Mackay, Peter John (1870-1953)

Peter John Mackay, Vancouver Province, December 29, 1953, page 2

Peter John Mackay, Vancouver Province, December 29, 1953, page 2

Peter John Mackay was a stenographer in the British Columbia Supreme Court. He lived at 1034 Denman Street from 1910 to 1914. His wife was Isabel Ecclestone Macpherson, who was a well-known poet and writer of stories.

Isabel Ecclestone Mackay; A Celebration of Women Writers, University of Pennsylvania Library, http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/garvin/poets/mackay.html.

Isabel Ecclestone Mackay; A Celebration of Women Writers, University of Pennsylvania Library, http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/garvin/poets/mackay.html.

Peter John Mackay was born on December 18, 1870 in East Zorra, near Woodstock, Ontario. His father was James Peter Mackay, who was a farmer. His mother was Georgina Mackay.

Peter studied at the public schools and the collegiate institute in Woodstock.

Collegiate Institute, Woodstock, Ont., J. and J. Sutherland, Booksellers and Stationers, 1910; http://www.virtualreferencelibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-PCR-1961&R=DC-PCR-1961&searchPageType=vrl

Collegiate Institute, Woodstock, Ont., J. and J. Sutherland, Booksellers and Stationers, 1910; http://www.virtualreferencelibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-PCR-1961&R=DC-PCR-1961&searchPageType=vrl

He later went to Woodstock Business College, and then became a court reporter.

On April 22, 1895, in Woodstock, Peter married Isabella Ecclestone Macpherson. She was born in Woodstock on November 25, 1875. Her father was Donald McLeod Macpherson. Her mother was Priscilla Ecclestone. Isabella had studied at the Woodstock Collegiate Institute.

In 1899 Peter became the official court reporter for Oxford County in Ontario. For four years he was also the secretary of the board of police commissioners for the City of Woodstock and for eight years he was secretary of the Oxford County Law Society.

Isabella became a successful writer of poems, short stories and novels.

Peter and Isabella stayed in Woodstock until January 1908, when they moved to Vancouver. Peter served as the deputy court reporter in Vancouver for seven years. Later he became the official court stenographer in Vancouver.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 40

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 40

Isabella died in Vancouver on August 15, 1928. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Peter died in Vancouver on December 24, 1953. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

Peter and Isabella had the following children.

 

Phyllis Isabel Mackay

Phyllis Isabel Mackay was born in Woodstock, Ontario, on June 13, 1902.

She worked as a school teacher.

She never married.

She died in Vancouver on July 29, 1972. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

 

Margaret Ecclestone Mackay

Margaret Ecclestone Mackay was born in Woodstock, Ontario, on March 7, 1905.

On September 25, 1930, Margaret married Donald Welton Benedict. He was born was born on October 24, 1907, in Coleman, Alberta. His father was Oscar Welton Benedict, who was a salesman, an accountant, and later a proprietor of a grocery store. Oscar Welton Benedict lived at 1913 Beach Avenue in 1909. Donald’s mother was Sarah Ethel Handy (usually called “Ethel”). (Further information on the Benedict family appears on the page for Oscar Welton Benedict.)

From 1930 to 1933, Donald was the postmaster at Kilgard, in rural Abbotsford. He also managed the grocery business of Benedict and Company in Abbotsford, along with his father, Oscar.

Margaret died in Vancouver on April 30, 1982.

Donald died in Delta, British Columbia on July 7, 1987.

Donald and Margaret had a son named Robert (“Bob”) Welton Benedict, who was born in Abbotsford on December 23, 1936. He was also in the grocery business. He and his wife, Darlene (who died in 2000), had several children. Bob died in Cowichan, British Columbia, on April 11, 2007.

 

Janet Priscilla MacKay

Janet Priscilla MacKay was born on September 11, 1914, in Vancouver.

On December 7, 1935, in Vancouver, she married Raymond Howard Smith, who was a longshoreman. He was born about 1910 in Comox, British Columbia. His father was Eustace Smith. His mother was Letitia Mathers. This marriage ended in divorce in Vancouver on December 6, 1939.

By 1942, Janet was married to Howard G. Turton. They were living at 1335 West 15th Avenue in Vancouver.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1942, page 1118

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1942, page 1118

By 1953, Howard and Janet were at 4394 Puget Drive in Vancouver.

Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1953, page 710

Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1953, page 710

Janet died on October 24, 2001.

 

Sources

 

Georgina Macdonald (mother of Peter John Mackay)

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVDN-3CT : 18 November 2014), Georgina Mackay, Woodstock, Oxford North, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 86; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13267, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,903.

 

Peter John Mackay

Peter John Mackay, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 3, edited by E. O. S. Scholefield, and Frederic William Howay; Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, pages 842, 845, 846; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/842/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/845/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/846/mode/1up.

Peter John Mackay, supreme court reporter at Vancouver, is a native of East Zorra near Woodstock, Ontario, and a son of James Peter and Georgina (Macdonald) Mackay, also natives of Ontario, in which province they spent their entire lives, the father there following the occupation of farming. The son was a pupil in the public schools and in the collegiate institute of Woodstock and afterward attended the Woodstock Business College, from which he was graduated as a gold medalist. He immediately engaged in court reporting, becoming official court reporter for Oxford county, Ontario, in 1899. He continued in that position until January, 1908, when he came to Vancouver to accept a position as a supreme court reporter, his ability well qualifying him for the technical and important duties which devolve upon him in this connection. For four years he was secretary of the board of police commissioners of the city of Woodstock and for eight years he was secretary of the Oxford County Law Society. When he left Ontario for British Columbia the Sentinel-Review said: “Mr. Mackay is a thoroughly capable stenographer, one of the best in the province. He has also the necessary familiarity with court procedure to make him proficient in all kinds of court work.” His political allegiance is given the conservative party, yet he is not an active worker in its ranks.

Mr. Mackay was married, in Woodstock, Ontario, to Miss Isabel Ecclestone Macpherson, and they have two daughters, Phyllis Isabel and Margaret Ecclestone. Mrs. Mackay has attained eminence as one of the foremost Canadian writers. A native of Woodstock, she comes of Scottish and English ancestry and is a daughter of Donald McLeod and Priscilla (Ecclestone) Macpherson. She was educated at the Woodstock Collegiate Institute and has become one of the best known writers of short stories and poems in Canada. She has a wide acquaintance among the readers not only of the leading Canadian magazines but also of Harper’s, Scribner’s, McClure’s, the American, the Independent, the Red Book, Ainslee’s, the Youth’s Companion, St. Nicholas, Life and other publications of the United States. She is also a contributor to the Smart Set, the Metropolitan, the Ladies’ World, the Canadian Magazine, the Canadian Courier, the Canadian Home Journal, the Toronto Globe and other publications. She won the prize offered by the Toronto Globe for a poem on a subject connected with Canadian history in 1907, in which year the annual competition was inaugurated, and she was also the winner in the same competition in 1910. One of her poems, with the consent of the Century Company, is included by the provincial board of education in the New Ontario School Books and the Literary Digest, the New York Times and Current Literature have on more than one occasion selected her poems as worthy of the place of prominence for the month. In 1904 she published a volume of verse entitled Between the Lights, which was widely reviewed and well received. The Toronto Globe, in commenting upon her second prize poem appearing in its columns, said: “Mrs. Mackay’s poem is a beautiful bit of poetic workmanship and will be treasured alike for its tender sentiment and its literary excellence.” A successful serial story from her pen was published in the Canadian Courier in 1910 and the Victoria Post wrote: “Mrs. Mackay’s poem The Homesteader sings the sentiments of an intelligent, sensitive, refined woman regarding the new” home and its opportunities in Canada as compared with the old home across the sea, and beautifully are those sentiments expressed. It is to such women that Canada owes a debt of gratitude. The west proudly claims such women as Mrs. Isabel Ecclestone Mackay.” Another serial of which she is the author was published in 1912 in the Canadian Home Journal. The Canadian Magazine recently said: ”Mrs. Mackay is one of the cleverest writers we have. Her work, both in prose and in verse, is finding a high place in the United States and England. In prose she displays a keen, analytical mind, a genius for new ideas and a style that is easy and convincing. In poetry she is versatile and perhaps, as yet, at her best. As a writer in a beautiful lyrical style she has few superiors in these days.”

