Wright, Leslie Havelock (1868-1948)

Leslie Havelock Wright was an insurance agent. He and his family lived at 1865 Barclay Street from 1902 to 1910.

 

Leslie Havelock Wright was born on October 11, 1868, in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was Robert Milton Wright (1842-1869). Leslie’s mother was Elizabeth Gertrude Wyse (1833-1883).

"Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XD2D-NZN : accessed 4 December 2015), Robert M. Wright and Elizabeth G. Wyse, 14 Aug 1865; citing Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, reference 275; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 877,915.

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XD2D-NZN : accessed 4 December 2015), Robert M. Wright and Elizabeth G. Wyse, 14 Aug 1865; citing Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, reference 275; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 877,915.

In 1885, Leslie served with the Seventh Fusiliers of London, Ontario, including a period during the Riel Rebellion.

Leslie arrived in Vancouver in 1889 (one source says 1885) as an employee of the Canadian Pacific Railway. By 1890 he was a stationery agent for the C.P.R.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1890, page 211

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1890, page 211

He appeared at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1891 831 Seymour Street
1892 522 Burrard Street (rooming)
1894 532 Georgia Street
1896 Comox Street and Bute Street
1897 and 1898 1113 Nelson Street
1899 to 1901 West 8th Avenue near Spruce Street
1902 to 1910 1865 Barclay Street
1911 to 1938 Alexander Street
1930 to 1941 2060 West 20th Avenue
1942 to 1948 5584 Maple Street

On August 10, 1898, in Vancouver, Leslie married Clare (or “Clara”) Dupuy Rogers. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 11, 1867. Her father was Samuel Blyth Rogers. Her mother was Clara Augusta Rogers (1833-1910), who lived at 1017 Denman Street from 1904 to 1906.

About 1900, Leslie became a partner with Hubert Cecil Harold Cannon, who lived at 1050 Chilco Street from about 1902 to 1908, along with Frank Burnett, Junior, who lived at 1877 Comox Street from 1911 to 1913.

Wright Cannon and Burnett - Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory - 1901 - page 809

Wright Cannon and Burnett – Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory – 1901 – page 809

In 1902, he moved to 1865 Barclay Street.

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Wright, L. H.
Architect: Wright, L. H.
Builder: Wright, L. H. (L. C. Griffiths)
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 67 Sub: Resub: Lot: 31
Date (Y-M-D): 1901-04-30
Street Number:
Street Name: Barclay Street
Value: $2,500.00
Remarks: Dwelling
Reference ID: VN-8334-8335-18

Vancouver Building Permits, http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/; searched December 3, 2015.

The firm of Wright, Cannon and Burnett later became known as Leslie Wright and Rolfe Ltd.

Leslie Wright was a member of the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. He was also a life-governor of Vancouver General Hospital.

Clara died in Vancouver on February 5, 1944.

Leslie died in Vancouver on April 28, 1948.

 

Leslie and Clara had the following children.

 

Theodore Elizabeth Wright

Theodore (“Theo”) Elizabeth Wright was born in Vancouver on February 25, 1901.

On December 24, 1926, in Vancouver, Theo married John Campbell Macgillivray, who was a trade commissioner. He was born on August 5, 1897, in Kingston, Ontario. His father was John Macgillivray (1855-1930), who was a professor of modern languages at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His mother was Annie Grey Campbell.

John was in Canada’s diplomatic service in Europe and South Africa.

He died in Ontario on February 17, 1947. He was buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario. Among those attending the funeral in Ottawa was future prime minister Lester B. Pearson.

Theo died in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 2, 1995.

 

Leslie Isabel Wright

Leslie Isabel Wright was born in Vancouver on January 9, 1903.

On August 10, 1926, in Vancouver, she married Martin Basil Bonnington Rolfe (“Basil”), who was a broker. He was born on September 9, 1901, in Kingsdown, Kent, England. His father was Walter John Rolfe. His mother was Alice Sophia Cameron.

Basil worked as an insurance agent for Leslie Wright and Rolfe Ltd.

After Leslie died in Vancouver on March 17, 1966, Basil married Ruth Louise Grant.

Basil died in Vancouver on April 15, 1967.

Ruth died in Vancouver on August 24, 1969.

 

Robert Hamilton Wright

Robert Hamilton Wright was born in Vancouver on December 26, 1906.

He worked as a medical researcher for much of his career.

On September 9, 1931, in Vancouver, he married Kathleen Joan Creer. She was born on November 28, 1905, in Plymouth, England. Her father was Alfred Douglas Creer, who lived at 1901 Haro Street in 1914 and 1915. Her mother was Mary Kathleen Glaisby.

Robert died in Vancouver on August 10, 1985.

Kathleen died in Vancouver on May 9, 1993.

