Kootenay area of British Columbia. He made plans to resign his legislature seat and to move to Slocan City.

 

Moose Jaw Herald Times, April 9, 1897, page 8, column 3; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/MJH/1897/04/09/8/Ar00804.html.

Moose Jaw Herald Times, April 9, 1897, page 8, column 3; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/MJH/1897/04/09/8/Ar00804.html.

 

Horse Race, Slocan City, 1896, Slocan City History, http://www.slocancity.com/history/.

Horse Race, Slocan City, 1896, Slocan City History, http://www.slocancity.com/history/.

 

Daniel did go briefly to Slocan City, where ran a general store.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1897, page 535 (Slocan City).

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1897, page 535 (Slocan City).

 

To Vancouver

He first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1898. He was a grocer, and he lived at 1022 Barclay Street.

 

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 590.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 590.

 

He lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

 

1898 1022 Barclay Street
1899 1107 Hornby Street
1900 to 1904 908 Seymour Street
1905 Not listed under Vancouver names
1906 1878 Alberni Street (under Vancouver streets); 440 West Eighth Avenue
1907 and 1908 425 West Eighth Avenue
1909 Not listed under Vancouver names
1910 Central Park (Burnaby)
1911 to 1913 425 West Eighth Avenue
1914 McKay Avenue and B.C. Electric Railway
1915 to 1920 Not listed under Vancouver names
1921 McKay [Avenue]
1922 Not listed under Vancouver names
1923 2611 McKay Avenue

 

In the early 1900s, Daniel was with John Fisher Mowat’s firm of manufacturer’s agents.

 

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1904, page 815 [selected portions].

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1904, page 815 [selected portions].

In 1906, Daniel became the secretary of the Vancouver General Hospital.

 

“Patients Still in the Old Building,” Vancouver Daily World, January 2, 1906, page 8, column 4.

“Patients Still in the Old Building,” Vancouver Daily World, January 2, 1906, page 8, column 4.

 

To Burnaby

By 1910, Daniel had moved to Burnaby. He was the proprietor of Mowat Produce Company on Water Street in Vancouver.

 

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 994.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 994.

 

By about 1913, the Mowats were in a house on McKay Avenue in Burnaby, near the Central Park interurban rail line. The street address later became 4382 Beresford Street.

 

Daniel and Amelia Mowat House, 4382 Beresford Street, Burnaby, British Columbia; Google Streets, searched September 6, 2017; image dated August 2011.

Daniel and Amelia Mowat House, 4382 Beresford Street, Burnaby, British Columbia; Google Streets, searched September 6, 2017; image dated August 2011.

 

About 2015, a developer moved the house around the corner to 6368 McKay Avenue.

 

6368 McKay Avenue, Google Streets; searched September 7, 2017; image dated June 2014.

6368 McKay Avenue, Google Streets; searched September 7, 2017; image dated June 2014.

 

After renovations, the house became four rental apartments.

 

 

In the 1923 Vancouver directory, “Major” Daniel Mowat was at 2611 McKay Avenue. He was the operator of the Red Feather Goat Ranch.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1923, page 1020.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1923, page 1020.

 

Daniel died in Burnaby, British Columbia on September 19, 1923. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

 

Victoria Daily Colonist, September 20, 1923, page 10, column 6; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0923uvic_15#page/n9/mode/1up.

Victoria Daily Colonist, September 20, 1923, page 10, column 6; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0923uvic_15#page/n9/mode/1up.

 

Daniel’s estate was worth about $2,000.

“Five Wills are Given Probate,” Vancouver Daily World, October 6, 1923, page 3, column 5.

“Five Wills are Given Probate,” Vancouver Daily World, October 6, 1923, page 3, column 5.

 

Amelia died in Burnaby on October 27, 1923. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

 

Amelia Mary Mowat, obituary, Vancouver Daily World, October 29, 1923, page 9, column 7.

Amelia Mary Mowat, obituary, Vancouver Daily World, October 29, 1923, page 9, column 7.

 

Amelia’s estate was worth about $15,000.

Daniel and Amelia had a daughter.

 

Mary Mowat

Mary Mowat was born in Ontario about 1881.

In 1891 she was living with her parents in Moose Jaw, Northwest Territories (later Saskatchewan).

It appears that she was living in Vancouver in 1900.

 

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1900-1901, page 885.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1900-1901, page 885.

