Wilson, William Henry (1875-1956)

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1902, page 788.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1902, page 788.

William Henry Wilson was a bookkeeper for the wholesale grocery firm of Kelly, Douglas and Company. He lived at 944 Denman Street from about 1901 to 1915. (He was sometimes called “W. Harry Wilson” or “Harry Wilson.”)

 

Early Life

William Henry Wilson was born on April 16, 1875 in St. Catharines, Ontario. His parents were Archibald Wilson (1846–1908) and Emily Beecher (1848–1915).

Harry first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1898. He was living at 640 Homer Street and working as a bookkeeper for Kelly, Douglas and Company.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 641.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 641.

From 1898 to 1922, he lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1898 to 1899 640 Homer Street
1899-1900 Leland House (624-628 West Hastings Street)
1900-1901 Merchants’ Exchange (319 Seymour Street)
1901 892 Hornby Street
Late 1901 to 1915 944 Denman Street
1916 Woods Hotel (408 Carrall Street)
1917 to 1922 No obvious matches under Vancouver names

 

Marriage to Ada

In October 1901, in San Francisco, California, Harry married Ada McDonald. She was born in the United States about 1881. Her parents were Alexander C. McDonald and Catherine McDonald.

Marriage Licences, San Francisco Call, Volume 90, Number 125, 3 October 1901, page 13, column 5; https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19011003.2.90.5&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN--------1.

Marriage Licences, San Francisco Call, Volume 90, Number 125, 3 October 1901, page 13, column 5; https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19011003.2.90.5&e=——-en–20–1–txt-txIN——–1.

“This Week in 1901,” Arnprior Chronicle, October 8, 1931, page 6, column 6; https://search.adarchives.org/media/arnprior-chronicle---1931-10-08/arnprior-chronicle---1931-10-08.pdf.

“This Week in 1901,” Arnprior Chronicle, October 8, 1931, page 6, column 6; https://search.adarchives.org/media/arnprior-chronicle—1931-10-08/arnprior-chronicle—1931-10-08.pdf.

By November 1901, Harry and Ada had moved to 944 Denman Street.

Vancouver Daily World, November 16, 1901, page 8, column 3.

Vancouver Daily World, November 16, 1901, page 8, column 3.

In March 1902, Harry was ill and he stayed at home until he recovered.

Vancouver Daily World, March 13, 1902, page 5, column 3.

Vancouver Daily World, March 13, 1902, page 5, column 3.

 

Professional Career and Later Life

Harry stayed with Kelly, Douglas until about 1906.

In 1907 he was the secretary for Amalgamated Corporations Limited, which was a timber, mining and investment company.

In 1908, Harry and F. Roy McIntosh were in a firm called Wilson & McIntosh. They were the British Columbia agents for Canada First Evaporated Cream.

Vancouver Daily World, October 15, 1908, page 8, columns 1-2.

Vancouver Daily World, October 15, 1908, page 8, columns 1-2.

In 1909, Harry had his own firm called “W. Harry Wilson & Company,” which operated as a merchandise brokerage and an agent for manufacturers of lines of grocery items.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 100.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 100.

He also offered a range of pottery.

Canadian Grocer, volume 24, number 2, January 14, 1910, page 17, https://archive.org/stream/cangrocerjanjune1910toro/cangrocerjanjune1910toro#page/n90/mode/1up.

Canadian Grocer, volume 24, number 2, January 14, 1910, page 17, https://archive.org/stream/cangrocerjanjune1910toro/cangrocerjanjune1910toro#page/n90/mode/1up.

Until 1910, Harry’s business seemed to be going well. Ada was involved in local society activities, including the custom of having other society women coming to visit on her “receiving day.”

Vancouver Daily World, December 5, 1910, page 15, column 2.

Vancouver Daily World, December 5, 1910, page 15, column 2.

However, Harry’s business deteriorated, and by the fall of 1911 he had assigned his property for the benefit of his creditors.

Vancouver Daily World, November 16, 1911, page 21, column 6.

Vancouver Daily World, November 16, 1911, page 21, column 6.

He seems to have re-organized his business, and the Vancouver directories show that W. Harry Wilson and Company was still operating in 1912 and 1913. By December 1913, Harry was applying for a licence to sell retail liquors at 165 West Cordova Street.

Vancouver Daily World, December 4, 1913, page 17, column 4.

Vancouver Daily World, December 4, 1913, page 17, column 4.

In 1914, Harry and Ada were in the Vancouver society directory.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 73.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 73.

By 1916, Harry was operating a business called “Wilson Brokerage Company.”

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 980 [edited image].

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 980 [edited image].

In 1916, he was living at the Woods Hotel, at 408 Carrall Street.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 982 [edited image].