 

Sources

 

Robert Milton Wright (father of Leslie Havelock Wright)

Robert Milton Wright (1842-1869); http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/robert-milton-wright_186525359?geo_a=r&o_iid=41015&o_lid=41015&o_sch=Web+Property.

“Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XDFP-LPX : accessed 3 December 2015), Robert M. Wright and Elizabeth G. Wyse, 14 Aug 1865; citing Cuyahoga,Ohio, reference ; FHL microfilm 0877915 V. 10-12.

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XD2D-NZN : accessed 4 December 2015), Robert M. Wright and Elizabeth G. Wyse, 14 Aug 1865; citing Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, reference 275; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 877,915.

 

Elizabeth Gertrude Wyse (or Gertrude Elizabeth Wyse) (mother of Leslie Havelock Wright)

Elizabeth Gertrude Wyse (1833-1883); http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/elizabeth-gertrude-wyse_138472577.

“Canada Census, 1851,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWR9-6HL : accessed 3 December 2015), Elizabeth Wyse, Newcastle, Northumberland County, New Brunswick, Canada; citing p. 46, line 17; Library and Archives Canada film number C_996, Public Archives, Ontario.

 

Leslie Havelock Wright

Abel Danger, JLT Canada’s History, http://www.abeldanger.net/2013/09/1683-marine-links-mi-3-mcvicars-pacific.html: “The story of JLT begins in Vancouver in 1900, when Leslie Wright entered the partnership of Wright, Cannon & Burnett. Over the course of the 20th Century, the company would undergo many changes, transforming into Leslie Wright & Rolfe (LWR) and finally into Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada Inc. (JLT).”

Berry v. Berry, 1997 CanLII 3021 (BC SC), http://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/1997/1997canlii3021/1997canlii3021.html: paragraphs 11 and 12 refer to Leslie Wright and Rolfe.

B.C. Voters List 1898 – Wi to Wz; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/votewi.htm: “Wright, Leshe sic] Havelock, 113 [sic: 1113] Nelson St, Insurance agent, Van.”

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZX-M25 : accessed 3 December 2015), Leslie H Wright and Clare Dupuy Rogers, 10 Aug 1898; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,529.

Leslie H. Wright and Clare du Puy Rogers, wedding announcement, Vancouver World, August 10, 1898, page 5: “Married: Wright-Rogers—At the residence of the bride’s mother, Broughton street, this morning by Rev. L. N. Tucker, Miss Clare du Puy Rogers and Leslie H. Wright, both of Vancouver.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-VGK : accessed 3 December 2015), Leslie Wright, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 10, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SFMD : accessed 3 December 2015), Leslie H Wright, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H2T-SKF : accessed 3 December 2015), Leslie H Wright, Aug 1919; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-14796, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1921 Canada Census, Leslie H. Wright; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 14; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5R-X21 : accessed 3 December 2015), Leslie Havelock Wright, 1948.

Leslie Havelocke [sic] Wright, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 29, 1948, page 23: “Wright—Passed away on April 28th, 1948, Leslie Havelocke [sic], youngest son of the late Robert Milton Wright, 5584 Maple St., in his 80th year. Survived by one son, Dr. Robert H. Wright, and two daughters, Mrs. John C. Macgillivary [sic] and Mrs. M. Basis B. Rolfe, all of Vancouver, B.C. Funeral service Friday at 2 p.m., in Simmons and McBride Funeral Chapel, Broadway at Maple St., Rev. Gordon Bratt officiating. Cremation.”

“Death Takes L.H. Wright in 80th Year,” Vancouver Province, April 29, 1948, page 33 [includes photograph of Leslie Wright]:

“Leslie Havelock Wright, 80, of 5584 Maple, pioneer resident and marine underwriter, died Wednesday night in St. Paul’s Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Wright served with the Seventh Fusiliers of London, Ont., in the Riel Rebellion of 1885. As a lad of 16, he was one of the youngest to make that historic and arduous march to the west.

He came to Vancouver in 1889 with the CPR. He left the railway nine years later to enter the insurance business.

He organized the firm of Wright, Cannon and Burnett, later known as Leslie Wright and Rolfe, Ltd.

Mr. Wright was very well-known in B.C. insurance circles, specializing in marine and guarantee insurance.

Mrs. Wright, the former Clare DuPuy Rogers, whom he married in 1898, died in 1944.

Surviving are three children, Dr. Robert H. Wright of B.C. Research Council, Mrs. J.C. Macgillivray and Mrs. M.B.B. Rolfe. There are seven grandchildren and two nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Gordon Bratt officiating. Cremation will follow service.”

“L.H. Wright, Riel Revolt Veteran, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, April 29, 1948, page 3:

“A pioneer resident of Vancouver and a Riel Rebellion veteran, Leslie Havelock Wright, 75, of 5584 Maple, died Wednesday, following a brief illness.

