Nelson, Arthur (1878-1958)

 

Arthur Nelson - Vancouver Province - May 21 1925 - page 29 - column 4
Arthur Nelson, Vancouver Province, May 21, 1925, page 29, column 4,

 

Arthur Nelson - Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory - 1908 - page 829
Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1908, page 829.

 

Arthur Nelson was a commercial agent for the Standard Soap Company of Calgary.

He lived at 1888 Georgia Street in 1908 and 1909.

 

Family Background

Arthur Nelson was born in Liverpool, England, on October 28, 1878. His parents were Joseph Molyneux Nelson (about 1840-1891) and Mary Beaumont (1843-1917).

 

Arthur Nelson - baptism date - April 2 1879
Ancestry.com. Liverpool, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Liverpool Record Office; Liverpool, England; Reference Number: 283 PHI/2/1. Name: Arthur Nelson; Baptism Date: 2 Apr 1879; Baptism Place: Toxteth, St Philemon, Lancashire, England; Father: Joseph Nelson; Mother: Mary Nelson.

 

Joseph Molyneux Nelson (about 1840-1891) was a master mariner who was lost at sea at the end of 1891.

 

London Gazette, February 14, 1893, issue 26372, page 841, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26372/page/841. [The same notice appeared in The Times, (London), February 18, 1893, page 2, Legal Notices, column 5 (near bottom of page).]
London Gazette, February 14, 1893, issue 26372, page 841, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26372/page/841. [The same notice appeared in The Times, (London), February 18, 1893, page 2, Legal Notices, column 5 (near bottom of page).]

 

Mary Beaumont was born in Liverpool on April 26, 1843. She died in Vancouver on May 8, 1917. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Mary Nelson - death notice - Vancouver Daily World - May 9 1917 - page 14 - column 1
Vancouver Daily World, May 9, 1917, page 14, column 1.

 

 

Early Life

Until about 1901, Arthur lived with his mother and other family members.

In 1901, the family was at Number 5 on Brereton Avenue in the Wavertree area of Liverpool. Arthur was working as a commercial traveller.

 

Number 5 - Brereton Avenue - Liverpool - England - Google Streets - searched July 13 2020 - image dated September 2008
Number 5, Brereton Avenue, Liverpool, England; Google Streets, searched July 13, 2020; image dated September 2008.

 

 

To Vancouver

Arthur and other members of the Nelson family arrived in Canada about 1905.

By 1906, Arthur was the Vancouver agent for the Standard Soap Company of Calgary.

Patrick Burns had started the company in 1905 as part of a plan to use by-products from his stockyard and packing plant businesses.

 

Standard Soap Company, Calgary, Alberta, postcard, Calgary Public Library; http://cdm16114.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p280501coll15/id/2994.
Standard Soap Company, Calgary, Alberta, postcard, Calgary Public Library; http://cdm16114.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p280501coll15/id/2994.

 

By 1908, Arthur was at 1888 Georgia Street in Vancouver.

By 1911, he was the manager for Standard Brokerage Company.He was living with his mother and other family members at number 10 in the Cambridge Apartments at 950 Bidwell Street.

 

950 Bidwell Street (tentative identification): Corner of Bidwell and Barclay; Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number: 84907; Date: April 9, 1953; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/129/84907.jpg
950 Bidwell Street (tentative identification): Corner of Bidwell and Barclay; Vancouver Public Library; VPL Accession Number: 84907; Date: April 9, 1953; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/129/84907.jpg

 

 

Business Life

Arthur continued to work as a salesman and manager of several food-related business.

In 1925 he moved to Toronto to become the general manager in Canada for Rowntree and Company.

In 1929, he returned to Vancouver, where he became the agent for Ryvita Crispbread.

 

Arthur Nelson - Ryvita Crispbread - Vancouver Sun - November 5 1929 - page 8 - columns 5-6
Vancouver Sun, November 5, 1929, page 8, columns 5-6.

 

In the 1940s, he began to promote real estate developments in North Vancouver.

 

Arthur Nelson - Marlborough Heights - Vancouver Province - August 6 1949 - page 11 - columns 3-4
Vancouver Province, August 6, 1949, page 11, columns 3-4.

 

In July 1950, Arthur and several passengers were on his pleasure cruiser called the “Ranger.” After re-fueling the boat at the Shell Oil barge in Coal Harbour, Arthur started the engine. A spark from the electrical system caused an explosion that severely damaged the boat. Most of the passengers and a barge employee received burns, and several passengers required hospital treatment.

 

 

Arthur Nelson - MV Ranger - explosion and fire - Vancouver Province - July 10 1950 - page 1 - columns 1-4
Vancouver Province, July 10, 1950, page 1, columns 1-4.

