Summerfield, James Thomas (1875-1955)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 2, page 1132

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 2, page 1132

James Thomas Summerfield was an insurance and  real estate agent. He lived at 1815 Alberni Street in 1910 and 1911, at 1154 Gilford Street from 1914 to 1916, and again at 1815 Alberni Street in 1917 and 1918.

James Thomas Summerfield was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, on May 4, 1875. His father was Fred Summerfield, who was a butcher. His mother was Elizabeth Williams.

James served as a trooper with the Yeomanry Guards in the Boer War.

He arrived in Montreal, Quebec, in 1903, and served for three years as a captain in the reserve army.

In 1905, he married Beatrice Vida Barnard (probably in Montreal). She was born in England on February 15, 1884. Her parents were William and Harriett Barnard.

James first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1907. He was with Smith and Summerfield (real estate agents, whose offices were at 417 Richards Street), and he was rooming at “The Maples,” 300 Howe Street.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 774

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 774

James and Beatrice lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1907 300 Howe Street
1908 to 1909 1116 Pender Street
1910 and 1911 1815 Alberni Street
1912 1821 Blenheim Road
1913 not listed under Vancouver names
1914 number 309, 1154 Gilford Street (Sylvia Court)
1915 and 1916 number 201, 1154 Gilford Street
1917 and 1918 1815 Alberni Street
1919 to 1970 1401 Dempsey Road, North Vancouver (various descriptions of address)

By 1909, James was the manager of Loewen and Harvey’s insurance department. “Charles J. Loewen’s and Richard G. Harvey’s real estate and fire insurance business was at 310 West Hastings Street.)

James worked as an insurance agent for most of his career in Vancouver.

This 1919 advertisement for his brokerage firm listed his services, and stated that he had established the firm in 1907.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1919, page 46

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1919, page 46

About 1919, the Summerfields moved to North Vancouver. They lived at 1401 Dempsey Road.

1401 Dempsey Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia; Google Streets: searched November 16, 2016; image dated June 2014.

1401 Dempsey Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia; Google Streets: searched November 16, 2016; image dated June 2014.

In 1923, James formed an insurance and financial agency business with Robert Kerr Houlgate (1867-1936)

Wrigley Henderson Amalgamated BC Directory, 1924, page 870 (edited image)

Wrigley Henderson Amalgamated BC Directory, 1924, page 870 (edited image)

In the 1920s, James served as a councillor on the North Vancouver District Council. He promoted the building of the North Vancouver General Hospital. He was a member of the Vancouver Club.

Beatrice was active in the I.O.D.E. (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire), which is a Canadian women’s charitable association.

James retired in 1946. He died in North Vancouver on September 19, 1955.

Beatrice continued to live at the Dempsey Road home until 1970. She died in North Vancouver on July 31, 1970.

James and Beatrice had a son.

 

Roy Hodson Summerfield

Roy Hodson Summerfield was born in Vancouver on November 23, 1909.

For a time he was a service station manager.

On June 1, 1934, in Vancouver, he married Marguerite Edith Martin. She was born in Passburg, Alberta, on February 19, 1908. Her father was George Martin. Her mother was Minnie Alice Lucy King.

Roy later worked as a manufacturers agent.

In 1950 he received a United States patent for a newspaper vending machine.

R.H. Summerfield, United States Patent Number 2510197, Vending Machine; https://www.google.com/patents/US2510197

R.H. Summerfield, United States Patent Number 2510197, Vending Machine; https://www.google.com/patents/US2510197

Roy was a member of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.

Roya and Marguerite were divorced in Vancouver on April 16, 1957. (Marguerite died in North Vancouver on July 17, 1988.)

Roy later married Marnie, who died before 2005.

Roy published an autobiography called My Ninety Four Years on Planet Earth.

Roy died in Vancouver on February 12, 2005.

 

Sources

Fred Summerfield (father of James Thomas Summerfield)

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DLB-24C : 13 December 2014), Fred Summerfield, 1873; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1873, quarter 2, vol. 6B, p. 971, Walsall, Staffordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27X-Y3NL : 18 August 2016), Fred Summerfield, Lichfield St Mary, Staffordshire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 27, Piece/Folio 2772/35, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,794.

 

Elizabeth Williams (mother of James Thomas Summerfield)

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DL1-3K6 : 13 December 2014), Elizabeth Williams, 1873; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1873, quarter 2, vol. 6B, p. 971, Walsall, Staffordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27X-Y3JT : 18 August 2016), Elizabeth Summerfield in household of Fred Summerfield, Lichfield St Mary, Staffordshire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 27, Piece/Folio 2772/35, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,794.