Mr. Wright was a native of Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1885 he served with the Seventh Fusiliers of London, Ont., in the Rebellion. The same year he came to Vancouver with the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Here, he entered the insurance business and in 1901 formed the firm of Wright, Cannon and Burnett, which later became known as Leslie Wright and Rolfe.

Mr. Wright was a member of the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club and life-governor of the Vancouver General Hospital.

Surviving are three children: Dr. Robert H. Wright of the B.C. Research Council, Mrs. John C. Macgillivray and Mrs. M.B.C. Rolfe, and seven grandchildren.”

 

Clare Dupuy Rogers (wife of Leslie Havelock Wright)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKB-168 : accessed 4 December 2015), Clara Agusta Rogers, 1910. (mother of Clare Dupuy Rogers).

“Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2VX-X7J : accessed 3 December 2015), Clara A. Depuy Rogers, 11 Aug 1867; Birth, citing Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; FHL microfilm 1,289,311.

“Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VBY6-4DP : accessed 3 December 2015), Clara A. Depuy Rogers, 11 Aug 1867; citing bk 1867 p 201, Department of Records; FHL microfilm 1,289,311.

Society, Vancouver Province, July 27, 1907, page 9: “Mrs. Leslie Wright has her cousin, Miss Sanford, as guest at present.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SFM6 : accessed 3 December 2015), Clare D Wright in entry for Leslie H Wright, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

Social and Personal, Vancouver Province, December 27, 1911, page 5: “Mrs. Leslie Wright entertained at dinner on Christmas evening. Covers were laid for fourteen. Besides the house party Mrs. Wright’s guests were Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Hargrave, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Burns and Miss Nichol.”

Society, Vancouver Province, December 27, 1912, page 8: “Mrs. L.H. Wright gave a children’s party yesterday to celebrate the birthday of her little son Robert. Twenty-five children were entertained with a lovely Christmas tree and merry games. The mothers of the little ones and several other friends of the hostess were asked to assist in entertaining, among whom were Mrs. F.R. McD. Russell, Mrs. Herbert Hulme, Mrs. Walter Nichol, Mrs. George H. Cowan, Mrs. Herbert Burns, Mrs. Law, Mrs. George Cowan, Mrs. Herbert Wood, Mrs. Noble and Miss Nichol.”

Society, Vancouver Province, November 3, 1916, page 8: “Mrs. Leslie Wright has returned from New York and Philadelphia, where she had been on a visit of several weeks.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVT-DYD : accessed 3 December 2015), Clare Dupuy Wright, 1944.

“Mrs. C.P. Wright,” Vancouver Province, February 9, 1944, page 16:

“Funeral services for Mrs. Clare Dupuy Wright, 77, pioneer Vancouver resident and wife of Leslie H. Wright of 5584 Maple, were held Tuesday in Simmons & McBride chapel. Rev. F.P. Clark officiated. Cremation followed.

Mrs. Wright was born in Philadelphia, and came to Vancouver 50 years ago. Her husband, well known city insurance man, came to Vancouver about 1889. He inspected the wreck of the S.S. Beaver when she foundered off Prospect Point.

Surviving are her husband, one son, Dr. R.H. Wright, Fredericton, N.B.; two daughters, Mrs. J.C. Macgillivray, Capetown; Mrs. M.B.B. Rolse [sic: Rolfe], Vancouver, and one brother L.T. Rogers, Vancouver.”

Clare Du Puy Wright, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 7, 1944, page 11; Vancouver Province, February 8, 1944, page 10: “Wright—Passed away Feb. 6, 1944, Clare Du Puy, loving wife of Leslie H. Wright of 5584 Maple St., and eldest daughter of the late Samuel Blythe Rogers, in her 77th year. Survived also by 1 son, Dr. R.H. Fredericton, N.B.; 2 daughters, Mrs. J.C. Macgillivray, Capetown, South Africa, and Mrs. M.B.B. Rolse [sic: Rolfe], Vancouver; 1 brother, L.T. Rogers, Vancouver. Funeral service Tuesday, at 11 a.m., in Simmons & McBride Funeral Chapel, Rev. R.P. Clark officiating. Cremation.”

“Last Tribute Paid Mrs. L.H. Wright,” Vancouver Sun, February 8 1944, page 18:

“Funeral services for Mrs. Clare Du Puy Wright, 76, of 5584 Maple, wife of Leslie H. Wright, general manager of Leslie Wright and Co. Ltd., who dies Sunday, were conducted in Simmons and McBride funeral chapel by Rev. F.P. Clark today; cremation followed.

