James Nicholson Pike was born in Beechgrove, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, probably on August 13, 1859. It appears that his parents were Richard Pike (1815-1885) and Margaret McKeighan (1823/1824-1886).
The Pike family lived at Beechgrove for many years.
By the early 1880s, James had moved to Canada. At some point he was married to Anna (or Annie; her last name is currently unknown). She was born in Ontario about 1865. From 1880 to 1885, James was in Manitoba.
From 1885 to about 1894, James and Annie lived at Qu’Appelle in the North-West Territories. James owned 320 acres, and leased another 320 acres nearby.
From time to time they would also be hosts for people who were visiting Qu’Appelle.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, he was married to James’s sister, Wilhelmina. In 1891, Benjamin Glasgow presided at a Presbyterian congregational meeting in Qu’Appelle.
In 1894, James became an emigration agent. He went to Ireland to promote settlement in the North-West Territories.
By August 1894, James was preparing to leave for Ireland.James’s nephew, J. Wood, lived for a time in the Qu’Appelle area. 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. He apparently became ill, and he decided to move to British Columbia for his health.
He 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.
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.
Anna was at 1214 Denman Street in 1909.
There was an Anna Pike at 1159 Haro Street at the time of the 1911 Canada census. She was a widow who was born in Ontario in October 1862. It is not certain that this was James’s wife.
No further information is available for Anna.
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/.
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.
“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.
Anna (or Annie; wife of James Nicholson Pike)
“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. (possible connection].
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.”