Ponsford, Alice (1857-1948)

Alice Ponsford was the widow of William Page Ponsford. She lived at 743 Denman Street from 1911 to 1913.

Alice Ponsford was born Alice Browne on August 16, 1857, in Crediton, Devon. Her father was Richard Browne.

On August 19, 1880, in Crediton, Alice married William Page Ponsford.

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries, The Western Times (Exeter, England), Wednesday, August 25, 1880; page 2; Issue 9376.

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries, The Western Times (Exeter, England), Wednesday, August 25, 1880; page 2; Issue 9376.

Holy Cross Church, Crediton, Devon; Google Streets, searched August 4, 2016; image dated February 2009.

Holy Cross Church, Crediton, Devon; Google Streets, searched August 4, 2016; image dated February 2009.

William Page Ponsford: Early Life

William Page Ponsford was born in Islington, London, England, in 1849. His father was John Ponsford, a woollen merchant who was born in Newton St Cyres, Devon, about 1808. John Ponsford died in London, England on July 7, 1875.

Will of J. Ponsford, Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries, The Morning Post (London, England), Monday, August 9, 1875; page 3; Issue 32171.

Will of J. Ponsford, Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries, The Morning Post (London, England), Monday, August 9, 1875; page 3; Issue 32171.

In 1861, William was going to school at Dane Hill House Academy in Margate, Kent.

The Times (London, England), August 3, 1860; page 14, column 3; Issue 23689.

The Times (London, England), August 3, 1860; page 14, column 3; Issue 23689.

The school was fairly small even in 1873, although it became somewhat larger by 1888. It was eventually demolished in 1900.

It appears that William travelled to North America in 1876. He stated that he was intending to become an inhabitant of Canada, although it is not clear how long stayed away from England. By 1880, he was back in England when he married Alice Browne.

"New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVSK-QWS3 : 15 April 2015), Wm P Ponsford, 1876; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .

“New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVSK-QWS3 : 15 April 2015), Wm P Ponsford, 1876; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .

Married Life in England and Travel to Vancouver

By 1881, William and Alice were living on Reginald Terrace in Potternewton, near Leeds, Yorkshire. William was a woollen merchant.

They remained in England until about 1887. By December 1887, William had started his business on Hastings Street.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1889, page 407

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1889, page 407

By 1890, William’s brother, Harold, had arrived in Vancouver, and the business became Ponsford Brothers.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1890, page 184

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1890, page 184

William died in Vancouver on October 12, 1891. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

After William’s death, Alice continued to live in Vancouver.

View from corner of Bute and Nelson Street, 1890; Vancouver City Archives, Dist P59; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-from-corner-of-bute-and-nelson-street: “Photograph shows the Page Ponsford and George Stevens residences.”

View from corner of Bute and Nelson Street, 1890; Vancouver City Archives, Dist P59; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-from-corner-of-bute-and-nelson-street: “Photograph shows the Page Ponsford and George Stevens residences.”

During the next two decades, Alice lived at the following addresses.

1892 Haro Street(between Jervis Street and Bute Street)
1894 1406 Alberni Street
1895 831 Howe Street
1896 to 1905 1153 Haro Street
1906 and 1907 not listed under Vancouver names
1908 and  1909 1055 Barclay Street
1910 1259 Alberni Street
1911 to 1913 743 Denman Street

According to some sources, Edward Chapman, an employee of Page Ponsford Brothers, took over the business in 1890. However, in the Vancouver directories Harold Ponsford was associated with Page Ponsford Brothers until about 1900, when the business took on Edward Chapman’s name. Harold Ponsford and his family moved to Australia in 1901.

Alice Ponsford continued to appear in the Vancouver directories until 1942, when she was at 1889 Haro Street. By the mid-1940s she was living with her son, Leicester, in Calgary, Alberta.

Alice died in Calgary on August 11, 1948.

Alice was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

William and Alice had the following children.

 

Claude William Ponsford

Claude William Ponsford was born in Leeds, England, on July 27, 1881.

He travelled to Canada with his parents, and he was living in Vancouver in 1891 and 1901.

He worked for Molson’s Bank in Vancouver, and later became a clerk for Molson’s Bank in Montreal, Quebec.

