William McNeill was a businessman and financier, who lived at 1945 Barclay Street from 1907 to 1916, and from 1918 to 1924.
William McNeill was born on April 2, 1867, in Inverkip, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His father was John McNeill; his mother was Catherine MacTaggart.
He moved to the United States in 1888, and he attended Hamilton College in New York State.
He arrived in British Columbia about 1891, and joined the provincial government. He spent seven years in the treasury, mining, and land and works departments.
By 1898, William was the manager of the New Westminster Sun. On December 6, 1898, in Victoria, British Columbia, William married Minnie Jean Munsie. She was born in San Francisco, California, on February 14, 1877; her father was William McGillivray Munsie (1849-1906); her mother was Catherine Dunn (1850-1923).
In 1900, William was a secretary in the Department of Lands and Works in Victoria.
About 1907, William started in private business in Vancouver. In July 1907, the family moved into the house at 1945 Barclay Street, which they called “Ardgowan” probably after the large estate near William’s birthplace of Inverkip in Scotland.
William became vice president of the Vancouver, Westminster and Yukon Railway Company, and secretary of the Stave Lake Power Company Ltd., which sold out to the Western Canada Power Company in 1909; William became a director and manager of Western Canada Power.
He owned a variety of assets, including fruit lands, timber interests and electric power plants. He was also a shareholder in the Vancouver Horse Show Association.
William McNeill belonged to a series of clubs, including the Vancouver Club, Royal Yacht Club, Jericho Country & Golf Club, Vancouver Tennis Club; and the American Universities Club, of London.
Mrs. McNeill belonged to the Georgian Club, the Women’s Musical Club, the Studio Club, Jericho Golf and Country Club and the Vancouver Tennis Club.
Minnie Jean McNeill died in Vancouver on November 28, 1923. On September 22, 1926, in Vancouver, William McNeill married Maud Hooton. She was born on October 14, 1879, in Hull, Yorkshire, England. Her father was Thomas Blyth Hooton (1859-1901); her mother was Sarah Hannah Chapman.
William and Maud moved to Victoria, where William continued in the finance business. He died in Victoria on September 3, 1960. He was buried in Ocean View Cemetery in Burnaby, British Columbia.
After William’s death, Maud continued to live in Victoria. She died in Victoria on August 16, 1970.
William McNeill and Minnie Jean Munsie had two children.
Catherine Margaret McNeill
Catherine Margaret McNeill was born in Victoria on November 13, 1900. She married Geoffrey W. Kindersley, and they lived in Montreal, Quebec, for some time. They had a son, Peter G. Kindersley, who was living in North Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1960.
William Ronald Dunn McNeill
William Ronald Dunn McNeill was born in Victoria on July 10, 1904. He married Lucy Beatrice Ashworth. They had two children: Duncan McNeil and Jane McNeill. William Ronald Dunn McNeill died in Fredericton, New Brunswick on July 31, 1965.
“William McNeill,” Howay and Scholefield, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, Vol. 3, pages 674 and 677; http://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/674/mode/1up; http://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/677/mode/1up; photograph, page 675: http://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/675/mode/1up.
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8H-V4W : accessed 11 Sep 2013), William Mcneill and Minnie Jean Munsie, 1898.
British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1898-09-008191, William Mcneill and Minnie Jean Munsie, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=f96795b8-da76-4807-9423-16667e30c390.
“Pretty Home Wedding: Mr. William McNeill and Miss Minnie Munsie United in Marriage,” Victoria Daily Colonist, December 7, 1898, page 3.
“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHV2-93V : accessed 11 Sep 2013), William Mcneill, 1901.
“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHV2-93K : accessed 11 Sep 2013), Minnie J Mcneill in entry for William Mcneill, 1901.
“Society,” Vancouver Province, July 20, 1907, page 9: “Mr. and Mrs. William McNeill have moved from Mr. H. Lockwood’s house on Broughton street, into their new home at 1945 Barclay street. Mrs. McNeill’s reception day will be Monday.”
“Society,” Vancouver Province, December 7, 1907, page 9: “Mr. and Mrs. William McNeill entertained at dinner on Tuesday evening at their new home, Ardgowan, Barclay street, in honor of Chief Justice and Mrs. Hunter. Covers were laid for ten. Those present were Chief Justice and Mrs. Hunter, Sir Charles Hibbert and Lady Tupper, Mrs. and Mrs. J.H. Senkler, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jukes.” [“Covers” (after the French couvert) refers to the place settings at the dinner table.]
