Peterson, Clare Bristow (1884-1957)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1045.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1045.

Clare Bristow Peterson was an accountant with the Dominion Trust Company Limited. He lived at 778 Gilford Street in 1910 and at 821 Denman Street in 1911.

Clare Bristow Peterson was born on November 11, 1884, in Hawkesville, Ontario. His father was James Albert Peterson (1849-1941), who was a miller and windmill manufacturer. Clare’s mother was Anne Joyner (1850-1921).

In 1901, Clare was living with his parents in Kincardine, Ontario

Clare arrived in Vancouver in 1910. He was an accountant with the Dominion Trust Company Limited.

 

Marriage to Ethel Victoria Spillman

On July 29, 1912, in Vancouver, Clare married Ethel Victoria Spillman. She was born on May 24, 1886, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her father was Edmund Spillman. Ethel’s mother was Mary Alicia McDonnell.

Edmund Spillman had been captain of the Perth Rifle Company during the time of the Fenian Raids in 1866.

The Spillman family arrived in Vancouver about 1887. Edmund became a fresco painter, interior decorator, and wallpaper dealer. He had many prominent clients, including the Canadian Pacific Railway. He also worked on the interior and exterior decorations for the provincial parliament building in Victoria.

E. Spillman, advertisement, Vancouver City Directory, 1899-1900; page 5.

E. Spillman, advertisement, Vancouver City Directory, 1899-1900; page 5.

In 1894, two of Edmund Spillman’s children drowned while they were swimming at Jericho beach.

Victoria Daily Colonist, July 19, 1894, page 1, column 5; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist18940719uvic/18940719#page/n0/mode/1up.

Victoria Daily Colonist, July 19, 1894, page 1, column 5; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist18940719uvic/18940719#page/n0/mode/1up.

In 1902, Edmund made an assignment of all of his property to pay off his creditors.

Edmund Spillman, notice of assignment, The British Columbia Gazette, October 9, 1902, pages 1830-1831; https://archive.org/stream/governmentgazett41nogove_z5r8#page/n51/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/governmentgazett41nogove_z5r8#page/n52/mode/1up.

Edmund Spillman, notice of assignment, The British Columbia Gazette, October 9, 1902, pages 1830-1831; https://archive.org/stream/governmentgazett41nogove_z5r8#page/n51/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/governmentgazett41nogove_z5r8#page/n52/mode/1up.

Edmund and Mary later moved to Lytton, British Columbia. Edmund died in 1924; Mary died in 1931.

 

Clare and Ethel’s Life after Marriage

Clare and Ethel stayed in Vancouver only a short time; Clare did not appear in the Vancouver directories after 1911.

By 1918, Clare was in Victoria. He was an office manager with the provincial government’s land department.

Henderson’s Greater Victoria City Directory, 1918, page 351.

Henderson’s Greater Victoria City Directory, 1918, page 351.

He lived at 319 Irving Road until the 1950s.

Clare later had a series of finance-related jobs with the provincial government.

In 1927 he became the provincial commissioner of income tax.

Victoria Daily Colonist, March 22, 1927, page 6, column 3; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0327uvic_19#page/n5/mode/1up

Victoria Daily Colonist, March 22, 1927, page 6, column 3; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0327uvic_19#page/n5/mode/1up

The Daily Colonist, March 27, 1930, page 3, column 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist330uvic_21#page/n2/mode/1up.

The Daily Colonist, March 27, 1930, page 3, column 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist330uvic_21#page/n2/mode/1up.

In 1942 he became the provincial comptroller of expenditure.

The Daily Colonist, November 21, 1942, page 11, column 6; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist1142uvic_15#page/n10/mode/1up.

The Daily Colonist, November 21, 1942, page 11, column 6; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist1142uvic_15#page/n10/mode/1up.

Clare retired in 1950.

Clare Bristow Peterson, resignation as chairman of purchasing commission; British Columbia Order in Council 549/1950; March 22, 1950; http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/oic/arc_oic/0549_1950.

