John Wanless

John Wanless

Male 1813 - 1901  (87 years)

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  • Name John Wanless 
    Alt Birth 26 May 1813  [1
    • Self-stated in 1901 census; also in death notice; also in biography written during his lifetime in the Encyclopedia of Homeopathy.
    Born 27 May 1813  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 27 Jun 1813  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Travel 1832-1834  Davis Straits, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    on the whaling ship "Thomas" 
    • "Mr. Hay and the directors procured him the position of surgeon on the whale ship "Thomas," bound for Davis's Straits, in the spring of 1832, when he was but seventeen years old. He made three voyages in the same ship, to the same waters, during college vacations, and thereby greatly invigorated his constitution. "
    GRAD 1835  Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Glasgow College of Physicians 
    Occupation From About 1835 to About 1844  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    House Surgeon at the Dundee Royal Infirmary 
    Residence 1831-1835  Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • "In 1831, Mr. Wanless went to Edinburgh, and there studied in the Royal College of Surgeons, under McIntosh, Ferguson, Liston, and other eminent Fellows...He passed his examination before the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, early in 1835"
    Residence 1835  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence From 1835 to About 1844  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Perth Road 
    • "early in 1835 ; was married to a Miss McDonald, of Dundee, in his own walk in life, after several years' engagement, and became House Surgeon of the Dundee Royal Infirmary. He then built up a practice while occupying the house in which he was born and married"
    Occupation 1835-1836  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    House Doctor, Dundee Royal Infirmery Scotland 
    Census 1841  Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Rory Street, west side (parish 335 ed 5 page 1) - [indexed Wauless]
      John Wanless, 27, surgeon, not born in county
      Margaret, 26, not born in county
      Margaret, 3, not born in county
      James, 1, born in county
      Jessie Brown, 19, female servant, born in county
    IMMI 1844-1845  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Abt 1845  Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Son John born there.
    Occupation 1851-1856  London, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    doctor and city coroner 
    • Wanless, Dr. John; McKenzie, Dr. A.; Moore, Dr. Charles, coroners
      [Source Ontario Directory for 1851, The Genealogical Research Library, Toronto, 1984. Volume/Page(s) 88, 91]

      Wanless, Dr. John, physician & surgeon, Dundas st [1851 directory]

      Railton's Directory for the City of London, 1856-1857, G Railton, London, 1856. Volume/Page(s) 155
    Residence 1857  Brucefield, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1857 Directory of Province of Ontario
      Wanless, John M.D. Brucefield Huron
      [Brucefield is on the stage road from London to Goderich, about 42 miles from London.]
    Census 1861  Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • St. Andrew's Ward
      Margaret Wanless, wife of John, born Dundee, Scotland, 47, married, entire family Congregational religion
      John Wanless, physician, born Dundee, Scotland, 48
      Agnina W, born Blairgowrie, Scotland, 20
      William McD W, born Blairgowrie, Scotland, 19
      John R W, b. London, CU (Upper Canada=Ontario), 16
      Violet R W, b. London, CU, 14
      James Wanless, member of family, absent at Newbury(?) CU, 21 years of age next birth day
      All are members of the family. Brick house with 2.5 stories, real estate worth $2000
    Residence 1860-1862  Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • "At the age of almost fifty years he went to Toronto as a student, and was graduated from the University there as a Bachelor of Medicine, in 1861, and Doctor the following year"
    Residence 1863-1864  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    43 Great St. James Street 
    • Listed in Bibliographie Canadienne at Early Canadiana Online, as a signer of Letters on Homeopathy in 1864 in Montreal. John Wanless, M.D.

      1863-64 Montreal city directory:
      John Wanless, M.D., Glasgow College of Physicians
      House Doctor, Dundee Royal Infirmery Scotland, 1835-6
      43 Great St. James Street.

      Advertisement in 1853 Montreal Herald (www.paperofrecord.com), 14 Feb 1863:
      Homeopathic Physician & Surgeon
      John Wanless, M.D., L.C.P.S., & c.
      No. 43 Great St James Street (adjoining the Wesleyan Church)
      Office Hours 10 to 12 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

