Richardson, George William (1859-1921)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 713

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 713

George William Richardson was a real estate and insurance broker. He lived at 1891 Barclay Street from 1907 to 1909.

George William Richardson was born on March 24 (probably about 1859) in Middleborough, Massachusetts. His father was Samuel Richardson, who was a clergyman. George’s mother was Florence Haire. (George’s brother, Harry Alden Richardson (1862-1923), became the general manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia.)

George travelled to British Columbia about 1893, and formed a business in the Kootenay area of British Columbia with R.J. Bealey. (Robert John Bealey (1855-1928) lived at 891 Chilco Street in 1910.)

About 1896 George moved to Rossland, British Columbia. At first he was the Rossland representative of the company.

Rossland BC Business Directory, 1897, pages not numbered (first page of directory)

Rossland BC Business Directory, 1897, pages not numbered (first page of directory)

By 1898, George had become the sole operator of the Rossland business.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 388 (Rossland)

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 388 (Rossland)

 

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 357 (Rossland)

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 357 (Rossland)

On June 29, 1898, in Trail, British Columbia, George married Ada Margaret Munro. She was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia about 1872. Her father was Hugh D. Munro (born about 1837), who was an excise officer. Ada’s mother was Susan (born about 1838).

George carried on his business in the Kootenays until about 1905. He first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1906. He was living at 1070 Georgia Street. He was in business with John Binns Johnson (1862-1933), who lived at 1890 Comox Street from 1909 to 1913.

George lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1906 1070 Georgia Street
1907 to 1909 1891 Barclay Street
1910 and 1911 1337 Comox Street
1912 to 1915 3790 Alexandra Street (no specific number from 1912 to 1915)
1916 3790 Alexandra Street
1917 to 1920 not listed under names
1921 54th Avenue, north side (probably near Oak Street)

George and Ada appeared in the Vancouver social directories in 1908 and 1914.

Elite Directory of Vancouver, 1908, page 73

Elite Directory of Vancouver, 1908, page 73

 

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 57

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 57

About 1916, the Richardsons moved to Toronto, Ontario. It appears that George worked with an insurance agency called Armstrong & De Witt Limited.

Toronto City Directory, 1918, page 1130 (edited image); https://archive.org/stream/torontodirec191800midiuoft#page/n1139/mode/1up.

Toronto City Directory, 1918, page 1130 (edited image); https://archive.org/stream/torontodirec191800midiuoft#page/n1139/mode/1up.

About 1921, the Richardsons moved back to Vancouver, where they lived briefly at a house on 54th Avenue near Oak Street.

George died at the 54th Avenue house on October 12, 1921. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Ada died in Vancouver on June 13, 1945. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

George and Ada had a daughter.

 

Florence Richardson

Florence Richardson was born in Rossland, British Columbia. She did not marry.

She died in Vancouver on February 9, 1979.

 

Sources

Samuel Richardson (father of George William Richardson)

Samuel Richardson, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/samuel-richardson_127714667: “Born. Samuel married Florence Haire. Samuel married Rlorence [sic] Haire and had a child.”

“United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZHR-GX2 : 30 December 2015), Samuel Richardson, 1860.

History of the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, by Thomas Weston; Boston, Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1906, page 474; https://archive.org/stream/historyoftownofm00wes#page/474/mode/1up: “The pastors of this church [First Baptist Church] since 1850 have been: . . . Samuel Richardson, 1856-62.”

 

Florence Haire (mother of George William Richardson)

Florence Haire, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/florence-haire_185356476: “Born. Florence married Samuel Richardson and had a child.”

“United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZHR-GXL : 30 December 2015), Florence E Richardson in entry for Samuel Richardson, 1860.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4DW-Y78 : 13 November 2014), Florence Richardson in household of Thomas Spencer, Liverpool, Queen’s, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 42, line 4; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10548, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,229,136; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396667_00039.pdf (possible connection).

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6L-1SL : 18 November 2014), Florance Richardson, Ward no. 5, Halifax City, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 40; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13168, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,804; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e325/e008117663.pdf.

