Sandison, David Tresselt (1867-1948)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1918, page 806.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1918, page 806.

David Tresselt Sandison was a cannery manager. He lived at 885 Chilco Street in 1918.

Thomas Adam Sandison was David’s brother. Thomas was an assistant cannery manager from 1919 until he died in 1939. From 1918 to 1939, he lived at the same addresses as David.

 

Family Background

David Tresselt Sandison was born on July 29, 1867 (some sources say 1864), in Wick, Caithness, Scotland. His father was John Sandison (1829-1881), who was a fish-curer and postmaster at Wick. David’s mother was Williamina (“Mina”) Gordon Nicholson (1844-1906).

In 1881 David was living with his parents in Wick.

In 1891 he was living with his mother in Wick. He was the local registrar.

County Directory of Scotland, 1893-1896, page 1009; https://deriv.nls.uk/dcn30/8517/85176269.30.jpg.

County Directory of Scotland, 1893-1896, page 1009; https://deriv.nls.uk/dcn30/8517/85176269.30.jpg.

 

Business Difficulties in Scotland

David sometimes worked as a commission agent, but he became insolvent in 1891. He went through a process of sequestration (the Scottish version of bankruptcy).

The London Gazette, December 8, 1891, page 6840; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26231/page/6840.

The London Gazette, December 8, 1891, page 6840; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26231/page/6840.

The Commercial Gazette, (London, England), December 9, 1891, page 24, column 1.

The Commercial Gazette, (London, England), December 9, 1891, page 24, column 1.

By 1895 he was applying for a discharge from all debts that had existed at the beginning of the sequestration process.

The Edinburgh Gazette, September 6, 1895, page 1250; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Edinburgh/issue/10707/page/1250.

The Edinburgh Gazette, September 6, 1895, page 1250; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Edinburgh/issue/10707/page/1250.

The Commercial Gazette (London, England), September 11, 1895, page 24, column 1.

The Commercial Gazette (London, England), September 11, 1895, page 24, column 1.

By 1899, David was operating a business in Wick called “The Fish Mart.”

British Phone Books, Wick, Scotland, 1899-1900, page 611; D.T Sandison (The Fish mart).

British Phone Books, Wick, Scotland, 1899-1900, page 611; D.T Sandison (The Fish mart).

David ran into financial difficulties again. In August 1911, one of his creditors filed a petition for cession (another form of bankruptcy, in which a debtor would give up all his property in return for not being imprisoned for debt).

The Edinburgh Gazette, September 19, 1911, page 944; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Edinburgh/issue/12391/page/944.

The Edinburgh Gazette, September 19, 1911, page 944; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Edinburgh/issue/12391/page/944.

 

Travels to Canada and Settlement in Vancouver

In October 1912, David sailed to Canada on the S.S. Megantic (sometimes called the R.M.S. Megantic).

He arrived in Quebec City, on his way to Vancouver.

In July 1913 he travelled to Vancouver again, this time on the Empress of Ireland.

S.S. Empress of Ireland; By Unknown - Sjöhistoriska museet, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42989236.

S.S. Empress of Ireland; By Unknown – Sjöhistoriska museet, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42989236.

In 1914, David’s trustee in bankruptcy applied to be discharged, suggesting that the 1911 bankruptcy process was nearly over.

The Edinburgh Gazette, July 31, 1914, page 883; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Edinburgh/issue/12692/page/883.

The Edinburgh Gazette, July 31, 1914, page 883; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Edinburgh/issue/12692/page/883.

On March 9, 1917, David travelled to Canada again. He sailed on the S.S. Missanabie from Liverpool to St. John, New Brunswick. (In 1918, a German submarine attacked the Missanabie on its way from Liverpool to New York City, killing 45 people: SS Missanabie; http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?11122.)

David first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1918. He was living at 885 Chilco Street. He lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1918 885 Chilco Street
1919 to 1932 1001 Georgia Street
1933 to 1941 790 Howe Street
1942 801 West Georgia Street
1943 to 1947 921 West Pender Street

He became the managing director of Maritime Fisheries, Limited.

Canadian Fisherman, volume 7, number 1, January 1920, page 11; https://archive.org/stream/canadianfisherma07cana#page/n14/mode/1up.

Canadian Fisherman, volume 7, number 1, January 1920, page 11; https://archive.org/stream/canadianfisherma07cana#page/n14/mode/1up.

One of the company’s projects was the re-building of the fish plant at Haysport, on the Skeena River, east of Prince Rupert.

An article in the Canadian Fisherman spoke enthusiastically about both the Haysport project and David’s business abilities.

Canadian Fisherman, volume 7, number 5, May 1920, page 129, column 1; https://archive.org/stream/canadianfisherma07cana#page/n344/mode/1up.

Canadian Fisherman, volume 7, number 5, May 1920, page 129, column 1; https://archive.org/stream/canadianfisherma07cana#page/n344/mode/1up.

Henry Doyle, a competitor in the fishing industry, had a less-favourable view of both Maritime Fisheries Limited and David’s management skills.

