William Hamilton Williscroft

William Hamilton Williscroft

Male 1844 - 1920  (75 years)

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  • Name William Hamilton Williscroft  [1, 2, 3
    Born 15 Jun 1844  North Elmsley, Lanark, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    • Tree has him down as H. Williscroft but W. H. on 1851 census
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As William Hamilton Williscraft (1866), William Williscraft (1870)  [6, 7
    Residence 12 Jan 1852  North Elmsley, Lanark, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence 30 Mar 1861  Osgoode, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Military 10 Mar 1866  Prescott, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 10
    • William was a private in the Burrets Rapids Infantry Company during the Fenian Raids in 1866. He was discharged on the 18 Jun 1866. William received the Canada General Service Medal.
    Residence 1868  333 Wellington, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • William was a shoemaker
    Residence 8 Aug 1870  Analy, Sanoma, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • William’s sister was keeping house for him.
    Naturalization 7 May 1873  District Court, Cerbat, Monhave, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14
    • Before the Hon. Judge DeForest Porter
      Application of W. H. Williscraft to become a citizen of the United States.
      It appearing to the satifaction of the Court, that W H Williscraft is entitled to receive the benefits of the naturalization laws, it is ordered by the Court, that he be admitted to become a citizen of the United Sates of America
    Residence 1 Oct 1875  Williscraft & Co., Photographers, Old Gallery, Cortez Street, Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    • William purchased the Galley in Cortez Street, Prescott in 1875 from William McKenna. At the time William was a boot and shoemaker. Various assistants were hired to operate the gallery as Williscraft apparently had little or no photographic training. The gallery produced tintypes and stereographs, distributed on mounts with a "Williscraft & Company" imprint. In 1876, an assistant, Schroeder, helped to create a traveling photographic "gallery on wheels" that made it at least as far as Camp Verde. Unfortunately the quality of the operators and assistants varied from poor to awful with valuable subjects veiled in fogged or softly focused images in most extent examples.

    Williscraft & Co., Photographers, Old Gallery, Cortez Street, Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA
    Williscraft & Co., Photographers, Old Gallery, Cortez Street, Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA
    Residence 1876  Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • listed in the Grear Register of Yavapai County, aged 30 from Canada
    Newspaper 8 Sep 1876  Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    • Mr. Mason, late of Pioehe, Nevada, has rented Mr. Williscraft’s old Boot Shop, next to the Courthouse, and is opening a large stock of boots and shoe stock of boots and shoes and improved machinery for making them.

      Mr. Williscraft has packed up his picture taking apparatus and changed his photograph gallery into a Boot Shop.
    Residence 20 Sep 1876  Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Newspaper 13 Dec 1878  Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • W H Williscraft who has applied himself to the study of minerology for the past two years, and who is very efficent and correct assayer, has a card in this issue of the MINER, offering his services to parties who wish ores tested, mines examined, ect., and is willing to submit his assays to test at the S.F. Mint. His cgarges are reasonable
    Occupation 11 Apr 1879  The Plaza, Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    • William was advertising his Assay Office in the local paper
    Advert for William's Assay Office in Prescott.
    Advert for William's Assay Office in Prescott.
    Residence 11 Apr 1879  Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    • Ran the local Assay Office
    Residence 1880  Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 23
    Residence 16 Aug 1884  Ash Forks, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    • advertising as a dealer in Hereford Cattle in the 'Arizona Champion'.
    Residence 26 Dec 1885  Walnut Grove Precinct, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [25, 26, 27
    • report of the murder of Deputy Sheriff Murphy on the 19 December. William had heard the shot but when he saw the assailant he was 'mightly scared' and returned home to bed!
    Residence 9 Jan 1886  Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    • a member of the Stockman Council elected to the executive commitee, He was to attend the Rangemen's convention in Denver on the 27th.
    Newspaper 18 Nov 1891  City Meat Market, Prescott, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    • The newspaper report that William is the sole proprietor having purchased FrankvCavanaugh’s interest.
    Residence 20 Sep 1896  Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [30
    • Accident reported in the local newspaper when William was delivering an engine at the Depot in Los Angeles.
    Residence 1900  Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [31
    PURC 11 Jul 1905  Leopoldville, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [32
    • William was granted a land grant.
    Residence 25 Jun 1906  7, Strathcona, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [33
    Arrival Feb 1909  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [34
    • Manifests of Passengers Arriving in the St. Albans, VT, District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports, 1895-1954
    Residence 26 Apr 1910  West Choctaw Street, Tahlequah, Cherokee, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [35
    • living with his wife Margaret and brother John. William was a machinist most likely for his brother John who owned his own shop.
    Residence 1911  Red Deer, Flagstaff, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [36
    Military 18 Aug 1913  Tahlequah, Cherokee, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [37
    • William was awarded the Canada General Service Medal which was sent to him in 1913.
    General Service Medal
    General Service Medal
    Residence 12 Dec 1913  Cherokee County, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [38
    • A list of Oaklahoma residents appeared in the newspaper.
    Arrival 11 Mar 1915  Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [39
    Residence 1916  Red Deer, Flagstaff, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [40
    Newspaper 29 Jan 1920  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [41
    • An article appeared in the Prescott, Arizona newspapers reporting the death of William’s sister and the circumstance surrounding her death.
    Occupation
    • prospector, farmer, shoemaker & photographer
    Newspaper Advert
    Newspaper Advert
    Died 18 Mar 1920  New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 42, 43, 44
    Buried 20 Mar 1920  Mountain View, Fraser Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 43, 45
    • buried by the side of sister Easter
    Person ID I1554  Williscroft | The descendants of William Williscroft and Jane Cowan
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2017 

