Tait, John Spottiswood (1875-1951)

Captain J. S. Tait; 1911, 6th Regiment Duke of Connaught's Own Riles Officers - Officers – [detail]; Vancouver City Archives; VLP 76.8; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/6th-regiment-duke-of-connaughts-own-riles-officers-officers-1911.

Captain J. S. Tait; 1911, 6th Regiment Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles Officers – Officers – [detail]; Vancouver City Archives; VLP 76.8; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/6th-regiment-duke-of-connaughts-own-riles-officers-officers-1911.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 446.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 446.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 224.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 224.

John Spottiswood Tait was the manager of Crawford and Stuart, a firm that supplied fishing nets, rope and twine, oil clothing and rubber boots. He lived at 1932 Alberni Street in 1904 and 1905.

John was born in Portobello, a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 6, 1875. His father was James Tait (1815-1888).

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: James Tait; Death Date: 23 Nov 1888; Death Place: Portobello; Probate Date: 27 Feb 1889; Registry: Edinburgh.

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: James Tait; Death Date: 23 Nov 1888; Death Place: Portobello; Probate Date: 27 Feb 1889; Registry: Edinburgh.

John’s mother was Annie Shaw Trotter (1846-1925).

Annie Shaw Trotter Tait, date of death: March 23, 1925; Ancestry.com. Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Commissary Clerk of Edinburgh under the Sheriff Courts Act, 1876. Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories.

Annie Shaw Trotter Tait, date of death: March 23, 1925; Ancestry.com. Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Commissary Clerk of Edinburgh under the Sheriff Courts Act, 1876. Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories.

John went to school in Edinburgh. Later he worked as a shipping clerk in Leith, Scotland.

He travelled to Vancouver in 1897. He first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1898. He was the manager of Crawford and Stewart, and he was living at 817 Georgia Street.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 627.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 627.

He lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1898 817 Georgia Street
1899 815-819 Georgia Street
1899-1900 Bute Street and Burrard Street
1901 1001 Georgia Street
1902 723 Broughton Street
1903 975 Bute Street
1904 to 1905 1932 Alberni Street
1906 1305 Pender Street
1907 to 1920 753 Cardero Street
1921 to 1951 1531 Beach Avenue

In 1898 he joined the militia. He became a lieutenant in the Garrison Artillery, which later became the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles. In 1902 he became a captain.

On November 19, 1902, John married Lilian Nelson Moore. She was born in California on August 22, 1879. Her parents were Robert Moore (1837-1896) and Frances Amelia Pidwell (1844-1896).

Vancouver Daily World, November 26, 1902, page 4, column 3.

Vancouver Daily World, November 26, 1902, page 4, column 3.

John and Lilian appeared in the Vancouver society directories in 1908 and 1914.

Elite Directory of Vancouver, 1908, page 85.

Elite Directory of Vancouver, 1908, page 85.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 66.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 66.

By 1909, John had his own business, J.S. Tait and Company, which was a firm of commission merchants and importers.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 1085.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 1085.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 98.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 98.

During the First World War, John served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was seriously wounded in Europe, and he was taken to England to recover.

The Chilliwack Progress, September 21, 1916, page 7, column 3.

The Chilliwack Progress, September 21, 1916, page 7, column 3.

He later returned to Canada, where he resumed his importing and sales business.

In 1919 he purchased the Vancouver Pipe and Foundry Company. The British Columbia provincial government loaned him $30,000 to help fund the purchase.

Vancouver Daily World, December 19, 1919, page 2, column 6.

Vancouver Daily World, December 19, 1919, page 2, column 6.

He became the president of Tait Pipe and Foundry Company Limited, which was the successor to Vancouver Pipe and Foundry Company.

Wrigley Henderson Amalgamated BC Directory, 1924, page 1094.

Wrigley Henderson Amalgamated BC Directory, 1924, page 1094.

