Sutton, William John (1861-1931)

William John Sutton was a dry goods merchant. He lived at 1946 Comox Street from 1908 to 1912.

He was born in Ontario on February 4, 1861. His father was Dennis Sutton (1819-1893); his mother was Jane Evans (c. 1822-1893).

In 1888, William was a merchant in Morden, Manitoba. On September 26, 1888, in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, he married Harriett Eleanor Pearson. She was born in Hawkesville, Ontario on July 28, 1865. Her father was John William Pearson; her mother was Matilda Jane Walton.

By the early 1890s, William John Sutton was in business in British Columbia with Walter Milen Haley (1859-1943). They sold boots and shoes and dry goods from their locations at 612 Columbia Street in New Westminster and at 150 Cordova Street in Vancouver. It appears that they also had a similar business in Manitoba. Haley and Sutton sold their Vancouver business to Gordon Drysdale in 1892. William was apparently out of the city until his re-appearance in 1908, when he started to live at 1946 Comox Street.

William John Sutton lived in Vancouver from 1908 until he died on November 13, 1931. Harriett died in Vancouver on May 23, 1952.

William and Harriett had three children.

Adine Marion Sutton (1891-1972)

Adine was born on January 6, 1891 in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario. She was living in Los Angeles, California in 1931. She did not marry. She died in Vancouver on May 25, 1972.

William Alan Sutton (1894-1974)

William Alan Sutton was born on August 31, 1894, in Brandon, Manitoba. On October 7, 1915, he enlisted as a soldier with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. After the war, he returned to Vancouver and became a lawyer. On August 24, 1922, he married Dorothy Elizabeth Peck. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on February 14, 1895. Her father was Arthur Warren Peck and her mother was Hettie Mary Rogers: both of her parents were from New Brunswick.

William died in Vancouver on February 27, 1974. Dorothy died on December 28, 1968.

William and Dorothy had two children: Donald A. Sutton and A. Warren Sutton.

Ruth Pearson Sutton (1910-2000)

Ruth Sutton was born on April 25, 1910, in Vancouver. In 1931 she was living in Los Angeles, California. In the 1950s, she was a stenographer in her brother’s law firm. She died on October 25, 2000.

Sources

Dennis Sutton

Dennis SUTTON, St. James Anglican, Clandeboye Cemetery, Middlesex (London) Co./Reg./Dist., Ontario, Dennis Sutton, [died] [?????] 1893, [aged] [?????], http://www.canadianheadstones.com/on/view.php?id=35825

Jane Sutton (née Evans)

Denis SUTTON, St. James Anglican, Clandeboye Cemetery, Middlesex (London) Co./Reg./Dist., Ontario. “In Loving Memory of Jane [Evans]; Beloved wife of Denis Sutton; Died Mar. 14, 1893, aged 64 Yrs. & 2 Mos, http://www.canadianheadstones.com/on/view.php?id=32540

William John Sutton

“Canada Census, 1871,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4QL-BC2 : accessed 14 Jul 2013), William Sutton, Biddulph, North Middlesex, Ontario, Canada.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMV7-N1L : accessed 14 Jul 2013), W J Sutton and Hattie E Pearson, 1888.

Ontario Marriages, Waterloo 1888, part 2, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/water88p2.htm: 012114-88 (Waterloo Co) W.J. SUTTON, 27, merchant, Canada, Morden Manitoba, s/o D. SUTTON & Jane EVANS married Hattie E. PEARSON, 23, Canada, Berlin, d/o John W. PEARSON & Jane WALTON, witn: Grace PEARSON of Berlin & Arthur SUTTON of Toronto, 26 September 1888 in Berlin.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKS-RQP : accessed 14 Jul 2013), William J Sutton, Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Census Year: 1891, Item Number: 34342, Surname: Sutton, Given Name(s): William J; Age: 30; Province: British Columbia; District Name: New Westminster; Sub-District Name: Vancouver, http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/jpg/30953_148093-00022.jpg

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1891, page 313 (New Westminster): “Sutton Wm. J., of Daley [sic] & Sutton, bds Colonial hotel.”

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1891, page 282 (New Westminster): “Haley & Sutton, boots and shoes, 612 Columbia; Haley, Walter M. of Haley & Sutton, bds Colonial hotel.”

The British Columbia Mercantile Agency, 58 Cordova Street, Vancouver, B.C., telephone 159, ‘”A directory of credit ratings of lower mainland residents”–Lowther.’ Page 28, http://archive.org/stream/cihm_14385#page/n58/mode/1up/search/sutton: haley & Sutton, dry goods, 159 Cordova; Haley W.M., dry goods, Seaton. Page 57, http://archive.org/stream/cihm_14385#page/n119/mode/1up/search/sutton, “Sutton W.J., merchant, 1033 Robson.