Clare Bristow Peterson, resignation as chairman of purchasing commission; British Columbia Order in Council 549/1950; March 22, 1950; http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/oic/arc_oic/0549_1950.

Clare died in Victoria on November 4, 1957.

Ethel died in Oak Bay, British Columbia, on May 31, 1978.

Clare and Ethel had the following children.

 

Donald Clarke (sometimes known as Donald Clark Peterson)

According to the 1921 Canada census, Clare and Ethel Peterson had two sons. The older son was “Donald Clark Peterson,” who was born in Alberta about 1918.

In other sources, he is called “Donald Clarke” or “Donald Peterson Clarke.” (In the 1947 wedding description for Benjamin Lane Peterson, Donald is called Benjamin’s cousin.)

Donald was born about 1918. During the Second World War he became a flying officer, and served as a wireless operator in India.

His wife’s name was Ethel, and they lived in Powell River, British Columbia.

Later Donald lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He died in Abbotsford on August 16, 2008.

 

Maryan Audrey Peterson

Maryan Audrey Peterson (often called “Pete”), was born in Victoria, British Columbia on August 8, 1920.

She was a talented dancer and pianist. She studied for two years at Victoria College and later received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of British Columbia.

During the Second World War she was a yeoman with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service. In 1945 she went to London, England, to volunteer with the Red Cross.

Victoria Daily Colonist, June 29, 1945, page 6, column 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0645uvic_23#page/n5/mode/1up.

Victoria Daily Colonist, June 29, 1945, page 6, column 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0645uvic_23#page/n5/mode/1up.

She was later a flight attendant with a charter airline serving the Middle East.

While Maryan was in England she married William Estey, and they had four children.

In 1976, Maryan returned to Victoria. She died in Ladysmith, British Columbia in 2005.

 

Benjamin Lane Peterson

Benjamin Lane Peterson (often called “Ben) was born in Victoria, British Columbia, on November 21, 1923. He went to school at Victoria High School and Victoria College. He was talented at many sports.

During the Second World War, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He went to Europe in 1943.

Victoria Daily Colonist, September 18, 1943, page 11, column 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0943uvic_12#page/n10/mode/1up.

Victoria Daily Colonist, September 18, 1943, page 11, column 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0943uvic_12#page/n10/mode/1up.

By 1945, he had become a flying officer and had piloted 33 bomber missions over Europe. In February 1945 he visited Victoria while he was on leave.

“F.O. B.L. Peterson,” Victoria Daily Colonist, April 18, 1945, page 2; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0445uvic_13#page/n1/mode/1up.

“F.O. B.L. Peterson,” Victoria Daily Colonist, April 18, 1945, page 2; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0445uvic_13#page/n1/mode/1up.

In 1945, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1947.

On September 6, 1947, in Victoria, Ben married Barbara Alice Smith. She was born in Victoria on March 25, 1924. Her parents were Henry (“Harry”) Lawson Smith (1889-1975) and Alice Clarissa Corry (1891-1976).

After the wedding, Ben and Barbara went to live in Port Alberni, British Columbia. Ben was an employee of Bloedel, Stewart and Welch Limited.

Barbara died on January 3, 2008.

 

Sources

James Albert Peterson (father of Clare Bristow Peterson)

James Albert Peterson (b. September 18, 1849, d. 1945 [sic]); http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/p/e/t/Eric-L-Peterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0017.html: “James Albert Peterson (son of Henry Lewis William Peterson and Fanny Bristow) was born September 18, 1849 in Hawkesville, Ontario, Canada, and died 1945 [sic: 1941].He married Anne Joyner on October 25, 1875 in St. Paul’s Church, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, daughter of Charles Joyner and Maria Jane Stinson.”

James Albert Peterson; https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/james-albert-peterson_79084579: “Born in Hawkesville, Ontario, Canada on 18 Sep 1849. James Albert married Anne Joyner and had 6 children. He passed away on 23 Dec 1941 in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada.”

