Sowden, Sarah Anne (1875-1938)

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 945 [edited image].

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 945 [edited image].

Sarah Anne Sowden was the wife of Oliver Sowden, who was a machinist and engineer. Sarah operated a confectionery and grocery at 740 Denman Street from 1920 to 1924.

Sarah Anne Sowden was born Sarah Anne Stead on June 14, 1875, in Swinton, near Rotherham, England. Her parents were William Stead (1849–1907); and Catherine Shillitoe (1851-after 1911).

West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D152/3; New Reference Number: WDP152/1/2/1. Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Name: William Stead; Marriage Age: 23; Event Type: Marriage; Birth Year: abt 1849; Marriage Date: 24 Sep 1872; Marriage Place: Wakefield, St Andrew, Yorkshire, England; Parish: Wakefield, St Andrew; Father: James Henry Stead; Spouse: Catherine Shillito.

West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D152/3; New Reference Number: WDP152/1/2/1. Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Name: William Stead; Marriage Age: 23; Event Type: Marriage; Birth Year: abt 1849; Marriage Date: 24 Sep 1872; Marriage Place: Wakefield, St Andrew, Yorkshire, England; Parish: Wakefield, St Andrew; Father: James Henry Stead; Spouse: Catherine Shillito.

In 1881 and 1891, Sarah was living with her parents in Swinton.

It appears that she was in Moss Side, Lancashire, in 1901.

On April 9, 1904, in Gildersome, Yorkshire, Sarah married Oliver Sowden, who was a mechanic. (Sometimes he called himself an engineer.)

West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D26/1/8; New Reference Number: WDP26/1/8. Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Name: Sarah Ann Stead; Marriage Age: 28; Event Type: Marriage; Birth Year: abt 1876; Marriage Date: 9 Apr 1904; Marriage Place: Gildersome, St Peter, Yorkshire, England; Parish: Gildersome, St Peter; Father: William Stead; Spouse: Oliver Sowden.

West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D26/1/8; New Reference Number: WDP26/1/8. Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Name: Sarah Ann Stead; Marriage Age: 28; Event Type: Marriage; Birth Year: abt 1876; Marriage Date: 9 Apr 1904; Marriage Place: Gildersome, St Peter, Yorkshire, England; Parish: Gildersome, St Peter; Father: William Stead; Spouse: Oliver Sowden.

Oliver was born in Gildersome on April 1, 1877. His parents were Henry Sowden (1851-1912) and Martha Greenwood (1850–1919).

West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D37/25; New Reference Number: WDP37/25. Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Name: Henry Sowden; Marriage Age: 21; Event Type: Marriage; Birth Year: abt 1851; Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1872; Marriage Place: Batley, All Saints, Yorkshire, England; Parish: Batley, All Saints; Father: Jeremiah Sowden; Spouse: Martha Greenwood.

West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D37/25; New Reference Number: WDP37/25. Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Name: Henry Sowden; Marriage Age: 21; Event Type: Marriage; Birth Year: abt 1851; Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1872; Marriage Place: Batley, All Saints, Yorkshire, England; Parish: Batley, All Saints; Father: Jeremiah Sowden; Spouse: Martha Greenwood.

In 1911, Oliver and Sarah were in Gildersom. Oliver was working as an engineer.

In April 1912, Oliver to sailed by himself to Canada on the S.S. Corsican. He landed at Halifax, Nova Scotia; his destination was Victoria, British Columbia.

By 1914 he was in Enderby, British Columbia, working as an engineer with Okanagan Saw Mills Limited.

In June 1914, Sarah and her children, Martha (sometimes called “Alice”) and William, sailed to Canada on the S.S. Alsatian. They landed at Quebec City, Quebec, and arrived at Enderby on June 30.

Enderby Press and Walker's Weekly, Jul 2, 1914, page 1, column 1; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/xenderby/items/1.0178932#p0z-2r0f:

Enderby Press and Walker’s Weekly, Jul 2, 1914, page 1, column 1; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/xenderby/items/1.0178932#p0z-2r0f:

The Sowden family took part in many social events in Enderby. Both Alice and William were popular singers at local concerts.