Mrs. Wright was born in Philadelphia, Penn., and first came to Vancouver 50 years ago. Mr. Wright has been a resident of the city since 1889.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Wright leaves one son, Dr. R.H. of Fredericton, N.B.; two daughters, Mrs. J.C. Macgillivray of Capetown, South Africa; Mrs. M.B.B. Rolse [sic:Rolfe], Vancouver; one brother, L.T. Rogers, Vancouver.”

 

Theodore Elizabeth Wright (daughter of Leslie Havelock Wright)

British Columbia Birth Registrations; Registration Number: 1900-09-120913; Theodore E. Wright; gender: female; date of birth: February 25, 1900; place of birth: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=dc75a747-cf74-41e5-ab51-2056b1228193.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SFMX : accessed 3 December 2015), Thodore [sic] Wright in entry for Leslie H Wright, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

John Macgillivray, Canadian Men and Women of the Time, by Henry James Morgan, first edition; Toronto, William Briggs, 1898, pages 692-693; https://archive.org/stream/canadianmenwomen00morg#page/692/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/canadianmenwomen00morg#page/693/mode/1up.

Macgillivray, John (1855-1930); http://www.queensu.ca/encyclopedia/m/macgillivray-john [includes photograph of John Macgillivray.]

John Macgillivray, Who Was Who, volume 3, 1929-1940; London, Adam & Charles Black, 1940, pages 857-858.

“After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1882, John Macgillivray taught at Albert College in Belleville, Ontario for two years.

He then departed for Liepzig University, where he earned a doctorate in French and German.

He was appointed to the teaching staff of Queen’s University in 1888 as the first professor of modern languages.

He is buried in the Cataraqui Cemetery.”

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNB9-YJ3 : accessed 4 December 2015), John Macgillivray, 10 Aug 1930; citing Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada, 16481, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,313,252.

John Campbell MacGillivray, Banks, Souza Tree, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sstreemaker&id=I3901: “Name: John Campbell MacGillivray; Sex: M; Birth: 5 AUG 1897 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada ; Death: 17 FEB 1947 in At home – Lower Albert Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9T-V149 : accessed 4 December 2015), John C Mac Gillivray in entry for John Mac Gillivray, 1911; citing Census, Kingston Sub-Districts 5-14, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,505.

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Mcgillivray, John Campbell; Rank: LT; Regimental Number: 511870; Date of Birth: 05/08/1897; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6841 – 23; Item Number: 152649; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=152649.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8L-MRK : accessed 3 December 2015), John Campbell Macgillivray and Theodne [sic] Elizabeth Wright, 24 Dec 1926; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13751, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,504.

“Nuptial Service Today at Holy Trinity Church Unites Eastern and Western Families,” Vancouver Province, December 24, 1926, page 8 [includes photographs of Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell Macgillivray]:

“The marriage of Miss Theodore Elizabeth Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Havelock Wright, Shaughnessy Heights, and Mr. John Campbell Macgillivray, son of Dr. and Mrs. John Macgillivray of Queens University, Kingston, Ont., took place today at Holy Trinity Church, Tenth avenue and Pine street, Rev. Charles B. Clarke, rector of the church, officiating.

In keeping with the Christmas season, the church was decorated with fragrant greens and holly. Given in marriage by her father, the bride made a charming picture in her gown which was a lovely French model in the new copper tones. Her hat was in matching shades. The bride’s sister, Mrs. Basil Rolfe, was matron of honor, and Miss Dorothy Somerset, a friend of the bride for many years, was bridesmaid, while Mr. Wallace Ponsford, a classmate of Mr. Macgillivray, was groomsman. Officiating as ushers were Mr. Robert Wright, Mr. Basil Rolfe and Mr. de St. Denis Duchesnay. Following the ceremony an informal reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents, decorations of the spacious reception rooms being carried out with flowers and Yuletide greenery.

For travel the bride donned a frock of navy blue and scarlet over which she wore a seal coat. Her hat was scarlet.

Mr. and Mrs. Macgillivray will leave this evening for the East and will sail early in the new year for Germany, where they will reside.”

“Miss Theo Wright is Married Today,” Vancouver Sun, December 24, 1926, page 15 [Similar to “Nuptial Service Today at Holy Trinity Church Unites Eastern and Western Families,” Vancouver Province, December 24, 1926, page 8 (above).]

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24X1-VC7 : accessed 4 December 2015), John C Macgillivray, 1929; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Exchange of Notes between Canada and the Union of South Africa amending for the period May 1 to December 31, 1946, the Trade Agreement between the two countries of August 20, 1932, as regards wool imported into Canada; J.C. Macgillivray – Acting High Commissioner for Canada to the Union of South Africa – Cape Town – 16 April 1946; J.D. Pohl – Acting Secretary for External Affairs of the Union of South Africa – Cape Town – 14 May 1946; http://www.treaty-accord.gc.ca/details.aspx?id=104742.