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVDL-NVQ : 18 November 2014), James A. Peaterson, Wiarton, Bruce North, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 21; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13276, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,912.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH26-YT1 : 27 April 2017), James A Peterson, Bruce (west/ouest), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=11427&highlight=37&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+James+A.+Peterson.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9R-5RPV : 2 March 2015), James Peterson, 1911; citing Census, Bruce North Sub-Districts 1-60, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,692; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=90839&highlight=17&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+James+Peterson.

1921 Canada Census, James Peterson in household of Alfred Carthew [indexed as Alfred Barthew]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 61; Census Place: Dundalk (Village), Grey South East, Ontario; Page Number: 13; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“BillionGraves Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVBD-8NYY : 9 November 2015), James A Peterson, died 1941; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at Hawkesville Union Cemetery, Wellesley, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada; https://billiongraves.com/grave/person/12510172#/.

 

Annie Joyner (mother of Clare Bristow Peterson)

Anne Joyner (b. April 24, 1850, d. March 06, 1921); http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/p/e/t/Eric-L-Peterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0018.html: “Anne Joyner (daughter of Charles Joyner and Maria Jane Stinson) was born April 24, 1850 in Sydenham, Ontario, Canada, and died March 06, 1921 in Dundalk, Ontario, Canada.She married James Albert Peterson on October 25, 1875 in St. Paul’s Church, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, son of Henry Lewis William Peterson and Fanny Bristow.”

Anne Joyner; https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/anne-joyner_86883044: “Born in Frederics, Ontario, Canada on 24 Apr 1850 to Charles Joyne and Maria Jane Stinson. Anne married James Albert Peterson and had 6 children. She passed away on 6 Mar 1921 in Dundalk, Ontario, Canada.”

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVDL-NV7 : 18 November 2014), Annie Peaterson in household of James A. Peaterson, Wiarton, Bruce North, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 21; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13276, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,912.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH26-YYM : 27 April 2017), Annie Peterson, Bruce (west/ouest), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=11427&highlight=38&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Annie+Peterson.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9R-5RPK : 2 March 2015), Anna Peterson in entry for James Peterson, 1911; citing Census, Bruce North Sub-Districts 1-60, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,692; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=90839&highlight=18&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Anne+Peterson.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNDM-913 : 11 December 2014), Anne Peterson, 06 Mar 1921; citing Dundalk, Grey, Ontario, p 85 cn 014256, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,863,539.

 

Clare Bristow Peterson

Clare Bristow Peterson (b. November 11, 1884, d. November 04, 1957); http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/p/e/t/Eric-L-Peterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0003.html: “Clare Bristow Peterson (son of James Albert Peterson and Anne Joyner) was born November 11, 1884 in Hawkesville, Ontario, Canada, and died November 04, 1957 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He married Ethel Victoria Spillman on July 29, 1912 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, daughter of Edmond Spillman and Mary Alicia Matilda McDonnell.”

Clare Bristow Peterson; https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/clare-bristow-peterson_88059739: “Born on 11 Nov 1884 to James Albert Peterson and Anne Joyner. Clare Bristow married Ethel Victoria Spillman and had 2 children. He passed away on 4 Nov 1957.”

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2V4-G8G : 27 November 2014), Clare Bristow Peterson, 11 Nov 1884; citing Hawkesville, Waterloo, Ontario, 11 Nov 1884, reference cn 501156; FHL microfilm 1,871,037.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMZX-YLK : 15 January 2016), Clare Bristow Peterson, 11 Nov 1884; citing Birth, Hawkesville, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,871,037.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH26-YYQ : 27 April 2017), Clare B Peterson in household of Annie Peterson, Bruce (west/ouest), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=11427&highlight=42&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Clare+B.+Peterson.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8Z-2YV : 21 January 2016), Clare Bristow Peterson and Ethel Victoria Spillman, 29 Jul 1912; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,704.

1921 Canada Census, Clare Bristow Peterson; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 20; Census Place: Ward 4, Victoria (City), British Columbia; Page Number: 22; 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:FL5S-S7X : 13 April 2017), Clare Bristoe Peterson, 1957; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/d7245595-8153-4629-a005-e018f0bf4547.