He did not marry. He died in Montreal, on October 8, 1907. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Leicester Langworth Ponsford

Leicester Langworth Ponsford was born in Leeds, England, on February 16, 1883.

He travelled to Canada with his parents, and he was living in Vancouver in 1891 and 1901.

About 1904, he went to San Francisco, California. Later he worked for a railroad in California.

In 1916, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve during the First World War. He also registered with the United States military draft system. It appears that he did serve in Europe for a time with the Canadian forces.

In 1920, he was living in San Francisco.

He and his wife, Ethel, later lived in Calgary, Alberta. In 1940, he was an agent for the H. Hacking Company, which was a wholesale clothing distributor.

In the mid-1940s, Leicester’s mother, Alice, went to live with Leicester and Ethel in Calgary.

Ethel died in Calgary on May 24, 1966. She was buried in Queens Park Village Cemetery in Calgary.

Leicester died in Calgary in 1968. He was buried in Queens Park Village Cemetery in Calgary.

 

Roy Page Ponsford

Roy Page Ponsford was born on August 13, 1885, in Cold Harbour, Willesdengreen, Middlesex.

He travelled to Canada with his parents, and he was living in Vancouver in 1891 and 1901.

In 1910 he travelled to England for a visit.

He never married.

He died in Vancouver on May 1, 1912. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Douglas St Cyres Ponsford

Douglas St Cyres Ponsford was born in Wilson Green, Hendon, Middlesex, on September 23, 1887.

He travelled to Canada with his parents, and he was living in Vancouver in 1891 and 1901.

In 1912 he was a sales agent for the San Francisco Examiner.

No further information is available for him.

 

Sources

Vancouver Daily World, January 4, 1890, page 4: “About two years ago Mr. Page Ponsford, of London, Eng., came to this city, and opened up a gents’ furnishing house on the west end of Hastings Street, just opposite the Leland. Being the pioneer he soon succeeded in building up a good business and reputation. A short time ago, finding success attending his efforts in every way, he decided to take into partnership his brother, Mr. Harold Ponsford, who for some four years had been residing in Japan. Not wishing, however, by a new name to lose the trade which the square-dealing of the old firm had secured for them, the addition of the word Bros. was considered enough to denominate the new firm, hence the rather peculiar designation, Page Ponsford Bros. A visit to their premises, 511 Hastings Street, yesterday afternoon was well worth the trouble. The display of ladies’ and gents’ furnishings and necessaries is something enormous, while the tasty and varied assortment reflects great credit upon the judgment and enterprise of the firm. Hats and caps in the very latest London styles are secured and kept on hand continually, while Japanese goods of every kind can be had at the very best prices. Mr. Harold Ponsford’s knowledge of Japan is now serving him as well to his own advantage as to that of the Vancouver public. The older member of the firm, who before leaving London was in the far-famed establishment of Wm. Whitley, aims to model his own establishment after it, and in this formidable ambition is succeeding admirably. Perhaps a good deal of their success is due to the fact that a present of some kind has been given with every purchase made during the month of December.”

“Owners of bifurcated Edward Chapman share longevity lessons as venture turns 125;” Business in Vancouver; http://b-columbia.net/news/vancouver-weather-news/8255_owners-of-bifurcated-edward-chapman-share-longevit.html

“Two Vancouver fashion houses that share the Edward Chapman name as part of their brands are each celebrating being in business 125 years.

And, despite having what has sometimes been a fractious relationship, the owners of each business plan to put memories of a bitter lawsuit behind them and use lessons of longevity to survive for decades to come. . . .

Both Edward Chapman Woman and Edward Chapman Ltd. trace their origins to 1890, when Chapman’s great-grandfather, who had the same name, bought the Page Ponsford Bros. clothing store and rechristened it after himself.

Chapman then sponsored Rea’s grandfather, Ernest Rea, to immigrate to Canada from Ireland in 1910 and work at the business.

Subsequent generations of both the Chapman and the Rea families worked in the business.”

Edward Chapman Ladies’ Shop Limited v. Edward Chapman Limited et al., 2006 BCSC 14; 45 CPR (4th) 321; [2006] BCTC 14; http://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/2006/2006bcsc14/2006bcsc14.html: paragraph 4: “In 1890, a young man named Edward Chapman came to Vancouver and bought out an existing men’s and women’s clothing store called Page Ponsford Bros., and carried on that enterprise under his own name. The store was located on Hastings Street near Seymour Street in Vancouver. The business flourished.”