Heads of Post List (South Africa); http://w03.international.gc.ca/headsofpost/results-resultats.aspx?lang=eng&cntry=181:

Head Of Post Title Career Appointment Date Presentation of credentials Termination of mission
Macgillivray, John Charles A/HC C 1945/08/10 1946/07/15

The John Macgillivray Graduate Fellowship in German; http://www.queensu.ca/calendars/sgsr/The_John_Macgillivray_Graduate_Fellowship_in_German.html.:

“Established by Mary Macgillivray in memory of her father, Dr. John Macgillivray, Professor of German Language and Literature at Queen’s University. The recipient of the award must have demonstrated academic excellence within either the M.A. or Ph.D. program. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to use the funds to help finance their graduate research in Europe. Applications and supporting documents are due March 1; decisions will be announced by March 20. Adjudication will be by the Committee on Graduate Studies in the Department of German. Each application must include a written plan for research in Europe (500-700 words) and two letters of reference, as well as graduate program transcripts.

Successful applicants must have their Thesis Proposals approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies in German before taking up their fellowship. Value: variable.”

“Diplomat Dies in 49th Year; John C. Macgillivray Had Brilliant Career,” Ottawa Evening Citizen, February 17, 1947, pages 1 and 12; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wfsuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=L9wFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2967%2C3279687; page 12: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wfsuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=L9wFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5158%2C3374370 [link leads to page 12, column 3; story is in column 1]

“John C. Macgillivray, former acting high commissioner to South Africa, and minster-designate to Czechoslovakia, died at a local hospital this morning in his 49th year. Regarded as one of the outstanding public servants in Canada, he had already served 22 years either in the Department of trade and Commerce, or in External Affairs. With a spectacular record of achievements behind him, and already assigned one of the most interesting posts in Europed, death stopped this man in his prime.

Met Hitler

One of the few Canadians to have met Hitler, once a favored guest at Herman Goering’s parties, Mr. Macgillivray’s years in Germany were not dull. His knowledge of German was so good that he picked off a good many Nazi secrets during his tenure in Berlin. Then moving on to South Africa, he represented Canada at the first exchange of prisoners which took place at Lourenco Marques, in Portuguese East Africa. Earlier, there had been special missions for Canada in Poland, Switzerland, Austria and Czechoslovakia.

Mr. Macgillivray entered the Department of Trade and Commerce in 1925. He lived here for a shore while, then held posts in Rotterdam and Hamburg. While in this part of the world, he travelled widely across Europe. Both as assistant trade commissioner and trade commissioner, he was regarded as one of the ablest of Trade and Commerce’s officials abroad.

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His knowledge of German was more than once useful. He heard a conversation one time in Bathurst, New Brunswick, when a Nazi agent was talking to a higher up agent in New York. This information was in due course relayed to External Affairs. He was also one of those who predicted war with Germany long before it came.

In South Africa

On the eve of the inevitable conflict he got out of Germany, and was assigned to South Africa as trade commissioner. There he made a great many friends, and his ability to speak Afrikaans helped Canada’s relations a great deal. During the greater part of the war he was acting high commissioner, a post he served with great distinction.

Mr. Macgillivray returned to Canada this fall and worked in External Affairs for some time, preparatory to going to Praha.

He was the son of the late John Macgillivray, professor of German at Queen’s University, a distinguished scholar who was a graduate of Heidelberg. Many Queen’s graduates in Ottawa look back to their lectures under the late Dr. Macgillivray as an outstanding part of their college life.

Mr. Macgillivray entered Queen’s after the war, and was elected permanent president of Arts ’23. He never presided at any class re-union, since he was never home the years his class reunions were held. He will be remembered however by a wide circle of friends who knew him in his college days.

He married Theo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Wright, Vancouver, on December 24, 1926. Besides his wife, he is survived by two children, Clare Allison, 18, and Elizabeth, 12.

A sister, Mary, works in the Department of External Affairs. His mother, as well as a brother Malcolm, reside at 4100 Cote de Neiges road, Montreal.

Pearson’s Tribute

His loss will be greatly felt in all of Canada”, declared L.B. Pearson, undersecretary of State for External Affairs, in paying tribute. He was one of our most experienced diplomats, both in Central Europe and in Africa.”

“He was looked upon as one of our better men with a great future ahead of him” stated G.R. Heasman, director of Intelligence, Department of Trade and Commerce. “He was an outstanding man, energetic and painstaking.”

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the parlors of Geo H. Rogers Ltd., 172 Elgin street. Rev. J. Logan-Vencta of St. Giles Presbyterian church will officiate and interment will be in Beechwood cemetery.”

