Mitton, Edward Stanley (1880-1953)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 910

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 910

Edward Stanley Mitton was an architect who lived at 1224 Denman Street in 1909. According to the 1914 Vancouver Social Register, he was living at Sylvia Court, 1154 Gilford Street, in 1914

Edward Stanley Mitton (sometimes Edward Stanley R. Mitton, or E. Stanley Mitton, or E.S. Mitton) was born in Birmingham, England on August 6, 1880. His father was Edward Moss Mitton (born about 1854 in Birmingham), who was a civil engineer. His mother was Emily Jane Reeve (born about 1857 in Birmingham).

His early education was at St. Edmond’s College in Birmingham. Later he studied architecture.

His early architectural career led him to move to several places in England. First he was articled to the firm of Ingall and Son in Birmingham. Later he moved to London, where he spent about two years with Herbert Bolton.

In 1901 he was living in Loughborough, Leicestershire, about 50 kilometres northeast of Birmingham. He was in Loughborough for about a year, and he specialized in building schools.

Later he went back to Birmingham, where he had his own business for a short time, followed by a period of association with Ingall and Son (under the name Ingall, Son and Mitton).

On December 28, 1906 (one source says 1907), in Birmingham, Edward married Edith Mary Thomas. Her father was John Thomas, who had been a manufacturer’s agent in Montreal, Quebec. Edith’s mother was named Sarah. In January 1907, Edward and Edith sailed to Canada.

"Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HG1-CV6 : accessed 23 February 2016), Edward Mitton, Jan 1907; citing Immigration, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, T-507, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HG1-CV6 : accessed 23 February 2016), Edward Mitton, Jan 1907; citing Immigration, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, T-507, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Shortly afterward, Edward and Edith were living in Toronto, Ontario. Edward began working with Francis Spence Baker (1867-1926), who was a prominent Toronto architect. After only two months, however, Edward was hurt in an accident, and he moved to Vancouver “to recover his health.”

By 1908, he had arrived in Vancouver, where he set up his own business.

E. Stanley Mitton, Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1908, page 104.

E. Stanley Mitton, Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1908, page 104.

He appeared at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1908 1657 Burnaby Street
1909 1224 Denman Street
1910 1030 Pendrell Street
1911 Second Avenue near Tolmie Street
1912 Point Grey (no specific street)
1913 3250 West Third Avenue
1914 1154 Gilford Street (in Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory)

Shortly after he arrived in Vancouver, he published a series of articles on houses and gardens in Westward Ho! Magazine, featuring his own illustrations and house designs.

E. Stanley Mitton, Country and Suburban Homes, Westward Ho! Magazine, volume 1, number 6, June 1908, page 25; https://issuu.com/showbc/docs/westward_ho_-_british_columbia_magazine_1908_june_/40.

E. Stanley Mitton, Country and Suburban Homes, Westward Ho! Magazine, volume 1, number 6, June 1908, page 25;
https://issuu.com/showbc/docs/westward_ho_-_british_columbia_magazine_1908_june_/40.

 

E. Stanley Mitton, Country and Suburban Homes, Westward Ho! Magazine, volume 1, number 2, February 1908, page 66; https://issuu.com/showbc/docs/westward_ho_-_british_columbia_magazine_1908_feb_v/78.

E. Stanley Mitton, Country and Suburban Homes, Westward Ho! Magazine, volume 1, number 2, February 1908, page 66; https://issuu.com/showbc/docs/westward_ho_-_british_columbia_magazine_1908_feb_v/78.

In 1909, he was living at 1224 Denman Street.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 910

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 910

During Edward’s time in Vancouver he designed many houses and other buildings, mostly for well-off clients on the west side of Vancouver. For recreation, he played tennis.

About 1911, he and Herbert Thomas Whitehead (1882-1936) opened an office in Victoria, British Columbia. This association lasted until about 1914, and it produced a series of houses in Victoria and nearby Oak Bay.

Edward appeared at the following addresses in Victoria.

1912 “Res. Vancouver City”
1913 Number 9, 740 Johnston Street, Victoria

In 1912, he published a short book called “Modern Homes for Modern People,” along with Henry Herbert Gillingham (1874-1930). The book included a series of illustrations and a list of plans that were available by mail.

Edward stayed in Vancouver until about 1914.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 49

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 49

It appears that he went back to England, and that he died in Birmingham, England, in 1953.