Clare Bristoe [sic] Peterson, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, November 5, 1957, page 20: “Peterson—On November 4, 1957, in Victoria, B.C., Clare Bristoe [sic] Peterson, of 836 Pemberton Road, aged 72 years; born in Kincardine, Ont., a resident of Victoria for 45 years. He is survived by his wife Ethel Victoria, at the residence, one daughter, Mrs. W. Elsey (Maryan), in England; two sons, Benjamin L. Peterson of Victoria, Donald P. Clarke of Powell River; five grandchildren; one sister and two brothers in Ontario. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by McCall Bros. Funeral Directors.”

 

Edmund Spillman (father of Ethel Victoria Spillman)

Edmond Spillman (b. Abt. 1841, d. July 10, 1924); http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/p/e/t/Eric-L-Peterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0024.html: “Edmond Spillman was born Abt. 1841 in England, and died July 10, 1924 in Lytton, British Columbia, Canada. He married Mary Alicia Matilda McDonnell, daughter of Murdoch McDonnell and Margaret Julia Lane.”

Troublous Times in Canada: A History of the Fenian Raids of 1866 and 1870, by John A. Macdonald; https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Troublous_Times_in_Canada:_A_History_of_the_Fenian_Raids_of_1866_and_1870: “On the 8th of March, the following companies were ordered to report for duty to Major Crawford at Brockville for the purpose of forming a Provisional Battalion: Perth Rifle Company–Capt. Edmund Spillman.”

Edmund Spillman, profile, Vancouver Daily World, July 13, 1894, page 13. Describes his experience in painting and designing, and provides examples of his work, including Canadian Pacific Railway hotels and the provincial parliament building in Victoria, British Columbia.

B.C. Voters List 1898 – Sm to Ss; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/votesm.htm: “Spillman, Edmund, 535 Howe St, Decorator, Van.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVV-2QR : 27 April 2017), Edmund Spillman, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-9W7B : 2 March 2015), Edmond Spillman, 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:FLKK-X32 : 13 April 2017), Edmund Spillman, 1924.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGJ-SH9H : 13 December 2015), Edmund Spillman, 1924; Burial, Lytton, Thompson-Nicola Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Lytton Municipal Cemetery; citing record ID 125270215, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=125270215.

 

Mary Alicia McDonnell (mother of Ethel Victoria Spillman)

Mary Alicia Matilda McDonnell (b. May 02, 1851, d. June 18, 1931); http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/p/e/t/Eric-L-Peterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0025.html: “Mary Alicia Matilda McDonnell (daughter of Murdoch McDonnell and Margaret Julia Lane) was born May 02, 1851 in Perth, Ontario, Canada, and died June 18, 1931 in Lytton, British Columbia, Canada. She married Edmond Spillman.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVV-2QT : 27 April 2017), Mary A Spillman, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-9W71 : 2 March 2015), Mary Alice Spillman in entry for Edmond Spillman, 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:FLKL-QQ3 : 13 April 2017), Mary Alicia Matilda Spillman, 1931.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGJ-SH9C : 11 July 2016), Mary Alicia M. MacDonnell Spillman, 1932; Burial, Lytton, Thompson-Nicola Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Lytton Municipal Cemetery; citing record ID 125270125, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=125270125.

 

Ethel Victoria Spillman (wife of Clare Bristow Peterson)

Ethel Victoria Spillman (b. May 24, 1886, d. May 31, 1978); http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/p/e/t/Eric-L-Peterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0006.html: “Ethel Victoria Spillman (daughter of Edmond Spillman and Mary Alicia Matilda McDonnell) was born May 24, 1886 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and died May 31, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.She married Clare Bristow Peterson on July 29, 1912 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, son of James Albert Peterson and Anne Joyner.”

Ethel Victoria Spillman; https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/ethel-victoria-spillman_103161767: “Born.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVV-2QB : 27 April 2017), Ethel V Spillman in household of Mary A Spillman, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-9WW9 : 2 March 2015), Ethel Victoria Spillman in entry for Edmond Spillman, 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:JD8Z-2YF : 21 January 2016), Clare Bristow Peterson and Ethel Victoria Spillman, 29 Jul 1912; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,704.