Williams’ Illustrated Official BC Directory, 1892, Part 2, page 1007b: Sutton, W J, of Haley & Sutton, 150 Cordova, h 1033 Robson.

Victoria Daily Colonist, December 11, 1892, page 2, column 2, http://www.britishcolonist.ca/tc/1892/12/11/18921211002.pdf, “The dry goods firm of Haley & Sutton has sold out to Messrs. Drysdale, a Nova Scotia firm, and will move back to Edmonton, Man. [sic].”

“Gordon Drysdale,” British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, Howay and Scholefield, editors, Volume 3, page 182, http://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/182/mode/1up.

“John Andrew Lee,” British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, Howay and Scholefield, editors, Volume 3, page 9, http://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/9/mode/1up

Canadian Dry Goods Review, Vol. 3, No. 1, January 1893, page 14: http://archive.org/stream/dgrstyle1893toro#page/n14/mode/1up,: “Haley & Sutton, dry goods, Vancouver, B.C., have sold out.”

Canadian Dry Goods Review, Vol. 3, No. 8, August 1893, page 23, http://archive.org/stream/dgrstyle1893toro#page/n292/mode/1up/search/sutton : “A.D. Rankin & Co., Brandon, have sold out to Haley & Sutton.”

Williams’ Official BC Directory, 1895, page 610: “Sutton, Wm J., com travlr, res 814 Cordova.” [This appears to be a different William Sutton.]

Vancouver City Directory,1896, page 183: “Sutton, Wm J., commercial traveler, 323 Cordova E.” [This appears to be a different William Sutton.]

No William J. Sutton in Vancouver directories from 1897 to 1905.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVR-TLB : accessed 14 Jul 2013), W’m Sutton, 1901.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 601: “Sutton, William J., of Haley & Sutton, h 1237 Beach Ave.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 775: Sutton, William J., of Haley & Sutton, h 1019 Nelson.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1908, page 966: “Sutton William J. of Haley & Sutton, h. 1946 Comox.

Vancouver Province, May 28, 1908, page 9. “Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Pearson and Miss Worthington of Newton, Kansas, arrived in Vancouver on Monday, having made the trip by way of California, where Mr. Pearson is interested in mining enterprises and timber limits. They are delighted with Vancouver’s surroundings and with beautiful Stanley Park. While in the city they are guests of Mr. Pearson’s sister Mrs. W. J. Sutton, 1946 Comox street.”

Vancouver Province, July 8, 1908, page 9. “Mrs. George A. Alexander and little daughter of Saskatoon arrived in Vancouver last week and will spend a couple of months in the city as the guests of Mrs. Sutton, 1946 Comox street.”

1911 Census of Canada, Home / 1911 / British Columbia / Vancouver / 2 Vancouver City / page 28
http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63719&highlight=39&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+William+John+Sutton

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 65. “Sutton, Mr. and Mrs. W.J., 2406 Fifth Ave. W. Bay. 283R; Miss Adine Sutton; Receives 4th Wednesday. Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 65: Women’s Canadian Club: Mrs. W.J. Sutton.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLVP-429 : accessed 14 Jul 2013), William John Sutton, 1931.

Vancouver Sun, November 14, 1931, page 22 (same as Vancouver Province, November 15, 1931, page 21. “Sutton (William John) – Passed away suddenly on Nov. 13, 1931, at his residence, 1816 Waterloo Road, in his 71st year. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife, two daughters, Adene, in Lost Angeles; Ruth, at home, and one son, William Alan in Vancouver; a sister, Mrs. Wells of Toronto, Ont., and a brother, James, of Clandeboye, Ont. Private funeral service from the chapel of the Mount Pleasant Undertaking Co., Kingsway and 11th Ave., on Monday, Nov. 15, Rev. J.L. Macgilivray officiating. Interment in Ocean View Burial Park.”

Harriett Eleanor Sutton (née Pearson)

“Canada Census, 1871,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4Q4-85J : accessed 14 Jul 2013), Hattie Pearson, Wellesley, North Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/jpg/4396336_00041.jpg

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLPC-5SQ : accessed 15 Jul 2013), Harriett Eleanor Sutton, 1952.

