Morton, John (1834-1912)

John Morton, early 1900s, Vancouver City Archives, Port N14; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/john-morton.

John Morton, early 1900s, Vancouver City Archives, Port N14; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/john-morton.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 958.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 958.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1912, Part 2, page 1050.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1912, Part 2, page 1050.

John Morton was one of the “Three Greenhorns,” the Vancouver pioneers who were major landholders in Vancouver’s West End. He lived at 1151 Denman Street from about 1900 to 1911 and at 1947 Pendrell Street in 1912.

 

Early Life

John Morton was born near Huddersfield in Yorkshire, England. His parents were Joseph and Rhoda Morton. It appears that Rhoda’s surname before her marriage was also Morton. Joseph and Rhoda were married in Huddersfield on June 7, 1827.

Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. West Yorkshire Archive Service; Leeds, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Reference Number: WDP32/29. Name: Joseph Morton; Event Type: Marriage; Marriage Date: 7 Jun 1827; Marriage Place: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; Parish as it Appears: Huddersfield; Spouse: Rhoda Morton.

Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. West Yorkshire Archive Service; Leeds, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Reference Number: WDP32/29. Name: Joseph Morton; Event Type: Marriage; Marriage Date: 7 Jun 1827; Marriage Place: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; Parish as it Appears: Huddersfield; Spouse: Rhoda Morton.

Most sources say that John Morton was born on April 16, 1834. However, a birth registration document gave his birth date as April 15, 1834.

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non-parochial Registers Commissions of 1837 and 1857; Class Number: RG 4; Piece Number: 2749. Name: John Morton; Birth Date: 15 Apr 1834; Birth Place: Quarmby-cum-Lindley, Yorkshire, England; Gender: Male; Event Type: Birth; Father: Joseph Morton; Mother: Rhoda Morton; Denomination: Baptist.

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non-parochial Registers Commissions of 1837 and 1857; Class Number: RG 4; Piece Number: 2749. Name: John Morton; Birth Date: 15 Apr 1834; Birth Place: Quarmby-cum-Lindley, Yorkshire, England; Gender: Male; Event Type: Birth; Father: Joseph Morton; Mother: Rhoda Morton; Denomination: Baptist.

To North America

In 1862, John and his cousin, Samuel Brighouse, decided to go to the gold fields in British Columbia’s Cariboo region. They travelled to North America on the “Great Eastern,” a large ship that was then only a few years old.

While they were on the trip, they met William Hailstone, who was also going to the Cariboo.

They landed in New York City on May 17, 1862.

The New York Times, May 18, 1862, page 8, column 4 [first portion of article].

The New York Times, May 18, 1862, page 8, column 4 [first portion of article].

[Note: the Ancestry.com records below give the landing date as May 11, rather than the correct date of May 17.]

Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Year: 1862; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 219; Line: 49; List Number: 398. Name: John Martin [sic]; Arrival date: 11 May 1862; Birth Date: abt 1834; Age: 28; Name: Saml Brighouse; Arrival date: 11 May 1862; Birth Date: abt 1836; Age: 26; Port of Departure: Milford Haven, Wales; Port of Arrival: New York, New York; Ship Name: Great Eastern.

Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Year: 1862; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 219; Line: 49; List Number: 398. Name: John Martin [sic]; Arrival date: 11 May 1862; Birth Date: abt 1834; Age: 28; Name: Saml Brighouse; Arrival date: 11 May 1862; Birth Date: abt 1836; Age: 26; Port of Departure: Milford Haven, Wales; Port of Arrival: New York, New York; Ship Name: Great Eastern.

Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Year: 1862; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 219; Line: 59; List Number: 398. Name: William Hailstone; Arrival date: 11 May 1862; Birth Date: abt 1834; Age: 28; Port of Departure: Milford Haven, Wales; Port of Arrival: New York, New York; Ship Name: Great Eastern.

Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Year: 1862; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 219; Line: 59; List Number: 398. Name: William Hailstone; Arrival date: 11 May 1862; Birth Date: abt 1834; Age: 28; Port of Departure: Milford Haven, Wales; Port of Arrival: New York, New York; Ship Name: Great Eastern.

After travelling overland to the west coast of North America, they made it to the Cariboo goldfields. Like most people, they did not make their fortune in gold.