Mrs. Mackay’s first novel, The House of Windows, published in 1912 by Cassell & Company (London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne), received much favorable comment. The London Times termed it “An enjoyable tale, of much fresh, wholesome sentiment,” while the Atheneum of London wrote that it “possesses the charm of fresh, straightforwardness ; the pictures of life are vivid and well-drawn.” The Western Daily Press of Bristol said: “An exciting chase, with a sensational conclusion. The author is skilful in character study. There are many persons in the plot and the diversified features of their lives are admirably handled.” The Toronto Globe wrote: “The carefully worked out plot, the human interest and the fascination of the climax indicate that the author has entered upon a new field of literary conquest. The adventures of Christine are told with good taste and real fascination.” The Canadian Magazine said: “In the development of the character of Christine and the presentment of her environment Mrs. Mackay’s best work is encountered ; a three cornered search, making it a novel of mystery with many tense and exciting moments. The last chapter reveals Mrs. Mackay’s art at its best.” The Bookman of London added: “It is something to find the Canadian spirit so fresh and bold. The House of Windows holds human and likeable folk as well as sensation; indeed, there is a spirit about it which interests and compels our attention.”

Mrs. Mackay is a member of the Canadian Society of Authors and she was honored by being chosen the first president of the Vancouver branch of the Canadian Women’s Press Club. She is also vice president for British Columbia and Alberta of the Canadian Women’s Press Club and she was first vice president of the Vancouver Women’s Canadian Club in 1912. This province is proud to number among its residents an author of such notable talent, of whom the Toronto News says: “No other Canadian writer is producing work equal in strength, beauty and balance.”

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F26P-CXJ : 27 November 2014), Peter John Mckay, 18 Dec 1870; citing Oxford, Ontario, Canada, 18 Dec 1870, reference item 680 p 115; FHL microfilm 169,783.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1911,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMST-25J : 15 January 2016), Peter John Mckay, 18 Dec 1870; citing Birth, East Zorra, Oxford, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,844,884.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVDN-3CY : 18 November 2014), Peter Mackay in household of Georgina Mackay, Woodstock, Oxford North, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 86; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13267, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,903.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLB-HG5 : 13 November 2014), Peter Mckay, Woodstock, Oxford North, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148162; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148162-00496.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMKD-JQ5 : 10 April 2015), Peter John Mackay and Isabella Ecclestone Mcpherson, 22 Apr 1895; citing registration , Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,709.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHGM-FDB : 13 November 2014), Peter J Mckay, F, Oxford (north/nord), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 5, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPHQ : 2 March 2015), Peter John Mackay, 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, Peter J. MacKay [indexed as Peter T. Mackay]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; 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 with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRC-RSZ : 30 September 2015), Peter John Mackay, 1953.

Peter John Mackay, death notice, Vancouver Province, December 28, 1953, page 33: “Mackay—Peter John, of 165 W. 20th Ave., Vancouver, at the age of 83 years. Survived by 3 daughters, Miss Phyllis Mackay, Mrs. Donald Benedict, Mrs. Howard Turton; 1 sister, Miss Ross Mackay, all of Vancouver; 1 brother, Robert Bruce of Galiano Island, B.C, and 4 grandchildren. Funeral service Tuesday, December 29, 1953, at 1:30 p.m., in Nunn and Thomson Chapel, 10th Ave. and Cambie St., Rev. Harry Lennox officiating. Burial in Family Plot at Ocean View Burial Park. Woodstock, Ontario papers please copy.”

Peter John Mackay, funeral notice, Vancouver Province, December 29, 1953, page 2 (includes photograph of Peter John Mackay): “Funeral was held today for Peter John Mackay of Vancouver, for 40 years official court reporter.”

“Funeral for Court Reporter John Mackay,” Vancouver Sun, December 30, 1953, page 8:

“Funeral service for former official court reporter, Peter John Mackay, 83, of 165 West Twentieth, was held in Nunn and Thomson’s

Rev. Harry Lennox officiated at the service. Burial was in the family plot, Ocean View Burial Park.

Mr. Mackay, the husband of famed Canadian poetess Isobel Ecclestone Mackay who died in 1928, came to Vancouver in 1909.

He served for seven years as deputy and was then appointed official court stenographer at the Court House which was then on the site of present Victory Square.

Mr. Mackay is survived by three daughters, Miss Phyllis; Mrs. Donald Benedict and Mrs. Howard Turton and four grandchildren, all of Vancouver; one sister, Miss Ross Mackay of Vancouver, and a brother, Robert Bruce Mackay of Galiano Island.”

 

Lillian Mackay (sister of Peter John Mackay)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRN-HJK : 30 September 2015), Lilian Mackay, 1950.