The Vancouver Sun – May 26, 1952, page 25 (same as Vancouver Province, May 26, 1952, page 28): “Sutton – On May 23, Harriett Elinor Sutton, widow of W.J. Sutton of 1816 Waterloo St., in her 87th year Survived by one son, W.A. Sutton, two daughters, Miss Adine Sutton, Miss Ruth Sutton, two grandsons, Donald A., City., A. Warren, London, England. Private funeral was held Monday, May 26, 10:30 a.m., Rev. James Evans officiating. Interment Ocean View. The T. Edwards Co. Ltd., funeral directors.”

Adine Marion Sutton

“Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2FJ-5H6 : accessed 14 Jul 2013), William John Sutton in entry for Adine Marion Sutton, 06 Jan 1891.

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XL5V-XMJ : accessed 14 Jul 2013), William John Sutton in entry for Adine Marion Sutton, 06 Jan 1891.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMZL-7RM : accessed 14 Jul 2013), William John Sutton in entry for Adine Marion Sutton, 1891.

“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XCVG-ZKH : accessed 14 Jul 2013), Adden M Sutton in entry for Amelia F Treu, 1930.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLTC-SBY : accessed 14 Jul 2013), Adine Marion Sutton, 1972.

British Columbia Death Registration, Adine Marion Sutton, Registration No. 1972-09-007549, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=5fcf4952-df41-4913-9713-62beea851308

Vancouver Sun, May 27, 1972, page 43 (same as Vancouver Province, May 27, 1972, page 41. “Sutton – On May 25, 1972, Adine Marion Sutton of 1816 Waterloo, Vancouver, B.C. in her 82nd year. Survived by 1 brother, William Alan Sutton and 1 sister, Miss Ruth Sutton, both of Vancouver, also 2 nephews. Private family service Monday, May 29 at 12 noon in the chapel of Simmons & McBride Funeral Directors, Broadway at Maple St. Rev. David A. Smith, officiating. Interment Family Plot, Ocean View Burial Park. Flowers gratefully declined.”

 

William Allan Sutton

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Sutton, William Allan, Regimental number(s): 476819, http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.02-e.php?image_url=http://data2.archives.ca/cef/gat4/125722a.gif&id_nbr=259987; http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.02-e.php?image_url=http://data2.archives.ca/cef/gat4/125722b.gif&id_nbr=259987

William Alan Sutton, Manitoba Birth Registration, Registration Number: 1894-1007228, Sutton, William Alan, Date of Birth: August 31,1894; Place of Birth: Brandon, Manitoba.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8M-CXQ : accessed 14 Jul 2013), William Alan Sutton and Dorothy Elizabeth Peck, 1922.

“House Wedding Is Pretty Affair on Thursday Night: Miss Dorothy Peck Becomes Bride of Mr. Alan Sutton,” Vancouver Province, August 25, 1922, page 11:

“The wedding of a popular Vancouver girl was solemnized on Thursday evening at 7 o’clock, when Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Peck, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Peck, 2906 Fifth avenue west, became the bride of Mr. Alan Sutton, only son of Mr. and Mrs. William Sutton, Waterloo road, this city. The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride of Rev. J. Willard Litch, beneath a bower and wedding bell of flowers. . . .”

“Miss D. Peck Becomes Bride of Mr. Sutton,” Vancouver Sun, August 25, 1922, page 6

“A pretty summer wedding took place last evening, when Miss Dorothy Peck, only daughter of Mrs. And Mrs. A.W. Peck, 3976 Fifth Avenue West, was united in marriage by the Rev. Williard Litch, to Mr. Allan Sutton, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Sutton of Waterloo Road. . . .”

“Pretty House Wedding of Miss Dorothy Peck,” Vancouver World, August 25, 1922, page 7: A wedding solemnized in a beautiful home setting was that of Miss Dorothy Peck, whose marriage to Mr. W. Alan Sutton took place on Thursday evening at the residence of her parents on Fifth Avenue West. The bride is the only daughter of Mrs. And Mrs. A.W. Peck, and Mr. Sutton is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Sutton, Waterloo Road. . . .”

PAM 1940-18 – Installation of Bro. William Alan Sutton as Worshipful Master and investiture of wardens and officers of Western Gate Lodge No. 48, A.F. & A.M., B.C.R.; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/installation-of-bro-william-alan-sutton-as-worshipful-master-and-investiture-of-wardens-and-officers-of-western-gate-lodge-no-48-f-m-b-c-r;rad\

“United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XGY9-FYM : accessed 14 Jul 2013), William Alan Sutton, 1941.

Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1955, page 755: “Sutton, Braidwood, Morris & Hall, Barristers and Solicitors, 900 West Pender Street, Phone PA 3464.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLB2-J7Q : accessed 14 Jul 2013), William Alan Sutton, 1974.

Vancouver Sun, March 2, 1974, page 51; Vancouver Province Sun, March 2, 1974, page 32

Sutton – Passed away suddenly on February 27, 1974, William Alan Sutton, Q.C., in his 80th year, of Vancouver B.C. Survived by 2 sons, Donald, Vancouver, and Warren, New York; 3 grandchildren; also 1 sister, Ruth of Vancouver. Private family service to be held on Monday, March 4 in the chapel of Simmons & McBride, funeral directors, Broadway at Maple St. Rev. George Searcy officiating. Cremation, Garden Chapel. No flowers by request.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLY4-CFP : accessed 14 Jul 2013), Dorothy Elizabeth Sutton, 1968.

Vancouver Sun, December 30, 1968, page 26; Vancouver Province, December 30, 1968, page 24, “Sutton – Passed away December 28, 1968, Dorothy Elizabeth, beloved wife of W. Alan Sutton, Q.C., of 1222 West 38th Ave. Survived also by 2 sons, Donald A., Vancouver, and A. Warren, London, England; 3 grandchildren. Private funeral service in Simmons & McBride Funeral Chapel, Broadway at Maple St., Rev. T.M. Badger, DD, officiating. Cremation, Garden Chapel. Flowers gratefully declined.”

 

Ruth Pearson Sutton

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SUTTON/2000-10/0972924861

“SUTTON, Ruth Pearson born in Vancouver on 25 April, 1910 passed away peacefully on Oct 25. 2000. Ruth is survived by her family in Vancouver; nephew Donald Sutton, his children, Pam, Nancy and Warren and their children, Adrianne, Kailey, Kevin and Sarah and by her nephew, Warren in Los Angeles. A Memorial Service will be held at 3.00 pm on Wed. 1 Nov at West Point Grey Presbyterian Church, 4397 W., 12th Ave., at Trimble, Vanc. The family send a special thank you especially to Elvira and Peter who brightened her days. Flowers gratefully declined.”[Published in the Vancouver, BC CAN -Sun 2000-10-27.]

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4 thoughts on “Sutton, William John (1861-1931)

  1. Pingback: William John Sutton (1861-1931) | westendvancouver

  2. Hi – I’m trying to track down an Allan Sutton who is listed on an Honor Roll for Morden, MB. Having come across your information, I am feeling confident that the William Alan Sutton listed above is the one I’m looking for given the Morden business connection. There are a few references to Haley & Sutton in the Morden Centennial book which suggests that was the business they were operating in Morden as well as Vancouver. I cannot find a reference to Alan Sutton being in Morden but it may be a safe assumption that he may have spent time there.

    http://manitobia.ca/resources/books/local_histories/014.pdf

    • Hello Darryl,

      Thanks for your message.

      As you point out, Walter Haley and William John Sutton were in business in Morden. The references to Mr. Haley in the history of the Town of Morden [http://manitobia.ca/resources/books/local_histories/014.pdf] mention banking and brokering activities. In the early 1890s, in Vancouver, Mr. Sutton was a “commercial traveller” with Haley and Sutton in the dry goods business. Commercial travellers were generally travelling sales representatives for various types of enterprises. Dry goods included textiles, ready-to-wear clothing, and “notions” or “sundries.” About 1893, Haley and Sutton sold their business to Gordon Drysdale.

      I looked in the 1897 and 1905 Manitoba directories [https://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/can/mb], but I couldn’t see any references to William John Sutton in Morden for those years.

      Still, given the earlier Haley and Sutton connection to Morden, it is possible that William Alan Sutton may be the one who is on the Morden honor roll.

      There is another series of references to a William John Sutton, with some connections to Morden: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~philpotsutton/pafg05.htm#69. It isn’t clear that all of these references are to the same person, since some of them refer to dry goods, while others talk about patent medicines and herbal treatments. However, the reference at note 19 may be to William John Sutton: “19. 1901; In Lovell’s Directory, There is a Wm. J. Sutton of Haley and Sutton, mentioned in Morden, Selkirk. (p. 629, Lovell’s Directory of Manitoba & The Northwest Territories for 1900-1901 (Province Section), John Lovell & Son, Winnipeg, 1900).”

      Best of luck with your memorial project.

      Robert

  3. Thanks very much! I’m guessing too that people may have referred to William Alan as Alan so as not to confuse him with his father. Just a guess though.
    Darryl

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