Russell, Joseph Ambrose (1866-1949)

Joseph A. Russell, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, Volume 3, Howay and Scholefield, Vancouver , S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, page 47, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/47/mode/1up.

Joseph A. Russell, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, Volume 3, Howay and Scholefield, Vancouver , S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, page 47, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/47/mode/1up.

Joseph Ambrose Russell was a lawyer and police magistrate. He lived at 1960 Robson Street from 1908 to 1910, and at 1973 Robson Street from 1910 to about 1937.

He was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick on September 17, 1866. His father was Matthew Russell; his mother was Sarah Ann Ingram.

He went to Harkins Academy in Newcastle. On April 27, 1887, he obtained a law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and practiced law in New Brunswick for a short time.

In 1888 he travelled to Vancouver. He was admitted as a solicitor in British Columbia in 1889; he was called to the British Columbia bar in 1890.

From 1891 to 1900, he was a police magistrate in Vancouver. During the same period, he carried on a law practice in Vancouver. He worked with a series of other lawyers, and then, in 1896, he formed a law partnership with his brother Finley R. McD. Russell; the firm had a series of other partners. In 1913, he retired from the firm for a period of rest.

He also became involved in other business interests, including salmon canning, lumber, mining, shipbuilding and manufacturing.

He was one of the founders and directors of the Vancouver Horse Show. He was active in many sports, including rowing and tennis.

On August 17, 1892 in Vancouver, he married Jessie Millar. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on August 17, 1866. Her father was James Millar (1867-1952), who was a merchant in New Westminster and Vancouver. Jessie’s mother was Flora Ann McDowell (1869-1933).

After the marriage, the Russells lived in a series of residences in Vancouver. From 1908 to 1910, they were at 1960 Robson Street, which was the home of Mrs. Edward Lewis. In the fall of 1909, they were at 1932 Alberni Street for three months. Finally, about 1910, they were preparing to move to their new house at 1973 Robson Street, which was at the northeast corner of Robson Street and Chilco Street.

1973 Robson Street - Vancouver City Archives - M-11-59 - A Vancouver residence [in the West End probably on the northeast corner of Robson Street and Chilco Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-residence-in-west-end-probably-on-northeast-corner-of-robson-street-and-chilco-street;rad

1973 Robson Street – Vancouver City Archives – M-11-59 – A Vancouver residence [in the West End probably on the northeast corner of Robson Street and Chilco Street]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-residence-in-west-end-probably-on-northeast-corner-of-robson-street-and-chilco-street;rad

By 1911, they were living at 1973 Robson, along with their daughter, Flora, and a staff of at least three people, including a nurse, a maid, and a domestic.

In 1912, the local society column described the annual birthday party for Flora, and listed about 100 guests and their individual costumes for the party.

During the First World War, Joseph formed and became the adjutant of the Vancouver Volunteer Cavalry Reserve.

In 1915, the Russells offered the house at 1973 Robson Street to support the Coronation Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, who held a large dance to honour the officers of the 62nd and 72nd Battalions.

In 1921, Flora went to Paris, France, to study singing with Dame Nellie Melba. In 1924, in Biarritz, Flora married Comte Alexandre Lambert. Shortly after the marriage, Comte Lambert was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. He became an invalid, and Flora’s mother, Jessie, went to France to be with Flora. In September 1925, while Jessie was in France, she caught a cold and died.

By 1927, Flora was back in Vancouver, where she was known as Contesse Lambert until she married Maurice John Evans in 1941.

Joseph continued to practice law for much of the rest of his life, although from time to time he took time away for health reasons. For example, in 1933, he went on a successful trip to California to regain his health.

In the late 1940s, he moved to the Okanagan to live with Flora and Maurice. Joseph died in Kelowna, British Columbia, on December 15, 1949. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Joseph Ambrose Russell and Jessie Millar had one child.

Flora Macdonald Russell

The Comtesse Lambert (daughter of Flora Macdonald Russell) - Vancouver Sun - January 4 1937- page 7

The Comtesse Lambert (daughter of Flora Macdonald Russell) – Vancouver Sun – January 4 1937- page 7

Flora Macdonald Russell was born in San Francisco, California, on December 18, 1901.

She was active in the Vancouver Horse Show. She was also a talented singer, and in 1921 she went to Paris, France, to study with Dame Nellie Melba. In 1924, in Biarritz, Flora married Comte Alexandre Lambert. Soon after the wedding, Alexandre was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. He became an invalid. While Flora’s mother, Jessie was in France with Flora, Jessie caught a cold and died.

Eventually Flora returned to Vancouver, where she became known as the Comtesse Alexandre Lambert. In 1928, she gave a large party in the house at 1973 Robson Street.