 

Catherine Ross Mackay (sister of Peter John Mackay)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTX-2TB : 30 September 2015), Catherine Ross Mackay, 1963.

 

Donald Macpherson (father of Isabella Ecclestone MacPherson)

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M47P-XLN : 13 November 2014), Donald Mc Pherson, St Mary’s Ward, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 17, line 17; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9926, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,747.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVDN-Z5C : 18 November 2014), Donald McPherson, Woodstock, Oxford North, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 61; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13267, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,903.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLB-Q59 : 13 November 2014), D M Mcpherson, Woodstock, Oxford North, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148162; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148162-00413

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHGM-F6M : 13 November 2014), Doneld M Mcpherson, F, Oxford (north/nord), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 5, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

1921 Canada Census, Donald MacPherson in household of Peter J. MacKay [indexed as Peter T. Mackay]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; 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 with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKJ-32T : 30 September 2015), Donald Macleod Macpherson, 1922.

 

Priscilla Eliza Ecclestone (mother of Isabella Ecclestone MacPherson)

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M47P-XLJ : 13 November 2014), Priscilla Mc Pherson in household of Donald Mc Pherson, St Mary’s Ward, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 17, line 18; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9926, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,747.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVDN-Z5Z : 18 November 2014), Precilla McPherson in household of Donald McPherson, Woodstock, Oxford North, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 61; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13267, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,903.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLB-Q5S : 13 November 2014), Pricella Mcpherson, Woodstock, Oxford North, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148162; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148162-00413.

 

Isabel Ecclestone MacPherson (wife of Peter John Mackay)

Isabel Mackay, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabel_Mackay.

Barbara Godard, “Macpherson, Isabel Ecclestone (Mackay),” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 15, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed June 23, 2016, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/macpherson_isabel_ecclestone_15E.html.

Mrs. Isabel Ecclestone, née Mapherson (1875-1928), Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography (third edition, 1963), page 461.

Mrs. Isabel Eccletone Mackay, Who’s Who in Western Canada (first edition, 1911), page 250; http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=643246.

Mrs. Isabel Ecclestone Mackay, Canadian Men and Women of the Time, second edition, edited by Henry James Morgan; Toronto, William Briggs, 1912, page 696.

“Isabel Ecclestone Mackay” (1875-1928) by John Garvin, (1872-1934); Garvin, John William, ed. Canadian Poets. Toronto, Canada: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, Publishers, 1916. pp. 237-246; http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/garvin/poets/mackay.html: “Isabel Ecclestone Mackay was born in Woodstock, Ontario, November 25th, 1875,–a daughter of Donald McLeod MacPherson, a native of Scotland, and his wife, Priscilla Ecclestone, of England. She was educated in the local public schools and Collegiate Institute. In April, 1895, she married Mr. P. J. Mackay, Court Stenographer, and is now the mother of three interesting daughters,–Phyllis, Margaret, and Janet Priscilla.”

Mackay, Isabel Ecclestone; ABC Bookworld; http://www.abcbookworld.com/view_author.php?id=3237: “Born in Woodstock, Ontario, November 25th, 1875, Mackay was the daughter of Scottish-born Donald McLeod MacPherson and Priscilla Ecclestone of England. She was educated in the local public schools and Collegiate Institute. In April, 1895, she married P. J. Mackay, Court Stenographer, and they had three daughters; Phyllis, Margaret, and Janet Priscilla. They moved to Vancouver in 1909.”

Isabel Ecclestone Mackay fonds. – 1891-1979, University of Waterloo Special Collections and Archives; https://uwaterloo.ca/library/special-collections-archives/collections/mackay-isabel-ecclestone-fonds.

Mackay, Isabel Ecclestone, 1875-1928, University of Calgary Special Collections, http://www.ucalgary.ca/lib-old/SpecColl/mackay.htm.

