Pike, James Nicholson (1859-1908)

James Nicholson Pike was an insurance agent who lived at 1214 Denman Street in 1908. His widow, Anna Pike, was at 1214 Denman Street in 1909.

 

Early Life

James Nicholson Pike was born in Beechgrove, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, probably on August 13, 1859. His parents were Richard Pike (1815-1885) and Margaret McKeighan (1823/1824-1886).

The Pike family lived at Beechgrove for many years.

 

 

 

 

"Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZ5H-481 : 12 December 2014), Richard Pike, 03 Feb 1885; citing 00376, 005014900, Principal Probate Registry, Dublin; 100,986.

“Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZ5H-481 : 12 December 2014), Richard Pike, 03 Feb 1885; citing 00376, 005014900, Principal Probate Registry, Dublin; 100,986.

 

To Canada

By the early 1880s, James had moved to Canada. At some point he was married to Anna Marie Hart, who was born in Ontario on October 2, 1860. (The year of her birth appears inconsistently in various sources.)

 

From 1880 to 1885, James was in Manitoba.

From 1885 to about 1894, James and Anna lived at Qu’Appelle in the North-West Territories. James owned 320 acres, and leased another 320 acres nearby.

From time to time they were hosts for people who were visiting Qu’Appelle.

 

Qu'Appelle Progress, September 20, 1889, Page 8, Item Ar00803; [selected portions]; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1889/09/20/8/Ar00803.html?printable=true.

Qu’Appelle Progress, September 20, 1889, Page 8, Item Ar00803; [selected portions]; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1889/09/20/8/Ar00803.html?printable=true.

 

James and Annie sometimes invited preachers to hold religious ceremonies at their home or elsewhere in the neighbourhood.

James’s brother-in-law, Benjamin Glasgow, was a clergyman who lived in Hull, England. In 1864, Benjamin was married to James’s sister, Wilhelmina. In 1891, Benjamin Glasgow presided at a Presbyterian congregational meeting in Qu’Appelle.

 

Qu'Appelle Progress, October 22, 1891, Page 4, Item Ar00402; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1891/10/22/4/Ar00402.html?printable=true.

Qu’Appelle Progress, October 22, 1891, Page 4, Item Ar00402; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1891/10/22/4/Ar00402.html?printable=true.

 

In 1894, James became an emigration agent. He went to Ireland to promote settlement in the North-West Territories.

 

Qu'Appelle Progress, January 18, 1894, Page 1, Item Ar00105; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1894/01/18/1/Ar00105.html?printable=true.

Qu’Appelle Progress, January 18, 1894, Page 1, Item Ar00105; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1894/01/18/1/Ar00105.html?printable=true.

 

By August 1894, James was preparing to leave for Ireland.

 

Qu'Appelle Progress, August 23, 1894, Page 4, Item Ar00405; [best available copy]; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1894/08/23/4/Ar00405.html?printable=true.

Qu’Appelle Progress, August 23, 1894, Page 4, Item Ar00405; [best available copy]; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1894/08/23/4/Ar00405.html?printable=true.

 

Qu'Appelle Progress, September 6, 1894, Page 4, Item Ar00401; [best available copy];http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1894/09/06/4/Ar00401.html?printable=true.

Qu’Appelle Progress, September 6, 1894, Page 4, Item Ar00401; [best available copy];http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1894/09/06/4/Ar00401.html?printable=true.

 

James’s nephew, J. Wood, lived for a time in the Qu’Appelle area.

 

Qu'Appelle Progress, September 6, 1894, Page 4, Item Ar00401; [best available copy];http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1894/09/06/4/Ar00401.html?printable=true.

Qu’Appelle Progress, September 6, 1894, Page 4, Item Ar00401; [best available copy];http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/QPP/1894/09/06/4/Ar00401.html?printable=true.

 

To Toronto

At some point, James’s emigration agent position came to an end. By 1903, he was in Toronto, working as an agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

 

Toronto City Directory 1903, page 714; [edited image]; https://archive.org/stream/torontodirec190300mighuoft#page/n721/mode/1up.

Toronto City Directory 1903, page 714; [edited image]; https://archive.org/stream/torontodirec190300mighuoft#page/n721/mode/1up.

 

He became ill, and he decided to move to British Columbia for his health.

 

To Vancouver

James first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1905. He was living at 407 Smithe Street (then sometimes spelled “Smythe”). He was the local manager of the Home Life Association of Canada.