 

Richard Browne (possible father of Alice Browne)

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DWG-R2L : 13 December 2014), Richard Browne, 1861; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1861, quarter 3, vol. 5B, p. 785, Exeter, Devon, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Marriage of Richard Browne and Mary Ann Lendon, The Monthly (alphabetical) record of births, deaths, & marriages (and Alphabetical list of estates of deceased persons); For the month ending January 1, 1861; London, Alfred Knowler, page 605; https://books.google.ca/books?id=DmQFAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA605&lpg=PA605&dq=%22Richard+Browne%22+crediton&source=bl&ots=D8qcsilqpN&sig=UsyV2RsLHtiQsjxh1Yqf4J7TaHo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiPgcXD7abOAhWi7oMKHeO-CvIQ6AEIITAB#v=onepage&q=%22Richard%20Browne%22%20crediton&f=false: Browne-Lendon, Sept. 12, Richard Browne, Esq. of Dunscombe, Crediton,  to Mary Ann Lendon, of Maidstone, Kent.

 

Mary Ann Lendon (wife of Richard Browne)

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DJL-Y3T : 13 December 2014), Mary Ann Lendon, 1861; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1861, quarter 3, vol. 5B, p. 185, Exeter, Devon, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Alice Browne

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XSB-R7W : 1 October 2014), Alice Browne, 1857; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Crediton, Devon, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DRC-SRM : 6 January 2015), Alice Browne, 1880; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1880, quarter 3, vol. 5B, p. 630, Crediton, Devon, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKXG-PMXC : 6 October 2015), Alice Pensford in household of William P Pensford, Potter-Newton, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 5, Piece/Folio 4542/6, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,274.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-JW9 : 13 November 2014), Alice Ponsford, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-2CK : 13 November 2014), Alice Longord, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 6, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59806&highlight=27&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Alice+Ponsford; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000010249.pdf

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q3D-YCD : 27 December 2014), Alice Ponsford, Oct 1906; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-488, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M23G : 2 March 2015), Alice Ponsford, 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=63674&highlight=45&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Alice+Corisford

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKQ9-5FKH : 9 October 2015), Alice Ponsford, 1914; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 246, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,561,332.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3R-7QNV : 9 October 2015), Alice Ponsford, 1895-1924; citing M1461, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 307, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,473,107.

Alice Page Ponsford, death notice, Calgary Herald, August 16, 1948, page 12; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=MTlkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CXwNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1605%2C1684846

Ponsford—August 11, at the home of her son, Mr. L.L. Ponsford, 435 7th Ave. N.W., Mrs. Alice Page Ponsford, aged 91 years. Remains were forward by Jacques Funeral Home, on this evenings train to Vancouver for services and interment.

Alice Page Ponsford, death notice, Vancouver Province, August 18, 1948, page 23; Vancouver Sun, August 18, 1948, page 22: “Ponsford—Alice Page, passed away suddenly in Calgary on August 14, 1948, and is survived by one son, Leicester L. Ponsford of Calgary. Funeral service in the Georgia Chapel of Centre and Hanna, 1049 W. Georgia on Wednesday, August 18, at 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. S.F. Higgs officiating. Interment Family Plot, Mountain View Cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7HH1 : 13 December 2015), Alice Ponsford, 1948; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26264394, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26264394

 

John Ponsford (father of William Page Ponsford)

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JWXB-XBP : 30 December 2014), John Ponsford, 06 Jul 1808; citing NEWTON SAINT CYRES,DEVON,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 917,203.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRJ7-2LQ : 24 July 2015), John Ponsford, 1871.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2J2V-JK3 : 31 December 2014), John Ponsford, 1875; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Hampstead, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

The Statist: A Journal of Practical Finance and Trade, Volume 17, January 16, 1886, page 82; https://books.google.ca/books?id=kzhOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA82&lpg=PA82&dq=Ponsford,+Southall+%26+Co.+london+england&source=bl&ots=r9_L-A2_SW&sig=g1qcoMX7-_nHoXv0A_1KRAvaGH4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjg6qH8wqnOAhVn3IMKHYKQDdkQ6AEIGzAA#v=onepage&q=Ponsford%2C%20Southall%20%26%20Co.%20london%20england&f=false: “Failure of Messrs. Ponsford, Southall and Co., woollen warehousemen.”