“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JJ7Y-6ZH : accessed 11 Sep 2013), William McNeill, 26 Feb 1914; citing Olympic, United States National Archives, Washington, D.C.
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8L-9MN : accessed 11 Sep 2013), William Mcneill and Maud Hooton, 1926.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLR1-1H2 : accessed 11 Sep 2013), William Mcneill, 1960.
William McNeill, death notice, Vancouver Province, September 7, 1960, page 32; Vancouver Sun, September 6, 1960, page 29; Vancouver Province, September 6, 1960, page 28; Victoria Daily Colonist, September 8, 1960, page 26: ” McNeill, William, In his 94th year, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, September 3, 1960. Survived by his wife, Maud (Hooton). He was predeceased by his first wife, Minnie Jean Munsie, in 1923; also surviving are his daughter, Margaret (Mrs. Geoffrey Kindersley), Montreal, Quebec; his son Ronald of Fredericton, N.B.; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral service at St. Paul’s Church, Jervis St., at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 7.”
Minnie Jean Munsie
William Munsie, R.E. Gosnell, A History: British Columbia, 1906, pages 363 and 364: http://archive.org/stream/historybritishco00gosnrich#page/363/mode/1up; http://archive.org/stream/historybritishco00gosnrich#page/364/mode/1up
William McGillivray Munsie, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sheilasmith44&id=I26762
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKF-VYV : accessed 12 Sep 2013), William Mcgillivray Munsie, 1906.
British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1906-09-019984, William M Munsie. “Sudden Death of William Munsie: Prominent Business Man of Victoria is Hastily Summoned.: Had Commercial Ventures: Contracted Pneumonia While on Fishing Trip a Few Days Ago,” Victoria Daily Colonist, May 4, 1906, page 7.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKJ-LHN : accessed 12 Sep 2013), Catherine Munsie, 1923.
British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1923-09-312193, Catherine Munsie.
“Mrs. William Munsie has Passed Away: Was a Native of Nova Scotia and Has Been Idenfitied With Victoria Since the Year 1878,” Victoria Daily Colonist, February 15, 1923, page 5. Catherine Munsie, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, February 15, 1923, page 14.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKV-MHT : accessed 11 Sep 2013), Minnie Jean Mcneill, 1923.
British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1923-09-315413, Minnie Jean Mcneill.
“Mrs. Wm. McNeill Died at Hospital This Morning,” Vancouver Province, November 28, 1923, page 25.
“Mrs. Wm M’Neill Died Wednesday,” Vancouver Sun, November 29, 1923, page 9.
“Mrs. Wm. McNeill Died in Vancouver: Was Sister of Mrs. Seabrook Who Died in California Sunday,” Victoria Times, November 28, 1923, page 9.
Minnie Jean McNeill, death notice, Vancouver Province, November 28, 1923, page 21; Vancouver Province, November 29, 1923, page 18: “McNeill — At the Vancouver General Hospital, Nov. 28, 1923, Minnie Jean McNeill, dearly beloved wife of William McNeill, 1945 Barclay St. The funeral will be held on Friday forenoon at 11 o’clock from the residence as above to Ocean View Cemetery.”
Catherine Margaret McNeill
British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1900-09-010962, Catherine Margaret McNeill, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=f8039c83-3150-4338-9d56-cf592a19b1fe
William Ronald Dunn McNeill
Fredericton – Forest Hill Cemetery, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbyork/cem/foresthill-a.html, “Willian [sic] Ronald Dunn McNeill”
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYJ-W9S : accessed 12 Sep 2013), Maud Mcneill, 1970.
Maud McNeill, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, August 18, 1970, page 20: “McNeill — At Victoria, B.C., on Aug. 16, 1970, Maud, aged 80, widow of William McNeill of 531 West Bay Terrace, a pioneer resident of Victoria. Survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Edith A. Whiting, Sidney, and Mrs. Florence B. Thompson of 1455 St. Patrick St., Oak Bay; several nieces and nephews in England, and a nephew, Jack Scarlett, of this city. She was a member of the pioneer Hooton family of Victoria. Funeral service Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Hayward’s Funeral Chapel, 734 Broughton St., Ven. Arch. Hywel J. Jones officiating. Cremation. Supervised parking adjoining the chapel.”