 

No further information is available for her. She did not appear in the death notices for her parents, or in their wills and probate files.

 

Sources

Daniel Mowat

Daniel Mowat, son of Alexander and Elizabeth Mowat; https://www.ancestry.ca/boards/localities.northam.canada.manitoba.western/430.1/mb.ashx: Sue: “Daniel was born in Ottawa about 1848 and married Amelia Mary Hoy in Ottawa in 1871. At some point Daniel (and Alexander) homesteaded near Beulah, Manitoba (probably in the 1880’s), west of Rapid City, Manitoba. Does anyone know this family? When Daniel married in 1871, he listed himself as a tailor.

Jeanne Ross: “We have some information on Daniel and Amelia and some photos of what we believe are Amelia. The photos are labelled Dan Mowat’s wife Regina and Mrs. Dan Mowat Shoal Lake. In 1881 Daniel and Amelia were living in Manitoba; 1891 in the Regina area; 1901 and 1911 in Vancouver. They both died in Burnaby in 1923 (where they are buried (have copies of their registrations of death). I believe this Daniel was one of the first mayors of Regina. Daniel’s registration of death lists his mother as Bessie Johnston, Amelia was the informant.”

The Mowat Ranch, Avonlea & District Museum; http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/histoires_de_chez_nous-community_memories/CM_V2_Apps/ui/remWindow.php?remID=79601&remP=/sgc-cms/histoires_de_chez_nous-community_memories/hdcn-cm%2FAAWT%2F0001%2Ftext%2F&remEx=Avonlea%27s+Prairie+Pioneers&lg=English.

Dan Mowat, Mayors of Regina; https://www.revolvy.com/topic/Dan%20Mowat&item_type=topic:

“Daniel Mowatt [sic] (May 9, 1848 – October 22, 1923) was a merchant and political figure in Saskatchewan, Canada. He represented South Regina in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 1891 to 1898 as a Conservative.

He was born in Ottawa, Canada West, the son of Alex Mowat, of Scottish descent. In 1871, he married Amelia M. Hoy. Mowat was a member of the Ottawa public school board. He came to the Northwest Territories in 1880 and opened the first store in Regina in 1882. Mowat served on the Regina town council and was mayor from 1886 to 1887. With his brother Alex, also a partner in the Regina store, Mowat owned a large horse ranch near the current village of Avonlea.”

The Mayors of Regina’s First Half Century; Daniel Mowat (1886 – 1887); http://canadaehx.blogspot.ca/2017/03/the-mayors-of-reginas-first-half-century.html.

City of Regina, Mowat, http://www.regina.ca/residents/heritage-history/list-of-mayors/mowat/index.htm.

Daniel Mowat, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Mowat.

“One Language and One Nationality,” By Edmund A. Aunger, in Forging Alberta’s Constitutional Framework, By Richard Connors, John M. Law, University of Alberta. Centre for Constitutional Studies, 2005, page 114.

Daniel Alexander Mowat; Don Ross & Jeanne (Guppy) Ross Family Tree; http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rossbus&id=I452.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMF5-924 : 10 April 2015), Paul [sic] Mowat and Amelia Mary Hoy, 04 Oct 1871; citing registration , Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,862,695.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV69-SQ1 : 30 June 2017), Daniel Mowat, Western Extension – Little Saskatchewan, Manitoba Extension, Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 1; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13284, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,920.

B.C. Voters List 1898 – Mo to Mt; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/votemo.htm: “Mowat, Daniel, 1022 Barclay St, Merchant, Van.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-BYK : 27 April 2017), Daniel Mowat, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

1921 Canada Census; Daniel Mowat; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 17; Census Place: Burnaby, New Westminster, British Columbia; Page Number: 16; 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:FLKV-DJQ : 13 April 2017), Daniel Mowat, 1923.

“Late Daniel Mowat, Ex-mayor of Regina,” Vancouver Province, September 20, 1923, page 24:

“With the death of Daniel Mowat at his home, 2611 McKay avenue, Burnaby, on Thursday, there passed away another well-known pioneer of the western provinces. Born in Ottawa seventy-five years ago, he was a veteran of the Fenian raids, and the first mayor of Regina. He was later elected M.L.A. for that city.