In 1937, she was still known at “The Comtesse Lambert”; she was one of the hostesses who arranged a party to support a “Little Theatre” presentation of Karel Kapek’s “The Makropoulo’s Secret.”

On August 23, 1941, Flora married Maurice John Evans of Pender Harbour, British Columbia. He was born in England. His father was Alexander Easson Evans (1872-1916), from Newcastle, England; his mother was Ethel Anne Bainbridge Fenwick (1864-1904).

Maurice attended Royal Military College from 1917 to 1920. After he graduated, he went into engineering; in later life he was a timber cruiser.

Maurice and Flora eventually went to live in Okanagan Mission, near Kelowna, British Columbia.

Maurice died at Okanagan Mission, British Columbia, on April 1, 1963.

Flora died in Kelowna, British Columbia, on June 6, 1969.

Alexandre Lambert and Flora Macdonald Russell had a daughter.

Rose-Marie Josephine Susan Lambert (also known as Rosemary Lambert Evans)

Comte Alexandre Lambert and Flora had a daughter named Rose-Marie Josephine Susan Lambert, although she was later called Rosemary Lambert Evans. She went to York House School in Vancouver, and later obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree at Washington State College in Pullman, Washington State. Her thesis was a study of eight oil paintings by Cezanne, Picasse, Graque and El Greco.

On December 17, 1955, in Los Angeles, California, she married Frederick James Bassett. It appears that he was born on January 3, 1927. His father was George William Bassett; his mother was Edna M. Corey. He serviced with the U.S. 88th Infantry Division in Italy during the Second World War. He graduated from the University of Rochester.

It appears that Frederick died on June 1, 2004; he had been living in Palm Desert, California.

No further information is available for Rosemary.

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Joseph Ambrose Russell

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Joseph A. Russell, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, Volume 3, Howay and Scholefield, Vancouver , S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/46/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/47/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/49/mode/1up.

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Calendar of Dalhousie College and University, 1887-1888, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University, 1887, Page 67, Degrees conferred April 27, 1887, Bachelors of Laws, Joseph Ambrose Russell, Newcastle, N.B.

“Canada Census, 1871,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4MK-TVR : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Mathew Russell, Newcastle, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396660_00582.pdf

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MV6X-P6S : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Joseph A. Russell in household of Matthew Russell, Newcastle, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e326/e008134981.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWK3-S7Y : accessed 07 Jan 2014), J R Russell, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148093-00164.pdf

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“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JFBF-235 : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Joseph A. Russell, 26 Jan 1904; citing Saxonia, United States National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Social and Personal, Vancouver Province, September 7, 1909, page 9: “Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Russell have taken the residence lately occupied by Mr. V. F. Cronyn for three months while their new residence is being completed.” [Note: Verschoyle Francis Cronyn was at 1932 Alberni Street from 1906 to 1909.]

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 1 Vancouver City, page 15, family 141, lines, 4-11; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63673&highlight=4&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Joseph+Russell; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940049.pdf

Society, Vancouver Province, December 16, 1912, page 8: “A festivity which has come to be anticipated with the keenest pleasure by a large number of young people is Miss Flora Russell’s birthday party, an annual event which is always one of the most enjoyable of the holiday gaieties. . . .”

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JNTL-2Z3 : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Joseph A. Russell, 26 Dec 1913; citing Cedric, United States National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Mil P38 – [Vancouver Volunteer Cavalry], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-volunteer-cavalry;rad

Society, Vancouver Province, December 1, 1915, page 1: “The dance given last evening, by the Coronation Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, at the residence of Mrs. J.A. Russell . . .”

“J.A. Russell Returns,” Vancouver Sun, November 25, 1933, page 2; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Ki9lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2ogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5382%2C2943202

Leonard Lockyer, “Bench and Bar: An Interview,” (1943), The Advocate, volume 1, pages 48-49.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL58-9JY : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Joseph Ambrose Russell, 1949.

“Death Takes City Lawyer in Kelowna,” Vancouver Province, December 16, 1949, page 42.

“Ex-magistrate Russell dead at Kelowna,” Vancouver Sun, December 17, 1949, page 23.

“Death Calls Well-Known Coast Lawyer,” Kelowna Courier, December 19, 1949, page 1.

Joseph Ambrose Russell, death notice, (1950), The Advocate, volume 8, page 14.

Mountain View Burials, http://former.vancouver.ca/commsvcs/NONMARKETOPERATIONS/MOUNTAINVIEW/burials/ru.htm: RUSSELL, Joseph Ambrose; date of death: Dec-15-1949; date of burial: Feb-13-1950; plot number: MASONIC/*/*/074/0016; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26301778

Jessie Millar (wife of Joseph Ambrose Russell)

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKS-LP2 : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Jessie Miller, New Westminster City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148092-00609.pdf

“Mrs. J.A. Russell Passes in Paris: Wife of Well-known Vancouver Barrister Died Suddenly Tuesday,” Vancouver Province, September 16, 1925, page 1.