Enderby Press and Walker's Weekly, September 2, 1915, page 1, column 1; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/xenderby/items/1.0178993#p0z-1r0f:

Enderby Press and Walker’s Weekly, September 2, 1915, page 1, column 1; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/xenderby/items/1.0178993#p0z-1r0f:

In 1917, Oliver moved to the Vancouver area. Sarah and the children stayed in Enderby until Oliver had established their new home at the coast.

Enderby Press and Walker's Weekly, August 16, 1917, page 1, column 1; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/xenderby/items/1.0179100#p0z-4r0f:

Enderby Press and Walker’s Weekly, August 16, 1917, page 1, column 1; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/xenderby/items/1.0179100#p0z-4r0f:

The Sowdens first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1920. Sarah was operating a confectionery at 740 Denman Street. She was living in a house on Haro Street, although the house number is not available.

From 1920 to 1939, members of the Sowden family lived at the following addresses.

1920 to 1924 740 Denman Street (confectionery)
1920 Unnumbered on Haro Street
1921 1756 Robson Street (Oliver and Mrs. A. Sowden)
1922 740 Denman Street (Mrs. A. Sowden; Olive [sic]; Martha A. Sowden)
1923 740 Denman Street (Olive (sic); Mrs. Sarah A. Sowden)
1924 740 Denman Street (Oliver Sowden; Alice M. Sowden; Sarah A. Sowden)
1925 to 1926 742 Denman Street (Alice M. Sowden)
1927 465 East Eighth Avenue (Alice Sowden)
1928 1662 Robson Street (Alice Sowden)
1929 Not listed under Vancouver names (Oliver, Alice or Sarah)
1930 6707 Fraser Street (Oliver Sowden; William Sowden)
1931 to 1933 3425 East 29th Avenue (Oliver Sowden)
1934 4383 West 10th Avenue; r. 325 West Seventh Avenue (Mrs. Oliver Sowden); William (Eva), mech.; r. 325 West Seventh Avenue
1935 Number 47, 611 East Seventh Avenue (William Sowden (Eva))
1936 2541 Burns Street (Wm Sowden (Eva D) batterymn) (Burns Street was called Prince Albert Street after 1950.)
1937 Wm D Sowden (Leah [sic]) chauf Checker Taxi h 1346 West 12th Avenue
1938 and 1939 Wm Sowden chauf Star Cabs r 1161 Granville Street

In 1922, Oliver was an engineer with Spencer’s department store.

In 1928, he was a resident of Straiton, a community at the top of Sumas Mountain near Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Oliver died in Vancouver on February 27, 1934. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Sarah died in Vancouver on December 30, 1938. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Sarah Anne Sowden; Death Date: 30 Dec 1938; Death Place: Canada; Probate Date: 11 Nov 1946; Registry: Birmingham, England.

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Sarah Anne Sowden; Death Date: 30 Dec 1938; Death Place: Canada; Probate Date: 11 Nov 1946; Registry: Birmingham, England.

Sarah and Oliver had the following children.

 

Martha Alice Sowden

Martha Alice Sowden was born in Gildersome, Yorkshire, on December 26, 1904. (She was sometimes called “Alice.”)

In 1911 she was living with her parents in Gildersome.

She travelled to Canada with her mother and her brother, William, in 1914. They lived in Enderby, British Columbia, until they moved to the Vancouver area about 1917.

In 1921 she was living with her parents in Vancouver.

On August 15, 1928, in Straiton, near Abbotsford, British Columbia, she married Frederick George Percival (“Percy”) Poole. He was born in Richmond, Surrey, England, on July 16, 1902. His parents were Edward George Poole and Elizabeth Margaret Lee.

Percy died in Vancouver on January 1, 1984.

Martha died in Langley, British Columbia, on July 13, 1992.

 

William Sowden

William Sowden was born in Gildersome, Yorkshire, on January 27, 1909.

In 1911 he was living with his parents in Gildersome.