No further information is available for Edward’s wife, Edith.

Edward and Edith had a daughter, Mary. No further information is available for her.

 

Sources

 

Edward Moss Mitton (father of Edward Stanley Mitton)

 

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKXZ-NVND : accessed 21 February 2016), Edward M Jr Mitton, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 30, Piece/Folio 2947/19, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,835.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WLHY-SN2 : accessed 21 February 2016), Edward M Mitton, Bordesley, Warwickshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Warwickshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWWH-481 : accessed 23 February 2016), Edward Moss Mitton, Handsworth, Handsworth, Staffordshire, England; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

 

Emily Jane Reeve (mother of Edward Stanley Mitton)

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKXZ-NVN6 : accessed 21 February 2016), Emily J Mitton in household of Edward M Jr Mitton, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 30, Piece/Folio 2947/19, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,835.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WLHY-WN2 : accessed 21 February 2016), Emily I Mitton in household of Edward M Mitton, Bordesley, Warwickshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Warwickshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

 

Edward Stanley Mitton

Edward Stanley Mitton, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/703.

Edward Stanley Mitton, Building the West: Early Architects of British Columbia; edited by Donald Luxton; Vancouver, Talonbooks, 2003, pages 336, 338-339, 383, 512.

Edward Stanley Mitton, Who’s Who in Western Canada, first edition; edited by C.W. Parker; Vancouver; Canadian Press Association Limited, 1911, page 181;page 287, http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=643283: “Mitton, Edward Stanley—Architect, 413 Granville St., Vancouver. Born Birmingham, Eng., 1880. Educ. Birmingham grammar sch. Commenced career as architect, Birmingham and London, 1898, coming to Vancovuere, 1907. Married Edith Thomas, Birmingham. Recreation. Address: Point Grey, Vancouver, B.C.”

Edward Stanley Mitton, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, Howay and Scholefield, Volume 3, Vancouver, S.J Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, pages 618-619; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/618/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/619/mode/1up.

“Edward Stanley Mitton.

Edward Stanley Mitton, a prominent and successful young architect of Vancouver, was born in Birmingham, England, August 6, 1880, a son of Edward Moss Mitton, a family connection of Jack Mitton, noted in English history as a celebrated hunter.

In the public schools of his native city, Edward S. Mitton acquired his early education, later attending St. Edmond’s College in Birmingham for several years. After laying aside his books he was articled to Ingall & Son, architects, studying architecture as an apprentice for five years, after which, with a thorough and practical knowledge of the profession which he intended to make his own, he went to London, entering the employ of Herbert Bolton. After two years of able work in this capacity he moved to Loughboro, England, where he was employed as a specialist in school work for one year, after which he started in business for himself, opening an office in Birmingham, where he engaged in professional work alone for several months. He then associated himself with his former employers, the firm of Ingall, Son & Mitton being formed, and the association continued for two years. During all of this time Mr. Mitton’s powers were continually developing, for he remained always a close and earnest student of his profession, and when he left England he went to Toronto in the important capacity of special designer for F. S. Baker. He had held this position only two months, however, when he met with an accident and was sent to Vancouver, British Columbia, in order to recover his health. One year later, in 1908, he started in business for himself in this city and here he has since remained, a representative and continually increasing patronage being accorded him in recognition of his superior ability and exhaustive knowledge of his profession. Mr. Mitton’s work shows the influence of his close study of architecture in all its branches, his artistic sense, his appreciation of line and color and his practical knowledge of modern needs and requirements, and its superior quality is widely recognized in Vancouver.

On the 28th of December, 1907, Mr. Mitton was united in marriage in Birmingham, England, to Miss Edith Thomas, a daughter of John and Sarah Thomas, the former for a number of years a well known manufacturer’s agent in Montreal, Quebec. Mr. and Mrs. Mitton are the parents of one child, Mary.

Mr. Mitton gives his political allegiance to the conservative party and although he is not a politician he is a public-spirited and progressive citizen, interested in everything pertaining to civic improvement. Although still a young man he has already made a creditable professional record and his many friends do not hesitate to predict for him continued progress in his chosen field.”