Isabel Ecclestone Mackay bibliography, by Susan Bellingham, University of Waterloo, 1987.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1911,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNLL-5JP : 15 January 2016), Isabell Ecclestone Mcpherson, 24 Nov 75; citing Birth, Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,845,047.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVDN-Z5V : 18 November 2014), Isabella McPherson, Woodstock, Oxford North, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 62; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13267, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,903.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLB-7D2 : 13 November 2014), Bell Mcpherson, Woodstock, Oxford North, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148162; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148162-00413.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMKD-JQY : 10 April 2015), Peter John Mackay and Isabella Ecclestone Mcpherson, 22 Apr 1895; citing registration , Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,709.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHGM-FD1 : 13 November 2014), Isabelle E Mckay in household of Peter J Mckay, F, Oxford (north/nord), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 5, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPH7 : 2 March 2015), Isabel Ecclestone Mackay in entry for Peter John Mackay, 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, Isabel E. MacKay in household of Peter J. MacKay [indexed as Peter T. Mackay]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; 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 with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGQ-DJD : 30 September 2015), Isabel Ecclestone Mackay, 1928.

“Noted Woman Author Dies at Home Here,” Vancouver Sun, August 16, 1928, page 9 [includes photograph of Mrs. Mackay].

Isabel Ecclestone Mackay, death notice, Vancouver Province, August 16, 1928, page 17: “Mackay—Died at her home, 967 Tenth Ave. W., Vancouver, August 15, 1928, Isabel Ecclestone Mackay, wife of Peter J. Mackay. Private funeral from her residence, Friday afternoon at 2:30. Interment in the family plot at Ocean View Burial Park. Armstrong & Hotson in charge of funeral arrangements.”

“Mrs. Isabel Mackay is Laid at Rest; Tribute to Canadian Author is Paid at Quiet Services,” Vancouver Province, August 17, 1928, page 14.

 

Phyllis Isabel Mackay (daughter of Peter John Mackay)

MacKay, Isabel Ecclestone; SFU digitized collections; http://digital.lib.sfu.ca/ceww-780/mackay-isabel-ecclestone: daughter: Phyllis Isabel (13 June 1902 – 29 July 1972).

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2B6-PQT : 27 November 2014), Phyllis Isabel Mackay, 13 Jun 1902; citing Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario, Canada, 13 Jun 1902, reference 32047; FHL microfilm 2,130,514.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1911,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FM6L-YX7 : 15 January 2016), Phyllis Isabel Mackay, 13 Jun 1902; citing Birth, Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,130,514.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPHW : 2 March 2015), Phyllis Isabel Mackay in entry for Peter John Mackay, 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, Phyllis I MacKay in household of Peter J. MacKay [indexed as Peter T. Mackay]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; 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 with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYP-LQM : 30 September 2015), Phyllis Isabel Mackay, 1972.

 

Margaret Ecclestone Mackay (daughter of Peter John Mackay)

MacKay, Isabel Ecclestone; SFU digitized collections; http://digital.lib.sfu.ca/ceww-780/mackay-isabel-ecclestone: daughter: Margaret Ecclestone (7 March 1905 – ), m. to D.W. Benedict.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1911,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV94-PH53 : 15 January 2016), Margaret Eccleston Mc Kay, 07 Mar 1905; citing Birth, , Oxford, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,257,202.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPH4 : 2 March 2015), Margaret Ecclestone Mackay in entry for Peter John Mackay, 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 E. MacKay in household of Peter J. MacKay [indexed as Peter T. Mackay]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDDW-BFT : 21 January 2016), Donald Welton Benedict and Margaret Ecclestone Mackay, 25 Sep 1930; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13759, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,555.

Donald Welton Benedict, postmaster at Kilgard, British Columbia, 1930-04-16 to 1933-04-08, http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/postal-heritage-philately/post-offices-postmasters/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=5281&.

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number:1987-09-012052; Donald Welton Benedict; date of death: July 24, 1987; place of death: Delta; age: 79; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/Phase2/DTH/DTH_1987012052.jpg.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVT-2ZL : 30 September 2015), Bruce Mackay Benedict, 1944.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL16-8MK : 30 September 2015), Margaret Ecclestone Benedict, 1982.

“Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVLL-2D4 : 9 December 2014), Robert Welton Benedict and Darlene Marie Fisher, 03 Apr 1972; from “Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Reno, , Nevada, United States, County Book , p. , archive film number 021416, Nevada State Health Division, Carson City, and Clark County Marriage Bureau, Las Vegas.

Robert Welton Benedict (1936-2007), death notice, Ladysmith Chronicle, http://www.ladysmithchronicle.com/mobile/obits/?id=2758371.