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 982 [edited image].

It appears that Harry’s and Ada’s marriage ended about this time, and they were eventually divorced.

Little information is available for Harry’s life after 1916.

In 1945, he applied for a late registration of his birth in Ontario.

He died in Vancouver on April 27, 1956. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

No further information is available for Ada.

 

Sources

Archibald Wilson (father of William Henry Wilson)

Archibald Wilson (1846–1908); Birth: 1846, Ireland; Death: 16 FEB 1908, St Catharines, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M43L-P76 : 12 October 2018), Archibald Wilson, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada; citing 1871; citing National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVFX-TX4 : 5 October 2018), Archibald Wilson, Grimsby, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada; from “1881 Canadian Census.” Database with images. Ancestry. (www.ancestry.com : 2008); citing Archibald Wilson, citing Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLF-61B : 3 August 2016), Archibald Wilson, St Catharines, Lincoln and Niagara, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148153.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHLX-PXC : 18 March 2018), Archibald Willson, Lincoln & Niagara, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 11, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNT3-MWG : 10 March 2018), Archibald Wilson, 16 Feb 1908; citing St. Catharines, Lincoln, Ontario, 206, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,854,468.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK1V-9NY8 : 15 December 2015), Archibald Wilson, ; Burial, Saint-Catharines, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada, Victoria Lawn Cemetery; citing record ID 146628564, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/146628564: “Archibald Wilson; Birth: 1845; Death: 1908 (aged 62–63); Burial: Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada; Plot: Old Cemetery, Section B; Memorial ID: 146628564.”

 

Emily Beecher (mother of William Henry Wilson)

Emily Beecher (1848–1915); Birth: 21 MAR 1848, Ireland; Death: 18 JAN 1915, St Catharines, , Ontario, Canada (ancestry.ca).

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M43L-P7X : 12 October 2018), Emily Wilson in household of Archibald Wilson, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada; citing 1871; citing National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVFX-TXH : 4 October 2018), Emely Wilson, Grimsby, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada; from “1881 Canadian Census.” Database with images. Ancestry. (www.ancestry.com : 2008); citing Archibald Wilson, citing Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLF-611 : 3 August 2016), Emely Wilson, St Catharines, Lincoln and Niagara, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148153.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHLX-PXZ : 18 March 2018), Emely Willson, Lincoln & Niagara, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 11, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9T-5ZDK : 16 March 2018), Emely Wilson in entry for Frank Wilson, 1911; citing Census, Lincoln Sub-Districts 37-57, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,508.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6SS-862 : 9 March 2018), Emily Wilson, 18 Jan 1915; citing St. Catharines, Lincoln, Ontario, yr 1915 cn 19737, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,862,268.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK1V-9VMG : 11 July 2016), Emily Beecher Wilson, ; Burial, Saint-Catharines, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada, Victoria Lawn Cemetery; citing record ID 146628573, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/146628573: “Emily Beecher Wilson; Birth: 1849; Death: 1915 (aged 65–66); Burial: Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada; Plot: Old Cemetery, Section B; Memorial ID: 146628573.”

 

William Henry Wilson

Henry William “Harry” Wilson (1875–); Birth: 16 APR 1875, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada; Death: Unknown (ancestry.ca).

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMZX-C74 : 10 August 2017), Henry William Wilson, 16 Apr 1875; citing Birth, St. Catharines, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,458.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVFX-TX8 : 4 October 2018), Harry W. Wilson, Grimsby, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada; from “1881 Canadian Census.” Database with images. Ancestry. (www.ancestry.com : 2008); citing Archibald Wilson, citing Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLF-XMS : 3 August 2016), Harry Wilson, St Catharines, Lincoln and Niagara, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148153.

B.C. Voters List 1898 – Wi to Wz, http://www.bcgenweb.org/vote1898/votewi.htm: “Wilson, William Henry, Care of Kelly, Douglas & Co, 1640 Homer St, Book-keeper, Van.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPWJ : 16 March 2018), William Henry Wilson, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRN-KRJ : 8 November 2017), William Henry Wilson, 1956; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/2329d67e-34b8-4c8d-9a9e-413c892fb06a

 

Alexander C. McDonald (father of Ada McDonald)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-RL8 : 18 March 2018), Alexr C Mcdonald, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 1, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

 

Catherine (mother of Ada McDonald)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-RLD : 18 March 2018), Cathrine Mcdonald, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 1, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

 

Ada McDonald (wife of William Henry Wilson)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-RLX : 18 March 2018), Ada Mcdonald in household of Cathrine Mcdonald, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 1, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPWV : 16 March 2018), Ada Wilson in entry for William Henry Wilson, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.