Widdicombe, Harry Templer (1864-after 1915)

Harry Templer Widdicombe was a railway express agent and wharfinger. He lived at 958 Denman Street in 1900. (Although the 1900 Vancouver directory says that the address was 954 Denman Street, other documents indicate that the correct house number was 958).

Harry was born in Hyderabad, India on October 16, 1864. His father was Colonel William Widdicombe (about 1825-1875), who was with the Bombay Staff Corps and was a judge of the District Court at Kurrachee (now called Karachi, Pakistan). Harry’s mother was Annie (her surname was possibly Templer).

In 1871, Harry was living in Collumpton, Devonshire, England.

On February 14, 1888, in Jacobstow, Cornwall, England, Harry married Elizabeth Letitia Batchelor. Elizabeth was born in Cornwall, England (probably at Jacobstow) on August 17, 1865. Her father was Frederick Thomas Batchelor (about 1827-1897), who studied at Wadham College, Oxford and became rector at Jacobstow. Elizabeth’s mother was Charlotte Salusbury Trelawney (about 1829-1894). Elizabeth’s grandfather was Sir William Salusbury Trelawny, who was a baronet in England.

One of Elizabeth’s sisters, Charlotte Levinna Batchelor (1870-1960), married Stanley McNab Henderson (1864-1942), who was the provincial manager for the Imperial Life Assurance Company. He lived at 901 Chilco Street from 1919 to 1924, and at 1933 Robson Street from 1925 to 1942.

Another sister, Anne Batchelor, (1867-1963), was a Christian Science practitioner who lived at 1834 Barclay Street from 1920 to 1939.

It appears that, by the end of 1888, Harry and Elizabeth were living in what is now Alberta, when their daughter Evelyn was born. (Evelyn married Henry Treise Morshead in London, England, in 1917. Henry was born in 1882. He was involved in the 1921 reconnaissance expedition to Mount Everest; he died on May 17, 1931 in Mayamo, Burma. Evelyn may have lived in England until her death in 1978.)

In February 1889, Harry received three portions of homestead land grants of land.

Harry and Elizabeth had another daughter, Winnifred Letitia Widdicombe, who was born in London, Ontario, on May 19, 1890.

By 1891, Harry and Elizabeth were living in the Upper Kootenay district of British Columbia.

The 1898 British Columbia voters list showed Harry as a mine foreman in New Denver, British Columbia. However, the list had him as a train baggageman who was living at 1123 Barclay Street in Vancouver.

On April 16, 1900, the Widdicombe family took part in the wedding of Stanley McNab Henderson to Charlotte Levinna Batchelor.

On February 20, 1900, Harry and Elizabeth had a son, Lewis Trelawney Widdicombe, who was born at 958 Denman Street. In 1904, Elizabeth and the children appeared in the immigration records at Quebec City, Quebec; they were sailing on a ship called “Bavarian,” which had sailed from Liverpool, England.

In 1901, “Harry T. Widincombe” was living at 579 Burrard Street; he was working for Dominion Express.

In 1904, “Harry W. Widdicombe” was rooming at 318 Burrard Street; he was an accountant.

In 1905, “Harry T. Widdicombe” was rooming at 815 Burrard Street; he was a clerk.

It appears that Harry and Elizabeth were divorced. On April 8, 1915, in Los Angeles, California, Harry married Catherin Amelia Odell. She was born in Indiana about 1878. Her father was J.H. (or I.H.) Odell, who was born in Indiana; her mother was A.E. Nugent, who was born in Louisiana.

It appears that Elizabeth lived in London, England, and that she died in London in 1933.

In 1919, Lewis Trelawny Widddicombe became a second lieutenant in the Indian Army.

No further information is available at this time.

 

Sources

William Widdicombe (father of Harry Templer Widdicombe)

“England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCS5-CWS : accessed 11 Jun 2014), William Widdicombe and Anne Templer, 1851, Marriage; citing “Church of England parish registers 1538-1911,” Brightsolid; Devon, archive reference , Record Office, Plymouth.