John C. Macgillivray, death notice, Ottawa Citizen, February 17, 1947, page 20; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wfsuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=L9wFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4388%2C3443178:  “Macgillivray—In hospital on Monday, February 17, 1947, John. C. Macgillivray (Dept. of External Affairs) beloved husband of Theodora Wright, age 49 years. Funeral service at the parlors of Geo H. Rogers Ltd., 172 Elgin street, on Tuesday, February 18, at 2 p.m. thence to Beechwood vault.”

“Friends Attend Funeral Rites for J.C. Macgillivray,” Ottawa Evening Citizen, February 19, 1947, page 2; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wvsuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=L9wFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6018%2C3733273:

“Attended by diplomats, prominent government officials, and an important cross section of official Ottawa, the funeral of John C. Macgillivray, Canadian minister designate to Czechoslovakia, and former acting high commissioner to South Africa, took place Tuesday Afternoon. Services were held in the parlors of George H. Rogers Ltd. Mr. Macgillivray died Monday.

Death before he was 49 years of age denied to this distinguished official the honors that were inevitably ahead of him. Sorrow has been expressed on all sides at his untimely demise, and from the Union of South Africa has come word of his distinguished services there for Canada during the war years. On the threshold of accepting a diplomatic mission, death struck.

He had many friends in Ottawa, even though he had been absent from this city most of his government career. They turned out in large numbers to pay tribute to his memory.

Simple services were conducted by Rev. J. Logan-Vencta, and there was no eulogy.

Survivors included his wife and mother, his two children, Clare Allison and Elizabeth; a sister, Mary, and a brother, Malcolm, of Montreal.

Interment was in Beechwood cemetery.

Among those noticed at the funeral were: P.R. Viljoen, high commissioner for South Africa; C.J. Burchell, KC, D.C. Macpherson, Kingston; David MacKeen, W.F. Chown, H.W. Brighton, L.T. Lett, E.B.H. Wright, Austin F. Cross, J.J. Guay, W.M. Goodwin, Dr. Wallace Troup, G.C. Monture, S.D. Hemsley, D.S. Douglas, H.W. Cheney, F.P. Cosgrove, J.E. Mackay.

Howard Measures, chief protocol officer, Department of External Affairs; C.H. Payne, W.F. Bryce, G.C. Cowper, A.R. Menzies, J.A. Noonan, C.M. Pitts, Finlay Sim, comptroller-secretary, Department of trade and Commerce; J.F. McDonald, G.G. Riddell, A.L. Stevenson, A. Keith Doull, B.C. Butler, Richard T. Young, W.T. Bull, B.E.H. Brady, Oliver Master, Victor Podoski, L.B. Pearson, G.C. Mallory, L.D. Wilgress, Canadian ambassador to Russia; Harry A. Scott and J.A. MacDonald.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG4-Z14 : accessed 3 December 2015), Theodore Elizabeth Macgillivray, 1985.

Theodore Elizabeth Macgillivray, collector of war posters; Royal Alberta Museum; http://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/exhibits/online/posterWar/english/credits.htm: “Theodore Elizabeth Wright Macgillivray accumulated this collection over the span of 30 years. While she first was attracted to war posters while living in Vancouver during the First World War, her later travels to France, Belgium, England, Holland, Germany and South Africa afforded her the opportunity to develop the collection further. . . . Mrs. Macgillivray’s collection was left to her daughter, Elizabeth Coenen of Edmonton. Upon its donation to the the province in 1989, Maurice Doll, Curator of Military & Political History accepted it into that collection and undertook its research and documentation.”

Clare Macgillivray, and Graham Campbell Blair Baillie, engagement notice, Ottawa Journal, February 27, 1953, page 19: “An engagement of interest is announced In Vancouver, of Miss Clare Macgillivray, daughter of Mrs. John Campbell Macgillivray, of Vancouver and the late Mr. Macgillivray, of Kingston and Ottawa, and Mr. Graham Campbell Blair Ballie, only son of Mr. and Mrs. G.C. B. Baillie, of Vancouver, The wedding will take place shortly.”

Baillie, Clare Allison, death notice, published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2014; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?pid=170282026: “Died 11 March 2014, Clare Allison Baillie, born 24 July, 1928, in The Hague, Holland, to Canadian parents John Campbell Macgillivray and Theodore Elizabeth (Wright) Macgillivray, is survived by husband Graham Campbell Blair Baillie, West Vancouver B.C., son Darroch Baillie (Lynn), Victoria, B.C., daughter Mary Clare Theodora Baillie (Douglas), grandchildren John Hugh McDonald and Anna Theodora McDonald, all of Vancouver, B.C., and sister Elizabeth Coenen, Edmonton, Alberta, and by extended family and friends the world over. No service by request.”