 

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 400.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 400.

 

He lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

 

1905 and 1906 407 Smythe Street
1907 817 Bidwell Street
1908 1214 Denman Street
1909 1214 Denman Street (Anna Pike, widow of James Pike)

 

James died in Vancouver on December 28, 1908. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Vancouver Province, December 29, 1908, page 3, column 4.

 

 

Vancouver Daily World, December 30, 1908, page 12, column 3.

 

John Knox Mecredy (1860-1915) was James’s cousin. Mr. Mecredy was associated with the English Bay Bathing and Athletic Club at 1842 Beach Avenue from 1903 to 1905, and with the Beach House Club at 1968 Beach Avenue in 1910: Further information appears on this page: Mecredy, John Knox (1860-1915); https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-m/mecredy-john-knox-1860-1915/.

 

Anna’s Later Life

Anna was at 1214 Denman Street in 1909.

In 1909, she began to advertise her real estate business.

 

Vancouver Province, January 30, 1909, page 26, column 6.

 

 

Vancouver Daily World, February 13, page 19, column 5.

 

 

In March 1909, she moved to the New York block at 660 Granville Street.

 

Vancouver Daily World, March 27, 1909, page 6, column 4.

 

New York Block, detail from Part of Vancouver, B.C. from Hotel Vancouver, about 1890; Vancouver City Archives; Van Sc P42; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/part-of-vancouver-b-c-from-hotel-vancouver-4.

 

She listed a variety of residential and commercial properties.

 

Vancouver Daily World, April 2, 1909, page 21, columns 6-7.

 

In August 1909 she moved to 667 Hornby Street.

 

Vancouver Province, August 3, 1909, page 9, column 3.

 

 

Vancouver Province, March 23, 1910, page 29, column 5.

 

Marriage to Herbert Tame (also known as Frederick Shields)

On December 15, 1910, in Vancouver, Anna married Herbert Tame (a broker who also used the name “Frederick Shields” or “F. Shields.”)

 

Vancouver Province, May 17, 1927, page 13, columns 6-8.

 

Despite the marriage in 1910, Anna did not immediately change her name.

In the 1911 Canada census, “Anna Pike” was at 1159 Haro Street. The census described her as a widow who was born in Ontario in October 1862.

The society columns continued to refer to Anna as “Mrs. A. Pike.” Some references also mentioned “Mr. F. Shields.”

 

Vancouver Province, June 2, 1911, page 5, columns 4-5.

 

 

Vancouver Province, August 30, 1911, page 7, column 3.

 

 

Vancouver Province, March 20, 1912, page 8, column 3.

 

In the 1912 Vancouver directory, Frederick Shields was living at 1159 Haro Street, which was Anna’s address at the time of the 1911 Canada census.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1912, Part 2, page 1190 [edited image].

 

Anna’s advertisements in 1912 gave her address as 1159 Haro Street; her telephone number was 6696L.

 

Vancouver Province, May 23, 1912, page 28, column 6.

 

Vancouver Province, February 18, 1913, page 8, column 3.

 

The 1914 Vancouver society directory listed “Mr. and Mrs. A. Pike” at 1159 Haro Street; their telephone number was 6696L.

 

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 55.

 

 

At the time of the 1921 Canada census, Frank and Anna Shields were at 1087 Bute Street.

 

The Vancouver directories did not list Frederick and Annie together until 1934.

 

Sun British Columbia Directory, 1934, page 1528 [edited image].

 

In 1936, the Vancouver Province society column referred to Frederick’s and Anna’s 25th wedding anniversary. (Their marriage registration shows 1910 as the year of their marriage, so 1936 would actually have been their 26th anniversary.)

 

Vancouver Province, December 15, 1936, page 10, column 5.

 

In 1943, Frederick and Anna sued the British Columbia Electric Railway for injuries that Anna received on May 1, 1942 when she was getting off a street car at Hastings Street and Main Street.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 17, 1943, page 3, column 3.

 

Anna died in Vancouver on April 29. 1951.

 

Vancouver Province, April 30, 1951, page 27, column 4.

 

Frederick died at Essondale, British Columbia on November 10, 1970.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 18, 1970, page 58, column 3.

 

 

Vancouver Province, December 17, 1970, page 2, column 3.

 

 

 

Sources

Richard Pike (father of James Nicholson Pike)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “International Genealogical Index (IGI),” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:M73B-9JW : accessed 2017-05-23), entry for Richard Pike.

“Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FT7B-DJD : 4 December 2014), DEATHS entry for Richard Pike; citing Dungannon, Jan – Mar 1885, vol. 1, p. 456, General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101,593.

 

James Nicholson Pike

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “International Genealogical Index (IGI),” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:M73B-93H : accessed 2017-05-23), entry for James Nicholson Pike.

James Nicholson Pike (1859–1908); Birth: 13 AUG 1859, Beechgrove,Tyrone,Ireland; Death: 28 DEC 1908, Vancouver B.C. Canada (ancestry.ca).

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW5Y-J56 : 13 November 2014), James Pike, Qu’Appelle, Assiniboia East, Territories, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148228; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148228-00182.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKC-1ZS : 13 April 2017), James Nicholson Pike, 1908.

James Nicholson Pike, death notice, Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, December 29, 1908, page 5: “Death: Pike—James Nicholson Pike, died on December 28th, at St. Paul’s Hospital. Arrangements by Center and Hanna. Aged 49. Funeral Wednesday.”

James Nicholson Pike, funeral description, Vancouver Daily World, December 30, 1908, page 12: “Pike. The funeral of the late James Nicholson Pike took place this afternoon from Center & Hanna’s parlors, many beautiful floral tributes covering the coffin. Rev. John Simpson officiated, being an old friend of the deceased. Amongst those who followed the remains to the cemetery were the only relatives in this country, Mr. J. Wood, nephew of the deceased, who came up from Everett, and Mr. J.K. Mecredy, his cousin. The deceased, who is survived by a widow, was born in Beechgrove, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. He lived at Qu’Appelle for some years, and was an intimate friend of Hon. Maurice Gifford, whose ranch adjoined his own. He went through the Riel rebellion and later he went to Toronto to live. Ill health however, brought him out to Vancouver, where he represented the Home Life Association of Toronto. He had a host of friends and took delight in befriending strangers and in finding employment for newcomers to British Columbia. He was a sufferer from Bright’s disease, which finally caused his death.” [Note: James’s death certificate said that diabetes was the cause of death.]

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7732 : 13 December 2015), James Nicholson Pike, 1908; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26301342, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26301342.

 

Bernard (Barnett or “Barney”) Hart (father of Anna Marie Hart)

Barnett “Barney” Hart (1828–before 1871); Birth: 1828, Ireland; Death: BEF. 1871, Toronto (ancestry.ca).

More History of St. James Church; https://sites.google.com/site/stjamescolganont/our-churchs/st-james/st-james-history : In its humble way the log church continued to serve its community until 1841. At this point the community felt that it was prepared to invest in a new church, and so sought permission to replace the log church with a new building. The new church was a frame building, Gothic in design, and by all accounts a more magnificent structure. “With the increase in population came the demand for more space and in 1851 was erected the ‘Big Church’, 40 feet by 100 feet, Bernard Hart, as contractor saw to this building which for thirty-nine years witnessed the baptisms, marriages and requiems of 3200 worshippers.”

“Ontario, District Marriage Registers, 1801-1858,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2C1-LL1S : 20 February 2019), Bernard Hart, 7 May 1850; citing Home Township, Algoma, Canada West, British Colonial America, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,052.

“Ontario, District Marriage Registers, 1801-1858,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2C1-LL1S : 20 February 2019), Bernard Hart, 7 May 1850; citing Home Township, Algoma, Canada West, British Colonial America, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,052. “Ontario, District Marriage Registers, 1801-1858,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2C1-LL1Z : 20 February 2019), Maria Watson in entry for Bernard Hart, 7 May 1850; citing Home Township, Algoma, Canada West, British Colonial America, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,052.

“Canada Census, 1851,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWTL-6TH : 3 August 2016), Bernard Hart, York, York County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada; citing p. 197, line 24; Library and Archives Canada film number C_11760, Public Archives, Ontario.

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQQ5-7W2 : 9 March 2018), Bernard Hart, Adjala, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 16, line 24; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1072, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 349,320 (possible connection).

 

Maria Watson (mother of Anna Marie Hart)

Maria Watson/Hart/Johnston (1830–1903); Birth: 30 APR 1830, County Monaghan, Ireland; Death: 1903 (ancestry.ca).

“Ontario, District Marriage Registers, 1801-1858,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2C1-LL1Z : 20 February 2019), Maria Watson in entry for Bernard Hart, 7 May 1850; citing Home Township, Algoma, Canada West, British Colonial America, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,052.