John and Lilian continued to live in Vancouver until the 1950s.

John died in Vancouver on July 18, 1951. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Lilian died in Vancouver on March 30, 1955. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

John and Lilian had the following children.

 

John Moore Spottiswood Tait (known as “Ian”)

John Moore Spottiswood Tait was born in Vancouver on December 1, 1904 (some sources say 1903). He was often called “Ian.”

He worked in his father’s manufacturing and importing businesses.

On September 19, 1933, in Vancouver, he married Dorothy Belle Miller, who was a registered nurse. She was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, on April 6, 1907. Her parents were Richard Wallace Miller and Rhoda Tingle.

"British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death Notices, 1901-1939," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLBL-R44G : 30 October 2017), John Ian More Spottiswood Tait and Dorothy Miller, Marriage Sep 1933, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; from Victoria Daily Times news clippings, City of Victoria Archives, British Columbia, Canada; citing Victoria Daily Times, 20 Sep 1933, page 6; FHL microfilm 2,223,251.

“British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death Notices, 1901-1939,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLBL-R44G : 30 October 2017), John Ian More Spottiswood Tait and Dorothy Miller, Marriage Sep 1933, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; from Victoria Daily Times news clippings, City of Victoria Archives, British Columbia, Canada; citing Victoria Daily Times, 20 Sep 1933, page 6; FHL microfilm 2,223,251.

John died in Vancouver on July 4, 1951. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Dorothy died in Vancouver on May 7, 1955. She was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

 

Lilian Frances Anne Tait

Lilian Frances Anne Tait was born in British Columbia in October 1907. (She was often called “Fanta.”)

She lived with her parents until at least 1945.

She served as a member of the WRENS (Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service) for 12 years.

She married Daniel Maclean, who was a lawyer. He was born on February 4, 1896, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her parents were Daniel Maclean and Laurie Evelyn Park.

Daniel died in Vancouver on June 2, 1979.

Lilian’s second husband was David Robertson Verchère, who was a lawyer and judge. He was born in Ayr, Waterloo County, Ontario. His parents were Arthur Gaillaird Verchère (1867-1932) and Emilie Hargitt (1868-1947). David died in Vancouver on October 5, 1989.

Lilian died on August 29, 2003.

 

Sources

James Tait (father of John Spottiswood Tait)

“British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2D1-B5T8 : 9 March 2017), James Tait, 1888.

 

Annie Shaw Trotter (mother of John Spottiswood Tait)

“Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTRL-X9Z : 2 January 2015), Ann Shaw Trotter, 04 Nov 1844; citing , Inveresk With Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, reference 2:18QD4NB, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,067,758.

“Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VQCL-P57 : 8 December 2014), Ann Shaw Trotter, 04 Nov 1844; citing , INVERESK WITH MUSSELBURGH, MIDLOTHIAN, SCOTLAND, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,067,758.

“Scotland Census, 1851,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VYTL-JHT : 12 October 2017), Anne Shaw Trotter, , Midlothian, Scotland; from “1851 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 11, PRO HO 107, The National Archives UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 1,042,522.

“Scotland Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VB42-TLP : 27 October 2017), Annie Trotter, St George, Midlothian, Scotland; from “1861 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012.); citing p. 9, PRO RG 9, The National Archives UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 103,875.

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMVF-3PG : 12 October 2017), Annie S Tait, Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 31, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 223,988.

“Scotland Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSXB-YYB : 13 October 2017), Annie S Tait, Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland; from “1891 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 3, GRO6/275, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 220,372.

 

John Spottiswood Tait

Captain John S. Tait, A History; British Columbia, by R.E. Gosnell, compiled by Lewis Publishing Company; [no publishing place]; Hill Printing Company, 1906; pages 565-566; https://archive.org/stream/historybritishco00gosnrich#page/565/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/historybritishco00gosnrich#page/566/mode/1up.