He travelled to Canada with his mother and his sister, Martha, in 1914. They lived in Enderby, British Columbia, until they moved to the Vancouver area about 1917.

In 1921 he was living with his parents in Vancouver.

He worked as a mechanic and chauffeur.

On July 26, 1930, in Blaine, Washington, he married Eva D. Brown. They lived in Vancouver during part of the 1930s. (They had a son, William Grantland Sowden, who was born in Vancouver on January 13 1931; he died in Vancouver on October 19, 1931.) Later William and Eva were divorced.

In July 27, 1939, William married Rowena Bernice Thomson, who was also divorced. (She was often known as “Bernice.”)

In 1950, William and Bernice moved to the United States.

The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Blaine, Washington, 1924-1956; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787 - 2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: 2675039; Roll Number: 021. Ancestry.com. U.S., Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1960 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Name: William Sowden; Gender: Male; Race/Nationality: English; Age: 41; Birth Date: 27 Jan 1909; Birth Place: Gildersome, Eng; Arrival Date: 8 Feb 1950; Port of Arrival: Blaine, Washington, USA; Residence Place: Van British Columbia; Record Type: Cards.

The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Blaine, Washington, 1924-1956; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787 – 2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: 2675039; Roll Number: 021. Ancestry.com. U.S., Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1960 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Name: William Sowden; Gender: Male; Race/Nationality: English; Age: 41; Birth Date: 27 Jan 1909; Birth Place: Gildersome, Eng; Arrival Date: 8 Feb 1950; Port of Arrival: Blaine, Washington, USA; Residence Place: Van British Columbia; Record Type: Cards.

In 1950, William applied to become a naturalized United States citizen.

The National Archives at Seattle; Seattle, Washington; ARC Title: Petitions for Naturalization, 1890 - 1991; NAI Number: 592779; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009; Record Group Number: 21. Ancestry.com. Washington, Petitions for Naturalization, 1860-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Name: William Sowden; Gender: Male; Record Type: Petition; Birth Date: 27 Jan 1909; Birth Place: Gildersome, England; Arrival Date: 8 Oct 1950; Arrival Place: Blaine, Washington; Petition Date: 21 Feb 1962; Petition Place: Seattle, Washington, USA; Spouse: Rowena Bernice Thompson; Petition Number: 55655.

The National Archives at Seattle; Seattle, Washington; ARC Title: Petitions for Naturalization, 1890 – 1991; NAI Number: 592779; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 – 2009; Record Group Number: 21. Ancestry.com. Washington, Petitions for Naturalization, 1860-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Name: William Sowden; Gender: Male; Record Type: Petition; Birth Date: 27 Jan 1909; Birth Place: Gildersome, England; Arrival Date: 8 Oct 1950; Arrival Place: Blaine, Washington; Petition Date: 21 Feb 1962; Petition Place: Seattle, Washington, USA; Spouse: Rowena Bernice Thompson; Petition Number: 55655.

Rowena became the city manager at Medina, Washington.

William and Bernice later lived in San Juan Capistrano, California.

William died on February 25, 1989, in San Juan Capistrano.

Bernice died on Nov. 23, 2012.

 

Sources

Henry Sowden (father of Oliver Sowden)

Henry Sowden (1851–), Birth 1851, Gildersome; Death Unknown (ancestry.ca).

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“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M76P-VHR : 13 December 2017), Henry Sowden in household of Albert Sowden, Batley Gildersome, Yorkshire (West Riding), 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:VBNT-YVG : 11 December 2017), Henry Sonden in entry for Jeremiah Sonden, 1871.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFHH-P44 : 10 December 2014), Henry Sowden and Martha Greenwood, 06 Jan 1872; citing Batley, York, England, reference d37/25 p65, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,542,209.

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“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9R4-9BT : 8 April 2016), Henry Sowden, Batley, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Batley subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

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“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NT4-PJD : 31 December 2014), Henry Sowden, 1912; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Martha Greenwood (mother of Oliver Sowden)

Martha Greenwood (1850–1919); birth 1850, Gildersome, Yorkshire, England; Death 1919 • Gildersome, Yorkshire, England (ancestry.ca).

