Thomson, Miss G. M.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 2, page 1348.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 2, page 1348.

Miss G.M. Thomson lived at 1843 Robson Street in 1913.

In 1914 she was a stenographer with the Royal Bank of Canada. The 1914 Vancouver directory did not list an address for her.

 

Possible Family Background

Although it is not certain, Miss G. M. Thomson may have been Gertrude Maud Thomson.

She was born in England on July 20, 1881. Her parents were Frederick Denzil Thomson and Harriet Eliza Quinton.

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: Frederick Denzil Thomson; Death Date: 3 Jun 1931; Probate Date: 17 Aug 1931; Registry: London, 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: Frederick Denzil Thomson; Death Date: 3 Jun 1931; Probate Date: 17 Aug 1931; Registry: London, 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: Harriet Eliza Thomson; Death Date: 14 Dec 192[1]; Death Place: Middlesex, England; Probate Date: 10 Jan 1922; Registry: London, 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: Harriet Eliza Thomson; Death Date: 14 Dec 192[1]; Death Place: Middlesex, England; Probate Date: 10 Jan 1922; Registry: London, England.

 

Wedding in Vancouver

On March 4, 1913, in Vancouver, Gertrude married Alfred Ernest Sheffield, who was an accountant. He was born in London, England, on October 4, 1884. His parents were Alfred Sheffield and Grace Arabella Tunbridge.

London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1931; Reference Number: p93/dun/114. Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Name: Alfred Sheffield; Gender: Male; Marriage Age: 23; Record Type: Marriage; Birth Date: abt 1860; Marriage Date: 25 Dec 1883; Marriage Place: St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Tower Hamlets, England; Father: Alfred Sheffield; Spouse: Grace Arabella Tunbridge; Register Type: Parish Register.

London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1931; Reference Number: p93/dun/114. Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Name: Alfred Sheffield; Gender: Male; Marriage Age: 23; Record Type: Marriage; Birth Date: abt 1860; Marriage Date: 25 Dec 1883; Marriage Place: St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Tower Hamlets, England; Father: Alfred Sheffield; Spouse: Grace Arabella Tunbridge; Register Type: Parish Register.

Vancouver Daily World, March 6, 1913, page 9, column 4.

Vancouver Daily World, March 6, 1913, page 9, column 4.

Alfred died in Nanaimo, British Columbia, on May 30, 1969.

Gertrude died in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on December 1, 1975.

 

Alfred and Gertrude had the following children.

 

John Pim Sheffield

John Pim Sheffield was born in Vancouver on January 10, 1916. He worked as an accountant.

On September 19, 1941, in Victoria, British Columbia, he married Cora Merle Johnston, who worked for a paint company in Victoria. She was born in Victoria on December 25, 1921. Her parents were Everett Thomas Johnston and Hazel Lucy Bradshaw.

John died in Saanichton, British Columbia, on June 7, 1989.

Cora died in Gibsons, British Columbia, on September 10, 2017.

 

Edward Allan Sheffield

Edward Allan Sheffield was born in May 21, 1917 in Vancouver.

He worked as a civil engineer.

He married Audrey Emily Evirson.

He died in West Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 2, 1995.

 

Helen J Sheffield

Helen J Sheffield was born in Vancouver about 1920.

 

Robert Alfred Philip Sheffield

Robert Alfred Philip Sheffield was born in British Columbia on October 31, 1922. He did not marry.

He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He was reported missing, and the military forces later presumed that he died on February 25, 1943.

 

Sources

Frederick Denzil Thomson (father of Gertrude Maud Thomson)

Frederick Denzil Thomson (1845–1931); Birth 13 APRIL 1845, Holloway, England; Death 3 JUN 1931, Barnet, Middlesex, England (ancestry.ca).

 

Harriet Quinton (mother of Gertrude Maud Thomson)

Harriett Eliza Quinton (1845–1921); Birth 13 AUG 1845, Ipswich, Suffolk, England; Death 14 DEC 1921, Finchley, London, England (ancestry.ca).

 

Gertrude Maud Thomson

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZV-VQK : 21 January 2016), Alfred Ernest Sheffield and Gertrude Maud Thomson, 04 Mar 1913; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,705.

A.E. Sheffield and Gertrude Thomson, wedding description, Vancouver Province, March 6, 1913, page 8: “The First Congregational Church was the scene of a quite wedding on Tuesday, March 4, when Mr. A.E. Sheffield and Miss Gertrude Thomson were married by Rev. J.K. Unsworth, the pastor of the church. A wedding breakfast was tendered the happy couple and a few guests by Miss Winder and Miss Ramsden at their home, 2313 Alberta street. They were assisted by Mrs. Ramsden and Mrs. Anstey. Mr. Sheffield, who is organist of the church ad pianist of the Brotherhood orchestra, was presented with handsome gifts by the choir and the Brotherhood. Mr. and Mrs. Sheffield will reside at 856 Eighth avenue east.”

Gertrude Maude Thomson and Alfred Ernest Sheffield, marriage notice, Vancouver Province, March 5, 1913, page 19: “Thomson—Sheffield—Married on March 4, 1913, at the First Congregational Church, Vancouver, B.C., by the Rev. J.K. Unsworth, Gertrude Maud Thomson to Alfred Ernest Sheffield.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBP-YRV : 8 November 2017), Gertrude Maud Sheffield, 1975.