Robert Welton “Bob” Benedict; death notice, Published in Vancouver Sun on Apr. 14, 2007; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=robert-welton-benedict-bob&pid=87208561: Benedict, Robert Welton “Bob” Passed away peacefully at Cowichan District Hospital with his family by his side on Wednesday, April 11, 2007. Born in Abbotsford, BC, on December 23, 1936. Predeceased by his wife Darlene in 2000. Lovingly remembered by his family, children Deborah (Laird) Carruthers, Cherie (Terry) Benedict, and Bruce (Dianne) Benedict; grandchildren Jessica, Kim Shaun, Brook, Kali, Shelby, Lauren, and Reid; brother Doug (Janet); special friend Shirley Brousseau; mother-in-law Bernice Gable; nieces and nephews, Margaret and David Sandulo, Toni and Brian Mytts, Greg Saunders, and Rod and Kailie Saunders and their families. Bob began his grocery career at his father’s grocery business in Silverdale, BC and went on to have a lengthy career with Overwaitea Foods at various locations throughout the province. Upon retiring from Overwaitea, he returned to the Island where he purchased and ran Coronation Market in Duncan until his retirement in 1993. Bob will be sorely missed by his friends and family, as well as the trees separating the 1st and 9th fairways at Mt. Brenton Golf Course. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held in Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road, Duncan, BC on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at Mount Brenton Golf Course, 2816 Henry Road, Chemainus, BC at 1:00 p.m. Memorial remembrances may be made in the form of a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, 100-394 Duncan Street, Duncan, BC V9L 3W4 or the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation, PO Box 73, Duncan, BC V9L 3X1. Online condolences may be offered at www.sands-funeral.com; SANDS of DUNCAN (250) 746-5212

“Canadian Headstones,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJ8D-6SML : 14 July 2014), Robert Welton Benedict, Burial, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Chemainus+ aka St. Michael & All Angels Anglican cemetery; citing 6670, Canadianheadstones.com, https://canadianheadstones.com/bc/view.php?id=6670.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLG-HMR7 : 13 December 2015), Robert Welton Benedict, ; Burial, Chemainus, Cowichan Valley Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Saint Michael & All Angels Anglican Cemetery; citing record ID 106556332, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=106556332.

 

Janet Priscilla MacKay (daughter of Peter John Mackay)

MacKay, Isabel Ecclestone; SFU digitized collections; http://digital.lib.sfu.ca/ceww-780/mackay-isabel-ecclestone: daughter: Janet Priscilla (11 September 1914 – 24 October 2001), m. to Howard Turton

1921 Canada Census, Janet MacKay in household of Peter J. MacKay [indexed as Peter T. Mackay]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

British Columbia Marriage Registration; Registration Number: 1935-09-431772; Raymond Hereward Smith and Janet Priscilla Mackay; date of marriage: 1935-12-07; place of marriage: Vancouver ; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/Phase2/MRG/MRG_1935431772.jpg: [Note: “Marriage dissolved at Vancouver, B.C. on December 6, 1939. File No. D.C.O. 2493—January 6/40.”]

“Janet Priscilla Mackay and Mr. Raymond Hereward Smith; wedding notice, Winnipeg Tribune, December 10, 1935, page 9: “Daughter of Writer Weds In Vancouver: The wedding of Janet Priscilla Mackay, daughter of the late Isabel Ecclestone Mackay, one of Canada’s best known women writers, to Mr. Raymond Hereward Smith, was solemnised Saturday morning, Dec 7, In St Mark’s Anglican church, Vancouver, The bride was given in marriage by her father, Mr. P. J. Mackay. The bridegroom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Eustace Smith of West Vancouver. Mr. and Mrs. Smith left for a wedding trip south. They expect to return to Vancouver before Christmas.”

U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; Janet Priscilla Turton; http://search.ancestry.ca/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=numident&h=42153798&new=1; Janet Priscilla Turton [Janet P Turton]; [Janet Priscilla MacKay]; SSN: 531787668; Gender: Female; Race: White; Birth Date: 11 Sep 1914; Birth Place: Vancouver, Canada; Death Date: 24 Oct 2001; Father: Peter J MacKay; Mother: Isabel E Mac Pherson; Type of Claim: Original SSN; Additional Information: Birth record established before age of 5; Notes: 13 Sep 1976: Name listed as Janet Priscilla Turton; 01 Nov 2001: Name listed as Janet P Turton.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JG9L-MJS : 20 May 2014), Janet P Turton, 24 Oct 2001; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

 

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