 

James Thomas Summerfield

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XDS-9PZ : 1 October 2014), James Thomas Summerfield, 1875; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N2Q1-PY5 : 6 December 2014), James Thomas Summerfield, 04 Jul 1875; citing SAINT MARY, LICHFIELD, STAFFORD, ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,068,983.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J9DL-G6J : 6 December 2014), James Thomas Summerfield, 04 Jul 1875; citing Lichfield, Stafford, England, reference item 2 p 69; FHL microfilm 1,068,983.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J3PV-SJM : 6 December 2014), James Thomas Summerfield, 1875; citing Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, reference – 2:374ZR15; FHL microfilm 1,068,983.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27X-Y3KZ : 18 August 2016), James T Summerfield in household of Fred Summerfield, Lichfield St Mary, Staffordshire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 27, Piece/Folio 2772/35, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,794.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:W76B-TN2 : 14 October 2015), James T Summerfield, Shenstone, Staffordshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Staffordshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968, Ancestry.ca; marriage: Name: Bernard ; Spouse: Summerfield; Marriage: Province of Québec.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SD84 : 2 March 2015), James F Summerfield, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63280&highlight=22&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+James+T.+Summerfield.

“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ8F-N3V : 6 December 2014), James Thomas Summerfield, 24 Apr 1918; citing departure port Glasgow, Scotland, arrival port New York, N. Y., ship name Missanabie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

1921 Canada Census, James Thomas Summerfield, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 13; Census Place: Lynn Creek Village, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 21; 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 with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5N-D57 : 30 September 2015), James Thomas Summerfield, 1955.

“Ex-North Van Councillor Dies Aged 80,” Vancouver Sun, September 20, 1955, page 40; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZD9lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2IkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4203%2C3960602.

“Summerfield funeral set Wednesday,” Vancouver Province, September 20, 1955, page 11 (includes photograph of J. Summerfield) [similar to “Ex-North Van Councillor Dies Aged 80,” Vancouver Sun, September 20, 1955, page 40, above.]

James Thomas Summerfield, death notice, Vancouver Province, September 20, 1955, page 29; Vancouver Sun, September 20, 1955, page 28; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZD9lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2IkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1360%2C3903622: Summerfield—Passed away Sept. 19, 1955, in the North Vancouver General Hospital, James Thomas Summerfield, of 1401 Dempsey road, North Vancouver, in his 81st year. Mr. Summerfield is survived by his wife, Bea; 1 son, Roy H., of Vancouver, and granddaughter, Ruth. Funeral service Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 1:30 p.m., in Center & Hanna Chapel, 1049 W. Georgia St., The Very Rev. Dean Northcote R. Burke officiating. Cremation to follow at the Vancouver Crematorium.”

 

William Barnard (father of Beatrice Vida Barnard)

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7VZ-FJP : 6 April 2016), William Barnard in household of Thomas Syred, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, 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:VRNJ-3NQ : 24 July 2015), William Barnard, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q277-1XMK : 18 August 2016), William Barnard, Teddington (Middlesex), Surrey, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 44, Piece/Folio 842/105, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,414.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QDVB-B2M : 15 October 2015), William Barnard, Chiswick, Middlesex, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Middlesex county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X969-XWT : 29 August 2015), William Barnard, Twickenham, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Twickenham subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Harriet (mother of Beatrice Vida Barnard)

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRNJ-3N7 : 24 July 2015), Harriet Barnard in entry for William Barnard, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q277-1X9S : 18 August 2016), Harriet Barnard in household of William Barnard, Teddington (Middlesex), Surrey, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 44, Piece/Folio 842/105, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,414.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QDV1-QZM : 15 October 2015), Harriet Barnard in household of William Barnard, Chiswick, Middlesex, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Middlesex county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X969-XWY : 29 August 2015), Harriett Barnard in household of William Barnard, Twickenham, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Twickenham subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Beatrice Vida Barnard (wife of James Thomas Summerfield)

Beatrice Vida Summerfield (born Barnard), 1884 – 1970; https://www.myheritage.com/names/beatrice_summerfield: “Beatrice Vida Summerfield was born on month day 1884, at birth place, to William Barnard and Harriet Barnard. Beatrice married James Thomas Summerfield. They had one son: Roy Hodson Summerfield. Beatrice passed away on month day 1970, at age 86 at death place.”

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XLX-DP1 : 1 October 2014), Beatrice Vida Barnard, 1884; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Kingston, Surrey, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QDV1-16Z : 15 October 2015), Beatrice V Barnard in household of William Barnard, Chiswick, Middlesex, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Middlesex county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH5J-MQT : 13 November 2014), Beatrice F Barnard in household of John Morris, A, Montréal (city/cité), Quebec, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa. (possible connection)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SD8H : 2 March 2015), Beatrice Summerfield in entry for James F Summerfield, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63280&highlight=23&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Beatrice+Summerfield

1921 Canada Census, Beatrice Vida Summerfield [indexed as Beatrice Vidd Summerfield] in household of James Thomas Summerfield, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 13; Census Place: Lynn Creek Village, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 21; 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 with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYJ-9BQ : 30 September 2015), Beatrice Vida Summerfield, 1970.

