Macdonald, Boswell Robert (1865-1941)

Boswell Robert Macdonald was a customs officer. His family lived at 1174 Denman Street from 1904 to 1911.

Boswell Robert Macdonald was born on April 9, 1865, in Port Douglas, on Harrison Lake in British Columbia.

Fort [Port] Douglas, about 1865; British Columbia Archives, A-03516; http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/fort-port-douglas

Fort [Port] Douglas, about 1865; British Columbia Archives, A-03516; http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/fort-port-douglas

Boswell’s father was William Robert Macdonald (1829-1876). His mother was Jane King (1834-1914).

The Macdonald family was from Scotland. After William Macdonald and Jane King were married in Scotland in 1852, they moved to Memphis, Tennessee. In 1856 they went to San Francisco, and in 1859 they moved to British Columbia. By 1860 they were at Port Douglas, which was at the head of Harrison Lake. In 1867 they moved to Yale, and in 1874 they went to Chilliwack. William died on June 6, 1876. Jane died in Chilliwack on June 4, 1914.

Boswell lived with his parents in Yale and Chilliwack. He later went to school in San Francisco.

In 1881 he was a temporary clerk at the post office in Victoria, British Columbia.

Dominion of Canada, Sessional Papers, Volume 15, Issue 3, 1882, page 131.

Dominion of Canada, Sessional Papers, Volume 15, Issue 3, 1882, page 131.

He later acted as a clerk in the custom house in Vancouver. In 1889 he became a permanent member of the customs staff.

He later opened the customs office at Huntingdon, British Columbia.

On December 18, 1889, he married Eleanor Alcock. She was born in Ontario on September 17, 1855. Her father was Thomas Alcock. Her mother was Mary Jane Small.

In 1896 Boswell became the customs officer at Rossland, British Columbia. He was also the secretary of the Rossland volunteer fire department.

In 1907 Boswell became the customs collector at Prince Rupert, which was the planned terminus of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. He continued to work at Prince Rupert until about 1913.

Boswell also appeared in the Vancouver directories from 1908 to 1911. He was living at 1174 Denman Street.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Odd Fellows).

After 1913 he was a representative of the Canadian customs service in the United States, including service in New York, Boston and Chicago.

Eleanor died in Vancouver on April 19, 1921. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

In 1925 Boswell retired from the customs service. He later lived in Vancouver. He died in Vancouver on July 15, 1941. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

Boswell and Eleanor had the following children.

 

Donald Randolph Macdonald

Donald Randolph Macdonald was born in Vancouver on May 28, 1891.

He was a student at law in 1916, when he enlisted as a lieutenant in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

He died on June 3, 1918, while serving in the war. He was buried in the Bellacourt Military Cemetery in Riviere, France.

 

Ruth Eleanor Macdonald

Ruth Eleanor Macdonald was born in Vancouver on October 21, 1892.

On June 15, 1926, in Vancouver, she married Arthur Stewart Morrow, who was a commercial traveller. He was born on January 21, 1899, in Souris, Prince Edward Island. Hs father was George W. Morrow. His mother was Laura Jean Stewart.

Arthur later worked for the Crown Zellerbach company.

Ruth died in Vancouver on March 1, 1973. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Arthur died in Vancouver on February 25, 1976. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

 

Sources

 

William Robert Macdonald (father of Boswell Robert Macdonald)

Mrs. Thomas Fraser York, Huntingdon, B.C.; Major James Skitt Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 5 (Vancouver: City of Vancouver, 2011), page 311; http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/archives/digitized/EarlyVan/SearchEarlyVan/Vol5pdf/MatthewsEarlyVancouverVol5_MrsThomasFraserYork.pdf: “Mr. and Mrs. William Robert Macdonald. Mother died in Chilliwack in January 1914 and Father died in Chilliwack on the 6th June 1876. Mother was a widow thirty-eight years. Father was forty-seven when he died; both are buried at Chilliwack. My husband’s grave (Thomas Fraser York) is at Hazelmere Cemetery, below Abbotsford.”

 

Jane King (mother of Boswell Robert Macdonald)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLK4-PQN : 30 September 2015), Jane Mcdonald, 1914.

