Neill, Charles Ernest (1873-1931)

Charles Ernest Neill, LL.D., Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page xviii.

Charles Ernest Neill, LL.D., Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page xviii.

Charles Ernest Neill was a banker. He lived at 1919 Nelson Street in 1902 and at 1945 Nelson Street in 1903. (These house numbers may have been temporary addresses for the house that later had an address of  1991 Nelson Street.

 

Early Life

Charles Ernest Neill was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick on May 27, 1873. His parents were James Stewart Neill and Eliza Caroline Barrett.

He went to school at the Collegiate School in Fredericton. He started working for the Royal Bank of Canada on May 9, 1889. By 1898, he had arrived in Vancouver. In early 1900, he became the manager of the Vancouver branch of the Royal Bank. In late 1900, he became the supervisor of the British Columbia branches.

 

To Vancouver

He first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1878. He was an accountant for the Merchants Bank of Halifax. In 1899 and 1900, he was living at 786 Bute Street, near the corner of Robson Street. In 1901, he was boarding at the Vancouver Club.

On October 7, 1901, in Hamilton, Ontario, he married Mary Louise (“Queenie”) Crerar. She was born in Hamilton, Ontario, on May 7, 1873. Mary’s father was John Crerar, K.C. (1836-1904), a prominent Ontario lawyer. Mary’s mother was Jessie Anne Hope (1841-1920). (In 1890, Mary’s sister, Eleanor Graham Crerar, married George McLaren Brown, who lived on Nelson Street about 1900.)

In 1902, Charles was living at 1919 Nelson Street. The 1903 street directory showed him at 1945 Nelson Street.

 

Promotions and Later Life

He moved to Montreal, Quebec, and became the chief inspector of the bank in 1903. For much of his time in Montreal, he lived at 503 Sherbrooke Street, West, in Montreal.

In 1907, he became the assistant general manager, and in 1916 he became the general manager. His work for the bank caused him to travel extensively, often to England and to the Caribbean.

In May 1924, the University of New Brunswick granted him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

His wife, Mary, died in Montreal on August 5, 1927. She was buried in in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

By 1927, he was a vice president of the bank, and in 1929 he became the managing director. By 1929, he was living at 1109 Sherbrooke Street, West.

He was a director of many prominent corporations and associations, including the Canadian Bankers’ Association, Montreal Trust Company, Sun Life Assurance Company, Northern Assurance Company, Dominion Bridge Company, and Shawinigan Water and Power Company.

He belonged to many clubs and associations, especially in Montreal: St. James; Mount Royal; Forest and Stream; Montreal Hunt; Royal Montreal Golf; and the Montreal Curling Club.

Charles died in Montreal on December 16, 1931. He was buried in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Charles and Mary did not have any children.

Vancouver Sun, December 16, 1931, page 19, column 6.

Vancouver Sun, December 16, 1931, page 19, column 6.

 

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Charles Ernest Neill, Canadian Who’s Who, 1910, page 172.

Charles Ernest Neill, Canadian Men and Women of the Time, Second Edition, Henry James Morgan, editor; Toronto, William Briggs, 1912; page 846.

Charles Ernest Neill, Who’s Who and Why, volume 5, 1914, ed. Dr. C.W. Parker, Vancouver, International Press Limited, page 710.

Charles Ernest Neill, A Cyclopedia of Canadian Biography; Toronto, Hunter-Rose Company Limited, 1919, pages 278-279.

Photograph of C. E. Neill: http://archive.org/stream/fiftiethannivers00royauoft#page/25/mode/1up

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“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZBN-294 : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles E Neil and Mary L Crerar, 07 Oct 1901; citing registration , Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,871,082.

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Mary Louise Crerar and C.E. Neill, marriage notice, Toronto Globe, October 8, 1901, page 5: “The Hamilton correspondent of The Globe writes: — A fashionable wedding that was very largely attended took place in Central Presbyterian Church at 3.30 this (Monday) afternoon, when Miss Mary Louise (“Queenie”) Crerar, second daughter of Mr. John Crerar, K.C., County Crown Attorney, was married to Mr. C.E. Neill, General Manager of the Royal Bank of Canada, Vancouver. . . . The happy couple, who will reside at Vancouver, left for New York this evening, after a reception at Mr. Crerar’s residence, Merksworth. . . .”

Society, Vancouver Daily world, December 17, 1901, page 4: “Charles E. Neill, manager of the Royal Bank of Canada, arrived home this morning from Victoria, where he had been arranging for the removal of the Victoria office to new quarters.”

