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John Edwin Williscroft

John Edwin Williscroft

Male 1865 - 1946  (80 years)

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  • Name John Edwin Williscroft 
    Born 6 Jan 1865  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • birth given as 14 Oct 1866 on 1901 census
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1871  Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1891  Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • living with his mother and step-father. John was a steamer captain.
    Newspaper 26 Nov 1903  Chatham, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • John was the master of the steamer “Lillie Smith” when his nephew Ed Mcvitte was lost during a storm on Lake St. Clair
    Newspaper 18 Jun 1910  Lake Huron, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Master of the tug “Harrison” mentioned in the Canada Gazette
    Residence 1911  Owen Sound, Grey, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • John was living with his wife at his parent in laws home in 1911
    Residence 1916  Edmonton West, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Aged 51, single
    Residence 1916  Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • John is also listed on the 1916 census as living with his wife at the home of Jennie’s parents.
    Military 13 Oct 1916  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • enlisted in the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve with the rank of Petty Officer
    Military 13 Jan 1917  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • John enlisted in the Royal Engineers, Inland Water Transport Section. He stated he was aged 51 and single. He name his sister Jemima McVitte of Fort McMurray as his next of Kin and arranged for his seperation allowance to be paid to her. He had reached the rank of Acting Sergeant on his discharge on 9 Apr 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British Medal for his service.
    Newspaper 14 Apr 1919  Fort McMurray, Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • It was reported in the newspaper that John had returned to Fort McMurray after three years in the Navy. (John had actually enlisted in the Army not the Navy) On his return he was to return he would assume the position of captain on the Northland Echo, operated by the Northern Trading Company between Fort McMurray and Fort Fitzgerald.
    Newspaper 22 Dec 1920  Fort McMurray, Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14
    • John was sued by Wm Nicholson for breach of contract when John refused to assign a lease and transfer a claim to Nicholson where oil had been found in Fort Norman. Nicolson stated that John was his employee and any rights to the claim had been negated when John was pais his wages. The court ruled in favour of John.
    Newspaper 2 Feb 1921  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • Nicholson solicitor asked the courts for a stay in execution of the judgement whilst he filed an appeal. The case was to be heard in March 1921.
    Newspaper 26 Mar 1921  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    • John is mentioned in an article about the railway. The article statea he had returned to Fort McMurray to look after his boats at the northern terminus. He planned to go to Mackenzie as soon as the ice went.
    Newspaper 18 Apr 1921  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • The Appeal Courts overturned the orginal judgement in favour of Nicholson. John’s solicitor said that he was going to appeal the judgement.
    Occupation
    • Master Mariner
    Died 1946  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Capt. John Edwin Williscroft was born on January 6. 1865 in Elderslie Township, Bruce County. Two months later his father went to the Cariboo gold district in British Columbia, where he met his death. Mrs. Williscroft moved to Southampton, and there John Edwin was educated at the Public School until he was fifteen years old, by which time he had also managed to take several trips in schooners and fishing boats. In 1880 he began to sail for a living in the schooner Wanderer, under Capt. John H. Spence, of Southampton, and remained with Capt. Spence for three seasons.
      Capt. Williscroft spent two winters of 1885 and 1886 and 1886 and 1887 on the Atlantic seaboard in coasting schooners, seeing the coast from Florida to Boston. On the lakes he was in the schooner M. H. Muir, the schooner George M. Hazard, the schooner City of Sheboygan, the schooner Fred A. Morse, the schooner Pensaukee and others, until the building of the small steambarge Lillie Smith in 1888. He has been in her as master ever since. He was married on June 27, 1892 to Miss Ida May Whitmore, of Buffalo. [18, 19]
    Person ID I4024  Williscroft | The descendants of William Williscroft and Jane Cowan
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2016 

    Father George Jr. Williscroft,   b. 9 Jun 1837, Smiths Falls, Lanark, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1895, Georgetown, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Eliza Rusk,   b. 25 Oct 1841, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1925, Hamiota, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 6 Jun 1860  Elderslie, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1322  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Effie Rusk,   b. 1843, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1925, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married Abt 1889  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 25 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F727  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ida May Whitmore,   b. Abt 1873,   d. Bef 1903  (Age ~ 29 years) 
    Married 27 Jun 1892  Buffalo, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 18
    Last Modified 25 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F728  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Jennie Brown Spence,   b. 25 Aug 1881, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1973, General Hospital, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1903  Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [20, 21
    Residence 1911  Owen Sound, Grey, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • John and Jennie were living with Jennie’s parents.
    Residence 1916  33, 23, 2, D Lcart, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    • entered on census returns as living with Jennie's parents
    SEPA 1916  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 25 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F729  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart