Ney, Wilbur Bird (1894-1970)

Wilbur Bird Ney was a hardware salesman. He lived at 1017 Denman Street in 1918.

Wilbur Bird Ney (sometimes called “Bill”) was born on March 2, 1894, in Bracebridge, Ontario. His father was John Wesley Ney (1852-1923), who was a merchant and realtor. His mother was Louise Jane Kerr (1855-1919).

John Wesley Ney lived in Bracebridge, Ontario from 1879 until 1904, when the family, including Bill, moved to British Columbia. They lived briefly in Victoria, and then moved to Vancouver. By 1910, John Ney was a realtor with Latimer, Ney & McTavish in Vancouver. The family was living at 1432 Haro Street.

Bill first appeared under his own name in the 1914 Vancouver directory. He was living with his parents and his sister, Winifred, at 2406 West Third Avenue.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1914, Part 2, page 1111

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1914, Part 2, page 1111

Bill worked as a hardware salesman, first with Wood, Vallance and Leggat, and later with Marshall Wells.

On December 9, 1916, in Vancouver, Bill married Velma Kathleen Merrill. She was born on March 4, 1894, in Bracebridge, Ontario. Her father was Frederick Merrill (1848-1939). Her mother was Henrietta Elliott (1851-1931).

After their marriage, Bill and Velma lived in Vancouver.

Velma died in Vancouver on October 29, 1955.

Bill died in Vancouver on August 11, 1970.

Bill and Velma had a son.

 

John M. Ney

John M. Ney was born in Vancouver about 1918. He was married, and he had two daughters.

 

Sources

 

John Wesley Ney (father of Wilbur Bird Ney)

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMNY-24C : accessed 12 April 2016), John Wesley Ney and Louisa Jane Kerr, 15 Sep 1881; citing registration , Maryborough, Wellington, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,869,512.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWL5-42R : accessed 12 April 2016), John W Ney, Bracebridge, Ontario North, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148159.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHLR-3B1 : accessed 12 April 2016), John W. Ney, B, Ontario (north/nord), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFC1-TY6 : accessed 12 April 2016), John Wesley Ney, 27 May 1906; citing departure port Grenada, British West Indies, arrival port New York, ship name Grenada, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9Z-Q487 : accessed 12 April 2016), John Wesley Ney, 1910-1911; citing Ship , NARA microfilm publication A3422 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Hawaii, Honolulu Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos, 1900-1952,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDRL-1LN : accessed 12 April 2016), John Wesley Ney, 1911; citing NARA microfilm publication A3410 and A3422 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,878,306.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MB4N : accessed 12 April 2016), John Ney, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census; John Wesley Ney [indexed as John Wade Ney]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 2; 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 with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKV-MLR : accessed 12 April 2016), John Wesley Ney, 1923.

“J.W. Ney, Retired Realtor, is Dead,” Vancouver Sun, September 22, 1923, page 3: “John W. Ney, 71, of 2355 Fifth avenue west, a retired real estate and insurance agent of Vancouver, died yesterday after a lengthy illness. Center & Hanna have charge of the body, but no funeral arrangements have yet been completed. One daughter, Miss Winnifred, at home, and three sons, Milton of Britannia, Stuart of Rock Bay, and Wilbur of 2639 Fifth avenue west, Vancouver, survive. Interment will take place under the auspices of Cascadia lodge No. 12 A.F. & A.M.”

“Late J.W. Ney Was Realty Operator: Was Keen Student and Had Travelled Extensively,” Vancouver Province, September 22, 1923, page 32:

“The death took place Friday at the Vancouver General Hospital of Mr. J.W. Ney of 2355 Fifrth avenue west. Death followed a long period of semi-invalidism, which had kept him confined to his room for the greater part of two years from heart trouble. It was not until a day or two ago before his death that he was removed to the hospital.

Mr. Ney was a native of Glenallan, Ont, where he was born in 1852. He engaged for many years in general business in Bracebridge, Ont., and seventeen years ago came to British Columbia, taking up his residence in Victoria, and three years later removing to this city. As one of the firm of Latimer, Ney & McTavish, he carried on an extensive realty business in Vancouver until forced to discontinue from ill-health.

He is survived by his daughter, Miss Winnifred Ney, well known in musical circles, and by three sons, Wilbur, with Marshall Wells & Co.; Milton, at Britannia, and Stewart, at Rock Bay. Mr. Ney predeceased him five years ago. He has three brothers living in Ontario, including Dr. George Ney of Port Huring. A brother-in-law, Mr. Abery of Toronto, and Mrs. Abery, arrived a few weeks ago, and remained with him.

He had travelled in the Old Country, the West Indies, Hawaiian Islands, and other parts, and being a keen observer, was a most entertaining companion. He had read widely, and up to the very last he was pursuing new lines of study with the enthusiasm of youth. He enjoyed the confidence and regard of a wide circle of friends, who will learn of his passing with a keen sense of loss.

He was a Methodist and a Free Mason. The funeral services will be conducted by Cascade Lodge, of which he was a member.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7MHD : accessed 12 April 2016), John Wesley Ney, 1923; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26302141, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26302141.

 

Louise Jane Kerr (mother of Wilbur Bird Ney)

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWL5-42T : accessed 12 April 2016), Louisa Jane Ney, Bracebridge, Ontario North, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148159.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHLR-31M : accessed 12 April 2016), Lousisa J. Ney in household of John W. Ney, B, Ontario (north/nord), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MB4J : accessed 12 April 2016), Louisa Ney in entry for John Ney, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“Hawaii, Honolulu Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos, 1900-1952,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDRL-1LJ : accessed 12 April 2016), Lousia Jane Ney, 1911; citing NARA microfilm publication A3410 and A3422 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,878,306.

“Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9Z-Q48W : accessed 12 April 2016), Louisa Jane Ney, 1910-1911; citing Ship , NARA microfilm publication A3422 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL23-JLT : accessed 12 April 2016), Louisa Jane Ney, 1919.

Mrs. J.W. Ney is Dead; Soldier Son Reaches Home from France Four Days Before Mother Passes ON.<’ Vancouver Sun, January 27, 1919, page 3:

“Following an illness of a week, the death took place yesterday of Mrs. Ney, wife of J.W. Ney, late of the firm of Latimer, Ney & McTavish, of 2386 Fifth avenue west, at the age of 64, the cause being pneumonia. The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock on Tuesday from Center & Hanna’s.

Deceased, who was a native of Quebec province, lived at Bracebridge, Ont., for thirty years before coming to Victoria in 1907 and Vancouver a year later. In addition to her husband she is survived by four children, Winnifred Ney, who is at home; Milton, who is with the Britannia Mining company, Britannia Bay Beach; Wilbur B., who is a traveller for Wood, Vallance & Legatt, and a younger son, Sergt. Stewart Ney, of the Ambulance corps, who reached home four days ago after four years’ service in France.”

“Mrs. J.W. Ney Has Answered the Call; Son Arrived from Overseas Few Days Before Mother’s Death,” Vancouver World, January 27, 1919, page 2:

“The death took place Sunday evening at the family residence, 2386 Fifth Avenue West, after a brief illness, of Mrs. J.W. Ney. The cause of death was double pneumonia, against which an unavailing fight was waged for four or five days.

The deceased was held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends, to whom the announcement of her death came as a great shock. She was born 64 years ago near Montreal, being the eldest daughter of the late James Kerr of Toronto. Her death is the first among a large family of brothers and sisters, all of whom reside in the east.

The late Mrs. Ney, after her marriage, resided for thirty years at Bracebridge, Ontario. In 1907 the family removed to Victoria, and the following years to Vancouver, Mr. Ney becoming one of the firm of Latimer, Ney & McTavish.

She is survived by her husband and four children, Miss Winifred Ney, well known in musical circles in the city; Milton, with the Britannia Copper concern; Wilbur, with Wood, Vallance & Leggat, and Serg. Stewat Ney, of the Ambulance Corps. The latter arrived from France, where he has been on duty for several years, two or three days before his mother’s death.

The funeral will take place from Center & Hanna’s chapel on Tuesday at 2 p.m.”

“Mrs. Ney Dies After a Short Illness,” Vancouver Province, January 27, 1919, page 7 [similar to “Mrs. J.W. Ney Has Answered the Call; Son Arrived from Overseas Few Days Before Mother’s Death,” Vancouver World, January 27, 1919, page 2, above.]

Louisa Jane Ney, death notice, Vancouver Province, January 27, 1919, page 13; Vancouver Sun, January 27, 1919, page 12; Vancouver World, January 28, 1919, page 12: “Ney—The death occurred Jan. 22 of Louisa Jane Ney, beloved wife of . . . J.W. Ney of 2386 Firth avenue west. The funeral services will be held from Center & Hanna’s chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment in family plot, Mountain View cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7MHX : accessed 12 April 2016), Louisa Jane Ney, 1919; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26302142, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26302142.

 

Wilbur Bird Ney

“Ontario Births, 1869-1911,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FM75-XVD : accessed 12 April 2016), Wilbur Bird Ney, 02 Mar 1894; citing Birth, Bracebridge, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,846,242.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHLR-31Q : accessed 12 April 2016), Wilber B. Ney in household of John W. Ney, B, Ontario (north/nord), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MB4L : accessed 12 April 2016), Wilbur Ney in entry for John Ney, 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 Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZL-ZM5 : accessed 12 April 2016), Wilbur Bird Ney and Velma Kathleen Merrill, 09 Dec 1916; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11379, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,707.

Weddings, Vancouver World, December 13, 1916, page 5: “Ney-Merrill: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Merrill announce the marriage of their daughter, Velma Kathleen, to Mr. Wilbur Bird Ney, which took place Dec. 9, at St. John’s Presbyterian church, Rev. Dr. Smith officiating.”

Society, Vancouver Province, December 13, 1916, page 12: “The marriage of Velma Kathleen, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Merrill, 1448 Nelson street, and Mr. Wilbur Bird Ney, was quietly celebrated in St. John’s Church, the Rev. Dr. Smith officiating. The bride who wore her travelling costume of dark green broadcloth with a large golden yellow had and white fox furs, was attended. Mr. and Mrs. Ney left for the Sound cities on a short honeymoon, after which they will take up their residence on Broughton street.”

1921 Canada Census, Wilbur B. Ney [indexed as Wilbur B. May]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 16; 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 with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYJ-WPR : accessed 12 April 2016), Wilbur Bird Ney, 1970.

Wilbur Bird Ney, death notice, Vancouver Sun, August 15, 1970, page 35; Vancouver Province, August 15, 1970, page 20: “Ney—on August 11, 1970, Wilbur Bird (Bill) Ney, aged 76 years, late of 5815 Yew St. Survived by 1 son John; 2 brothers, M.K. Ney, John Stuart; 1 sister, Miss Winnifred Ney; 2 grandchildren, Mrs. Bruno (Susan) Canenzind [sic: Camenzind]; Mrs. John (Jennifer) McManus Junior; 1 great-grandchild, Laura Canenzind [sic: Camenzind], all of Vancouver. Private funeral was held in the Chapel of Hamilton Mortuary, Fraser St. at 38th Ave., Rev. A.R. Laing officiated. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined.”

 

Frederick Merrill (father of Velma Kathleen Merrill)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL21-JP8 : accessed 12 April 2016), Frederick Merrill, 1939.

 

Henrietta Elliot (mother of Velma Kathleen Merrill)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVG-1J2 : accessed 12 April 2016), Henrietta Merrill, 1931.

 

Velma Kathleen Merrill (wife of Wilbur Bird Ney)

1921 Canada Census, Velma K M Ney [indexed as Bar Velma K M May] in household of Wilbur B. Ney [indexed as Wilbur B. May]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 16; 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 with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5J-FVD : accessed 12 April 2016), Velma Kathleen Ney, 1955.

Velma Kathleen Ney, death notice, Vancouver Province, October 31, 1955, page 30; Vancouver Sun, October 31, 1955, page 28: “Ney—Passed away October 29, 1955, at her home, 3383 W. 26th Ave., Velma Kathleen Ney, daughter of the late Frederick and Mrs. Merrill. Survived by her husband, Wilber B. Ney; 1 son, John, and 2 granddaughters, Susan and Jennifer. Private funeral service Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. in Center & Hanna’s Chapel, 1049 W. Georgia St., followed by cremation at the Vancouver Crematorium. No flowers by request.”

 

John M. Ney (son of Wilbur Bird Ney)

1921 Canada Census, John M Ney [indexed as John M. May]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 16; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

[CAN-BC-OBITS] May 21, 2002 Vancouver; http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CAN-BC-OBITS/2002-05/1021985246; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=trina-camenzind-piwek&pid=157298900: “CAMENZIND-PIWEK, TRINA DENISE, Of Kamloops, B.C., passed away suddenly on May 11, 2002. Her children, Justin, Jesse, and Jerin saddly miss their dear Mommy, as do her parents, Susan & Bruno Camenzind, her sister Laura, her brother Brian, her grandparents, Mr. John Ney and Mr. & Mrs. Arthur & Bertha Maute, her many aunts & uncles, cousins & friends. A Celebration of Trina’s Life was held at Martin Luther Church, 505 East 46th Avenue, on Friday, May 17, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. “Wishing a wish for you on a star, so that you see how very special you are.” In lieu of flowers, an educational trust fund has been set up for the children. Donations are gratefully accepted for the children of Trina Camenzind-Piwek at any branch of HSBC.”

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