Van Gravesloot-Macfillivray, wedding announcement, The Montreal Gazette – Mar 10, 1959, page 33; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HIsxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=aqgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5643%2C1819429:

“The marriage of Elizabeth, younger daughter of the late John Campbell Macgillivray, formerly High Commissioner for Canada to South Africa, and of Mrs. Macgillivray, and granddaughter of the late Dr. John Macgillivray, of Kingston, Ont., and of Mrs. Macgillivray, of Montreal, to Mr. Pieter F. Coenen Van Gravesloot, son of the late Jonkeer F. Coenen Van Gravesloot formerly consult general for The Netherlands in Vancouver, and of Mrs. Coenen Van Gravesloot, took place quietly in St. Anselm’s Church, Vancouver, the Rev. Canon D.P. Watney officiating. White flowers arranged with greenery and candles in candelabra were used as decorations.

The bride wore a frock of springtime printed silk of pink apple blossoms and beige and brown leaves, with a pink straw hat, trimmed with beige roses, and a corsage of white orchids.”

 

Leslie Isabel Wright (daughter of Leslie Havelock Wright)

British Columbia Birth Registrations; Registration Number: 1903-09-123529; Leslie Isabel Wright; gender: female; date of birth: January 9, 1903; place of birth: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=664d4e8c-a3df-4529-ad1b-1d719b36821f.

“Little Miss Wright,” Vancouver Province, January 9, 1903, page 3: “The home of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Wright was gladdened this morning by the birth of a daughter.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SFMF : accessed 3 December 2015), Leslie Wright in entry for Leslie H Wright, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKK-1RN : accessed 4 December 2015), Walter John Rolfe, 1929.

Walter John Rolfe, death notice, Vancouver Province, September 30, 1929, page 17: “Rolfe—Walter John Rolfe of 885 W. 13th, eldest son of the late Walter Rolfe of St. Leonards, England, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 28, 1929, in his 67th year. Funeral Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 11 o’clock, at St. James’ Church. Bell Funeral Parlors in charge. Edmonton and Victoria papers please copy.”

“W.J. Rolfe Buried,” Vancouver province, October 1, 1929, page 17: “The funeral of Walter John Rolfe, aged 67, eldest son of Walter Rolfe of St. Leonards, Sussex, who died Saturday at his home, 885 West Thirteenth, was held at 11 a.m. from St. James Church, Bell Funeral Directors in charge. Canon Wilberforce Cooper conducted the services, and interment was in Ocean view Burial Park. Deceased, who was born in England, had resided in Canada for twenty-six years.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2L-GP1 : accessed 4 December 2015), Alice Sophia Rolfe, 1941.

Alice Sophia Rolfe—July 24, 1941, Alice Sophia of 975 Denman St., wife of the late W.J. Rolfe. Survived by 2 sons, W.J.L. Rolfe and M.B.B. Rolfe, and 1 daughter, Miss Dorothy Rolfe, all of Vancouver. Funeral service Friday morning at 11 o’clock in St. James’ Church, Gore Ave. and Cordova St., Rev. Canon Wilberforce Cooper officiating. Interment Ocean View Burial Park. Simmons & McBride Funeral Directors in charge. Edmonton, Alta., papers please copy.”

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8L-Q7X : accessed 3 December 2015), Martin Basil Bonnington Rolfe and Leslie Isabel Wright, 10 Aug 1926; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13751, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,504.

“Wedding Today at Holy Trinity is Interesting,” Vancouver Sun, August 10, 1926, page 6:

“A pretty wedding of interest to a large number of friends was solemnized today at Holy Trinity church at 12:30 o’clock, when Miss Leslie Isabel Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie H. Wright, became the bride of Mr. Martin Basil Bonnington Rolfe, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Rolfe of this city. The Rev. Charles Clarke read the marriage service in the flower-decorated church.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a charming bridal costume of white, and the gowns of the maid of honor, Miss Theo Wright, the bride’s sister, and Miss Dorothy Somerset, the bridesmaid, were carried out in charming pastel shades of blue and white. The flower girl, little Miss Marjorie Earle, was daintily frocked in pink. Mr. Lyttleton Rolfe, brother of the bridegroom, was best man.

Following the ceremony a reception was held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Wright on Alexandra avenue, Shaughnessy, where guests were received in the gardens.

After a short honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Rolfe will take up their residence at 4838 Pine crescent.”

“Marriage At High Noon Today of Popular Couple; Miss Leslie I. Wright Becomes Bride of Mr. Martin B. Rolfe—Ceremony on Anniversary of Marriage of Bride’s Parents—To Reside Here,” Vancouver Province, August 10, 1926, page 8 [Similar to “Wedding Today at Holy Trinity is Interesting,” Vancouver Sun, August 10, 1926, page 6.]

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBH-YYY : accessed 4 December 2015), Martin Basil Bonnington Rolfe, 1967.