 

George William Richardson

“United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZHR-GX5 : 30 December 2015), George W Richardson in entry for Samuel Richardson, 1860.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4DW-Y7D : 13 November 2014), George Richardson in household of Thomas Spencer, Liverpool, Queen’s, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 42, line 7; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10548, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,229,136; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396667_00039.pdf (possible connection)

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6L-1SP : 18 November 2014), George Richardson in household of Florance Richardson, Ward no. 5, Halifax City, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 40; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13168, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,804; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e325/e008117663.pdf.

B.C. Voters List 1898 – R to Rn; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/voter.htm: “Richardson, George W., Nelson, Real estate agent, KWN”

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8G-FLR : 21 January 2016), George William Richardson and Ada Munro, 29 Jun 1898; citing Trail, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11388, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,984,109.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-C66 : 13 November 2014), George W Richardson, H, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 11, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-3M7M : 2 March 2015), Geo W Richardson, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

1921 Canada Census, George W. Richardson; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGS-ZHR : 30 September 2015), George William Richardson, 1921.

“G.W. Richardson, Old-Timer of Kootenays, Is Buried Today,” Vancouver Province, October 14, 1921, page 30:

“The funeral was held this afternoon of Mr. G.W. Richardson, a pioneer resident of British Columbia, who died on Wednesday. Many of his old acquaintances were present at his late residence on Oak street for the obsequies. The service was conducted by Rev. C.s. McGaffin, and the pallbearers were Mrs. J.L.G. Abbott, Mr. G.V. Holt, Mr. N. Townsend, Mr. H.H.H. Alexander, Mr. F.W. Rounsefell and Mr. J.B. Johnson.

The deceased was, for many years, prominent in business circles in the Kootenays, as well as in Vancouver. He was born in Nova Scotia [sic], came to British Columbia in 1893 and went into partnership with R.J. Bealy, now of Portland. Mr. Richardson moved to Rossland in 1896 to manage the Rossland branch of his business, and was married the same year [sic] to Miss Ada Munro of Nova Scotia. Later he joined J.B. Johnson, now of the firm of Johnson & Reeve, and in 1906 the firm moved to Vancouver. Mr. Richardson moved to Toronto in 1915, returning here at the beginning of his last illness.

He is survived by Mr. Richardson, a daughter, three sisters and a brother. The brother is H.A. Richardson of Toronto, general manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia, who arrived here a few days ago.”

George W. Richardson, death notice, Vancouver Province, October 13, 1921, page 17; Vancouver Sun, October 14, 1921, page 10; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=UidlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2021%2C4142397 [link leads to column 2; death notice is in column 1]: “Richardson, George W.—On October 12, at Oak St. and 54th Ave., a native of Nova Scotia and for twenty-eight years a resident of this city. Funeral will take place on Friday at 2:30 p.m. from his late residence.”

“G.W. Richardson Funeral Today; B.C. Pioneer, Brother of Toronto Banker, to be Buried at Ocean View,” Vancouver Sun, October 14, 1921, page 2; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=UidlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2021%2C4142397; [similar to “G.W. Richardson, Old-Timer of Kootenays, Is Buried Today,” Vancouver Province, October 14, 1921, page 30, above.]

 

Hugh D. Munro (father of Ada Margaret Munro)

“Nova Scotia Vital Records, 1763-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMLN-GSK : 8 December 2014), Hugh D Munro and Susan A. Shearer, 1866, Marriage; citing p. 21, volume 1809, , Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada; Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax.

“Canada Marriages, 1661-1949,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2LW-QMZ : 5 December 2014), Hugh D. Munro and Susan Shearer, 01 Oct 1866; citing Wallace, Nova Scotia, reference p21, cn14; FHL microfilm 1,298,866.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6L-71S : 18 November 2014), Hugh Munro, Ward no. 1, Halifax City, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 37; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13168, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,804.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW2H-8D6 : 13 November 2014), Hugh D Munro, Centre Town, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148123.

 

Susan A. Shearer (mother of Ada Margaret Munro)

“Nova Scotia Vital Records, 1763-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMLN-GS2 : 8 December 2014), Hugh D Munro and Susan A. Shearer, 1866, Marriage; citing p. 21, volume 1809, , Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada; Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax.

