Robson, Charles William (1853-1906)

Charles William Robson was a commission merchant. He lived at 1818 Barclay Street from about 1897 to 1902.

Charles William Robson was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England on August 18, 1853.

In 1880, Charles married Anna (“Annie”) Isabel Affleck in Tynemouth district, Northumberland. Annie was born in North Shields on January 19, 1850 (some sources says 1854).

In 1881, Charles and Annie were living at 48 Jolliffe Street, Toxteth Park, which was near Prince’s Park in Liverpool. Charles was a commercial traveller, selling drapery.

It appears that this neighbourhood was part of the slum-clearing projects in Liverpool in the 1960s, and Jolliffe Street no longer exists.

Charles and Annie had arrived in Canada by about 1885. According to the 1901 Canada census, Charles became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 1885; Annie became naturalized in 1890.

Charles first appeared in the Vancouver directory in 1891. He was at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1891 to 1894 1142 Robson Street (corner of Bute Street)
1896 1602 Robson Street
1897 to 1900 Denman and Barclay (possibly 1818 Barclay)
1901 1841 Barclay:“C.W. Robinson” (probably an error in directory)
1902 1818 Barclay
1903 Collingwood station N.W.
1904 to 1906 165 Cordova Street

In 1890 and 1891, Charles was a manager for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Vancouver.

“Personal,” Victoria Daily Colonist, April 25, 1890, page 6; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist18900425uvic/18900425#page/n5/mode/1up.

“Personal,” Victoria Daily Colonist, April 25, 1890, page 6; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist18900425uvic/18900425#page/n5/mode/1up.

 

 

Charles resigned from the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1893.

In the 1890s, Charles was in the grocery business with George William Weeks (1862-1948) at 542-550 West Hastings Street. George Weeks had earlier been in business with James A. Ford, a young man from Scotland.

Innes-Thompson Block, 512 West Hastings Street, Heritage Vancouver research material, 1997, http://www.heritagevancouver.org/pdf_letters/HVS-letter-innes-thompson-block-1997-07-23.pdf [detail from Vancouver World newspaper's Bird's-Eye-View Map of Vancouver, B.C., 1890.]

Innes-Thompson Block, 512 West Hastings Street, Heritage Vancouver research material, 1997, http://www.heritagevancouver.org/pdf_letters/HVS-letter-innes-thompson-block-1997-07-23.pdf [detail from Vancouver World newspaper’s Bird’s-Eye-View Map of Vancouver, B.C., 1890.]

Weeks and Ford, 1890s, detail from Thompson-Ogle building; Vancouver City Archives, SGN 14 - [Businesses at 500 block of West Hastings Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/businesses-at-500-block-of-west-hastings-street.

Weeks and Ford, 1890s, detail from Thompson-Ogle building; Vancouver City Archives, SGN 14 – [Businesses at 500 block of West Hastings Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/businesses-at-500-block-of-west-hastings-street.

James Moore was living with Mrs. Moore, the widow of Luke Moore, a former Canadian Pacific Railway employee.

Victoria Daily Colonist, October 19, 1887, page 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist18871019uvic/18871019#page/n3/mode/1up.

Victoria Daily Colonist, October 19, 1887, page 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist18871019uvic/18871019#page/n3/mode/1up.

Mr. Ford lived a life of relative luxury, partly by persuading several businesses and individuals to part with their money and goods, and by writing unauthorized cheques on the Weeks and Ford bank account. Mr. Ford then disappeared, possibly to Seattle or Winnipeg, supposedly leaving the unfortunate Mrs. Moore and others to suffer their losses. However, Mr. Ford later turned up in Scotland, apparently with Mrs. Moore, where they continued their extravagant ways. Mr. Ford later received a four-month sentence for embezzlement.

George Weeks and Charles Robson had a much smoother business relationship, which lasted until about 1900.

Charles later became a commission agent. By 1903, he and Annie had moved to the Collingwood area in south-east Vancouver.

Annie died at home in Collingwood on October 10, 1903. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Charles died in Vancouver on November 5, 1906. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Charles and Annie did not have any children.

 

Sources

Charles William Robson

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N6M-XC5 : accessed 15 December 2015), Charles William Robson, 1853; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England. (possible connection)

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7NT-D7Y : accessed 15 December 2015), Charles W Robson, Tynemouth, Tynemouth, Northumberland, 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.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5BX-LBJ : accessed 15 December 2015), Charles W Robson in entry for Charles Robson, 1871.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DRV-9ML : accessed 15 December 2015), Charles William Robson, 1880; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQDL-K77 : accessed 15 December 2015), Charles William Robson, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 9, PRO RG 11/3646 / 46, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 1,341,873.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-J7B : accessed 15 December 2015), Charles W Robson, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148093-00006.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-2X4 : accessed 15 December 2015), Charles K Robson, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 6, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=36131&highlight=17&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Charles+N+Robson; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000010189.pdf.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKC-C4N : accessed 15 December 2015), Charles Wm Robson, 1906.

“C.W. Robson, Old-Timer, Died This Morning,” Vancouver Province, November 5, 1906, page 1:

“The death occurred this morning of an old-timer in the person of Mr. C.W. Robson, commission merchant of Cordova street. The deceased had been in ill-health for some time.

Mr. Robson had lived in Vancouver nearly twenty years. He was well known in the early nineties as a partner in the firm of Weeks & Robson, grocers and wine merchants, whose place of business was on the corner of Seymour and Hastings street, where Messrs. Macdonald, Marpole & Co.’s office now stands.