      Similar ads appeared all through 1863.
    Census 1871  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • 646 Palace(?) street
      Wanless, John, 58, b. Scotland, Congregational, Scotch origin, physician
      Margaret, 57 ditto all info above
      Aguina or Aquina, fem, 28, ditto
      William, 27, ditto
      John R., 26, ditto
      Violet, 23, ditto
      Darrah, Rose, 24, Ireland, Catholic, servant
    Residence 1871  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From the 1871 Canadian Dominion Directory, Montreal, QUE:
      Wanless, John, M.D., L.R.P.S., Glasgow, homeopathic physician & surgeon, 646 Lagauchetiere
      -- son John R. at same address. "L.R.P.S. Glasgow" means "Licentiate of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons" and that he trained at Glasgow.
      This must be their medical office address, as the census shows them on 646 Palace street - although the street name appears several pages earlier; maybe it IS the same place. From 1851 street description: "Lagauchetière street, from St. Denis street, west to Ste. Genevieve street, St. Lawrence suburb and from Campeau street, east to Queen square, Quebec suburb". In 1858, this street was described thus: "Lagauchetiêre Street, from Gain street, west to St Geneviöve street, St Mary’s, St James, St Louis, St Lawrence, and St Antoine wards "
    Biography 1873  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: http://www.homeoint.org/history/cleave/w/waulesj.htm
      -- this page was a badly OCR-ed or transcribed version that showed his name as Waules and Wattles; I have corrected the misspellings
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      WANLESS, JOHN, M. D., of Montreal, Canada, was born at Perth Road, Dundee, Scotland, May 26th, 1813 ; the second son of James Wanless, a well-known and respectable green cloth manufacturer. His father intended that his sons should succeed to his own business, but the executors decided to apprentice John, in his sixteenth year, to James Johnstone, M. D., one of the executors, and a leading physician. Dr. Johnstone died a year after, when the aptitude of his pupil for medical study induced James Hay, Esq., another Trustee and Director of the Dundee Royal Infirmary, to secure him the post of dresser and clinical clerk in the hospital. The satisfactory manner in which he discharged the duties of this position for several years is shown in the certificates of his superiors.
      In 1831, Mr. Wanless went to Edinburgh, and there studied in the Royal College of Surgeons, under McIntosh, Ferguson, Liston, and other eminent Fellows, of whom only Sir William Ferguson survives. Mr. Hay and the directors procured him the position of surgeon on the whale ship "Thomas," bound for Davis's Straits, in the spring of 1832, when he was but seventeen years old. He made three voyages in the same ship, to the same waters, during college vacations, and thereby greatly invigorated his constitution. He passed his examination before the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, early in 1835 ; was married to a Miss McDonald, of Dundee, in his own walk in life, after several years' engagement, and became House Surgeon of the Dundee Royal Infirmary. He then built up a practice while occupying the house in which he was born and married, and emigrated to London, Canada West. Success attended his efforts. He became Coroner of the city and county, and won distinction for his luminous presentation of evidence to juries.
      From being an active opponent of the doctrine of similars, Dr. Wanless was converted to a believer and earnest student. At the age of almost fifty years he went to Toronto as a student, and was graduated from the University there as a Bachelor of Medicine, in 1861, and Doctor the following year. He removed to Montreal to practice, complimented by the press of London at his departure.
      In politics, as in medicine, Dr. Wanless sought to conserve the good and eliminate the effete and worthless. By spirited and able contributions to the Montreal press he has done much to popularize homœopathy and establish its prime tenets. He was instrumental in procuring an Act of Parliament in favor of homœopathic education in the Province of Quebec, and enjoys a lucrative and enviable practice. He is nominal Professor of the Practice of Physic in the Homœopathic College of Physicians and Surgeons of Lower Canada ; and his youngest son, John Robson Wanless , M. D., C. M., is a graduate from McGill College, Montreal, and an assistant to his father, whom he gives promise of succeeding.
      Dr. Wanless is Licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland, and M. B. and M. D. of the University of Toronto, Ontario, Dominion of Canada ; member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, etc., etc.
    Census 1881  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ste-Antoine Ward, Montreal
      Source: FHL Film 1375855 NAC C-13219 Dist 90 SubDist H Div 4 Page 35 Family 166
      John WANLESS M M 66 Scottish Scotland Occ: M.D. Religion: Congregational
      Margaret WANLESS F M 66 Scottish Scotland Religion: Congregational
      Aguila WANLESS F 38 Scottish Scotland Religion: Congregational
      Archibald DICKSON M M 28 Scottish O Occ: Ins. Agent Religion: Congregational
      Violet DICKSON F M 33 Scottish O Religion: Congregational
      Maggie DICKSON F 3 Scottish Q Religion: Congregational
      Adelade DRAINVILLE F 30 French Q Occ: Servant Religion: Presbyterian
    Census 1891  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ste Antoine ward, district 172 Montreal West, page 40
      John Wanless, 77, b. Scotland, parents b. Scotland, Congregational, M.D. Surgeon
      Margaret, 77, wife, self & parents b. Scotland
      Agnina, 40, daughter, self & parents b. Scotland
      Carrey Rossiter, 30, domestic servant, b. Quebec
      -- the neighbors correspond to those listed around 88 Union in the Lovell 1891 directory, so this should be 88 Union St
    Residence 1891  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    88 Union St. 
    • John Wanless, M.D., University of Toronto, L.F.P.S. Glasgow, M.C.P.S. Ont. & Que., homeopathic physician, dean of the College of Homepathic Physicians and Surgeons of Montreal, 88 Union av.
      [Source Lovell's Montreal Directory for 1891-92 ]