Chilliwack Progress, January 7, 1914, page 7; http://theprogress.newspapers.com/image/43152713/?terms=jane%2Bmacdonald

“Another Pioneer Laid To Rest. Mrs. Jane MacDonald, First White Woman in Fort Douglas, Is Dead. Mrs. Jane MacDonald, relict of the late William Robert MacDonald, died Sunday morning at her home, Corbould street, at the age of 80 years and one day. Interment took place yesterday from the Presbyterian church to the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, the Rev. H. C Fraser officiating.

The late Mrs. MacDonald was one of the most respected of the pioneers of this province. She was one of the first white women to come to the province, and during the first part of her life, shared the trials of frontier life with her husband. Deceased was a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and immigrated to America immediately after her marriage in 1852, settling first at Memphis, Tenn. After the discovery of gold in California, with her husband she moved to San Francisco in 1856, enduring the hardships of the dangerous and tedious transportation facilities of those early days. In 1859 another move was made, this time with the vanguard of the sold seekers rushing to British Columbia. 1859 saw Mrs. MacDonald in Victoria; 1860 in Fort Douglas, at the head of Harrison Lake; 1867 in Yale when the headquarters of the Cariboo traffic was transferred from Douglas to Yale, and 1874 saw the last home of this courageous lady, deceased settled in Chilliwack. Here she lived out the remaining days of an adventurous and chequered life. For years she had no other companion of her own sex than the native women. Her home at Fort Douglas and Yale was the stopping place of all the miners and other travellers going to and coming from the world renowned Cariboo gold fields, and many of these were of a reckless and careless nature. She met them all with a fortitude and a dauntless courage seldom met with in these days. Upon coming to Chilliwack Mrs. MacDonald was appointed postmistress and retained the office until it was moved from the Landing to the site of the present city, when the late Mr. G. R. Ashwell was appointed.

Two sons and two daughters and several grandchildren survive: Boswell of the Canadian Customs, Chicago, and Alfred of Fairfield Island are the sons, and Mrs. Fraser York of Huntingdon, and Mrs. Footer of Strathcona, are the daughters living.”

 

Boswell Robert Macdonald

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ6-C9M : 21 January 2016), Boswell Robt Mcdonald and Elleanor Alcock, 18 Dec 1889; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,529.

B.C. Voters List 1898 – McA to McD; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/votemca.htm: “McDonald, Boswell Robert, Rossland, Deputy Collector of Customs, KWRo.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-PVQ : 13 November 2014), Boswell R. Macdonad [indexed as Bruce R Macdonald], H, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=61849&highlight=36&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Bruce+R.+MacDonald.

“Will be Collector at Prince Rupert; B.R. McDonald, Formerly of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, Has Been Named for Northern Customs,” Vancouver Province, May 13, 1907, page 1:

“Mr. B.R. McDonald, formerly of this city and later of Rossland, has been appointed Customs collector for the new port of Prince Rupert. He will leave this week to take up the duties of his new position.

Fifteen years ago Mr. McDonald was connected with the local Customs force. Then he was appointed to take charge at Sumas when that place was the centre of entry for the coast train trade. Later he was appointed to be collector for the port of Rossland, an office which he held up to a few months ago.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV39-DCHL : 2 March 2015), Boswell R Mcdonald, 1911; citing Census, Comox-Atlin Sub-Districts 1-52, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,658.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPTN : 2 March 2015), B R Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

Appointment, Nelson Daily Canadian, May 11, 1907, page 4; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/dcanadi/items/1.0079664#p3z0r0f: “ B.R. Macdonald, collector of customs for the port of Rossland, has been appointed collector of customs at Prince Rupert, the place selected as the Pacific coast terminus for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and left for there last night. . . .”

“Collector at Prince Rupert; Post Given to B.R. McDonald, Laterly of Rossland,” Victoria Daily Colonist, May 16, 1906, page 6; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19070516uvic/19070516#page/n5/mode/1up

“Collector at Rossland,” Victoria Daily Colonist, May 3, 1908, page 14; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19080503uvic/19080503#page/n13/mode/1up: “B.R. McDonald, who held the position of collector of customs here for over ten years, left here about a year ago for Prince Rupert, where he was acting collector of customs up to two or three months since, when a collector was appointed. Mr. McDonald is now clerk in the Prince Rupert customs office.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2L-L56 : 30 September 2015), Boswell Robert Macdonald, 1941.