Captain John S. Tait, Who’s Who in Western Canada, 1911, page 357; http://ourroots.ca/page.aspx?id=643353&qryID=9840c3a8-a511-454e-a24f-9e97e04915b8&pageSizeToggle=medium.

Captain John S. Tait, Northern who’s who; a Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women, 1916, pages 790-791; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/790/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/791/mode/1up.

Lt. Col. Tait, Lieutenant Colonel John S. Tait; 29th (Tobin’s Tigers) Battalion; by Matthew K. Barrett, March 15, 2017, https://matthewkbarrett.com/2017/03/15/lt-col-tait/. [Includes biography and photograph.]

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMVF-3P5 : 12 October 2017), John S Tait, Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 31, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 223,988.

“Scotland Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSXB-YY1 : 13 October 2017), John S Tait, Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland; from “1891 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 3, GRO6/275, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 220,372.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-T2P : 27 April 2017), John Tait in household of Arvilla M Howe, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59849&highlight=50&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+John+Tait.

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K86L-6VY : 6 November 2017), John Spottswood Tait and Lilian Nelson Moore, 19 Nov 1902; citing Santa Clara, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 1,302,028.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M24M : 15 July 2016), John Tate, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63676&highlight=43&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+John+Lets.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Tait, John Spottiswood; Rank: LCL; Date of Birth: 06/06/1875; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9488 – 36; Item Number: 266229; Record Group:Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=266229.

1921 Canada Census, John Spottiswood Tait, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 6. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Ancestry.com. Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935–1980. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Name: Jnos Tait; Lt. Col.; manufacturers agent; Year: 1945; Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Electoral District: Vancouver Centre. [address: 1531 Beach Avenue]

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5H-V5K : 8 November 2017), John Spottiswood Tait, 1951.

“Col. Tait Taken by Death,” Vancouver Province, July 18, 1951, page 21.

“Col. John Tait Dies at Home in 77th Year,” Vancouver Sun, July 18, 1951, page 17; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1jdlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mokNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5150%2C2724489.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-71ZQ : 13 December 2015), John Spottiswood Tait, 1951; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26291252, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26291252: “John Spottiswood Tait; Birth 1875; Death 18 Jul 1951; Burial  Mountain View Cemetery  Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot JONES/*/02/022/0015; Memorial ID 26291252.”

 

Robert Moore (father of Lilian Nelson Moore)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD87-X6D : 21 January 2016), Robert Moore and Frances Amelia Pidwell, 19 Feb 1861; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B09707, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,073,299.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6PX-RHG : 29 July 2017), Robert Moore, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States; citing enumeration district ED 219, sheet 330B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0079; FHL microfilm 1,254,079.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29T-HKH2 : 15 March 2016), Robert Moore, 1896; Burial, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America, Odd Fellows Cemetery (Defunct); citing record ID 150737354, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/150737354: “Robert Moore; Birth 1837 County Antrim, Northern Ireland; Death 12 Feb 1896 California, USA; Burial  Greenlawn Memorial Park  Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA; Memorial ID 150737354.

 

Frances Amelia Pidwell (mother of Lilian Nelson Moore)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD87-X6C : 21 January 2016), Robert Moore and Frances Amelia Pidwell, 19 Feb 1861; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B09707, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,073,299.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6PX-RHP : 29 July 2017), Frances A Moore in household of Robert Moore, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States; citing enumeration district ED 219, sheet 330B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0079; FHL microfilm 1,254,079.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29T-HKDS : 15 March 2016), Frances Amelia Pidwell, 1896; Burial, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America, Odd Fellows Cemetery (Defunct); citing record ID 150737413, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/150737413: “Birth 1844 Charlottetown, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Death 8 Mar 1896 Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA; Burial  Greenlawn Memorial Park  Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA; Memorial ID 150737413.

 

Lilian Nelson Moore (wife of John Spottiswood Tait)

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6PX-RH1 : 29 July 2017), Lilian N Moore in household of Robert Moore, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States; citing enumeration district ED 219, sheet 330B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0079; FHL microfilm 1,254,079.

