Williamson, Albert (1878-1917)

Albert Williamson was a clerk and a commission agent. He lived at 2042 Beach Avenue in 1910.

Alice Williamson was the widow of Albert Williamson. She lived at 1830 Comox Street from 1919 to 1931.


Early Life

Albert Williamson was born on November 24, 1878, in Bath, Somerset, England.

He married Sarah Alice Wild. She was born on September 10, 1881, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Her parents were James Wild and Sarah Shaw.


To British Columbia

Albert was a clerk and a commission agent. The family lived in Nanaimo, British Columbia before Albert arrived in Vancouver about 1910.

In 1916, Albert was living in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He was working as a clerk.

In February 1916, Albert enlisted in February 1916 with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and he became a lance corporal.

He died on April 9, 1917, and he was buried in Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Pas de Calais, France.


Vancouver Sun, April 27, 1917, page 9, column 3.


On November 12, 1965, Sarah Alice Williamson was walking along a street in Vancouver when she was struck by a car. She died in hospital in Vancouver on November 13.


Vancouver Sun, November 22, 1965, page 9, column 1.


Albert and Alice had the following children.


Florence Williamson

Florence was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, in January 1906.

She became a school teacher.

On July 6, 1931, in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, she married Martin Hugh Macpherson. He was born in Henley-on-Thames, England about 1901. His parents were Dr. William Hugh Macpherson and Maud Hollick Nash.

He was serving on the HMS Northern Rover, a British steam trawler, when a German U-boat attacked it on October 30, 1939.

Florence was a Third Officer in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, when she was lost on active service on August 19, 1941.


Margaret Aris (“Peggy”) Williamson

Margaret Aris Williamson was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, on November 12, 1910.

On April 4, 1936, in Vancouver, she married Philip Henry Procter. He was born on March 25, 1902, in Kamloops, British Columbia. His parents were Frederick James Procter (1863-1916) and Eva May Davy (1868-1965).

Philip died in Vancouver on September 9, 1984.

Margaret died in White Rock, British Columbia on March 16, 1974.


Elizabeth “Betty” Alice Williamson

Elizabeth Alice Williamson was born on January 8, 1914.

On September 5, 1937, she married Russell Daniel Agnew Bisson. He was born on January 24, 1907, in Rossland, British Columbia. His parents were Oswald Bisson and Georgina May Agnew.

Russell became a physician. He died in Vancouver on January 17, 1982.

Betty died on April 5, 2008.


Vancouver Province, April 13, 2008, page E10, column 2.


Muriel Mary Williamson

Muriel Mary Williamson was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia on October 13, 1915.

On April 12, 1941, in Vancouver, she married Kenneth Ferguson Spence. He was born on September 30, 1913, in Harding, Manitoba. His parents were John Spence and Annie Christina Campbell.

Muriel died in Vancouver on March 30, 1993.

Kenneth died in Vancouver in 1995.



Albert Williamson

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X3YW-6N9 : accessed 15 Dec 2013), Albert Twin Williamson in entry for William Williamson, 1881.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2QSZ-MD5 : accessed 15 Dec 2013), Albert Williamson, 1906.

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Nanaimo, 19 Mountain, page 11, family 113, lines 1 to 5; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=60297&highlight=1&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Albert+Williamson

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Name: WILLIAMSON, ALBERT; Regimental number(s): 704000; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10410 – 62; Date of Birth: 24/03/1878; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=317640; digitized service file: B10410-S062; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B10410-S062.

Lance Corporal Albert Williamson, Died: April 9, 1917, Canadian Great War Project, http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?Id=98988

In memory of Lance Corporal Albert Williamson who died on April 9, 1917, Canadian Virtual War Memorial: Service Number: 704000; Age: 40; Force: Army; Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment); Division: 102nd Bn.; http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/virtualmem/detail/2955120.


Sarah Alice Wild  (wife of Albert Williamson)

Sarah Alice Wild (1881–1965); Birth: 10 SEP 1881, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England; Death: 13 NOV 1965, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XV3-218 : 1 October 2014), Sarah Alice Wild, 1881; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:H9YL-2MM : 8 May 2019), Sarah A Wild in household of James Wild, Elswick, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Northumberland county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XS96-TCK : accessed 16 Dec 2013), Sarah A Wild, 31 Mar 1901.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26QJ-YV6 : 13 December 2014), Sarah Alice Wild, 1903; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1903, quarter 3, vol. 10B, p. 129, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, General Register Office, Southport, England. (possible connection).

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-BSTF : 16 March 2018), Sarah J Williamson in entry for Albert Williamson, 1911; citing Census, Nanaimo Sub-Districts 1-28, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,660.

Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 4. Name: Jana A Williamson [Sarah Alice Williamson]; Gender: Female; Marital status: Married; Age: 40; Birth Year: abt 1881; Birth Place: England; Relation to Head of House: Head; Father Birth Place: England; Mother Birth Place: England; Year of Immigration: 1907; Racial or Tribal Origin: English; Province or Territory: British Columbia; District: Vancouver Centre; District Number: 22; Sub-District: Ward 1; Sub-District Number: 33; City, Town or Village: Vancouver; Street or Township: 1830 Conor St [1830 Comox St]; Municipality: Ward 1; Household members: Jana [Sara] A Williamson: 40; Florence Williamson: 15; Margaret Williamson: 10; Betty Williamson: 7; Mariah Williamson: 5; Florence Wild: 43; H Williamson: 44.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLTR-JXM : accessed 15 Dec 2013), Sarah Alice Williamson, 1965.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1965-09-014726, Sarah Alice Williamson, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=ca1693a1-454b-4a72-b935-447e1414d4c4.

Sarah Alice Williamson, death notice, Vancouver Sun, November 17, 1965, page 42; Vancouver Province, November 17, 1965, page 34: “Williamson – Sarah Alice, on November 13, 1965, of 1970 West 41st Avenue, in her 85th year. Survived by three daughters, Mrs. P. H. Procter, Mrs. R.D.A. Bisson, and Mrs. K. F. Spence, eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Private service was held Tuesday, November 16, in St. Chad’s Anglican Church, Rev. H.C.M. Taudin-Chabot officiated. Cremation. Arrangements through The Memorial Society of B.C. and First Memorial Services Ltd.”


Florence Williamson

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD86-HY8 : accessed 16 Dec 2013), Sarah Alice Wild in entry for Martin Hugh Macpherson and Florence Williamson, 1931.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1931-09-398594, Martin Hugh Macpherson and Florence Williamson, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=607a88bb-f5f5-401b-ae9b-0084bf71e49a

Martin Hugh Macpherson, RN, (1900-1939), Allied Warship Commanders, http://www.uboat.net/allies/commanders/8041.html

Lieutenant Martin Hugh Macpherson, http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/person/16073.html; Died 30 Oct 1939, Son of Dr. William Hugh and Maud Hollick Macpherson; husband of Third Officer Florence Macpherson, WRNS (lost on active service 19 August 1941).

HMS Northern Rover (4.58), http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/86.html.

Martin Hugh Macpherson, Old Haileyburians who died in the service of their country, http://www.haileybury.com/honour/HAILEYBURY%201939%20-%201940.htm

Florence Macpherson, Rank: Third Officer; Date of Death: 19/08/1941; Age: 35; Regiment/Service: Women’s Royal Naval Service; H.M.S. Cormorant. http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2371197/MACPHERSON,%20FLORENCE. Daughter of Albert and Alice Williamson; wife of Lieut. Martin Hugh Macpherson, R.N., who was lost on active service when serving in H.M. Trawler Northern Rover on 5th November, 1939. Panel Reference: Panel 61, Column 1; Portsmouth Naval Memorial: http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/144703/PORTSMOUTH%20NAVAL%20MEMORIAL.

Florence Macpherson, WRNS. British, http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/person/32650.html;  Daughter of Albert and Alice Williamson; wife of Lieutenant Martin Hugh Macpherson, RN, who was lost on HMS Northern Rover (4.58) on 5 Nov, 1939. Lost on passage aboard Aguila to HMS Cormorant, the RN base at Gibraltar.


Elizabeth “Betty” Alice  Williamson

Descendants of Benjamin Bisson, http://www.theislandwiki.org/index.php/Descendants_of_Beniamin_Bisson, Russell Daniel Agnew Bisson (1907-1982) m Elizabeth Alice Williamson (1914-2008).

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL18-YYH : accessed 15 Dec 2013), Russell Daniel Agnew Bisson, 1982.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1982-09-001765, Russell Daniel Agnew Bisson, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=a2cf0d74-56ef-4383-9de5-5c7f13c2ceb7.


Margaret Aris (“Peggy”) Williamson

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1902-09-181540, Philip Henry Procter.

“Procter,” birth notice, Vancouver Province, Mary 25, 1902, page 3: “Procter – At Kamloops, on the 25th inst., the wife of F.J. Procter, of a son.”