“Canada Census, 1851,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWTL-6TC : 3 August 2016), Miria Hart, York, York County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada; citing p. 197, line 25; Library and Archives Canada film number C_11760, Public Archives, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4Q1-YSY : 24 October 2018), Maria Hart, Yorkville, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; citing 1871; citing National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVF7-1XM : 20 May 2019), Maria Johnston in household of William Johnston, Yorkville, Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada; from “1881 Canadian Census.” Database with images. Ancestry. (www.ancestry.com : 2008); citing William Johnston, citing Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWG5-WXW : 3 August 2016), Maria Johnston, St Pauls Ward, York East, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148181.

1901 Census of Canada, Maria Johnstone; District: Ontario, Cardwell (#51); Subdistrict: Adjala: A-3; Page 2; Details: Schedule 1 Microfilm T-6462; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=32904&highlight=26&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Maria+Johnstone.

 

William Johnston (husband of Maria Watson)

William Johnston (1842–before 1901); Birth: 1842, England; Death: BEF. 1901 (ancestry.ca).

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWG5-WX7 : 3 August 2016), William Johnston, St Pauls Ward, York East, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148181.

 

Anna Marie Hart (wife of James Nicholson Pike)

“Canada Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVF7-1X3 : 20 May 2019), Ann Hart in household of William Johnston, Yorkville, Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada; from “1881 Canadian Census.” Database with images. Ancestry. (www.ancestry.com : 2008); citing William Johnston, citing Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW5Y-J5X : 13 November 2014), Annie Pike, Qu’Appelle, Assiniboia East, Territories, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148228; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148228-00182.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MB82 : 2 March 2015), Anna Pike, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; “Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MB82 : 2 March 2015), Anna Pike, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63824&highlight=20&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Anna+Pike. [probable connection].

 

Frederick Shields (also known as Herbert Tame) (husband of Anne Marie Hart)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XHQ-PGR : 1 October 2014), Herbert Tame, 1872; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Brentford, Middlesex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England. (possible connection).

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDD3-BLG : 11 March 2018), Herbert Tame and Marie Pyke, 15 Dec 1910; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11375, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,703.

Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 5. Name: Frederick Shields [indexed as Frederick Shiells]; Gender: Male; Marital status: Married; Age: 48; Birth Year: abt 1873; Birth Place: England; Relation to Head of House: Head; Spouse’s name: Anna M Shields [indexed as Arma N Shiells]; Father Birth Place: England; Mother Birth Place: England; Year of Immigration: 1900; Racial or Tribal Origin: English; Province or Territory: British Columbia; District: Vancouver Centre; District Number: 22; Sub-District: Ward 1; Sub-District Number: 18; City, Town or Village: Vancouver; Street or Township: 1087 Bute St; Municipality: Ward 1; Occupation: Broker.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYK-3FH : 8 November 2017), Herbert Tame, 1970.

 

Wilhelmina Pike (sister of James Nicholson Pike)

Dungannon Marriage Announcements 1851-70; http://www.cotyroneireland.com/marriages/dungannon3.html: Marriages recorded in Dungannon Town and Drumglass Parish, Co. Tyrone, 1851-70, extracted from personal notices inserted in the Londonderry Sentinel & Tyrone Constitution: February 19 1864: February 16, at Dungannon, BENJAMIN GLASGOW, Drapersfield, Cookstown, to WILHELMINA, eldest daughter of RICHARD PIKE, ESQ., Beechgrove, Dungannon.

Benjamin Glasgow, 1835 – 1908; https://www.myheritage.com/names/benjamin_glasgow: “Benjamin Glasgow was born in 1835, at birth place. Benjamin married Wilhelmina Glasgow (born Pike) on month day 1864, at age 29 at marriage place. Wilhelmina was born in 1843, in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland. They had 8 children: Henry Bewley Glasgow, Benjamin Glasgow and 6 other children. . . . Benjamin passed away in 1908, at age 73 at death place.”

 

Maurice Gifford (neighbour in Qu’Appelle)

Maurice Gifford, Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Gifford: “Hon. Maurice Raymond Gifford CMG (5 May 1859 – 1 July 1910) was a British military officer. . . . He then went to Canada for 11 years and fought in the Red River Rebellion as one of French’s Scouts under Lord Minto, earning a medal and clasp.”