“Canada Marriages, 1661-1949,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2LW-QM4 : 5 December 2014), Hugh D. Munro and Susan Shearer, 01 Oct 1866; citing Wallace, Nova Scotia, reference p21, cn14; FHL microfilm 1,298,866.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6L-713 : 18 November 2014), Susan Munro in household of Hugh Munro, Ward no. 1, Halifax City, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 37; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13168, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,804.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW2H-8DX : 13 November 2014), Susan Munro, Centre Town, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148123.

 

Ada Margaret Munro

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6L-71W : 18 November 2014), Ada Munro in household of Hugh Munro, Ward no. 1, Halifax City, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 37; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13168, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,804.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW2H-8DJ : 13 November 2014), Ada Munro, Centre Town, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148123; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148123-00668.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8G-FLG : 21 January 2016), George William Richardson and Ada Munro, 29 Jun 1898; citing Trail, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11388, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,984,109.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-C6X : 13 November 2014), Ada Richardson in household of George W Richardson, H, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 11, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-3M79 : 2 March 2015), Ada Richardson in entry for Geo W Richardson, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

1921 Canada Census, Ada Richardson in household of George W. Richardson; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPW-925 : 30 September 2015), Ada M Richardson, 1945.

Ada M. Richardson, death notice, Vancouver Province, June 14, 1945, page 13; Vancouver Sun, June 14, 1945, page 15: “Richardson—On June 13, 1045, Ada M., widow of the late George Richardson. Survived by her daughter, Florence. Born at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Funeral Friday, June 15, at 2 p.m., from the T. Edwards Co. Memorial Chapel, Granville St. and 10th Ave. Interment Ocean View Burial Park, Bishop C.c. Heathcote officiating. No flowers.”

 

Florence Richardson (daughter of George William Richardson)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-3M7S : 2 March 2015), Florence Richardson in entry for Geo W Richardson, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

1921 Canada Census, Florence Richardson in household of George W. Richardson; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL19-3XW : 30 September 2015), Florence Richardson, 1979.

 

Harry Alden Richardson (brother of George William Richardson)

John A. Turley-Ewart, “RICHARDSON, HARRY ALDEN,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 15, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed November 12, 2016, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/richardson_harry_alden_15E.html.

“Harry Alden Richardson,” Leading financial and business men of Toronto : a work of artistic color plates designed to portray one hundred leading men of Toronto, both financially and socially; Toronto : E. McCormick, 1912; https://archive.org/stream/leadingfinancial00unse#page/n167/mode/1up.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNGX-8P1 : 3 January 2015), Harry A. Richardson, 18 May 1923; citing Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, 004266, pg321, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,976,460.

“H.A. Richardson Dies; Was Leading Banker: General Manager of Bank of Nova Scotia Succumbs to Long Illness,” Toronto Globe, May 19, 1923, page 16.

“Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2763-YFY : 28 November 2014), Harry A Richardson, 21 May 1923; citing Toronto, Ontario, Canada, section and lot X 13 1, line 43812, volume Volume 04, 1920-1931, Toronto Trust Cemeteris, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,617,217.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGH-5TXG : 13 December 2015), Harry Alden Richardson, 1923; Burial, Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada, Mount Pleasant Cemetery; citing record ID 120538273, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=120538273.

 

Marie Otis Richardson (sister of George William Richardson)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKG-65X : 30 September 2015), Marie Otis Harrington, 1940.

 

Robert John Bealey (business partner of George William Richardson)

Bealey, Robert John (1855-1928) https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-b/bealey-robert-john-1855-1928/.

 

John Binns Johnson (business partner of George William Richardson)

Johnson, John Binns (1862-1933); https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-i/johnson-john-binns-1862-1933/.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG3-H2H : 30 September 2015), Bertha Victoria Johnson, 1924.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD82-R5S : 21 January 2016), John Binns Johnson and Myrtle Eva Turner, 24 Feb 1926; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13751, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,504.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL54-CLF : 30 September 2015), John Binns Johnson, 1933.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL18-PJF : 30 September 2015), Myrtle Eva Johnson, 1982.

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