 

 

Charlotte (wife of John Ponsford)

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRJ7-2L7 : 24 July 2015), Charlotte Ponsford in entry for John Ponsford, 1871.

 

William Page Ponsford (wife of Alice Browne)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NHW-QZD : 1 October 2014), William Page Ponsford, 1849; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Islington, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M75V-BLG : 14 January 2016), William P Ponsford in household of Henry J Borlescue, Margate, Kent, England; from “1861 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

Dane Hill House School, Margate; by Suzannah Foad; Margate Family History: https://www.british-genealogy.com/threads/2670-Dane-Hill-House-School: “Dane House was on the corner of Northumberland Road and Ethelbert Road. This later became Northdown Road which it still is today. . . . The first Boulden to take reigns of the school was Joseph in 1858. . . . This was when it was known as Dane Hill Academy, A Boarding School for Young Gentlemen. . . .Alfred William Boulden, Teacher and Curate of Holy Trinity joined his father Joseph and in 1873 took over as [Principal] when Joseph became ill. In 1888 the Rev Alfred W Boulden gave up scholastic life to devote himself entirely to clerical work so left it in the hands of his brother the Rev Charles Joseph Boulden They sold to school to Dr Crawford and in 1900 the old house was pulled down after being sold to a local builder Amos, for demolition.”

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRJ7-2LH : 24 July 2015), William P Ponsford in entry for John Ponsford, 1871.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DR8-7XG : 13 December 2014), William Page Ponsford, 1880; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1880, quarter 3, vol. 5B, p. 630, Crediton, Devon, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries, The North Devon Journal (Barnstaple, England), Thursday, August 26, 1880; page 8; Issue 2935. “Ponsford—Browne.—Aug. 19, at Holy Cross, Crediton, William Page Ponsford, of Leeds, to Alice, youngest daughter of Richard Browne., Esq., of Dunscombe, Crediton.”

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries, The Western Times (Exeter, England), Friday, August 27, 1880; page 5; Issue 9378: “Ponsford—Browne.—Aug. 19, at Holy Cross, Crediton, William Page Ponsford, of Leeds, to Alice, youngest daughter of Richard Browne., Esq., of Dunscombe, Crediton.”

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries, The Leeds Times (Leeds, England), Saturday, August 28, 1880; page 8; Issue 2472: “Ponsford—Browne.—August 19th, at Holy Cross Church, Crediton, William Page Ponsford, Park place and Chapeltown, Leeds, to Alice, youngest daughter of Rchd. Browne, Dunscombe, Crediton.”

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries, The North Devon Journal (Barnstaple, England), Thursday, September 09, 1880; page 8; Issue 2937: “Ponsford—Browne.—Aug. 19, at the Church of the Holy Cross Church, Crediton, by the Rev. J.R. Nankivell, William Page Ponsford, of Park-place, and Chapeltown, Leeds, to Alice, youngest daughter of Richard Browne, Esq., Dunscombe, Crediton.”

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKXG-PMXH : 6 October 2015), William P Pensford, Potter-Newton, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 5, Piece/Folio 4542/6, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,274.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-JWM : 13 November 2014), William P Ponsford, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2X-3TT : 30 September 2015), Wm Page Ponaford, 1891.

“Death of a Prominent Citizen,” Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, October 13, 1891, page 3: “Yesterday morning about five o’clock William Page Ponsford passed away. The deceased, who had been ill since last Christmas, had not been out of the house [since] January, and death was caused by a complication of diceases. He had long been a sufferer from heart disease, and recently dropsy set in, while an attack of erysipelas hastened his death. He was unconscious for a few days before the end, but passed peacefully away surrounded by his relatives and friends. The deceased was only 42 years of age, and was the third son of John Ponsford, senior partner of the wholesale firm of Ponsford, Southall & Co. of London, Eng. He started in business here in December, 1887, in the Innes Block on Hastings street, and was the first retail store on that street. He was one of the most respected merchants in this City, and his loss will be deeply felt. The deceased leaves a wife and four little boys for whom the deepest sympathy is felt. The funeral will take place this morning at 10 o’clock from Christ Church, and the service will be conducted by the Rev. H.P. Hobson, the Rector, assisted by the Rev. E.P. Flewelling, Rector of St. Paul’s.”