“England and Wales Census, 1851,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SP9H-HR7 : 2 November 2017), Martha Greenwood in household of Matthew Greenwood, Batley, Yorkshire,Yorkshire (West Riding), England; citing Batley, Yorkshire,Yorkshire (West Riding), England, p. 10, 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 with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M76P-V7N : 13 December 2017), Martha Greenwood in household of Matthew Greenwood, Batley Gildersome, Yorkshire (West Riding), 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:VBNT-9W4 : 11 December 2017), Martha Greenwood in entry for Matthew Greenwood, 1871.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFHH-P47 : 10 December 2014), Henry Sowden and Martha Greenwood, 06 Jan 1872; citing Batley, York, England, reference d37/25 p65, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,542,209.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27T-X3SF : 11 December 2017), Martha Sowden in household of Henry Sowden, Gildersome, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 1, Piece/Folio 4502/56, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,260.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7KNQ-QN2 : 11 December 2017), Martha Lowden in household of Henry Lowden, Gildersome, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding) county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9R4-9BY : 8 April 2016), Martha Sowden in household of Henry Sowden, Batley, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Batley subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWV6-G38 : 2 August 2017), Martha Sowden in household of Henry Sowden, Batley, Batley, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2JCB-7ZC : 31 December 2014), Martha Sowden, 1919; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Bramley, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Oliver Sowden

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X6L-C18 : 1 October 2014), Oliver Sowden, 1877; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Bramley, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XXN-MND : 1 October 2014), Oliver Sowden, 1878; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Bramley, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

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“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7KNQ-CMM : 11 December 2017), Olive Lowden in household of Henry Lowden, Gildersome, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding) county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9T9-QDM : 8 April 2016), Oliver Sowden in household of Isaac Steward, Gildersome, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Gildersome subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26QG-JLS : 13 December 2014), Oliver Sowden, 1904; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1904, quarter 2, vol. 9B, p. 713, Bramley, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

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“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HLQ-GVR : 27 December 2014), Oliver Sowden, Apr 1912; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4743, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1921 Canada Census, Oliver Sowden, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 11. 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:JD83-X26 : 21 January 2016), Frederick George Percival Poole and Martha Alice Sowden, 15 Aug 1928; citing Straiton, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13756, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,552. [Place of marriage: Home of O. Sowden, Straiton, B.C.]

Camera Workers: The British Columbia Photographic Directory, 1858-1950 – S – Volume 1 (1858-1900); http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/eppp-archive/100/200/300/david_mattison/camera_workers/1999/cw1-s-names.html: “Name: Straiton, Thomas Bell; Life Dates: 1869 __ __-1955 01 __. . . . Biographical Summary: . . . His obituary reported he had lived in Sumas Prairie for the past 60 years. The community of Straiton atop Sumas Mountain was named after him.”

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Oliver Sowden, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 28, 1934, page 17; Vancouver Province, March 1, 1934, page 15: “Sowden—Passed away Feb. 27, 1934, Oliver Sowden, 3425 E. 29th Ave., in his 57th year; survived by his loving wife, one son, William, and one daughter, Mrs. F.G. Poole, both of Vancouver. Funeral service Friday, March 2, at 2 o’clock, in Nunn & Thomson’s Funeral Chapel, 10th Ave. and Cambie St., Rev. G.H. Harber officiating. Interment Ocean View Burial Park.”

 

William Stead (father of Sarah Anne Stead)

William Henry Stead (1849–1907); Birth 3 AUG 1849, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Death 25 NOV 1907; Prestwich, Lancashire (ancestry.ca).