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K86L-6VB : 6 November 2017), John Spottswood Tait and Lilian Nelson Moore, 19 Nov 1902; citing Santa Clara, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 1,302,028.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M249 : 15 July 2016), Lillian Tate in entry for John Tate, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63676&highlight=44&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Lillian+Lets.

1921 Canada Census, Lilian Nelson Tait in household of John Spottiswood Tait, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 6. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Ancestry.com. Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935–1980. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Name: Lillian N Tait; Year: 1945; Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Electoral District: Vancouver Centre. [address: 1531 Beach Avenue]

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRD-G9D : 8 November 2017), Lilian Nelson Tait, 1955; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ac6defc0-e5b6-4b66-94dd-f9370b603336.

“Mrs. J.S. Tait Funeral Rites on Saturday,” Vancouver Province, April 1, 1955, page 11, column 1.

“Funeral of Mrs. L. Tait Held Here,” Vancouver Sun, April 2, 1955, page 11.

Lilian Nelson Tait, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 31, 1955, page 33; Vancouver Sun, March 31, 1955, page 34; Vancouver Sun, April 1, 1955, page 36.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-71Z5 : 13 December 2015), Lilian Nelson Tait, 1955; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26291251, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26291251: “Lilian Nelson Tait; Birth unknown; Death 30 Mar 1955; Burial  Mountain View Cemetery  Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot JONES/*/02/022/0014; Memorial ID 26291251.

 

John (“Ian”) Moore Spottiswood Tait (son of John Spottiswood Tait)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M24S : 15 July 2016), John Tate in entry for John Tate, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63676&highlight=45&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+John+Lets.

1921 Canada Census, John Moore Spott. Tait [indexed as John Moore Sport Tait] in household of John Spottiswood Tait, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 6. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1933-09-410563; John Moore Spottiswood Tait and Dorothy Belle Miller; BC Archives Microfilm Number: B13766; date of marriage: September 19, 1933-09-19; place of marriage: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ce2d0255-6e7f-4786-933f-dad4f2394fcb.

“Wedding This Morning is of Wide Interest; Miss Dorothy Miller Becomes Bride of Mr. Ian Tait,” Vancouver Province, September 19, 1933, page 4.

“Miss Miller and Mr. Ian Tait Wed This Morning,” Vancouver Sun, September 19, 1933, page 6, column 1; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QfRlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8IgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1358%2C1830030.

“British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death Notices, 1901-1939,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLBL-R44G : 30 October 2017), John Ian More Spottiswood Tait and Dorothy Miller, Marriage Sep 1933, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; from Victoria Daily Times news clippings, City of Victoria Archives, British Columbia, Canada; citing Victoria Daily Times, 20 Sep 1933; FHL microfilm 2,223,251.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLP4-GXC : 8 November 2017), John Moore Spottiswood Tait, 1951; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/57551d0b-9ede-4e9e-9b5c-c917b6eeb918.

J.M.S. (Ian) Tait, death notice, Vancouver Province, July 5, 1951, page 27; Vancouver Sun, July 5, 1951, page 23; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=yzdlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mokNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2220%2C620720.

“Military Funeral Set for Lt.-Col. J.M.S. Tait,” Vancouver Province, July 4, 1951, page 21 (includes photograph of Lt.-Col. J.M.S. Tait).

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2DN-TVD2 : 6 December 2016), John Moore Spottiswood Tait, 1951; Burial, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Forest Lawn Memorial Park; citing record ID 170263222, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/170263222: “John Moore Spottiswood “Ian” Tait; Birth 1 Dec 1903 Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Death 4 Jul 1951 Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Burial  Forest Lawn Memorial Park  Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot Timberland Section; Memorial ID 170263222.