 

The Brickmakers Claim

At some point during his travels, John saw a piece of coal in a cobbler’s shop in New Westminster. He wondered if the coal came from an area that produced a type of clay that was suitable for making pottery. A local resident, probably a Coast Salish man, showed John where he had found the coal. Part of their tour included a canoe trip which led them to the English Bay bathing beach, near what was later the south end of Denman Street. John concluded that the land in the area would be a good investment.

At that time, the British Crown had claimed ownership of what were then the separate colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Of course, the indigenous peoples had been in the area for thousands of years. Spanish and British explorers had started to arrive in larger numbers in the later 1700s, but they did not establish any significant settlements at first. The fur trading companies developed networks of trading posts, and explorers such as Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser and David Thompson began to clarify the European understanding of the area.

In 1849, Britain created the Colony of Vancouver Island, which Britain initially allowed the Hudson’s Bay Company to administer for 10 years. In 1858, there was a discovery of gold near Lytton on the Fraser River, which led to the first gold rush. The resulting influx of settlers, especially Americans, led to the creation of the mainland Colony of British Columbia in 1858. The discovery of gold in the Cariboo region of British Columbia led to a second gold rush, which began about 1861. Britain joined the two colonies in 1866, and British Columbia became a province of Canada in 1871.

John persuaded Brighouse and Hailstone to join him in “pre-empting” 540 acres of what was called District Lot 185. Settlers could pre-empt land by claiming it for settlement and agricultural purposes.

Request for pre-emption; Major James Skitt Matthews, Early Vancouver, Volume. 2 (Vancouver: City of Vancouver, 2011), page 73; http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/archives/digitized/EarlyVan/SearchEarlyVan/Vol2pdf/MatthewsEarlyVancouverVol2_JohnMortonWilliamHailstoneSamBrighouse.pdf.

Request for pre-emption; Major James Skitt Matthews, Early Vancouver, Volume 2 (Vancouver: City of Vancouver, 2011), page 73; http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/archives/digitized/EarlyVan/SearchEarlyVan/Vol2pdf/MatthewsEarlyVancouverVol2_JohnMortonWilliamHailstoneSamBrighouse.pdf.

Brickmaker’s Claim, District Lot 185, 1863, Major James Skitt Matthews, Early Vancouver, Volume 2 (Vancouver: City of Vancouver, 2011), page 78; http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/archives/digitized/EarlyVan/SearchEarlyVan/Vol2pdf/MatthewsEarlyVancouverVol2_JohnMortonWilliamHailstoneSamBrighouse.pdf. [Note: “north” is at the bottom of the map; what became Stanley Park is at the right.]

Brickmaker’s Claim, District Lot 185, 1863, Major James Skitt Matthews, Early Vancouver, Volume 2 (Vancouver: City of Vancouver, 2011), page 78; http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/archives/digitized/EarlyVan/SearchEarlyVan/Vol2pdf/MatthewsEarlyVancouverVol2_JohnMortonWilliamHailstoneSamBrighouse.pdf. [Note: “north” is at the bottom of the map; what became Stanley Park is at the right.]

The purchase price was about £115, and the Crown grant was deposited for registration on May 27, 1867. Many local residents thought that the purchase was foolish, and Morton, Brighouse and Hailstone became known as “the English greenhorns” or “the three greenhorns.”

John Morton, William Hailstone and Sam Brighouse, about 1886; Vancouver City Archives, Port P97; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/john-morton-william-hailstone-and-sam-brighouse.

John Morton, William Hailstone and Sam Brighouse, about 1886; Vancouver City Archives, Port P97; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/john-morton-william-hailstone-and-sam-brighouse.

 

Several years later, and after some transactions among the three men, they eventually gave one-third of the property to the Canadian Pacific Railway, partly as an incentive for the railway company to extend their line to Coal Harbour. Eventually the railway did arrive, and people started to buy lots in the area.

 

First Marriage

John went back to England in the late 1870s. In 1878, he married Jane Ann Bayley in the Fylde district of Lancashire. She was born in Blackpool, Lancashire on November 12, 1842.

John and Jane had a daughter, Elizabeth, who was born in Blackpool on May 2, 1879.

John Morton, his first wife Jane Morton (nee Bailey) and their daughter Elizabeth; about 1880, Vancouver City Archives, CVA 677-510; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/studio-portrait-of-john-morton-his-first-wife-jane-morton-nee-bailey-and-their-daughter-elizabeth.

John Morton, his first wife Jane Morton (nee Bailey) and their daughter Elizabeth; about 1880, Vancouver City Archives, CVA 677-510; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/studio-portrait-of-john-morton-his-first-wife-jane-morton-nee-bailey-and-their-daughter-elizabeth.

In 1880, John, Jane and Elizabeth travelled to Canada.

On February 1, 1881, their son, Joseph, was born in New Westminster, British Columbia.

Jane died in New Westminster on February 3, 1881. She was buried in Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster.

About this time, John was having financial difficulties. He worked as a manual laborer, and he delivered milk to various customers. For some time his daughter, Elizabeth, was in the care of the Roman Catholic convent in New Westminster. His son, Joseph, was with a private family.

John later bought a farm at Mission, British Columbia.

 

Second Marriage

On April 22, 1884, John married Ruth Mount. She was born in Yorkshire on March 17, 1848. Her parents were John and Harriet Mount.

John Morton, Ruth Morton, and Joseph Morton, about 1884; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 677-515; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/studio-portrait-of-john-morton-ruth-morton-and-joseph-morton.

John Morton, Ruth Morton, and Joseph Morton, about 1884; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 677-515; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/studio-portrait-of-john-morton-ruth-morton-and-joseph-morton.

In the 1890s, John and Ruth moved to Vancouver.

As the West End developed, John’s property became more valuable, and he became very well off.

By 1900, John and Ruth were at 1151 Denman Street, which was a modest house near the corner of Davie Street.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1900-1901, page 884.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1900-1901, page 884.

John supported the Baptist church, and he provided large contributions to help with the building of the First Baptist Church at Nelson Street and Burrard Street. He also supported what became the Ruth Morton Memorial Church at 791 East 27th Avenue (at the corner of Prince Albert Street).

Around the end of 1911, John and Ruth moved to a larger house at 1947 Pendrell Street.

1947 Pendrell Street - Detail from City of Vancouver Archives - CVA 371-723 - [Houses on the north side of the 1900 Block of Pendrell Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/houses-on-north-side-of-1900-block-of-pendrell-street;rad

1947 Pendrell Street – Detail from City of Vancouver Archives – CVA 371-723 – [Houses on the north side of the 1900 Block of Pendrell Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/houses-on-north-side-of-1900-block-of-pendrell-street;rad

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Morton, John
Architect: Matheson, J. P.
Builder: Matheson, J. P.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 70 Sub: Resub: Lot: 30
Date (Y-M-D): 1911-04-20
Street Number: 1947
Street Name: Pendrell Street
Value: $1,800.00
Remarks: 1-storey frame dwelling house
Reference ID: VN-3200-3201-111

Heritage Vancouver; Vancouver Building Permits; http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/ [Searched September 6, 2018. Permit refers to a one-storey house, although the actual house is taller than that.]

The house at 1151 Denman Street and the one next door were moved around the corner to the 1800 block of Pendrell Street.

1822 Pendrell Street – foreground – and 1816 Pendrell Street – rear – about 1912 – detail from postcard – The West End – Looking up Pendrell Street – Vancouver BC.

1822 Pendrell Street – foreground – and 1816 Pendrell Street – rear – about 1912 – detail from postcard – The West End – Looking up Pendrell Street – Vancouver BC.

The West End, looking up Pendrell Street, Vancouver, B.C. [detail] ; University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs. UL_1666_0007; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/langmann/items/1.0369105#p0z-2r0f:

The West End, looking up Pendrell Street, Vancouver, B.C. [detail] ; University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs. UL_1666_0007; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/langmann/items/1.0369105#p0z-2r0f:

District: Vancouver
Permit: 1649
Owner: Morton, John
Architect: Morton, John
Builder: Morton, John
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 71 Sub: Resub: Lot: 2
Date (Y-M-D): 1912-03-04
Street Number: 1816-1822
Street Name: Pendrell Street
Value: $600.00
Remarks: 2 repairs; move residence [BCR]
Reference ID: VN-3300-3301-444

Heritage Vancouver; Vancouver Building Permits; http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/ [searched September 6, 2018.]

John owned other properties in the area, including the Morton Lodge at 1835 Morton Avenue.

John died in Vancouver on April 18, 1912.

Vancouver Daily World, April 18, 1912, page 23, column 3.