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XN3-G2R : accessed 23 February 2016), Edward Stanley R Mitton, 1879; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKXZ-NVNX : accessed 21 February 2016), Edward S A Mitton in household of Edward M Jr Mitton, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 30, Piece/Folio 2947/19, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,835.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WLHY-6ZM : accessed 21 February 2016), Edward S Mitton in household of Edward M Mitton, Bordesley, Warwickshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Warwickshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS41-S9T : accessed 23 February 2016), Edward S Mittons in household of Annie Ward, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Loughborough subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D8J-3DC : accessed 21 February 2016), Edward Stanley R Mitton, 1906; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HG1-CV6 : accessed 23 February 2016), Edward Mitton, Jan 1907; citing Immigration, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, T-507, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

 

John Thomas (father of Edith Mary Thomas)

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS3W-FWC : accessed 23 February 2016), John Thomas, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Kings Norton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Sarah (mother of Edith Mary Thomas)

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS3W-FWZ : accessed 23 February 2016), Sarah Thomas in household of John Thomas, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Kings Norton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Edith Mary Thomas (wife of Edward Stanley Mitton)

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS3W-FW8 : accessed 23 February 2016), Edith M Thomas in household of John Thomas, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Kings Norton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D8V-JML : accessed 21 February 2016), Edith Mary Thomas, 1906; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HG1-CVX : accessed 23 February 2016), Edith Mary Mitton, Jan 1907; citing Immigration, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, T-507, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Harding Thomas (brother of Edith Mary Thomas)

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q91-MP8 : accessed 23 February 2016), Harding Thomas, Apr 1910; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4736, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24XL-N4V : accessed 23 February 2016), Harding Thomas, 1929; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

 

Francis Spence Baker (Toronto Architect)

Francis Spence Baker, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/1657.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSZ3-Z3N : accessed 23 February 2016), Francis Spence Baker and Florence Mary Kemick, 07 Oct 1896; citing registration , Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,916.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHP9-8ZM : accessed 23 February 2016), Frank Baker, H, York (east/est), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 15, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=110583&highlight=8&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Frank+Baker.

Display advertisements, Toronto Globe, December 9, 1908, page 12: “Architects: Architect—F.S. Baker, Traders Bank building. Toronto.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27XS-9TB : accessed 23 February 2016), Frank Baker, 1911; citing Census, Toronto North Sub-Districts 11-84, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,527; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=82563&highlight=41&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Frank+Baker.

“Toronto Architect Is Called by Death: F. S. Baker Had Large Part in Erection of Many Notable Buildings; Dies in Ogdensburg, N.Y.” Toronto Globe, January 4, 1926, page. 9: “Francis Spence Baker, prominent Toronto architect, passed away yesterday at the home of his sister, Mrs. W.B. Haubidge, in Ogdensburg, N.Y. Mr. Banker was on his way home to Toronto from Florida, where he had been holidaying for his health. He had been visiting his sister for two weeks, when his condition grew worse. Mr. Baker was born in Kilbride, Halton County, on Aug. 21, 1867, the second son of Francis Baker, who settled there in 1830, having come from Dublin, Ireland. . . .[Description of his career and list of many buildings.] . . . He is survived by his widow and four children—Mrs. (Captain Du Bols, U.S.A. Depot, Boston; Callum McCartney, Miami, Florida; Francis Farington, of the Canada Life Assurance Company, Toronto, and Florence Sarah, of Toronto. . . .”

 

Herbert Thomas Whitehead (Victoria Architect)

Herbert Thomas Whitehead, Building the West: Early Architects of British Columbia; edited by Donald Luxton; Vancouver, Talonbooks, 2003, pages 338, 486, 523.

Herbert Thomas Whitehead (1882-1936), Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/372.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5V-ZL4 : accessed 23 February 2016), Herbert Thomas Whitehead, 1936.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2J-559 : accessed 23 February 2016), Vera Whitehead, 1937.

 

Henry Herbert Gillingham (Vancouver Architect)

Henry Herbert Gillingham, Building the West: Early Architects of British Columbia; edited by Donald Luxton; Vancouver, Talonbooks, 2003, pages 339, 383, 416, 451, 469, 501.

Henry Herbert Gillingham (1876-1930), Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950; http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/1920.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL28-LHP : accessed 23 February 2016), Henry Herbert Gillingham, 1930.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD83-SJT : accessed 23 February 2016), Ralph Henry Gillingham and Jean Dorothy Semmens, 31 Dec 1928; citing Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13756, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,552.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGM3-ZJ4 : accessed 23 February 2016), Ralph Henry Gillingham, 1984.

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