Yell, Mary (1887-1968)

James William Yell was the husband of Mary Yell, of 1915 Pendrell Street.

James was born in London, England, on December 28, 1888. His father was Samuel Yell, who was a builder. James’s mother was Marguerite Smith.

In September 3, 1915, in Victoria, British Columbia, James enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve during the First World War. He was associated with the Canadian Corps of Cyclists.

In 1917, James was living in Balfour, British Columbia. On October 18, 1917, in Nelson, British Columbia, He married Mary Fletcher, who was a widowed nurse. She was born on October 9, 1887, in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland. Her father was Thomas Meaney, who was a commercial traveller. Her mother was Catharine Hannrahan.

In 1918, James was working in Victoria as a timekeeper for the ship-building firm of Yarrows.

 Henderson’s Greater Victoria City Directory, 1918, page 428


Henderson’s Greater Victoria City Directory, 1918, page 428

James died in Spokane, Washington, on May 3, 1920. He was buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Spokane.

By the mid 1920s, Mary was living at 1874 Pendrell Street in Vancouver.

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1926, page 1341 (Vancouver)

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1926, page 1341 (Vancouver)

Mary continued to live in Vancouver through the 1950s and 1960s until she died in Vancouver on October 22, 1968. She was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in New Westminster, British Columbia.

 

James and Mary had a daughter.

 

Pamela Mary Yell

Pamela Mary Yell was born in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1918. She went to school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Vancouver, and later went to the University of British Columbia and the University of Ottawa.

She became a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, and she had long career as a teacher and a religious education coordinator.

She died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on August 18, 2007.

 

Sources

 

James William Yell

“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXRP-LMN : accessed 10 December 2015), James William Yell, 01 Feb 1909; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Arabic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). (possible connection)

“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNY9-ZJZ : accessed 10 December 2015), James William Yell, 17 Feb 1913; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). (possible connection)

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: YELL, JAMES WILLIAM; Regimental Number: 540407; Date of Birth: 28/12/1888; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10634 – 34; Item Number: 330211; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=330211.

Canadian Great War Project, Private James William Yell; Regimental Number: 540407; http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?Id=66671.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8P-39B : accessed 10 December 2015), James William Yell and Mary Fletcher, 18 Oct 1917; citing Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11388, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,984,109.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission; James William Yell; http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/4010514/YELL,%20JAMES%20WILLIAM: Rank: Private; Service No: 540407; Date of Death: 03/05/1920; Age: 31; Regiment/Service: Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion; Grave Reference: Cemetery: Spokane (Fairmount) Cemetery; Additional Information: Husband of Mary Yell, of 1915, Pendrell St., Vancouver. British Columbia.

“Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3G8-3L5 : accessed 10 December 2015), James William Yell, 03 May 1920; citing Spokane, Spokane, Washington, reference 657, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Olympia; FHL microfilm 1,992,759.

Washington State Death Records – James William Yell; Date Of Death: 3 May 1920;  Da Reference Number: {23CBB673-74A6-4483-94E2-EAC35C57D260}; http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/5E3F59BCE52B10C345F6550DCC76A79D

 

Mary Meaney (wife of James William Yell)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYW-QGZ : accessed 10 December 2015), Mary Yell, 1968.

Mary Yell, death notice, Vancouver Sun, October 23, 1968, page 44, Vancouver Province, October 24, 1968, page 31: “Yell—On October 22, 1968, at St. Paul’s Hospital, Mary Yell, of 3690 Selkirk Street. Survived by 1 daughter, Sister Pamela Yell, of Vancouver; and 2 sisters, Miss Agnes Meaney and Mrs. Grace Morriss, in England. Requiem mass will be celebrated Thursday at 4 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 3776—28th Avenue. Interment St. Peter’s Cemetery, New Westminster. Flowers gratefully declined. Kearney Funeral Directors, 1096 West Broadway.”

 

Pamela Mary Yell (daughter of James William Yell)

Society of the Sacred Heart, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_the_Sacred_Heart

Society of the Sacred Heart, https://rscj.org/who-we-are/heritage.

Sister Pamela Mary Yell (1918-2007); death notice, Vancouver Sun; The Province, Aug. 25, 2007; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=pamela-yell&pid=93265517; Ottawa Citizen, 2007-08-25; http://necrologie.genealogiequebec.com/avis-de-deces/223229-YELL-Mary-Pamela: “YELL Sister Pamela Mary RSCJ. Born in 1918 in Victoria, B.C., Sister Yell died in Barat Residence, 1455 Summer St. Halifax on August 18, 2007. She was an only daughter of the late J. William and Mary (Meaney) Yell. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Sister Yell received her early education at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Vancouver. She attended the University of British Columbia and graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1954. She entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1937 and made her final profession in Albany, New York, in 1945. Born on September 8, the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, Sister Yell had a particular love for children which she exemplified in her many years of teaching. She began her teaching career at the College Street School in Halifax in 1940 where she taught High Grade One until 1945. She then went on to teach in the Sacred Heart schools in Winnipeg and Vancouver. In 1970, she returned to Halifax where she served as Religious Education Coordinator in the parishes of St. Lawrence, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Pius X. From there, she held a variety of positions in Religious Education in California, Whitehorse, Montreal and Ottawa. In 1997 Sister Yell retired at Barat Residence. She will be greatly missed by her sisters in Community and her many friends. A vigil took place on Monday, August 20th at Barat Residence. The Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at Barat Residence on Tuesday, August 21st, at 2:00 p.m. followed by burial at Holy Cross cemetery on Thursday, August 23rd, Father Albert Cosgrove presided. Donations in Sister Yell’s memory may be made to the Sacred Heart Boys’ High School.”

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