    Father William A. Williscraft,   b. 1812, Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869, Oxford, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Sarah Beckett,   b. 1817, Castlebar, Co Mayo, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1888, Oxford, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1835  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Luella Rogers,   b. 16 Feb 1862, Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1953, Bakersfield, Kern, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 8 Apr 1879  Charmingdale, Walnut Creek, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [46, 47, 48
    • The couple were married by Luella’s father, who was the JP, at her family home in Charmingdale.
    Miner, April 18, 1879, Page2, Col.4
    Miner, April 18, 1879, Page2, Col.4
    William and Luella Williscroft image taken in Prescott at the time of their marriage
    William and Luella Williscroft image taken in Prescott at the time of their marriage
    ID : 5130
    Call Number : PO-1653P
    Creator : Mitchell, D. F.; Photographer
    Title : Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Williscraft, Prescott, Arizona, 1880s
    Collection : SHM Photographs
    http://sharlot.org/img/detail_htmls/5130po1653p.html
    Residence 1 Jun 1880  District #27, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [49
    Children 
    +1. Millie Jane Williscraft,   b. 6 Mar 1880, Bakersfield, Kern, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1966, Kern, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F171  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Marie Geist,   b. 1878, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 30 Jul 1898  Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [50, 51, 52
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Margaret Ann Jackson (McElhany),   b. 27 Oct 1837, Pettis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1924, Tahlequah, Cherokee, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married Abt 1905  Tahlequah, Cherokee, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Magaret was a widow with children
    Residence 25 Jun 1906  Red Willow, Strathcona, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [53
    Newspaper 8 Jan 1916  Tahlequah, Cherokee, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [54
    • Margurite filed for divorce. In the same article she is also mentioned in a mortgage dispute with O. P. Johnson
    Divorced 1 Mar 1916  Tahlequah, Cherokee, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [55, 56, 57
    • The couple were granted a divorce at the district court. Margaret resumed her previous surname of McElhany.
    Newspaper Article
    Newspaper Article
    Report of Margaret filing for divorce at the District Court.
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F173  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Jun 1844 - North Elmsley, Lanark, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 12 Jan 1852 - North Elmsley, Lanark, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 30 Mar 1861 - Osgoode, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 8 Aug 1870 - Analy, Sanoma, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1876 - Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper - 8 Sep 1876 - Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper - 13 Dec 1878 - Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Apr 1879 - Charmingdale, Walnut Creek, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 11 Apr 1879 - Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1 Jun 1880 - District #27, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 16 Aug 1884 - Ash Forks, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 9 Jan 1886 - Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 20 Sep 1896 - Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Jul 1898 - Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 25 Jun 1906 - 7, Strathcona, Alberta, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper - 29 Jan 1920 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Mar 1920 - New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
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