Chilliwack Progress, July 23, 1941, page 10; http://theprogress.newspapers.com/image/43152686/?terms=boswell%2Brobert%2Bmacdonald:

“Boswell R. Macdonald

A native son of B. C. who was one of the first three customs officers in Vancouver, Boswell Robert Macdonald, 76, of 1065 Bute street, died in St. Paul’s hospital Tuesday.

Born at Port Douglas, Harrison Lake, April 9, 1865, Mr. Macdonald spent his early years at Yale and Chilliwack. He received his early education at San Francisco, and entered the Dominion customs service at the age of 20.

He opened the customs office at Huntingdon, B. C, and in 1896 became collector at Rossland. In 1907 he left to open the port at Prince Rupert and remained there until 1913.

He then became representative of Canadian Customs to the United States, spending 13 years in that position. He had offices in New York, Boston, and Chicago until 1925, in which year he retired after 40 years of service.

Mr. Macdonald was predeceased by his only son, Lieut. Donald Randolph Macdonald, of the 29th Battalion, in 1918 in France, and by his wife, Eleanor Alcock Macdonald, in 1921.

For many years Mr. Macdonald was associated with the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternal orders. He leaves a daughter and son – in – law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Morrow, Vancouver; two grandchildren, Don and Barney; two sisters, Mrs. William Footer, White Rock, and Mrs. Fraser York, Huntingdon, B.C.; a brother, Alfred, Chilliwack.

Funeral services were conducted at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Nunn & Thomson’s chapel, Vancouver, Rev. E. D. Braden, D.D., officiating. Burial was in Ocean View burial park.”

“Pioneer City Customs Man Dead at 76,” Vancouver Sun, July 17, 1941, page 16; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PjNlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PIkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2362%2C2019895;  [similar to Boswell R. Macdonald, obituary, Chilliwack Progress, July 23, 1941, page 10.]

Boswell Robert Macdonald, death notice, Vancouver Province, July 17, 1941, page 17; Vancouver Sun, July 16, 1941, page 18; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PjNlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PIkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=6842%2C2025527: “Macdonald—Passed away July 16, 1941, Boswell Robert Macdonald, 1065 Bute St. Survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Morrow in Vancouver; two grandchildren, Don and Barney; 2 sisters, Mrs. Fraser York, in Huntington, B.C.; Mrs. William Footer at White Rock, B.C., one brother, Alfred Macdonald in Chilliwack. Funeral service Friday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m., in Nunn & Thomson’s chapel, 10th Ave. and Cambie St., Rev. Hugh M. Rae officiating. Interment Ocean View Burial Park.”

“Last Services Held for B.C. Pioneer,” Vancouver Province, July 18, 1941, page 31:

“Funeral services for Boswell Robert Macdonald, 76, of 1065 Bute street, who died on Tuesday, were held this afternoon in Nunn & Thomson’s Chapel with Rev. E.D. Braden., D.D., officiating. Burial was in Ocean View.

Mr. Macdonald was born at Port Douglas, Harrison lake, on April 9, 1865, and grew up in Yale and Chilliwack where his brother, Alfred Macdonald, still lives.

He was educated in San Francisco and entered the Dominion customs service at the age of 20.

He opened the first customs office at Huntingdon and in 1896 became the Rossland collector. From 1907 to 1913 he was stationed in Prince Rupert.

He was appointed representative of the Canadian customs to the United States, and spent 13 years travelling between New York, Boston and Chicago. He retired in 1925 at the end of 40 years’ service.

His only son, Lieut. Donald Macdonald of the 28th Battalion was killed in France in 1918. His wife, Eleanor Alcock Macdonald, died in 1921.

Mr. Macdonald was a prominent member of the Masonic Lodge and I.O.O.F.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Morrow; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. William Footer, White Rock, Mrs. Fraser York, Huntingdon, and a brother, Alfred, Chilliwack.”