1921 Canada Census, Ethel Victoria Peterson in household of Clare Bristow Peterson; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 20; Census Place: Ward 4, Victoria (City), British Columbia; Page Number: 22; 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:FL1G-QQZ : 13 April 2017), Ethel Victoria Peterson, 1978; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/510bd50d-a572-4214-9329-03c3f7c84699.

Ethel Victoria Peterson, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, June 2, 1978, page 41: “Peterson—Ethel Victoria in Victoria on May 31, 1978, born in Minneapolis, U.S.A. on May 24, 1886 and came to Vancouver in 1887. Predeceased by her husband C.B. Peterson in 1957, she is survived by her daughter Maryan in Victoria; sons, Don in Powell Rover and Ben in Victoria; 10 grandchildren. Private funeral service in the family chapel of McCall Bros. on Friday, June 2 at 4:00 p.m., followed by cremation. (Flowers gratefully declined.)

 

Donald P. Clarke (Peterson) (son of Clare Bristow Peterson)

1921 Canada Census, Donald Clark Peterson in household of Clare Bristow Peterson; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 20; Census Place: Ward 4, Victoria (City), British Columbia; Page Number: 22; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Donald Clarke, death notice; Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Aug. 22, 2008; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=donald-clarke&pid=116162768: “CLARKE Donald Peterson Don passed away in his 91st year on August 16, 2008 in Abbotsford B.C. Clarkie will be missed by his wife Ethel, son Graham (Dale), daughter Wendy and grandson Ryan, 6 step children, 18 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Clarkie grew up in Victoria and was a long-time resident of Powell River before moving to the Fraser Valley. The family would like to thank the staff at Menno Hospital for their kind and compassionate care they gave Clarkie. There will be no service at his request but you are invited to a reception on Sunday August 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the Regency Park 3170 Gladwin Road Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers donations to the Anatomical Sciences Reasearch Endowment Fund or charity of your choice will be greatly appreciated.

 

Maryan (Mary Ann) Peterson (daughter of Clare Bristow Peterson)

Maryan Audrey Peterson (b. Abt. 1920); http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/p/e/t/Eric-L-Peterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0034.html: “Maryan Audrey Peterson (daughter of Clare Bristow Peterson and Ethel Victoria Spillman) was born Abt. 1920 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She married William Elsey.”

1921 Canada Census, Maryan Audrey Peterson [indexed as Margan Andrey Peterson] in household of Clare Bristow Peterson; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 20; Census Place: Ward 4, Victoria (City), British Columbia; Page Number: 22; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Maryan Audrey “Pete” Elsey; [née Peterson] death notice, Published in The Times Colonist from July 8 to July 9, 2005; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=maryan-audrey-elsey-pete&pid=14473591: Elsey, Maryan Audrey (nee Peterson) Fondly known as “Pete” passed away at 84 years old in Ladysmith, B.C. All her children were at her side. She is survived by her older brother Don (Ethel); younger brother Ben (Barb); 3 daughters Beni (Tony), Kate (Andy) and Vickie; son Charlie (Wendy); 2 grandsons Thomas and James, and also many nieces and nephews. Pete was born in Victoria, B.C. on August 8th, 1920 and her life was full of achievement starting at a very early age. Before the age of 13 she had won many awards for her Highland dancing, including The Grand Challenge Cup, The Pacific Coast Champion Hornpipe Dancer and The Caledonian Games Highland Fling. Already an accomplished pianist, in 1939 Pete was awarded a scholarship in pianoforte by the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Pete attended two years at Victoria College and graduated with a B.A. from UBC in 1944. After serving as a yeoman with the WRCNS, Pete joined The Canadian Red Cross as a volunteer in London, England and was the only V.A.D. to achieve the rank of Major. After the war she served as one of the first commercial airline flight attendants with a charter company servicing the Middle East. While in England she married and had four children; all of whom she was very proud. Pete returned to Victoria B.C. in 1976 and spent her remaining years enjoying her life-long love of gardening and making the world’s best marmalade and wonderful jam. Pete was well loved and will be very sadly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of life will take place in late August, 2005. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Arthritis Society or the Canadian Cancer Society. 113276

 

William Elsey (husband of Maryan (Mary Ann) Peterson)

 

William Elsey; http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/p/e/t/Eric-L-Peterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0035.html: “William Elsey. He married Maryan Audrey Peterson, daughter of Clare Bristow Peterson and Ethel Victoria Spillman.”