William Page Ponsford, obituary, Vancouver Daily World, October 12, 1891, page 8: “After a long and trying illness, which has been borne throughout with Christian fortitude, there passed peacefully to his rest about 5 o’clock this morning, one of Vancouver’s last known merchants and most respected citizens, William Page Ponsford, at the early age of 42 years. He was the 3rd son of John Ponsford, senior partner of the well – known wholesale house of Ponsford, Southall & Co., of London, Eng. Deceased located here in December of 1887, starting in business in the lnnes block on Hastings street, his being the first retail store on that street. For a long time he has [fought] against a painful sickness, and recently an attack of bronchitis aggravated his heart trouble and caused his death. He will be long remembered as a generous hearted man and a good citizen, and the wife, and four sons who now mourn their father’s loss, will have in their bereavement the heartfelt sympathy of hosts of friends.”

Vancouver World, October 13, 1891, page 4: “Ponsford, at 1134 Haro street, Vancouver on Monday, 12th October, William Page Ponsford, aged 42 years. Funeral will take place at Christ Church on Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock. Friends and acquaintances invited to attend.”

“Funeral of the Late Mr. Ponsford,” Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, October 15, 1891, page 8: “Yesterday morning the last rites of the English Church were paid to the late Mr. William Page Ponsford. The service was held in Christ Church at 10 o’clock, the Rev. H.P Hobson, assisted by the Rev. E.P. Flewelling, performing the ceremony. There was a large attendance at the Church as the deceased was well known and greatly respected, amongst those present being several members of the St. George’s Society, of which he was an active member. The pall-bearers were Messrs. A. St. G. Hamersley, W.F. Salsbury, Wm. Skene, F. Lindsay Phillips, R.G. McKay and Harold Ponsford. A large number of people followed the procession out to the grave, while the coffin was covered with a number of wreaths and flowers sent by the friends of the deceased.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7HCW : 13 December 2015), W. P. Ponsford, 1891; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26304266, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26304266.

 

Claude William Ponsford (son of Alice Browne)

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries, Exeter and Plymouth Gazette (Exeter, England), July 29, 1881, page 5; Issue 10855: “Ponsford.—July 27, at Chapeltown, Leeds, the wife of William Page Ponsford, of a son.”

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries; Leeds Mercury (Leeds, England), July 30, 1881; Issue 13512: Ponsford.—On the 27th inst., at Chapeltown, Leeds, the wife of William Page Ponsford, of a son.”

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-JWS : 13 November 2014), Claude W Ponsford, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-2C2 : 13 November 2014), Claud Longord in household of Alice Longord, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 6, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

Claude William Ponsford, death notice, Vancouver World, October 9, 1907, page 10: “Ponsford.—Oct. 8, at Montreal, Claude William Ponsford, eldest son of the late William Page Ponsford, of Vancouver, member of the clerical staff of Molson’s Bank, Montreal, and formerly of the local branch, aged 26 years. Funeral Monday morning in Vancouver.”

Claude William Ponsford, obituary, Vancouver World, October 9, 1907, page 16: “The remains of the late Clause William Ponsford will be brought to this city by the mother of the deceased, and are expected to arrive here on Sunday next. A special service will be held in Christ church on Monday morning and the body will afterwards interred in Mountain View cemetery.”

Claude William Ponsford, obituary, Vancouver World, October 12, 1907, page 16: “The remains of the late Claude William Ponsford, who died at Montreal, last Tuesday, will arrive in the city tomorrow evening. They will be removed by Green & Simpson’s undertaking rooms from where the funeral will take place on Monday morning at 8:30. Rev. C.C. Owen will conduct services at Christ church and at the cemetery.”

C.W. Ponsford, obituary, Vancouver Province, October 14, 1907, page 3: “The body of Mr. C.W. Ponsford arrived last night from Montreal, where he died. The funeral took place at 8:30 o’clock this morning from Christ Church. The Rev. C.C. Owen officiated.”