      1891 census neighbors correspond to 88 Union, proving he lived at that address for the census in April.
    Residence 1891-1895  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Listed as an instructor at the MONTREAL HOMEOPATHIC HOSPITAL Training School for Nurses, ca 1895:
      J. WANLESS, M.D. Homeopathic Therapeutics and Materia Medics
      Source: http://www.rootsweb.com/~qcmtl-w/HomeoTraining.html

      From http://www.wholehealthnow.com/homeopathy_pro/quebec.html :
      In 1894 the Montreal Homeopathic Hospital was opened. A year later, a nurses' school was created in the hospital. In 1908, it was a 50-bed hospital. The hospital moved to Marlowe Avenue in 1931, and in 1952 changed its name to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and, like other homeopathic hospitals in the USA, gradually became allopathic.
      -- This hospital is now (2002) part of McGill University medical school.
    Census 1901  Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Schedule 1, Microfilm T-6508, ED 131 (York West), qtr 4, subdistrict E-5, page 7, family 55 (census page not dated)
      Wanless John Head, married, born May 26 1813 in Scotland, age 87, Scottish origin, Congregationalist, came to Canada in 1845, doctor
      Wanless Margaret Wife, born Mar 5 1814 in Scotland, age 87, Scottish origin, Congregationalist, came to Canada in 1845
      Wanless Agnina (male!), Daughter, single, born Aug 30 1844 in Scotland, age 56, Scottish origin, Congregationalist, came to Canada in 1845
      McGillvray Maggie Domestic, single, born Apr 1 1880, Ontario, age 20, Scottish origin, Presbyterian
    Residence 14 Apr 1901  Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    594 Huron 
    Died 14 Apr 1901  Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Obituary 15 Apr 1901  Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Toronto Star 
    Occupation surgeon, homeopathic physician, instructor of homeopathy 
    • He helped found the Montreal Homeopathic Hospital in the mid-1860s.
    RELI Congregationalist 
    Buried 16 Apr 1901  Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Notes 
    • Parentage proof: John's biography in "Cleave's Biographical Cyclopædia of
      Homœopathic Physicians and Surgeons", pub. 1873 by Egbert Cleave, states that he is the son of James Wanless a "green cloth manufacturer" of Dundee, gives his birthdate which matches the 1901 census, says he married Miss McDonald in Dundee, and provides other corroborating details. For unknown reasons, the birthdate he quotes in the 1901 census is 1 day off from the birthdate in his christening record. The notes of Lily Hardy Wanless say their John, b. 1813, went to Montreal.

      It would be useful to have an immigration record in 1844/45, or an 1851 census for this family from London, Middlesex Co, ONT, but according to what I can find, the 1851 census for the city of London no longer exists.

      Children's Scottish births not in OPR or IGI. Could try Blairgowrie.

      John kept a journal of his voyages as ship's surgeon on the whaling ship "Thomas" and it can be obtained here:
      Scope: 1834: journal of a whaling voyage to Baffin Bay, under Captain A Cook, by John Wanless, ship's surgeon
      Repository: Broughty Castle Museum
      Record Reference: U1354
      NRA catalogue reference: NRA 23337 Broughty Castle

      "I think my mother got these two photos (of Dr. John and his daughter Agninia) from a Mrs. Wanless in Oakville, Ontario around 1956 This woman contacted my mother. We went to visit and she told my mother family info which was not recorded. The intent was to visit again, but .....This Mrs. Wanless was probably late 60's in age. There was no direct connection between our families in their generation that I recall." [Marya Buckingham]

      FHL 2074597 - Montreal, Canada index to deaths shows John Wanless and Mrs Margaret Wanless, both died 1901, no dates, but showed "Emanuel 3, and 11". The FHL catalog shows an Emannuel Congregational Church in Montreal, but records only go to 1899. "Emmanuel Congregational Church was formed by members of Zion Church in 1875. The congregation met in the Montreal Gymnasium until the first church building was completed in 1877 on the corner of Stanley and St. Catherine Streets. In 1905 a new building, classical in design, was begun on Drummond Street. "
      --I emailed the archivist of the church records and she cannot release post-1899 records!
      His Toronto obit says he was buried at Mount Royal cemetery after dying in Toronto, so I'm not sure what the Emannual church had to do with it, unless they provided the funeral service.
    Person ID I53  22: James Wanless Dundee, Scotland & Varna, Ontario, Canada
    Last Modified 23 May 2016 