Philip Henry Proctor and Catherine Mary Back, wedding notice, Victoria Times, December 5, 1927, page 6: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-28094-9002-33?cc=2001136&wc=MMPW-26S:2031873279: “A wedding of interest took place in Seattle on Saturday between Catherine Mary, eldest daughter of the late James Beresford Beck of Vancouver and Mrs. R.E. Carter of Sardis, and Mr. Philip Henry Procter, eldest son of the late F.J. Procter and Mrs. Procter of Vancouver. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Sidney H. Morgan of St. Paul’s Anglican Church.”

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1936-09-434201, Philip Henry Procter and Margaret Aris Williamson, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=71be95c7-2dc1-4e1d-9dcf-035bb2beea42.

Philip Henry Proctor and Margaret Avis [sic] Williamson, wedding notice, Victoria Times, April 6, 1936, page 8; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-28093-3059-71?cc=2001136&wc=MMPW-26C:1879317419: “Procter—Williamson: Of interest to the many Victoria friends of the principals was the wedding quietly solemnized in Vancouver Saturday afternoon at the home of the bride’s mother, between Margaret Avis (Peggy), second daughter of Mrs. Williamson and the late Mr. Albert Williamson, to Mr. Philip Henry Procter, eldest son of Mrs. Procter and the late Mr. F.J Procter of Vancouver. The bride, given in marriage by Dr. W.S. Mackay, was attended by her sisters, the Misses Betty and Muriel Williamson while Mr. Lawrence Procter was his brother’s best  man. Rev. Dr. Willard Brewing officiated a the ceremony, for which the wedding music was played by Mr. Douglas Crickmer. . . .”

“Miss Williamson and Mr. Procter Married Today,” Vancouver Province, April 4, 1936, page 13.

“Miss Williamson and Mr. Procter Wed Quietly,” Vancouver Sun, April 4, 1936, page 26.

Procter—Williamson, wedding notice, Vancouver Province, April 4, 1936, page 17.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FGMM-LDB : accessed 12 Dec 2013), Fredrick James Procter in entry for Philip Henry Procter, 1984.

Philip Henry Procter, death notice, Vancouver Sun, September 11, 1984, page C1; Vancouver Province, September 11, 1984, page 48: “Procter – Philip Henry of Vancouver B.C., passed away on September 9, 1984. Survived by his 3 daughters, Elizabeth, Rosemary and Nancy, 5 grandchildren. Memorial service Thursday, September 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Chalmers United Church, 2810 Hemlock St., and W. 12th Ave., Vancouver. Flowers gratefully declined, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of B.C. and First Memorial Services.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLBK-3LZ : accessed 12 Dec 2013), Margaret Aris Procter, 1974.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1974-09-005249, Margaret Aris Procter,http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=0e08bf78-6b9f-453d-b464-5c81a07deae4.

Margaret Procter, death notice, Vancouver Sun, March 18, 1974, page 38: “Procter – Margaret (Peggy) of 15643 Buena Vista Str., White Rock, on March 16, 1974, in her 64th year. Survived by her husband, Philip; 3 daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kelley, White Rock, Mrs. Rosemary Branner, and Mrs. Nancy Morrison, both of Vancouver; 2 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Bisson, and Mrs. Muriel Spence, both of Vancouver. Private funeral services to be held at the White Rock Holy Trinity Church. Cremation, in lieu of flowers donations to the UBCV Department of Medicine, Respiratory Division, c-o Dr. S. Grzybowski would be appreciated. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of B.C. and First Memorial Services Ltd.”


Muriel Mary Williamson

Thanks to Ken Anderson for providing information about Muriel Mary Williamson.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1941-09-507389; Kenneth Ferguson Spence and Muriel Mary Williamson; date of marriage: April 12, 1941; place of marriage: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/4e398c51-d680-4ffd-9f06-5272b096786e.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number 1993-09-014121; Muriel Mary Spence; date of death: March 30, 1993; place of death: Vancouver; age 77; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=1dc5058b-a9ed-45ee-9143-6dae14b9ff29http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=7e80feb4-53c2-4669-b885-ddbbb30e919c. [The death certificate states that Muriel’s husband was “Kay Ferguson Spence”. It appears that his name was actually “Kenneth Ferguson Spence.”]



3 thoughts on “Williamson, Albert (1878-1917)

  1. Muriel Mary Williamson
    Birth 13 Oct 1915, Prince Rupert, BC
    Death 30 Mar 1993, Vancouver, BC


    Kenneth F Spence

    Birth 30 Sep 1913, Harding, Manitoba
    Death 1995. Vancouver, BC

    1. Hello Ken,

      Thanks very much for this information. I am incorporating the details into the biography section. I am very grateful that you took the time to contact me.


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