 

Dorothy Belle Miller (wife of John Moore Spottiswood Tait)

British Columbia Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1933-09-410563; John Moore Spottiswood Tait and Dorothy Belle Miller; BC Archives Microfilm Number: B13766; date of marriage: September 19, 1933-09-19; place of marriage: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ce2d0255-6e7f-4786-933f-dad4f2394fcb.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPC-824 : 8 November 2017), Dorothy Bell Tait, 1953; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/93e24454-93d9-4828-bc4a-bd6687c422a2.

Widow of Col. J.M.S. Tait, death notice, Vancouver Province, May 9, 1953, page 33; Vancouver Sun, May 9, 1953, page 36; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=V_FlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yIkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2374%2C1814679.

Widow of Col. J.M.S. Tait, death notice, Vancouver Province, May 11, 1953, page 27; Vancouver Sun, May 11, 1953, page 27; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WPFlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yIkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2302%2C2030020.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2DN-TVZW : 6 December 2016), Dorothy Belle Miller Tait, ; Burial, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Forest Lawn Memorial Park; citing record ID 170039986, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/170039986; “Dorothy Belle Miller Tait; Birth 1907; death 1953; Burial  Forest Lawn Memorial Park  Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot Timberland Section; Memorial ID 170039986.

 

Lilian Frances Anne Tait (daughter of John Spottiswood Tait)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M243 : 15 July 2016), Francis Tate in entry for John Tate, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63676&highlight=46&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Francis+Lets.

1921 Canada Census, Lilian Frances Anne Tait in household of John Spottiswood Tait, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 6. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Ancestry.com. Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935–1980. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Name: Lilian F A Tait; Occupation: wren; Year: 1945; Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Electoral District: Vancouver Centre. [address: 1531 Beach Avenue]

Lilian Verchere; death notice, published in The Vancouver Sun on Sept. 3, 2003; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=157263244: “Verchere, Lilian Frances Anne (Fanta) (nee Tait). Died peacefully on August 29, 2003, at the age of 96. Predeceased by her brother Ian Tait, her nephew Wallace Tait, first husband Daniel Maclean and second husband Hon. David R. Verchere. She is survived by her grand-nieces Fanta Tait and Andrea Tait, and grand-nephews Ian Tait and Christopher Tait. Fanta served with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Services for 12 proud years. She was a sparkling conversationalist loved by family and friends of all ages. She will be remembered for her grace and enduring elegance. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 3 pm at St. Paul’s Church, 1130 Lewis [sic: Jervis] Street, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Society would be appreciated.”

 

Daniel Maclean (husband of Lilian Frances Anne Tait)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1M-P5F : 8 November 2017), Daniel Maclean, 1979; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/66b88b8f-a16d-44a0-a9ca-bca34498fba4.

 

David Robertson Verchère (husband of Lilian Frances Anne Tait)

Verchère/Turner/Hargitt Family Tree; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=billv&id=I58: “Name: David Robertson Verchère; Sex: M; Birth: 3 Mar 1906 in Ayr, Waterloo County, Ontario; Death: 5 Oct 1989 in Vancouver, BC; Burial: 10 Oct 1989 Vancouver, BC; Occupation: Lawyer/Supreme Court Judge; Father: Arthur Gaillaird Verchère b: 18 AUG 1867 in Jullundur, Punjab, India; Mother: Emilie Hargitt b: 1868 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Archives of Ontario; Series: MS929; Reel: 177; Ancestry.com. Ontario, Canada Births, 1858-1913 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Name: David Robertson Verchere; Date of Birth: 3 Mar 1906; Gender: Male; Birth Place: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Father’s name: Aurthur G Verchere; Mother’s name: Emily Hargett.

A Progression of Judges: A History of the Supreme Court of British Columbia; David Robertson Verchere; Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1988.

 

Catherine Mary Beck (wife of David Robertson Verchere)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1J-FSQ : 8 November 2017), Catherine Mary Verchere, 1983.