 

Thomas Moody Alcock (father of Eleanor Alcock)

Thomas Moody Alcock, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/thomas-moody-alcock_44604860: “Born in Carlow Ireland, Wicklow, Ireland on 1821 to George Alcock and Anne Hawkins. Thomas Moody married Mary Jane Small and had 6 children. He passed away on 30 Jun 1873 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.”

 

Mary Jane Small (mother of Eleanor Alcock)

Mary Jane Small, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/mary-jane-small_32107829: “Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 1827 to William Small and Mary Erwin. Mary Jane married Thomas Moody Alcock and had 6 children. She passed away on 28 Feb 1906 in Vancouver, Canada.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-QKR : 13 November 2014), Mary J Alcock, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 16, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKC-M4Z : 30 September 2015), Alcock, 1906; medical certificate of death: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DTCS-55W?i=30&wc=S623-L29%3A1069384001%3Fcc%3D1538285&cc=1538285.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-SHLH : 13 December 2015), Mary Jane Alcock, 1906; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 25397041, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=25397041.

 

Eleanor Alcock (wife of Boswell Robert Macdonald)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-PV7 : 13 November 2014), Eleanor Macdonald in household of Bruce R Macdonald, H, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

Society, Vancouver Province, July 2, 1904, page 11: “Mrs. Sinclair of Rossland is visiting Mrs. B.R. MacDonald, 1174 Denman Street.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPTJ : 2 March 2015), Eleanor Macdonald in entry for B R Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKN-G29 : 30 September 2015), Eleanor Macdonald, 1921.

“Lived in Vancouver Since Before Fire,” Vancouver Province, April 20, 191, page 22:

“Many in Vancouver, particularly old-timers, will regret to learn of the death of Mrs. Macdonald, wife of Mr. B.R. Macdonald of H.M. Customs, which took place Tuesday morning. She leaves to mourn her loss her sorrowing husband and daughter Ruth, besides two brothers, William G. of Burquitlam, B.C., and Albert of San Jose, California, also four sisters, Miss M.A. Alcock, Mrs. Thos. Evans, Mrs. M.A. Lowe of Vancouver and Mrs. Geo. W. Ward of San Francisco. She was the second daughter of the late Thos. Alcock of Mitchell, Ont., and came to Vancouver before the fire in 1886.

Death came as a happy release after several years of suffering borne with patient, Christian fortitude. Mrs. Macdonald took the loss of her only son, Lieut. Donald R. Macdonald of the 29th Battalion, during the late war, very keenly and seemed to gradually weaken until the end came. Rev. Alex. Esler of Robertson Presbyterian Church, Grandview, of which church she was a member, will officiate at the funeral, which will take place Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from Center & Hanna’s parlors to Ocean View Burial Park. The pallbearers will be Messrs. Edward Farr, Geo. R. Gordon, Wm. Ralph, Geo. L. Allen, I.J. McNaughton and C. Dickson.”

Eleanor Macdonald, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 19, 1921, page 13: “Macdonald—April 19, 1921, at the family residence, 3442 Point Grey Rd., Eleanor, beloved wife of B.R. Macdonald. Funeral services Center & Hanna’s chapel. Thursday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. Dr. E.D. McLaren officiating. Interment in Ocean View Burial Park. Rossland, B.C., and Mitchell, Ont., papers please copy.”

 

Matilda Augusta Alcock (sister of Eleanor Alcock)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZP-452 : 21 January 2016), John H Low and Matilda A Alcock, 14 Sep 1887; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11381, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,709.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVP-THG : 30 September 2015), Matilda Augusta Low, 1939.

 

Thomas Charles Alcock (brother of Eleanor Alcock)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLK8-NPF : 30 September 2015), Thomas Charles Alcock, 1918.

 

Mary Ann Alcock (sister of Eleanor Alcock)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKJ-PMS : 30 September 2015), Mary Ann Alcock, 1923.

 

Eliza Jane Alcock (sister of Eleanor Alcock)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL26-HPR : 30 September 2015), Eliza Jane Evans, 1932.