Beatrice Vida Summerfield, death notice, Vancouver Sun, August 3, 1970, page 24: “Summerfied—On July 31, 1970, Beatrice Vida, of 1401 Dempsey Rd., North Vancouver, aged 86 years. Survived by her son, Roy H. Summerfield, North Vancouver; her granddaughter, Mrs. A. (Ruth) Casselman, North Vnacovuer, 1 great-grandson, James Alan Casselman; also survived by 1 brother, Frank Barnard, in England. Mrs. Summerfield was a member of the I.O.D.E. for over 60 years and held most of its offices. She helped to inaugurate the Capt. Lawrence Chapter of North Vancouver and was a past Regent in Montreal, as well as North Vancouver. Rev. J.H. Low will conduct the funeral service on Tuesday, August. 4, at 1:30 p.m., in the Burrard Funeral Chapel, Lonsdale Ave. at 12th St., North Vancouver. Cremation to follow. Donations to North Shore Retarded Children’s Association, 1560 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, in lieu of flowers, please.”

 

Caroline S. Barnard (sister of Beatrice Vida Barnard)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X74-JRR : 1 October 2014), Caroline Sophia Barnard, 1869; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Richmond (Surrey), Surrey, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRNJ-3NW : 24 July 2015), Caroline S Barnard in entry for William Barnard, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q277-1X92 : 18 August 2016), Caroline Barnard in household of William Barnard, Teddington (Middlesex), Surrey, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 44, Piece/Folio 842/105, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,414.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH5J-MQR : 13 November 2014), Caroline S. Barnard in household of John Morris, A, Montréal (city/cité), Quebec, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa. (possible connection)

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q33-54H : 27 December 2014), Caroline S Barnard, Aug 1903; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-482, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. (possible connection)

 

Roy Hodson Summerfield (son of James Thomas Summerfield)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SD8Z : 2 March 2015), Roy H Summerfield in entry for James F Summerfield, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63280&highlight=25&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Roy+H.+Summerfield.

1921 Canada Census, Roy Hodson Vida Summerfield [indexed as Roy Hudson Summerfield] in household of James Thomas Summerfield, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 13; Census Place: Lynn Creek Village, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 21; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1934-09-416798; Roy H Summerfield and Marguerite Edith Martin; date of marriage: June 1, 1934; place of marriage: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b2a234b4-e188-43d7-9565-6033aa2dc4f0. [Note: “marriage dissolved at Vancouver, B.c. on Febraury 1, 1957. File No. D.C.O. 422/113. April 16, 1957.]

Roy Summerfield, death notice, Vancouver Sun, February 18 and February 19, 2005; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=roy-summerfield&pid=3185457&fhid=5840 [includes photograph of Roy Summerfield]: “SUMMERFIELD _ Roy born November 23, 1909 in Vancouver. Passed away, age 95, on February 12, 2005 in Lion’s Gate Hospital. He was an accomplished tradesman, successful salesman and Chartered Boat Operator. To Roy, there was no such word as “CAN’T”. He was a true gentleman, a vibrant man with a sharp mind and a gentle loving heart. He was active in the Canadian Power Squadron and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, both of which gave him so much pleasure. He is predeceased by his first wife Marguerite and his second wife, Marnie. He will be greatly missed by his beloved daughter Ruth and his grandsons Jamie, Rob and Bryce Casselman; son Dean Summerfield and wife Marilyn and their daughters Dana Wright and Dione Teufel and their families, many cousins and his close friend Margaret Armatage. A celebration of Roy’s life will be held Sunday, February 20th at 2pm First Memorial Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver (604-980-3451). Donations can be made in Roy’s memory to the Lion’s Gate Hospital Foundation. Funeral Home: Boal Chapel and Memorial Gardens; 1505 Lillooet Road North Vancouver, BC V7J2J1; (604) 990-8988.”

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1988-09-012182; Marguerite Edith Summerfield; date of death: July 17, 1988; place of death: North Vancouver; age: 80; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/73759b8f-65f9-4a05-a09a-fb0d61df4590; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/f20b7655-bac6-4b88-bbe6-d273feb64b56.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2WY-G94N : 19 September 2016), Marguerite Edith Summerfield, 1988; Burial, North Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, North Vancouver Cemetery; citing record ID 167566421, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=167566421.

 

Robert Kerr Houlgate (business partner of James Thomas Summerfield)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5K-JHS : 30 September 2015), Robert Kerr Houlgate, 1936.