Vancouver Daily World, April 18, 1912, page 23, column 3.

His body was cremated, and the ashes were later buried at Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster.

Vancouver Daily World, April 19, 1912, page 3, column 6.

Vancouver Daily World, April 19, 1912, page 3, column 6.

Ruth died in Vancouver on December 14, 1939. She was buried in Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster.

Morton Avenue and Morton Park in the West End are named after John Morton.

In the 1970s there was a restaurant in Denman Place called The Three Greenhorns.

John and Jane Ann Bailey had the following children.

 

Elizabeth Morton

Elizabeth Morton was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England on May 2, 1879.

On November 25, 1897, at Mission, British Columbia, she married William Edward Augustine Thornton. He was born on July 21, 1867 at Tamworth, Ontario. His parents were John Lewis and Sarah Thornton.

Edward died at Sardis, British Columbia on January 10, 1939. He was buried at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Elizabeth later married George Samuel Rancier, who was a farmer.

Elizabeth died in Chilliwack on May 9, 1961. She was buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Chilliwack.

The Chilliwack Progress, May 12, 1961, page 4, column 7.

The Chilliwack Progress, May 12, 1961, page 4, column 7.

George Rancier died in Vancouver on December 24, 1968. He was buried in the Royal Canadian Legion cemetery.

The Chilliwack Progress, January 3, 1968, page 2, column 6.

The Chilliwack Progress, January 3, 1968, page 2, column 6.

 

Joseph Morton

Joseph Morton was born in New Westminster, British Columbia on February 1, 1881.

Joseph worked for a time at the Vancouver World and the Vancouver News-Advertiser.

In 1907, he went to England, where he married Florence Annie Appleyard. She was born on November 12, 1885 in Mirfield, in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire. Her parents were Charles H. Appleyard and Eleanor E. Halstead.

Joseph and Florence arrived in Vancouver at the end of July 1907.

Vancouver Daily World, July 27, 1907, page 2, column 4.

Vancouver Daily World, July 27, 1907, page 2, column 4.

In 1908, Florence’s sister arrived in Vancouver for a visit.

Vancouver Daily World, September 19, 1908, page 12, column 2.

Vancouver Daily World, September 19, 1908, page 12, column 2.

By 1921, Joseph and Florence were living at 2116 York Street in Vancouver. Joseph was a stevedore at the Canadian Pacific Railway wharf.

Joseph later became ill, and he became a patient at Essondale, British Columbia. He died at Essondale on March 2, 1933. He was buried in Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster.

The Chilliwack Progress, March 9, 1933, page 5, column 4.

The Chilliwack Progress, March 9, 1933, page 5, column 4.

Florence died in Chilliwack, British Columbia on November 1, 1961. She was buried in Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster.

 

Sources

John Morton, Vancouver As It Was: A Photo-Historical Journey, posted on January 11, 2016; https://vanasitwas.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/john-morton/.

The Three Greenhorns, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Greenhorns.

First Baptist Church, Our History; https://www.firstbc.org/pages/our-history.

Ruth Morton Memorial Baptist Church, https://fraserstreetstories.ca/ruth-morton-church/.

The Legacy of Terry Fox and John Morton: Solving the Mystery on How They Met, by Bruce A. Woods, Victoria, British Columbia, Friesen Press, 2018; https://books.google.ca/books?id=uIRZDwAAQBAJ.

British Columbia Archives Research Guide; Quick Guide to Pre-Emption and Homestead Records; September 2012; https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/assets/Pre-emptions_homesteads_quick_guide.pdf.

“Famers Bought West End for Work and Wages,” Vancouver Provicne, May 21, 1936, Jubilee Supplement, page 5.

“The Three Greenhorns,” Vancouver the Way it Was, by Michael Kluckner, North Vancouver, Whitecap Books, 1984, page 104 [includes photograph of William Hailstone, Samuel Brighouse and John Morton].

 

Joseph Morton (father of John Morton)

“England and Wales Census, 1841,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQP6-831 : 13 December 2017), Joseph Morton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Rhoda [Morton] (mother of John Morton)

“England and Wales Census, 1841,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQP6-8QM : 13 December 2017), Rhoda Morton in household of Joseph Morton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

John Morton

“John Morton,” Vancouver Voters, 1886: A Biographical Dictionary; edited and compiled by Peter S.N Claydon and Valieri A. Melanson and members of the British Columbia Genealogical Society; Richmond, British Columbia, British Columbia Genealogical Society, 1994, pages 467-469.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NY1B-38L : 11 February 2018, John Morton, 15 Apr 1834); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 0828152 (RG4 2748).