Martin Basil Bonnington Rolfe, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 17, 1967, page 27; Vancouver Sun, April 17, 1967, page 31: “Rolfe—Passed away April 15, 1967, Martin Basil Bonnington Rolfe, of 5850 Larch St. Survived by his loving wife, Ruth; 2 sons, B. John L., North Vancouver, M. Havelock, Vancouver; 1 brother, W.J.L. Rolfe; 1 sister, A.D.B. Rolfe; and 5 grandchildren. Funeral service was held Monday, April 17, at 3 p.m., St. John’s Shaughnessy Church, Granville at 27th Ave., Rev. G.A. Ruskell officiated. Cremation. Garden Chapel, Ocean View. Flowers gratefully declined in lieu of donations to the B.C. Hear Foundation.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTT-81M : accessed 3 December 2015), Leslie Isabel Rolfe, 1966.

Leslie Isabel Rolfe, death notice, Vancouver Sun, March 18, 1966, page 37; Vancouver Province, March 19, 1966, page 32: “Rolfe—Leslie Isabel, younger daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leslie H. Wright. Survived by her husband, M. Basil B.; 2 sons, B. John L.; M. Havelock; and 5 grandchildren. Funeral service Saturday—3 p.m., in Holy trinity Church, 10th Avenue and Pine Street, Rev. Canon William Garbutt officiating. Simmons & McBride, Broadway at Maple Street, funeral directors in charge. Cremation. Garden Chapel. Ocean View. Flowers gratefully declined.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBD-LWP : accessed 4 December 2015), Ruth Louise Rolfe, 1969.

Ruth Louise Rolfe, death notice, Vancouver Sun, August 25, 1969, page 45; Vancouver Province, August 26, 1969, page 30: “Rolfe—Passed away August 24, 1969, Ruth Louise, widow of Basil Rolfe, of 5830 Larch St. in her 63rd year. Survived by 2 sons, Roderick and Gordon, Vancouver; 1 daughter, Mrs. R.E. (Gwen) Foley, Dallas [sic], Oreg.; 6 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ken and Ross Grant. Funeral service Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. in St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church, Granville St. and Nanton Ave., Rev. G. A. Ruskell officiating. Cremation. Garden Chapel, Ocean View. In lieu of flowers donations to the B.C. Cancer Foundation would be appreciated. No flowers please. Simmons & McBride, funeral directors in charge.”

Basil John Leslie Rolfe, death notice, Vancouver Sun, August 16, 2004; http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CAN-BC-OBITS/2004-08/1092702813; Toronto Globe and Mail, 2004-08-14; http://necrologie.genealogiequebec.com/avis-de-deces/901261-ROLFE-Basil-John.

Sheila Constance Rolfe (1935-2010); wife of Havelock Rolfe; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=sheila-constance-rolfe&pid=147351559

Sheila Rolfe, Lives Lived, Globe and Mail, Feb. 10, 2011; by Valerie Rolfe; http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/sheila-rolfe/article568081/.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDD4-VQN : accessed 4 December 2015), Walter John Lyttelton Rolfe and Mabel Irene Wheatland, 26 Apr 1930; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13759, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,555.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1M-6XB : accessed 4 December 2015), Walter John Lyttelton Rolfe, 1979.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1P-JYD : accessed 4 December 2015), Alice Dorothy Butt Rolfe, 1981.

A. Dorothy B. (Dolly) Rolfe, death notice, Vancouver Province, July 24, 1981, page D-3; Vancouver Sun, July 23, 1981, page D-8: “Rolfe—A. Dorothy B. (Dolly) died peacefully on July 22, 1981 in her 84th year. Pre-deceased by her brothers, W.J. Lyttleton and M. Basil B. Rolfe. She was a much loved aunt of Elizabeth, John, David and Havelock and their children, and great friend of Yvonne Forsythe. The funeral will be held on Friday, July 24, at 3 p.m. in St. Anselm’s Church, 5375 University Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donation to the St. James Social Services Society, 331 Powell St., Vancouver, B.C., please. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of B.C. and First Memorial Services.”

 

Robert Hamilton Wright (son of Leslie Havelock Wright)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SFMN : accessed 3 December 2015), Robert Wright in entry for Leslie H Wright, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8D-K2M : accessed 3 December 2015), Robert Hamilton Wright and Kathleen Joan Creer, 09 Sep 1931; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13762, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,783.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL21-9RV : accessed 3 December 2015), Robert Hamilton Wright, 1985.

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1993-09-006997; Kathleen Joan Wright, age: 87; date of death: May 9, 1993; place of death: Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=ee6baf81-6ff3-48dd-9aa4-8a4f93c9e399; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=4b7892b8-0c06-4d3e-9c18-ea014df49d23

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