John Bonthron Wanless

John Bonthron Wanless

Male 1868 - 1918  (50 years)

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  • Name John Bonthron Wanless 
    Born 24 Jun 1868  Hay, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    IMMI 1893  USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1896-1897  Duluth, St. Louis Co, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    4731 50th ave E. 
    • Wanless, John B contr, r 4731 50th av E.
    Residence 1901  Duluth, St. Louis Co, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1903  Superior, Douglas Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1904-1905  Duluth, St. Louis Co, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    305 E. 1st 
    • Wanless John B mngr Wanless Wrecking Co., r 305 E 1st
      Wanless Wrecking Co, John B Wanless mngr, 305 E 1st
    Census 25 Apr 1910  Duluth, St. Louis Co, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 1st Ward, 330 13th(?) Ave E (or S?) - between East 3rd and East 4th St.
      Wanles, John B. hd, wh, married once for 21 yrs, b. Canada, parents b. Scotland (Scottish), contractor in submarine industry, rents house
      , Elizabeth wife, 41, md once for 21 yrs, 2 kids, 2 living, b. Canada, parents b. Scotland (Scottish)
      , Jean A.D. dau, 19, single, b. Canada, parents b. Canada (Scottish)
      , David J. son, 15 or 18, b. Canada, ditto
      Krossen or Prossen, Marie servant, 19 or 14, b. Norway
    Occupation 1896-1917  Duluth, St. Louis Co, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    salvager of ships wrecked on Lake Superior 
    • From http://www.mnhs.org/places/nationalregister/shipwrecks/hesper/hesdwe.html:
      "The Hesper was lost when it was caught in a late spring snow storm in 1905....The Hesper was salvaged after the time of sinking by J.B. Wanless, employing the tug Sara Smith. Wanless recovered the engines, boilers, shaft and propeller. "

      From Port of Duluth records at:
      http://www.duluthport.com/99summer/savingwinslow.html
      "The wreck of the Winslow was a serious obstruction in Duluth harbor until it was ordered removed by the Corps of Engineers in 1908. Salvager John Wanless pumped out the hulk of the old ship and towed it up the St. Louis River, where it was scuttled in shallow water in its present location. "

      From http://seagrant.wisc.edu/shipwrecks/superior/Sevona/wreck.html
      "Despite the salvaging and blasting, enough steel remained for J.B. Wanless of Duluth, Minnesota, to salvage more of the Sevona during the 1917 scrap drive for World War I. He removed 180 tons by that August and intended to have another 800 out before winter. "
    Residence 1914-1917  Duluth, St. Louis Co, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Note John was not listed in the 1912-1914 dir, nor was his company.
      1914-15: J.B. Wanless driver rms New St. Louis Hotel
      1917: Wanless Jno B diver rms Hotel Holland
      -- maybe the 1914 entry was supposed to say "diver" since he was a salvager
    Died 16 Sep 1918  Beaver Bay, Lake Co, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • A brother of James (probably) came to Minnesota about the same time and made his living as a salvager of ships wrecked on the Great Lakes. The brother, John, lived (I think) in Superior. Though I'd never heard my mother (a Duluth girl who died two years ago) talk about John, there are a half dozen references to him if you search Port of Duluth records. [Richard Lightfoot]

      Father David's obit notes he has 2 sons in Duluth (1901). Was not in 1871 census, so must've been born after that census, but not in 1891 census with parents so must've been old enough to leave home by then, pinning birth to 1871 to abt 1873. No matching birth entry in Ont. Birth Index. The 1868 birthdate came from Dick Lightfoot, but if it's right, where was John in the 1871 census?

      Not in 1900 Duluth census per genealogy.com index. Searched Ward 1and 2 of Superior City, Wis. by hand.
      Note the 1914-15 Duluth city directory says he lives at (rooms at) the New St Louis Hotel and is a driver...why is he living in a hotel and why is he a driver suddenly? May be a misprint for diver...

      Possible naturalization records, or these could be for his brother James B., but there are already 2 records listed for James:
      DULUTH WANLESS J. B. 9 18 M 502
      DULUTH WANLESS J. B. 34 82 13 135
    Person ID I70  22: James Wanless Dundee, Scotland & Varna, Ontario, Canada
    Last Modified 10 Mar 2003 

    Father David Baxter Wanless,   b. 26 Dec 1835, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1901, Chatham City, Kent Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Christiana Deas Bonthron,   b. 30 Nov 1839, Buckhaven, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1900, Chatham City, Kent Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 10 Feb 1863  Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth "Lizzy" Grieve,   b. 20 May 1860, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1938, Duluth, St. Louis Co, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married Est 1888-1892 
    Children 
     1. Jean Ann Wanless,   b. 13 Aug 1890, Tossorontio, Simcoe Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. David J. Wanless,   b. Est 1893, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2002 
    Family ID F26  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S34] City directory.

    2. [S19] Obituary of David Wanless.

    3. [S38] Census, 1910, USA, ED 152, sheet 9B, printed page 96B (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S18] Personal knowledge of Richard Lightfoot.

    5. [S15] Death certificate or record, #8573, Lake co, Minn., 1918 (Reliability: 3).
      Beaver Bay Twp, Lake co. John B. Wanless, male, white, married, born June 24, 1868 in Canada, age 50 yrs 2 mos 22 days, contractor in marine industry, father David B. Wanless born Scotland, mother Christina born Scotland, usual residence Duluth, killed by "fracture of scull from being struck by a boom of scow", died at 5.40 a.m. on Sept 16, 1918, certified by Ths. J. Brown, coroner. Informant Jas. Wanless of Duluth. Body removed to Duluth by B.B. Johnston, undertaker, of New(?) Harbors

    6. [S9] Huron Co. Ontario Marriage Register, p.109: WANLESS, David, r Hay, f James, sp Christina BOUTHWIN??, 1863, r #1:104 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S18] Personal knowledge of Richard Lightfoot, 10 Feb 1863 (Reliability: 3).