James W. Wanless

James W. Wanless

Male 1839 - 1924  (85 years)

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  • Name James W. Wanless 
    Born 15 May 1839  Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    IMMI 1844  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Abt 1859  Canada and California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From "Men of Canada":
      After completing his education, Mr. Wanless entered the service of Mr. H.P. Dwight as telegraph operator...
    Travel 1861  Newbury, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In his family's census in Toronto is this line:
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      James Wanless, member of family, absent at Newbury CU, 21 years of age next birth day
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      He has not yet been found in the actual census.
    Census 1871  Pointe aux Trembles, Hochelaga, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • James Wanless, 31, b. Ecosse [Scotland], Protestant, Scottish origin, a cultivateur [gardener or orchardist]
      Elizabeth, 27, b. Ont, Protestant, Irish origins
      James, 1-1/2, b. Q, Scottish origins
    Residence Abt 1869-1871  Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Moved 1871-1873  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Abt 1872-1873  Fletcher, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    railway agent 
    • "Men of Canada" says he was at Fletcher and then Cayuga before Courtright, so these dates are fuzzy
    Occupation Abt 1873-1874  Cayuga, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    railway agent 
    • "Men of Canada" says he was at Fletcher and then Cayuga before Courtright, so these dates are fuzzy
    Residence 1875  Courtright, Moore Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1875: 1893 biography says he had been at Courtright 18 years
      1877: son Thomas's birth record.
    Residence 1879-1880  Courtright, Moore Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Last Name Wanless
      First Name J. W.
      Nativity Scotland
      Business Agent Canada Southern R. R.
      Post Office Courtright
      Town Courtright
      Township Moore
      County Lambton
      Source Date b. 1839
      Atlas Date 1880

      Also listed in Historical Atlas of Lambton Co, 1880 (may be the same publication).
    Census 1881  Moore Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: FHL Film 1375913 NAC C-13277 Dist 179 SubDist C Div 1 Page 71 Family 334
      James WANLESS M M 42 Scottish Scotland Occ: Station Master Religion: Congregational
      Elizabeth WANLESS F M 37 Irish O. Religion: Congregational
      James WANLESS M 11 Scottish Q Occ: Student Religion: Congregational
      John WANLESS M 6 Scottish O. Occ: Student Religion: Congregational
      Margaret WANLESS F 1 Scottish O. Religion: Congregational
    Census 1891  Moore Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (district 82 West Lambton, page 89)
      W.J. Wanless, 51, self & parents b. S [Scotland], Con [Congregationalist], station agent
      Elizabeth, 45, wife, b. Ont, father b. Ireland, mother b. S [Scotland]
      John, 17, b. Ont
      Margret, 11, dau, b. Ont
      Violet, 8, dau, b. Ont
      Rev. James Smithers, 45, widowed, lodger, self & parents b. England, Baptist, minister
      Henry Cranston, 20, lodger, b. Ont, father b. US, mother b. Ont, Baptist, blacksmith
      Sarah Walton, 24, lodger, b. Ont, , father b. US, mother b. Ont, C. of E., P.S. teacher
    Census 1901  Moore Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • WANLESS James, 62, born 15 May 1839 in Scotland, immigrated 1844, Scotch origin, Presbyterian, R.R. agent, mother tongue Gaelic
      WANLESS Elizabeth, 57, wife, born 31 Dec 1844 in Ontario, Irish origin, Presbyterian, mother tongue English [for rest of family too]
      WANLESS Margeret, 21, dau, born 25 May 1879 in Ontario, Scotch origin, Presbyterian, clerk
      WANLESS Voilet, 18, dau, born 20 May 1873 in Ontario, , Scotch origin, Presbyterian, school teacher
      -- this record is clear, but note Violet was actually born in 1883
    Census 1911  Alvinston, Brooke Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • James Wanless, 72, b. June 1839 in Scotland, immigrated 1844, Presbyterian, R.R. Agent for railway
      Elizabeth Wanless, 67, wife, b. Dec 1843 in Ont.
    Census 1921  West St. Paul, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Old Folks Home
      Wanless, James, occupant, 81, self & parents born Scotland, immigrated to Canada in 1917, speaks English and French, Presbyterian, retired
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      Clearly 1917 is wrong for his immigration year; maybe that is when he entered the Home?
    Died 24 Dec 1924  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Travel Abt 1865-1966  Kamchatka, Siberia, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From "Men of Canada":
      ...and after filling various responsible positions in Canada and California, he was selected as one of the expedition sent out by the Russo-American Telegraph Company to build a line from Victoria, B.C. to existing lines in Russia, by way of the Behring Straits, and the shores of the Behring and Okhotsk seas. They sailed from Frisco, touched at Victoria, and in 3 months, landed at Petropaulovski, Kamschatka. After 18 months hardship and adventure in the Siberian wilds, during which Mr. Wanless met and became the intimate friend of Geo. Kennan and his artist Geo. Frost, in his "Exile Prison Life in Siberia", that work was abandoned on receiving news that the Atlantic cable was a success.
    Occupation Moore Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    railway station agent (1877, 1879), station master (1881), agent (1901) 
    • At Courtright station.
    RELI Congregationalist, as were his wife & children 
    Buried Alvinston & St. Matthews Roman Catholic Cemetery, Brooke Twp, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • No christening found yet.