Claude W. Ponsford, obituary, Vancouver World, October 14, 1907, page 13: “The remains of the late Claude W. Ponsford arrived in this city on Sunday evening and were interred this morning. The funeral took place at 8:30 o’clock from the family residence, 1055 Barclay street, to Christ church, were Rev. C.C. Owen conducted the service. The remains were afterwards interred in Mountain View cemetery. There was a large attendance of friends and relatives of the deceased both at the church and the graveside. Many beautiful floral tributes covered the coffin, among them being a tribute from the clerical staff of Molsons Bank in this city.”

Claude W. Ponsford, obituary, Vancouver Province, October 15, 1907, page 11: “Many fond hopes were buried with the body of Claude W. Ponsford in Mountain View Cemetery yesterday. The young man had a most promising career before him, having already attained an enviable position for one so young. The deceased was a great favorite with all who knew him, as was evidenced in Montreal, where he died. The entire staff of Molson’s Band, where he was employed, including the general manager, accompanied the body to the station, the bier yesterday was piled high with beautiful floral offerings. A short private service was held by Rev. C.C. Owen at the residence of the parents of the deceased. The public service at Christ Church was choral, and was conducted by the rector, assisted by the Venerable Canon Pentreath.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7HCM : 13 December 2015), Claud William Ponsford, 1907; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26304267, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26304267.

 

Leicester Langworth Ponsford (son of Alice Browne)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XK1-177 : 1 October 2014), Leicester Langworthy Ponsford, 1883; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-JW3 : 13 November 2014), Lecesta T Ponsford, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-2CL : 13 November 2014), Lester Longord in household of Alice Longord, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 6, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1W-7QGC : 2 April 2015), Lesicrster Jonsford, 1904; citing San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1410 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,465,580.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3R-7Q2J : 9 October 2015), Leicester L Ponsford, 1895-1924; citing M1461, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 307, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,473,107.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3B-HKXV : 9 October 2015), Leicester L Ponsford, 1913; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 239, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,561,325.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPB1-7QS : 27 November 2014), Leicester L Ponsford, 24 Nov 1913; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Vancouver, British Columbia,, line 8, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 239, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

“Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KYKB-R6Z : 4 December 2014), Leicester L Ponsford, ; citing Seattle, King, Washington, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1383, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1,454,974.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Ponsford, Leicester Langworth; Regimental Number: 703203; Date of Birth: 16/02/1883; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7895 – 32; Item Number: 582142; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=582142.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZVB-D4W : 12 December 2014), Leicester Langworthy Ponsford, 1917-1918; citing San Francisco City no 1, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,543,845.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HL2-8D4 : 27 December 2014), Leicestar Ponsford, Mar 1918; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4756, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHWF-Y2L : 7 December 2015), Leicester Ponsford in household of Charles Wrightington, San Francisco Assembly District 21, San Francisco, California, United States; citing sheet 5A,  NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,132.

“BillionGraves Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKDP-QP6N : 15 September 2015), Ethel Ponsford, died 24 May 1966; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at Calgary (Queens Park Village) Cemetery, Calgary, Division No.  6, Alberta, Canada; http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/person/15697942.

“BillionGraves Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKD2-XKWR : 7 December 2015), Leicester L. Ponsford, died 1968; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at Calgary (Queens Park Village) Cemetery, Calgary, Division No.  6, Alberta, Canada.

 

Roy Page Ponsford (son of Alice Browne)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XGW-FPN : 1 October 2014), Roy Page Ponsford, 1885; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Hendon, Middlesex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries, Morning Post (London, England), August 17, 1885; page 1; Issue 35305: “Ponsford.—On the 13th inst., at Cold Harbour, Willesdengreen, the wife of William Page Ponsford, of a son.”

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-JWQ : 13 November 2014), Roy P Ponsford, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-2CG : 13 November 2014), Roy Longord in household of Alice Longord, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 6, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HLS-58D : 27 December 2014), Roy Page Ponsford, Sep 1910; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4771, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M23P : 2 March 2015), Roy Ponsford in entry for Alice Ponsford, 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=63674&highlight=46&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Roy+Corisford.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKM-PYG : 30 September 2015), Roy Page Ponsford, 1912.