Maritime Fisheries Limited, in Development of the Pacific Salmon-Canning Industry: A Grown Man's Game, By Diane Newell, Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1989, pages 216-217; https://books.google.ca/books?id=nUhAeXUg9pwC&pg=PA217&lpg=PA217&dq=%22D.%20T.%20sandison%22#v=onepage&q=%22D.%20T.%20sandison%22&f=false.

Maritime Fisheries Limited, in Development of the Pacific Salmon-Canning Industry: A Grown Man’s Game, By Diane Newell, Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1989, pages 216-217; https://books.google.ca/books?id=nUhAeXUg9pwC&pg=PA217&lpg=PA217&dq=%22D.%20T.%20sandison%22#v=onepage&q=%22D.%20T.%20sandison%22&f=false.

By 1929, David was no longer with Maritime Fisheries Limited. He was the president of General Trading Company Limited.

Wrigley’s BC Directory, 1929, page 917.

Wrigley’s BC Directory, 1929, page 917.

He stayed with General Trading until the late 1930s.

He did not marry, and it appears that he did not have any children.

He died in Vancouver on February 8, 1948. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Sources

John Sandison (father of David Tresselt Sandison)

John Sandison (1834–); Birth 1834; Wick; Death: Unknown; Ancestry.ca: Durrand Family Caithness.

Ancestry.com. Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013: John Sandison; marriage date: June 5, 1867; marriage place: Anderston,Glasgow,Lanark,Scotland; spouse: Williamina G. Nicolson.

“Scotland Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBLS-8SF : 16 November 2014), John Sandison, Parliamentary Burgh Of Wick, Caithnessshire, Scotland; from “1871 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 7, PRO T 1, The National Archives UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 103,975.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLG-KQVX : 13 December 2015), John Sandison, 1881; Burial, Wick, , Highland, Scotland, Old Municipal Cemetery; citing record ID 104129957, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=104129957.

 

Williamina Gordon Nicolson (mother of David Tresselt Sandison)

Williamina Gordon Nicolson (1844–); Birth 1844, Wick Caithness; Death Unknown; Ancestry.ca: Durrand Family Caithness.

Ancestry.com. Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013: Williamina G. Nicolson; marriage date: June 5, 1867; marriage place: Anderston,Glasgow,Lanark,Scotland; spouse: John Sandison.

“Scotland Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBLS-8SN : 16 November 2014), Williamina G Sandison, Parliamentary Burgh Of Wick, Caithnessshire, Scotland; from “1871 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 7, PRO T 1, The National Archives UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 103,975.

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMDJ-NGV : 5 November 2014), Williamina Sandison, Wick, Caithnessshire, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 29, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 203,403.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLG-KQVJ : 11 July 2016), Williamina Gordon Nicolson Sandison, 1906; Burial, Wick, , Highland, Scotland, Old Municipal Cemetery; citing record ID 104131345, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=104131345.

 

David Tresselt Sandison

“Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XYB1-MJM : 2 January 2015), David Tresselt Sandison, 29 Jul 1867; citing WICK,CAITHNESS,SCOTLAND, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 6,035,516.

“Scotland Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBLS-8SJ : 16 November 2014), David T Sandison, Parliamentary Burgh Of Wick, Caithnessshire, Scotland; from “1871 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 7, PRO T 1, The National Archives UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 103,975.

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMDJ-NGK : 5 November 2014), David T Sandison, Wick, Caithnessshire, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 30, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 203,403.

“Scotland Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KS8B-68R : 18 November 2014), David T Sandison, Wick, Caithnessshire, Scotland; from “1891 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 19, GRO6/275, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 208,618.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HLB-QV4 : 27 December 2014), David Sandison, Oct 1912; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4793, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HG3-2MV : 27 December 2014), Davis T Sandison, Jul 1913; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4801, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Ancestry.com. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Passenger Lists, 1865–1935. Microfilm Publications T-479 to T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542. Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG 76-C. Department of Employment and Immigration fonds. Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Name: David T Sandison; Gender: Male; Age: 45; Birth Year: abt 1868; Date of Arrival: 18 Jul 1913; Vessel: Empress of Ireland; Port of Arrival: Quebec, Canada; Port of Departure:  Liverpool, England.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLP8-2L9 : 13 April 2017), David Sandison, 1948; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/e5ca6470-c4d0-41e5-9935-f9e9de1486a9.

Sandison, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 10, 1948, page 15; Vancouver Sun, February 10, 1948, page 15; Vancouver Sun, February 11, 1948, page 23: “Sandison—Passed peacefully away on February 8, 1948, in hospital, at the age of 83. Mr. Sandison is survived by his two brothers, Robert and William of London, England. Funeral service will be held in the Georgia chapel of Center and Hanna Ltd., 1049 W. Georgia St., on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. J. Dalton officiating. Interment Mountain View Cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7TW2 : 13 December 2015), David Sandison, 1948; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26321555, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26321555.

 

Thomas Adam Sandison (brother of David Tresselt Sandison)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLV5-WV2 : 13 April 2017), Thomas Adam Sandison, 1939.