Ancestry.com. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Name: John Morton; Gender: Male; Birth Date: 15 Apr 1834; Birth Place: Salendine Nook Meeting House-Particular Baptist,Quarmby Cum Lindley,York,England; Father: Joseph Morton; Mother: Rhoda; FHL Film Number: 0828152 (RG4 2748).

“England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQRG-B5Z : 11 December 2014), John Morton, 15 Apr 1834, Birth; citing p. 58, Quarmby cum Lindley, Yorkshire, record group RG4, Public Record Office, London.

“England and Wales Census, 1841,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQP6-8Q3 : 13 December 2017), John Morton in household of Joseph Morton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D5P-KJ6 : 13 December 2014), John Morton, 1878; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1878, quarter 2, vol. 8E, p. 868, Fylde, Lancashire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZP-36H : 11 March 2018), John Morton and Ruth Mount, 22 Apr 1884; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11381, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,709; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b7759bcf-b01f-43e3-9424-3469f22b9619.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-54G : 18 March 2018), John Marton, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Dangled at Rope’s End in Stanley Park,” Vancouver Province, March 14, 1907, page 16, column 1. (Includes biography and history of John Morton’s relationship with Vancouver.)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPBG : 16 March 2018), J Morton, 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKM-GDW : 8 November 2017), John Morton, 1912.

Vancouver Supreme Court estate files; John Morton, probate file; GR-1415.18939; https://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/morton-john-3; first page of probate file; image 700 of 2317; https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-897Z-X5KZ?i=798&wc=M69N-5NL%3A332530701%2C332530502%2C332767601&cc=2014768; last page of probate file; image 885 of 2317; https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G97Z-XRW2?i=884&wc=M69N-5NL%3A332530701%2C332530502%2C332767601&cc=2014768. [Note: this file also appears to include documents relating to the estate of another John Morton.]

John Morton, Pioneer, Dies; First of Vancouver’s Citizens Passed Away Today After Short Illness; At One Time He Owned One-third of West End of City,” Vancouver Province, April 18, 1912, page 32. [Includes photograph of John Morton.]

“Late John Morton Was Old Pioneer; Deceased Was First Settler to Visit Townsite of Vancouver; Came Out From Yorkshire in 1862 at Time of Cariboo Gold Rush,” Vancouver World, April 19, 1912, page 5.

 

Jane Ann Bailey (wife of John Morton)

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D5L-XG7 : 13 December 2014), Jane Ann Bailey, 1878; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1878, quarter 2, vol. 8E, p. 868, Fylde, Lancashire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLX-Y6F : 8 November 2017), Jane Ann Morton, 1887 [sic]

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1881-09-074721; Jane Ann Morton; BC Archives Microfilm Number: B13087; GSU Microfilm Number: 1927115; date of death: February 3, 1881; place of death: New Westminster; age at death: 40.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK1J-PG1Q : 11 July 2016), Jane Ann Bailey Morton, 1881; Burial, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Fraser Cemetery; citing record ID 144984332, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/144984332: “Jane Ann Bailey Morton; Birth: 12 Nov 1842, Blackpool Unitary Authority, Lancashire, England; Death: 3 Feb 1881 (aged 38), New Westminster, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Burial: Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Memorial ID: 144984332.”

 

Ruth Mount (wife of John Morton)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NSD-1ZN : 1 October 2014), Ruth Mount, 1848; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Wortley, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1851,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPMY-HCN : 2 November 2017), Ruth Mount in household of Harriet Mount, , Yorkshire,Yorkshire (West Riding), England; citing , Yorkshire,Yorkshire (West Riding), England, p. 4, from “1851 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7KV-D4Z : 11 December 2017), Ruth Mount in household of John Mount, Bradfield, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1861 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBCJ-JCH : 11 December 2017), Ruth Mount in entry for Harriot Mount, 1871.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD28-QGP : 14 August 2017), Ruth Mount in household of Joseph Ogle, Table Mound, Dubuque, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district ED 186, sheet 438A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0338; FHL microfilm 1,254,338.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZP-367 : 11 March 2018), John Morton and Ruth Mount, 22 Apr 1884; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11381, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,709; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b7759bcf-b01f-43e3-9424-3469f22b9619.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-54P : 18 March 2018), Ruth Marton, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPBP : 16 March 2018), Ruth M Morton in entry for J Morton, 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2T-ZFW : 8 November 2017), Ruth Morton, 1939.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK1J-PP22 : 11 July 2016), Ruth Mount Morton, 1939; Burial, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Fraser Cemetery; citing record ID 144984314, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/144984314: “Ruth Mount Morton; Birth: 17 Mar 1848, England; Death: 14 Dec 1939 (aged 91), Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Burial: Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Memorial ID: 144984314.”