Subject: [CORNISH-GEN] weekly news 21 Feb 1851 BMDs, Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 18:00:32 -0500; http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CORNISH-GEN/2010-03/1269730832; West Briton & Cornwall Advertiser – transcribed by Bern Currie; 21st Feb 1851

“At Ugborough, Devon, on the 12th instant, William WIDDICOMBE, Esq., of the 7th regiment Bombay Native Infantry, to Anne, second daughter of John Line TEMPLER, Esq., of Torhill, Devon; and Kenneth Leith SUNDERLAND, Esq., R. N. to Georgiana, youngest daughter of John Line TEMPLER, Esq., of Torhill.”

The New Annual Army List, Militia List, and Indian Civil Service List, for 1875, page 67, http://books.google.ca/books?id=WfENAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA58&lpg=PA58&dq=%22william+widdicombe%22+india&source=bl&ots=95ssWufOsL&sig=qcnI3oIYT4VEnX2CK99XeoOBfsQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GKKXU5TCEYqvsAT7j4GACQ&ved=0CDkQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

“India Deaths and Burials, 1719-1948,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FGTH-GMQ : accessed 11 Jun 2014), William Widdicombe, 12 Jul 1875; citing ; FHL microfilm 523851.

The United Service Magazine, Volume 139, H. Colburn, 1875, page 123, http://books.google.ca/books?id=L-IRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA123&lpg=PA123&dq=%22william+widdicombe%22+india&source=bl&ots=B4x_BTYU70&sig=74nFN9PYcztu3sQJ6hEK3eYqQxQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=daOXU6ugPMO2sASHwICYDg&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAjgK#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

Harry Templer Widdicombe

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V5RC-FY5 : accessed 10 Jun 2014), Harry Temple Widdicombe in household of Anna Rose Leigh, Collumpton, Devonshire, England; citing “1871 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 10, folio 51, p. 28; Tiverton registration district, Collumpton subdistrict, ED 3, household 165, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 832044.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NJ9W-L54 : accessed 11 Jun 2014), Harry Templer Widdicombe and Elizabeth Letitia Batchelor, 14 Feb 1888; citing Jacobstow, Cornwall, England, reference 2:QHDN9B; FHL microfilm 236560.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NVR5-V4S : accessed 11 Jun 2014), Harry Templer Widdicombe and Elizabeth Letitia Batchelor, 14 Feb 1888; citing Jacobstow, Cornwall, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 236560.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2DD8-R2T : accessed 11 Jun 2014), Harry Temples Widdicombe, 1888.

“England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCS7-Z7P : accessed 10 Jun 2014), Harry Templer Widdicombe, 1888, Banns; citing “Church of England parish registers 1538-1911,” Brightsolid; Devon, archive reference , Record Office, Plymouth.

Alberta Homestead Records, 1870-1930, Harry Templer Widdicombe, Harry Templar Widdicombe, Henry T. Widdicombe, http://abgensoc.ca/homestead/search.php?_mode=search&SURNAME_type=starts&SURNAME=widdicombe&GIVEN_NAME_type=starts&GIVEN_NAME=h&x=0&y=0:  three properties in Section 18, Township 24, Range 2, Meridian 5.

Western Land Grants (1870-1930), Harry T. Widdicombe, SE quarter, section 18, township 24, range 2, meridian W5, Reference: Volume: 53 Folio: 373 Microfilm reel number: C-5980 Names: Harry T Widdicombe; http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/western-land-grants/001007-110.01-e.php?PHPSESSID=2l9kb2m55fcfdd3feolkhvvjh2&q1=&q2=&q3=&q4=&q5=harry+widdicombe&q6=&interval=20, issued February 18, 1889.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKQ-TZS : accessed 10 Jun 2014), H J Widdecombe, Kootenay Upper, Yale, British Columbia, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148094; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148094-00483.pdf.

1898 BC Voters List, Wi to Wz, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/votewi.htm

Widdicombe, Harry Templar, New Denver, Mine foreman, KWS

Widdicombe, Harry Templar, 1123 Barclay St, Train baggageman, Van

Widdicombe, John, Revelstoke, Clerk, KWRe

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-R6X : accessed 10 Jun 2014), Harry Widdicombe, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 4, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59759&highlight=30&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Harry+Widdicombe; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000010201.pdf.

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8D4-LR8 : accessed 10 Jun 2014), Harry Templar Widdicombe and Catherine Amelia Odell, 08 Apr 1915; citing p. 87, Los Angeles, California, United States; FHL microfilm 2074118.