The funeral arrangements have not yet been complete by Messrs. Center & Hanna. A borther of the deceased is expected to arrive in the city tonight. Deceased was born at North Shields, England.”

“Funeral Tomorrow,” Vancouver Province, November 6, 1906, page 3: “The funeral of the late C.W. Robson, whose death was announced yesterday, will take place from St. James’ Church to-morrow morning at 10 o’clock, the Rev. H.G. Fiennes-Clinton officiating.”

“Funeral This Morning,” Vancouver Province, November 7, 1906, page 3: “The funeral of C.W. Robson took place this morning and was largely attended by many of the friends of deceased. The pall-bearers were Messrs. George W. Weeks, R.H. Patterson, J. Doherty, A.E. Shelton, C. Jones and W.R. Lord. The services at St. James’ Church and at the cemetery were conducted by Rev. H.G.F. Clinton. Many beautiful floral tributes were sent, among them being wreaths from Mr. H.T. Lockyer, the National Club and Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Shelton. The flag on the Hudson’s Bay Stores is flying at half-mast to-day as a token of the esteem in which deceased was held by the company. Before coming to Vancouver, where he was manager from 1888 to 1893, Mr. Robson was in the service of the firm at Kamloops. A brother of the deceased, Mr. T.R. Robson, is at present in the employ of the Hudson’s Bay Company in this city.”

“Vancouver Pioneer Dead,” Victoria Daily Colonist, November 6, 1906, page 1; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19061106uvic/19061106#page/n0/mode/1up: “Vancouver, Nov. 5—C.W. Robson, a pioneer merchant, died today.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-78H4 : accessed 15 December 2015), Charles W. Robson, 1906; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26279980, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26279980.

 

Anna Isabel Affleck (wife of Charles William Robson)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26G6-MGK : accessed 15 December 2015), Ann Isabella Affleck, 1850; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1851,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKV6-WS4Y : accessed 15 December 2015), Ann Isabella Affleck in household of William Affleck, , Northumberland, England; citing , Northumberland, England, p. 22, from “1851 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7NT-Z4P : accessed 15 December 2015), Ann Isabella Affleck, Tynemouth, Tynemouth, Northumberland, 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.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V518-LFD : accessed 15 December 2015), Ann J Affleck in entry for Mary J Affleck, 1871.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DRF-LDV : accessed 15 December 2015), Annie Isabel Affleck, 1880; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQDL-K7W : accessed 15 December 2015), Annie Isabel Robson in household of Charles William Robson, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 9, PRO RG 11/3646 / 46, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 1,341,873.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-J71 : accessed 15 December 2015), Annie J Robson, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148093-00007.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-2XH : accessed 15 December 2015), Annie I Robson in household of Charles K Robson, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 6, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=36131&highlight=18&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Annie+I+Robson; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000010189.pdf.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVB-YZ4 : accessed 15 December 2015), Anna Isabell Robson, 1903.

“Death of Mrs. Robson,” Vancouver Province, October 12, 1903, page 3:

“The news of the death of Mrs. C.W. Robson of Collingwood, wife of Mr. C.W. Robson, formerly of Messrs. Weeks & Robson of this city, will be received with regret by many in Vancouver. The deceased passed away at the family home at Collingwood on Saturday evening after a short illness.

The funeral took place at 2 o’clock this afternoon from the residence of the deceased at Collingwood on the interurban tram line, the remains being interred in the Mountain View cemetery.”

Anna Isabel Robinson [sic], obituary notice, Vancouver Daily World, October 12, 1903, page 3: “The funeral of Anna Isabel, wife of W.C. Robinson [sic], was held at 2 o’clock this afternoon from the residence, near Collingwood station on the Westminster tram line.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-784B : accessed 15 December 2015), Anna Isabell Robson, 1903; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26304337, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26304337.

 

George William Weeks (grocer)

Weeks House – ca. 1896; 1459 Barclay Street, Vancouver, B.C.; http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobkh/330701341/

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ6-86Y : accessed 15 December 2015), George William Weeks and Hannah Walker, 24 Nov 1891; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,529.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5T-NT1 : accessed 15 December 2015), George William Weeks, 1948

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG2-64K : accessed 15 December 2015), Hannah Weeks, 1941.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGM3-ZQR : accessed 15 December 2015), Hilda Constance Weeks, 1984.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZB-N1Y : accessed 15 December 2015), David Bertrude Mccoy and Rhoda Gladys Weeks, 25 Nov 1920; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B12905, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,874.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD83-SM7 : accessed 15 December 2015), George Campbell Vick Weeks and Marjorie Hogle, 15 Jun 1923; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13745, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,227.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLT7-HMG : accessed 15 December 2015), George Campbell Weeks, 1971.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLB2-JWB : accessed 15 December 2015), Hubert Griffin Weeks, 1974.

 

James A. Moore (grocer with George William Weeks)

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWK3-QXK : accessed 15 December 2015), J A Ford, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148093-00206.pdf.

“Disappearance of J.A. Ford. It Causes a Sensation Amongst Those Who Knew Him,” Vancouver Daily World, March 19, 1891, page 4.

“J.A. Ford in a Scottish Jail; He Did Some Extensive Swindling in Fair Dunfermline; The Lady Whom He Left Heart-Broken in Vancouver Was With Him—Bail Fixings for Her the Largest Item in His Indebtedness,” Vancouver Daily World, April 30, 1892, page 2.

“Ford Howled Out,” Vancouver Daily World, May 25, 1892, page 4: “He is now serving a four months’ sentence for embezzlement.”

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