Stewart, Margaret (1851-1923)

Margaret Stewart. Photograph courtesy of Myrna Singer.

Margaret Stewart. Photograph courtesy of Myrna Singer.

Margaret Stewart was the widow of Charles Richard Stewart. She lived at 1835 Barclay Street in 1912 and 1913.

Margaret was born in Scotland, possibly in Pitlochry, the daughter of Charles MacDonald and Grace Robertson. Her birth date was in April, possibly on April 17, 1851 or April 1846.

On May 20, 1891, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Margaret married Charles Richard Stewart. Charles was born on July 22, 1852 (or June 26, 1853), in England (possibly in Greenwich district). He had been a second class railway mail clerk since July 1, 1884.

On April 2, 1892, Charles was promoted to first class clerk.

From 1901 to 1904, Charles and Margaret were living at 118 Polson Street in Winnipeg, at the corner of Scotia Street.

Winnipeg: Henderson Directories, 1901, page 471; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/921.3.2/463.html

Winnipeg: Henderson Directories, 1901, page 471; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/921.3.2/463.html

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Winnipeg: Henderson Directories, 1904, page 770; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/921.3.5/786.html

Winnipeg: Henderson Directories, 1904, page 770; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/921.3.5/786.html

Also living with Charles and Margaret was their adopted daughter, Jeannette (“Jean”) Frances Jones.

Jeanette Frances Stewart (Jones). Photograph courtesy of Myrna Singer.

Jeanette Frances Stewart (Jones). Photograph courtesy of Myrna Singer.

Jean was born in Winnipeg on February 4, 1893, the daughter of James Francis Jones (who was a printer) and Charlotte Henrietta Savage. Charlotte Jones died on July 30, 1895, in Winnipeg. James Jones died a year later, on July 30, 1896 in Winnipeg.

It appears that Charles Richard Stewart died sometime between 1903 and 1910. By 1910, Margaret and Jean were living at 1334 Alberni Street in Vancouver.

Alberni Street, Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 1, page 279

Alberni Street, Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 1, page 279

In 1912 and 1913, Margaret and Jean were at 1835 Barclay Street.

1835 Barclay Street, about 1912. Photograph courtesy of Myrna Singer.

1835 Barclay Street, about 1912. Photograph courtesy of Myrna Singer.

In Vancouver on October 23, 1919, Jean married William Brewer Burnside, a lawyer who was living in Langley Prairie.

William Brewer Burnside. Photograph courtesy of Myrna Singer.

William Brewer Burnside. Photograph courtesy of Myrna Singer.

 

William was born in Bothwell, Ontario, on January 30, 1889, the son of Thomas Burnside and Rosetta Sophia Brewer. (When he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War, he gave his birthdate as January 30, 1890. His death certificate said that he was born in 1888.)

Margaret Stewart died in Langley, BC, on January 2, 1923. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

William Brewer Burnside died in Vancouver, BC, on January 24, 1949. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver

Jean died in Surrey, BC, on March 29, 1972. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Brothers of Margaret Stewart

Margaret’s brother, Alexander MacDonald (1844-1928), was a well-known wholesale grocer and Winnipeg politician. He was the head of MacDonald Consolidated Ltd., which had its head office in Winnipeg, with branches in Vancouver and several other Western Canada cities. He was also president of the Great-West Life Assurance Company. He was on the Winnipeg city council in 1887 and 1888, and was the mayor of Winnipeg in 1892.

Another brother was Duncan MacDonald (1845-1916). He was a dairyman, butcher, and cattle dealer, and later was a railway contractor and lumberman.

Margaret had at least one other brother, Charles MacDonald of Middlesborough, England.

 

Sources

 

Margaret MacDonald

 

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKV-F98 : accessed 3 August 2015), Margaret Stewart, 02 Jan 1923; citing Langley, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13123, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,300.

 

Charles Richard Stewart (husband of Margaret MacDonald)

Civil Service List of Canada, 1890, page 123;http://archive.org/stream/cihm_46482#page/n137/mode/2up.

Manitoba Marriage Registrations; Registration Number 1891-001180; Charles Richard Stewart and Margaret McDonald; date of marriage: May 20, 1891; place of marriage: Winnipeg.

Civil Service List of Canada, 1900, page 138; http://archive.org/stream/cihm_46492#page/n153/mode/2up.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHK3-3T9 : accessed 3 August 2015), Chas R. Stewart, F, Winnipeg (city/cité), Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

 

Jeanette (“Jean”) Frances Jones (adopted daughter of Charles Robert Stewart and Margaret MacDonald)

Manitoba Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1895-001879; Charlotte Jones; date of death: July 30, 1895; place of death: Winnipeg; age at death: 38.

Manitoba Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1896-001095; James F. Jones; date of death: July 30, 1896; place of death: Winnipeg; age at death: 40.