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“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7JJ-PKN : 13 December 2017), William Stead in household of James Henry Stead, Wakefield, Yorkshire (West Riding), 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:KZG2-FD5 : 11 December 2017), William Stead, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27Y-PSCL : 11 December 2017), William Stead, Swinton, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 9, Piece/Folio 4683/27, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,314.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7LBF-PMM : 11 December 2017), William Stead, Swinton, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding) county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9TX-YV2 : 8 April 2016), William Stead, Swinton, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Wath subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Catherine Shillitoe (mother of Sarah Anne Stead)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NQX-T1P : 1 October 2014), Catherine Shillito, 1851; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7CD-FSR : 13 December 2017), Catherine Shillito in household of William Shillito, Lockwood, Yorkshire (West Riding), 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:KZG2-5LJ : 11 December 2017), Kate Shillito in entry for Joseph Wainwright, 1871.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DLL-63S : 13 December 2014), Catherine Shillito, 1872; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1872, quarter 3, vol. 9C, p. 54, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27Y-PSZT : 11 December 2017), Catherine Stead in household of William Stead, Swinton, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 9, Piece/Folio 4683/27, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,314.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7LBF-R6Z : 11 December 2017), Catherine Stead in household of William Stead, Swinton, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding) county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9TX-YVL : 8 April 2016), Catherine Stead in household of William Stead, Swinton, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Wath subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XW1F-5ZK : 2 August 2017), Catherine Stead, North Manchester, Moston Manchester, Lancashire, England; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

 

Sarah Anne Stead (wife of Oliver Sowden)

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27Y-PS81 : 11 December 2017), Sarah H Stead in household of William Stead, Swinton, Yorkshire, Yorkshire West Riding, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 9, Piece/Folio 4683/27, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,314.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7LBN-M6Z : 11 December 2017), Sarah Jan A Stead in household of William Stead, Swinton, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding) county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9LY-HBM : 8 April 2016), Sarah Ann Stead in household of Robert Gibbon, Moss Side, Lancashire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Hulme subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26QG-KF9 : 13 December 2014), Sarah Ann Stead, 1904; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1904, quarter 2, vol. 9B, p. 713, Bramley, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWJR-57K : 2 August 2017), Sarah Ann Sowden in household of Oliver Sowden, Gildersome, Town End Gildersome, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HGV-WZJ : 27 December 2014), Sarah Ann Sowden, Jun 1914; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4810, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1921 Canada Census, Sarah Ann Sowden in household of Oliver Sowden, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 11. 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:FL2L-3ZQ : 8 November 2017), Sarah Anne Sowden, 1938.

Sarah Anne Sowden, death notice, Vancouver Province, December 31, 1938, page 21; Vancouver Sun, December 31, 1938, page 20: “Sowden—Passed away Dec. 30, 1938, Sarah Anne Sowden, of 766 W. 7th Avenue, in her 64[th] year. Survived by 1 son, William, and 1 daughter, Mrs. J. S. Poole, in Vancouver. Funeral announcements later by Nunn & Thomson.”

 

Martha Alice Sowden (daughter of Oliver Sowden and Sarah Anne Stead)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FFX-W1P : 1 October 2014), Martha Alice Sowden, 1905; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Bramley, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWJR-572 : 2 August 2017), Martha Alice Sowden in household of Oliver Sowden, Gildersome, Town End Gildersome, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HGV-WZV : 27 December 2014), Martha Alice Sowden, Jun 1914; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4810, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1921 Canada Census, Martha Alice Sowden in household of Oliver Sowden, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 11. 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:JD83-X26 : 21 January 2016), Frederick George Percival Poole and Martha Alice Sowden, 15 Aug 1928; citing Straiton, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13756, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,552.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6P-V4VB : 8 November 2017), Martha Alice Poole, 1992; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/e1927d3f-6d25-4166-ac17-813df7c2d638; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/f0a5fe72-a276-4ee4-b0ce-2add2222227b.

 

Frederick George Percival Poole (husband of Martha Alice Sowden)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD83-X2N : 21 January 2016), Frederick George Percival Poole and Martha Alice Sowden, 15 Aug 1928; citing Straiton, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13756, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,552.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1L-48Z : 8 November 2017), Frederick George Percival Poole, 1984. [Indexed as “Percy Poole” in British Columbia Archives genealogy search: Registration Number: 1984-09-001372; BC Archives Microfilm Number: B13636; GSU Microfilm Number: 2073153.]