“Mrs. Ruth Morton Memorial Service,” Vancouver Province, January 2, 1940, page 17.

Re Morton; Yorkshire & Canadian Trust Ltd. v. Parker et al., 1940 CanLII 398 (BC SC); [1940] 4 DLR 737 [Dominion Law Reports]; https://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/1940/1940canlii398/1940canlii398.html.

Re Morton; Yorkshire & Canadian Trust Ltd. v. Atherton et al., 1941 CanLII 274 (BC SC); [1941] 4 DLR 763 [Dominion Law Reports]; https://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/1941/1941canlii274/1941canlii274.html.

 

Elizabeth Morton (daughter of John Morton)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XN3-TNP : 1 October 2014), Elizabeth Morton, 1879; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Fylde, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV69-214 : 11 March 2018), Lizzie Morton in entry for D.G. Armstrong, ; from “1881 Canadian Census.” Database with images. Ancestry. (www.ancestry.com : 2008); citing p. 13; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13284, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,920.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8X-137 : 11 March 2018), William Edward Augustine Thornton and Lizzie Morton, 25 Nov 1897; 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLR2-LGP : 8 November 2017), Elizabeth Rancier, 1961; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/0901f0f7-06ca-44b2-aa63-4f15740ed01f.

 

William Edward Augustine Thornton (husband of Elizabeth Morton)

William Edward Augustine Thornton (19 July 1866 – 10 January 1939)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8X-13H : 11 March 2018), William Edward Augustine Thornton and Lizzie Morton, 25 Nov 1897; 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2L-MZP : 8 November 2017), William Edward Augustine Thornton, 1939.

 

Joseph Morton (son of John Morton)

British Columbia Birth Registrations; Registration Number: 1881-09-080301; Joseph Morton; BC Archives Microfilm Number: B13807; GSU Microfilm Number: 2114956; date of birth: February 1, 1881; place of birth: North Arm.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-545 : 18 March 2018), Joseph Marton in household of Ruth Marton, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 8, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DDK-HNX : 13 December 2014), Joseph Morton, 1907; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1907, quarter 2, vol. 9B, p. 1284, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

1921 Canada Census, Joseph Morton, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 14. 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGX-6BM : 8 November 2017), Joseph Morton, 1933.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK1J-PGXZ : 15 March 2016), Joseph Morton, 1933; Burial, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Fraser Cemetery; citing record ID 144984283, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/144984283: “Joseph Morton; Birth: 1 Feb 1881, British Columbia, Canada; Death: 2 Mar 1933 (aged 52), Essondale, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Burial: Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Memorial ID: 144984283.”

 

Florence Annie Appleyard (wife of Joseph Morton)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XGC-STC : 1 October 2014), Florence Annie Appleyard, 1885; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:72QB-YPZ : 11 December 2017), Florence A Appelyard in household of Charles H Appelyard, Mirfield, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding) county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9RZ-SC9 : 8 April 2016), Florence A Appleyard in household of Charles H Appleyard, Mirfield, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Mirfield subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DDN-SDC : 13 December 2014), Florence Annie Appleyard, 1907; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1907, quarter 2, vol. 9B, p. 1284, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTS-VQ1 : 8 November 2017), Florence Annie Morton, 1961.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK1J-PL1K : 11 July 2016), Florence Annie Appleyard Morton, 1961; Burial, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Fraser Cemetery; citing record ID 144984284, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/144984284: “Florence Annie “Florrie” Appleyard Morton; Birth: 12 Nov 1885, Mirfield, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England; Death: 28 Sep 1961 (aged 75), Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Burial: Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Memorial ID: 144984284.”