 

 

Later Life

Arthur never married.

He lived in the Vancouver area until he moved to Victoria, British Columbia about 1956.

He died in Victoria on January 9, 1958.

 

Vancouver Province, January 10, 1958, page 11, columns 1-3.
Vancouver Province, January 10, 1958, page 11, columns 1-3.

 

 

Arthur Nelson - death notice - Vancouver Sun - January 10 1958 - page 34 - column 3
Vancouver Sun, January 10, 1958, page 34, column 3.

 

 

Other members of the Nelson family also lived in Vancouver.

 

William Nelson

William Nelson was born in England (probably in or near Liverpool area), on October 26, 1874.

He worked as a commercial traveller for the Remington Typewriter Company.

He never married. He died on July 22, 1945, in Essondale, British Columbia.

 

Susan Margaret Mary Nelson

Susan Margaret Mary Nelson was born in 1876, near Liverpool. She became a school teacher.

On October 3, 1908, in Hazelton, British Columbia, she married Harold Barber Metcalfe, who was a mercantile marine officer. He was born on April 9, 1883, in Sculcoates district, near Hull, England. His parents were Harold James Metcalfe and Rosa (“Kate”) Barber.

Susan died in Hazelton on March 13, 1910.

On September 2, 1913, in Vancouver, Harold married Kathleen Marie Emilie Walton. She was born on March 6, 1883, in Northampton, England. Her parents were Edwin Fletcher Walton and Katherine Ellen Baker.

Harold and Kathleen later lived at Gibson’s, British Columbia.

Harold died in Sechelt, British Columbia, on July 8, 1969. He was buried in Seaview Cemetery at Gibson’s.

Kathleen died on June 30, 1975, in White Rock, British Columbia.

Harold and Susan had a daughter named Josephine Margaret Mary Metcalfe. She was born on March 4, 1910, in Hazelton. She never married. She became a school teacher. She died on August 20, 1943, and she was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

 

Jessie Josephine Beaumont Nelson

Jessie Josephine Beaumont Nelson was born on May 7, 1881, in Liverpool.

On August 9, 1922, in Vancouver, she married Oliver Eby, who was a store manager. He was born on August 17, 1878, near Arran and Southampton, Ontario. His parents were Daniel Eby and Hannah Clemens.

Jessie died on April 25, 1971, in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Oliver died on November 22, 1973, in Nanaimo.

 

Blanche Nelson

Blanche Nelson was born in Liverpool on August 22, 1883.

She never married. She became a school teacher and principal at Granville House School.

She died in Victoria, British Columbia, on August 21, 1977.

 

Sources

Joseph Molyneux Nelson (father of Arthur Nelson)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NS7-DQ6 : accessed 22 October 2015), Joseph Moleneux Nelson, 1840; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Prescot, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England, Cheshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1606-1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FB7Q-QVD : accessed 22 October 2015), Joseph Nelson and Mary Beaumont, 07 Oct 1869; citing Cheshire, England, item 3, Cheshire Record Office, Chester; FHL microfilm 1,885,411.

Estate of Joseph Molyneux Nelson, notice to prove claims, London Gazette, February 14, 1893, issue 26372, page 841, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26372/page/841. [The same notice appeared in The Times, (London), February 18, 1893, page 2, Legal Notices, column 5 (near bottom of page).]

 

Mary Beaumont (later Nelson) (mother of Arthur Nelson)

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKXX-G7SV : accessed 21 October 2015), Mary Nelson, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 11, Piece/Folio 3636/9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,052.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9G7-RBS : accessed 21 October 2015), Mary Nelson, Wavertree, Lancashire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Wavertree subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLK8-H4Y : accessed 21 October 2015), Mary Nelson, 1917.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7S95 : accessed 21 October 2015), Mary Nelson, 1917; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26259851, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26259851.

 

William Nelson (brother of Arthur Nelson)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG1-Y74 : accessed 21 October 2015), William Nelson, 1945.

 