 

Benjamin Lane Peterson (son of Clare Bristow Peterson)

Benjamin Lane Peterson (b. November 21, 1923); http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/p/e/t/Eric-L-Peterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0002.html: “Benjamin Lane Peterson (son of Clare Bristow Peterson and Ethel Victoria Spillman) was born November 21, 1923 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He married Barbara Alice Smith on September 6, 1947 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, daughter of Harry Smith and Alice Clarissa Corry.”

Supplement to the London Gazette, 17 April, 1945, page 2028; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37036/supplement/2028/data.pdf: Royal Canadian Air Force; Distinguished Flying Cross; Flying Officers: Benjamin Lane Peterson (Can/J.85778), 434 (R.C.A.F.) Sqn.

“Ben Peterson and Bride to Live in Port Alberni,” Victoria Daily Colonist, September 7, 1947, page 7; https://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist0947uvic_3#page/n6/mode/1up

 

Henry Lawson Smith (father of Barbara Alice Smith)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZY-Z42 : 21 January 2016), Henry Lawson Smith and Alice Clarissa Corry, 28 Jun 1914; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11389, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,984,110.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBP-JJ9 : 13 April 2017), Henry Lawson Aka Harry Smith, 1975.

 

Alice Clarissa Corry (mother of Barbara Alice Smith)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZY-Z4J : 21 January 2016), Henry Lawson Smith and Alice Clarissa Corry, 28 Jun 1914; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11389, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,984,110.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL13-PX8 : 13 April 2017), Alice Clarissa Smith, 1976; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/02b460df-d027-4201-b2d9-6404df5d8227.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q291-LQRW : 15 March 2016), Alice Clarissa Smith, 1976; Burial, Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Royal Oak Burial Park Cemetery; citing record ID 155427749, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=155427749.

 

Barbara Alice Smith (wife of Benjamin Lane Peterson)

Barbara Alice Smith (b. March 25, 1924); http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/p/e/t/Eric-L-Peterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0004.html: “Barbara Alice Smith (daughter of Harry Smith and Alice Clarissa Corry) was born March 25, 1924 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.She married Benjamin Lane Peterson on September 06, 1947 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, son of Clare Bristow Peterson and Ethel Victoria Spillman.”

Barbara Peterson, death notice, Published in The Times Colonist from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2008; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=barbara-peterson&pid=100883727: “Peterson, Barbara Alice (née Smith) March 25, 1924 January 3, 2008 Beloved wife of Ben, married 60 years and friends since Grade 3; mother of Eric (Christina), Chris (Linda), Jill (Doug), and Stephen; Granny of Shannon, Lauren and Steve. Predeceased by her brothers Paul and Peter Smith, and her sister Brenda MacDonald. Survived by her sister, Winsome Oliver. Barbara was born in Victoria, and attended Margaret Jenkins Elementary School, Victoria High School, Victoria College, and UBC, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts. In 1946 she received a further degree as part of the first graduating class of Social Work from UBC. She worked as a social worker in Victoria and Port Alberni, as well as subsequent volunteer work in the community. In 1946 Barbara became an early member of the PEO sisterhood, Chapter Y, which she greatly enjoyed throughout her life. She was active in the Cordova Bay community and St. David By The Sea Church since 1951. Barbara was devoted to her family and her many lifelong friends. She will be remembered for her intelligence, humour, and kindness, and for the positive difference she made to those who knew her. She was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. A memorial service and reception will be held on Friday, January 11, 2008, 11 am, at St. David By The Sea, 5182 Cordova Bay Road. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Lung Association would be preferred.”

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