Manitoba Birth Registrations; Registration Number: 1893-006273; Jennette [sic] Frances Jones; date of birth: February 4, 1893; place of death: Winnipeg.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZP-6QZ : accessed 3 August 2015), William Brewer Burnside and Jean Francis Jones, 23 Oct 1919; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11390, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,984,111.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTH-42K : accessed 3 August 2015), Jean Frances Burnside, 29 Mar 1972; citing Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13316, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,034,299.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-S2ZN : accessed 3 August 2015), Jeanette Frances Burnside, ; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26352773, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26352773.

 

William Brewer Burnside (husband of Jeanette (“Jean”) Frances Jones)

Myrna Singer, a relative of the family, indicates that William Brewer Burnside was born January 30, 1889, according to the records of Grace Church, Bothwell, Ontario.

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Name: Burnside, William Brewer; Regimental Number: 1013407; Date of Birth: 30/01/1890; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1310 – 17; Item Number: 77799; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=77799

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLP2-ZPP : accessed 3 August 2015), William Brewer Burnside, 24 Jan 1949; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13199, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,569.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-S2XC : accessed 3 August 2015), William Brewer Burnside, 1949; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26301447, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26301447.

“New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVBN-Z9JT : accessed 3 August 2015), William Brewer Burnside in entry for Alfred Ernest Tate and Margaret Jean Burnside, 01 May 1942; citing St John, , New Brunswick, Canada, p. , Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton; FHL microfilm 2,320,250.

 

Other Macdonald family members

 

Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Macdonald (1843-1928), http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/macdonald_a.shtml

Alexander Macdonald (Manitoba politician), Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Macdonald_(Manitoba_politician)

August 23: Alex. Macdonald of Macdonalds Consolidated, This Was Winnipeg, http://thiswaswinnipeg.blogspot.ca/2014/08/august-23-alex-macdonald-of-macdonalds.html

Death Takes Pioneer Leader; Alexander Macdonald Was Head of Great Western Firm – Last of Family to Go,” Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington), August 31, 1928, page 7, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xaBXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vfMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6439%2C1777386

Macdonalds Consolidated, “Our History”; http://macdonaldsconsolidated.ca/about/: “Macdonalds Consolidated is the wholesale division for Canada Safeway Limited and is based out of Calgary, Alberta. The company was established in Winnipeg by Alexander Macdonald, who came to Canada from Scotland in 1868 and built warehouses across Western Canada. Macdonald also operated a food manufacturing company and a fruit and vegetable company. On top of his achievements, he served as President of Great West Life Insurance Company and was the Mayor of Winnipeg. In 1929, when Macdonald was 86, Canada Safeway purchased the company, and the wholesale division of Canada Safeway came into existence as a separate entity serving independent retailers in Western Canada.”

A. Macdonald building, 10128 – 105 Avenue, City of Edmonton Historic Resource Management Program; http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/InfraPlan/AMacDonald2Building.pdf

Old Macdonald had a building, A. Macdonald Building, http://yegishome.ca/news/2005/09/01/old-macdonald-had-a-building.

“Man Removed From Bench in Famed Will Case Dies,” Quebec Chroniclt-Telegraph, May 14, 1958, page 3, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qCpQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fVYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4273%2C2716944

Lewis St. George Stubbs (1878-1958)had refused to grant letters of administration in the estae of Alexander Macdonald to MacDonald’s daughter, Mrs. Grace Anne Forlong, and her husband. After an investigation, he was stripped of his position as a judge. He later ran successfully as an independent member of the Manitoba legislature

Lewis St. George Stubbs, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_St._George_Stubbs

Memorable Manitobans: Duncan Macdonald (1845-1916), http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/macdonald_d2.shtml

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2 thoughts on “Stewart, Margaret (1851-1923)

  1. Margaret Stewart was my maternal grandmother’s (Jeanette Frances Jones) adoptive mother. She was the sister of Alexander MacDonald and Duncan MacDonald of MacDonald Consolidated Ltd., wholesale grocers – head office Winnipeg and branch in Vancouver and several other Western Canada cities-, and Charles MacDonald of Middlesborough, England. A small correction is necessary regarding Jeanette Frances Jones’ biological mother’s name, which was Charlotte Henrietta (not Harriet) Savage. Margaret’s daughter Jean(Jeanette) was most definitely living with her in 1912 and 1913 at 1835 Barclay Street (a photo of the house is in my possession if you desire a copy, as are photos of those mentioned in Margaret Stewart’s biography.
    This is a wonderful website.”Thank you” to all who are working on it!!!

    • Hello Myrna,

      Thank you for this interesting collection of information, and for correcting Charlotte Savage’s middle name. I will incorporate this information in the biography.

      It would be wonderful if I could get a copy of the house at 1835 Barclay, as well as the other photos that you mentioned.

      I’m glad that you are enjoying the website. So far it is just one person working on it. Of course, it couldn’t happen without all of the work that others have done before, including archivists, journalists, and transcribers, along with the helpful information from people like you.

      Robert Moen

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