      His biography in "Men of Canada" says he was born 15 June 1839, which agrees with the 1911 census that says June 1839, but in the 1901 census, he gives 15 May 1839 as his birthday.

      Middle initial is H. in son James's marriage cert. Called W.J. in 1891 census. Called J.W. in the "Men of Canada" biography.

      Died in Manitoba - see this BDM index entry:
      Wanless James W 12/23/1924 85 Years M Wpg 1924,048206
      He may have moved there after Elizabeth's death; his daughter Violet lived in Winnipeg in 1916 and his son John was in Dauphin in 1913 and The Pas after that. James was in an Old Folks Home in West St. Paul, Selkirk, MAN in 1921.
    Person ID I161  22: James Wanless Dundee, Scotland & Varna, Ontario, Canada
    Last Modified 24 May 2016 

    Father John Wanless,   b. 27 May 1813, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1901, Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Margaret McDonald,   b. 5 Mar 1814, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1901, Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 18 May 1835  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F37  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Anderson,   b. 31 Dec 1843, Wardsville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1913, Alvinston, Brooke Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 19 Jan 1869  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. James Wanless,   b. Nov 1869, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Macdonald "Jack" Wanless,   b. Abt 1875, Ontario, Canada (probably Moore Twp, Lambton co) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1956  (Age ~ 81 years)
     3. Thomas Wanless,   b. 25 Jul 1877, Moore Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1877, Moore Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Margaret Wanless,   b. 25 May 1879, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Violet Wanless,   b. 20 May 1883, Moore Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 May 2016 
    Family ID F52  Group Sheet

  • Histories
    Biography of James W. Wanless (1839-1924) of Courtright, Ontario, Canada
    Biography of James W. Wanless (1839-1924) of Courtright, Ontario, Canada

  • Sources 
    1. [S58] The Canadian Album: Men of Canada, William Cochrane, (N.p.: n.p., 1893.).
      born June 15th, 1839 in Blairgowrie, Scotland

    2. [S53] 1879 Historical Atlas of Canada.

    3. [S44] Cemetery records, ALVINSTON & ST. MATTHEWS ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY; CONCESSION 4, LOT 21, BROOKE TWP, LAMBTON CO, ONTARIO (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S44] Cemetery records, ALVINSTON & ST. MATTHEWS ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY; CONCESSION 4, LOT 21, BROOKE TWP, LAMBTON CO, ONTARIO (Reliability: 3).
      R2 L45 tall brown granite/gray
      James W. Wanless
      Died Dec. 24, 1924
      Aged 85 years
      Our dear one
      Elizabeth
      Wife of J.W. Wanless
      Died Jan. 10, 1913
      In her 71st year
      WANLESS

    5. [S26] Old Parochial Registers, FHL 0993404: OPR of Dundee, Forfar, Scotland (Reliability: 3).
      18 May 1835 - John Wanles, surgeon[?], and Margaret McDonald, both OTP

    6. [S58] The Canadian Album: Men of Canada, William Cochrane, (N.p.: n.p., 1893.).
      doesn't say where they married, but she was from Wardsville, Ont. so probably married there or near there