 

Alice Victoria Alcock (sister of Eleanor Alcock)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2K-MF2 : 30 September 2015), Alice Victoria Ward, 1937.

 

William George Alcock (brother of Eleanor Alcock)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGG-665 : 30 September 2015), William George Alcock, 1922.

 

Donald Randolph Macdonald (son of Boswell Robert Macdonald)

“British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ6-HYW : 12 December 2014), Donald Randolph Mcdonald, 28 May 1891; citing British Columbia Archives film number B13809, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,114,717.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-PVW : 13 November 2014), Donald R Macdonald in household of Bruce R Macdonald, H, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPTV : 2 March 2015), Donald N Macdonald in entry for B R Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Macdonald, Donald Randolph; Rank: LT; Date of Birth: 28/05/1891; Reference:      RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6715 – 24; Item Number: 145696; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=145696

Lieutenant Donald Randolph MacDonald; Died: June 3, 1918; http://canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=35540

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Donald Randolph MacDonald, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/558003: In memory of Lieutenant Donald Randolph MacDonald; June 3, 1918; Age: 26; Force: Army; Unit: Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment); Division: 29th Bn.; Son of Boswell Robert and Eleanor Macdonald.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Macdonald, D R; http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/558003/MACDONALD,%20D%20R

 

Ruth Eleanor Mcdonald (daughter of Boswell Robert Macdonald)

“British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZX-HLC : 12 December 2014), Ruth Elenor Mcdonald, 21 Oct 1892; citing British Columbia Archives film number B13810, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,114,718.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-PV4 : 13 November 2014), Ruth E Macdonald in household of Bruce R Macdonald, H, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPTK : 2 March 2015), Ruth E Macdonald in entry for B R Macdonald, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLB3-7FM : 30 September 2015), Ruth Eleanor Morrow, 1973.

Ruth Eleanor Morrow, death notice, Vancouver Sun, March 2, 1973, page 42: “Morrow—On March 1, 1973, at her residence, Ruth Eleanor, beloved wife of Arthur S. Morrow, Vancouver. Also survived by 2 sons, Donald S., Vancouver; Barney, North Vancouver; daughter-in-law, Elain; 4 grandchildren. Funeral service Monday, March 5, at 1 p.m., in the Chapel of Simmons & McBride Funeral Directors, Broadway at Maple Street., Rev. George Struthers, DD, officiating. Interment family plot, Ocean View Burial Park.”

 

Arthur Stewart Morrow (husband of Ruth Eleanor Macdonald)

British Columbia Birth Registrations; Registration Number: 1899-09-119216; Arthur Stewart Morrow; date of birth: January 21, 1899; place of birth: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/004401569/004401569_01314.jpg.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-9TK : 13 November 2014), Arthur S Morrow in household of George W Morrow, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 22, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27X1-MSZ : 2 March 2015), Arthur S Morrow in entry for George W Morrow, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 19-50, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,662.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD82-1W5 : 21 January 2016), Arthur Stewart Morron and Ruth Eleanor Macdonald, 15 Jun 1926; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13751, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,504.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBP-6FZ : 30 September 2015), Arthur Stewart Morrow, 1976.

Arthur Stewart Morrow, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 24, 1976, page 25; Vancouver Sun, February 24, 1976, page 46: “Morrow—On February 22, 1976, Arthur Stewart of Vancouver, B.C. Survived by 2 sons, Donald S., Vancouver, Barney, North Vancouver; daughter-in-law, Elaine; 4 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Jack and Rupert Morrow, both of Vancouver. Also 2 sisters, Mrs. E. Zelda Ballard and Mrs. T. (Freddy) Davy, both of Vancouver. Funeral service to be held Thursday, February 26 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Simmons & McBride, funeral directors, Broadway at Maple St. Interment family plot Ocean View Burial Park.”

 

Alfred Randall Macdonald (brother of Boswell Robert Macdonald)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZP-H7V : 21 January 2016), Alfred Randolph Macdonald and Mary Martha Gibson, 08 Feb 1886; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11381, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,709.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGW-M76 : 30 September 2015), Alfred Randal Macdonald, 1944.