Gertrude M. Sheffield, death notice, Vancouver Province, December 4, 1975, page 37; Vancouver Sun, December 3, 1975, page 66: “Sheffield—Gertrude M., passed away December 1, 1974, aged 94 years, resided in West Vancouver since 1920. Member of the West Vancouver United Church since its inception and was a choir member and organist for many years. Survived by daughter, Joan Edwards, of Cedar, B.C., and sons, Jack and Ted; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral to be held Friday, December 5, at 1 p.m. from the West Vancouver United Church Chapel. Service by Rev. T.T. Oliver with Rev. F. Stevens assisting. No flowers by request. Hollyburn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.”

 

Alfred Sheffield (father of Alfred Ernest Sheffield)

London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1931; Reference Number: p93/dun/114. Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Name: Alfred Sheffield; Gender: Male; Marriage Age: 23; Record Type: Marriage; Birth Date: abt 1860; Marriage Date: 25 Dec 1883; Marriage Place: St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Tower Hamlets, England; Father: Alfred Sheffield; Spouse: Grace Arabella Tunbridge; Register Type: Parish Register.

 

Grace Arabella Tunbridge (mother of Alfred Ernest Sheffield)

London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1931; Reference Number: p93/dun/114. Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1931 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Name: Alfred Sheffield; Gender: Male; Marriage Age: 23; Record Type: Marriage; Birth Date: abt 1860; Marriage Date: 25 Dec 1883; Marriage Place: St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Tower Hamlets, England; Father: Alfred Sheffield; Spouse: Grace Arabella Tunbridge; Register Type: Parish Register.

 

Alfred Ernest Sheffield (husband of Gertrude Maud Thomson)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZV-VQ2 : 21 January 2016), Alfred Ernest Sheffield and Gertrude Maud Thomson, 04 Mar 1913; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,705.

Ancestry.com. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Passenger Lists, 1865–1935. Microfilm Publications T-479 to T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542. Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG 76-C. Department of Employment and Immigration fonds. Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Name: Alfred Ernest Sheffield; Gender: Male; Age: 47; Birth Year: abt 1885; Birth Country: England; Date of Arrival: 5 Apr 1932; Vessel: Ixion; Port of Arrival:              Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Port of Departure: Hong Kong.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLY4-JHL : 8 November 2017), Alfred Ernest Sheffield, 1969; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/cff75da5-d67e-4f9b-9134-5c5570223dfc.

 

John Pim Sheffield (son of Gertrude Maud Thomson)

British Columbia Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1941-09-515359; John Pim Sheffield and Cora Merle Johnston; date of marriage: September 19, 1941 place of marriage: Victoria; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/a3af2438-e2a2-448b-87cd-40f818ac7e4b.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLQ-YZY : 8 November 2017), John Pim Sheffield in entry for Alan John Sheffield, 1945.

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1989-09-009492; John Pim Sheffield; BC Archives Microfilm Number: B17133; GSU Microfilm Number: 1709276; date of death: June 7, 1989; place of death: Saanichton; age at death: 73; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ee43d2f2-4c83-46a6-8f91-c96732813161; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ed98818d-daee-4a9c-b6b2-25fb6087cc80.

 

Cora Merle Johnston (wife of John Pim Sheffield)

Cora Merle Sheffield, death notice, http://www.inmemoriam.ca/view-announcement-2281657-cora-merle-sheffield.html:

“December 25, 1921 – September 10, 2017.

Born and raised in Victoria, Merle planned to go to University to become a teacher, but married instead and moved to West Vancouver in 1942 where she and her husband Jack raised their family. When their youngest child started school, Merle started volunteering at University Hill Preschool for handicapped children. As a result of her love for teaching, Merle completed her credentials doing night school at UBC. She went on to start the first preschool for handicapped children on the North Shore. When Jack retired, they moved to Salt Spring Island where she enjoyed visits from her grandchildren, was active in the library and at the Anglican Church. She moved to Gibsons to be closer to family in 2015, where she lived until her death.

She is predeceased by her son Allan in 1944, her husband Jack of 48 years in 1989, and her daughter Barbara in 2006. She is survived by daughters Kay Gass, Anne Titcomb, and Linda (Bob) Osmachenko; seven grandchildren, Arthur (Rayna), Sarah (Philippe), Kevin (Kirsten), Russell (Pauline), Kait (James), Ian, Jennifer (Martin); and 13 great-granchildren, Jaycee, Shaye, Kaya, Tessa, Wyatt, Dustin, Megan, Emma, Averie, Eric, Julia, Logan and Hunter.

Service will be held at St Batholomew’s Anglican Church, 659 North Road, Gibsons on Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments to follow in the church hall.

The family is very grateful and wishes to thank the Christenson Village staff for the care and kindness shown to our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Merle Sheffield name to Christenson Village, 585 Shaw Road, Gibsons, BC, V0N 1V8.”

 

Edward Allan Sheffield (son of Gertrude Maud Thomson)

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1995-09-011456; Edward Allan Sheffield; date of death: June 2, 1995; place of death: West Vancouver; age at death: 78; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/7463b969-6f4e-474e-9725-64b979239603; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/c862a409-c691-437f-aa6a-1b1cb6e38158.

 

Helen J. Sheffield (daughter of Gertrude Maud Thomson)

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KLYF-YFM : 9 August 2017), Helen J Sheffield, 20 Jul 1925; citing ship , Archives New Zealand, Wellington; FHL microfilm .

 

Robert Alfred Philip Sheffield (son of Gertrude Maud Thomson)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYD-NL6 : 8 November 2017), Robert Alfred Philip Sheffield, 1943; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/2114f670-4cc5-40b8-bb71-89bae3a5dc38.

 

Grace Ethel Thomson (sister of Gertrude Maud Thomson)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBK-LGH : 8 November 2017), Grace Ethel Dewolfe, 1974.