 

Barbara Mavis Poole (daughter of Martha Alice Sowden)

Barbara Mavis (née Poole) Helme, obituary, April 11, 2008, https://www.campbellrivermirror.com/obituaries/barbara-mavis-nee-poole-helme/:

“Helme, Barbara Mavis (née Poole)

It is with sadness the family announces the passing of Barbara Mavis Helme on Friday, April 11, 2008 at the Yucalta Lodge, Campbell River.

Barbara was born in Vancouver on May 4, 1930, to Martha Alice (nee Souden) and Frederick George Percival Poole.

Barbara is survived by her siblings Dick (Nola), Marg, Roy (Sylvia), Joan (Ernie), Gord (Ellen) and Bill (Rita) and many nieces & nephews.

Barbara will be forever missed by her loving children Rob (Carol), Joanne Helme, Dave (Debbie), Larry, Karan Helme (Don) and Tom. Barbara’s pride and joy were her Grandchildren, Taunya Helme, Dwayne Bonson, Derrick Bonson, Brad Penner (Jenn), Rick Helme, Melissa Helme, Ashley Helme, Marcie Duncan, Jon Duncan, Mel Bigas. The additions of her Great Grandchildren overjoyed her even more, McKenna, Jaydon, Chase, Brianna, Nathan, Jessica, Summer, Corbin and Elizabeth. Destinny and Aulston.

She was predeceased by her daughter Kathy Munroe in 1992 and her grandson Robert Helme.

Barb will be remembered first of all for her love of family and extended family. Many years were spent as a compassionate Homecare Worker. She enjoyed music and singing in the Church choir and joined the Bell Ringers. Volunteering for the Soup Kitchen was a high priority.

Barbara was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Eagles, Hospital Auxiliary and at the Salvation Army where she dressed the dolls. Barbara’s video taping of everything and everybody is legendary.

Mom loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time over the years in her camper.

A Memorial Service will be held at the United Church, 415 Pinecrest Street, Campbell River on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. A tea will follow the service at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION HALL, 301-11th Ave., Campbell River.

Island Funeral Services/Elk Falls Cremation and Reception Centre, Campbell River, entrusted with arrangements.

Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Society, 4255 Laurel St., Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2G9. Everyone welcome.”

 

William Sowden (son of Oliver Sowden and Sarah Anne Stead)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FK4-45L : 1 October 2014), William Sowden, 1909; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Bramley, Yorkshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWJR-57L : 2 August 2017), William Sowden in household of Oliver Sowden, Gildersome, Town End Gildersome, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HGV-WZK : 27 December 2014), Wm Sowden, Jun 1914; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4810, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1921 Canada Census, William Sowden in household of Oliver Sowden, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 11. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Whatcom County Auditor, Marriage Records, 1891-1995 – William Sowden – Eva D Brown; Record Series: Marriage Records; Collection: Whatcom County Auditor, Marriage Records, 1891-1995; County: Whatcom; Document No. : nwwtcmcv15_1681; Groom’s Name: William Sowden; Bride’s Name: Eva D Brown; Marriage Date: 7/26/1930; Filing Date: 7/30/1930; County: Whatcom; Source: https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/87B530BD72D9E47865F4B07E5D34E3E4.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1939-09-474223; William Sowden and Rowena Bernice Thomson; date of marriage: July 27, 1939; place of marriage: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/46357807-3110-4b49-a13e-f2a5d25040a0.

The National Archives at Seattle; Seattle, Washington; ARC Title: Petitions for Naturalization, 1890 – 1991; NAI Number: 592779; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 – 2009; Record Group Number: 21. Ancestry.com. Washington, Petitions for Naturalization, 1860-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Name: William Sowden; Gender: Male; Record Type: Petition; Birth Date: 27 Jan 1909; Birth Place: Gildersome, England; Arrival Date: 8 Oct 1950; Arrival Place: Blaine, Washington; Petition Date: 21 Feb 1962; Petition Place: Seattle, Washington, USA; Spouse: Rowena Bernice Thompson; Petition Number: 55655.