“Alf Macdonald Knew First Landing Store,” Chilliwack Progress, July 12, 1944, page 1, http://theprogress.newspapers.com/image/43171838/?terms=william%2Brobert%2Bmacdonald, [Includes photograph of Alfred Macdonald and history of Macdonald family]

 

Isabel J. Macdonald (sister of Boswell Robert Macdonald)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8X-RD8 : 21 January 2016), William Footerer and Isabel J Mcdonald, 11 Mar 1893; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11382, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,975.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVR-SGH : 30 September 2015), Isabella Jane Footer, 1943.

 

Josephine Macdonald (sister of Boswell Robert Macdonald)

Mrs. Thomas Fraser York, Huntingdon, B.C.; Major James Skitt Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 5 (Vancouver: City of Vancouver, 2011), page 311; http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/archives/digitized/EarlyVan/SearchEarlyVan/Vol5pdf/MatthewsEarlyVancouverVol5_MrsThomasFraserYork.pdf

“Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fraser York of Sumas, B.C. Revisits Port Douglas after 77 Years.

Mrs. York: “I came to British Columbia in March 1860; no, I do not recall the exact day; we came from San Francisco where I was born and went straight to Port Douglas at the head of Harrison Lake. I was up there last year; eighty-five years after I had first seen it and seventy years since I had seen it last, when I left. We went up in a gasoline motor launch. It was my first visit in seventy-seven years. There is no town there now; only a logging camp. We, that is my father and mother and the family, lived at Port Douglas for seven years, and then we went to Fort Yale and lived there for seven years and then we went down to Chilliwack. I was single, of course, the daughter of William Robert MacDonald and Jane, my mother. Then, at Chilliwack, I married Mr. Thomas Fraser York; the Rev. Mr. Thompson was the clergyman, that was in 1881. I am an Anglican but he was a Methodist minister. Mr. York was born at Fort Yale, 21st October 1858; Trafalgar Day.” (Remarked to Mrs. York that that was the same date that I had been wounded in the Capture of Regina Trench, Somme, France.) “This is a photograph of Port Douglas in its heyday; quite a town, isn’t it; I got that from Dr. Lamb of the Provincial Archives but this is a sketch of it as first I knew it; not very much in 1860.

“I was born in San Francisco and was only fifteen months old when I came to Port Douglas. Father and Mother both came from Scotland, Mother from Glasgow, Father from Aberdeen.”

Mr. and Mrs. William Robert Macdonald.

“Mother died in Chilliwack in January 1914 and Father died in Chilliwack on the 6th June 1876. Mother was a widow thirty-eight years. Father was forty-seven when he died; both are buried at Chilliwack. My husband’s grave (Thomas Fraser York) is at Hazelmere Cemetery, below Abbotsford.”

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6S-F94 : 18 November 2014), Thomas Fraser York in household of George Ward De Beck, Yale & Hope, Yale, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 51; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13285, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,921.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZP-7HT : 21 January 2016), Thomas Frazer York and Josephine Mcdonald, 09 Nov 1880; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11381, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,709.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-1YZT : 2 March 2015), Thos Fraser York, 1911; citing Census, New Westminster Sub-Districts 21-47, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-1YZY : 2 March 2015), Josaphine York in entry for Thos Fraser York, 1911; citing Census, New Westminster Sub-Districts 21-47, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRP-N5R : 30 September 2015), Thomas Fraser York, 1942.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVPS-S6TM : 13 December 2015), Thomas Fraser York, 1942; Burial, Abbotsford, Fraser Valley Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Hazelwood Cemetery; citing record ID 137425769, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=137425769.

“Pioneer Dies at New Westminster,” Victoria Daily Colonist, January 3, 1942, page 3; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0142uvic_0#page/n2/mode/1up. “T. Fraser York, eighty-three, believed to be the first white child born on the British Columbia Mainland, died here today. He was born at Fort Yale, B.C., October 1, 1858. . . .”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLQ-18V : 30 September 2015), Macdonald Josephine York, 1945.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVPS-S6RT : 13 December 2015), Josephine MacDonald York, 1945; Burial, Abbotsford, Fraser Valley Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Hazelwood Cemetery; citing record ID 137425815, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=137425815.