Wilson, Ralph Johnstone (1873-1927)

Ralph J. Wilson, Vancouver Province, August 8, 1927, page 20, column 6.

 

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 848 (edited image)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 848 (edited image).

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 846 (edited image)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 846 (edited image).

 

Ralph Johnstone Wilson was a foreman at the Vancouver World newspaper. He lived at 1120 Denman Street in 1917.

The Vancouver directory also had a listing for E.J. Wilson, a printer who lived at 1120 Denman Street in 1917. It appears that these are duplicate listings for the same person (that is “E.J. Wilson” should probably be “R.J. Wilson”).

 

Ralph Johnstone Wilson

Ralph Johnstone Wilson was born on March 13, 1873, in Blanshard, Perth County, Ontario. His parents were John Wilson and Elizabeth Kennedy.

In 1881, Ralph was living with his parents in Blanshard.

By 1910, Ralph was in Vancouver, working as a foreman at the Vancouver World newspaper.

On November 21, 1910, in Vancouver, Ralph married Ella Josephine Moore, who was the former wife of William Cady Moore. The marriage certificate stated that she was a widow, but it appears that she was actually divorced.

Ella was born in Nova Scotia on March 11, about 1871. Ella’s father was John Kane. (Some sources say that Ella’s surname was Conners or Kinnear.) Ella’s mother was Mary Moray.

 

Ella’s Earlier Marriage to William Cady Moore

Ella first marriage was to William Cady Moore, a Canadian Pacific Railway telegraph operator who lived at 2006 Beach Avenue from 1903 to 1905.

This marriage had ended by 1910.

William went to live in the United States. On March 30, 1913, he married Edna Bresee who was from Wonewoc, Wisconsin.

William died in Sheboygan on June 21, 1953.

(Further information appears on the page for William Cady Moore.)

 

 

Harold Cady Moore

William and Ella Moore had a son, Harold Cady Moore. He was born in Vancouver on July 1, 1903.

On October 1, 1938, in Vancouver, Howard married Dorothy Alene Gow.

 

Vancouver Province, October 3, 1938, page 15, column 1.

 

Dorothy was born in Vancouver on April 15, 1907. Her parents were Walter Melvin Gow (1878-1961) and Gertrude Amelia Coughtrey (1881-1972).

In 1949, Harold and Dorothy were living at 655 West King Edward Avenue. Harold was a salesman for W.M. Gow (probably his father-in-law’s business).

Harold died in Vancouver on August 16, 1964.

Dorothy died in Vancouver on October 24, 1990.

 

Ralph and Ella in Vancouver

After their marriage, Ralph J Wilson and Ella lived in Vancouver.

In 1912 and 1913, Ralph was the president of the Vancouver Press Club.

 

Vancouver Daily World, June 14, 1912, page 4, column 3.

 

Ralph continued to work as a printer at the Vancouver Daily World until the 1920s

In the mid-1920s, he went to live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He died in Colorado Springs on August 7, 1927.

 

Vancouver Province, August 8, 1927, page 20, column 6.

 

By 1929, Ella was working as a telephone operator for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Wrigley’s BC Directory, 1929, page 1412

Wrigley’s BC Directory, 1929, page 1412.

 

Ella continued to live in Vancouver through the 1940s.

She died in Vancouver on March 3, 1949. She was buried in Ocean View Cemetery in Burnaby, British Columbia. Her son, Harold Cady Moore, was the informant on her death certificate.

 

Vancouver Province, March 4, 1949, page 21, column 2.

 

Sources

John Wilson (father of Ralph Johnstone Wilson)

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQW8-6Y5 : 8 November 2014), John Wilson, Blanshard, Perth, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 44, line 20; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1064-1065, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,937.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M478-VXY : 13 November 2014), John Wilson, Blanchard, South Perth, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 34, line 9; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9938, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,680.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVD2-KJ8 : 18 November 2014), John Wilson, Blanchard, Perth South, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 18; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13270, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,906.

 

Elizabeth Kennedy (mother of Ralph Johnstone Wilson)

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQW8-6YR : 8 November 2014), Elizabeth Wilson, Blanshard, Perth, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 44, line 21; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1064-1065, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,937.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M478-VX7 : 13 November 2014), Elizabeth Wilson, Blanchard, South Perth, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 34, line 10; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9938, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,680.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVD2-KVV : 18 November 2014), Elizabeth Wilson, Blanchard, Perth South, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 18; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13270, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,906.