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLH9-JZR : accessed 10 Jun 2014), Harry Templar Widdicombe and Catherine Amelia Odell, 08 Apr 1915; citing p. 87, Los Angeles, California, United States; FHL microfilm 1033257.

 

Elizabeth Letitia Batchelor (wife of Harry Templer Widdicombe)

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2N9Q-CZ4 : accessed 11 Jun 2014), Elizabeth Loetitia Batchelor, 1865.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JQGP-28L : accessed 11 Jun 2014), Elizabeth Latitia Batchelor, 16 Sep 1865; citing JACOBSTOW,CORNWALL,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 236560.

Social and Personal, Vancouver Province, April 14, 1900, page 4: “Miss Batchelor, a sister of Mrs. Widdicombe, was a passenger on the last Empress liner from Hong Kong, where she is a Sister of Mercy in the government civil hospital. Mrss Batchelor came over to attend the Batchelor-Henderson wedding.”

Social and Personal, Vancouver Province, April 14, 1900, page 4: “The two little daughters of Mrs. Widdicombe are to be the only bridesmaids at the Batchelor-Henderson wedding on Monday. The full surplice choir of Christ church will assist at the services and it will be very impressive. The church will be artistically decorated with palms, hot house flowers and Easter lillies. The ceremony will be performed at 10:30 o’clock by Rev. L. Norman Tucker.”

Nanaimo Family History Society – Ships Passenger List Index, Arriving at Quebec Ports during the period 31 Jul 1903 to 13 Oct 1910, http://members.shaw.ca/nfhslibrary/z288.pdf.

 

Evelyn Widdicombe (daughter of Harry Templer Widdicombe)

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-R6N : accessed 11 Jun 2014), Evelyn F Widdicombe in household of Harry Widdicombe, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 4, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2Q3W-DXN : accessed 10 Jun 2014), E I Widdicombe, 1904.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2QSM-YZG : accessed 10 Jun 2014), E T Widdicombe, 1904.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XWL4-37X : accessed 11 Jun 2014), Evelyn Temples Widdicombe, St George Hanover Square, , London, England; citing “1911 England and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 14, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/26NB-ZJ1 : accessed 11 Jun 2014), Evelyn T Widdicombe and null, 1917.

Henry Treise Morshead (1882 – 1931), http://www.geni.com/people/Henry-Morshead/6000000005437634492

Henry Treise Morshead, 1882-1931, https://www.himalayanclub.org/hj/04/17/in-memorium/: biography of Henry Treise Morshead, description of his times in India, and his marriage to Evelyn Widdicombe: “Henry Morshead married, in 1917, Evelyn Templer, eldest daughter of Harry Widdicombe, of St. George’s Square, London, and had four sons and one daughter, all of whom survive him.”

The Life and Murder of Henry Morshead, by Ian Morshead, http://everestbookreport.blogspot.ca/2012/07/the-life-and-murder-of-henry-morshead.html.

Evelyn Templer Morshead (Widdicombe) (1888 – 1978), http://www.geni.com/people/Evelyn-Morshead/6000000025471572252.

 

Winnifred Letitia Widdicombe (daughter of Harry Templer Widdicombe)

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLG1-CLH : accessed 10 Jun 2014), Harry Templer Widdecombe in entry for Winefred Letitia Widdecombe, 19 May 1890; citing London, Middlesex, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1846438.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FM7T-JD8 : accessed 10 Jun 2014), Harry Templer Widdecombe in entry for Winefred Letitia Widdecombe, 19 May 1890; citing London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1846438.

 

Lewis Trelawny Widdicombe (son of Harry Templer Widdicombe)

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number 1900-09-120918, Lewis T. Widdicombe, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=d5caf178-a100-4793-aac2-74ad0d02f48f.

The London Gazette, 30 December, 1919, page 16043, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31708/page/16043: “The KING has approved the admission to the Indian Army of the following Second Lieutenants from the Unattached List: — . . .Lewis Trelawny Widdicombe. 30th Apr. 1919.”

 

3 thoughts on “Widdicombe, Harry Templer (1864-after 1915)

  1. Pingback: Harry Templer Widdicombe (1864-after 1915) | westendvancouver

  2. “Evelyn may have married Henry Treise Morshead” – Evelyn did indeed marry Henry Morshead, he was my grand father

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