Meredith, Francis Russell (1863-1942)

Francis Russell Meredith was a bookkeeper. He lived at 744 Gilford Street from 1907 to 1908 and at 871 Denman Street from 1910 to 1912.

He was born on July 14, 1863 at Wyseby House, Kirkpatrick Fleming parish, Dumfries, Scotland. His father was Robert Fitzgerald Meredith (about 1816-1893); his mother was Mary Russell Cox (1826-1868). Robert Fitzgerald Meredith and Mary Russell Cox were married on August 26, 1852, at St. Mary’s church, Beaminster, Dorset, England. Robert Fitzgerald Meredith was the rector of Halstock. The stained glass in the east window of the church dates from 1874 and is in memory of Mary Russell Meredith (née Cox).

By the late 1800s, Francis was living in Perth, Western Australia. In 1898, In Albany, Western Australia, he married Misha Beryl Johnson. She was born in July 1877 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The Merediths appear to have stayed in Australia until about 1905. Francis first appeared in Vancouver in 1906, working as a clerk for the insurance and real estate firm of Mahon, McFarland and Mahon. He was boarding at Mrs. Selena Extence’s boarding house called Georgia House (or “The Georgia”) at 833 Georgia Street [In 1906, a “Morris” Meredith was also working at Mahon, McFarland and Mahon and rooming at 833 Georgia Street. This may be Maurice Fitzgerald Meredith (1867-1943).]

Francis died in North Vancovuer on October 23, 1942. He was buried in North Vancouver Cemetery.

Misha was still living in 1942. No further information is available for her.

Francis Russell Meredith and Misha Beryl Johnson had the following children.

Monica Russell Meredith

Monica Russell Meredith was born in Perth, Western Australia. She died on January 23, 1917, in Vancouver. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Maurice Fitzgerald Meredith

Maurice Fitzgerald Meredith was born in May 1902, in Perth, Western Australia. No further information is available for him.

John Lawrence Meredith

John Lawrence Meredith was born in British Columbia (probably Vancouver) in August 1907. No further information is available for him.

Enid Francis Meredith

Enid Francis Meredith was born in British Columbia (probably Vancouver) in October 1908. In 1946, she crossed the border from Mexico to Brownsville, Texas. She appears not to have married. She worked as a housekeeper. She died in Vancouver on April 6, 1986.

Sources

Robert Fitzgerald Meredith (father of Francis Russell Meredith)

Beaminster, Dorset Online Parish Clerk (OPC); http://www.opcdorset.org/BeaminsterFiles/Beaminster.htm

Beaminster, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaminster.

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Beaminster, Dorset; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:St_Mary%27s_Parish_Church_-_Beaminster_-_geograph.org.uk_-_717547.jpg]

Beaminster, Marriages 1837 – 1869, http://www.opcdorset.org/BeaminsterFiles/BeaminsterMarrs1837-1869.htm: “1852, August 26th, Robert Fitzgerald, MEREDITH, Full age, Bachelor, Clerk in Holy Orders, Lencombe Rectory, William MEREDITH Esquire & Mary Russell, CO[x], Full age, Spinster, , Beaminster, Samuel CO[x] Esquire, Licence, Witnesses Susan CORY? Maria MEREDITH Ellen CO[x]”

The Gentleman’s Magazine, Volumes 192-193, F. Jefferies, 1852, page 521.

Church of St Juthware and St Mary, Halstock parish, http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1119266

Free BMD Marriages, September quarter, 1852, Beaminster district, volume 5a, page 626, Mary Russell Cox and Robert Fitzgerald Meredith; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=19175788&d=bmd_1387820160; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=19175788&d=bmd_1387820160

“England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8CW-33Y : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Robt Fitzgerald Meredith and Mary Russell Cox, 1852.

The Spectator Archive, 28 AUGUST 1852, Page 20, http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/28th-august-1852/20/births

On the 26th, at Bedminster [sic], the Rev. Robert Fitzgerald Meredith, M.A., Rector of Lewcombe, Dorsetshire, to Mary Russell, third daughter of Samuel Cox, Esq., of Bedminster.

FreeBMD deaths, Beaminster district, June quarter 1893, volume 5a, page 229; Robert Fitzgerald Meredith, age 77, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=89477806&d=bmd_1387820160

Mary Russell Cox (mother of Francis Russell Meredith)

FreeBMD deaths, Beaminster district, June quarter 1868, volume 5a, page 248; Mary Russell Meredith, age 41, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=43399540&d=bmd_1387820160

Francis Russell Meredith

Francis Russell Meredith, http://winters-online.net/MerKerry/p8.htm.

Albany, Western Australia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany,_Western_Australia: “Albany is a port city in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, some 418 km SE of Perth, the state capital.”

“Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XBM4-97N : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Robert Fitzgerald Meredith in entry for Francis Russell Meredith, 14 Jul 1863; citing KIRKPATRICK-FLEMING,DUMFRIES,SCOTLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 6035516.

Western Australian Online Index: Marriages

Surname Given Names Sex Spouse Surname Spouse Given Names Spouse Sex Place of Marriage Registration District Registration Number Registration Year
MEREDITH FRANCIS RUSSELL Male JOHNSON MISHA BERYL Female ALBANY 1456 1898

1911 Canada Census, 1911, British Columbia, Vancouver, Vancouver City, page 6, family 58, lines 22-27; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63697&highlight=22&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Francis+Russell+Meredith

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGT-YHQ : accessed 14 Jan 2014), Misha B Meredith in entry for Francis Russell Meredith, 1942.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1942-09-613802, Francis Russell Meredith.

Francis Russell Meredith , death notice, Vancouver Province, October 24, 1942, page 25; Vancouver Sun, October 24, 1942, page 25; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kjNlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PYkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4088%2C2948771 [link leads to middle of page; death notice is near bottom of column 1]: “Francis Russell Meredith of Prospect Rd., North Vancouver, age 79 years. Survived by his wife, 2 sons and 1 daughter. Private funeral service in the Burrard Funeral Chapel, 1208 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver, Mon., at 1:30, the Rev. Canon H.G. King officiating. Committal North Vancouver Cemetery. No flowers, by request.”

Monica Russell Meredith (daughter of Francis Russell Meredith and Mary Russell Cox)

Western Australian Online Index: Births:

Surname Given Names Sex Father Mother Place of Birth Registration District Registration Number Registration Year
MEREDITH  MONICA RUSSELL FRANCIS RUSSELL  JOHNSON MISHA BERYL  PERTH  3703  1900

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLK8-WLW : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Monica Russell Meredith, 1917.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1917-09-149394, Monica Russell Meredith

Monica Russell Meredith, death notice, Vancouver Province, January 24, 1917, page 15: “Meredith – Died at the family residence, 977 Nicola street, January 23, 1917, Monica Russell, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Meredith, aged 16 years. The funeral will take place tomorrow, Thursday, at 1:45 o’clock from the above address to St. Paul’s Church, where the service will be held at 2 o’clock. The Rev. Harold G. King will officiate. Interment in the family plot, Masonic Cemetery, Nunn, Thompson & Clegg, funeral directors.”

Mountain View Cemetery: MEREDITH, Monica Russell: date of death: Jan-23-1917; date of burial: Jan-25-1917; burial plot: MASONIC/*/*/132/0011.

Maurice Fitzgerald Meredith (son  of Francis Russell Meredith and Mary Russell Cox)

Western Australian Online Index: Births:

Surname Given Names Sex Father Mother Place of Birth Registration District Registration Number Registration Year
MEREDITH  MAURICE FITZGERALD FRANCIS RUSSELL  JOHNSON MISHA BERYL  PERTH  4412  1902

John Lawrence Meredith (son  of Francis Russell Meredith and Mary Russell Cox)

No further information is available for him.

Enid Francis Meredith  (son  of Francis Russell Meredith and Mary Russell Cox)

“United States Border Crossings from Mexico to United States, 1903-1957,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLXK-N5Q : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Enid Frances Russell Meredith, 26 Mar 1946.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLLQ-L5Y : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Enid Meredith, 1986.

Maurice Fitzgerald Meredith (brother of Francis Russell Meredith)

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X32D-6F8 : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Maurice F Meredith, 1881.

The Colonies and India (London, England), 21 May 1892, page 32: “Meredith—Ellaby.—April 25, in the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Montreal, Canada, by the Rev. Edmund Wood, M.A., Rector, Maurice Fitzgerald Meredith, of the Bank of British North America, Montreal, sixth son of the Rev. R. F. Meredith, M.A., Rector of Halstock, Dorsetshire, to Minnie, youngest daughter of the late Samuel Ellaby, of Liscard, Cheshire.”

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2QS5-G53 : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Maurice F Meredith, 1911.

British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKP-1Y6 : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Maurice Fitsgerald Meredith in entry for Minnie Meredith, 1942.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLLR-MJJ : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Maurice Fitzgerald Meredith, 1943.

Robert [sic] Fitzgerald Meredith, death notice, The Vancouver Sun – Jul 19, 1943, page 14; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-SxmAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XIkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=996%2C2161105, leads to top of page. Death notice is on column 2.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD88-7LS : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Maurice Fitzgerald Meredith in entry for Charles Wolfson Tolson and Marjorie Ethel Meredith, 1924.

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