“R.P. Ponsford Dead; Was Son of Pioneer Merchant of Vancouver,” Vancouver Province, May 1, 1912, page 18:

“The death occurred this morning at Bute Street Hospital of Mr. Roy Page-Ponsford, aged 26. Deceased was a son of the late William Page-Ponsford, a pioneer merchant of Vancouver, and had resided here since early boyhood. He has a brother living here and another in San Francisco. His mother is at present visiting in England.

The funeral will take place from the residence of Mrs. M. Green, 777 Seventh avenue west. The date will be announced as soon as it is learned what time the brother in San Francisco can arrive here. Deceased was born in Devonshire, England.”

Roy Page Ponsford, death notice, Vancouver Province, May 2, 1912, page 4: “Ponsford—The funeral of the late Roy Page Ponsford will take place on Saturday afternoon from Christ Church, Rev. C.C. Owen officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery.”

Roy Page Ponsford, death notice, Vancouver Province, May 3, 1912, page 4: “Ponsford—The funeral of the late Roy Page Ponsford will take place on Saturday afternoon from Christ Church, Rev. C.C. Owen officiating.”

Roy Page-Ponsford, obituary, Vancouver Sun, May 3, 1912, page 5: “A son of one [of] the pioneer merchants of this city, Mr. Roy Page-Ponford [sic], died on Wednesday at Bute street hospital. Deceased was only 26 years of age and had spent the greater part of his life in this province. On the arrival of one of the deceased’s brothers from California, the funeral will take place form the residence of Mrs. Green, 777 Seventeenth [sic] avenue west.”

Roy Page-Ponsford, obituary, Vancouver World, May 2, 1912, page 23: “The death took place Wednesday of Roy Page-Ponsford at the Bute Street hospital. Mr. Ponsford’s father was a pioneer merchant of Vancouver. Deceased was 26 years of age and spent the major portion of his life here. His mother is in England on a visit. He has a brother living here and another in San Francisco. The funeral will leave the home of Mrs. M. Green, 777 Seventh avenue west, on the return of the brother from California.”

Roy Page Ponsford, Vancouver May 6, 1912, page 27: “Ponsford—The funeral of the late Ray [sic] Page Ponsford took place on Saturday afternoon from 774 Thirteenth [sic] avenue, the residence of Mrs. Green, who in the absence of the mother of the deceased in the old country, took charge of the funeral arrangements. The service was held at Christ Church, Rev. C.C. Owen officiating. The deceased was 26, a son of a pioneer merchant of Vancouver, and leaves two brothers, Lester and Douglas Ponsford, both residing in this city. The pallbearers were Messrs. Frank Holland, James Whitehead, Lyle Fraser, Hibbert Brenton, William Woodward and John Mackenzie.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7HC7 : 13 December 2015), Roy Rage Ponsford, 1912; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26304268, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26304268.

 

Douglas St Cyres Ponsford (son of Alice Browne)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X51-THX : 1 October 2014), Douglas St Cyres Ponsford, 1887; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Hendon, Middlesex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-JW7 : 13 November 2014), Dongless A Ponsford, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

School results, Vancouver Daily World, June 25, 1895, page 5: “First Primer to Second Primer in order of merit: Hertie Cope, Alzle Olive Bealy, Douglas St. Cyres Ponsford and Emma Polenzy equal.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-2CP : 13 November 2014), Douglas Longord in household of Alice Longord, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 6, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3R-7QJY : 9 October 2015), Douglas S Ponsford, 1895-1924; citing M1461, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 307, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,473,107.

 

Harold Ponsford (brother of William Page Ponsford)

H. Ponsford, auction notice, Vancouver Province, March 29, 1901, page 16: Auction—On Tuesday next at Mr. H. Ponsford’s, 1600 Robson street. Brinsmead piano, bicycles, valuable furniture and effects. Particulars tomorrow. J.S. Rankin.”

Society, Vancouver World, March 30, 1901, page 8: “H. Ponsford, the well-known merchant, will leave next week with his family to live in Australia. A complementary banquet is being arranged by businessmen to be tendered to Mr. Ponsford. It will take place next Tuesday evening in the Merchants’ Exchange.”

Society, Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, March 30, 1901, page 8: Mr. H. Ponsford, who leaves with his family for Sydney on the Australian liner Miowera on Wednesday next, will be tendered a farewell complementary banquet on Tuesday evening by the businessmen of the city.”