“California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP97-WJ9 : 26 November 2014), William Sowden, 25 Feb 1989; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KBS1-GKZ : 23 May 2014), William Sowden, Residence, Mission Viejo, California, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JB97-DPF : 20 May 2014), William  Sowden, 25 Feb 1989; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

 

Eva D. Brown (wife of William Sowden)

Whatcom County Auditor, Marriage Records, 1891-1995 – William Sowden – Eva D Brown; Record Series: Marriage Records; Collection: Whatcom County Auditor, Marriage Records, 1891-1995; County: Whatcom; Document No. : nwwtcmcv15_1681; Groom’s Name: William Sowden; Bride’s Name: Eva D Brown; Marriage Date: 7/26/1930; Filing Date: 7/30/1930; County: Whatcom; Source: https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/87B530BD72D9E47865F4B07E5D34E3E4.

 

William Grantland Sowden (son of William Sowden and Eva D. Brown)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVP-4ZF : 8 November 2017), William Grantland Sowden, 1931.

 

Frank Thomson (father of Rowena Bernice Thomson

“Canada Census, 1916,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KM53-ZCJ : 3 April 2016), Frank Thomson, Saskatchewan, Canada; citing p. 34, line 4; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,434,960.

1921 Canada Census, Frank Thomson; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 162; Census Place: Swift Current, Saskatchewan; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

 

Rowena Bernice Thomson (wife of William Sowden)

1921 Canada Census, Bernice Thomson in household of Frank Thomson; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 162; Census Place: Swift Current, Saskatchewan; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KBS1-GKD : 23 May 2014), Rowena Bernice Sowden, Residence, San Juan Capo, California, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

“United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVRB-V297 : accessed 5 February 2018), Rowena Bernice Sowden, Washington, United States, 14 Dec 2012; from “Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 – Today),” database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Bellevue Reporter, born-digital text.

“United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKT6-VD1Z : accessed 5 February 2018), Mrs Rowena Bernice Sowden, Santa Ana, California, United States, 07 Dec 2012; from “Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 – Today),” database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Orange County Register, The, born-digital text.

Rowena Sowden, death notice; http://www.inmemoriam.ca/view-announcement-336513-rowena-sowden.html; republished from http://www.swbooster.com/ (Swift Current, Saskatchewan); also published in Orange County Register on Dec. 7, 2012; http://obits.ocregister.com/obituaries/orangecounty/obituary.aspx?pid=161530030: Rowena Sowden; Born In: Neidpath; Passed on: November 23rd, 2012: “Sowden, Rowena Bernice (1917-2012). Rowena Bernice Sowden of San Juan Capistrano, CA, passed away on Nov. 23, 2012 at the age of 95. Born in Niedpath, SK, Bernice Thomson, as she was then known, was from one of the first families to homestead in the area. By 1939 she had relocated to Vancouver, BC, where she met and married William Sowden. In 1950 the family emigrated to the US, where Mrs. Sowden ultimately became city manager of Medina, WA, a town on Lake Washington east of Seattle. It is believed she was the first woman west of the Rockies to hold the position of city manager, and the first woman member of the International City Manager’s Assoc. She took pride in the hard work and determination which brought her from farm life to city leadership. However, despite a happy retirement in 1977 to San Juan Capistrano, CA, she is quoted as having felt forever Canadian. Her childhood on the farm was an extremely happy one and, above all, she loved the land. When a family member expressed resentment at her emigration to the US, she said “That hurt me, for in my heart I had never left.” In Swift Current she is predeceased by her father Frank Thomson in 1979, brother Frank Thomson, Jr. in 1980, and nephew Bob Thomson in 1999. She is survived by daughter Lana Perry of Laguna Niguel, CA; grandsons Derrick Brown of Denver, CO; Colby Brown of Laguna Beach, CA and great grandchildren Clayton Brown and Olivia Brown of Denver, CO.”