He had resided in Greater Vancouver for the past twenty-five years, and was well-known as the proprietor of the Red Feather Goat Ranch, the stock of which has received many awards in different shows. He was a member of the Foresters and the Masonic order. His wife survives him.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the chapel of Nunn& Thomson, 531 Homer street, to the family plot at Ocean View Cemetery. Rev. J.S. Henderson, D.D., will officiate.”

Daniel Mowat, death notice, Vancouver Province, September 20, 1923, page 13: “Mowat—Passed away Sept. 19, 1923, Daniel Mowat, 2611 McKay Ave., Burnaby, in his 76th year, leaving his loving wife to mourn his loss. Funeral service Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 o’clock, in Nunn & Thomson’s chapel, 531 Homer St., Rev. Dr. J.S. Henderson officiating. Interment in family plot, Ocean View Burial Park.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV2K-2R29 : 13 December 2015), Daniel Alexander Mowat, 1923; Burial, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Ocean View Burial Park; citing record ID 77356799, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77356799.

British Columbia Supreme Court probate file: GR-1415.19006 – Mowat, Daniel; Vancouver, microfilm reel B08714; Probate P – 09133; first page of probate file: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G978-NQPB?i=2863&wc=M69V-CWL%3A332530701%2C332530502%2C333502101&cc=2014768; last page of probate file: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8978-NQLG?i=2883&wc=M69V-CWL%3A332530701%2C332530502%2C333502101&cc=2014768.

Daniel & Amelia Mowat House, https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/landmark570. 4382 Beresford Street. This home was built by Daniel Mowat (1848-1923) and Amelia Mary Mowat (née Hoy, 1848-1923). Daniel originally worked as a merchant, and was operating a chicken farm at this location as early as 1908, and later a goat ranch. It is one of Burnaby’s few two-storey Arts and Crafts residences.

4382 Beresford Street Burnaby; https://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/4954147758.

Daniel & Amelia Mowat House, 6368 McKay Avenue, 1913; http://webmap.burnaby.ca/storymaps/chartingchangeatlas/index.html.

“Heritage House near Burnaby’s Central Park to be Protected,” by Mario Bartel, Burnaby Now, February 9, 2012; http://www.burnabynow.com/news/heritage-house-near-burnaby-s-central-park-to-be-protected-1.1899481 [includes photograph of Mowat residence].

 

James Hoy (father of Amelia May Hoy)

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4Q9-YVN : 2 April 2016), James Hoy, Victoria Ward, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 15, line 13; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10013, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,311; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396311_00452.pdf.

 

Margaret Allan (mother of Amelia May Hoy)

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4Q9-YJ2 : 2 April 2016), Mary Anne Hoy, Victoria Ward, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 15, line 14; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10013, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,311; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396311_00452.pdf.

 

Amelia May Hoy

Amelia May Hoy; Don Ross & Jeanne (Guppy) Ross Family Tree; http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rossbus&id=I38288.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4Q9-YV5 : 2 April 2016), Amelia Hoy, Victoria Ward, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 15, line 16; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10013, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,311; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396311_00452.pdf.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMF5-92Z : 10 April 2015), Paul [sic] Mowat and Amelia Mary Hoy, 04 Oct 1871; citing registration , Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,862,695.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV69-S7M : 30 June 2017), Amelia Mowat in household of Daniel Mowat, Western Extension – Little Saskatchewan, Manitoba Extension, Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 1; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13284, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,920.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-BY2 : 27 April 2017), Emilla M Mowat, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

1921 Canada Census; Amelia Mary Mowat in household of Daniel Mowat; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 17; Census Place: Burnaby, New Westminster, British Columbia; Page Number: 16; 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:FLKV-DJJ : 13 April 2017), Amelia Mary Mowat, 1923.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV2K-2R2M : 11 July 2016), Amelia May Hoy Mowat, 1923; Burial, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Ocean View Burial Park; citing record ID 78217711, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=78217711.

British Columbia Supreme Court probate file: GR-1415.1900) – Mowat, Amelia Mary; Vancouver, microfilm reel B08715; Probate P – 09211; first page of probate file: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-997Z-FF2J?i=1832&wc=M69V-Z38%3A332530701%2C332530502%2C333525301&cc=2014768; last page of probate file: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-997Z-FF67?i=1874&wc=M69V-Z38%3A332530701%2C332530502%2C333525301&cc=2014768.

 

Mary Mowat (daughter of Daniel Mowat)

Mary Mowat; Don Ross & Jeanne (Guppy) Ross Family Tree; http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rossbus&id=I38297.