“Mrs. J. Russell Dies Suddenly While Abroad: Pioneer Resident Succumbs to Brief Illness in France,” Vancouver Sun, September 16, 1925, page 3.

James Millar (father of Jessie Millar)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLR4-YCJ : accessed 07 Jan 2014), James Millar, 1952.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1952-09-002395, James Millar, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=7c2ba8cd-4e90-4baa-a821-664bfa3d02ca

Mountain View Cemetery, MILLAR, James           Feb-14-1952                       JONES/*/*/064B/0008.

James Millar, death notice, Vancouver Sun – Feb 16, 1952, page 30, column 4, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BjhlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nIkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1126%2C2542699

Flora Ann McDowell (mother of Jessie Millar)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5W-YWY : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Flora Ann Millar, 1933.

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Mountain View Cemetery, http://former.vancouver.ca/commsvcs/NONMARKETOPERATIONS/MOUNTAINVIEW/burials/me-mn.htm: MILLAR, Flora Ann        Apr-21-1933                       JONES/*/*/064B/0007

Flora Macdonald Russell (daughter of Joseph Ambrose Russell and Jessie Millar)

The  Leader, August 2, 1921, page 5: “Miss Flora Russell, Vancouver, B.C., will leave for Paris in September to study music under the personal supervision of Madame Melba.”

Nellie Melba, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellie_Melba.

“Miss Flora Russell Honored With Tea,” Vancouver Sun, September 3, 1921, page 4; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LSdlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2430%2C174722: “Miss Constance Peters, Vancouver heights, entertained at a charming tea on Thursday afternoon in honor of Miss Flora Russell who is leaving shortly for Paris.

Le Figaro, October 11, 1924, page 2: “en l’église Saint-Charles, à Biarritz, vient d’être célébré le mariage du comte Alexandre Lambert avec Mlle Flora Russel, fille de M. J. Russel et madam née Miller, de Vancouver. ”; http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k2941245/texteBrut [“In St. Charles Church, Biarritz, was recently celebrated the marriage of Count Alexander Lambert and Miss Flora Russell, daughter of Mr. J. and Mrs. Russell (born Miller), Vancouver.”]

“Comtesse Lambert’s Garden is Lovely Setting for Tea Today,” Vancouver Sun, July 11, 1928, page 6; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GixlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=s4gNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1352%2C953004

“Taking Guests to Little Theatre: The Comtesse Lambert,” Vancouver Sun, January 4, 1937, page 7 (includes photograph of the Comtesse Lambert).

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLY4-59K : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Flora Macdonald Evans, 1969.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1969-09-008844, Flora Macdonald Evans, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=0eff5831-81f9-46c6-9e34-33b77c79f4cc.

Maurice John Evans (second husband of Flora Macdonald Russell)

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVV-85Y : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Maurice J Evans in entry for Alex E Evans, 1901.

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British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1963-09-005188, Maurice John Evans, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=d19a4fa5-82a6-487d-aa8a-d480fdc57c70.

Rose-Marie Josephine Susan Lambert (daughter of Alexandre Lambert and Flora Macdonald Russell)

“Mr. J.A. Russell and His Granddaughter, Rose-Marie Josephine Susan Lambert,” Vancouver Sun, October 24, 1931, page 15 (includes photograph of Joseph Ambrose Russell and Rose-Marie Josephine Susan Lambert”; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6i1lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yYgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1316%2C2940153 (note: link leads to page 16. Photograph of Joseph Ambrose Russell is on the bottom left corner of the page 15, the previous page).

“Kelowna Engagement of Interest Here,” Vancouver Sun, September 20, 1955, page 21. Refers to engement of Rosemary Lambert Evans to Frederick James Bassett, son of Mr. and Mrs. George William Bassett of Rochester, New York.

“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X788-CSP : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Frederick Bassett in household of George W Bassett, Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0152, sheet , family 50, NARA microfilm publication.

“United States Census, 1940,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K79G-GYG : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Frederick T Bassett in household of George W Bassett, Ward 19, Rochester, Rochester City, Monroe, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 65-289, sheet 3B, family 63, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 2850.

“United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KMN6-LV1 : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Frederick J Bassett, 08 Mar 1945.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2HQ9-THN : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Frederick J Bassett, 1945.

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8XW-4ZK : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Frederick James Bassett and Rosemary Lambert Evans, 1955.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VM33-KZN : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Frederick J Bassett, 1 June 2004; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“United States Public Records Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KBMV-BHY : accessed 07 Jan 2014), Frederick James Bassett, 01 Oct 2007.

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