Smith, Alexander Biggart Sayer (1848-1935)

Portrait of the A.B. Sayer Smith family. Pictured (L-R): Mother, Pauline, Dora, Robert, Maud, Father (A.B. Sayer Smith) and Alexander, 1896; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 192-3; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/portrait-of-b-sayer-smith-family.

Portrait of the A.B. Sayer Smith family. Pictured (L-R): Mother, Pauline, Dora, Robert, Maud, Father (A.B. Sayer Smith) and Alexander, 1896; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 192-3; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/portrait-of-b-sayer-smith-family.

A.B. Sayer Smith’s clearing, on Chilco Street near English Bay, about 1894; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 192-2; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/b-sayer-smiths-clearing-on-chilco-street-near-english-bay.

A.B. Sayer Smith’s clearing, on Chilco Street near English Bay, about 1894; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 192-2; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/b-sayer-smiths-clearing-on-chilco-street-near-english-bay.

Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith was a draftsman, bookkeeper and civil servant. (Sometimes his surname appeared as “Sayer-Smith.”) He and his family lived on Beach Avenue near Gilford Street and Chilco Street from the early 1890s until about 1902.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1901, page 778.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1901, page 778.

The site of their home later became the location of the English Bay Pier and the Pier Tea Rooms.

Alexander was born in Scotland around 1848. He died in Vancouver on November 26, 1935.

Vancouver Sun, November 27, 1935, page 17, columns 7-8.

Vancouver Sun, November 27, 1935, page 17, columns 7-8.

Vancouver Province, November 27, 1935, page 2, column 2.

Vancouver Province, November 27, 1935, page 2, column 2.

Alexander’s wife, Annie Donaldson Mitchell, was born in Scotland on July 10, 1858. Her parents were Robert Mitchell and Annie Donaldson.

Annie Donaldson Smith died in Vancouver on May 4, 1941.

Vancouver Province, May 5, 1941, page 6, column 1.

Vancouver Province, May 5, 1941, page 6, column 1.

Alexander and Annie had six children:

Maud Donaldson Smith (1882-1967)

Dora Sayer Smith (1884-1970)

Robert Browning Smith (1888-1955)

Pauline Wilson Smith (1891-1972)

Alexander St. Andrew Mitchell Smith (1893-1975)

Fred Bryson Smith (1899-1994)

Maud Donaldson Smith married John Stewart Gall (1876-1960), who lived at 2000 Beach Avenue from 1903 to 1905 and at 958 Denman Street from 1906 to 1914. Further information appears on the page for John Stewart Gall.

 

Sources

Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith

Alexander Biggart Sayer SMITH, http://www.nethop.net/~sandness/ABSS.htm.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-B53 : 18 March 2018), Alex B Smith, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MTQ7 : 16 March 2018), Alexander B Smith, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census; Alex B. Smith; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 4; 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2N-ZK3 : 8 November 2017), Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith, 1935.

 

Annie Smith (wife of Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-B5Q : 18 March 2018), Annie Smith, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MTQW : 16 March 2018), Annie B Smith in entry for Alexander B Smith, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census; Annie M. Smith in household of Alex B. Smith; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 4; 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG2-9B2 : 8 November 2017), Annie Donaldson Smith, 1941.

 

Maud Donaldson Smith (daughter of Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-B57 : 18 March 2018), Maud Smith in household of Annie Smith, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8B-R61 : 11 March 2018), John Stewart Gall and Maud Sayer Smith, 18 Feb 1902; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,530.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYM-FL3 : 8 November 2017), Maud Donaldson Gall, 1967.

 

Dora Smith (daughter of Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XL1-4S8 : 1 October 2014), Dora Sayers Smith, 1884; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Sculcoates, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-B5W : 18 March 2018), Dora Smith in household of Annie Smith, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZF-VHL : 11 March 2018), Percy Keagey Semmens and Dora Sayer-Smith, 15 Sep 1909; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11374, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,702.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZK-CTJ : 11 March 2018), John Mcgregor and Dora Sayer Semmens, 11 Oct 1917; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11380, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,708.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYK-7MC : 8 November 2017), Dora Sayers Smith Macgregor, 1970.

 

Robert Browning Smith (son of Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-B54 : 18 March 2018), Robert Smith in household of Annie Smith, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MTQ4 : 16 March 2018), Robert B Smith in entry for Alexander B Smith, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8G-GZ5 : 11 March 2018), Robert Bryson Smith and Esther Elizabeth Habegard, 25 Oct 1916; citing Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11388, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,984,109.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRD-H6K : 8 November 2017), Robert Browning Smith, 1955.

 

Pauline Wilson Smith (daughter of Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith)

“British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ6-CGQ : 11 March 2018), Pauline Wilson Smith, 23 Jan 1891; citing British Columbia Archives film number B13809, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,114,717.

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5PV-YTS : 10 February 2018), Pauline Wilson Smith, 23 Jan 1891; citing British Columbia, Canada, 23 Jan 1891, reference ; FHL microfilm 2,114,717.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-B5H : 18 March 2018), Pauline Smith in household of Annie Smith, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MTQH : 16 March 2018), Pauline W Smith in entry for Alexander B Smith, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census; Poline [sic]  Smith in household of Alex B. Smith; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 4; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8M-6CY : 11 March 2018), James Frederick Waters and Pauline Wilson Smith, 27 Oct 1922; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13743, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,225.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLT4-396 : 8 November 2017), Pauline Wilson Waters, 1972.

 

Alexander St. Andrew Mitchell Smith (son of Alexander Biggart Sayer Smith)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-B5C : 18 March 2018), Alexander Smith in household of Annie Smith, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MTQC : 16 March 2018), Alexander S Smith in entry for Alexander B Smith, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census; Alex M. Smith in household of Alex B. Smith; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 4; 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLB5-NZF : 8 November 2017), Alexander St Andrew Mitchell Smith, 1975.

 

Frederick Bryson Smith (son of Alexander Biggert Sayer Smith)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-B5Z : 18 March 2018), Frederick Smith in household of Annie Smith, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MTQZ : 16 March 2018), Frederick Smith in entry for Alexander B Smith, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census; Fredrick B. Smith in household of Alex B. Smith; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 4; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8L-7XG : 11 March 2018), Frederick Bryson Smith and Dorothy Kathleen Williamson, 30 Jun 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; Registration Number: 1994-09-020252; Frederick Bryson Smith; date of death: October 23, 1994; place of death: Sechelt; age at death: 95; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ddba8fc6-3abc-485f-bc60-c5acb6963d18; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/1552b261-1b6c-44d7-bf40-8739b6576d0b.