Susan Margaret Mary Nelson (sister of Arthur Nelson)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X63-CCK : accessed 22 October 2015), Susan Margaret M Nelson, 1876; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, West Derby, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKXX-G7S2 : accessed 22 October 2015), Susan M M Nelson in household of Mary Nelson, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 11, Piece/Folio 3636/9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,052.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9G7-RB3 : accessed 21 October 2015), Susan M M Nelson in household of Mary Nelson, Wavertree, Lancashire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Wavertree subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NXDM-4H4 : accessed 22 October 2015), Harold James Metcalfe and Rosa Barber, 12 Aug 1880; citing York, England, reference item 2; FHL microfilm 1,470,675.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKX5-4756 : accessed 22 October 2015), Harold J Metcalfe, Kingston Upon Hull Holy Trinity And St Mary, Yorkshire,Yorkshire East Riding, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 8, Piece/Folio 4770/61, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,333.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X24-K5J : accessed 22 October 2015), Harold Barber Metcalfe, 1883; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Sculcoates, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDDH-8YY : accessed 22 October 2015), Harold Barber Metcalfe and Susan Margaret Mary Nelson, 03 Oct 1908; citing Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11387, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,984,108.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZV-Z9Q : accessed 22 October 2015), Harold Barber Metcalfe and Kathleen Marie Emilie Walton, 02 Sep 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,705.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYH-WJV : accessed 22 October 2015), Harold Barber Metcalfe, 1969.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLR-7YB : accessed 22 October 2015), Josephine Margaret Mary Metcalfe, 1943. (daughter of Harold Barber Metcalfe and Susan Margaret Mary Nelson)

 

Arthur Nelson

Ancestry.com. Liverpool, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Liverpool Record Office; Liverpool, England; Reference Number: 283 PHI/2/1. Name: Arthur Nelson; Baptism Date: 2 Apr 1879; Baptism Place: Toxteth, St Philemon, Lancashire, England; Father: Joseph Nelson; Mother: Mary Nelson.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27L-WLVN : 13 December 2017), Arthur Nelson in household of Mary Nelson, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 11, Piece/Folio 3636/9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,052.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QBGH-H3Z : 6 May 2019), Arthur Nelson in household of Frank Looker, Castleton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Lancashire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey. [possible connection].

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9G7-RBQ : accessed 21 October 2015), Arthur Nelson in household of Mary Nelson, Wavertree, Lancashire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Wavertree subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-3MGX : 16 March 2018), Archer Nelson in entry for Mary Nelson, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds. Name: Arthur Nelson; Gender: Male; Racial or Tribal Origin: English; Nationality: Canadian; Marital status: Single; Age: 42; Birth Year: abt 1879; Birth Place: England; Year of Immigration: 1905; Residence Date: 1 Jun 1921; House Number: 17; Residence Street or Township: 1350 St and Keith Ave; Residence City, Town or Village: North Vancouver.

Ramsay Historical Context Paper; http://ramsaycalgary.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Ramsay-historical-context-paper-mjw.pdf; page 31. “Standard Soap Company building (now LocalMotive Crossing) is significant for its association with the early industrial buildout of Ramsay, and for its builders, prominent Canadian businessman and philanthropist, Patrick Burns, and important Calgarian, John Emerson, the city’s mayor from 1905-07. As part of Burns strategy to diversify his holdings, he established a soap factory which used animal by-products as a logical expansion to the area.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLP6-FGZ : accessed 21 October 2015), Arthur Nelson, 1958.

Arthur Nelson, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, January 1, 1958, page 16; Victoria Daily Colonist, January 11, 1958, page 14: “Nelson—On Thursday, Jan. 9, 1958, in Victoria. Arthur Nelson of 330 Beach Drive; born in Liverpool, England, and a resident of Victoria for the past 18 months, formerly of Vancouver and West Vancouver. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Oliver Eby of Nanaimo, B.C., and Miss Blanche Nelson at the residence, 330 Beach Drive, Victoria.

Funeral services will be held in the Thomson & Irving Funeral Chapel, 1625 Quadra Street, on Saturday, Jan. 11, 1958, at 11 a.m. Cremation.”

 

Jessie Josephine Beaumont Nelson (sister of Arthur Nelson)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XKD-V2Z : accessed 22 October 2015), Jessie Nelson, 1882; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England. (possible connection).

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ1-54D : accessed 21 October 2015), Oliver Eby and Jessie J B Nelson, 09 Aug 1922; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13743, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,225.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBV-K9R : accessed 21 October 2015), Oliver Eby, 1973.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTQ-9PF : accessed 21 October 2015), Jessie Josephine Eby, 1971.

 

Blanche Nelson (sister of Arthur Nelson)

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9G7-RB7 : accessed 21 October 2015), Blanche Nelson in household of Mary Nelson, Wavertree, Lancashire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Wavertree subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1S-P3J : accessed 21 October 2015), Blanche Nelson, 1977.

Blanche Nelson, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, August 24, 1977, page 43: :Nelson—On August 21, 1977, in Victoria, B.C., Miss Blanche Nelson in her 94th year, of 555 Foul Bay Road. She leaves two nieces, Mrs. W.B. Ney of Nanaimo, B.C., and Mrs. E.A. McRae, of Hundred Mile House, one great-nephew. Prior to moving to Victoria, Miss Nelson was a long-time resident of West Vancouver, B.C. Private services were held, followed by cremation. Hayward’s Thomson & Irving, Directors.”