    Father James Wanless,   b. Abt 1760, Lundie, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1822-8 Oct 1822, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Mother Agnes Sime,   b. Abt 1791, (probably) Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1889, Hay, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 98 years) 
    Married 23 Jul 1810  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet

    Family 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  [15
    Children 
     1. John McDonald Wanless,   b. Abt Mar 1836, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1836, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     2. Margaret Wanless,   b. Abt 1837, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1852, London, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 15 years)
     3. James W. Wanless,   b. 15 May 1839, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1924, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     4. William McDonald Wanless,   b. 22 Oct 1842, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1920, Oakville, Halton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     5. Agnina Sime Wanless,   b. 30 Aug 1844, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1908, Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     6. John Robson Wanless,   b. Abt 1845, Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1889, Dunedin, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
     7. Violet Robb Wanless,   b. 8 Aug 1852, London, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Charles N.C. Wanless,   b. Jan 1855, London, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1855, London, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     9. (Stillborn) Wanless,   b. Aug 1856, London, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1856, London, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2004 
    Family ID F37  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Dr. John Wanless, homeopathic physican of Montreal, Quebec
    Dr. John Wanless, homeopathic physican of Montreal, Quebec
    s/o James Wanless & Agnes Sime of Dundee, Scotland

    News
    John Wanless, M.D. appointed coroner of the City of London (Ontario, Canada; 1855)
    John Wanless, M.D. appointed coroner of the City of London (Ontario, Canada; 1855)
    Secretary's Office, Quebec, June 16, 1855: His Excellency the Governor General has been pleased to make the following appointments...John Wanless, M.D., Andrew McKenzie, M.D., and John Nellis, M.D., Esquires, to be Coroners for the City of London.
    Dr. John Wanless of Montreal helps fight a fire at St. Andrew's church (1869)
    Dr. John Wanless of Montreal helps fight a fire at St. Andrew's church (1869)
    The Canadian News, 11 Nov 1869 - in an article about a fire in St. Andrew's church on Lagauchetiere street in Montreal, Dr. Wanless is mentioned as helping fight the fire. The church was across the street from his house.

  • Sources 
    1. [S42] Census, 1901, Canada, MAY 26 1813 SCOTLAND (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S46] Obituary, BORN IN DUNDEE, SCOTLAND ON MAY 26, 1813 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S8] Wanlass Births, Deaths, Marriages (Romeril film), Romeril, Christina H., (notes filmed by FHL in 1968).
      27 Jun 1813 Wanles, John child of James a manufacturer - Agnes Sime,
      named after J. Wanles an Uncle, born 27 May

    4. [S47] Cleave's Biographical Cyclopædia of Homaeopathy, Egbert Cleave, (1873 http://www.homeoint.org/history/cleave/w/waulesj.htm).

    5. [S34] City directory, MONTREAL 1863-64 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S17] Marriage record.

    7. [S34] City directory, MONTREAL 1863-64, IN OTTAWA NATIONAL LIBRARY (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S48] Census, 1871, Canada.
      FHL 0493453 Montreal West, district 6 sub-district B, Ste. Antoine ward
      division 10 page 123, (household 375 family 436)

    9. [S15] Death certificate or record.

    10. [S43] Homeopathy in Quebec, (http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.total.net/~sphq/pages/homeo05.htm&prev=/search%3Fq%3DJohn%2BRobson%2BWANLESS%26start%3D30%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26sa%3DN -- translated from French by Google, so not the best English), JOHN WANLESS (1813-1901) (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S15] Death certificate or record.
      John WANLESS died 14 April 1901 at age 88 yrs, of senile decay. Born in Scotland, res of 594 Huron in Toronto. Married, physician. #2118-01 (Toronto)

    12. [S45] Toronto Star online (Pages of the Past), (www.pagesofthepast.ca).
      15 Apr 1901 - Deaths
      John Wanless, M.D., L.R.C.P.S. Edinburgh; L.F.P.S. Glasgow; M.C.P.S. Ontario and Quebec; born in Dundee, Scotland on May 26, 1813, died in Toronto April 14, 1901. To be interred in Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, on Wednesday April 17th. Funeral will leave his late residence Tuesday 16th inst. at 4 o'clock pm for Union Station.

    13. [S45] Toronto Star online (Pages of the Past), (www.pagesofthepast.ca).

    14. [S6] Parish Register, FHL 0993401 (Reliability: 3).
      21 Jul 1810 Wanless James a manufacturer & Agnes Sime both of this parish, married 23 Jul 1810

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