Town Topics, Vancouver World, April 1, 1901, page 8: J.S. Rankin will conduct the sale of Mr. Ponsford’s furniture and effects at 1600 Robson street to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon. Included is a fine Brinsmead piano, Singer sewing machine, lady’s and gent’s bicycle and valuable furniture and effects [of] a high-class character. A set of 17 vols. Of Cuivier’s Animal Kingdom, fully illustrated, should appeal to lovers of natural history. Mr. Ponsford leaves for Australia by the outgoing steamer, consequently all the above are to be sold absolutely without reserve.”

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-RJZ : 13 November 2014), Harold Ponsford, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.

“The World and His Wife,” Sunday Times (Sydney, New South Wales) March 28, 1915, page 5: Miss Ellen Burke, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Burke, of Wallara, Queens land, has become engaged to Mr. Dudley Ponsford, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ponsford, of ‘Red Naxela,’ Mosman.”

Ponsford-Campbell, The Sun (Sydney, New South Wales), October 21, 1917, page 15: “St. Luke’s Church, Mosman, was the scene of a quiet wedding recently, when Rev. F. Reeve officiated at the marriage of Miss Ida Marguerite Campbell, daughter of Mr. John Campbell, of “Ottollne,” Summer Hill, with Mr. Basil Harold Ponsford, son of Mr. Harold Ponsford, of “Red Naxela,” Mosman. The bride wore a smart cream gabardine costume and white hat, with touches of black. Miss Gladys Campbell was bridesmaid, and Mr. Dudley Ponsford best man.”

Dudley Walter Ponsford, http://mosman1914-1918.net/people/1562.html/: Held rank of Private; Held rank of Trooper; Birth record: 1892 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Death record: 2 October 1955 in Concord, NSW, Australia; Father – Harold Ponsford; Mother – Fanny Sappho Pogson; Wife – Gladys May Campbell.

Arthur Ewart Ponsford, http://mosman1914-1918.net/people/1043.html/: Held rank of Lance Corporal; Birth record: 1894 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Death record: 8 November 1966 in Avalon, NSW, Australia; Wife – Dorothy Ellen Hayward; Father – Harold Ponsford; Mother – Fanny Sappho Pogson; Sibling – Dudley Walter Ponsford.

Weddings, The Sydney Morning Herald (New South Wales), February 1, 1919, page 9: “On January 7, at St. Phillip’s Church, Sydney, the Rev. Canon Bellingham celebrated the marriage of Miss Gladys Campbell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell, Ottoline, Summer Hill, and Mr. Dudley Ponsford, Burridool, via Wagga Wagga, late 6th Light Horse Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ponsford, Koyong, Mosman. The bride was given away by her father, and wore a gown of ivory crepe de Chine, veiled in embossed Brussels net, and designed with a court train, finished with pearl trimmings, and an embroidered tulle veil, lent by the bridegroom’s mother, was held in place by a coronet of orange blossoms and ninon roses. The bridal bouquet, arranged with tulle streamers, was with a diamond brooch, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaid, Miss Edith Campbell, wore a frock of pale blue crepe-de-Chine, with over-dress of white net, and pale blue hat. Her bouquet of pale pink roses was held with streamers of the bridegroom’s regimental colours. The bridegroom’s gift was a gold wristlet watch. Mr. Rowan Chisholm Ross, late 1st Light Horse, attended the bridegroom. During the signing of the register “Beloved, It Is Morn” was sung by Mr. Barnett. Only the immediate relatives of the bride and bridegroom were entertained at Petty’s Hotel, where Mrs. Campbell received, in a gown of black charmeuse and ninon, with black and white hat. She carried a posy of mauve asters, tied with purple streamers, the colours of the bride’s brother, who is on active service. Mrs. Harold Ponsford wore a gown of nattier blue Georgette, with pretty bead trimmings, with putty and blue hat to match. The bride travelled in a cream tailored costume and cream hat.”

Auction notice, Harold Ponsford, The Sydney Morning Herald (New South Wales, April 4, 1918, page 3. [contents of the residence, Red Naxela, Cross-Street, Mosman]

Engagements, The Sun (Sydney, New South Wales, May 18, 1924, page 18: “Miss Muriel (Doodi) Ponsford, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ponsford, of Mosman, to Mr. Roy Flower, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Flower, also of Mosman.”