 

Ralph Johnstone Wilson

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2NQ-ZBY : 27 November 2014), Ralph J. Wilson, 13 Mar 1873; citing Blanshard, Perth, Ontario, 13 Mar 1873, reference 222; FHL microfilm 1,844,893.

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2NH-D7N : 27 November 2014), Ralph J. Wilson, 13 Mar 1873; citing Blanshard, Perth, Ontario, 13 Mar 1873, reference 283; FHL microfilm 1,845,041.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1911,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNLJ-Y75 : 15 January 2016), Ralph J Wilson, 13 Mar 1873; citing Birth, Blanshard, Perth, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,845,041.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1911,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNLF-VRR : 15 January 2016), Ralph J Wilson, 13 Mar 1873; citing Birth, Blanshard, Perth, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,844,893.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVD2-KJN : 18 November 2014), Ralph Wilson in household of John Wilson, Blanchard, Perth South, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 18; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13270, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,906.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDDQ-MM5 : 21 January 2016), Ralph Johnstone Wilson and Ella Moore, 21 Nov 1910; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11375, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,703; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/004400859/004400859_01134.jpg

 

Ella Josephine Kane (Conners or Kinnear) (wife of Ralph Johnstone Wilson)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL56-FDC : 30 September 2015), Ella Josephine Wilson, 1949; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/004438070/004438070_00799.jpg.

 

William Cady Moore

These stories about the death of William C. Moore in San Francisco, California, have only a tentative connection to William Cady Moore.

“Railroad Switchman Killed,” San Francisco Call, Volume 96, Number 135, 13 October 1904; http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19041013.2.118&srpos=4&e=01-10-1904-31-10-1904–en–20-SFC-1–txt-txIN-moore——-1 (possible connection)

“Coroner’s Jury Blames an Innocent Party” San Francisco Call, Volume 96, Number 141, 19 October 1904; http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19041019.2.122&srpos=1&dliv=none&e=01-10-1904-31-10-1904–en–20–1–txt-txIN-%22william+c+moore%22——-1 (possible connection)

“Seeks Damages for Son’s Death,”San Francisco Call, Volume 95, Number 48, 17 January 1904; http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19040117.2.83&srpos=1&e=01-01-1904-31-12-1904–en–20-SFC-1–txt-txIN-w+c+moore——-1 (possible connection)

 

Harold Cady Moore (son of Ella Josephine Kane)

British Columbia Birth Registrations; Registration Number: 1903-09-123328; Harold Cady Moore; date of birth: July 1, 1903; place of birth: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/004401573/004401573_01380.jpg; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/004401573/004401573_01379.jpg

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MR-19K4 : 2 February 2016), Harold Cady Moore and Dorothy Alene Gow, 1938; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/004401573/004401573_01380.jpg.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLT2-WBG : 30 September 2015), Harold Cady Moore, 1964.

 

Walter Melvin Gow (father of Gertrude Amelia Coughtrey)

“Ontario Births, 1869-1911,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMWR-MJC : 15 January 2016), Walter Melvin Gow, 19 Mar 1878; citing Birth, Guelph Twp, Wellington, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,845,224.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8B-RXH : 21 January 2016), Walter Melvin Gow and Gertrude Amelia Coughtrey, 29 Mar 1902; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,530.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRB-HLC : 30 September 2015), Walter Melvin Gow, 1961.

 

Gertrude Amelia Coughtrey (mother of Dorothy Alene Gow )

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBN-CVG : 30 September 2015), Gertrude Amelia Gow, 1972.

 

Dorothy Alene Gow (wife of Harold Cady Moore)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MR-19K4 : 2 February 2016), Harold Cady Moore and Dorothy Alene Gow, 1938; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/004401573/004401573_01380.jpg.

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1990-09-019076; Dorothy Alene Moore; BC Archives Microfilm Number: B17146; GSU Microfilm Number: 1709298; date of death: October 24, 1990; place of death: Vancouver; age at death: 83; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/d77852d0-9edc-4ea0-98d8-83ddbc164d2b; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/d6a2a9f1-2d8d-4233-b04a-7a22eee71177.