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXLL-3ZJ : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Neill, 10 Dec 1907; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Saratoga, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2QSP-YB1 : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Neill, Sep 1909; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4763, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. (possible connection)

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H2B-WF9 : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles E Neill, Jun 1910; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4768, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVBC-9VBH : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Neill, 1911; citing Census, Montréal St. Laurent Sub-Districts 5-55, Quebec, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,562; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=117774&highlight=13&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Charles+Neill;

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJYJ-YYH : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Neill, 28 Jan 1912; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJYJ-YMD : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Neill, 29 Jan 1912; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Laconia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNYW-X2J : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Neill, 03 Jun 1913; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Kronprinzes. Cecilie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HG7-QXB : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Neill, Aug 1913; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4803, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. (possible connection)

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ8F-Q25 : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Neill, 23 Apr 1918; citing departure port Port Limon, Costa Rica, arrival port New York, ship name Almirante, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HG6-XY8 : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles E Neill, Jul 1920; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-14706, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNGC-5MN : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Neill, 27 Mar 1922; citing departure port Havana, Cuba, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Pastores, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNNP-ZMV : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Neill, 05 Mar 1923; citing departure port Havana, Cuba, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Ulua, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNZR-NMK : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles E. Neill, 20 Feb 1924; citing departure port Havana, Cuba, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Manchuria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXLW-MDS : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Ernest Neill, 1926; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,755,535.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXLQ-M8Z : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles E Neill, 1927; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,755,756.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXLQ-M8K : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles E Neill, 1927; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,755,756.

“Florida, Key West Passenger Lists, 1898-1945,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV37-3R95 : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles E Neill, 1928; citing Key West, Monroe, Florida, United States, NARA microfilm publication T940 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Florida, Key West Passenger Lists, 1898-1945,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV37-QQ7K : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles E Neill, 1929; citing Key West, Monroe, Florida, United States, NARA microfilm publication T940 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24FD-Z1C : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Ernest Neill, 1930; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,756,431.

“Charles E. Neill, Noted Banker, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, December 16, 1931, page 19 (includes photograph of Charles E. Neill); https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WjBlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7ogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2158%2C1942012: “Montreal, Dec. 16. – One of Canada’s foremost bankers died here today. Charles Ernest Neill, vice-president and managing director of the Royal Bank of Canada, succumbed to an illness that had kept him in hospital for the past two months. He was 58 years of age.

A few weeks ago an operation was resorted to in an effort to save his life. Mr. Neill was a widower and had no children.”

“C.E. Neill, Royal Bank Managing Director, Is Dead,” Vancouver Province, December 16, 1931, pages 1 and 27.

“The Late C.E. Neill [editorial],” Toronto Globe, December 17, 1931, page 4.

Charles Ernest Neill, Montreal Banker, Dies,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Decembe 17, 1931, page 14.

“Banker is Buried in Native Province,; Deeply Moving Funeral Service Held for C.E. Neill,” Toronto Globe, December 19, 1931, page 3.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGM-V692 : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles Ernest Neill, 1931; Burial, Fredericton, York County, New Brunswick, Canada, Forest Hill Cemetery; citing record ID 114054029, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=114054029.

Fredericton – Forest Hill Cemetery; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbyork/cem/foresthill-b.html: “NEILL: Charles Ernest Neill  27 May 1873 – 16 Dec 1931; Mary Louise Crerar w/o Charles Ernest Neill  7 May 1873 – 5 Aug 1927.”

“Hospitals Benefit under Neill Will; McGill and New Brunswick Universities Also Share in Estate,” Toronto Glove, January 7, 1932, page 1.

 

Mary Louise Crerar (wife of Charles Ernest Neill)

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“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXB5-19K : accessed 22 September 2015), Jessie Ann Crerar, 22 Nov 1920; citing Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, 42605, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,863,412.

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“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLS-QKS : accessed 22 September 2015), Mary L Crarar, Ward 2, Hamilton City, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148143.

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“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHL3-5CL : accessed 22 September 2015), Mary Crerar in household of John Crerar, C, Huron (east/est), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZBN-29Z : accessed 22 September 2015), Charles E Neil and Mary L Crerar, 07 Oct 1901; citing registration , Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,871,082.

“Late Mrs. C.E. Neil [sic] Was Wife of Royal Bank Manager,” Vancouver Province, August 5, 1927, page 21: “Montreal, Aug. 5 – (CP) – Mrs. C.E. Neill, wife of the general manager of the Royal Bank of Canada, died here.”

“Mrs. C.E. Neill Dies in Montreal; Wife of General Manager of Royal Bank Passes Away,” Toronto Globe, August 6, 1927, page 18:

“Montreal, Aug. 5. – Mrs. C.E. Neill, wife of the General Manager of the Royal Bank of Canada, died here this afternoon.

Mrs. Neil was formerly Mary Louise Crerar, daughter of John Crerar, K.C., of Hamilton, Ont. She has two brothers and a sister in Hamilton. She was a sister of Lady George McLaren Brown. The unreal will take place at Fredericton, N.B., the former home of Mr. Neill, this week-end.

She was a former Secretary of the Wolfe-Montcalm Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGM-V6S4 : accessed 22 September 2015), Mary Louise Crerar Neill, 1927; Burial, Fredericton, York County, New Brunswick, Canada, Forest Hill Cemetery; citing record ID 114053982, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=114053982.